Children of the Day – For Those Tears I Died

I heard a stirring version of “For Those Tears I Died” at Sunnyside SDA church today and decided to follow up on it. This morning’s female vocalist, accompanied by a pianist, sang so beautifully I could have been in tears. The tune was enormously popular in Christian circles in the 1970s, so much so . . . → Read More: Children of the Day – For Those Tears I Died

The Magik Markers/Elisa Ambrogio!‏ by Tom Kipp

Recently I saw one of the very few bands/artists whom I’ve come to love during the past (largely desultory) musical decade, Hartford CT’s The Magik Markers, who played a headlining show at Seattle’s Chop Suey.

I first saw their lead singer/noise guitarist/front person, Elisa Ambrogio, in November 2008, entirely by accident, as she . . . → Read More: The Magik Markers/Elisa Ambrogio!‏ by Tom Kipp

Weezer – Back to the Shack

Weezer has released their first new song since 2010, which they describe as “an ebullient slice of alterna-rock awesomeness.” Gotta love, “…more hardcore, rockin’ out like it’s ’94…” This time out Weezer reunited with the man who helped them record their strongest album-length work, Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. The resulting album, Everything Will Be . . . → Read More: Weezer – Back to the Shack

The Aquabats Make Their Long Awaited Return To Seattle With Quirky Ska and Sci-fi, by Holly Homan

It’s Saturday morning and I’m still on a high from Thursday night when I ventured to Seattle’s Showbox to witness the glorious, long-awaited return of the Aquabats. Like the Phenomenauts, they infuse elements of ska, punk rock and corny kids’ science fiction into one fun filled show. Celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band, . . . → Read More: The Aquabats Make Their Long Awaited Return To Seattle With Quirky Ska and Sci-fi, by Holly Homan

Reflections on a Hard Night and Weeping Strings, by Todd Johnson

This year marks the Golden Anniversary of many events and milestones of the Woodstock generation. LBJ’s “War on Poverty,” King’s “Dream Speech” and the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night to name a few. And anyone tracking the news in any media will be hard pressed to avoid this long look into our cultural rear view . . . → Read More: Reflections on a Hard Night and Weeping Strings, by Todd Johnson

A Visit With Frank, by Chuck Strom

A few weeks ago I happened to be in Palm Springs, CA with a couple of spare hours, so I paid Frank Sinatra a visit. For those unfamiliar with his life, he made Palm Springs his permanent home in the 1950s, so far as it was possible for someone whose career required a nomadic . . . → Read More: A Visit With Frank, by Chuck Strom

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes

Charlie Haden RIP‏, by Tom Kipp

Sad news for those of us who loved/still love “Jazz with a Future”….and the precious few musicians with the courage to reach for it, much less actually ARRIVE there, as Charlie Haden did on so many occasions.

P.S. This Fred Kaplan is NOT the academic and Nineties Gore Vidal biographer with whom Gore had . . . → Read More: Charlie Haden RIP‏, by Tom Kipp

More from Swedish TV, I think‏

Actually I have no idea where this pitchy March 1964 live take of “It’s My Party” is from.  I only say Swedish TV because it has high quality black and white television images and an unresponsive audience, which are two indicators of potential Svensk involvement.

Lesley is lovely here, an ingenue in the . . . → Read More: More from Swedish TV, I think‏

LA Ska Masters Fishbone Play To A Small But Enthusiastic Crowd at Seattle’s Neptune, by Holly Homan

It’s a warm Sunday night in Seattle and the Neptune Theater is hosting LA’s ska masters, Fishbone. Fishbone, although primarily a ska band, play a variety of musical genres from fusion, to rock, and even some rap poetry tossed in.

Sax player and main vocalist, Angelo Moore never stays . . . → Read More: LA Ska Masters Fishbone Play To A Small But Enthusiastic Crowd at Seattle’s Neptune, by Holly Homan

The Joy Formidable dig into something organically Welsh with ‘Aruthrol’

By Peter Dysart

‘My favourite habit,’ as I’m calling them now, have returned with new music and an interesting new project. It was about a month ago that I received word from the band that they had a new project in the works, and that something would be arriving soon. The Saturday before . . . → Read More: The Joy Formidable dig into something organically Welsh with ‘Aruthrol’

Legendary Ska Masters Fishbone Make Long Awaited Return To the Northwest, by Holly Homan

This coming Sunday and celebrating twenty-five years as a band, legendary LA ska masters Fishbone finally returns to the Pacific NW with a show at the Victoria Ska Fest on July 4 and a show at Seattle’s Neptune Theater on July 6.

Fishbone play a variety of musical genres from the aforementioned ska to . . . → Read More: Legendary Ska Masters Fishbone Make Long Awaited Return To the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Robyn Hitchcock Brings His Quirky Stories and Songs to Seattle’s Columbia City Theater, by Holly Homan

On Monday night, June 23, I had the utmost pleasure of witnessing the legendary Robyn Hitchcock perform a concert. This was my first time in the Columbia City Theater in Seattle’s south end. Seattle Theater Group recently acquired it. Columbia City Theater is very small, so very intimate, but loaded with character.

The beginning . . . → Read More: Robyn Hitchcock Brings His Quirky Stories and Songs to Seattle’s Columbia City Theater, by Holly Homan

Johnette Napolitano Performs a Solo Show For Packed and Rapt Crowd at Seattle’s Triple Door, by Holly Homan

Sunday was Father’s Day and also the evening of an acoustic solo performance from one of the finest female vocalist of modern times, Johnette Napolitano. The former lead singer from Concrete Blonde blended original songs (with a couple exceptions) with humorous anecdotes and poetry she’d written.

Johnette came on stage to raucous applause, and . . . → Read More: Johnette Napolitano Performs a Solo Show For Packed and Rapt Crowd at Seattle’s Triple Door, by Holly Homan

Goat and Meshuggah Live in Chicago, by Mark Erickson

Goat

After some deliberation on my part, e.g., Silver Apples at the Bohemian National Cemetery under a full moon, and the trading of a work shift of one son, I ended up attending two separate concerts by two very different bands from Sweden: Goat and Meshuggah. Goat released its debut album, World Music, in . . . → Read More: Goat and Meshuggah Live in Chicago, by Mark Erickson

Rev. C.L. Franklin – Wings of Faith (1950)

This is beautiful. Rev. C. L. Franklin is the father of Aretha. His spoken word recordings of sermons were first released to great acclaim in the 1950s by famed Chicago blues recording company, Chess Records. In this clip the Reverend is singing, and quite well, thank you.

Conscious Culture Festival 2014 to be Held June 20-22 at The Barter Faire Site, Tonasket, WA

Located in the mountains of North Central, WA, just about 30 miles from the Canadian border, the Conscious Culture Festival proudly reaches its 5th year on June 20-22, 2014. CCF is the largest Roots, Rock, and Reggae festival of its kind in the Northwest. The festival has steadily gained a loyal following since . . . → Read More: Conscious Culture Festival 2014 to be Held June 20-22 at The Barter Faire Site, Tonasket, WA

Camper Van Beethoven Play To A Packed Crowd At Seattle’s Chop Suey, by Holly Homan

It’s Thursday night, but that doesn’t stop the night life from hopping on maximum overdrive on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Chop Suey hosted one of my all-time favorites, Camper Van Beethoven.

I first saw CVB in the fall of 1987 and I’ve seen them a couple times since. I believe this show was the . . . → Read More: Camper Van Beethoven Play To A Packed Crowd At Seattle’s Chop Suey, by Holly Homan

Ella Eyre – If I Go

Named for the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, music was always the driving force in the life of Jamaican/English/Maltese singer/songwriter, Ella Eyre. “I’ve always been into punchy, loud songs – passionate, with a message” she said, “And I’ve always been really lyrical – I love the idea that someone has felt the . . . → Read More: Ella Eyre – If I Go

Razing The Bar, A Film About The Funhouse In Seattle, by Holly Homan

Last Tuesday I watched my second movie as part of the Seattle International Film Festival. This one, called Razing the Bar was about the rise and fall of the beloved punk club called The Funhouse.

Through interviews with employees, owners and local musicians, this film is mainly about Brian Foss who took over . . . → Read More: Razing The Bar, A Film About The Funhouse In Seattle, by Holly Homan