In the wake of the recent bombings and killings in Paris, I offer this. But first, I must step back. Shortly after 9/11, I opined in a pre-Twitter universe to a creation similar to Twitter, something called “xnpc”, that the United States had stoked hostility by imposing sanctions and a killing machine upon Iraq. . . . → Read More: After Paris: Is War the Answer? by Mark Erickson
It’s Friday night a week before Halloween and the happening place is Darrell’s Tavern in Shoreline just north of Seattle. Playing were two of Seattle’s finest ska bands, Natalie Wouldn’t and the Georgetown Orbits.
Natalie Wouldn’t played second and opened with a ska version of the Spider Man theme. The tiny . . . → Read More: Darrell’s Tavern Hosts a Night Of Ska Starring Natalie Wouldn’t & Georgetown Orbits, by Holly Homan
John Berg died last night. he was the art director of Columbia records through most of the 1960’s and 1970’s. as a result he designed most of the important record covers of the modern era.
a small list would include most of the record covers for bob dylan, chicago, neil young , elton . . . → Read More: John Berg, R.I.P., by Art Chantry
When Steve Wynn finished producing Chris Cacavas debut solo album in early 1989, I took the master tapes over to the offices of CMJ; College Music Journal. I played this song for the editor and he smiled and looked at me and said “holy shit, this sounds like the Buffalo Springfield jamming with Steppenwolf”. . . . → Read More: Chris Cacavas – Angel on a Mattress Spring, by Pat Thomas
This is downright hilarious:
– Chuck Strom
Pope Francis has landed at Andrews Air Force Base for his first visit to the United States. There’s a lot of speculation about what he might say, especially when he addresses Congress Thursday morning in light of first visiting Cuba. I am hopeful that he will discuss American capitalism’s flaws, a theme he has . . . → Read More: The Pope, Pig Manure and Minnesota Water Quality, by Mark Erickson
Joseph Conrad not sailing into Heart of Darkness on THIS Love Boat!
So Monday we finished a week long cruise from Seward Alaska down to Vancouver Canada on Norwegian Cruise Lines. It was more fun and enjoyable than I expected. But about the only Norwegian thing about it was the Captain and that they . . . → Read More: Cruising, Post-Colonial Style, by Knute Rimkus
Author and Bad Religion member Greg Graffin has shared “Faith Alone”, one of his own songs that thematically inspired his new book, Population Wars. The full series including “My Poor Friend Me”, “The Answer”, “Changing Tide” are available on an limited edition exclusive 7-inch available for pre-order with Population Wars at kingsroadmerch.com/badreligion.
With . . . → Read More: Greg Graffin – Faith Alone – Will Appear at Hawthorne Theater, Portland 9/23
Buster Posey RBI
Last Thursday was Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park. Before the game a cover band serenaded the fans from the top of the visitor’s dugout, and Bill Walton, the world’s most famous Deadhead, showed up to announce a $23,000 donation to Grateful Dead Charities. Lots of good feelings to be had, . . . → Read More: Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom
On Saturday, after Bernie Sanders was so rudely prevented from speaking to a crowd gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Social Security, I headed to the campus of the University of Washington to their indoor sports arena, Hec Edmondson Pavilion. The 12000 seat complex was filled with no empty seat to . . . → Read More: Senator Bernie Sanders Finally Gets To Have His Say In Seattle To A Crowd of 15000, by Holly Homan
Saturday afternoon on August 8 I headed to downtown Seattle for a rally for social security. The guest speaker of note was to be democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
The event was held in the Westlake Plaza, the traditional gathering place for political rallies and gatherings in Seattle. A half an hour before . . . → Read More: Labor Sponsored Social Security Rally Is Rudely Interrupted As Bernie Sanders Is About to Speak, by Holly Homan
Since someone in Killadelphia ruined my Sunday after they destroyed #Hitchbot and left his ripped apart pieces on the sidewalk, including his ridiculous little yellow Wellington boots, I am encouraging the good people behind Hitchy to build a new bot and let it start in Philly. It should be called MurderEveryoneBot.
– Harper . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Hitchbot, by Harper Hull
((((Facebook is aggregating all the people in my pipeline that feel Cecil the lion is getting too much “air time” or they just don’t “understand” all the hoopla- and there seems to be an empathy war going on between all the injustices out there. Also, thee “if you eat meat why do you care?” . . . → Read More: Cecil Was More Than Just One Lion, by Jesse Sykes
Are We Falling In Love? A review of The Joy Formidable’s cover of Badalamenti and Lynch’s Falling. By Peter Dysart I’m typically not a huge fan of covers, especially if the original song was a classic already. I will make exceptions, though. . . . → Read More: Are we falling in love?
A review of The Joy Formidable’s cover of Badalamenti and Lynch’s Falling.
By Peter Dysart
Not having planned an extended vacation this year, I’ve taken a few day trips to assuage the restlessness that hits me around July. Fortunately, I have a national park an hour’s drive from my house: Lassen Volcanic. The park consists of the usual wooded trails and streams, but also a 10,463 foot . . . → Read More: Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mountains and Mud Pots In My Back Yard, by Chuck Strom
Wednesday night punk and Seattle’s El Corazon is packed with punks to see the Adolescents and The Weirdos — two veteran American punk rock bands.
The Adolescents may not look like adolescents any more, but these guys are nowhere near ready for the front porch rocker whiling their days away. They churned . . . → Read More: The Adolescents & Weirdos Pack El Corazon For a Gritty Hot night Of Pure Punk, by Holly Homan
Watch out kids! Officer Krupke is on his way to chase you out…
TMZ adds in the description, “Ariana Grande’s new boyfriend got upstaged by her tongue — which got dangerously close to some powdered donuts … pissing off the people who busted their asses making ’em.”
Over the last couple of weeks several Washington state school districts have conducted one day rolling strikes to protest the state inadequate funding of public education. Today, May 19, 2015, the biggest district in the state, Seattle, walked off the job and were joined by Mercer Island and Issaquah districts in solidarity.
Washington . . . → Read More: Thousands of Educators From Three Districts March On Downtown Seattle Demanding Full Funding For Public Education, by Holly Homan
Last January, the Port of Seattle irresponsibly gave Shell the go-ahead to use Seattle as home base for its Arctic drilling operations. They ignored Shell’s terrible safety record, the very high risk of a major Arctic oil spill, and devastating impacts to our climate. The Port Commissioners hoped the deal would go unnoticed. The . . . → Read More: Thousands Rally and March In Seattle To Protest the Decision To Turn Seattle’s Waterways Into an Artic Oil Super Highway For Shell, by Holly Homan
Racing fans and motorheads in Greensboro NC love NASCAR best
Jammin’ to Motorhead right now… Aftershock… a 2013 release that demonstrates rock prowess. So…
Read yesterday in the Wall Street Journal about US cities that have the highest viewership ratings for various sports. Greensboro NC has the highest for NASCAR. Not necessarily a surprise . . . → Read More: Sports Enclaves and Motorhead, by Mark Erickson