With this video for “I Love Isan,” a new release from The Isan Project, you can hear and see the sounds of Isan, a region in Northern Thailand, hitting the charts.
Two brothers from Manchester, UK, Producer Will Robinson and his brother, hand-assembled four traditional Thai instruments, played them, and added some very . . . → Read More: The Isan Project – I Love Isan
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
Rodrigo Solo has released a new video for his single, “Tal Vez No Se Hunda El Barco” (Perhaps the Ship Won’t Sink), which was recorded live at Tumbador Studios in Venezuela. The song is from his debut album No Estas Solo (You Are Not Alone) which came out last June and features a . . . → Read More: Rodrigo Solo – Tal Vez No Se Hunda El Barco (feat. Laura Guevara)
1910 Fair boys sneaking around
Rimkus grew up mere blocks from the sprawling permanent Minnesota State Fair grounds – near halfway between St. Paul and Minneapolis and a virtual city in and of itself.
As a kid, planning for a few precious days at the fair was a big deal; Rimkus and his best . . . → Read More: Rimkus Loves the Minnesota State Fair
Truer words have never been spoken than those from Ambrosavage below. Gary, Indiana never disappoints a true midwesterner. There’s something in the gray industrial moonscape dotted with pools of standing chemicals which jumps up to kiss any returning traveler and say, “Welcome home friend, the east is behind you, South Chicago is in front . . . → Read More: Amb-Road Trip Vol. 4 – Gary Indiana, by John Ambrosavage
This is the old Yuengling mansion on upper Mahantango Street in Pottsville, PA. It and it’s full block of stables and grounds and such were donated to the city some decades ago – probably to the huge relief of the Yuengling family. It was given to the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts who . . . → Read More: Amb-Road Trip Vol. 3: Yuengling Mansion, by John Ambrosavage
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
Rooted in rock, albeit with a Scandinavian edge, comes Oslo’s Phone Joan. A four piece “wild bunch” from Norway that is known to play their rock as if their lives depended on it.
Phone Joan on Facebook
“It’s a line. From a song. From, like, forty years ago. About this guy…who’s standing on a corner. THIS corner…” Rimkus said to his 14 year old daughter. She stared back blankly at him, slightly incredulous at this reasoning for the detour on the family spring break road trip. Rimkus continued, a bit more . . . → Read More: A Corner in Arizona, by Knute Rimkus
Japanese rock band Imari Tones has released Atomic Live!, recorded near Fukushima, the site of a destructive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, to send a message about the dangerous situation in Japan.
The recording took place in November 2014. The band was touring Japan with an American rapper named Gallery Cat as part . . . → Read More: Japan’s Foremost Christian Heavy Metal Band Tells The World About The Crazy Situation in Japan with their Atomic Live! Album
YES, this is it! The Hebrew language cover of the Del Vikings tune “Come Go With Me.” In the early days of Facebook I was looking for this tune and no one on the social media landscape would even believe that it existed. But I had heard it from Terri Gross, so it had . . . → Read More: Danny Sanderson – Hebrew Version of “Come Go With Me”
I watched the Sochi Opening Ceremony. Kyrgyzstan had a cool flag, and I learned that Nepal has the world’s only nonrectangular flag. I was surprised that Iceland had only five athletes. Mexico had one out of a population of 118 million. By contrast, Sweden had 111 out of a population of less than 10 . . . → Read More: Sochi and the Heroes of Telemark, by Mark Erickson
Rimkus!’s old pal – and Pacific Northwest National Treasure cartoonist – Ambrosavage was born and raised “across the (proverbial) tracks” on the blue collar side of Madison Wisconsin in the 50’s and 60’s, where he is presently spending the holidays with his Dad (now in his 90’s) – an original swingin’ “Mad Men” who . . . → Read More: A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)
When worlds collide, we often get comedy. A story on National Public Radio this morning showed how this can happen even in the most traumatic situations. Apparently, kidnapping is a booming business in Latin America. The Morning Edition host, Steve Inskeep, interviewed a woman in Venezuela whose adult daughter had been kidnapped. While negotiating . . . → Read More: Don’t Worry, Papa’s Working, By Chuck Strom
Vietnam may not be the first place that you think of when it comes to planning a beach getaway, but it’s quickly gaining popularity as a strong choice, thanks to over 3,400 kilometers of coastline characterized by powdery sand beaches, secluded tropical islands and jungle forests. Keep reading to learn about some Vietnamese . . . → Read More: 4 Can’t-Miss Beaches in Vietnam
I’ve recently moved to Everett, WA, but I find myself in Sweden again for a couple of weeks and just in time to be caught up in the voting for Sweden’s Eurovision candidate. A quick Wikipedia search will tell you that Eurovision has gone on since 1958 and launched careers for among others ABBA, . . . → Read More: What Every American Needs to Know About Eurovision, By Linda Newman Andersson
You might envision Tunisia as a wonderful place for an exotic holiday. Most tourists love visiting the tiny African nation because you’re right in the middle of so many different landscapes – beaches, desert, mountains, and cities. But Tunisia also has plenty to do for the whole family, and if you’re thinking . . . → Read More: Activities That Kids Will Enjoy in Tunisia
I LIKE that we kill trees to make books. I love trees. I’m leaning up against one right now. I feel like a hunter of the Great Plains standing over the last gasp of a dying Buffalo when I hold a good book; admiring its achievement and its power. This book used to be . . . → Read More: BBC Storyville: The Love of Books – A Sarajevo Story, By Davin Michael Stedman
This vid is a lot of fun. Sure, at the beginning it looks like a commercial for any feminine product of the last 20 years, but once it gets going, the movement is infectious. Nossa is a French girl group and they’re covering “Mas Que Nada,” the signature tune for Sergio Mendes and Brazil . . . → Read More: Nossa – Mas Que Nada