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

King of the Ticos‏, by Claude Iosso

Bryan Ruiz

Let me introduce you to my favorite hero of the World Cup so far — Bryan Ruiz, the cheerful captain of Costa Rica — who seems bent on proving nice guys can finish first.

I had never heard of the sprightly midfielder before June. Fulham has been loaning him to Dutch club . . . → Read More: King of the Ticos‏, by Claude Iosso

Lucky little fish, by Claude Iosso

Neymar

So I had Chile beating Brazil. It didn’t happen. The weight of 75 years of history and a poor nation’s passion for futbol finally crushed the lusty lads in red. Still, my skepticism about Brazil was confirmed. Neymar is awfully good, maybe even great, but his teammates are just good. Many start for . . . → Read More: Lucky little fish, by Claude Iosso

Another Year, Another No-No, by Chuck Strom

Tim Lincecum on Opening Day

For those of you who don’t follow baseball, I am happy to report that San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum pitched his second career no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. At 112 pitches and only one base-runner allowed, this no-hitter was a model of decorum compared to . . . → Read More: Another Year, Another No-No, by Chuck Strom

Washington Teachers Stage Huge Protest Against Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum, by Holly Homan

Thursday evening June 26 approximately three hundred teachers and public school support personnel gathered in Seattle’s Westlake Center to hold a rally against the new Common Core Standards (CCS) before marching one mile to the Gates Building and holding a rally and protest there for over an hour.

Common Core Standards was created by . . . → Read More: Washington Teachers Stage Huge Protest Against Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum, 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

Don’t draw too much from this draw, by Claude Iosso

Michael Bradley, hot

Sure, it’s too bad the U.S. soccer team gave up a last-second goal to drop into a 2-2 tie with Portugal, but it’s not a major disaster. The Yanks’ chances of advancing to the knockout rounds of the World Cup are still pretty good, and they’ve played well enough so far . . . → Read More: Don’t draw too much from this draw, by Claude Iosso

Another girl, another planet, by Claude Iosso

If it seems like Hope Solo’s from another planet, it’s because she is. People shake their heads at the nutty antics of the United States and Seattle Reign goalkeeper, but it’s not easy being the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia.

It’s boundary issues really. If you were told to go to . . . → Read More: Another girl, another planet, by Claude Iosso

Mon Dieu! Serious contenders already emerging, by Claude Iosso

Karim Benzema

Midway through the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil, the genuine contenders — and the hapless pretenders — are already emerging. Germany, Holland and France have all looked fearsome in the early going while Spain is suddenly yesterday’s news and England is doomed by a leaky defense. Argentina and Brazil, . . . → Read More: Mon Dieu! Serious contenders already emerging, by Claude Iosso

The passing of an all-time great team, by Claude Iosso

“How did you go bankrupt?”

“Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”

I think this quote from Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” summarizes Spain’s swift demise in the World Cup. They were flattened by the Netherlands and Chile, unable to hoard the ball with their trademark stylish passing and too old and slow to keep up . . . → Read More: The passing of an all-time great team, by Claude Iosso

Heroes and Comics Night at AT&T Park, By Chuck Strom

Stan Lee is 91 Years Young

Just over a week ago was Heroes and Comics Night at AT&T Park. The highlight of the evening’s pregame festivities was the appearance of Stan Lee, creator of Spiderman and most of the rest of the superheroes of Marvel Comics. Ninety-one years young, he came out to the . . . → Read More: Heroes and Comics Night at AT&T Park, By Chuck Strom

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

How Dogs React to Human Barking

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

God Help the Girl – A Plotless and Totally Annoying Movie, by Holly Homan

God Help the Girl would be more aptly called God Help This Movie. This film begins with a young girl walking through Edinburgh sinnging, but I had no idea why. Then she’s in some sort of mental hospital for what appears to be an eating disorder. But again, we don’t know why. Half an . . . → Read More: God Help the Girl – A Plotless and Totally Annoying Movie, by Holly Homan

Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz, by Holly Homan

My third movie as part of Seattle International Film Festival was an utmost treasure. Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz was a documentary by Director Kay Ray, and co-producer Cathy Wadley. Lady Be Good reveals the lost stories of female jazz musicians from the early 1920s to the 1970s through archival footage and . . . → Read More: Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz, by Holly Homan

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