Poke Da Squid’s new release, I Honestly Had Higher Expectations, is a very poppy album with heavy ska elements and even some harder rock. “Two Drunks Make It Write” starts things off. This song has some Blink 182 and a bit of Less Than Jake influences with catchy guitar hooks and even catchier harmonies. . . . → Read More: I Honestly Had Higher Expectations – Poke Da Squid Album Review, by Holly Homan
On Friday, February 21, I had the utmost pleasure of watching ska legends The English Beat perform two shows. One was an intimate performance at The Guitar Store in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood and the other was a sold-out performance at the Showbox downtown.
The performance at the Guitar Store attracted about 60 to . . . → Read More: English Beat Play to a Sell-Out Crowd at the Showbox After Playing a Small Show At a Local Guitar Store, by Holly Homan
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
Thursday February 13th, Valentine’s Day Eve, was a day I looked forward to for a long time. The Mad Caddies, one of my favorite ska bands was making a triumphant return to Seattle. If memory serves correct, it’s been about eight years since Mad Caddies played Seattle — way too long. They did not . . . → Read More: The Triumphant Return Of The Mad Caddies Packs Them In At Chop Suey, by Holly Homan
Tofu as a healthful meat substitute helps nourish the body in many ways. However, there are people who are averse to eating tofu as a replacement for meat due to the peculiar bland taste that tofu has. Nevertheless, there are great tofu recipes that don’t taste like tofu, as you will see below.
The . . . → Read More: Great Tofu Recipes That Don’t Taste Like Tofu
Photography © Dan Kendall
Finally, after waiting patiently for a few years now, North American fans of Public Service Broadcasting are finally getting their wish. Starting on 18 February at the Casbah in San Diego and concluding with 16 March, 2014, the south London duo are bringing their dynamic and cinematic multimedia experience . . . → Read More: Public Service Broadcasting Storm North America with Their “Inform Education Entertain” Tour, by P. Raffington
To hold fans over until they tour this spring, Kathleen Hanna’s The Julie Ruin has released this video for their song titled, “Goodnight Goodbye”. It’s a retro-coolish peek into The Julie Ruin’s touring adventures and was shot on Super 8 film in Olympia, WA last year. I love how it works as a superfantastic . . . → Read More: The Julie Ruin – Goodnight, Goodbye
Your credit score is an important factor that will determine your credit worthiness. Thus, it is important that you should be aware of your credit score. Anyone who wishes to keep track of their credit score can do it the old fashioned way—through the 3-company reporting system. But there are newer methods introduced every . . . → Read More: The Untold Truth About Credit Karma
Are you an aspiring fashion designer? Do you want your vision and creations to grace runway shows?
Before any fashion item gets to the glossy pages of magazines, they are first translated from the minds of the designers to their drawing boards.
Your designs are born on paper and if you want . . . → Read More: Fashion Design Software: 10 Free Programs For Your Digital Fashion Business
Despite their second-round series loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the 2013 NBA playoffs were truly a coming-out party for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Since 1994—basically a generation—the Warriors had been one of the least relevant franchises in all of sports, with the exception of an upset against the Dallas Mavericks . . . → Read More: The 2014 Golden State Warriors – Well Worth The Price Of Admission, by Chuck Strom
Monday night was a night of action all over the country to protest the newly released environmental analysis that the proposed Keystone Pipeline will not increase global warming. What hasn’t been mentioned is that said analysis was written by a company with deep ties to the oil industry and the company that wants to . . . → Read More: Hundreds Gather In Near Freezing Temperatures To Protest the Keystone Pipeline, by Holly Homan
When it comes to gifts, it’s true that it’s the thought that counts. But for two people who are starting a new life and building a new home, you may want to give something that they can use and appreciate. Although gift giving is not mandatory, but if you are giving a gift to . . . → Read More: Top 10 Stupid Wedding Gifts
These two are cousins from General Santos City in the Philippines. Their names are Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and James Walter Bucong. One of their early Youtube videos went viral and they were invited to come to the US to perform on The Ellen Degeneres Show, where they were given gifts of money and instruments. . . . → Read More: Rooftops – Aldrich and James
This is the best band playing live today.
I honestly cannot say enough in praise of this touring group. I have been there at the Chicago Winery shows the last two times through Chicago. No new record? Not needed when you have a catalogue like IH does.
Oh and it is so . . . → Read More: The Best Band Playing Live Today, By Ron Swanson
It’s a Tuesday night and four great ska bands play to a sparse but energetic crowd at El Corazon.
The night was headlined by the legendary NYC band, The Toasters. I first saw The Toasters in 1996 at the Bumbershoot festival, but spent much of the time chasing my then six-year-old son around. . . . → Read More: El Corazon Brings Out a Ska-Filled Night With The Toasters, Easy Big Fella, The Georgetown Orbits & The Skablins, By Holly Homan
50 years ago The Beatles were introduced to America. Aside from their music, which still stands on its own merits, they helped launch what we now think of as The Sixties. They didn’t start it, of course. After all, the other strands were there — the yearnings for racial equality, artistic restlessness, and a . . . → Read More: Fifty Years Ago, The Beatles Launched the Sixties, by Rich Horton
Goodnight Pete Seeger. One hates to think of the songs that might disappear with his passing. Like us all he got some things wrong…his reaction to “electric” Dylan for example. But his belief in hand-made, rooted music as a progressive force was infinite and inspiring.
– Chris Eckman
Pete Seeger’s Wikipedia Page
No . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014, By Chris Eckman
They are a self-described “Band of Goddesses working for peace.”
Alice in Chains’ “Man in the Box” is a staple of ‘90s hard rock that no musician has dared try to genre bend – until now. Featured on their upcoming album Four Foot Shack, which will be out February 4, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang has created a rootsy, banjo-filled rendition of the . . . → Read More: Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Cover Alice In Chains’ “Man in the Box”