Japanese Breakfast – Everybody Wants To Love You (Live Session)

A side project from her work as front woman of Philadelphia indie punk band Little Big League, Michelle Zauner released a tape in June 2013 under the solo moniker Japanese Breakfast. The tape was titled June and boasted thirty tracks written and recorded every day of the month. A stark deviation from Little . . . → Read More: Japanese Breakfast – Everybody Wants To Love You (Live Session)

A New Theme Song for Fox News: Fountains of Wayne’s “Traffic and Weather,” by Chuck Strom

In light of the recent stories about Roger Ailes and what appears to be the locker-room culture at Fox News, this would be an appropriate musical theme for their broadcasts: Fountains of Wayne’s, “Traffic and Weather”.

“We belong together, like traffic and weather . . . “

Quick Reflection on Seeing the Psychedelic Furs Last Night, by Todd Johnson

Photo by Kjerstin Johnson

I saw the Furs the first time at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago on August 21, 1981, 34 years and 11 months to the day before last night’s show at the Santa Monica Pier.

That show was opened by the Chicago power pop band, The Kind, and was followed by . . . → Read More: Quick Reflection on Seeing the Psychedelic Furs Last Night, by Todd Johnson

Darling Cora – Yearn

This tune is truly special. It starts out pained, focused and inward but opens to illuminate an emotional story and sonic landscape as big as all of our sadnesses put together. The voice of Darling Cora (Darlene Cuevas) has a delicious range, vivid color and a soothing, comforting feel. She sounds like the . . . → Read More: Darling Cora – Yearn

Dear Sugar Was Here In Portland, Speaking Straight Into Our Ears, by Chuck Strom

Cheryl Strayed, Sarah Hepola and Steve Almond

Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir, Wild, became a successful movie with Reese Witherspoon, is a good storyteller whose online talks and Q&As never contain a dull moment. It was during one of my searches for her talks that I learned that she had resurrected her advice column, Dear . . . → Read More: Dear Sugar Was Here In Portland, Speaking Straight Into Our Ears, by Chuck Strom

Fitz and The Tantrums – HandClap

Fitz and The Tantrums’ self-titled album came out June 10. The first single, “HandClap,” was #1 most added at Alternative radio for 3 weeks in a row, was in the Top 5 of Spotify’s US viral chart and is already in a FIAT ad. It’s big and danceable and may be the summer song . . . → Read More: Fitz and The Tantrums – HandClap

Just Next Door to Portland – The Willamette Valley Wine Country, by Chuck Strom

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has some of the best wine country on Earth, especially if you’re into the Pinot Noir variety that Rex Pickett made famous with his novels Sideways and Vertical, the latter of which is set in Oregon. For those who live in Portland or are just visiting, most of the wineries are . . . → Read More: Just Next Door to Portland – The Willamette Valley Wine Country, by Chuck Strom

Skating Polly – Pretective Boy, by Mike Hughes

I shouldn’t like Skating Polly, two Oklahoma kids playing thrashy post punk, but it turns out I love them utterly to bits. I got the album on a whim, and to check them out further, seeing as it turns out I’d seen them live supporting Babes In Toyland. I’d kinda filed that away in . . . → Read More: Skating Polly – Pretective Boy, by Mike Hughes

The Legendary Dickies & the Queers Headline A Night Of Punk Rock At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Friday night July 8 Seattle’s foremost punk club, El Corazon, hosted one of punk’s foremost bands, the Dickies. Hailing from So Cal, the Dickies have been around since 1977 and are essentially the clowns, the satire of punk rock while still being punk. The band integrates numerous props in their performance including an anatomically . . . → Read More: The Legendary Dickies & the Queers Headline A Night Of Punk Rock At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Maccie – High

Maccie is from a different Portland, “I grew up in Portland, Ontario in foster care, and from a young age I used music as an escape. I always had a passion for singing but when I discovered the piano at age 8 I was hooked. I taught myself by ear, I learned piano, then . . . → Read More: Maccie – High

The Handwriting on the Wall (1958) by Dr. Billy Graham

At an East Portland Blog staff meeting tonight, one of our fine writers related a story about visiting the Billy Graham Library in North Carolina. This reminded me of hours lost in the 1970s sitting forcibly quiet and heroically bored as my parents monopolized the lone family boob tube watching televised versions of Billy . . . → Read More: The Handwriting on the Wall (1958) by Dr. Billy Graham

Skating Polly – Stop Digging

Haley Bonar – Kismet Kill

From the album Impossible Dream out August 5, 2016:

Purslane: You Find it in the Cracks, by Jill Kuhel

Purslane has more omega 3 than any other leafy green. Purslane is easy to find in the cracks of the sidewalk. Kay Young substitutes the purslane for lettuce in tacos or sandwiches. Bonus no chopping or wilting! The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. I vote for raw~the less work the better! I . . . → Read More: Purslane: You Find it in the Cracks, by Jill Kuhel

Your Newest Member of the Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant, by Chuck Strom

This news may only be important to the truly NBA-obsessive, but for those who haven’t heard, Kevin Durant has left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors. From Durant’s standpoint, the reasons are obvious. He believes that he has gone as far as he could with the Thunder and sees the . . . → Read More: Your Newest Member of the Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant, by Chuck Strom

Samm Henshaw – These Hands

Samm Henshaw will release his second EP, The Sound Experiment 2, via Columbia Records this summer. He describes this song as “a mission-statement to honing your craft, and being able to do anything when you put the work in.”

After A Long Hiatus, LA’s Tiger Army Returns to the Stage at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

On Saturday June 25 the long awaited return of So Cal’s Tiger Army came to El Corazon. The last time Tiger Army played in Seattle I think it was 2008 or 2009. The band took some time off, but Seattle hadn’t forgotten them. The club was packed and there was already a good crowd . . . → Read More: After A Long Hiatus, LA’s Tiger Army Returns to the Stage at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Garrison Keillor To Depart A Prairie Home Companion, by Chuck Strom

Just heard about Garrison Keillor’s recent retirement from A Prairie Home Companion. He actually did so as well back in 1987, but over the next several years he gave in, bit by bit, to his audience’s demands until the show returned in its full reincarnation in 1994. Now that he is 72 years old, . . . → Read More: Garrison Keillor To Depart A Prairie Home Companion, by Chuck Strom

God Doesn’t Hate Cleveland Any More, Chuck Strom

Much as the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals has been described as a collapse, Game 7 was anything but. It was biting, scratching and kicking warfare for a full 48 minutes. Such games always come down to someone making a big play at the end, and . . . → Read More: God Doesn’t Hate Cleveland Any More, Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto and the Giants are Rolling Right Along, by Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto, whom the San Francisco Giants acquired last winter, is the hands-down best free-agent signing thus far in 2016. Yesterday, he won his tenth game and reduced his season ERA to 2.10, which would actually be about half that total if you subtracted the five-run innings he suffered on two occasions in April . . . → Read More: Johnny Cueto and the Giants are Rolling Right Along, by Chuck Strom