Taxi Taxi – Floating Forever

Meet Taxi Taxi, two great artists from Stockholm who just started their own label, Delicious Demon Records. The two beautiful ladies are twin sisters, Johanna & Miriam Tewolde Berhan.

Their new video, for a power ballad called “Floating Forever,” was filmed on a night out by director Simeon Frohm (previously worked for Swedish artists . . . → Read More: Taxi Taxi – Floating Forever

Graig Markel Composes Soundtrack to Run Free Documentary

The soundtrack of Run Free, a documentary based on the true story of Caballo Blanco, is now available. The beautiful collection consists of thirteen original tracks from accomplished Seattle producer, Graig Markel.

Markel is a songwriter, producer and sound designer credited with creating the genre ‘Broken Soul,’ a mixture of downtempo rock, and R&B . . . → Read More: Graig Markel Composes Soundtrack to Run Free Documentary

For A Saturday Morning Meeting on Funding For Public Education, It’s Standing Room Only In North Seattle, by Holly Homan

Saturday morning, March 21, 2015, I attended one of seven gatherings around Washington state to address K through eight funding. The event I attended was standing room only at Nathan Hale HS in north Seattle. There had to be at least four thousand educators and parents in attendance who are fed up with lack . . . → Read More: For A Saturday Morning Meeting on Funding For Public Education, It’s Standing Room Only In North Seattle, by Holly Homan

The Pallid Pilgrim Recommends: FOUR FAB FILMS FROM THE 1980’s GOLDEN ERA OF BASEBALL MOVIES, by Rich Horton

The start of baseball season is still several weeks away. But in the meantime, your own Spring Training should include watching four particular fabulous baseball films from the 1980’s.

Frankly, it’s hard to go wrong with a baseball film; every decade has had great ones. But for some reason, the ’80s were a particularly . . . → Read More: The Pallid Pilgrim Recommends: FOUR FAB FILMS FROM THE 1980’s GOLDEN ERA OF BASEBALL MOVIES, by Rich Horton

People in the Dark Ages Would Think Our Lent Was Easy, by Kim Rendfeld

A 12th century painting of Esther and Ahashuerus at a banquet, with a pretzel.

Giving up something for Lent? A dessert? TV? Facebook? The 8th-century characters in my novels would envy you.

Early medieval Christians took Lent seriously. No meat. No eggs. No dairy. Only one meal a day around 3 p.m., and that . . . → Read More: People in the Dark Ages Would Think Our Lent Was Easy, by Kim Rendfeld

Japan’s Foremost Christian Heavy Metal Band Tells The World About The Crazy Situation in Japan with their Atomic Live! Album

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

Sweden’s New Queen of Stoner Pop: Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Anything So Bright

I’m really starting to love this tune and the accompanying vid. Give them a chance, they’ll grow on you.

Despite only one EP and two singles under their belt (Diamond Waves 12 EP, “Sunny Afternoon” and “Tell It To The Wind” 7) Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are on a blazing roll. To . . . → Read More: Sweden’s New Queen of Stoner Pop: Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Anything So Bright

O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps

A version of this tune featuring American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson has appeared on a high profile commercial for American Family insurance, in the process reawakening interest in this tune, at least for me. The original was released in 1970 by a family group from Chicago, the Five Stairsteps (just as, a year . . . → Read More: O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps

Sports Enclaves and Motorhead, by Mark Erickson

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

Spencer Tarring ft. Paul Aiden – Green Light

Spencer Tarring pioneers a sound that defines not only a record label and a DJ, but an entire city. With Shanghai often hailed as the showpiece of China’s booming economy, Spencer Tarring is undoubtedly the driving force of a music scene often imitated the world over, but since his arrival in 2009, never . . . → Read More: Spencer Tarring ft. Paul Aiden – Green Light

Sirena – Lunar Lights

22-year-old Stockholm-Barcelona based singer and songwriter has just released a video for her recent single, “Lunar Lights.”

La Sirena de Copenhagen (no relation to the artist)

March Came In Like A Lamb, but The Wintergrass Blugrass Festival Went Out Like a Lion, by Holly Homan

Wintergrass is described as a family-friendly Bluegrass music festival, with concerts and dances at 4 different stages. There are also music education programs for kids and adults, workshops, impromptu jams, and a chance to see and hear some great music.

One of my favorite folk/bluegrass artists, Sarah Jarosz, was playing several sets, but . . . → Read More: March Came In Like A Lamb, but The Wintergrass Blugrass Festival Went Out Like a Lion, by Holly Homan

Minnie Minoso RIP, by Steve Stav

In the Washington Post – Minnie Minoso, White Sox and Baseball Icon, dies; President Obama joins in tributes

I have, surprisingly enough, a great Minnie Minoso story.

There was a time when you could, theoretically, get an autograph from a major leaguer simply by writing to him. It seemed to work about 25 percent . . . → Read More: Minnie Minoso RIP, by Steve Stav

Van Morrison’s Moondance: A Perfect Album, by Pat Thomas

45 years ago today, 2/28/1970 – Van Morrison released the Moondance album. I jotted down a few thoughts on what I think in 2015.

Van Morrison’s second Warner Brothers album is so good; it arguably could have been a ‘best of’ collection. One of those rare records in which there’s no bad tracks. At . . . → Read More: Van Morrison’s Moondance: A Perfect Album, by Pat Thomas

Frida Ensam, by Pat Thomas

I’ve never understood the fascination that my friends have for ABBA. My ABBA compilation, would be a 4 song EP. Their music is a piece of chalk marinated in vinegar. However, I have a soft-spot for the 1975 Frida ensam (“Frida Alone”) LP. Sung all in Swedish, it includes versions of Bowie’s “Liv på . . . → Read More: Frida Ensam, by Pat Thomas

Reagan Youth Return To Seattle For A Night Of Wild, Hardcore Punk, by Holly Homan

Reagan Youth

Saturday night February 21 Reagan Youth headlined an all out punk show at Seattle’s foremost punk venue El Corazon. I head south the 12 miles from my home only to realize I’d left the house without my ID and had to drive all the way back to retrieve it. DOH! So unfortunately . . . → Read More: Reagan Youth Return To Seattle For A Night Of Wild, Hardcore Punk, by Holly Homan

Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

Bob’s Burgers is my favorite show of all time. Every night except Sunday I forego whatever’s on now in order to re-watch and re-enjoy the utterly perfect first season of Bob’s Burgers. On Sundays I patiently wait for whatever new episode of Bob’s Burgers awaits me. Sleater-Kinney is one of the most stupendous . . . → Read More: Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

Champion Cheaters, by Mark Erickson

As a father of two boys, I devoted much time with them in the back yard and at the park playing baseball. When I constructed a flower box in the back yard, I also built a pitching mound. Since my boys and I loved baseball, I was delighted to be involved with them not . . . → Read More: Champion Cheaters, by Mark Erickson

She was no fool, by Tom Fredrickson

The late Lesley Gore was on the epochal T.A.M.I. Show; that’s epitaph enough for any pop star from the 60s. Here’s her full set:

My favorite was “She’s a Fool,” with its unforgettable, unexplainable backing vocal hook of “shacka doula.” When you’ve got Quincy Jones producing and Claus Ogerman arranging, you can . . . → Read More: She was no fool, by Tom Fredrickson

The Stuff – Saints

Here are four old guys from Stockholm who do a great job with this Breeders cover:

While writing and rehearsing original material for their upcoming album, Frog Bouquet – Covers From Our Space, Stockholm’s finest rock rangers The Stuff also explored the deep vaults of the last 45 years of music history. Each . . . → Read More: The Stuff – Saints