The second night of my Skalloween celebration took me to Tim’s Tavern in north Seattle where three fabulous local ska bands were slated to play. Headlining were Wyoming transplants It Gets Worse, preceded by a band I saw for the first time, Smoking Bill, and opening the entire night was my own beloved Natalie . . . → Read More: How I spent my Skalloween Weekend Part II, by Holly Homan
Daniel Murphy’s success against the Cubs was not repeated in the World Series.
Wrigleyville and Wrigley Field were deathly quiet when I arrived at Game Four with the Mets leading 4-0, no surprise. Then the Mets’ hero of the Divisional Series, Daniel Murphy, turned to a goat in the World Series (pun intended). Now . . . → Read More: With No Salary Cap, Major League Baseball Salaries Continue to Rise, by Mark Erickson
Here’s a song for every musician whose songs never got played on KEXP:
My skalloween weekend began Friday night, Halloween Eve at Seattle’s Highline Bar on Capitol Hill. Headlining was Seattle’s own ska legends the Diablotones.
After a fun-filled performance by the Skablins, the Diablotones hit the stage for a mix of funky, raunchy rock and roll ska. Singer/bassist Timmy Profit sang with a throaty . . . → Read More: How I Spent My Skalloween Weekend, by Holly Homan
During last night’s World Series Game 5 broadcast, there was some criticism of Mets manager Terry Collins’s decision to leave Matt Harvey in the game to pitch not only to the first batter of the ninth inning but the next one as well. Second guessing is part of the fun of baseball, . . . → Read More: KC Royals Win 2015 World Series, by Chuck Strom
I shared this on Facebook on 10/30 and over the course of the Halloween weekend, this clever costume based on the Cubist art of Pablo Picasso drew in 1,200+ likes. This was a record, by at least a thousand. With that kind of success, I figured I should share it here as well:
. . . → Read More: Picasso Costume – The Most Popular Facebook Post in Years
John Renbourn never enjoyed the 20-something beard-driven renaissance of his pal Bert Jansch in Ballard, Brooklyn, Silver Lake or Oakland – but this new 20 song collection of all unreleased early 60’s recordings should help – Beverly Martyn (John’s wife) sings on a few cuts, while Davy Graham and Mac MacLeod sit in on . . . → Read More: John Renbourn – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out, by Pat Thomas
In 1971, Porter Wagoner recorded this perfect description of “The Rubber Room.” You might describe it as “psych-country.” It’s certainly not a pop song. As Waylon Jennings once said, Porter “couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers.”
– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black . . . → Read More: Porter Wagoner – The Rubber Room, by Pat Thomas
Bobby Whitlock was a member of Derek and the Dominos and played keys on the legendary Layla album. He’s still got the touch. This was always my favorite tune on that album– Wikipedia says Whitlock helped Clapton to finish this song– and Bobby, CoCo and Moses Mo don’t disappoint here.
One of the charms of major league baseball is that on rare occasions, people can not only play but thrive in the league despite a non-athletic body if they have the right skills. We were reminded of this when Bartolo Colon came in to pitch for the Mets last night in the 12th inning . . . → Read More: In Praise of Non-Ripped Baseball Players, by Chuck Strom
Back in the day I used to emulate Willie Stargell’s pre-pitch warmup during kid pick-up games in the empty lot behind my house. The Pittsburgh Pirates were my favorite NL team during the Dave “Cobra” Parker, Kent Tekulve, Rennie Stennett, Manny Sanguillen, et. al. era. I rooted for the Pirates in the 2015 NL . . . → Read More: 1979 World Series Game 7 Memories, by Mark Erickson
Today former Mets and Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra claims to have blackmailed umpires during his career for favorable calls on balls and strikes at the plate. Seems rather outrageous, but anyone interested in Dykstra’s playing career should pick up Keith Hernandez’s Pure Baseball, which featured Dykstra prominently in his pitch-by-pitch analysis of two . . . → Read More: Old Nails Is At It Again, by Chuck Strom
If they give Oscars for Youtube videos, this has to be the best documentary of 2015:
back in the early 60’s, when ‘Swingin’ London’ was in full flower, it was quite popular to photograph popular british rock bands (and later, american rock bands) to use as “props” in fashion photography. the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Pink Floyd and even The Who were decorative elements in the back of . . . → Read More: Pete Townshend, Pioneer of Anti-Lookism, by Art Chantry
“When I was younger I wanted to be a witch, but then I realised you can’t really do that for a living…”
Claudia Kane might not have fulfilled her childhood dream of caldrons, black cats and magic books, but the Londoner is about to start casting an impressive spell via the medium of . . . → Read More: Claudia Kane – Darling is Not My Name
Come Naked by Black Market Aftermath
Black Market Aftermath is a band with great talent, varied sound, and what I would describe as “formula” skills. The songwriting is good. The list of songs is long. I didn’t mind listening to the album and was vaguely intrigued by it.
I, however, want to be . . . → Read More: Black Market Aftermath – Come Naked, by Paul Johnson
True confession #1: At first glance I was fully prepared to strongly dislike Etham. He’s young, good looking, and just smacks of many things I disdain about humanity, music and the fancy monkeys that swing on the strings of the pop scene.
However, True confession #2 is that he is amazingly talented, his lyrics . . . → Read More: Etham – Cold Love, by Paul Johnson
Moon is a rockin band with all the tools necessary to build a wall of sound. On their track “Sidewinder” this is exemplified by a layered, driving, throbbing urgency that unfolds into layers of tasty riffs and rhythmic chapters. The evidence of “Sidewinder” suggests that Moon has plenty of red meat left swinging in . . . → Read More: Moon – Sidewinder, by Paul Johnson
It’s Friday night a week before Halloween and the happening place is Darrell’s Tavern in Shoreline just north of Seattle. Playing were two of Seattle’s finest ska bands, Natalie Wouldn’t and the Georgetown Orbits.
Natalie Wouldn’t played second and opened with a ska version of the Spider Man theme. The tiny . . . → Read More: Darrell’s Tavern Hosts a Night Of Ska Starring Natalie Wouldn’t & Georgetown Orbits, by Holly Homan