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

Tori Amos – Smells Like Teen Spirit

The first and still the best of the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” covers:

Tori Amos will release 2-CD deluxe editions of her debut and sophomore solo albums, Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink on April 14th via Rhino. Each record is newly re-mastered and paired with an entire disc of rare B-sides and . . . → Read More: Tori Amos – Smells Like Teen Spirit

The Last Laugh. Mike Bocchetti: A Lenten Profile, by Elizabeth Hoberg

Fat Tuesday. We jump to observe indulgence for indulgence sake. For some, overdoing is where Mardi Gras begins and ends. It may not cross our minds to detox from a decadence for a period of time, afterwards. Or pick up a habit that has the equivalent result. At the very least, we might not . . . → Read More: The Last Laugh. Mike Bocchetti: A Lenten Profile, by Elizabeth Hoberg

Bill Simmons Post – SNL at 40‏, by Chuck Strom

Here’s a good Bill Simmons piece on the SNL 40 special:

http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/ready-for-prime-time-the-giddy-brilliant-and-ok-somewhat-bloated-snl-40/

I actually managed to catch most of it last night, though I wasn’t even aware it was on until partway through. The one comment I would add is that Paul Simon’s appearance at the end was a little dispiriting. His voice sounded . . . → Read More: Bill Simmons Post – SNL at 40‏, by Chuck Strom

Ultra Van Krome – Boogawolf, Pleased to Meet You

Ultra Van Krome kicks it with his road dog

Portland’s own Ultra Van Krome has just released a fantastic new album called Cyber Funkist and below are two choice cuts from that very same work. The album has eight songs and they’re all spectacular, definitely worth purchasing, if you can find it anywhere.

Ultra . . . → Read More: Ultra Van Krome – Boogawolf, Pleased to Meet You

Petite Meller – Baby Love, by Mike Hughes

I’m ….slightly …..disconcerted by her attire ………….. but this is top class pop music. Yowzah!!”

– Mike Hughes

Our Man in Berlin – Molière

When a band named Our Man in Berlin relases a tune called “Molière,” well, you pretty much have to share it with the world. Those names sound like the mid 80s are back, and the tune doesn’t disappoint. Late period Roxy Music must still be in vogue in Australia and that’s a good . . . → Read More: Our Man in Berlin – Molière

Prelude to A New Season: the SF Giants 2015 Fan Fest, by Chuck Strom

With the glow still fresh from the San Francisco Giants’ recent championship, there was no question that I would attend their Fan Fest last weekend. I took both of my daughters with me, and I looked forward to seeing its attractions and avoiding the autograph lines, having spent the previous two Fan Fests standing . . . → Read More: Prelude to A New Season: the SF Giants 2015 Fan Fest, by Chuck Strom

AMANA MELOMÉ – Icarus

This is a delicious jazz tune. Please listen well.

Jazz pop songstress Amana Melomé is premiering an intimate, in-studio video for her single “Icarus” off of her recently released Lock and Key, an EP produced by The Decoders‘ Adam Berg and Itai Shapira.

Amana has previously headlined events for Fendi and Dior and . . . → Read More: AMANA MELOMÉ – Icarus

The Return Of The Incredible Indelible Dickies and Five Other Bands Bring A Night of Punk Rock to Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

The Dickies

On Friday night February 6 everyone and anyone who’s punk headed to El Corazon for a wild evening headlined by legendary So. Cal punkers The Dickies. This was my third time seeing the Dickies and I think they get wilder each time.

The very second The Dickies hit the stage, the . . . → Read More: The Return Of The Incredible Indelible Dickies and Five Other Bands Bring A Night of Punk Rock to Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Rik Swartzwelder – Back and Still “Old Fashioned”

In 2002, Rik Swartzwelder released an incredible short film called The Least of These which was based on Tony Campolo’s Agnes story. It was amazing, a powerful little movie bulging with classic lines like, “The kind of church which throws birthday parties for whores at 2 o’clock in the morning,” “Someone has to cut . . . → Read More: Rik Swartzwelder – Back and Still “Old Fashioned”

Sirena – Lunar Lights

Meet Sirena and her brand new single, “Lunar Lights.”

Thanks to the recent successes of Mapei, Seinabo Sey and Elliphant, modern Sweden seems to be perfect breeding ground for high quality pop and talented singers. Another artist making such an upward crawl is Sirena, a 22-year-old Stockholm-Barcelona based singer and songwriter. Writing poetry . . . → Read More: Sirena – Lunar Lights

An Established Routine: The 2014 Giants World Series Trophy Tour, by Chuck Strom

2014 World Series Trophy

The triumphs of ancient Rome were something of a victory parade on steroids. Usually celebrated after a major conquest, they were long processions that included captives on display and soldiers of the victorious army marching and singing salacious songs at their leader’s expense. In the midst of the procession, the . . . → Read More: An Established Routine: The 2014 Giants World Series Trophy Tour, by Chuck Strom

In Which I Have the Utmost Privilege of Seeing Mad Caddies for the Third Time in Twelve Months, this Time With Aggrolites In Tow At Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Mad Caddies

A mid week show is often a pain to attend after a full day’s work, but last Wednesday, January 28, was the Mad Caddies at the Nectar Lounge and that was not to be missed. After a nearly eight-year absence, the Mad Caddies have performed concerts in the Seattle-Tacoma area three times . . . → Read More: In Which I Have the Utmost Privilege of Seeing Mad Caddies for the Third Time in Twelve Months, this Time With Aggrolites In Tow At Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

How do you stop a team that intimidates with love? by Claude Iosso

Earl Thomas, player of love

Yes, the bandwagon is groaning under the weight of fair-weather fans and long-time Hawks supporters, all clad in their “12” jerseys, caps and T-shirts. I personally am conflicted about wearing a jersey. I have rooted for the Seahawks practically since I moved to Washington state in 1989, but I . . . → Read More: How do you stop a team that intimidates with love? by Claude Iosso

Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s Mountaintop, by Chuck Strom

If I could choose any stone to have over my grave, my pick would be Thomas Jefferson’s. His is an obelisk, and his epitaph reads as follows:

HERE WAS BURIEDTHOMAS JEFFERSONAUTHOR OF THEDECLARATIONOFAMERICAN INDEPENDENCEOF THESTATUTE OF VIRGINIAFORRELIGIOUS FREEDOMAND FATHER OF THEUNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

This is as noteworthy for what it leaves out as . . . → Read More: Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s Mountaintop, by Chuck Strom

Eddie Murphy’s Catchy New Reggae Single – Oh Jah Jah

A declaration as old as reggae itself, timely reprised here: “We live in Babylon, going back to Zion…”

Revered comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy released an awesome new reggae tune, “Oh Jah Jah,” on January 27. The song debuted at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Digital Song Chart. According to Soundscan, Murphy’s tune charted above . . . → Read More: Eddie Murphy’s Catchy New Reggae Single – Oh Jah Jah

Awesome Portland Night Skyline With Fog