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Is it Possible that Replay Makes for Better Umps in Baseball? by Ron Swanson

For years, Angel Hernández has drawn my score as worst ump in the Majors. I think he may be a rare case where replay has helped the ump.

It used to be, any time that a call that he made was questioned and was very close, any argument at all would result in an . . . → Read More: Is it Possible that Replay Makes for Better Umps in Baseball? by Ron Swanson

Barron’s “Big Money” View of Economy and Election, by Mark Erickson

The investment potential of Tesla Motors and their stylish electric sports cars is viewed unfavorably by 89% of fund managers.

Barron’s (Barrons.com) is a weekly newspaper devoted solely to stocks and the financial markets. My Dad passes along old issues to me. The October 17th edition contains a four page article that is based . . . → Read More: Barron’s “Big Money” View of Economy and Election, by Mark Erickson

The Interrupters Headline A Night Of Punk/Ska at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

On October 11 I ventured out to El Corazon to see LA’s the Interrupters headline their own show. And what a show it was. This ska/pop/punk quartet riles up the audience by standing on the monitors, or leaning into the crowd. This is particularly done by front woman/singer Aimee Interrupter. She constantly leaned into . . . → Read More: The Interrupters Headline A Night Of Punk/Ska at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

The Utmost Pleasure of Robyn Hitchcock, by Holly Homan

On October 5th I had the utmost pleasure of seeing Robyn Hitchcock play at an old converted church, now Fremont Abbey Arts Center. This was a very intimate show, almost like having him play in your living room. He played two sold out nights.

Robyn’s songs combine quirky, humorous lyrics with catchy melodies. This . . . → Read More: The Utmost Pleasure of Robyn Hitchcock, by Holly Homan

On Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize/If You Gotta Go, Go Now, by Tom Fredrickson

As one who once loudly proclaimed my Dylan hatred, I thought it was wonderfully apt. A pleasant surprise from the Nobel committee rather than a cause for the usual mystifying Googling of an author I’ll never read. Here is a writer who actually means something to the lives of people all over the world . . . → Read More: On Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize/If You Gotta Go, Go Now, by Tom Fredrickson

A Giant Collapse, And The Cubs Move On, by Chuck Strom

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The ninth inning of last night’s Game 4 of the recently concluded series between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs was as brutal a finish to a game as I’ve ever witnessed. Five Giant relief pitchers combined to cough up four runs and render what had been . . . → Read More: A Giant Collapse, And The Cubs Move On, by Chuck Strom

Seattle’s Highline Hosts Skatoberfest With Five Northwest Ska Acts, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday, Oct first, Seattle’s Highline Tavern hosted the Skatoberfest featuring five ska acts. The headliners this time was the Seattleites. This was my second time seeing them in a week, but they’ve already grown as a band. Added this time were some amazing vocalists with personality to boot. Their main singer (Joseph Quinone) . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Highline Hosts Skatoberfest With Five Northwest Ska Acts, by Holly Homan

The October Giants are Back, by Chuck Strom

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It’s a good thing I don’t make my living as a prophet.

I expected last night’s Giants/Mets game to go something like this: Madison Bumgarner would give up a run or two early, as he often does when settling into a game, and that would have been the difference as Noah Syndergaard . . . → Read More: The October Giants are Back, by Chuck Strom

The Even Year Magic Is Not Quite Over Yet, by Chuck Strom

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The San Francisco Giants, as they did in 2014, managed to slip into the very last available postseason spot and earn themselves a road trip for a do-or-die playoff. With five wins out of their last six games, they are looking better of late than for most of the season since the . . . → Read More: The Even Year Magic Is Not Quite Over Yet, by Chuck Strom

Vin Scully Drops The Mike, by Chuck Strom

Vin Scully, who spent 67 years as the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, announced his last game yesterday at AT&T Park.  I’m not sure what is more astounding about his career:  that he set an unbreakable record for longevity or that he did so with undiminished sharpness at 88 years old.  . . . → Read More: Vin Scully Drops The Mike, by Chuck Strom

Hitch, A Wild Ride, Or A Musical In 13 Parts

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Hitch, A Wild Ride or Hitch, A Musical in 13 Parts A review of The Joy Formidable’s Latest Album By Peter Dysart

As a preface, this album was released six months ago and from the week of its release, I’ve been listening intently. As the band’s third full release, Hitch was immediately a . . . → Read More: Hitch, A Wild Ride, Or A Musical In 13 Parts

Bay Area Sports Notes, by Chuck Strom

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On Sunday, we got a definitive evaluation of Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers, and the news wasn’t good. Their loss to the Seahawks in Seattle wasn’t nearly as close as the final 37-18 score, since the Niners scored their two touchdowns in what was essentially garbage time in the fourth quarter. The . . . → Read More: Bay Area Sports Notes, by Chuck Strom

Morning Prayer – David Åhlén

Here’s how David Åhlén begins the one sheet for his new album, Hidden Light. The whole work is lovely. Check out the video above or the album sampler below:

It’s 2016 and the world is (still) in darkness. Big or small, the hurt is hurting everyone and this does not simply passes by . . . → Read More: Morning Prayer – David Åhlén

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions feat. Kurt Vile – Let Me Get There

Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions will release their highly anticipated third album, Until The Hunter on November 4th. In advance of that happy day, the Warm Inventions – comprising Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and My Bloody Valentine’s Colm O’Coisog – are releasing the first single from the album on all digital platforms. . . . → Read More: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions feat. Kurt Vile – Let Me Get There

Twilight of a Dynasty: The Giants Approach That Good Night, by Chuck Strom

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

–Dylan Thomas

The San Francisco Giants’ even-year championship dynasty is coming to an end. It may seem premature to write their epitaph with two weeks left in . . . → Read More: Twilight of a Dynasty: The Giants Approach That Good Night, by Chuck Strom

Jelly of the Month Club – Cubs Cubs Cubs

One of my sources tells me that Cub mania is heating up in Chi-town, “I’m seeing a lot more Cub attire these days, just like when the Hawks started their great run of success I saw sooooo many new Hawk fans. This town will explode if the Cubs win the WS. The other day . . . → Read More: Jelly of the Month Club – Cubs Cubs Cubs

John Coltrane – Alabama, by Pat Thomas

On Sunday September 15th 1963, four black girls (11 to 14 years old) were murdered by a bomb placed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Just like Nina Simone, John Coltrane was inspired to compose a musical tribute/response. Recorded on November 18th 1963, “Alabama” is Trane’s most compelling commentary, inspired by a . . . → Read More: John Coltrane – Alabama, by Pat Thomas

At Least They Won’t Go 0-16: Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers Begin Their Season With A Win, by Chuck Strom

For those who may have missed it, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams 28-0 last Monday night. This was good news for their new coach, Chip Kelly, but the general media consensus suggests that the score reflected the putridness of the Rams more than a Niners resurgence. This article on . . . → Read More: At Least They Won’t Go 0-16: Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers Begin Their Season With A Win, by Chuck Strom

I Survived Another Night Of Wild Punk Bands Starring UK’s Subhumans, by Holly Homan

Last Wednesday Sept 7, Seattle’s legendary Crocodile Cafe hosted a night of punk rock featuring Britain’s Subhumans.

Subhumans didn’t come on stage as much as they ignited it. Front man Dick Lucas flitted about the stage like a lit firecracker, standing in one place no longer than a second or two. He didn’t sing . . . → Read More: I Survived Another Night Of Wild Punk Bands Starring UK’s Subhumans, by Holly Homan

Samm Henshaw – Night Calls

Samm Henshaw has shared the video for beautiful new track ‘Night Calls’, taken from The Sound Experiment 2 EP – which is out now via Columbia Records.

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