Rodrigo Solo – Tal Vez No Se Hunda El Barco (feat. Laura Guevara)

Rodrigo Solo has released a new video for his single, “Tal Vez No Se Hunda El Barco” (Perhaps the Ship Won’t Sink), which was recorded live at Tumbador Studios in Venezuela. The song is from his debut album No Estas Solo (You Are Not Alone) which came out last June and features a . . . → Read More: Rodrigo Solo – Tal Vez No Se Hunda El Barco (feat. Laura Guevara)

New Music From Lou Barlow – Wave, Moving

Just listen to these two songs and Lou Barlow’s voice will take you back to a 90s happy place. He is set to release his first solo album in six years, Brace the Wave, on September 4th via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Brace the Wave adds to Barlow’s extensive and celebrated discography, which . . . → Read More: New Music From Lou Barlow – Wave, Moving

The Wooden Sky – Maybe It’s No Secret

Toronto-based alternative rockers The Wooden Sky have a new album coming out soon. Let’s Be Ready is a compilation of songs that mirror everything the band has become on stage and beyond. Armed with swaggering guitars, rolling drums and melodies that sweep their way toward open-armed choruses, The Wooden Sky’s newest record is . . . → Read More: The Wooden Sky – Maybe It’s No Secret

Scorchy – Downtown Seattle Dune Buggy Chase 1976

This is for all of you longtime Seattleites. It’s a six minute dune buggy chase through downtown Seattle where Connie Stevens relentlessly pursues a vicious criminal at high speed through every gray nook and cranny of the Emerald City. How did they schedule so many sunny mornings to film it? The 1976 film from . . . → Read More: Scorchy – Downtown Seattle Dune Buggy Chase 1976

Oral History of British Folk Music a Must Read, by Pat Thomas

Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs is the first ever “oral history” of the British folk scene with expressive quotes from Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, the Watersons, Ashley Hutchings, Wizz Jones, Dave Swarbrick, June Tabor, Maddy Prior, Joe Boyd, Richard Thompson, Clive Palmer – utterly inspiring and essential.

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Rochester Ska Band Mrs. Skannotto Headline A Fun Night At the Funhouse Lounge, by Holly Homan

On a muggy Sunday night of August 16, I ventured out to the Funhouse Lounge to see ska masters Mrs. Skannotto. After some really good rock and punk openers I finally was eager to settle into some ska and hear some brass. Singer Joe Harmon almost melted into his mic as he flitted about . . . → Read More: Rochester Ska Band Mrs. Skannotto Headline A Fun Night At the Funhouse Lounge, by Holly Homan

Nadia Nair – Hardships

Nadia Nair’s way of blending genres, experimenting with styles and mixing sonic fields together runs in her veins… literally… This multi-cultural, half Swedish half Malaysian- Indian songstress, combines the many sides of herself and richly pours them into her music.

In the era of “It’s all been done before” Nadia comfortably manages to . . . → Read More: Nadia Nair – Hardships

Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom

Buster Posey RBI

Last Thursday was Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park. Before the game a cover band serenaded the fans from the top of the visitor’s dugout, and Bill Walton, the world’s most famous Deadhead, showed up to announce a $23,000 donation to Grateful Dead Charities. Lots of good feelings to be had, . . . → Read More: Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom

Rimkus Loves the Minnesota State Fair

1910 Fair boys sneaking around

Rimkus grew up mere blocks from the sprawling permanent Minnesota State Fair grounds – near halfway between St. Paul and Minneapolis and a virtual city in and of itself.

As a kid, planning for a few precious days at the fair was a big deal; Rimkus and his best . . . → Read More: Rimkus Loves the Minnesota State Fair

Dave the Dog Refused to Eat, by John Moe

Dave the dog, at least partly, may have been named after East Portland Davey

Dave the dog refused to eat until the broom was moved away from the food dish. He fears brooms and doesn’t understand them. He’s been known to bark loudly at them and bite them. Once the broom was moved, he . . . → Read More: Dave the Dog Refused to Eat, by John Moe

One of the Greatest, Most Dangerous Toys Ever Made, by Art Chantry

the SONIC BLASTER! (by MARX!) one of the greatest, most dangerous toys ever made. this was a plunger device that would push air out of this plastic barrel with such force that (i guess) it would break the sound barrier. it made a big booming blasting sound like a cannon when you fired it. . . . → Read More: One of the Greatest, Most Dangerous Toys Ever Made, by Art Chantry

Senator Bernie Sanders Finally Gets To Have His Say In Seattle To A Crowd of 15000, by Holly Homan

On Saturday, after Bernie Sanders was so rudely prevented from speaking to a crowd gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Social Security, I headed to the campus of the University of Washington to their indoor sports arena, Hec Edmondson Pavilion. The 12000 seat complex was filled with no empty seat to . . . → Read More: Senator Bernie Sanders Finally Gets To Have His Say In Seattle To A Crowd of 15000, by Holly Homan

Rat Pack, Comedy then Birth of the Blues, by Chuck Strom and Tom Fredrickson

I’ve seen this show (above) a few times – it was a Father’s Day special from 1965 (I think) broadcast from St. Louis. The comedy routines with Sammy were typical of their shows. I think they are mostly indicative of the time, when racial and ethnic stereotypes were still a fixture of public . . . → Read More: Rat Pack, Comedy then Birth of the Blues, by Chuck Strom and Tom Fredrickson

Frank Gifford, RIP, by Chuck Strom

This post was a nice surprise. Not just that someone would have had the presence of mind to mention Freddy Exley, but that apparently Gifford and Exley came to know each other after A Fan’s Notes, and that Gifford even hosted a party for Exley when his last book came out.

http://news.yahoo.com/frank-gifford-death-fred-exley-a-fans-notes-220404916.html

One . . . → Read More: Frank Gifford, RIP, by Chuck Strom

Labor Sponsored Social Security Rally Is Rudely Interrupted As Bernie Sanders Is About to Speak, by Holly Homan

Saturday afternoon on August 8 I headed to downtown Seattle for a rally for social security. The guest speaker of note was to be democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The event was held in the Westlake Plaza, the traditional gathering place for political rallies and gatherings in Seattle. A half an hour before . . . → Read More: Labor Sponsored Social Security Rally Is Rudely Interrupted As Bernie Sanders Is About to Speak, by Holly Homan

A “Where Are They Now?” Moment at Raley Field, by Chuck Strom

Triple-A baseball produces a lot of “Where are they now?” moments. In a recent Sacramento River Cats game, I saw a player, Brooks Conrad, who played a brief but important part in the San Francisco Giants’ recent history. Currently a member of the Las Vegas 51s, he was with the Atlanta Braves when they . . . → Read More: A “Where Are They Now?” Moment at Raley Field, by Chuck Strom

Of Monsters and Men – Empire

On the music video, director Tabitha Denholm says:

“We see the same fanciful ideas of women’s sexuality again and again in music videos which I find it hard to relate to. So when OMAM said they wanted to make a video about a forbidden relationship I was excited! I want to make . . . → Read More: Of Monsters and Men – Empire

Madilyn Bailey – Thrift Shop (Nysveen Remix)

Kimberly Anne – Bury It There

“Bury It There” is the new single from Kimberly Anne, available digitally now and impacting October 5th on Polydor. Written by Kimberly Anne and produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence & The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Lucy Rose) and Mark Crew (Bastille), the subtly anthemic “Bury It There” is built on an insistent guitar riff . . . → Read More: Kimberly Anne – Bury It There

Van Morrison – Domino Live 1977, by Kristen Anderson

1970: Domino. This opening track his fourth album is a tribute to Fats Domino and was originally a longer piece but was cut down when Morrison was asked for more ‘radio-friendly’ singles. White R&B with a touch of God thrown in for good measure. Classic Van.

– Kristen Anderson