Of Mice & Men – Bones Exposed

Celebrity update: Yesterday I drove Austin Carlile from Of Mice & Men in my cab. I had no idea who this person was. At the request of his very tough female tour manager, I had to back the van up into a roiling human sea of equipment movers and fans in order to pick . . . → Read More: Of Mice & Men – Bones Exposed

Seasick Mama – Gimme Something More To Work With

This is from Seasick Mama’s new EP, Tip Top Shape, which can be heard here. There’s another video at that location also.

Anchors of Truth – Unclean Spirits – Pastor John Lomacang

This is quoted directly from the video description, “A coalition of satanic players have mounted a cunning, occult attack on Christianity, and every moral system, through the entertainment industry. Music and entertainment play a major role in Satan’s plan to destroy Christians, yet many are oblivious to the clever and effective ways by which . . . → Read More: Anchors of Truth – Unclean Spirits – Pastor John Lomacang

Fefe Dobson – In Better Hands

This tune wasn’t produced by Bob Clearmountain but it’s got three Clearmountain Pauses or at least Clearmountain-like pauses at approximately 1:18, 2:27 and 3:10.

Giant Lobster Attacks Party Girls at Beach

This Quiznos commercial has gone viral in the Philippines for obvious reasons:

The Return of the Onetime FOE, Hannah Louise Clark, by Mike Hughes

East Portland Blog is run by a man I’ve never met, but have become good friends with over the past few years. Let’s call him Davey. And just to prove that Davey takes notice of what he puts up on EPB, in one of our email conversations the other day, he asked “So . . . → Read More: The Return of the Onetime FOE, Hannah Louise Clark, by Mike Hughes

When the Dog Stays Home Alone

Funny stuff:

Oregon Native Hanneke Cassel Brings Hot Scottish Fiddle For Every Occasion

“Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness,” says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin . . . → Read More: Oregon Native Hanneke Cassel Brings Hot Scottish Fiddle For Every Occasion

Richie Ramone Headlines A Night Of Five Punk Bands at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Friday night, March 7, Seattle’s El Corazon hosted five explosive punk bands headlined by the infamous Richie Ramone, the third drummer for the Ramones (1983 to 1987).

Richie began the set behind a large drum kit, but switched to being the front man with a mic while rhythm guitarist Ben Reagan (and probably the . . . → Read More: Richie Ramone Headlines A Night Of Five Punk Bands at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Amtrak Writer in Residence Program Seeks to Put Creative Professionals on a Train and Take Them Away

Amtrak’s Writer in Residence Program is a great idea. I did this informally and on my own dime in the train equivalent of coach class in the 80s numerous times when I traveled between Seattle and Chicago on the Empire Builder, a train with a stout and classic name, and recorded the straight fire . . . → Read More: Amtrak Writer in Residence Program Seeks to Put Creative Professionals on a Train and Take Them Away

Drew – Plus One

Former record label executive and electro-soul singer-songwriter Drew releases her new single “Plus One” off her upcoming debut EP, The Other Side. Produced and remixed by Robert Lux and recorded in the famous Cutting Room Studios in NYC, “Plus One” is the second single of her debut EP.

Drew’s “Plus One” features . . . → Read More: Drew – Plus One

Social Distortion Guitarist, Johnny Two Bags, Brings Solo Show to Wonder Ballroom

JONNY TWO BAGS, heretofore better known as Jonny Wickersham, guitarist for Social Distortion, will be appearing in PORTLAND, OR at WONDER BALLROOM on TUESDAY, APRIL 8th – opening for Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie. Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8:30pm. Tickets: $20.00 – $23.00.

In January 2014, Rolling Stone premiered the lead track from Two . . . → Read More: Social Distortion Guitarist, Johnny Two Bags, Brings Solo Show to Wonder Ballroom

Danny Sanderson – Hebrew Version of “Come Go With Me”

YES, this is it! The Hebrew language cover of the Del Vikings tune “Come Go With Me.” In the early days of Facebook I was looking for this tune and no one on the social media landscape would even believe that it existed. But I had heard it from Terri Gross, so it had . . . → Read More: Danny Sanderson – Hebrew Version of “Come Go With Me”

Mayssa Karaa – Arabic Version of “White Rabbit”

Cuban Pianist and Composer Alfredo Rodríguez to Release The Invasion Parade

Take a look at the video below as it contains snippets of what sounds like a very promising new album entitled The Invasion Parade which has just been released by Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez. The album was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones and features Portland’s own Esperanza Spalding on bass. The . . . → Read More: Cuban Pianist and Composer Alfredo Rodríguez to Release The Invasion Parade

Cecile McLorin Salvant – Poor Butterfly

Ms. Cecile McLorin Salvant singing the Raymond Hubbell & John Golden standard “Poor Butterfly”. For more videos, photos, touring info and more, visit http://cecilemclorinsalvant.com/

Folding Legs – Drown in Light

Folding Legs bring cutlery and a fresh take to beloved Scandinavian celebrations of Santa Lucia Day.

It’s hard not to love this catchy tune and the accompanying spot-on performance art video. It breaks every boundary with such ease and simplicity.

According to their publicist, “Brooklyn-based alt-rock/indie-pop quartet Folding Legs have just premiered their video . . . → Read More: Folding Legs – Drown in Light

SuperAwesome Cat Video – Dansons La Capucine

Davey and Goliath – All Alone

This was really before my time, but I vaguely remember seeing it on TV at some point. You’ve got to hear the trumpeters play “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Also, Goliath’s voice and sardonic dog comments are fantastic.

Davey and Goliath Wikipedia Page

Sonny Boy Williamson – Bye Bye Bird, My Younger Days, by Davin Michael Stedman

When I opened for Nappy Roots recently it struck me on stage like a bolt of lightning that I should start offering free harmonica lessons at shows. Folks just need to bring a decent harmonica down to the shows and I’ll send em’ home smiling with a valuable lesson or two.

It’s good . . . → Read More: Sonny Boy Williamson – Bye Bye Bird, My Younger Days, by Davin Michael Stedman