English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Attention all you fans of punk pop, have you heard of the Subways? They’re an English punk pop trio and they’re coming to the Northwest this next week.

Think New Found Glory meets the Runaways. They have a brand video out called Dirty Muddy Paws. Check it out here.

They’re playing Seattle . . . → Read More: English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Rimkus Reflects on Prince

(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Believe it or not, I’ve been to two Prince concerts. Not out of a “hometown boy made good” support kind of thing but mostly because Mrs. Rimkus was always smitten by him. And liked his music I suppose. They were electrifying shows. Those who never had the pleasure…

Back in . . . → Read More: Rimkus Reflects on Prince

Come Into Our Scandinavian-American Kitchens, by Mark Erickson

Garrison Keillor has occasionally referenced the basement of a Lutheran church as well as a dinner entrée called a casserole (aka hotdish) during his successful, long-running radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. I was raised in a denomination, i.e., the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), which is similar to Lutheran (two sacraments: baptism and communion). . . . → Read More: Come Into Our Scandinavian-American Kitchens, by Mark Erickson

What About Paul Ryan? by Vino Knight-Trané

I suspect the Republican nomination will either go to Trump or be a big-time mess, or both. Someone like Paul Ryan could emerge as the nominee, but only after a public bloodletting in a non-brokered free-for-all of a convention that might put 1968 to shame. He would start the general election with serious disadvantages . . . → Read More: What About Paul Ryan? by Vino Knight-Trané

R.I.P. Garry Emmanuel Shandling, by Chuck Strom

Just saw that Garry Shandling passed away suddenly. I liked him. He made meta funny and accessible at once.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/24/471773637/actor-and-comedian-garry-shandling-dies-at-66

His appearance on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee wasn’t that long ago:

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/garry-shandling-its-great-that-garry-shandling-is-still-alive

Note the title of the segment.

Replayed the episode. A lot of discussion of death, almost eerily so. At one . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Garry Emmanuel Shandling, by Chuck Strom

Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson

President Barack Obama has spent the last few days in Cuba as part of his effort to normalize relations with the island that has endured a 50 year embargo. The Chicago Tribune reported that Obama advocated for “human rights, including freedom of speech and assembly and religion” during the trip to which President Raul . . . → Read More: Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson

Muddy Waters – Honey Bee / Interview – 7/29/1971 – Ash Grove, by John Siscoe

Muddy Waters was interviewed countless times in his long career, often by people who had little knowledge of his life or his music.

Pete Welding was a different case. He owned Testament Records, a Chicago Blues label that recorded many of Muddy’s contemporaries and friends. In this brief but illuminating interview, Welding knows the . . . → Read More: Muddy Waters – Honey Bee / Interview – 7/29/1971 – Ash Grove, by John Siscoe

Melody Pool – Love, She Loves Me

At once lush, scatalogical, heartfelt, cosmological, lyrically-piercing and honest, Melody Pool’s new single “Love, She Loves Me” is not easily forgotten. This tune forms part of her eagerly anticipated second album, Deep Dark Savage Heart which will be out 29 April 2016.

Cleveland Rocks! by Vino Knight-Trané

Quicken Loans Arena, home to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, will host the 2016 Republican Convention

Norm Ornstein’s one of my favorite political writers, even though the think tank he belongs to, the American Enterprise Institute, leans right. His most recent piece in the Atlantic addresses the images of 1968 that are . . . → Read More: Cleveland Rocks! by Vino Knight-Trané

Remi ‘REMI’ Kolawole – For Good (featuring Sampa The Great)

Melbourne MC REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J share their first single “For Good” featuring Sampa The Great, from their upcoming album Divas and Demons, due for release later this year. After the success of 2014’s Raw x Infinity, REMI returns with a Dilla inspired, soulful track that features Sampa’s raw and powerful poetry . . . → Read More: Remi ‘REMI’ Kolawole – For Good (featuring Sampa The Great)

The Axe Files Interviews Mark Leibovich, by Vino Knight-Trané

I’ve enjoyed David Axelrod’s podcasts of late. His most recent interview with Mark Leibovich of the New York Times is pretty insightful.

Axe seems to be pretty good at getting his subjects to relax and open up, and he asks good questions.

One of the more interesting exchanges was about Hillary Clinton’s limitations as . . . → Read More: The Axe Files Interviews Mark Leibovich, by Vino Knight-Trané

Lake Jons – Explore, and More

Lake Jons is one of Finland’s most hyped bands, rolling in like a thick mist on a sweet northern wind. Although Lake Jons comes from a garage on the outskirts of Helsinki, their sound is birthed in the woods and melodies of the Nordic landscape. They combine the harshness of a folk-ish disposition with . . . → Read More: Lake Jons – Explore, and More

Nadia Nair – Dear Brother, Something Something Something

Swedish sensation Nadia Nair is back with another single from her debut album, Beautiful Poetry, which will be released on April 29th. The new song is called “Dear Brother” and features 90s-inspired production, upbeat bass and mantra-like harmonies.

“Dear Brother” follows the more minimalistic first single, “Something Something Something,” which gained support from . . . → Read More: Nadia Nair – Dear Brother, Something Something Something

Mavis! Staples Documentary is Excellent, by Pat Thomas

I just watched Mavis! on HBO – this documentary is so good, it even caused me to have warm feelings towards Jeff Tweedy!

There’s great vintage clips and commentary from Chuck D & Dylan, plus a warm moment with Levon Helm not long before he passed.

– Pat Thomas is the author . . . → Read More: Mavis! Staples Documentary is Excellent, by Pat Thomas

Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece, by Davin Michael Stedman

Drinking a cold beer and listening to Van Morrison’s near masterpiece Veedon Fleece. I always wanted to track down this album, now I am tripping through Van’s own Irish myth and stream of conscious ramblings toward rich green patches of brilliance.

He’s just a giant mushroom. He doesn’t make much sense, but you are . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece, by Davin Michael Stedman

Tom Sawyer Feat. Brenda Lau – CHIMBOMBO

No music fan with a pulse can resist a tune called, “Chimbombo,” and you can’t either…

Vince Grant – My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me

Embattled singer/songwriter Vince Grant is championing honesty about mental illness by releasing the latest video for “Oceans II” (above) from his critically acclaimed debut CD My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me (below). This release has ignited public discussion about depression.

The Los Angeles-based Grant is the rare musician who has openly . . . → Read More: Vince Grant – My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me

Keith Emerson: Pioneer, Virtuoso, Showman, Maestro, by Steve Gans

I was having a beer with a friend of mine when I got the news of Keith Emerson’s death. There seems to have been a recent wave of rock and roll icons exiting stage left – and given all of our advancing ages – more soon to come. But hearing about the untimely demise . . . → Read More: Keith Emerson: Pioneer, Virtuoso, Showman, Maestro, by Steve Gans

By George, by Tom Fredrickson

What does a record producer do? What does he bring to the studio? In the case of Phil Spector, it was usually a revolver, a cloud of dread, and a closet full of percussion instruments. Nick Lowe seems to have brought bonhomie and the shortest path through the session to the pub afterwards. To . . . → Read More: By George, by Tom Fredrickson

Donald J. Drumpf: What’s in a Name? by Vino Knight-Trané

Don’t know if this makes any sense if you haven’t seen John Oliver’s (above) epic takedown of Trump (my wife was nonplussed), but the image below is my first effort at agitprop. This is the perfect time to point out that Trump was accused, today, of leading his followers in a pledge which . . . → Read More: Donald J. Drumpf: What’s in a Name? by Vino Knight-Trané