Trentalange Returns With “Reconnected” Video, by Steve Stav

To borrow from Steven Tyler (or Gene Autry), Trentalange is back in the saddle again, after a four-year semi-hiatus from recording and performing — and the wait will be worth it, trust me.

Her new album is due on shelves Jan. 28.

Often twisting the knob a quarter-turn from the darkly tinted . . . → Read More: Trentalange Returns With “Reconnected” Video, by Steve Stav

Thomas Dolby To Visit Portland, Seattle With Invisible Lighthouse Tour, by Steve Stav

A bright beam swept the night skies of Britain’s East Anglia for decades, looming large in genius-musician Thomas Dolby’s memories of childhood. It was doomed to darken, it’s supporting tower about to literally crumble into a sea that will eventually claim Dolby’s ancestral land, as well.

This poignant aspect of Dolby’s homecoming — after . . . → Read More: Thomas Dolby To Visit Portland, Seattle With Invisible Lighthouse Tour, by Steve Stav

Cat Food, by Steve Stav

Generally speaking, I don’t feed the cats. It works like this: The cats come to me, and I, the Dr. Doolittle of the house, relay the message to their mom. I didn’t have human children for numerous reasons; I’m not about to have a couple of furry felines dictate my schedule in a sadly . . . → Read More: Cat Food, by Steve Stav

The Smiths – There is a Light that Never Goes Out, by Steve Stav

I remember driving around with a good friend in her old VW bug, in the summer evenings after work. She had broken up with her longtime boyfriend, I wasn’t seeing anyone… just bored. And feeling left behind. Everyone was elsewhere. Very little money, and we were already too well-trained by our upbringing to figure . . . → Read More: The Smiths – There is a Light that Never Goes Out, by Steve Stav

Portland’s Sara Jackson-Holman debuts “Freight Train” video; song featured on Grey’s Anatomy, By Steve Stav

Video premiere: Sara Jackson-Holman’s ‘Freight Train’ in USA Today – http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/05/16/freight-train-sara-jackson-holman-video-greys-anatomy/2173893/

For someone untrained in the sweet science, Portland’s Sara Jackson-Holman sure knows how to land a one-two punch.

Thursday morning, USA Today‘s website debuted the video for Jackson-Holman’s breathtaking new single, “Freight Train;” that evening, the song was featured in Grey’s Anatomy’s . . . → Read More: Portland’s Sara Jackson-Holman debuts “Freight Train” video; song featured on Grey’s Anatomy, By Steve Stav

Cheap Trick – Stop This Game Live at ChicagoFest 1981, By Steve Stav

Rock and roll. Every time I’ve seen Cheap Trick, they played as if they invented it. Most exciting band in the world.

– Steve Stav

New Zealand Icon Tim Finn Reflects Upon Top Of The Lake, By Steve Stav

Tim Finn

The old phrase, “… and the plot thickens,” isn’t quite adequate to describe the episode-by-episode tension-building of Jane Campion’s new mystery miniseries, Top Of The Lake. The 7-parter, now airing on the Sundance Channel, follows a police detective (Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss) who returns to her rugged hometown and finds herself leading . . . → Read More: New Zealand Icon Tim Finn Reflects Upon Top Of The Lake, By Steve Stav

Left Hand Smoke to Unleash Tiny Revolution March 22, By Steve Stav

A lot comes along between one’s early twenties and the midst of “thirtysomething” — careers, wives, children — but the spark of youthful, musical chemistry doesn’t always diminish over time. Some fourteen years and six albums after Left Hand Smoke made their first Seatown splash as local-radio darlings, the band certainly still has “It.”

. . . → Read More: Left Hand Smoke to Unleash Tiny Revolution March 22, By Steve Stav

The Waterboys – Big Music, By Steve Stav

“I have heard the big music, and I will never be the same.” Understatement of the decade. I was just saying the other day… one of the great things about being young in the 1980s is that it seemed that every week you’d hear something new and wonderful that you’d never heard before. The . . . → Read More: The Waterboys – Big Music, By Steve Stav

“It Was Weird, But Not Too Weird for Portland” – Sara Jackson-Holman Debuts “For Albert” Video, By Steve Stav

Classically trained pianist. Introspective singer-songwriter. Soul-pop tour de force.

And now, mermaid.

Portland’s Sara Jackson-Holman keeps revealing more facets as she introduces her latest album, Cardiology, to the world. Playing a fin-footed Siren in the new video for her single, “For Albert,” wasn’t an exercise in revelation, however; the supremely photogenic singer says . . . → Read More: “It Was Weird, But Not Too Weird for Portland” – Sara Jackson-Holman Debuts “For Albert” Video, By Steve Stav

Lance Armstrong, Super Creep, By Steve Stav

Disgraced doper-cyclist Lance Armstrong begins his comeback attempt tonight, as he talks to Oprah Winfrey. Reportedly confesses to Oprah Winfrey that he cycled drugs through his blood in an elaborate international cheating scheme that would make rebuilding Steve Austin seem like a mundane affair, by comparison. Perhaps Lance – coached by a small army . . . → Read More: Lance Armstrong, Super Creep, By Steve Stav

Big Country – Steeltown, By Steve Stav

It is too bad that Big Country weren’t nearly as successful at bringing working-class passion and romance across the pond as U2 was. Like the Jam, perhaps too English/Scottish/Irish. It’s a wonder the Pogues or the Clash made any headway here. It’s always remarkable, I find, to watch video of a big drunken crowd . . . → Read More: Big Country – Steeltown, By Steve Stav

Giorgio Moroder – Chase (Theme From Midnight Express) By Steve Stav

With an original single that clocked in at 8:30, one of the granddaddies of late-night, groove electronica. (For the last 20 years, it has served as the intro music to paranormal radio show, Coast to Coast AM.) It should be required that either you have to have the lights off or be in a . . . → Read More: Giorgio Moroder – Chase (Theme From Midnight Express) By Steve Stav

Roxy Music – Same Old Scene, By Steve Stav

The paradigm for the first two Duran Duran albums… This is the shit right here, it doesn’t get much cooler than this.

– Steve Stav

A Charlie Brown Christmas: It Validates, Soothes, Relieves… By Steve Stav

“Everything I touch gets ruined.” Recently I experienced my 44th straight viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas… yes, I have the DVD, but there’s nothing like recreating the delayed gratification of one’s youth by watching it on broadcast TV. (Sans the Dolly Madison commercials, sadly.) A Charlie Brown Christmas, to me, is like spending . . . → Read More: A Charlie Brown Christmas: It Validates, Soothes, Relieves… By Steve Stav

Nina Simone – Sinnerman, By Steve Stav

An old, passed-down Negro spiritual became even more epic in Nina Simone‘s vengeful hands… you can feel the heat and taste the sweat in this definitive version; over ten minutes of jazz-propelled desperation. With Miss Simone – no stranger to the church – leading a call-and-response from a decidedly rocking pulpit, “Sinnerman” remains popular . . . → Read More: Nina Simone – Sinnerman, By Steve Stav

The Most Fundamental Component of Freedom, By Steve Stav

The right and ability to vote is the most fundamental component of freedom. It took a handful of years for white people in the colonies to secure this and other liberties from oppression; for the rest of those living in America, tyranny took a bit longer to overcome.

Today seems like the most appropriate . . . → Read More: The Most Fundamental Component of Freedom, By Steve Stav

The Ventures – Walk, Don’t Run, By Steve Stav

A bit stiff, a little corny… but what a piece of rock history, televised. The Ventures‘ rock ‘n’ roll version of “Walk, Don’t Run,” which had debuted on Seattle’s KJR radio, was on fire in 1960. “Walk, Don’t Run” was hardly epic or complicated in design, but in the hands of masonry workers-turned-guitarists Bob . . . → Read More: The Ventures – Walk, Don’t Run, By Steve Stav

Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart), By Steve Stav

Of all the great, great music of the 80′s, the one number that makes me the most nostalgic is not a political bombast or a depression-dirge. No, it’s a song sung by an androgynous singer for his identity-conflicted drummer/lover. Those who know me might be surprised by this revelation; those who know me well, . . . → Read More: Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart), By Steve Stav

Romney Not Likely to Win, By Steve Stav

Think Romney can’t win? In 1972, a highly decorated war hero, history professor, Heartland-bred campaigner on the war on poverty, future champion in the war on hunger and admired, anti-war U.S. Senator got beat in one of the country’s biggest landslides by Richard “tricky Dick” Nixon. At the tail end of the Vietnam war, . . . → Read More: Romney Not Likely to Win, By Steve Stav