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Chuck Berry died today

Chuck Berry died today

Back in my radio days at KUGS at WWU in Bellingham, Chuck Berry was a staple of the Saturday afternoon “Roots Rock” show. He was perhaps the first rock n’ roll guitar god, he was a talented songwriter, and a master showman. His disciples include first and foremost The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, The Animals, and many more. “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.” – John Lennon

The Best Albums of 2016

The Best Albums of 2016

2016 was a terrible year in many ways, but it was a great year of music. Here is my list of the best albums of 2016. 1. Skeleton Tree, by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This album was started before Nick’s son Arthur died in 2015. Understandably, that tragedy weighed heavily on Nick as he wrote the songs for this album. The album is sad in a beautiful way. If you haven’t seen the movie, One More Time with…

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The Best Albums of 2015

The Best Albums of 2015

I don’t know why it took me so long to put together this list of The Best Albums of 2015. Just too busy I guess. But now that football season is over, I’ve not much else to do this Valentine’s Day Sunday. Right now I’m just sittin’ around listening to vinyl, drinking Batch 15 IPA and eating some chocolate. Just the right combination to get me motivated enough to list the best albums of 2015 and embed some cool videos. Coming…

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Who Fucked Up Bumbershoot?

Who Fucked Up Bumbershoot?

For reasons unknown to me, Bumbershoot lost money last year even though it drew pretty big crowds and had one of the better musical lineups of the past decade, including The Replacements. As a result of the loss, One Reel handed over the reigns to AEG Live for 2015. I hadn’t bought tickets in advance, and heard on Saturday that it was sold out that day. I really wanted to go on Sunday to See Israel Nash and Neko Case,…

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RAW POWER! on the roof of the Pike Place Market

RAW POWER! on the roof of the Pike Place Market

Seattle super group RAW POWER. From left to right that’s Duff McKagan on bass, Mark Arm singing, Barrett Martin on drums, and Mike McCready on guitar. They played a forty-five minute set of Iggy and the Stooges covers at this KEXP/Market Foundation fund-raising event.

Songs for your Summertime Soundtrack

Songs for your Summertime Soundtrack

Today is the first full day of summer, so you need a list of songs that sound great on a hot sunny day. I’ve been listening to summer-themed songs and music that just feels right on a sunny day, and here’s my final list with a few comments and videos. Where is the Sun? – Stag (2014) I heard this song on Quilty’s show on KEXP a few weeks ago on a cloudy Sunday afternoon. Seattle is normally cloudy and…

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Florida, Oh Flor – i – Duh

Florida, Oh Flor – i – Duh

After putting up that last post, a couple of earworms wriggled their way into my internal playback loop. Say man, when you going back to Florida? When am I goin’ back to Florida? I don’t know, don’t reckon I ever will. Ain’t you worried about getting your nourishment in New York? Well, I don’t care if I do-die-do-die-do-die-do-die. – Johnny Cash from “Orange Blossom Special”, from the album of the same name. And Florida, Florida, the redneck riviera Florida, Florida,…

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Friday Night Videos – Radio Birdman Edition

Friday Night Videos – Radio Birdman Edition

I am an old man and I’ve been listening to rock ‘n roll bands since I was twelve. How is it that only about a month or so ago I heard of Radio Birdman – a great punk band from Australia that put out so many great songs? I have no idea. Neither do my pals Zippy and Gorby, or my rocker friends Rob and Shane. And we thought we knew our shit! sigh… I found out about the band via…

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More about Capsula

More about Capsula

You few regular visitors out there must have noticed that the site has been down for extended periods during the past few weeks. Well it’s up now, so I am putting up a couple of photos from their show at The Sunset Tavern. Here’s one of Martin setting up his array of switches and peddles that he uses to great effect during the shows. And here’s one of all three of them (mostly Martin). And this is how the show ends…

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