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Best of 2014: The War On Drugs, Basement Tapes Reissue

Yes, the War on Drugs. It’s that time of year when critics begin to compile their “best of” lists, which are usually equal parts elitism and self indulgence and I’m guilty as charged. Even years before I was a published critic, I was a sucker for year-end lists, probably the result of teen years

It’s the End of the Music Industry as We Know It and R.E.M.’s Got a a New Singles Box

One of the only bright spots in the music industry this year has been the growth in vinyl sales. Those sales are still tiny in terms of revenue, but they are growing, and even MP3 sales are headed down. Here’s my review in the Seattle Times of something we haven’t seen much of for

Should Robert Plant take the $800 million dollar Led Zep deal?

Though the initial story that floated around a few weeks ago of Robert Plant ripping up an $800 million dollar contract for a Led Zeppelin reunion tour is untrue, he clearly was indeed offered many many millions on several of occasions. So far, he has turned them all down, and not because the offers

On Hendrix and race on Counterpunch.org

There’s an interesting article on how race played a role in Jimi Hendrix’s life up today on Counterpunch.org. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/07/jimi-hendrix-torn-between-two-worlds/

CNN writes of how much Hendrix struggled with racial stereotypes

There’s an interesting feature about Hendrix — and my bio “Room Full of Mirrors” — on CNN’s site this week. http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/18/showbiz/jimi-hendrix-invisible-legacy/

Bumbershoot 2014 Highlights: The Replacements, Elvis, and more

So many live concerts are perfectly planned, canned, preprogrammed, or rote these days, complete with costume changes and offstage musicians filling in. This year’s Bumbershoot — one of the best ever — had none of that. Here are ten unique things you missed if you weren’t at Seattle’s annual Bumbershoot Festival, which ran 8/30-through

Thunder, Lightning, and Arctic Monkeys, all in Seattle

As Bob Dylan once said, a change in the weather can be extreme. Last night before the Arctic Monkeys show at the Paramount, it was 97 outside in Seattle. Coming out two hours later, the temp had dropped twenty degrees, there was thunder, lightning, and raindrops, and only the latter is something we see

Pete Carroll, and the Seattle Seahawks, as the Ultimate Rock Band?

I think you can safely say that when you think of individuals who through their professional background, and propensity for wearing “12th man” jerseys and Seahawks swag, are ideally suited to be commentators on professional football, and also qualified to give business advice for that matter, I am not at the top of the

July 2014 Ends with 26 Hours of Music

During the past twenty-six hours of a life in music, I felt nostalgic seeing Lake Street Dive, was charmed by Josh Ritter’s storytelling, got to talk about that bastard Buddy Rich during the twilight moments of the Bob Rivers show, saw Vaudeville Etiquette wow a downtown crowd, heard Gerald Collier return to form at

Mix-A-Lot video goes viral with dancing queen

If you happened to see the viral of Shawn Bounds, who danced with Anthony Ray AKA Sir Mix-A-Lot, and the Seattle Symphony, here’s the backstory from tomorrow’s Seattle Times. It’s great that she tells me her story has made many women (and men) write her to say they now feel empowered about their bodies,