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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,

Baby Got Bach: Sir Mix-A-Lot Brings it to Benaroya

Baby Got Bach: In case you happened to miss the Sir Mix-A-Lot show with the Seattle Symphony Friday night, June 6, 2014, it was, well, unlike anything you’ve seen in Benaroya before (and are likely to see again). I can’t help but imagine what the white-haired society page matrons of the Gerard Schwarz-era, or

Gene Simmons is a Jerk. A Big Jerk.

My preview of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame show on HBO is in the Seattle Times today—it airs on HBO on the 31st. But that won’t tell you what a jerk Gene Simmons of Kiss was backstage, and even onstage. He’s on TMZ video today ripping Nirvana. He implies that they don’t

In Seattle, Food is the new Grunge.

Okay, I said it: “Food has become the new rock & roll in Seattle. It’s what people are obsessed with. It’s what we talk about. Our chefs are the current grunge stars of Seattle.” Not that any food has ever taken me to the emotional place that a great song has, mind you, or

Is this really what Kurt Cobain would have looked at 70?

The Seattle Times has a story today (May 9, http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023564592_agingsoftwarexml.html) on a new software program the University of Washington has developed that attempts to show aging from using a photograph. Their example is Kurt Cobain, and here are there results. In my mind it completely fails because they are using a photo from adolescence

Kurt Cobain did not write that “death scene” note, which is not actually a death scene note, either

When CBS news reported the “breaking story” this week of what they called the “Kurt Cobain ‘death scene note,’” it seemed obvious to me that the note they were referring to was in Courtney Love’s handwriting, and not Kurt’s. I have examined thousands of pages of Kurt’s writing over the years, from a variety

Read My Review of Nirvana at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame (Honky Tonk Women)

Here’s my review of Nirvana’s appearance at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014. Even better, the band showed up at a Brooklyn club after the show and did sixteen total songs. http://seattletimes.com/html/entertainment/2023350283_rockhallinductionxml.html

4/6/14 Come As You Are Panel at Seattle’s EMP

As the twentieth anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death came about this past weekend, it felt odd that we had a panel discussion on him at EMP on Sunday, April 6. I felt more emotional on April 5th than I thought I would, and for someone who usually is not without words, I wasn’t sure

My take on who in Nirvana (and Heart) should be inducted into RNR Hall of Fame

In the Stranger online today is my take on who in Nirvana should inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/04/02/charles-cross-talks-his-new-cobain-book-courtney-love-and-chad-channing.   And just in case you don’t click on that link, it’s my belief that every band member of a nominated band should at the least have their name on the

Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” title explained, and mystery solved?

At my recent Aberdeen Library appearance for “Here We Are Now,” journalist Steven Friederich came forth with a  document that perhaps sheds light on where the title for Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” actually came from. Friederich discovered an old ad for the Morck Hotel in Aberdeen in an 1940′s city directory and recipe