In the age of iPods, satellite and internet radio, the notion of FM radio station programming directors hand picking music playlists almost seems quaint. Radio advertising is a throwback to times when the captive consumer had no choice but to be yelled at. So if my iPod docks directly on my alarm clock, why do I continue to listen … More Falling Down the Mountain: Seattle’s Beloved Radio Station Makes a Slow Descent
There are some songs that are so monumental that I clearly remember where I was when I first heard them. The thing they have in common is that they are musically revolutionary. As the song plays I can feel the depth of its impending impact on music culture. It’s revealed to me slowly as my … More Monumental song memories
The documentary created about The Gits, a truly excellent band whose career was cut short by the murder of their singer, Mia Zapata, is finally complete and having its national release this week. When I saw an early screening in 2005, I contacted the filmmakers and gave them footage I filmed as a fan of … More The Gits movie finally released
Cyndi Lauper created a tour called True Colors to raise awareness about GLBT equality. The Seattle stop featured Carson Kressley of Queer Eye as the MC, Nona Hendrix (at 6pm? Who was there?), Joan Armatrading (blast from the past!), Rosie O’Donnell, The B-52’s (woohoo!), and of course Cyndi Lauper. Performers that did other cities that … More True Colors Tour: Carson and Rosie and Cyndi oh my!
Just got home from seeing my favorite band of all time, X, play at the Showbox tonight. I’m still a little deaf and elated and am eager to type the blog entry I was thinking about during the show. Not a report on the show, or a high-minded pontification on the importance of their 31 … More Why X is the best band in the world
I wanted to say Van F#$@*&* Halen in the title but I don’t think the search engines would have liked it. Yes, I saw Van Halen. No, not Van Hagar, VAN HALEN. In fact, it was more Van Halen than has ever been in history: Instead of Michael Anthony on bass Eddie’s 16-year old son, … More Concert Review: Van Halen in Seattle
Ever since my iPod died a few months ago (you can’t ride with it in your pocket in the pouring rain for hours – imagine!) I’ve taken a step back and looked at all these bills and asked myself, “How can I get this in control?” My current monthly consumption: Item Monthly spend Pros Cons … More Amazon, iPod, Sirius, and Tivo: My music consumption is out of control! Can Zune save the day?
Frank brought over the brand spankin’ new version of Guitar Hero 3 tonight and we just played until our arms hurt. I’ve played about four or five times now but Frank has owned every version, including the 80’s one which is full of big hair metal and even a few punk songs including “Los Angeles” … More Guitar Hero 3 review – from both a novice and a regular player
Wow – Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne. In one show. SB pinged me two days ago with tickets next to the stage and I couldn’t resist. I even bagged my Operations TA session but hey, it’s Zombie and Ozzy! They had an opening band called In this Moment whose most memorable qualities were 1) a … More Concert Review: Zombie and Ozzy
After work today, our geeky foursome set off toward White River Ampitheater with our Microsoft emblazened blankets in Ethan’s shiny black H3 to hear some RAWK N ROLL! We’d been singing “Gunter glieben glauchen globen” to each other all week and were ready to experience three seminal bands from our youth. Styx was on first … More Concert Review: Def Leppard, Foreigner and Styx (yes, you heard me right!)