Me and Lee.

Tonight I’ll be playing four songs by the iconic and seminal singer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood at a tribute night in Eastlake. Seems strange to me that these don’t occur more often given the huge shadow he casts over American music. He’s the most famous musician you’ve never heard of. There seems to be a cult around him here in Seattle. There’s a bar in Ballard named … Continue reading Me and Lee.

Mixtape: One Morn’ I Awakened….A New Sun Was Dawning

Recorded on the day of my birth, the day of Nick Cave’s son Arthur’s death (hence the dedication….words of encouragement), another sunrise on this convoluted rock we call home. The songs, a year’s worth of contradictions and contemplations, crammed into an hour, as experienced by one cultural pickpocket. Happy birthday to me. Continue reading Mixtape: One Morn’ I Awakened….A New Sun Was Dawning

A Return to Solo Performance, The Beery House & Temporary Autonomous Zones

Recently, I’ve been venturing into solo performance for the first time since I started playing accordion over 15 years ago. I gotta say, it’s been a rewarding and learning experience. When Alana from Miss Mamie Lavona’s White Boy Band/L’Orchestre Incroyable invited me to open for them at Conor Byrnes a couple months back, I hastily agreed in an effort to force me to get back … Continue reading A Return to Solo Performance, The Beery House & Temporary Autonomous Zones

Mixtape – Boogie in the Dark

My first mixtape for Pickpocket Times. This one following a sort of American path,without any of my usual side trips to Eastern Europe or Jamaica. Somehow, this kind of music feels as if it’s part of my skin. Country music was some of the first that I heard that moved me and try as I might, I just can’t seem to shake rural America’s influence on all … Continue reading Mixtape – Boogie in the Dark

Crass – The Crassical Collection: Penis Envy [1981] and Christ – The Album [1982]

I know I’m late to the game on these re-issues, which came out in 2011, but in establishing my tastes upon this blog, I think it’s important to include Crass a band that, while I don’t listen to their music as much these days, had a profound impact on my life and way of thinking. I recently picked these up at my favorite record store … Continue reading Crass – The Crassical Collection: Penis Envy [1981] and Christ – The Album [1982]

Review: The Mighty Diamonds – Right Time (1976)

I was late to this record. Having discovered reggae via punk rock, I avoided a lot of “roots” reggae of the 70s for many years instead sticking to the ska, rocksteady and skinhead reggae side of the reggae coin. But, as any reggae fanatic out there knows, once you get a taste for Jamaican rhythms, it’s hard to stop. After I’d satiated myself on Trojan … Continue reading Review: The Mighty Diamonds – Right Time (1976)

Review: Tim Timebomb & Friends

I got into punk music when I was around 12 or 13, so 1985 or 1986. At that time, the original wave of American punk was starting to fade and many punk bands were turning into bad metal bands. Various sub-genres like straight edge, hardcore, grunge (though it wasn’t called that yet), ska punk, etc. were starting to happen but I always maintained my love … Continue reading Review: Tim Timebomb & Friends