Well, he's taking a round-about way to get here, but Bob Seger kicked off his tour in Toledo, OH last night. He'll wind his way around the country and make it to the Tacoma Dome on March 29th. Here's the setlist from last night's show. If March 29th is anything like this, we're in for a good show with great Seger classics! Don't miss out on the Rock and Roll Never Forgets Tour - get more info here >>
1) Detroit Made
2) Trying to Live My Life Without You
3) Fire Down the Road
4) Main Street
5) Old Time Rock & Roll
6) All the Roads
7) Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man
8) Nutbush City Limits
9) Betty Lou’s Gettin’ Out Tonight
10) Like a Rock
11) Travelin’ Man
12) Beautiful Loser
13) Roll Me Away
14) Come to Papa
15) Her Strut
16) California Stars
17) We Got Tonight
18) Turn the Page
19) Sunspot Baby
21) Against the Wind
22) Hollywood Nights
23) Night Moves
24) Rock and Roll Never Forgets
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Welcome to the first weekend in March. It's all downhill into Spring from here! Get out and about this weekend and enjoy the Sound with these activities:
- The Sounders season opener! It's MLS time already as the Sounders host the Montreal Impact for the first time. The Sounders traveled to Montreal to play the new expansion team last year, so Saturday will be the Impact's first visit to CenturyLink. Match time is 7:30; tickets are still available or you can watch the game on KING5. Scarves up!
- Emerald City ComiCon! Being a comic book fan is cool when it comes to Comic Con; so cool, in fact, that the event is sold out except for Friday and kids' tickets. Buy your tickets online for Friday and head to the Convention Center to experience the Northwest's largest comic and pop culture convention.
- Stay indoors and see a movie at SIFF Cinema Uptown! Two film events of note this weekend at SIFF Cinema: Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation and Searching For Sugar Man. The former is a double feature of Spielberg's classic Indiana Jones flick along with Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos' adaptation of the film they created as kids after seeing the original. Their film has Spielberg's stamp of approval, which is awesome since they did the whole thing themselves at 11 & 12 years old. From special effects to stunts. Even the boulder scene. The film is rarely screened, so this is a unique experience for date night or family night out. Searching For Sugar Man is fresh off the Academy Award win for Best Documentary and perfect for music lovers. It tells the story of Detroit musician Sixto Rodriguez, who, while unknown in the U.S., remain hugely popular in South Africa. This biopic has received major praise, and now, an Oscar.
Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend!
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I think that being eco-conscious is a lot like diet and exercise. At first, you are conscious of every move you make, calorie you consume, item you throw out. Over time, though, the "diet" morphs into your normal eating habits (in an ideal world, anyway), it's easier to find time to exercise, and separating your plastics, glass, compost, etc. takes less thought. There are plenty of apps out there now to help with diet and exercise, and a growing number for greening your life.
A new trend in green apps is gamified green apps -- apps that have a social component, so you can see, share and get rewarded for have an eco-conscious lifestyle. The biggest player in this type of app is Opower, which works with utility companies and consumers to analyze home energy use. Last year, Opower's apps helped save over $200 million in energy costs.
My Energy lets you connect with friends and neighbors to see how you compare in energy use. It also shows you home comparable to yours and ways to cut energy costs. As with other social apps for diet and exercise, users compare themselves to others to get better results (and no, I'm not advocating always holding yourself to others' standards... but sometimes positive friendly competition goes a long way.)
There's a new Halo video game coming out, which usually wouldn't be something music fans paid attention to (well, this music fan, anyway). However, the new Halo project, Destiny, has some real cred when it comes to the soundtrack. Paul McCartney has been working with composer Marty McDonald for two years on the score for the new video game, which does not have a release date yet.
O'Donnell said this about McCartney: "He didn't only want to do Paul McCartney music. He wants to get involved in themes, how melodies and motives can be a touchpoint for people."
In radio, we don't do much telecommuting. When it comes to broadcasting, most of us are expected to be behind the mic in the studio each day. However, there are many industries now the rely on telecommunication. Hey, you might be reading this right now in your home office as a break from your work. Good on you, if so.
The practice of telecommuting is in the news this week after Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer announced a ban on working from home. In the name of brainstorming and important office interactions, Yahoo! employees will be expected to come to the office each day starting in June... or resign from their positions. I come to the office everyday, and come from a family of people who went to the office each day, so this doesn't seem that extreme to me. However, I know there are people who have gotten used to telecommuting after years of working from home. Talk about a change in routine - finding child care, building in travel time, adjusting everything about daily life - to do the exact same tasks in an office.
Do you think Ms. Meyer is right for making her employees come to work each day with the expectations of building a better team or do you think she is out of touch with the changing ways of "work," especially at a technology company expected to be a champion of unique uses of technology?
Forbes has released their "Best Cities For Good Jobs" list and Seattle comes in at #5. Using wages, unemployment and projected job growth as measures, Forbes rated 100 U.S. cities for good jobs. Boeing helps push Seattle to #5, as do the technology-driven wages. While our unemployment numbers are higher than some of the other cities, the projected job rate is 1.9% over 5 years.
Good job, Seattle!
The best city in for a good job is Dallas, followed by Houston, Austin and Fort Worth. If those are the choices, I'm glad to be in city #5.
On this day in 1965, session guitarist Jimmy Page broke out and released his first single, "She Just Satisfies." He continued to play as a session musician until 1968, when he joined The Yardbirds and then, of course, founded Led Zeppelin.
Have you heard Page's early work? Here's "She Just Satisfies" and its follow-up, "Keep Moving."
Win or lose, every Oscar nominee last night walked away with the sweet Oscar swag bag and Newser has the story behind the freebies. This year's bags contained about $45,000 in gifts. Yes, you read that right, there's not an extra zero - $45,000. So, if the nominees didn't walk away with a statue, they at least got these consolation prizes:
$12,000 trip to one of two Australian resorts
$4,100 stay at a fitness retreat
$5,000 "vampire facelift"
$1,800 worth of private VIP service at Heathrow Airport
Hundreds of dollars worth of acupuncture, aromatherapy, nutrition, and personal training sessions
$120 worth of maple syrup
"The Ultimate Fuzz Remover" lint roller
Combination bracelet-hair tie that goes for $80
Water filtration system
Not too bad! Anything stick out as something you'd love in a swag bag one day?
Elton John, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, revealed details on his new album, due later this year. The Diving Board, described as "returning to the piano/bass/drums arrangements of his earliest albums," features the return of longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin. After a listening party on Friday night in L.A., John said the album has everything he loves about American music - gospel, soul and country.
Most of the album was recorded last year, with a few finishing touches added last month. The album was produced by T. Bone Burnett and is expected out in September.
We've made it to the last weekend in February! It's all downhill from here... right? Well, it's rainy this weekend, but at least it's staying light past 5:30pm now. Here are some ideas for fun things to do indoors this weekend.
- Celebrate George Harrison. The Beatle would have been 70 years old this coming Monday. Remember his life by listening. I'll feature some of his solo work on the Sunday Brunch and if you haven't seen George Harrison: Living In A Material World, the documentary from Martin Scorsese, make popcorn and carve out your spot on the couch.
- You could try warming up with beer and scotch at Hopscotch, tonight and tomorrow at Fremont Studios. The event benefits Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and features wine, beer and whiskey tastings. There will be brewers and distillers from all over the country, including close to home (Fremont, Woodinville and more are well represented). Find out more and buy tickets >>
- See Tower of Power at Jazz Alley. Since 1968, Tower of Power has been delivering their own kind of soul. A popular ticket, this show is sold out except for Sunday's shows... so hop to it and enjoy an evening of R&B and soul. Find out more >>
Got $349,000 laying around and a big Bruce Springsteen fan in your life? Buy that person the best gift ever - the Long Branch, NJ, house The Boss wrote Born To Run in. 7 1/2 West End Court may not look like much as the quaint 2 bedroom / 1 bath cottage is just 828 square feet. Yet, the house has a legacy as the birthplace of songs like "Thunder Road," "Born to Run," "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out," "Backstreets," "She's the One" and "Jungleland." Added bonus? It's only a few blocks from the beach.
Have you ever thought to yourself, "man, I wish I could wear that mailman's uniform out and about?" Me either. Yet, the USPS is set to launch a new clothing line in 2014 that will include all-weather jackets, headgear, footwear and clothing. It sounds strange, but if anyone knows about all-weather conditions, it's definitely the USPS (and we love them for that!).
The "Rain Heat & Snow" all-weather line will have some of the romantic stylings of postal uniforms of yore, but feature modern designs and functions like iPod/accessory pockets to appeal to everyone. The collection will be for men exclusively to start, with plans for a women's line in the future. The project is an effort to keep the USPS relevant and top-of-mind with consumers.
Do you remember when you first bought Pearl Jam's Ten? That first listen of "Once?" "Jeremy?" Even though you've had it since 1991, there are still people discovering the awesome that is Ten, and those sales have pushed the album to the 10 million sold mark (so called "Diamond Status") on SoundScan. This is only the 22nd album in the US to sell that many copies, and the 4th to do so since the start of 2012, following Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, Usher's Confessions and Adele's 21.
A bit of trivia for your next dinner party or when you finally get that shot on Jeopardy!: Metallica's self-titled 1991 release tops the charts in the Soundscan era, selling over 15.87 million copies to date.
Like H&M did a few months ago, North Face has launched its "Clothes The Loop" clothing recycling program to keep billions of pounds of clothing out of landfills. You can take your clothes, in any condition, and drop them at the North Face store on 1st Ave. downtown. North Face will reward you with $10 off your next purchase! Not a bad way to recycle the old and bring in the new.
According to this Environmental Leader article, "Collected items are sent to an I:Collect (I:Co) recycling center where they are sorted and either resold or recycled into raw materials such as insulation, carpet padding or toy stuffing." All proceeds will benefit The Conservation Alliance, which funds community-based campaigns to protect outdoor areas.
Neal Schon left Santana's band over 40 years ago to form Journey, but the two are discussing a new project.
“I’ve reconnected with Carlos Santana now and we have been talking about doing something together again,” Schon told Noise11. “We’ve talked a lot on the telephone and I hooked up with him before Christmas. You never know what’s going to happen. Life is full of surprises. It’s very exciting.”
Schon got his start playing on Santana's Santana III and Caravanserai before leaving to start his own band with Gregg Rolie.
Does a Schon / Santana collaboration sound exciting to you?
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, June 13 - 16th this year, announced the line up for the annual shindig in Manchester, TN. The festival is great about including both established, classic artists and new artists into the line up and this year is no different. Topping the list is Paul McCartney, who, along with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, who will headline. Also performing is ZZ Top, solidifying the rumor that had been going around for a few months already. Billy Idol and Dwight Yocum also make the trip to Tennessee. Quite an interesting selection of musicians, don't you think?
It's a holiday weekend for some. What are you doing to make the most of it, whether or not you have Monday off? Here are some ideas.
- See War Horse at The Paramount. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. England, 1914. From their website: "As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home." I've heard that puppeteering behind the horses is a beautifully choreographed dance and that the show is engaging. Tickets are still available >>
- Visit the Seattle Home Show. It's almost time for spring cleaning and updating the house. Get some ideas at the CenturyLink Events Center during the Seattle Home Show >>
If you haven't heard about Foo Fighter Dave Grohl's new documentary project, Sound City, it features the stories of Sound City Studios and the musicians who recorded there. The list includes Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, Nirvana and many more. Grohl took the project to the next level, though, by forming the Sound City Players, a supergroup of stars that have put time in at the studio. (One such iteration of the group was the Paul McCartney/Nirvana performance at the 12/12/12 concert in December.)
Now, the supergroup is out doing a few tour dates (none in Seattle, yet) and they stopped by David Letterman the other night to perform "You Can't Fix This," a new song penned by Grohl and Stevie Nicks, with Nicks on vocals. It's not Fleetwood Mac, but watch the video to hold you over until Nicks and the guys head to Tacoma in May.
In a recent interview with Kerrang! magazine, Queen guitarist (and one of the most educated men in rock) Brian May explained his new project with Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. The two are working on a riffs album, which has potential to be awesome on name alone, but the end goal might be to release those riffs for others to use.
“The idea was to put all these riffs out in some form so that people could build their own songs from them,” May says (quote via NME.com). “You could make your own music with Tony Iommi on guitar!”
There aren't a ton of details yet, nor is it known if Iommi will release the riffs into the public domain, but who wouldn't want to have their band "backed" by Tony Iommi? Hopefully more details will surface after Sabbath is done recording their new album, 13, their first with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years.
If you're single today, but hoping for a Valentine next February 14th, there are a few spots worth trying around the Sound. With the help of census data, computers and maps, Jed Kolko at Huffington Post put together lists of the best places to look if you're looking for someone special.
If you're a single gal looking for a single mate, head south to Tacoma. There are a significant number of men living alone there compared to women. So much so, that Tacoma comes in at #10 in the national rankings of single men living alone. Congrats, Tacoma?
If you're looking within Seattle neighborhoods (by zip code) for the best ratios for finding single men or single women, try Pioneer Square if you're looking for a single man or Queen Anne for a single lady. This is based on people living alone, too.
Did you know the story of Arnel Pineda is coming to the silver screen? Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is the new documentary about Journey's search for a new lead singer. It got great recognition at Sundance Film Festival last year, made the festival rounds and is said to be hitting theatres soon. (Ah yes, "soon," that time frame of reference that could not be more vague.) Documented in the film is what the band went through to find a new singer and the adjustment their new "third world" singer has made. If the film is anywhere near dramatic and engaging as the trailer, it should be an interesting glimpse into one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
Since tomorrow The Mountain Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (oh, and it's Valentine's Day), I've been thinking about my favorite female love songs. The ones that get stuck in my head... the ones I sing in the shower... the ones I sing along with in the car (and sound SO accurate doing so - ha!)... and the ones I karaoke. These rose to the top:
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time: I'm an unrepentent Lauper fan and this is (I think) the first love song I ever cared about.
Joan Jett - I Hate Myself For Loving You: Who hasn't had one of those relationships or crushes?
Jefferson Airplane - Somebody To Love: A car sing-along favorite.
Bonnie Raitt - Something To Talk About: I love Bonnie Raitt so much, yet insist on butchering her songs at karaoke. This is a favorite.
Did you know that fifty years ago yesterday (February 11th), four musicians walked into Abbey Road Studio at 10am. By 8pm, the Beatles' debut album Please, Please Me was recorded and in the can, to be rush-released the next month.
To celebrate this occasion, several British artists gathered in the studio yesterday to do the same thing, as organized by BBC Radio 2. Among the performers, members of Squeeze, Paul Jones (the voice of Manfred Mann), Joss Stone, Stereophonics, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red and more.
If you're tired of having your child hand out those generic big box store Valentine's cards or relying on candy hearts, here are a few ways to make the holiday more creative and more earth friendly.
- Hand out KaBloomz, plantable paper hearts. They might be a few dollars more, but these handmade Etsy creations can be planted and will grow into wildflowers. A lasting reminder of love all year!
- Create new cards from old ones. Maybe too late for Thursday, but in the future, save your greeting cards, note cards, Valentines, etc. in a file. Your child can go through and cut out pictures to create new cards.
- Make unique and functional hand-outs with 'You rule!' Valentines made from, you guessed it, rulers. Get the how-to here.
The $4 discount was less than 10% of the bill, but what a nice gesture on the part of the Italian restaurant. King says she and her husband take their 3 kids, ages 2, 3 & 8, out to eat weekly and work to teach them how to be polite restaurant diners. From King's blog: "We don't expect handouts for acting respectful of the folks who bring us our food. But it certainly makes you feel good when someone else notices your kids in a positive light."
The owner of the restaurant had already given the kids complimentary ice cream, but then gave the discount on top of that. Do you think more restaurants should recognize well behaved kids?
Did you know Ann & Nancy Wilson will be at the Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall on April 9th? The show was just announced! It will be an intimate, acoustic performance with the sisters and a brief intro by biographer Charles R. Cross, who just worked on the Wilson sisters' autobiography.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 19th @ 10am. They range from $50 - $80, with limited VIP seats available for $125. Find out more >>
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If your only mobile device is a smartphone, you're slowing becoming the minority. A new study shows that by the end of this year, there will be more mobile devices on the planet than people. Is the robot revolution one step closer? OK, probably not, but that means we are spending a hell of a lot of time giving info to and gleaning info from phones and tablets! It's amazing to think that by year's end, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2017 there will be nearly 1.4 mobile devices per capita!
The in depth study predicts an exponential growth in mobile technology by 2017... but did we need a study to tell us that? I think back to only 2010 and think, "boy, my cellphone was slow." But by 2017, Mobile network connection speeds will increase 7-fold. The average mobile network connection speed (526 kbps in 2012) will exceed 3.9 megabits per second (Mbps) in 2017.
One more interesting stat: Mobile-connected tablets will generate more traffic in 2017 than the entire global mobile network in 2012. So, if you don't have a tablet (iPad) yet, chances are you'll end up using one in the future.
Do you have more than one device now? What's your favorite?
Last night, longtime Eagles manager Irving Azoff introduced The History of the Eagles, Part One, at a film screening. He explained why the band felt this was the time to make the documentary by noting that they "had a lot of footage around that was aging like fine wine and we thought it was time to crack it open." He also said the film will be about three things - the Eagles, the Southern California music scene and the American dream.
The film will be released on DVD soon - there's no date set yet. However, if you're a Showtime subscriber, you'll get to see Part One, which ends with the band's 1980 breakup, starting February 15th. Part Two, which includes their reunion years, starts airing on the 16th.
John Fogerty has a new album coming out May 28th called Wrote A Song For Everybody, which features everyone from Kid Rock, Foo Fighters, Bob Seger and more. He posted this video on his website as a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of the new album. The song is "Born on the Bayou." It's the song that features Kid Rock... but he's not in the video.
Looking for something different to do this weekend with the family or for date night? Read on!
- Welcome the Year of the Snake! Head to the International District to celebate the Lunar New Year at Hing Hay Park. Admission is free for this festival that opens at 11am with performances throughout the afternoon and, of course, food. Get the schedule and find out about the Food Walk here.
- Get Your Roll On! The Rat City Roller Girls are back in action at Key Arena. Saturday night at 5:30, join them for 2 bouts: Bout 1: Grave Danger vs. Throttle Rockets and Bout 2: Sockit Wenches vs. Terminal City Rollergirls Bad Reputations. Tickets are available now. Plus, Rat City is teaming with First Book this weekend to collect books for needy children. Find out more >>
- Run with the Devil! OK, not literally. Van Halen's self-titled debut hit shelves 35 years ago on Sunday. Crank it up to celebrate and get ready for Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love, The Mountain's Valentine's Day celebration.
Part of the fun of award shows is watching the outlandish fashion. The Grammys usually bring out some of the more "interesting" looks, but this year, those fashions will have to use a bit more discretion.
CBS sent an email to Grammy staffers to disseminate to attendees last night titled "55th GRAMMYS: Standard And Practice Wardrobe Advisory." Included in it was a list of fashion "don'ts," and not your typical "don't wear white before Memorial Day." CBS outlined specifically there would be no side boob, butt crack or (female) nipples shown. I can't believe I just wrote that sentence... imagine how the person who had to write that memo must have felt? And I guess it's OK for men to show their nipples?
Do you think CBS is just covering their butts since they got away with Joe Flacco's f-word on the Super Bowl Sunday and don't want to risk a fine? Do you think other award shows should follow suite?
In a meeting yesterday, Seattle City Council's Libraries, Utilities, and Center Committee voted to recommend that the full council approve the new solid waste plan. This plan, if approved, would build on to our existing plan with a few additions.
The change that could affect us the most is the prohibition of trashing organic waste at home and in businesses by 2016 and a compost program for diapers and pet waste by 2020! If you're in the construction business, this plan would also restrict debris from construction and demolition by 2017.
Overall, the goal is to increase Seattle's recycling rates to 60% by 2015 and 70% by 2022. Think these measures will help?
When Kenny Maybe interviewed Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament for ESPN The Magazine's music issue, an interesting parallel was set. The magazine, the off-shoot of the sports TV brand, uses their February 18th issue to draw a connection between sports and music; a connection that many people don't think twice about. However, in his interview, Ament discusses how, in his early adulthood, that wasn't the case.
Ament, on his years as a high school athlete who also played music:
"I came into college as a jock. Where I grew up, I could be a punk rocker and a football player. Nobody told me I couldn't be both of those things. When I went to college it became apparent that I had to belong to one group. If I was a jock I couldn't continue to cut my hair the way I had been cutting my hair. That earring that you have? You have to get rid of that."
Straddling both worlds got more difficult after he moved to Seattle, too. According to the article, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love used to get Ament a hard time about playing basketball! He said, "I once stopped to say hi before a show, and as I walked away, Courtney yelled, 'Go play basketball with Dave Grohl!'"
I liked it when the Muppets took Manhattan, but it sounds like Elton John could help Animal Farm take Broadway. John's partner, David Furnish, was recently quoted that the couple is working on a children's musical, which many believe is the Animal Farm project (there has been talk about this for a while.) Based on George Orwell's novel, I'm interested how they will turn Animal Farm into a Broadway production while keeping the satire without too much camp. Sure, the kids might not get the underlying message to the story, but it would be a disservice to go too over the top and lose some of Orwell's brilliance. Of course, Sir Elton has done wonderful things on Broadway (Lion King, Aida, Billy Elliott), so I have no doubt Animal Farm will be well done.
A Catholic school in New Jersey is getting attention today for a "no swearing" pledge it suggested for female students this month. The idea behind the pledge was for the women to take it and not swear for the month of February to be more ladylike. There was no pledge for the male students, just that they were encouraged not to curse in front of the women. The principal of Queen of Peace High School said the idea behind the single-sex pledge was that the ladies' good behavior would rub off onto the men.
Do you think this is a sexist way to curb swearing, or just a way to keep their students more civil? Should ALL students have to take the pledge?
Did you know an important, influential and just damn good album celebrates an anniversary today? Fleetwood Mac's Rumours made its debut today in 1977. Thirty-six years later, the band is back on tour (minus Christine McVie, though) and will be at the Tacoma Dome on May 20th. If they only played one song from Rumours that night, what would you want it to be?
Unless you happened to be watching the game last night in Sherman, Texas, Ardmore, Oklahoma or Glendive, Montana, you missed the Will Ferrell Old Milwaukee commercial. It only aired in those 3 markets, and is much funnier than the face-sucking GoDaddy commercial. It's Will Ferrell, after all! (And yes, I know my humour is twisted. ;))
It's not often I get to throw around board game references, so you better believe I'll take one when I can. Do you remember Trouble, the game with the "Pop-O-Matic" bubble? That sound echoes in my head from childhood. Well, it turns out Supertramp took notice of that sound, too, when they were recording 1979's Breakfast In America. Among other sound effects, "The Logical Song" uses the "pop!" of the Pop-O-Matic bubble!
If you're just not that excited about the game this year and decide to spend your Sunday otherwise occupied, here's a spoiler of the commercials you'll be missing (or not missing, if you watch them here!)