Monday, February 20, 2017

Don's murals 'rock well' at Silver Platters in Seattle

Don Rockwell's Hendrix. (All Rockwell art in this entry)

By Andy

Muralist Don Rockwell is a big Jimi Hendrix fan, and his painting of the legendary lefty axeman at Silver Platters in Seattle is a stunner.

The Hendrix portrait is just one element among copious Rockwell pieces of Pacific Northwest musicians that are emblazoned on a large inside wall of the music and movies store's SoDo location. The musicians span many decades and we at There's Something Hard in There were especially drawn to the likes of The Sonics, Hendrix, Heart, The Fartz, The Gits, Fastbacks, Wipers, Soundgarden and more.

Silver Platters owner Mike Batt provided the layout for Rockwell and he worked on the one-year project throughout 2013. Rockwell, who said he wasn't familiar with many of the artists (for instance, The Fartz), delivered big time by bringing their essence and band logos to life.

"I'm proud of a lot of it," he said over the phone today. "But I'm never satisfied with my own work," noting that some shadows weren't deep enough in spots.

Rockwell said that's just how artists operate and laughed.

The 59-year-old Shoreline resident began his career in the sign trade in 1974 and has been painting murals since 2005. The hand lettering, carving, gold leaf and cartooning in the sign biz paved the way for his mural work.

"I was very excited whenever I discovered something new about color, light and shadow. It's a lifelong lesson and I put my heart and soul into every opportunity I get to paint," he said in his bio.


Visit Rockwell's site at

Silver Platters' site is at

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mould: Patch the Sky Spring 2017 solo electric gigs

Bob Mould with his band in Seattle in 2014. (Cat Rose photo)

Bob Mould is flying solo electric lately and he'll continue along that path for at least a little while longer on his Patch the Sky Spring 2017 jaunt. He tore through career-spanning sets Feb. 9-10 at the City Winery in New York.

He'll next appear at the Wire Drill festival, which will take place March 30-April 2 at The Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles.

Then in April time, Mould will add some gigs, including a hat trick at the Turf Club in Saint Paul, MN. Two of the dates are sold out:

APR 15
The Oriental Theater
Denver, CO

APR 17
Turf Club
Saint Paul, MN

APR 18
Turf Club
Saint Paul, MN
**Sold out

APR 19
Turf Club
Saint Paul, MN
**Sold out

APR 21
Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL

APR 22
The Opera House
Toronto, ON, Canada

APR 23
Music Box Supper Club
Cleveland, OH

APR 25
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
Austin, TX

To get you primed, here's Mould's setlists from the recent New York gigs, courtesy of the Husker Du Database:

** Feb. 9 ---

Hoover Dam
Your Favorite Thing
I Apologize
See A Little Light
The End Of Things
The War
The Descent
You Say You
Up In The Air
Voices In My Head
Moving Trucks
Hold On
If I Can't Change Your Mind
Hardly Getting Over It
Too Far Down
Pray For Rain
Lucifer And God
Brasilia Crossed With Trenton
Daddy's Favorite
Black Confetti

Love Is All Around
Makes No Sense At All

** Feb. 10 ---

Hoover Dam
Your Favorite Thing
The End Of Things
See A Little Light
I Apologize
The War
The Descent
You Say You
Up In The Air
Voices In My Head
Hold On
If I Can't Change Your Mind
Hey Mr. Grey
Hardly Getting Over It
Too Far Down
Pray For Rain
Tomorrow Morning
Chartered Trips
In A Free Land
Daddy's Favorite
Black Confetti

Love Is All Around
Celebrated Summer

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tourage: Descendents announce plethora of gigs

The Descendents in Seattle. (Cat Rose photo)

The Descendents have unveiled their “Hypercaffium Spazzinate” 2017 tour dates.

Get on it, folks.

Here’s a choice quote from drummer/songwriter Bill Stevenson from our blog interview last year:

--- What inspires you musically to keep doing this for 38 years?

Ha, ha! You know what's funny is the really base-level, crude answer is one time I asked Keith (Morris) the exact same question, and he just goes, 'Well, Billy, what the fuck else am I gonna do?' (in a spot-on Morris impersonation). And I thought it was so genius, because was being very honest: this is all that I know, this is my life.

With me, I definitely wouldn't phrase it that way, but it's kind of like I have a triple Ph.D. in music, if you will, and so it seems it has proven to be the thing that I excel at and so, as long as I remain enthused, which I very much am, then I have no reason to stop or to question how long I've been doing it. As long as I wake up and wanna hear those Marshall (amps) in my face, which I totally do, as long as that's happening, I can still  play in the Descendents. But maybe I'll wake up one day and it'll be like, 'Hey, man, I'm gonna play drums with brushes and I'm gonna be in a little jazz band and play at the fancy restaurant here in town on Friday.' Who knows?

FEB 26
The Republik
Honolulu, HI

The Catalyst Club
Santa Cruz, CA

APR 21
The Fillmore Detroit
Detroit, MI

APR 22
The Rave / Eagles Club
Milwaukee, WI

Union Hall
Edmonton, AB, Canada

MacEwan Hall
Calgary, AB, Canada

O2 Academy Brixton
London, United Kingdom

Melkweg Indie
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Schlachthof Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden, Germany

Vienna, Austria

JUL 21
The Complex
Salt Lake City, UT

JUL 22
The Fillmore Auditorium
Denver, CO

The Fillmore Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

The NorVA
Norfolk, VA

AUG 24
The Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Le Métropolis de Montréal
Montreal, QC, Canada

Toronto, ON, Canada

SEP 10
Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Providence, RI

SEP 22
House of Blues Houston
Houston, TX

The Pageant
St. Louis, MO

The Riviera Theatre
Chicago, IL

OCT 20
House of Blues Orlando
Orlando, FL

OCT 21
The Masquerade
Atlanta, GA

Uptown Theater
Kansas City, MO

Gas Monkey Live
Dallas, TX

Gas Monkey Dallas
Dallas, TX

NOV 17
House of Blues Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

NOV 18
20 Monroe Live
Grand Rapids, MI

Rams Head Live
Baltimore, MD

Starland Ballroom
Sayreville, NJ

DEC 15
Marquee Theatre
Tempe, AZ

DEC 16
Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

They’re also in Australia now:

FEB 16
Hindmarsh, SA, Australia

FEB 17
Capitol Nightclub Murray St Perth
Perth, WA, Australia

FEB 20
170 Russell
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

FEB 22
Eatons Hill Hotel and Function Centre
Eatons Hill, QLD, Australia

FEB 24
Enmore Theatre

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ace smokes through KISS and solo tunes in Seattle

Ace in Seattle. (All Andy photos and videos)

By Andy

As a KISS fanatic in 1978, I was faced with a serious conundrum. I know I wasn't the only KISS Army card-carrying member who was in this predicament, but it seemed liked the weight of the world was on my scrawny 11-year-old shoulders.

While staring at the rows of new releases on Sept. 18 at Music Plus in Hermosa Beach, CA, I had a brutal choice on my rock n' roll plate: Ace, Gene, Paul or Peter? As in which solo album would I purchase with my allowance cash from mowing the family lawn, taking out the trash, etc. I could only afford one of those albums at the time... goddammit, which one would travel home with me?

I scratched my head and went with Ace since he was my favorite band member because he seemed like the most wacky and original of the bunch, plus his riveting guitaristry blew my mind each time I cranked my albums. While walking toward the cashier, an older friend of mine from the baseball diamond spied my Ace album and asked why I didn't grab Gene's. C'mon man, you're making this even harder for me now! But I went with Ace's and it would soon be spinning on my turntable as I grabbed my tennis racket to play some stunning guitar along with my favorite tune "Rip it Out" and the other gems. (I never got the other solo albums, but I did grab Gene's "Radioactive" single, which is awesome.)

I heard from a school pal whose family had the subscription ON TV that he saw a KISS concert on there and was mesmerized by Ace's smoking guitar. I'd seen photos but never caught a clip of the action. Another buddy had actually seen KISS and showed me his photos from the nosebleed seats since I needed proof. I was fucking jealous, of course.

Although I never caught KISS in their heyday, Cat and I along with our friends Linda and Kevin witnessed the original quartet at a glorious concert in San Jose on their reunion tour in 1996. We were a few sections up from the floor on Ace's side of the stage and I was stoked beyond belief to see my main man, The Spaceman, display his guitar wizardry in the flesh.

So, where does this all take me now?

Well, last night Cat and I along with our KISS aficionado friends Gregg, Andrea and Mark who roadtripped it to Seattle from Portland entered Ace land at the Neptune Theatre. Mr. Frehley and his band wailed through my old fave "Rip it Out," plus ragers like "Shock Me," "Rocket Ride," "Parasite," "Cold Gin," "Love Gun," "Deuce," "Detroit Rock City" and much more. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready joined the fray onstage to supply some axework to "Cold Gin" (video clip below).

And yes, there was some smoking guitar action -- right in my face -- as witnessed in the video in this entry. There was flashing guitar as well during "New York Groove" and blistering leads galore, of course.

Ace can still bring it hard, man, and yeah, that solo album still holds up after all these years.