Browser – “Snowpocalypse” edition: Over the Rhine, U2, WALL-E, Sam Phillips

Merry Christmas, everybody!I've just returned from Cincinnati, where I joined about 2,500 friends to celebrate Over the Rhine's 20th anniversary. We enjoyed three days of concerts, the reunion of Over the Rhine's original lineup, and music spanning their whole career. I'll soon be writing about the band, the history, the poetry, the fans, and a kind of band/audience relationship you just won't find anywhere else. But for now, I'm just smiling in the glow of some unforgettable experiences, … [Read more...]

Hello, Cincinnati! And Happy 20th Anniversary, Over the Rhine!

I'm arriving in Cincinnati tomorrow afternoon. It'll be my first visit there, and I couldn't be more excited about attending ALL THREE 20th anniversary concerts for Over the Rhine this weekend. If you're going to be there, let me know. Maybe we can meet and chat.I'll be writing an essay about Over the Rhine soon, and this experience will be a vital part of that project. … [Read more...]

Update from New Orleans

It's a warm, sunny, breezy day here in New Orleans.¬†And I'm enjoying it immensely. I had a tasty, huge meal of crawfish (four different ways), crab (stuffed), and barbecue shrimp pasta last night at Deanie's Seafood.Last night's stroll down Bourbon Street was¬†wild and crazy.¬†I first heard the term "Storyville" when, as a much younger fellow, I first heard Robbie Robertson's album of that title. I'll have to revisit that record now. While that nickname apparently has a colorful history, and … [Read more...]

Vancouver B.C.: Best Place to Stay?

Anne and I are just a few weeks from our tenth anniversary.And so we're planning a much-needed getaway, just the two of us, away from all of the fantastic friends, the great jobs, the beauty and energy of Seattle. We need to disappear.We want to go to Vancouver B.C., and made reservations last night at what looked like a great hotel. But then a friend from the area dissuaded us from celebrating in that particular neighborhood of the city.So now we're back to square one: Where to … [Read more...]