Years after hearing "My Sister" on MTV, my wife and I first saw Juliana Hatfield on her solo tour around the release of Gold Stars 1992-2002: The Juliana Hatfield Collection. At Iowa's now-closed The Green Room, we brought our Polaroid camera and unified excitement for supporting the fine singer-songwriter. In particular, Hatfield's Blake Babies had been some … Continue reading Juliana Hatfield, The Green Room, Iowa City, Iowa, August 2002
During my sophomore year of high school, lunchtime usually involved conversing with friends and crushes, all the while discussing or listening to punk rock, hip hop, or ska. One particular day in 1995, my friend Mark introduced me to the band D.R.I., or Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. He had their latest release, Live, and the metal … Continue reading Thrashin’ Through the Decades with Dirty Rotten Imbeciles
Carcass previously headlined Wooly's on November 14, 2014 with openers Exhumed and Macabre, following the British band's comeback release of Surgical Steel. After that, I figured I may not see them again for awhile, if it all, but lo and behold... After my traditional veggie burger time at Zombie Burger, I returned to the venue, … Continue reading Carcass, Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa, March 10, 2016
Leap year 2012 was entertainer Davy Jones's last, as he died at age 66 on February 29th. At the time, I had a Facebook page and wrote the following tribute, presented now with some edits: "It's hard to believe..." David Jones has died. As the soul of The Monkees, and only constant member with Micky, … Continue reading Good Times with The Monkees!
Eureka Springs, Arkansas is located in the expansive, lush, and peaceful Ozark Mountains, and southward of the colorful town is one of the United States' reputable wildlife refuges, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed facility's mission is "to provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected 'Big Cats' with emphasis on Tigers, … Continue reading Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
The year 1997 was that of my high school graduation and the adoption of a kitten my father named Atticus. He was found by a family friend in a hospital parking ramp and through kittenhood, the tender-hearted, black silk-furred, and soft-meowed feline lived at my parents' home, then moved in with me and my wife … Continue reading Atticus & Sophie: A Simple Reminiscence
Although the Los Angeles punk band X has inexplicably evaded this punk rock fan's musical rotation for two decades, my wife and I were motivated to see the influential creation of Exene Cervenka, John Doe, DJ Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom at Des Moines' Wooly's. Sadly, guitarist Zoom is again treating cancer, thus is unable to tour. However, the … Continue reading X, Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa, August 30, 2015