The Passing of Chuck Berry aged 90

For a number of years I made a point of trying to get to every concert by a legend that came within driving distance. A few got through the cracks, but I am very happy that I reached this goal with so many greats.

Chuck Berry, inventor of rock and roll, was so much fun to see live. His energy and enthusiasm were infectious.  He never lost that little kid feeling and he seemed to feel blessed to do what he as doing for a living.   A very important person in history alone, not just music, but he broke down many barriers.  Living until 90 gave us that extra time to see this legend.  Opening up for the Grateful Dead at an outdoor race track was a great place to experience that rock and roll music.

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RIP Chuck Berry

Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Alison Moyet 2017 US Tour

Great news to hear that Alison Moyet is touring the states this year. The tour will be accompanied by a new release titled “Other” out in June.  Playing Seattle on a Saturday night because she knows it’s hard for me to see shows on a school night.

1. I Germinate
2. Lover, Go
3. The English U
4. The Rarest Birds
5. Beautiful Gun
6. Reassuring Pinches
7. April 10th
8. Other
9. Happy Giddy
10. Alive


Alison has always felt like the cool sister with the great record collection that maybe was a couple years older than me but took me along to concerts that I would have never known about if she hadn’t.

Starting with her awesome band Yaz/Yazoo mixing the club hits with those bedroom tales. I had just learned the Lord’s prayer.

Then great pop music as a solo artist on ALF.  Pop so sweet it was like honey for the bees.

Don’t forget how GREAT! she was at Live Aid.

Now as a grown woman who has some life experiences to tell. The imaginary aunt to my children.

To support her new album ‘Other’, Alison Moyet will be embarking on a World Tour from September through to December 2017.

‘The Other Tour’ will see Alison playing electronic gigs in the United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France.


11 Sept – Sixth and I: Washington DC

12 Sept – The Trocadero Theatre: Philadelphia, PA

13 Sept – Royale, Boston, MA

15 Sept – Webster Hall: New York, NY

17 Sept – The Danforth Music Hall: Toronto, ONT

19 Sept – Park West: Chicago, IL

20 Sept – Fine Line Music Café: Minneapolis, MN

22 Sept – Star Theater: Portland, OR

23 Sept – The Showbox: Seattle, WA

25 Sept – The Fillmore: San Francisco, CA

26 Sept – Music Box: San Diego, CA

27 Sept – The Fonda Theater: Los Angeles, CA

Nice one Sis!

Mike @ Spool Going Round






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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist

If you are missing these shows, you are really missing the mix.  The largest music collection in the Pacific Northwest masterfully put together for your listening experience.

Bringing our Victorian Seaport to the world via streaming.

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New Music from The Afghan Whigs coming out via SubPop

In Spades is now available for pre-order from Sub Pop

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The Afghan Whigs In Spades, the group’s spellbinding new album, will be available on CD / 180 gram-LP / CS / DL worldwide on May 5th from Sub Pop. The album, led by the single “Demon In Profile,” and standouts “Oriole,” “Copernicus,” “Arabian Heights” and “Toy Automatic,” is the follow-up the band’s internationally acclaimed Do to the Beast.  In Spades, written and produced by Greg Dulli, was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree.

The album is a searing and soulful rock effort that emphasizes its pop instincts while contrasting with the seductive themes found throughout.  From its evocative cover art to the troubled spirits haunting its halls, In Spades casts a spell that challenges the listener to unpack its dark metaphors and spectral imagery. “It’s a spooky record,” notes Greg Dulli, Afghan Whigs’ songwriter and frontman. “I like that it’s veiled. It’s not a concept album per se, but as I began to assemble it, I saw an arc and followed it. To me it’s about memory – in particular, how quickly life and memory can blur together.”

We here at Spool Going Round love “spooky records” listen to Demon in Profile below.

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Valentine’s Day Playlist from Spool Going Round

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Tell someone you love them. 



Mike @ Spool Going Round

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The Jesus and Mary Chain makes us happy with the sad

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I had the good pleasure of seeing a reunited The Jesus and Mary Chain at Riot Fest in Chicago a few years back.   It wasn’t just a trip of nostalgia as the Reid brothers have decided to carry that into a new release and it is classic JAMC.

Hear “Always Sad” with duet partner Bernadette Denning.

The new album Damage and Joy is out on March 24th


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One More Rebel Song from Marley

If I was asked to name one person that has had the largest impact on music.  My answer has always been and will continue to be the great Bob Marley.  Not only did he make huge leaps for his own music but the influence that he has had on others in all genres is insurmountable.  Then you move on the the children that Bob had and the music that they have continued to make, both new and also keeping Bob’s music alive.  Just looking at Bob’s children alone you can’t even compare them to other children of musical legends they are so far ahead there is nothing to compare them to.  Now in 2017 this lineage continues here with Bob Marley’s maternal grandson.  I am pleased to introduce Skip Marley.

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“Yea if ya took all my rights away/ Yea if ya tellin’ me how to pray/ Yea if ya won’t let us demonstrate/ Ya wrong/ Yea if ya thinkin’ I don’t belong/ Yea if ya hidin’ behind a gun/ Yea if ya hopin’ I’m gonna run/ Ya wrong,”

Oh yea…Here is “Lions” by Skip Marley

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Depeche Mode ask “Where’s the Revolution?”

When I look back over the last couple of years at the concerts and releases that I have enjoyed the most.  I see a trend that leads to many of the bands continuing from the 80’s.   I don’t want to say that it is all nostalgia either.   These bands are putting out great new music, they are fit with high energy levels, and they just plain know how to put on a show after all these years of doing it.

Depeche Mode are planning a huge new tour around their new release but no US dates have been announced up to this point.  The album titled “Spirit” will be out on March 17th.   The new single was release today and it is called “Where’s the Revolution”



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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist



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Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Words of Wisdom From Joe

WWJD? What would Joe do?

We love you and miss you Joe Strummer.


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