Extreme couponing turns violent! Also: BRUCE at Mississippi Studios and more!

Actually, there’s no extreme couponing going on here, let alone violence. I’m supposed to go to the supermarket this afternoon and will in fact do so, but I’m planning to keep my fists (both registered as deadly weapons, by the way) clutching my little wagon as I whistle my way from one processed food product to the next. Yeah, that’s how I roll…with a squeaky wheel that keeps fluttering sideways.

But let’s talk about you. And Bruce. And BRUCE. And the latest fun ways to weave them all together!

On the evening of Monday, Nov 26,  (tonight!) I’m reading and q-ing and a-ing at a City Club of Portlande event held at Jimmy Mak’s, which is at 221 NW 10th Ave downtown. Books will be available. And better yet, a lucky attendee will win a pair of tickets to the real Bruce’s concert at the Rose Garden on Wednesday night. Tickets are kind of pricey — $35 for members; $45 for non-members — but remember the part about the free ticket giveaway. All other details can be found here.

Then comes Tuesday, Nov 27 when my friends at KINK-FM (101.9) will come to the awesome Mississippi Studios to present BRUCE – a musical tribute to Bruce Springsteen and a certain new biography, also titled BRUCE. Thanks to a lot of hard work by Casey Neill, the show will be awesome, featuring — no kidding — Corin Tucker, Storm Large, Jim Brunberg, Casey Neill and the Norway Rats, Jonah Tolchin, Kasey Anderson, Hondo II, My Oh Mys, Steve Berlin (from Los Lobos!) and more, more, more, all covering their favorite Bruce Springsteen songs! Tickets are going fast — the show will definitely sell out — so go to the Miss Studios link (above) and get hooked up. I’ll be there too, occasionally holding forth, and books will be sold by the great folks from Broadway Books.

Then on Wednesday Nov 28 let’s all go to the Rose Garden in Portland to watch Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform. I’ll definitely be there.

The end of Extreme Couponing Turns Violent! But Carlindustries will be back in Cool Video Clips and Radio Programs You Can Hear Right Now.


A Beautiful Night

So what was the best moment during Wednesday night’s Paul McCartney: A Life in Music and Words  tribute show at Mississippi Studios? Teisha Helgerson’s hypnotic “Let ’em In?” Sneakin’ Out’s all-instrumental, percussion-bass-and-mandolin take on “Penny Lane’ and (especially) “Silly Love Songs”? Or was it Nick Jaina’s surreal “Ebony and Ivory,” in which the part of Stevie Wonder was performed by a computer voice from his Macbook? Possibly, possibly. But that gives short shrift to Dirty Mittens, Buoy Larue, Jim Brunberg (I’d never heard “Single Pigeon” with quite so much passion and depth before), and on and on, right up to Corin Tucker’s “I’m Looking Through You,” and then the show-ending “Hey Jude,” during which the former lead singer of Sleater-Kinney nearly shattered windows with her awesome improvs during the “Na-na-na-na” chorus. The place was rocking, truly rocking, and as I kept saying, it made all those 4 am gotta-write-now wake-up calls worthwhile. Every one of them.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s Corin Tucker.

More to come.

Mississippi Studios in Portland, Tonight at 8!


Tonight: The Paul McCartney: A Life in Music and Words show in Portland, with Nick Jaina, Matt Sheehy, Corin Tucker, Jim Brunberg and many more. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi; doors at 7, show at 8!

Nov 18, Portland, Ore at Mississippi Studios: PAUL McCARTNEY: A LIFE IN MUSIC AND WORDS

Here’s the link for tickets to the coolest PMAL event of them all: A tribute concert-with-a-few-words from guess which book at Portland’s Mississippi Studios. It’s a super-cheap night of Paul McCartney music, performed by: Corin Tucker (late of Sleater-Kinney); Matt Sheehy, Nick Jaina, Jim Brunberg, Viva Las Vegas, Teisha Helgerson (Amelia); Buoy LaRue; Courtenay Hameister (OPB’s Live Wire); plus also special guests TBA.