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Andrew Hamlin

Andrew Hamlin
Andrew Hamlin likes to photograph shoes and write about dog shit. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where he resides today. He attended the Evergreen State College, where he wrote and edited arts coverage for the Cooper Point Journal. He is the film critic for the Northwest Asian Weekly, and he’s published arts coverage and criticism in the San Diego Reader, Village Voice, Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, Goldmine, and other publications. He misses Helen Wiggin. Hamlin’s website is andrewhamlin.org.

Articles by Andrew Hamlin

Jakob Nowell takes up his father’s role as Sublime frontman

“Well, this just took a dark turn — yikes!” That’s Jakob Nowell, the guitarist, singer, songwriter, and frontman for Sublime — and the son of the band’s late, lamented lead singer Bradley Nowell — when …

July 18, 2024
Holo Holo Festival showcases music of the Pacific Islands

Everybody has to start somewhere, in music as well as anything else. Eli-Mac, from La Mesa by way of the Philippines and Hawai’i, got going with the King of Rock and Roll and an old-time …

The Belly Up celebrates 50 years of Quonset hut concerts

The Belly Up’s 50th Anniversary celebration starts up this July with a series of specially curated events. Current venue president Chris Goldsmith’s tenure at the venue stretches back (on and off) to 1988. Naturally, he’s …

WHISKYGIRL juices its genre

WHISKYGIRL sends their email answers over to me with a disclaimer: “It’s required by true metalheads to have bad grammar. Beware.” And they punctuate their stories with a liberal lacing of “Ha!” But any grammarian …

May 23, 2024
SeeYouSpaceCowboy takes inspiration from Sin City comics & the Dark City lounge singer scene

SeeYouSpaceCowboy’s singer/lyricist Connie Sgarbossa has faced down her trauma, her anguish, and her struggles to find some reason to live with remarkable audacity, honesty, and backbone. That probably helped her when she was confronted mid-set …

Rapper Kahlee's focus is on the bars

“I can juggle a chainsaw, a bowling pin, and two Honeycrisp apples while taking a bite out of them. The apples, not the chainsaw or bowling pin.” That’s Mira Mesa rapper Kahlee, answering the question …

Hullabaloo goes to Sun Studio in Memphis for 20th anniversary release

I’ve heard of band members who were best buds in college, in high school, and even in grade school. But Steve Denyes — half of the hard-working kids’ band Hullabaloo — met his musical partner …

February 29, 2024
Seventeen haiku by Andrew Hamlin

Heat of the blanket,cool of the pillow...long sunLow sun...the fact of flieson fernsTwo thumbsto the weave of the sock...cold sunCap and gown,she boards the bus...by the bumsBirdsong...squawk anxiousat the fire engineIn twilightI become...the crow’s caw“Flag …

February 16, 2024
San Diego reggae takes over the national – and worldwide - festival circuit

Why is San Diego suddenly the main source for island and reggae music at so many music festivals, both nationwide and worldwide? “I’d say San Diego has had reggae roots for a long time now,” …

February 15, 2024
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