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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

The evolution of Belle and the Dragon’s “Trees” video

Belle and the Dragon’s new video “Trees,” shot in Barrio Logan, evolved from the confluence of two situations: An inability to emulate John Travolta’s swagger; and a lust for the perfect vegan taco. “Originally I ...

September 17, 2020
Ten plague haiku by Andrew Hamlin

Third week of the plague pile-driver bangs tempo for the brave builders Third week of the plague the crows — hungry, perhaps...? voice discontent Third week of the plague, but dog shit on the sidewalk ...

August 20, 2020
Road stories from Tyson Motsenbocker

Tyson Motsenbocker’s worried about the virus, and who isn’t? But he’s looking forward to playing shows when he can, showcasing his new album Someday I’ll Make It All Up To You. He was kind enough ...

“Medicine Show” webcast showcases Mrs. Henry’s puppeteering

The virus got so serious, so quick, that they ended up playing only one show of their projected spring tour. What’s a meticulously-planning band to do when they suddenly can’t play live? In the case ...

August 6, 2020
Museum of Making Music Carlsbad nears renovation completion

Carolyn Grant, executive director of the Museum of Making Music Carlsbad, came to music early and passionately. “This involvement [with playing music] is actually the core purpose of my life. As an older adult my ...

July 23, 2020
Stones tribute Jumping Jack Flash has a Spinal Tap moment

Playing Keith Richards for a living isn’t always a rock star trip, as Young Hutchinson, from Stones tribute band Jumping Jack Flash, can attest. A county fair stopped the Flash mid-set — for the sake ...

Mark Dresser’s musicianship cuts through it all

He played San Diego County Mental Health and watched a patient attack another patient during “Freedom Jazz Dance.” He went back to San Diego County Mental Health and made it through a “chilled” set of ...

July 2, 2020
The Gay Agenda party and pose their way past any shade

San Diego’s the Gay Agenda (the band) are so over “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.” They never left in the first place, they’re not going anywhere, and they’ll party and pose their ...

June 25, 2020
Virgin and child, with Kathryn Hatmaker on violin

The delicate, and little practiced art of hooking up musicians with paintings, doesn’t occur to a lot of people. But to Kathryn Hatmaker, San Diego violinist as well as artistic director for the Art of ...

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