Siblings Aaron and Sarah Shay slide into the booth with Annie Hughes, prompting a swift shuffle of hats, coats, and instruments. The Mongrel Jews play a total of six instruments, sing, and keep the band going across state lines with fierce devotion, and the support of their fellow musicians.

From street corners, living rooms and stages, The Mongrel Jews started without a name, acquiring one as well as a devoted fan base along the way. Fresh from a successful Kickstarter (watch for the album: The Mongrel Jews Inherit the Earth!) and talking a mile a minute over coffee, Aaron, Sarah and Annie shook off the Seattle cold to talk about the brass tacks of making music sing. Continue reading…

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Following Up on 3 Interview Alumni

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Over the last couple of years many different artists have been featured on Another Passion. I recently reached out to some of them, asking how things had been since their feature, and what they were up to now. In the following, you can read what some of them had to share. Don’t forget to check [...]

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Jason Webley – Hard Working Troubadour

Jason Webley

Jason Webley is a man of many talents. I met him during the preparations for his 11-11-11 concert in Seattle last year, which I was honored to cover. This particular show was the culmination of a massive tour spanning 35 countries. Jason had invited numerous friends to come along and add their own touch to [...]

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Let Billy the Fridge Entertain You

Billy the Fridge

Billy the Fridge and I met up at Blue Moon Burgers in Fremont, where they sell the Code Blue burger with two paddys, peanut butter and all kinds of goodness. It’s big and potent, just like Billy himself. A local boy, Billy the Fridge has competed in wrestling and competitive eating both – he proudly [...]

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Art Chantry Designs For Music

Art Chantry, legendary graphic designer.

I asked the Internet who it wanted to see featured here on Another Passion. “Art Chantry” it replied (on my Facebook wall), so I got in touch with this absolutely legendary designer and asked if he would be willing to share a little wisdom with the rest of us. And he was! Art Chantry’s distinctive [...]

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Tomo: Songwriting, Doubts and Inspiration

Tomo Nakayama of Grand Hallway

I almost never met Tomo Nakayama. When I was supposed to, his quiet demeanor fooled me into not recognizing the Japanese born singer and songwriter. He is the front man in Seattle based indie band, Grand Hallway, whose recent album “Promenade” has been getting some well-deserved attention and airplay. Luckily, he recognized my ugly mug, [...]

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Don Berman – Jazz Drummer

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Don Berman lives in my building. For years, I watched him carry his drums down to his car every now and then, and on summer days when the windows were open, I would listen to him drum away in his apartment. It never bothered me. He’s that good. Still, it took me literally years of [...]

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