JIM WELTE. Writer. Editor.

Spindrift: The Legend of God’s Gun

By: Jim Welte | published on December 3, 2008 It’s 1965, and Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone wants to screen his new film, A Fistful of Dollars, in the United States. But instead of introducing the spaghetti Western in Hollywood or New York, United Artists makes the rather batty decision to screen it at the Longshoreman’s Hall along Fisherman’s Wharf in […]

Catching Up With… TV on the Radio

BY JIM WELTE | Published at 7:00 AM on September 25, 2008 For the second year in a row, a 70-year-old, man-made island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay was home to some of the finest live bands in the country. Over two days this past weekend, the Treasure Island Music Festival welcomed the likes of the Raconteurs, The […]

Jolie Holland: Pastoral Folk Musings and Old World Damage

By: Jim Welte | published on September 17, 2008 On her latest effort, The Living and the Dead, a gifted singer-songwriter continues to grow, putting panic attacks and stress-induced illness behind her. At last month’s Pickathon Roots Music Festival near Portland, Oregon, singer-songwriter Jolie Holland sported sunglasses throughout her nighttime performance. But the choice of eyewear was no act of […]

Rodriguez: An Unexpected, Enduring Legacy

By: Jim Welte | published on May 29, 2008 Few American cities have faced a colder dose of reality over the years than Detroit. Motown had the highest foreclosure rate in the nation last year, is home to a crippled American automotive industry, and just endured a tawdry scandal that forced its mayor out of office and into jail […]