R.I.P. THEORY: Portland MC and producer Gavin âTheoryâ Soens died of cancer April 10. The 27-year-old was in his home, surrounded by friends and family. Soens is best known for his band, Hives Inquiry Squad, which made psychedelic hip-hop infused with dance/electronica. Soensâwho had a leg amputated in early 2010âremained musically active throughout his fight with cancer, and unsentimental about the disease. âI promised myself I wouldnât regress to religion,â Soens told WW in a 2010 profile. âCancer is just something that happens to people.â In a letter to WW, Soensâ bandmate, Lucas Dix, explained their relationship. âThe two of us have always been extremely competitive with each other,â he wrote. âSometimes, it brought the best out of both of us. Sometimes, it was to our detriment. I can fully admit, though, that there was never really any competition, just me trying to chase the shine of a man that I saw as the guiding light through the tunnel.â
GOOGLE HOLE: First, Voodoo Doughnut owner Tres Shannonâs new venture, Portland P Palace, was felled by (zoning regulations related to) an earthquake. Now, Voodoo is resorting to Web coupon deals usually favored by failing businesses in need of a quick cash infusion. For $2, Google Offers will sell you a coupon for five doughnuts, one of which has a Google theme. âItâs really just a raised glazed doughnut with vanilla frosting and Google colors,â says an unexcited Voodooer.
PRÃSERVEZ LâÃTRANGETÃ DE PORTLAND: The infatuation of serious newspapers with our moist city continues with a 2,100-word feature titled âPortland, the Home of Artistsâ in the April 13 edition of Le Monde. Pegged to the upcoming Keep Portland Weird festival in Paris, the story touches on the house show scene, the mysterious attraction of the city and our unbearable whiteness of being. âThe homogeneity of this population probably favors a form of cultural expression, but [is] also the tragedy of the city,â laments screenwriter Jon Raymond in the article. Itâs a fair portrait of the city, even though it overstates the number of food carts in townâ700, rather than about 400.
LOTSA LEGOS: Portland artist Zachary Pollock needs $26,400 to buy Legos. Heâs using the cash to replicate the first level of Super Mario Bros. pixel-for-brick. âNo one that I am aware of has done a Lego mosaic on this scale before,â Pollock explains on his Kickstarter page. The final project will be 90 feet longâno word on where heâll store it.
YOUâRE THE BEST AROUND: WWâs annual Best New Band showcase is Friday, May 11, at Mississippi Studios. While we canât yet reveal the lineupâor any of the annual pollâs top 10 finalistsâwe can tell you the show will be free (yay!), 21+ (boo!) and very, very good.