PIRATE PARTY: Yo, you partying at the Waterfront Blues Festival? Look for Finger. The âpartial pirate,â whom WW interviewed for this blog post, has docked the boat he lives on just offshore for the show. Finger and his buds will bring partiers aboard their hobo flotilla on a Huck Finn raft and have a stripper pole and plenty of booze just a few feet from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Finger says women are always welcome on his boat, but dudes should plan to âbring a bunch of girls or beer, or maybe pay five bucks.â âWeâre not trying to have a sausagefest,â he says.
DOWNLOAD DUST-UP: In a June 16 NPR blog post titled âI Never Owned Any Music To Begin With,â 20-year-old intern Emily White admits that much of her sizable music collection is pirated. The post continues to make waves on the Web. On June 24, Portland blogger/ex-Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen wrote a response of sorts for his advertising agency/think tank, North, titled âThe Internet Could Not Care Less About Your Mediocre Band.â The post praised White for her honesty while also attacking one of her critics, Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven singer-guitarist David Lowery, for being âmaudlinâ and âmildly talented.â In doing so, Allen angered Portland-based music journalist Peter Ames Carlin, who responded with his own blog post, titled âFamous Internet Pedant Dave Allen Is a Dick.â The fracas led to over 100 contentious comments on Allenâs blog post and an eventual apology (from Northâs Mark Ray, not Allen) to Lowery. Allen clarified and expanded on his comments in a lengthy Q&A with WW you can find here. (He asked that his comments not be edited or omitted as a precondition for the interview.)
NEW BAG: Word on the street is that Kenny & Zukeâs is looking to expand into Pix PÃ¢tisserieâs space on North Williams Avenue. Pix will vacate both of its current locations for a new eatery on East Burnside Street. Meanwhile, Kenny & Zukeâs has significantly expanded production, scoring the bagel account for all the Portland Whole Foods stores, and dedicating half its SandwichWorks shop to baking and boiling bagels. Whether the proposed future location will be a BagelWorks or another deli, Scoop didnât hear, though we think either would be a big success.