For prolific experimentalist Pete Swanson, there’s no such thing as a vacation.
Sitting down for coffee in the Ace Hotel lobby, Pete
Swanson is quite a sight. He flew back to Portland the day before,
returning home from New York, where the prolific experimental musician
An EDM lifer talks the past, present and future of electronic music.
[ELECTRONIC] In the past 20 years, there have been at
least three upswings in the popularity of electronic music: the
rave/ecstasy period of the early ’90s; the big-beat and trip-hop
Formed: In 1997 in Battle, East Sussex, England.
Sounds like: A respectful embrace of modestly
attractive thirtysomethings outside a well-scrubbed cafe in drizzling
twilight as patrons mirthlessl
Admit it: You love lists. C’mon, you know you’re reading
every single “Best of 2012” piece, either nodding with the satisfaction
of having your own opinions validated or boiling with anger
We didn’t just sit around listening to records all year. Some of us actually left the house.
Best Show Almost No One Saw: Matthew Shipp Trio It
was quite a surprise to find Jimmy Mak’s not even one-third full for a
rare Portland appearance by powerhouse pianist Matthew Shipp and his
The profanity and the profundity of Kinky Friedman.
Remember Ann Richards? The former Texas governor, famous
for the giant cotton ball on her head and for warning Girl Scouts about
“Prince Charming on a motorcycle with a beer gut and a wandering
[GOOF POP] You know Con Bro Chill is readying for a video
shoot when it looks like a rainbow exploded in the band’s garage.
Neon-colored duct tape—a motif running through the five YouTube hits
Born: In 1958 in London. Sounds like: Early Iron Maiden songs performed by less capable players who have not taken very good care of themselves. For fans of: Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley, Tim “Ripper More
Portland’s Woolen Men graduate from tapes to vinyl. Is world domination next?
Stuffed into a booth at My Father’s Place, the three men
who make up the Woolen Men wear serious expressions as they talk about
touring and their place in the continuum of Portland’s punk- and