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I Wish I Could Quit You

Once a little bit country, always a little bit country. Right?


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Cowboys make me nervous. That's why I'm on my fourth Jack Daniel's. Surrounded by cowboy hats and big belt buckles Wednesday night at the eastside cowboy enclave Outlaws Bar & Grill, I have shored up ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Favor For The Geek

How to turn an obsession into a somewhat profitable career.


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The geeks were out in full force last Friday at Portland Community College when the Recording Academy took over PCC's Cascade campus for a high-school career day.I'm not trying to be mean. See, a musi ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Select, Cut...

A regular Joe by day, Marius Libman will make you work by night.


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Marius Libman, like 99.9 percent of the world, is a worker bee. And, like many Portland worker bees, Libman serves a handful of masters: The bearded 25-year-old works as a barista at downtown's Coffee ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Barfly On The Wall

Real Portlanders talking about real things at real clubs.


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CharactersCartmanesque (unrelenting)Woman (uninterested)The Brit (unfazed)Scene The patio of the Doug Fir Lounge, Dec. 28, 2005, at 10:30 pm. A man in his late 20s, who speaks like an older and perhap ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

So This Is The Future, v. 2006

Using his powers of future-telling, our brave columnist ventures into the unknown for you, the Portland music fan.


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What a year for Portland music, eh? The good music flowed forth (see year-end lists throughout this section), and the talent continued to flood our fair city. Crackerbash and Sprinkler reunited for Mu ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Egomaniac Like You

My "Come to Jesus" moment with the Dandy Warhols.


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It happened about 25 minutes into the Dandy Warhols' set last Wednesday night at the Crystal Ballroom.Transcendence.The band had already played four songs to a packed crowd. On stage was Courtney Tayl ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

He Is A Scientist

Part two of the Courtney Taylor-Taylor interview.


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"By the end of the great war, the Dandy Warhols had progressed far beyond the traditional jug band sound." So begins the Dandy Warhols' latest release, Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, this fictional r ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

The Warlord From Mars

My first—and probably last— interview with Courtney Taylor-Taylor.


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My interview with Courtney Taylor-Taylor was evidently a mistake. The Dandy Warhols frontman, currently touring North America in support of the critically dogged and popularly ho-hummed psych-pop offe ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Portland, Loveless?

Rumors persist that the eastside's big concrete box is crumbling.


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Various scenesters have been grumbling about an untimely end for the eastside all-ages club Loveland after owner Mikey Wolfson laid off both club booker Drew Wilson and publicist Evelyn Weston last mo ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Second Wind

The Joggers keep us all guessing with their sophomore release.


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No other Portland band has transformed as dramatically in the past year as the Joggers have. In 2003, the Portland quartet released the surprisingly brilliant debut Solid Guild, a pop fan's delight, g ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN
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