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Album Review: No. 2

No Memory (Jackpot)


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[LOST PORTLAND ROCK] At some point, Elliott Smith fans burn through his all-too-finite discography and wind up at Heatmiser’s last album, Mic City Sons. What that record makes clear is that, d   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Hutch and Kathy

Hutch and Kathy (Jealous Butcher)


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[PRE-PUNK] In an attic somewhere, there’s a cache of photos of me in high school, all zitty and blue-haired, playing Hacky Sack in saggy JNCO jeans. Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster were a few ye   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Dead Moon

Live at Satyricon (Voodoo Doughnut Recordings)


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[GHOST OF PUNK PAST] In 1993, the year of this live recording issued for the first time by Voodoo Doughnut’s boutique record label, the grandparents of Portland punk would’ve been a spry 44    More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Natural Magic

Natural Magic (Boomarm Nation)


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[BALEARIC BEAUTY] Natural Magic, the duo of Mike McKinnon and Matthew Quiet, puts on the Limited Edition parties in Portland that are as exclusive as the name suggests. I’ve never been to one,   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: The Minus 5

Dungeon Golds (Yep Roc)


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[PSYCH ADJACENT] If the Minus 5 wants to count this as its 10th album, fine. But the dozen tracks on Dungeon Golds originate from Scott the Hoople in the Dungeon of Horror, a 2014 Record Store Day b   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Summer Cannibals

Show Us Your Mind (New Moss)


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[POLISHED DISTORTION] Anyone who’s ever walked through the streets with music blaring through headphones has experienced how whatever you’re listening to affects the way you move. If you’r   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Cool Nutz

#BRUH (Self-Released)


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[ORIGINAL ROSE CITY HIP-HOP] Rappers have always had a penchant for crowning themselves the “king” or “queen” of whatever town they happen to lord over, but few actually have the track r   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 TJ LOVE

Album Review: Lost Lander

Medallion (Glad I Did)


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[EPIC POP] Whereas debut albums often begin with a bang, sophomore records tend to start with a statement. Lost Lander hit the ground running in 2012 with its excellent first album, DRRT, pair   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Alialujah Choir

Big Picture Show (Woodphone)


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[FURTHER FOLK] Sequencing an album is a tougher and more important task than it seems. You often want to open with a bang—a song that immediately hooks the listener. On the other hand, no one    More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Grand Lake Islands

Song From Far (Good Mountain)


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[RATTLED FOLK] Song From Far begins exactly as that: a quiet cacophony of atmospheric rustling that sounds like faraway spirits tuning their collective voice. Very soon, the drifting experimen   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 MARK STOCK
 

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