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Album Review: Illmaculate

Clay Pigeons (Sandpeople Music)


Album Reviews
[ANXIOUS RAP] “It must have been a mix-up,” Illmaculate says three minutes into Clay Pigeons, after pummeling the listener with relentless bars dumped over a piano-led Lou Reed sample. “I th   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 CASEY JARMAN

An Open Letter to Portland's Music Community from Casey Jarman

Party Damage Records' co-founder and former Willamette Week Music Editor on the city's treatment of hip-hop culture.

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NOTE: Casey Jarman is Willamette Week's former music editor and co-founder of Party Damage Records. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he is the managing editor of The Believer. Dear Portland, In the last month, your police department and fire marshal's office have u...   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by CASEY JARMAN

Whiskey, Weed, Jazz and Dad

Father-son bonding over the 2014 Portland Jazz Festival.


Music Stories
My first clear musical memory is walking into my dad’s wood shop and hearing the opening bars of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” on his dust-caked boom box. It certainly wasn’t the first t   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 CASEY JARMAN

Rip City vs. No Pity: Blazers

Basketball is the real beautiful game.


News Stories
You have to start with the pinwheel. When I first started attending Trail Blazers games in 2003, the team’s brand was suffering. This was not because the Blazers were bad: The squad had finish   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Blue Cranes

Swim (Cuneiform)


Album Reviews
[MOOD PIECES] There’s no way around it: Swim, the fourth album by local jazz institution Blue Cranes, is as heady and dark as anything the group has done in its six years together. The big cha   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Morning Ritual

The Clear Blue Pearl (Self-Release)


Album Reviews
[POP OPERA] Concept albums demand some suspension of disbelief and a little imagination from the listener. When the story being related is in the realm of epic fantasy, as is the case with Morni   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Bar of the Year 2013 Runner Up No. 2: Blue Diamond


Bar Guide
It’s 9:30 on a Monday night at Blue Diamond, and a band called Sumo is playing War’s “Spill the Wine” for a couple dozen regulars. A pretty brunette swing dances with a guy who’s old e   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: The Pynnacles

The Pynnacles (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[PSYCH-GARAGE FOREVER] I am not the target audience for throwback garage rock. It’s hard for me to see the point of taking something that was so vital in its day and cloning it for modern audi   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Top Five Must-See Acts at Jazz Fest


Top 5
Barry Harris with Chuck Israels and Mel Brown (Friday, Feb. 15, at Jimmy Mak’s) Pianist Barry Harris, still sharp and dextrous at 83, is one of the last great bebop innovators we have, and bass   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Winter Guide 2013: It’s Not a Portland Winter Until You’ve...

32 ways to distract yourself during the dark days to come.


Featured Stories
Only the strong survive Stumptown winters with all their marbles in the bag. Even those who claim to love the rainy season know that the gray, low-hanging clouds always transform from familiar fri   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 CASEY JARMAN
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