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Doin’ The Derb

You’re not rich, but on Kentucky Derby day, you can act like it.

Horse races, like sex, are about mostly anticipation. And while the Kentucky Derby—like sex—only lasts two minutes, the elaborate celebrations around racing’s biggest event last all day. O   More
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

LocalCut's Half-Assed Sandpeople Week Concludes


This is a second draft. I began this post with a long essay called Why Sandpeople Matters. It talked about race, DIY culture and Portland's reluctance to embrace locally grown hip-hop. I still think there's a piece to be written, but maybe it's bigger than me. I'm no ambassador to the local hip-hop scene. There's plenty I am unaware of and plenty of stuff I just plain don't like. So all I really w...   More
Friday, April 27, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Sandpeople, "The P"


Last week I said on Twitter that this would be "Sandpeople Week." Now, admittedly, this has been the worst Sandpeople week ever. But lets get the ball rolling again.
During Illmaculate's opening set for Slaughterhouse last week, the Sandpeople MC talked at length about the importance of taking the Portland flag and "planting it all around the world." That's exactly what his supergroup, Sandpeop...   More
Thursday, April 26, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

The Trip

How an old Chevy, the Army and Art Blakey made Cedar Walton’s career.

Music Stories
Some people go to New York to be discovered. When jazz pianist Cedar Walton drove his Chevy across the country to get there in 1955, it was for anonymity. “Everybody knew me in Dallas,” he rec   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Mic Check: Esperanza Spalding

Music Stories
Esperanza Spalding is a popular woman. The bassist/singer/composer will tour at least 10 countries this summer after wrapping up the lengthy U.S. trip that brings her back to her hometown of Por   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Allen Stone is a Soulful Dude. Wanna See Him for Free?


The Soul'd Out festival has been a blast thus far. I've seen Maze (and, perhaps not coincidentally, the most black people I've ever seen in Portland); I've seen Slaughterhouse (and their insanely devoted crowd); I've seen AfroMassive jammed into the basement at Goodfoot and last night I saw a downright inspiring set of ska standards from the Skatalites. Damn! Am I forgetting anything? 
Wel...   More
Thursday, April 19, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Serge Severe and Terminill

Service Without A Smile (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[HIP-HOP] We’re used to Serge Severe being the Sharon Jones of boom-bap (boom-Baptone?). On his last two records, the Portland MC has branded himself as a throwback, flowing over jazz and funk   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Last Man Standing

Kurt Thomas would rather foul out than fade away.

Cover Story
Kurt Thomas can’t compete with Blaze. The NBA’s oldest player and his team’s mascot are representing the Trail Blazers at Russell Academy’s rundown elementary school gymnasium in Northeast   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Starfucker, "Astoria (Demo)," Heaven's Youth


There are five words to this song.
I often wonder what would have happened to Josh Hodges music if no one ever danced to Starfucker. I think things could have gone one of two ways: He'd either be making really elaborate experimental music by now or he'd be releasing stripped-down, minimal songs like this on his own, perhaps under the old Sexton Blake moniker.
Of course that's all speculation...   More
Monday, April 16, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Remembering Gavin "Theory" Soens

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(UPDATED 4/13 with thoughts from members of Fruition and Quixotic)
From my brief time with him, I can't imagine Gavin Soens—who rapped and produced music under the name Gavin Theory—using any cliche cancer phrases about himself. He wasn't "a fighter" or "a trooper." He was, in his own mind, a guy who was blessed with great friends, a supportive family and a supportive music community...   More
Thursday, April 12, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

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