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Video: Mean Jeans, "Is Anybody Out There?"


This new video from Mean Jeans, which finds the band blasting green space aliens and drinking Jägermeister—one gets the distinct impression that most of the set props come from the band's personal collection—is pretty amazing, though it threatens to distract from just how awesome this song is. But then, the band's ultra-specific party aesthetic is always going to be a little love or hate for ...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN


Walking in the complicated shadows of Elvis Costello’s storied past.

Music Stories
From angry young man to Burt Bacharach collaborator to talk-show host, Elvis Costello rarely settles down long enough to take in the scenery.   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Rockets at Blazers (With Spoiler Potential!)


So, I always feel a kinship with referees. I was reminded of this a few minutes ago, when one offered a friendly but distant half-hug to Raymond Felton. I know that feeling. I write about music for a living. And you can get close to a band—physically close, until your ears bleed—but you're rarely close to a band. And, of course, if you get too close you've got to stop writing about them. I can...   More
Monday, April 9, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Mic Check: Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin

Music Stories
It wasn’t headline news when Swervedriver quietly broke up in 1998. The British quartet, often lumped into the “shoegaze” genre but more muscular and freewheeling than most of its contempora   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Radiation City

Cool Nightmare (Tender Loving Empire)

Album Reviews
[FUTURE POP] I don’t think the members of Radiation City are perfectionists, but together they make some perfect pop music. The Portland quintet’s live shows sound like elaborately produced st   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Extended Q&A: John K Samson


I often say, without thinking about it too much, that John K Samson is the greatest living songwriter. I really should say he's "my favorite" instead of getting all high and mighty about it, but I suppose that in pushing the issue, I hope to get people to pay attention to his words and the truth that seems inherent in his storytelling. His songs—with the Weakerthans or on his own—always offer ...   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Part-Time Poet

John K. Samson is a genius songwriter. He might quit.

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In his 15-year career as frontman for the Weakerthans and as a solo artist, John K. Samson has written dozens of increasingly masterful story songs from the perspectives of bed-ridden hospital p   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Thunder at Blazers


Hello, Portland. It's me, Casey. I'll be here all week, keeping track of the newly shuffled Blazers, who are 3-and-3 in the post-Nate era. Neither tanking nor embarking on an inspired comeback run, the Blazers are, as they have been for most of the season, stuck in the middle like Jimmy Eat World. The lower middle. Tonight they hope for a small miracle against the Oklahoma City Thunder, whom they...   More
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Warriors at Blazers


 So, the Golden State Warriors generally cream the Blazers. This time, I'd say all bets are off. Both teams' lineups look a lot different than they did a couple of weeks ago, due to both injury and trades. There are at least two Warriors on the floor tonight who I'm just gonna have to look up. And I have watched like a dozen Warriors games this year.FIRST QUARTER!10:20
Golden State ...   More
Sunday, March 25, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Nicholas Harris of Soul'd Out Festival


Festival season being nearly upon us, we thought we'd talk to one of the folks who makes them happen. The Soul'd Out fest, now in its third year, seems the least likely of all Portland's music festivals. It is focused primarily on black music in a city often lampooned for its whiteness, and—despite highbrow offerings from folks like Portland-raised Esperanza Spalding and jazz legend Dr. Lonnie S...   More
Thursday, March 22, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

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