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Primer: Islands

Music Stories
Formed: 2005 in Montreal. Sounds like: Munch’s Make Believe Band after a lengthy tour of Amsterdam. For fans of: The Unicorns, Arcade Fire, The Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Weezer. Latest release: T   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Pickathon Announces Lineup


The way the folks at Pickathon do their booking is really kind of unique. Everyone involved brings music to regular get-togethers in co-founder Zale Schoenborn's basement and, over beers, they just sit around listening. The talk isn't about draw or demographics—though, obviously, the question "will folks like it?" comes up a lot—it's a...   More
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Hornets at Blazers (Party Edition)


Before you ask, no, I didn't wrangle Andrew W.K. into live-blogging tonight's Blazer game. I suspect I might have been able to land him for the first half of this evening's contest, were I to have thought about it a bit further in advance than just now, but, alas, that didn't happen.
I will, however, be leaving this game immediately after the final buzzer to try and catch the end of Mr. W.K.'...   More
Monday, March 5, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Video: Illmaculate, "Under Their Radar, Over Their Heads"

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This, to me, is what a breakout single looks and sounds like. Now, granted, if I were a true tastemaker, the Shaky Hands would be bigger than the Arcade Fire. But this new Illmac single—"Under Their Radar, Over Their Heads"—is the closest thing to a breakout rap single I've heard come out of Portland since Lifesavas' heyday. It's in the minimal and organic G_Force beat, it's in the speedy toug...   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie

They’re kicking television.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are masters of their medium. That medium is television. Famous with teenage stoners and fans of absurdism for their ever-inscrutable Cartoon Network show, Tim and E   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Headout: Willamette Week!

An absolutely true Oregon history comic (with minor embellishments).

While the above cartoon has no affiliation with the Dill Pickle Club...   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: M. Ward, "Primitive Girl," A Wasteland Companion

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It's good to have M. Ward back. After years galavanting with Hollywood types and teaming up with other Monsters of Folk, the Portland songwriter has returned to that thing he does best: Writing time-displaced pop songs with plenty of reverb on the vocals. 
"Primitive Girl" is the first single from his forthcoming disc A Wasteland Companion. That is an excellent album title. The r...   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Mic Check: Craig Finn

Music Stories
Because frontman Craig Finn’s voice is the most easily identified part of his band the Hold Steady’s sound, one might assume Finn’s new solo debut, Clear Heart Full Eyes, would sound like    More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

The James Low Western Front: Saturday, Feb. 25

Like whiskey, Portland’s James Low is getting better with age.

Music Stories
[COUNTRY] James Low has his proverbial shit together. After years without inspiration—his 2009 The Blackguard’s Waltz EP was the first release since what Low calls an “awful” 2004 live alb   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Trio Subtonic

I’ll Meet You There Tomorrow (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[JAZZ] If the kids pried jazz from the old institutions that keep the music on life support and reinvented it for themselves—could this music be cool again? And what would a generation of new    More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN
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