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Almost Live: Grizzlies at Blazers


PRE-GAME!Last night's caption contest was won by JDSUNTAN. I owe him a high five and a thumbs-up. Apologies to Ben, whom I will still give a thumbs-up as a consolation prize when I see him at work tomorrow. 
So, here at the Rose Garden, they're playing "Walking in Memphis" as the Grizzlies take the court. It's almost as awesome and deflating as "Rocky Mountain High" for the Nuggets,...   More
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Kings vs. Blazers


Participate in our "Why is DeMarcus Cousins Crying" caption contest now! Winners will receive high-fives and thumbs-ups! Post your caption in the comments section below!
The Blazers always come out to music that one of the players picked for the evening. Generally the players pick some dirty south rap or club cut.Tonight it was Nolan Smith's turn. He chose "Party in th...   More
Monday, January 23, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Fruition

It Won’t Be Long Ep (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[ROOTS MUSIC] Pretty tends to eclipse everything around it. And in pop music, that’s generally a good thing. Some of the prettiest music being made today—cough, Bon Iver—doesn’t always hav   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant: Lush Life

Bar Reviews
 Mark Simon’s head is shaped like a fishbowl. But then, I’m looking at the Portland pianist, between bites of my creamy Pacific Coast Seafood Pasta ($16.50), through the distorting lens of an oversized and underfunded tip jar...    More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

The Blazers/Magic Drinking Game (an Almost Live Special Report)


Sadly, there wil be no live blog for tonight’s epic Blazers/Magic game. But seeing as how this may be the biggest challenge the Blazers have faced all season, we didn’t want to leave you hanging. So we’ve built this 10-point Blazer/Magic drinking game for your enjoyment. Face it, with Dwight Howard taking charge of the competition, this could be the kind of game you want to be drunk for.-...   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys

Early Sessions (ELKO)

Music Stories
[WESTERN SWING AT DUSK] It’s good to hear Pete Krebs’ voice showcased again. The former Hazel singer-guitarist...   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Clippers at Blazers

Lob City Comes to Rip City


The camera flashes to the hall just outside the locker room, as it always does before games, and most of the players glance sideways at the camera for a minute or ignore it all together. Nolan Smith, though, flashes a smile and a big peace sign, like he's a giddy fan who has falsely assumed he's on national television. I like that. Looseness. I know Nolan probably won't see the court much—if at ...   More
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Video: Luck-One, "Farewell"

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There are some unavoidable differences between Luck-One's latest video—for "Farewell," his kinda-sorta retirement anthem—and Macklemore's breakthrough Northwest vid, "The Town." The lingering shots of piles of photos, the rooftop rapping segment, the warm shots of friends and family—all of these were in Zia Mohajerjasbi's 2009 Mack shoot, and no doubt influenced the visuals for the very pret...   More
Thursday, January 5, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Lakers at Blazers (FOR THE ONLY TIME THIS YEAR!)

It's a Live Blog!

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Andrew Bynum is good. He's real good. He's big, he's quick (considering the bigness) and he plays aggressive basketball. He's especially good at flattening out Puerto Rican point guards who play with a little too much gusto. So that's my word of the day: Bynum. I'm not sure how the Blazers intend to defend the young man, but neither of the team's aging centers are going to be able to keep u...   More
Thursday, January 5, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Pancake Breakfast, "PortlandtownUSA"

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Portland has its fair share of anthems. I'm thinking of "Portland Water" by Michael Hurley, "Rose Parade" by Elliott Smith, "Rose City" by Viva Voce, the Decemberists' "On the Bus Mall," that little Loretta Lynn and Jack White number. See, plenty of them. Enough to make a navel-gazing compilation, even (hmmm, file that one away for later, Casey). But I can always use another one.

This civi...   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN
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