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NYE Show Diaries


The purpose of New Year's Eve isn't really to see great bands. The purpose of New Year's Eve is to get completely trashed and hang out with your friends and make promises you're never going to keep. But Portland keeps throwing great shows our way, so we went to a few and kept diaries of our (admittedly fuzzy) nights on the town. We didn't get to every club in town (Doug Fir, Mississippi Studios an...   More
Monday, January 2, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Nuggets at Blazers (Throwback Edition!)


Maybe I should really call this the "Birdman Edition," seeing as how, no matter how minor a role that Denver big man plays with the Nugs, I tend to follow his exploits closely. When I was eating some meatballs over in the media room, a few little kids were chomping down with their mom—guessing she's an NBA mom, but I that's not really my area of expertise—and when the Nuggets ran through the b...   More
Thursday, December 29, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Five Portland Albums Conspicuously Absent From My Year-End Favorites List

In this week's WW, I listed my top 15 favorite local albums of the year. It was hard. This was a great year for Portland music, and a handful of records that didn't make my list keep haunting me. I have a tendency to root for the underdog, so it might not be a surprise readers that many of the albums on my list were from lesser-known or under-the-radar local bands. And while I wouldn't chan...   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

You’re The Best—Around!

The WW music staff picks their best albums of 2011.

Music Stories
Music Editor Casey Jarman’s top 15 local albums of the year. This was the year Portland came face-to-face with its blossoming, narrowly defined international reputation for “keeping it weir   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Duo Denim

Heat Rocks Vol. 1 (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[MINIMAL ELECTRO-FUNK] When you get two musicians as talented as keyboardist Ben Darwish (Commotion, Ben Darwish Trio) and drummer Drew   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Sylvan Steakhouse and Saloon: Meat in the Mountains

Bar Reviews
For those of us generally stuck commuting between Portland’s inner East and West sides, a trip through the woods of Southwest Portland to the Sylvan Steakhouse and Saloon (5515 SW Canyon Court,    More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Reclinerland, "What Girl Wants a Man Who's ALways Waiting for the Bus," Reclinerland (George Recordings)


Well, I can relate to this one. I was 30 years old when I got my driver's permit. That's right, permit. That's right, just last year. I am set to get the full-on license come Jan. 12, should the fine folks down at the DMV (whom I have found wholly undeserving of their unfortunate reputations) think me worthy. I've spent an awful lot of time standing at bus stops in my life, usually in the rain wit...   More
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Sacramento at Portland

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Ooh hot damn, 7 pm comes real quick. Got to the arena a bit late and I was forced to slam a bento box from the bento cart. Which is a shame, because those media room pork sandwiches looked real good. 
THE POINT IS, we're here at the Blazers/Kings game, and they're about ready to tip-off. So let's get down to action. Sweet, sweet Western Conference action.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: 76ers at Blazers


NOTE: The internet went down in the Rose Garden in the second quarter and stayed down throughout the game. I guess it had opening night jitters.. A smarter blogger would have continued his work offline, then combined the files after he got home. Casey Jarman is not that blogger. To recap: The Blazers made a thrilling, three-pointers-and-hustle-fueled run that saw them up by about 15 poin...   More
Monday, December 26, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Trail Blazers Season Preview, Part One (Looking Back)

Roy and Oden are not coming back. And that's okay.


Let's catch up, shall we? It has been awhile since we've talked Blazers here at wweek.com, so welcome to part one (the ranty part) of my two-part season preview. The second part will feature Buck Williams talking about rookies and new acquisitions. But for now, settle in and I'll remind you of where the Blazers are this season.
The long offseason is over. NBA TV has stopped broadcasting ...   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN
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