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Memo to Last-Minute Santa Clauses

WW’s Fifth Annual Holiday Compilation Will Change History.


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The first incarnation of WW’s annual holiday album, Another Gray Christmas, opened with lots of swearing.   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Gift Guide 2011: St. Johns


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Pattie’s Home Plate Cafe and Fountain8501 N Lombard St., 289-7285.The sock hop/diner/thrift store/yarn shop/DVD store-hybrid business model never really took off, and for good reason, but that d   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Lovers, "How Beautiful You Are," I Was the East (Badman)

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Lovers' I Am the West is one of my all-time favorite Portland albums. If you counted up all my spins on local albums, I'd imagine that one tallies in the top 10. I still remembering popping the disc into my computer when it arrived almost unmarked in the mail: I knew nothing about Lovers, but I was hooked on first listen. When I found out Carolyn Berk was a Portlander (and in the process of puttin...   More
 
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Oh My God it's the Trail Blazers' 2011-2012 Schedule! Rejoice!

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Ladies and gentlemen, the NBA season just got real for Blazer fans. While many questions remain about this season (deep breath: Is Raymond Felton the PG of the future? Will Portland get Greg Oden back? Will he actually play? Will Brandon Roy be healthy? Will Nic Batum look less boyish? Is the short season good or bad for Portland? What is up with Paul Allen lately? Are beers at the Rose Garden sti...   More
 
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Video Round-Up: YACHT, Oxykitten, Cop Tears, Nurses and more

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Sometimes we like to round-up a few recent Portland music videos. That's what this is. (Sorry for the brevity—been hanging out on Twitter recently.)

YACHT, "I Walked Alone"

Not too many YACHT songs have sweet-ass guitar solos—it's even rarer to see Jona Bechtolt actually PLAYING a guitar—which automatically puts "I Walked Alone" in a league by itself. The rest of the track i...   More
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Laura Veirs

Tumble Bee (Raven Marching Band Records)


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[TWEE FOR TOTS] I love kids, but I hate kids’ music. This is a major reason I don’t intend to have children: I’m just not willing to spend six or seven years of my life listening to Uncle Wo   More
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Jackstraw

Sunday Never Comes (Self-Released)


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[BLUEGRASS] Contemporary pickers have a very real dilemma: They can play strictly traditional bluegrass and run the risk of flying completely under the radar, or they can attempt to modernize the    More
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Progress Without Pepper Spray

How a burger baron, four indie rockers, a bleeding-heart Muslim and a group of trash tour guides are fighting for the 99%.


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The air is hot and humid in the Portland Building’s dimly lit second-floor auditorium. A mix of flannel-clad twentysomethings, long-haired retirees and fussy neighborhood-watch types have filled   More
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Ancient Heat

Oh...You Bad 12-inch (Self-released)


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[WAIT, DISCO? REALLY?] I am fascinated by disco. And I don’t mean the contemporary electronic dance music that passes itself off as such: I’m talking half-naked, coke-snorting, mirror-ball, blowjo   More
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Video: Cool Nutz, "The Cook Up"

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It's nice to see Cool Nutz taking a moment to celebrate his victories in this video: Having a few friends over, cooking up some pasta, passing around the champagne and reminiscing over old albums. It's also nice—in real life, I mean—to see the Godfather of Portland hip-hop embracing his classic material in recent live shows. I first saw this mini-renaissance happening at this summer's Bas...   More
 
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN
 

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