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Deep Cuts: Murs, "The Science"

The MC talks welfare reform, crack, Spike Lee and Occupy Wall Street

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Hello and welcome back to my infrequent column, Deep Cuts. If you've forgotten the format, it goes like this: I ask an artist about one song, and we talk at excruciating length about both that song and all its corollaries. This week I'm humbled to have one of my favorite MCs in the world, Murs, here talking about his fantastic song "The Science." Murs, it should be said, plays Refuge TONIG...   More
 
Monday, November 14, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Video Round-up: Parenthetical Girls, Key Losers, Oxykitten

screamylady

Hey kids, we know you're all on the edge of your seats keeping an eye on the Occupy drama, but it's music video time! This week's video round-up features an extended Volvo drive, some funky haircuts and lots of explosions. Let's get started right away, shall we?
Key Losers, "Limited Time"
First up, it's the directorial debut from States Rights Records' godhead and party king Steve Sch...   More
 
Thursday, November 10, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

24-Hours of Modern Warfare 3

Six million Modern Warfare 3 fans can’t be wrong…can they?


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About 24 hours ago, I started playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 online in the middle of the Willamette Week office. I have stopped for food, bathroom breaks and occasional unescapable professio   More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Slabtown (the bar) is for Sale

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Slabtown, one of the few music venues (beyond downtown) in Northwest Portland and the city's second most stacked pinball bar, is going up for sale this week after a five-year run. Brinda Coleman, who bought Slabtown with two other co-owners in 2006 and opened on Groundhog's Day of 2007, has been running the business alone since co-owner Sam Soule left last February, and she says it's time to ...   More
 
Friday, November 4, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

A Scratch In Time

After 20 years in the underground, DJ Wicked loosens up and lands on TV.


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Kirk Kirkpatrick represents the old guard of Portland hip-hop. The turntablist known as DJ Wicked is old-school not just by tenure, having held down his Wicked Wednesdays night at various venues ov   More
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Sun Angle

Self-Titled Cassette EP (Self-Released)


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[THREE-WAY] When Charlie Salas-Humara quit his one-man-band-turned-duo, Panther, in 2009, I knew it would only be a matter of time until he returned to the fore of the Portland music scene. And whi   More
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Blaze A New Trail

Tips for surviving without the NBA.


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In a world without labor negotiations, the Portland Trail Blazers’ regular season would start on Thursday, Nov. 3. Meetings have been spun as “cautiously optimistic” when they haven’t been    More
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Portland Music All-Stars Ask You to Drop Your Big Bank

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Looks like Pink Martini, Storm Large and the MarchFourth Marching Band aren't the only Portland musicians rallying in support of some of the Occupy movement's biggest platforms. Today I received an email from Portland percussionist/visual artist extraordinaire Rachel Blumberg that she had formed a brand new supergroup—one that will probably never play a show (though we should probably encourage the Move Your Money group to get an actual band together).
Taking cues from Farm Aid and We Are The World—only on a slightly smaller scale—Blumberg has joined with Quasi's Sam Coomes, STLS/Kickball drummer Lisa Schonberg and drummer/songwriter Neal Morgan in a coalition of voices encouraging people in the local music community to stop using big banks. 
Why target musicians? The group explains in its press release: "Traditionally, many touring bands have held their noses and banked with bigger banks because of the accessibility of ATMs and branches across the country, but some credit unions take part in a co-op network that allows greater banking options while on the road, and some local banks cover ATM fee charges."
The group has built a website, moveyourmoneyportand.com, where members of the local music community can pledge to remove their money from the big boys and put it into a local bank or credit union (not that working musicians generally have a lot of money in savings—but every dollar counts, right?). Venues like Doug Fir and Valentine's; bands like The Thermals and Deelay Ceelay; And labels like Kill Rock Stars and Marriage have pledged to make the switch (or were already on board with a local bank or credit union).
The Move Your Money Project is, of course, operating on a national scale, and November 5 is being touted nationwide as "Move Your Money Day." But these four want you to go ahead and get a head start.
The collective's full press release, along with some stats that would be shocking if we didn't see so many shocking stats these days, are below the picture of their slightly nervous faces:

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Three Weekend Shows we Shoulda Told You About (with Videos)

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It usually happens about an hour after I send WW's music section off to the printers: I notice some super-awesome show that we totally missed, and I spend the whole week feeling awful knowing that we could have written up something cool instead of trashing on A Skylit Drive. It hurts. And it hurts extra-bad when the folks promoting the show actually email me well before print deadlines and I just ...   More
 
Thursday, October 27, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Storm Large and Pink Martini to host a Free Occupy Portland Sing-A-Long Tomorrow

Congressmen and religious leaders will also attend

Oregon flier

Earlier this month, Salon ran a brief but interesting piece noting the minor role music has played at the Occupy protests—in contrast to the protest song-heavy civil rights struggle—and asking if any great folk singers would emerge from the Occupy protests.    More
 
Thursday, October 27, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN
 

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