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Cut of the Day: Bosko, "Occupy Until" (Free Download)


Bosko, the Portland-bred Cool Nutz cohort who now lives as a "superproducer" in LA. I quote the title only because it's a little silly—Bosko's credentials are super-solid, including his elaborate work with Big Boi and some collabos with Kanye West (and, it should be noted, talkbox and production on J. Cole's new single, "Workout"). But I did not, until today, consider Bosko a political mind (aft...   More
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Video: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Bicycle"

Smoking is not cool.

Driving rad cars, stealing and hitting shit with a baseball bat? That is cool. Smoking, though? Not cool. So we're in full support of all the parts of this new Unknown Mortal Orchestra video, which premiered on SPIN Magazine's site yesterday, wherein the vid's sexy protagonist—Liv Taylor is probably too old to keep playing the trouble-making rock video girl, so we're...   More
Thursday, December 8, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Chris Walla

The Death Cabbie talks Bowie, Twitter and mushy music.

Music Stories
It’s kind of amazing what Death Cab for Cutie—a band often dismissed as kids’ stuff or the mushy embodiment of all things “emo”—gets away with. This year’s Codes and Keys is an ambit   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Memo to Last-Minute Santa Clauses

WW’s Fifth Annual Holiday Compilation Will Change History.

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

Gift Guide
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)


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!


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


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)

Album Reviews
[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)

Album Reviews
[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

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