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Cut of the Day: Old Growth, "Bloody Knuckle Beach"

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Old-school Portland rockers have often complained to me that the current PDX music scene is too polished, too acoustic and too twee. They miss rock and roll. I get that. Portland could fill an entire ark of folk-pop sub-genres, and even with the thriving local metal scene, good ol' fashion riffage can be tough to find.
Old Growth sounds more like the Portland of 15 years ago than the Portland o...   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Video Round-up: Starfucker, Nurses, Wild Flag, MFNW and More

We Forgot about Music Videos During MFNW. Now we Remember!

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Howabout some ten-word reviews, huh? Let's keep it simple! 

Wild Flag, "Romance" (Okay, this is extra-old, but we missed it)Clock-punching superstars go on a field trip. Super fun! 




Nurses, "Fever Dreams"Creepy dispatch from Portland: Minstrel-rave ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Shannon Wheeler Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus

A caffeinated portrait of the cartoonist as a young man.


Books
Like other iconic black-and-white comics characters with cult followings—Cerebus, Concrete, Zippy the Pin-head—Too Much Coffee Man is instantly identifiable but incredibly hard to define. In fac   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Blitzen Trapper

American Goldwing (Sub Pop)


Album Reviews
[WEIRD AMERICANA] Blitzen Trapper tends to write checks, in its opening songs, that its albums don’t care to cash. That was the case with the proggy opener to last year’s Destroyer of the Void,    More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Top Five Great Songs of Dissent Written Since 9/11


Top 5
The Thermals, “Power Doesn’t Run on Nothing” I wish Hutch Harris had been my American history teacher. “Our power doesn’t run on nothing,” he sings. “It runs on blood/ And blood is eas   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Mack to the Future

Seattle's Macklemore is sincere, independent and huge. Is this the new face of hip-hop?


Cover Story
“See everybody’s striving for that same shit/ To get paid and make it/ And I’ll be honest, I’m trying to become famous” —“Ego” (2005) Ben Haggerty has lost his train of thought. Mom   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Dirty Songbirds

On the eve of Peaches’ visit, we revisit filthy sex songs for the ages.


Music Stories
There’s a reason sex comes first in the trio of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” Doin’ it has always been the primary thematic interest of pop music, from Jerry Lee Lewis’ shakin’ to Tre   More
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 CASEY JARMAN, MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Big Black Cloud

Shitty Vibrations (Stankhouse)


Album Reviews
[FUZZ BOMBS] As its mid-career name change might imply, Big Black Cloud (formerly “Here Comes a Big Black Cloud!”) isn’t the same band it was while soundtracking summer house shows with its c   More
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Vanimal

Self-Titled EP (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[SLICK SYNTH-POP] O come, all ye corporate America heatseekers, I have the perfect 30-second snippet for your next iPad/Target/Electric car ad. “Lift Me Up,” the opening track from Vanimal’s    More
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Brew Views: The Goonies


Brew Views
I often wonder whether The Goonies is held in as high esteem elsewhere as it is in the Northwest. For most Oregon natives now on the cusp of their 30s, the 1985 film was a rite of passage—not onl   More
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 CASEY JARMAN
 

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