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Achieving Nirvana

The Top Five albums released on the same day as Nevermind.

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On Sept. 24, 1991, the rock world changed forever. That’s the day Red Hot Chili Peppers released Blood Sugar Sex Magik. And, less notably, some Seattle hair band called Nirvana made its major-labe   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Serge Severe feat. Luck-One, "Know the Truth"

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Everybody knows the global economy is fucked right now. And anybody with common sense should be troubled by the great disparity between rich and poor in this country. I had a long conversation about this with a smart friend last night. We were sitting outside Valentine's and he summed it up real well: "I think shit is about to get really weird in this country," he said. "There are just too ma...   More
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

So, Typhoon, Wild Ones and Youth Walk Into a Squirt-Gun Fight...

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And it looks a little something like this. Man, album and tour promo videos keep getting more elaborate. I like this one. But then I like half naked men in wrestling masks and wet t-shirt contests. So I'm kind of the target audience here. Thanks to director Matthew Thomas Ross, for the linkage and good luck to these fine Portland bands on their tour.

Typh...   More
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Videos: Laura Gibson, iAME, Burning Yellows, Parson Red Heads

Indoors, Outdoors and Everywhere Between

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Just four videos today, none of which feature any special effects.

Laura Gibson, "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed"
I thought I had tired of all those "playing a song out in public" videos that La Blogothèque wrought years ago, but this one from Mason Jar Music—a creative take on what may be my favorite track from Laura Gibson's forthcoming record, ...   More
Friday, September 16, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Look, it's the Purely Hypothetical 2011-2012 Portland Trail Blazers Schedule

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If there's a Blazer season, and if said Blazer season begins on time—a prospect that is looking very grim indeed as of late—it's going to kick off against the Nuggets, in Portland, and the game will be broadcast on TNT. Don't you see what this means? If the m...   More
Thursday, September 15, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

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.

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)

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[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

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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

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