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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)

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

Video: Blitzen Trapper, "Love the Way You Walk Away"

Now that's how you write a song about a real shitty hangover and a fight with the little lady. And that's how you direct a sentimental travelogue video while also showing plenty of love to your hometown. Blitzen Trapper, nowadays known more for folksy tunes like this fine number than psych-rock freakouts (a few of which can still be found on new disc American Goldwing), is kinda killing it with th...   More
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Video: Grey Anne, "Treasure Trove"

Grey Anne

Well, this is a nice surprise. We haven't heard from Portland's Grey Anne—one of my favorite ladies in local music—for quite some time, and this new tune (described by the artist as a "spaghetti western" tune) is quite promising. I'm reminded more of tasteful swashbuckling music: The "hello/hello/hello/echo/echo/echo" bit might as well be "yo-ho-ho" as far as I'm concerned. The gold-searching ...   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

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