[LOST PORTLAND ROCK] At some point, Elliott Smith fans
burn through his all-too-finite discography and wind up at Heatmiser’s
last album, Mic City Sons. What that record makes clear is that,
[PRE-PUNK] In an attic somewhere, there’s a cache of
photos of me in high school, all zitty and blue-haired, playing Hacky
Sack in saggy JNCO jeans. Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster were a few ye
In the golden age of comic books, blockbuster characters seldom walked alone. Superman was the cover boy for Action Comics
when he first appeared in 1938, but he was accompanied in the anthology
Planning to watch the Trail Blazers before the playoffs? Here’s what to look for.
I am the ghost of Blazers past. Come with me. Together we
will hurtle back to a time when the aerial tram was but an expensive
blueprint. A time when you told someone you were from Portland and th
[ANXIOUS RAP] “It must have been a mix-up,” Illmaculate says three minutes into Clay Pigeons,
after pummeling the listener with relentless bars dumped over a
piano-led Lou Reed sample. “I th
Party Damage Records' co-founder and former Willamette Week Music Editor on the city's treatment of hip-hop culture.
NOTE: Casey Jarman is Willamette Week's former music editor and co-founder of Party Damage Records. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he is the managing editor ofThe Believer. Dear Portland, In the last month, your police department and fire marshal's office have u...
Father-son bonding over the 2014 Portland Jazz Festival.
My first clear musical memory is walking into my dad’s
wood shop and hearing the opening bars of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”
on his dust-caked boom box. It certainly wasn’t the first t
You have to start with the pinwheel.
When I first started
attending Trail Blazers games in 2003, the team’s brand was suffering.
This was not because the Blazers were bad: The squad had finish
[MOOD PIECES] There’s no way around it: Swim, the
fourth album by local jazz institution Blue Cranes, is as heady and dark
as anything the group has done in its six years together. The big
[POP OPERA] Concept albums demand some suspension of disbelief and a little imagination from the listener. When the story being related is in the realm of epic fantasy, as is the case with Morni