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THE COURT OF ROCK 'N' ROLL

How the Supremes accidentally saved music.


Music Stories
Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter got it all wrong. When he wrote the opinion for the court's decision last week in the case of studio giant MGM vs. file-sharing developers at Grokster, his words ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

SHADOWED HISTORY

Here's to good, but not great, first fiction.


Books
Fiction that strives to do more than tell a good story reeks like perfume on a perfidious man. When one sets out to write the great American or social or feminist or whatever novel, the story is often ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

BRIGHT EYES, BIG DITTY


Music Stories
I don't expect Jay Leno to surprise. I do expect him to goof on politicians-as if their entire job is not to run the country but to be the butt of weak jokes-and I expect him to ridicule average Ameri ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

COSMIC DANCE

Remembering Orion Satushek and the Spooky Dance Band.


Music Stories
Orion Satushek was fond of cats, plants and vinyl records. He loved fixing recording equipment, taking an almost perverse pleasure in salvaging ancient tube amps and reel-to-reel recorders that others ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

WONDER, DECONSTRUCTED

WW looks inside Portland's newest, historic entertainment hotspot.


Music Stories
In June 2004, when the boarded-up building at 128 NE Russell St. changed hands once again, its future was questionable. But the building's past was definite, and colorful. The hulking structure was bu ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

THE OFFSPRING EFFECT

How the hardening of John Askew's son's poop relates to the softening of Stephen Malkmus' sound.


Music Stories
"He had his first solid shit this week," says John Askew about his 8-month-old son. "It's the most amazing thing."Chatting after the Menomena show last Thursday at Berbati's Pan, Askew, the owner of P ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

THE HOLD STEADY ALMOST KILLED ME

Redeeming and deceiving with America's greatest bar band.


Music Stories
It's 5 in the afternoon on a Sunday back in February, and I'm riding in the back of a rented minivan with four members of a little-known band called the Hold Steady. In the next two months, these four ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

SUPER AMPED

Sleater-Kinney goes loud.


Music Stories
The first track on Sleater-Kinney's latest album, The Woods, starts out with the distinctive click and squeal of feedback. Before rock gods like Jimi Hendrix popularized it, that wince-inducing sound ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

SHE'S GOT BALLS

Los Angeles transplant Angela Batinovich is bringing lacrosse to Portland, and she's bringin' the pain, too.


Featured Stories
Last month, Portlanders learned that a new professional sports franchise would soon be moving into town. Sorry, baseball fans, it's not what you think. The new boys handling balls in the Rose City won ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

This Is Gonna Hurt

Prefuse 73 tries a little collaboration, taking its experimental hip-hop in a new, less-experimental direction.


Music Stories
"If I just said 'fuck dividers,' does that sound like I want to talk about them? No. I've said all I need to say about them." These lines ring out like a shot as the opening salvo of Prefuse 73's Surr ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN
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