Thirty years on, Kiwi cult legends the Bats are a ghost of themselves—and they’ve never sounded better.
When New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records first came to the
attention of the international music scene in the 1980s, it was hard to
believe such a wealth of talent could exist on one tiny island nat
I spent a fair chunk of time last week on Twitter having a back and forth with other music fans and writers about how Portland is, in the eyes of some touring artists, a flyover spot. Bands, particularly those from overseas, and hip-hop acts tend to skip right over our fair city and either head directly to Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., or don't even bother with the northwest at all. For fans o...
In the first 10 minutes of Pieta, the latest
feature from internationally renowned director Kim Ki-duk, a man in a
wheelchair hangs himself, another loudly humps a pillow on his bed, and a
Jackie Robinson played for the Dodgers in 1947. Meanwhile, in Alabama...
By all accounts, Birmingham, Ala., was the epicenter of
the civil-rights movement of the ’60s. It was there that two of the most
important moments in the fight surrounding segregation occurred:
During the 1988 election in Chile that
led to the ouster of Augusto Pinochet, TV advertising played as major a
role in the political process as traditional campaigning: For 27 days,
each side ha
[HEARTBROKEN ROCK] Don’t be fooled by the picture on the
cover of Scout Niblett’s new album, a photo-booth shot of a couple in
full make-out mode. The heart of It’s Up to Emma is not a
When I first moved to Portland about 15 years ago, the fun kneejerk complaint was directed at Californians who migrated north to take advantage of our lack of sales tax, better coffee, and milder weather. Now, it would seem the tables have started to turn. Over the last six to eight months, a slow but steady trickle of people from our fair city are starting to head to sunnier climes, with a ...
[INSTRUMENTAL MINIMALISM] Ambient music
is a dangerous proposition for even the most studied of musicians. The
combination of elongated drones, stillness and washes of synth has to be
MusicMasaki Batoh's performance last night was part experimental concert, part technology demonstration. The leader of the long-running psychedelic outfit from Japan known as Ghost, Batoh cooked up a device known as a More