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Pink Rose: Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Bar Reviews
“Did anyone talk to you yet?” asks the chestnut-haired bartender after I finally get her attention. No, no one did. Nor would any of the waitstaff address me for almost the entirety of my Sa   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Golden Retriever "Serene Velocity"


 In spite of what the song title will have you believe, there's little that is serene about this track. Taken from the latest album by synth/bass clarinet duo Golden Retriever Occupies with the Unspoken (out this month on Thrill Jockey), the song is a honking, wobbly piece that revels in the interplay between Matt Carlson's siren-like tones and fluttering bits of melody and Jonathan Si...   More
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Video Roundup: The Teach Me How To Brushy Edition


We haven't done a video roundup in a little while, but when we saw this first video here...well, we couldn't pass up the chance to share it (and some other choice local clips) with the world at large. What we have here is a video put together by the Oregon Dental Association as a part of a public service campaign to get kids brushing their teeth. I'd still like to know how exactly they landed on t...   More
Friday, July 20, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Neil Young Journeys

Getting lost on the human highway.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Director Jonathan Demme has always been fascinated by how music affects a person. Think of the members of Talking Heads beaming with pure joy as they performed in the 1984 concert film Stop Making   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Kickstarted: The Portland Sessions


The project: The Portland SessionsWho's behind it? A stalwart collective of volunteer videographers, sound engineers, and code geeks who have been filming intimate performances by bands from all over the world. To date, they've captured Joe Henry, Elliott Brood, Deleted Scenes, and J...   More
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Mike Scheidt: Friday, June 29

What scares the hell out of a doom-metal icon? Taking the stage solo with an acoustic guitar.

Music Stories
[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Mike Scheidt looks glassy-eyed and a little wobbly, desperate for his first coffee of the day, as he searches for a seat at the downtown Stumptown. Twelve hours ago, he stepp   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Cut Of The Day: Golden Retriever - "Serene Velocity"


The fact that the Chicago label Thrill Jockey has been inking deals with many of Portland's experimental and avant artists should come as little surprise to fans here at home. The musicians they've hooked up with -- Eternal Tapestry and its offshoots Tunnels and Plankton Wat, Mike Scheidt, Jason Urick -- have, over the last few years, hit their creative strides. The albums that all the above have ...   More
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Video Roundup: Sean Flinn & The Royal We, IAME, The Ghost Ease, Shadows on Stars


 Let's start off this Video Roundup with a weird but surprisingly affecting clip from Sean Flinn & The Royal We. It involves a beating heart found in a field and a storeroom dummy brought to "life" with it. I'll leave the rest of the tale for you to enjoy. 
IAME was kind enough to hip us to this month old clip for his song "Bell Toll", and it's artfully directed black & white ...   More
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Support Force and Last Empire Call It Quits


Support Force and Last Empire couldn't be more diametrically opposed in terms of their sound—the former a guitar pop band awash in reverb and lucid dreams; the latter a long-running group bravely holding aloft the torch for traditional/power metal. Bu...   More
Thursday, June 21, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Get The Blessing: Tuesday, June 26

Bristol, England, is more than just Portishead. That said, a dude from Portishead is in this band.

Music Stories
[FUNKY DARK JAZZ] In 2010, the Performing Right Society for Music in the U.K. proclaimed Bristol the most musical town in England. Its sole criterion was the number of musicians born and raised    More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 ROBERT HAM
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