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Spectral Tombs: Thursday, Jan. 19

If you’re going to be a nihilist, be an all-the-way nihilist.

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[METAL] Spectral Tombs don’t look much like they enjoy being interviewed.  Though three-fourths of the black-metal band—bassist-vocalist Chris Carter, guitarist-vocalist John Edwards an   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Video: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Thought Ballune"


 Before I watched this video, I thought a bit about how I would visually represent this song. Sadly, all I could come up with was a weird kind of Austin Powers-esque psychedelic treatment, to match up with the groovy swing of the song.What Unknown Mortal Orchestra and directors Jordan Blady and Ryan Knowles came up with though was a David Lynch/Tim Burton style freak show of floating h...   More
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Video: Jason Urick "Ageless Isms"


Now that renowned experimentalist Jason Urick is living in Portland, it makes perfect sense that he has connected with Ashby Lee Collinson, one of the creative minds behind the cable access show Experimental Half Hour and who is working with modular synth wizard Pulse Emitter on ...   More
Monday, January 16, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Superfresh 3 Announces Lineup

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 The Internet savvy among you might have already seen this news on Facebook—but even then, this is an announcement that needs to be shouted from the rooftops. The folks behind the monthly dance party Supernature are celebrating a third year of amazing events, and are doing so with a huge—repeat HUGE—two-day event...   More
Monday, January 16, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Kickstarted: Profane Sass and the Veggie Oil Bus Tour


 The project: Profane Sass and the Veggie Oil Bus TourWho's behind the project? The hopped up string band with a bad case of wanderlust known as Profane SassWhy do they want your money? After years of touring North America thanks to borrowed rides, hitchhiking, and train hopping, this adorably ha...   More
Monday, January 16, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Forest Park "Golden," Forest Park EP


 I love how ambitious Portland bands are becoming. It puts a lot of trust in an audience to be willing to throw out songs that push the envelope both musically and in terms of length. Can't think of too many other ambient pop bands willing to drop a 10 minute song on their fans this early on in their careers - nor one that would pull it off as well as Forest Park does here. 
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Thursday, January 12, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

David Ornette Cherry: Saturday, Jan. 14

What’s in a name? Well, in this case, quite a lot.

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[ADVENTURES IN JAZZ] As it has been on previous albums, the cover of David Ornette Cherry’s most recent solo disc, Eternal Monologue, shows the keyboardist’s last name in capital letters and color   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: The Shins "Simple Song," Port of Morrow (Columbia/Aural Apothecary)


I've talked to plenty of artists who have made the jump from independent labels to the majors over the years, and the conversation usually ends up exactly like this: "It says it right there in our contract: 'complete artistic control.' They're not going to do anything to our sound. We haven't changed a bit." 
Next time you read something like that in an artist int...   More
Monday, January 9, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

PDX Pop Now! Seeks Submissions For 2012 Comp. + Who We Want To Be On It


When the new year begins we here at WW's Music Bunker (located 5,000 feet below the Earth's crust, and directly beneath the former location of Satyricon) begin our countdown, waiting calmly for the next installment of the PDX Pop Now! Festival. We scour the Internet, breathlessly looking for any signs of life in the PDX Pop camp and praying for a...   More
Friday, January 6, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Bear & Moose: Thursday, Jan. 5

Two’s company for this Portland rock duo.

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  [STRIPPED-DOWN ROCK] Contemporary Portland rock acts seem to fall into two distinct camps: Groups that pile as many bodies as possible on the stage to create a maelstrom of sound and impac   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 ROBERT HAM
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