MusicThe first album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra was exactly that: a first album—the creation of a fine band which had the pieces of a unique ‘60s psych-soul combination in front of it, yet could only construct the ...More
A conversational review of the Born This Way Ball at the Rose Garden, Jan. 15
MusicOn Tuesday night, two of Willamette Week's most venerable music critics, Jay Horton and Robert Ham, attended the Lady Gaga show at the Rose Garden Arena. Let's just say that neither of them fit the show's core demographic. Afte...More
The buzzing New York garage band doesn’t mince words, or chords.
[GARAGE POP] Speaking with Andrew Savage is similar to
listening to Parquet Courts, the New York-based band he fronts. Just as
he does throughout the group’s debut album, Light Up Gold, the
The word dulcimer is derived from a combination of dulcis, the Latin word for sweet, and the Greek word for song, melos. The word quite literally means "sweet song." And generally speaking, the hammered dulcimer, and its sonic partner the Appalachian dulcimer, is often used for the creation of sugary tunes, even if its lyrics may express deep longing and sorrow. It was, of ...
Seems strange to call the Woolen Men's upcoming album on Woodsist the band's "debut album." Haven't they been with us for ages, releasing a wealth of material to their many fans? Yes, indeed they have, but all of those have come out on seven-inch single or short-run cassette releases....
Movies & TelevisionNot Fade Away screened after WW press deadlines. Critic Robert Ham thinks it should disappear entirely. Critic's Grade: D
In the last moments of Not Fade Away, the first feature film written and directed by The Sopranos creator David Chase, one of the film's minor characters appears on screen. She looks right in the camera, and slowly speaks about...
For prolific experimentalist Pete Swanson, there’s no such thing as a vacation.
Sitting down for coffee in the Ace Hotel lobby, Pete
Swanson is quite a sight. He flew back to Portland the day before,
returning home from New York, where the prolific experimental musician
An EDM lifer talks the past, present and future of electronic music.
[ELECTRONIC] In the past 20 years, there have been at
least three upswings in the popularity of electronic music: the
rave/ecstasy period of the early ’90s; the big-beat and trip-hop
In 1999, Leos Carax’s Pola X landed with such a
resounding commercial and critical thud that, until recently, no one
would hire him. So with nothing to lose, and the financial backing of a