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Portland Incubator Experiment Announces Its 2013 Class

Portland's Orchestrate, Splash, Smart Mocha, Switchboard and FX Serve chosen.


The Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), the collaboration between ad firm Wieden + Kennedy and the thriving local tech startup community, announced today the seven groups that they will be mentoring this year. This batch of new tech firms—some in their earliest development stages; others fully funded�...   More
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #13: The Return of Union Pole Records


The text at the top of the Union Pole website reads, simply, "A tape label from the 1990s." They are telling the truth there, but it seems like such an understatement considering the wealth of weird and wonderful sounds that the Portland/Olympia label unleashed on unsuspecting ears. The imprint's initial run of 76 releases included ...   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: "Swampy Seconds," Magic Mouth


The punny title of this new tune from soul-punk quartet Magic Mouth doesn't do justice to the music barely contained under its moniker. Because "Swampy Seconds" is one of those songs that explodes from your speakers/earbuds/headphones/mind grapes like an M-80. The track, to be found on a 12" to be released soon on    More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Tech Consulting Firm Tilde To Move From SF to Portland


 If anyone needed further proof that Portland is quickly becoming a major hub of the West Coast tech scene, this bit of news should settle any argument on that front: Tilde is coming to town. The soon-to-be-former San Francisco company is one of the top consulting and training firms in the nation for web-based applications. The small, six-pers...   More
Friday, July 12, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Lord Dying: Tuesday, July 9

Getting heavy (among other things) with Portland’s new metal kings.

Music Stories
[METAL] The members of Lord Dying look exhausted. Which is entirely understandable, considering it’s 10 pm, and most of them just finished long work days. Sitting around a table at the B-Side Ta   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: "Alone Again And...," Lilacs & Champagne


The title of this track is a winking reference to "Alone Again Or," the opening cut on Forever Changes, the kiss-off to the psychedelic era recorded by the band Love in 1967. And you can hear where Lilacs & Champagne members Emil Amos...   More
Friday, June 21, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Back in Focus

Shaken by cancer and complacency, Camera Obscura needed a change. They found it in Portland.

Music Stories
No one could ever mistake Desire Lines as anything but an album by Camera Obscura. All the identifiers are there: melodies meshing the chirp of ’60s radio pop and ’80s post-punk devilry, and t   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Primer: Come

Reunion Tour

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Years active: 1990-2001, 2008, 2010-present.  Sounds like: Television and the Stooges-inspired darkness, with dueling, strained guitar lines turning into a lascivious, bluesy and slightly dr   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Space Waves

You Can Ride A Beam Of Light Like A Musical Strum (Mindwave)

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Space Waves bassist-vocalist Sarah Bourland unwittingly sums up the entirety of her band’s second full-length a mere 25 seconds into the song “Underworld”: “Nothing’s quite wrong/But it�   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Darker Nights

Thirty years on, Kiwi cult legends the Bats are a ghost of themselves—and they’ve never sounded better.

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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   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ROBERT HAM
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