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Please Go Away: Not Fade Away Reviewed

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Not 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...   More
 
Friday, January 4, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Man on the Run

For prolific experimentalist Pete Swanson, there’s no such thing as a vacation.


Music Stories
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 att   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Danny Corn: Friday, Jan. 4

An EDM lifer talks the past, present and future of electronic music.


Music Stories
[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 explosion   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Brew Views: Holy Motors

Vroom vroom.


Brew Views
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 hal   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #5: Best of 2012

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Maybe it's my obnoxiously catholic taste in music, but narrowing my favorites of 2012 down to a mere 10 was a Herculean task. The past year was filled with sounds that threw me sideways, broke my brain, or had me reaching for the heavens out of sheer bliss. The list I've been keeping since January of my favorites seemed to grow exponentially by the week. So, when thinking about compiling a to...   More
 
Thursday, December 20, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Deep Cuts: The Mountain Goats, "White Cedar"

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When anyone creates a list or starts a discussion of the best modern songwriters, there are a few names that are guaranteed to show up. One of those is John Darnielle. The man behind The Mountain Goats has the rare ability to cut right to the core of a subject—whether it be the f...   More
 
Friday, December 14, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Garage Days

Portland’s Woolen Men graduate from tapes to vinyl. Is world domination next?


Music Stories
Stuffed into a booth at My Father’s Place, the three men who make up the Woolen Men wear serious expressions as they talk about touring and their place in the continuum of Portland’s punk- and   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Revving its Engine: Holy Motors Reviewed

French filmmaker Leos Carax crafts a visionary piece of art.

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Holy Motors snuck into theaters this weekend, skipping the usual tread of press releases and press screenings. Critic Robert Ham deems it the best film of 2012.
Critic's Grade: A
The end of the year is the time when studios truck out their most prestigious fare: films with fat ideas, big directorial talent, scenery-chewing acting and screen-filling spectacle. Yet with litt...   More
 
Monday, December 10, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #4: Creative Music Guild's Rising Profile

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 If the fact that the Creative Music Guild has been in action for 21 years comes as a surprise to you, don't feel bad. Even though I have been familiar with the CMG as a group that supports experimental and avant garde music in the city, my best guess was that they were, at the most, eight years old. The truth is that    More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Striking a Balance

Bringing a taste of Hollywood­—new and old—to Vancouver.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The huge sign and marquee brightly announcing the Kiggins Theatre and its filmic fare (this week: Looper and Frankenweenie) to the drivers and pedestrians on Vancouver’s Main Street already look remarkably out of place. The    More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 ROBERT HAM
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