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Retox: Thursday, Aug. 18

Party at ground zero, baby, movie starring you...and some dead pigs.

Music Stories
[APOCALYPSE PUNK] “We have no problems singing songs that are not nice at all.” That’s Retox lead screamer Justin Pearson approximately 15 seconds into the brutal 12-minute LP Ugly Animals, whi   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #2: Happy Happy Happy All the Time

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As someone who regularly invites spells of melancholy into his fetid office-cum-vomitorium so that the plangent strains of Leonard Cohen or Elliott Smith might more swiftly sever his most vital psychic veins—as one of those sad flagellants for whom a mood is an excuse for a soundtrack, I mean—I have long longed for extreme (loud, punk, metal, noise, whatever) music that suits my particular bra...   More
Thursday, August 11, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #1: The Bi-Marks Take Seattle

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This is the first installment of Chris Stamm's new punk column, Upper Extremities. He'll be here every week. His logo was illustrated by the great Adam Krueger. -Ed.
I knew very little about the Bi-Marks before I saw them destroy Seattle's The Morgue last Sunday. Elusive creeps, these guys. Myspace page: no updates since 2010. Facebook page: non-existent. Google footprint: ...   More
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema

Like a backyard movie night, if your backyard was a parking garage.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The NW Film Center goes middlebrow every Thursday for the rest of the summer, with evening outdoor screenings on Hotel deLuxe’s garage rooftop. As you can see, I’ve ditched our 0-to-100 scale fo   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Exit Ghost Monkey

Uncle Boonmee is a Thai dish of death you have to taste.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Until movies can cure acne and anxiety disorders, praising a film as “life-changing” will remain the sneakiest and saddest kind of critical grandstanding—look at me and my fibromyalgic aesthet   More
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Justin Taylor The Gospel Of Anarchy Blake Butler There Is No Year

“They lived as if the fate of the very universe were perpetually at stake and in their hands,” muses an erstwhile member of the “Anarchristian” punk collective brought to begrimed life by Justin Taylor in his ambitious and flawed first novel, The Gospel of Anarchy. The same might be said about    More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Of Gods And Men

Agony in the garden.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Like having sex with Cate Blanchett or killing a man with my bare hands, believing in God is something I’ve always wanted to do but probably never will.   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 CHRIS STAMM


Every time you think about leaving home, Dad kills a kitten.

Movie Reviews & Stories
It managed to escape the attention of Portland’s film programmers last year, but Dogtooth, one of 2010’s best and strangest movies, is finally here. If you pay attention to those late-December e   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Cheap Eats 2011: Thai Noon

Food Reviews & Stories
“Healthy Thai Cuisine,” the menu claims, with “healthy cuisine” apparently being defined against food that can literally break into your house and strangle you while you sleep. The oil slick   More
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Cheap Eats 2011: Angel Food and Fun

Food Reviews & Stories
Angel Food and Fun would be yet another hit-or-miss neighborhood convenience if it didn’t do one thing so soul-stirringly well that I hesitate to publicize it for fear there will not be any left f   More
Monday, March 7, 2011 CHRIS STAMM
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