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Album Review: Arctic Flowers

Weaver (Deranged)

Album Reviews
[DARK PUNK] Punks have never been as immune to pandemics as they’d like to think. So it’s not surprising that the past few years of black-metal shoegazing and other such trends have seen the r   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 CHRIS STAMM


Want a queasy sense of discomfort with that?

Movie Reviews & Stories
When I saw the trailer for Compliance a couple months ago, I let loose with one of those deliberate groans that insecure pseudo-intellectuals use to let strangers in the vicinity know that one h   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #51: Leave Home


By the time you read this, I will be in Los Angeles. I think I’m going to stay there a while. So this marks the end of my 13-month attempt to keep tabs on Portland punk rock. My first impulse was to write a long essay about how fucking punk my navel is, but I’ve done a lot of that since last August, and rest assured my self-involvement comes into play plenty in the appreciations that follow.&n...   More
Thursday, September 13, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #50: PDX Punk Now


For my penultimate column (I’m outta here next week) I wanted to throw a party, a little mutual masturbation session starring various Portland punk-affiliated people I’ve crossed paths with since starting Upper Extremities last summer.
So I wrote to some of my favorite folks in town and asked them to send me a few words about their favorite punk (or punk-ish) band in PDX. I do believe my fe...   More
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #49: Same-Sex Dictator (Q&A)


When I was 15 years old I bought a GG Allin album and got so freaked out by it I threw it away. I waited until my family was asleep and set my feet to taking whispery falls through the living room and out to the trash cans on the back patio, where I tossed that filthy disc for good. Allin was too much for me. My pop-punk brain wasn’t ready for such nastiness. I revisited Allin’s oeuvre a coupl...   More
Thursday, August 16, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Youthbitch

Don’t Fuck This Up! (Jonny Cat)

Music Stories
[POP PUNK ’N’ ROLL] Until a few days ago, I’d felt a big brother’s pity for Youthbitch: A shame, I thought, that a band with so much potential would saddle itself with such an awful name.    More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #48: Pataha Hiss Playlist


I had the pleasure of profiling Portland’s garage-pop-punk sweethearts Pataha Hiss for this week’s paper (read it here), but I wasn’t quite able to convey just how deep this trio’s music geekery runs. My hourlong conversation with Chelsea McIntire and Lizzie Flick revealed a band still totally stoke...   More
Friday, August 10, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Rock of Love

Pataha Hiss hooks up over pop-punk hooks.

Music Stories
[POP GARAGE] Within minutes of meeting Chelsea McIntire and Lizzie Flick, who make up two-thirds of local garage-pop upstart Pataha Hiss, I am struck by something that is rarer than you might th   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #47: Getting Deep with White Wires


I won’t bore you with (too many of) the sordid details, but 2011 was a tumultuous, trying year for me, and this is a somewhat difficult thing for a man of my age to admit, but during that prolonged stretch of utter confusion, I turned to pop-punk for solace and salvation. Pop-punk’s magic mixture of dumbfuck hope, idiotic glee and stupid heartache, which attains stirring perfection every once...   More
Thursday, August 2, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Aged and Warped

What listening to 17 Warped Tour compilations in a row tells us about punk rock.

Music Stories
The Warped Tour—that musical ball pit of scrubbed and shiny punk sounds for teenagers—finally turns 18 this year. It is old enough to go to college. To vote. To move out of the house. To royal   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

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