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Upper Extremities #41: Five Summer Songs

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Screw the solstice. Summer has begun. My teacher friends are putting the finishing touches on another batch of nincompoops. Tender, pale flesh, unsheathed and glowing in the May light, is likely being strutted up and down various sidewalks as you read this, or will be tomorrow or the day after. A hint of hope and maybe even happiness grows in my chest. I am writing this shirtless. Yup: Life is onc...   More
 
Thursday, May 31, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #40: Memorial Week at the Know

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Today marks the beginning of the Know’s stacked Memorial Week series, which will find Portland’s punk hub hosting seven essential shows in as many days. Drafting a comprehensive rundown would have been a fool’s errand, but trust that you could throw a dart at the Know’s concert calendar this week and hit something you need to see. For the more discriminating among you, I’ve attempted a s...   More
 
Thursday, May 24, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Tragedy

Darker Days Ahead (Self-Released)


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[CRUST PUNK] Tragedy is justly revered the world over for its dense and crepuscular take on crust punk, but an album-length masterpiece has eluded this staunchly DIY Portland quartet since its 2   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #39: Justin Pearson Primer

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I interviewed San Diego-based musician-writer-entrepreneur-provocateur Justin Pearson last year, when I profiled Retox, the band with whom he is currently raising a glorious racket. Since then I’ve been wanting to put together a little Pearson primer, because getting a grasp on Pearson’s contributions to punk ...   More
 
Friday, May 18, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #38: The Mean Jeans Dictionary

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I have this problem where I can’t stop listening to the new Mean Jeans album, and it has lately become this problem where I can’t stop writing about the new Mean Jeans album. Mean Jeans on Mars is just that good. It might be the best pop-punk album since Dookie. If a better album comes out this year I will be shocked and then I will probably die from shock. I can't imagine I'll stop cr...   More
 
Thursday, May 10, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremitities #37: Freedom Club Hits the Road

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There is a frustrated musician inside of me. He gets smaller and quieter every day, as age has a way of polishing ambitions until they are round, smooth things that nestle into forgotten corners of the mind, but once in a while I finger that little nub of rock 'n' roll fantasy and get really sad about the fact that I never got to go on tour with any of the shitty bands I've been in.

And so ...   More
 
Friday, May 4, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #35: More with Mean Jeans

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Lemme break with journalistic decorum for a minute and get all fanboyish and fawning here. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mean Jeans last Monday, and the two hours I spent picking at those dudes’ lives and songs made me love my life and my job, because I believe Mean Jeans is the best band on the planet right now, and shooting the shit with the mad geniuses responsible for contemporary class...   More
 
Thursday, April 19, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Mean Jeans: Friday, April 20

Mean Jeans grow up a bit, but keep an ’80s teenager’s sense of humor.


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[DUMB PUNK] When I arrive at Zach’s Shack to interview Portland’s pop-punk savants Mean Jeans, guitarist-singer Christian (aka Billy Jeans) is hunched over a sketch pad, his attention split be   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #34: Catching up on Record Reviews

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I try to time reviews of new records to coincide with live appearances by the bands in question, but there’s simply way too much good music out there to cover it all in such a thoughtful fashion. So this week I’m playing catch-up and writing about a few new local (or local-ish) releases that I need to rant about before they are old news. Consider this a premature exhortation to see these bands...   More
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #33: Five Things I Learned at the Shows I went to Last Weekend

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Last Friday and Saturday conspired to leave me with nothing better to do than nap my afternoons away and store up enough energy to awkwardly shuffle and nod as bands played very loud music for people who more or less looked like me but appeared to be having way more fun than me. Friday (March 30) found me doing my lonesome show-going thing at the Fist Fite/Batmen/Drats!!! soiree hosted by Club 21...   More
 
Thursday, April 5, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM
 

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