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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


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

Upper Extremities #32: Emotional Rescue

Chris Stamm's punk column wallows in it.


I planned to write about the Walls/White Wards/Hunting Party show happening at the Alleyway Thursday night. It’s going be a shattering show, and I think you should attend. But I wrote about rowdy stuff last week, and I don’t want this space to shrink to the point that it only admits the extremely loud and incredibly fast. So I decided to put down a few words about three new or new-ish albums ...   More
Thursday, March 29, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #31: On Keeping it Real

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There is no “real”, of course. No scripture a punk band must abide. No sound or style of such undeniable purity that all other punk stuff must kneel before it. But there are bands, tendencies, aesthetic choices that tickle the teenage part of me that once believed there was a Platonic punk ideal, a perfect mohawk and a perfect patched jacket and a perfect band name and a perfect I-give-not-one...   More
Friday, March 23, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

21 Jump Street

Cloudy with a chance of balls.

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Having never seen the TV show this sophomoric comedy plunders, I can offer neither reassurances nor warnings to anyone who reveres the series that launched Johnny Depp. However, I’m betting th   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #30: Batmen Q&A


I’ve listened to the four songs on Batmen’s 2010 demo hundreds of times since getting hipped to this mysterious (to me) Portland band early last year. During the months it took to log those hundreds of listens, I checked in on Batmen’s Facebook page once in a while to scope the scene, hoping for an update about new material, upcoming shows, t-shirts, head colds, whatever. But nope—nothing....   More
Friday, March 9, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Cut of the Day: Mean Jeans, "Anybody Out There?"


Mean Jeans on Mars, the much-anticipated (in these parts, at least) follow-up to 2009’s Are You Serious?, comes out on April 17 via Dirtnap Records, and if there’s any sense left in this mad, mad world, the thirteen ludicrously perfect pop-punk anthems contained within will be stuck on the tips of too many tongues to count come April 18. The album title doesn’t lie. These Port...   More
Monday, March 5, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #29: Reatard Edition

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[This post was originally mistakenly credited under the name Casey Jarman. Chris Stamm is the author of this and of all the Upper Extremities columns.]
I wrote a short review of Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, which chronicles the life and work of the one and only Jay Reatard, in this week’s paper. You can    More
Thursday, March 1, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #28: Punk Blues

Chris Stamm's punk column gets seasonal depression.


How are you feeling? Yeah, I know. Late February is rough. I’m right there with you. The queasy realization that warm joy is still many deadly months away has dawned in all of its baleful glory. That sad circuit from bed to work to bar and back to bed seems longer and swampier every day. You’ve probably developed a baroque self-flagellation routine in order to punish the dumb body and brain th...   More
Friday, February 24, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities 27: Oly Sounds

Chris Stamm's Punk Column Visits Olympia


My knowledge of Olympia, Washington as a place where people live and work and drink and screw is limited to scraps of stale gossip tossed to and fro at Portland parties populated by people who graduated from the ever-accepting Evergreen State College at the turn of this century. So I’m pretty sure I know who Phil Elverum farted on that one time at a Mirah show, and I’m almost positive one of t...   More
Thursday, February 16, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM
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