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Upper Extremities #26: From the Back of the Room Documentary (Q&A)


In the low-key and conversational documentary From the Back of the Room, which screens at the Know on February 11, director Amy Oden gathers interviews with dozens of punk artists (musicians, writers, photographers, zinesters) to fashion a brief oral history of female involvement in various punk and hardcore scenes of the last twenty years. As a fairly cynical and cloistered writer who to...   More
Thursday, February 9, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #25: Dirtnap Records Does it Again...and Again...and Again

Chris Stamm's Punk Column Still has a Crush


Portland’s Dirtnap Records is one of the world’s most reliable curators of the kind of punk that makes me want to go back in time and give my teenage self a hug and tell him everything’s gonna be okay because life’s gonna keep being difficult but the pop-punk in the future will be even better than the stuff that’s helping you cope now, so don’t be afraid little guy, because the bitters...   More
Thursday, February 2, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #24: The Many Faces of August Alston

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August Alston doesn’t know I’m writing this. I made no attempt to track the man down. I met him once at a house show, about three or four years ago. My band had just played. His band was about to play. Someone introduced us. I remember a pregnant pause and a cough. I didn’t know anything about August Alston at the time. He was just a guy with long hair whose band was playing after mine. I w...   More
Friday, January 27, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #23: Surf, Punk (the Internet Nerd Edition)


I am a barely employed person on the scary side of thirty who likes punk rock music. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time on the internet looking for work (in the fairly competitive “millionaire writer” field) and investigating graduate school (basement shows in university districts) and researching my novel (hunting for stuff to write about in this silly column). So, yeah, you’re basicall...   More
Thursday, January 12, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Cut of the Day: Hooded Hags, "Hide," Exxon Baby 7-inch (Stankhouse)

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Stankhouse Records, which has been extracting quality racket from Portland’s fertile house show scene for three years, celebrates its anniversary next week with a free show at the Alleyway. A band (or person) named Gaydolf Shitler is playing, so of course you’re going no matter what, but the Stankhouse soiree is also doubling as a release show for Hooded Hags’ excellent “Exxon Baby” 7-in...   More
Thursday, January 5, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #22: The Know Throws a Rager

Chris Stamm's Weekly Punk Column Goes...to the Know

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Starting Monday, January 9, my favorite venue in town is celebrating its seventh birthday with a weeklong showcase of Portland’s finest punk bands. I wrote about The Know and its tireless booker David Rose in this week’s paper, but I didn’t get a chance to drool all over the sickening line-up....   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

The Rise of the Know

While the rest of Alberta Street grows up, the Know has become Portland’s mecca for punk and hard rock.

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The Know’s barroom half is a ramshackle container for cheap beer. Its restrooms appear to idolize CBGB’s storied stalls. The adjoining show space might as well be a basement. The club’s ro   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #21: The Best Albums and Songs of 2011

Chris Stamm's Weekly Punk Column Picks Favorites

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THE ELEVEN BEST ALBUMS (MORE OR LESS) OF THE YEAR In alphabetical order after number one... 1. Something Fierce, Don’t Be So Cruel (Dirtnap)
I wanted to keep this year-end business strictly alphabetical, but 2011 happened to have a clear winner, and of course Portland’s Dirtnap released it. I listened to Don’t Be So Cruel more than any other al...   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM

10 Memorable Movie Performances From 2011

Movie Reviews & Stories
1. Michael Shannon, Take ShelterMichael Shannon comes to us from another realm, a dark corner of the universe we’d do well to leave alone. His face, a likeness of which will be carved into the s   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #20: Guns N' Roses vs. Your Rival


I saw Guns N’ Roses for the first time in July of 1991, in Mountain View, California. I’d just turned eleven. Use Your Illusion was still a few months away. My mom took me. I don’t mean that my long-suffering mother begrudgingly accompanied her Guns-loving eldest to a big rock show as a parental duty. No, she was the cock rock fan in the family, the one who dug Warr...   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM
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