Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-836-1-.html Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT+7 en hourly 1 Everyone Loves Menomena... Except Menomena - Why doesn't Portland's best band get along? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12437-everyone_loves_menomena_except_menomena_why_doesnt_portlands_best_band_get_along.html IMAGE: Ben MoonBrent Knopf is hiding the truth. His deep blue eyes, covered slightly by curly brown hair, dart to the side, looking for something to play with. He fidgets in his seat, nervously taps o ...]]> Album Review: Morning Teleportation - <i>Expanding Anyway</i> (Glacial Pace) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17157-album_review_morning_teleportation_expanding_anyway_%28glacial_pace%29.html [THE LONESOME CROWDED NORTHWEST] Ever since moving to Portland in 2008, Morning Teleportation has been tagged the Next Big Thing.]]> I Think I Was There - An oral history of Satyricon. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12560-i_think_i_was_there_an_oral_history_of_satyricon.html

In 1983, Portland’s Chinatown was, by all accounts, a real shithole. Peppered with empty lots, boarded-up storefronts and dealers pushing cocaine and heroin as casually as a grocery store clerk might ask “paper or plastic?”—it was a part of town best avoided altogether. It was in the heart of this dubious neighborhood that George Touhouliotis, a 36-year-old Greek immigrant and former cab driver with a fondness for poetry and rebellious youth culture, opened an equally dirty bar called Satyricon...

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Rhythm And Booze - Drinking with Destroyer’s Dan Bejar. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17207-rhythm_and_booze_drinking_with_destroyer%E2%80%99s_dan_bejar.html More than any other current songwriter, Dan Bejar’s lyrics beg for a good unpacking. For 15 years, Bejar has written twisting, expansive and eccentric songs for his own Destroyer project as well a]]> The Sound And The Fury - Kelli Schaefer takes a leap of faith. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17001-the_sound_and_the_fury_kelli_schaefer_takes_a_leap_of_faith.html Like a lot of teenagers in the early aughts, Kelli Schaefer escaped the suburbs of her hometown of Battle Ground, Wash., by crossing the Columbia River into Portland to visit the Meow Meow]]> Album Review: Blue Skies For Black Hearts - <i>Embracing The Modern Age</i> (Super Big Ltd.) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17367-album_review_blue_skies_for_black_hearts_embracing_the_modern_age_%28super_big_ltd%29.html [HERE’S YOUR FUTURE] It’s hard to fault Blues Skies for Black Hearts for being out of touch. The power-poppy quartet—led by bespectacled frontman Pat Kearns—sticks to a (relatively) simple ]]> The Lovecraft: Every Day Is Like Sunday - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17161-the_lovecraft_every_day_is_like_sunday_.html “I’ll buy a free drink for anyone who sings an Erasure song!” yells the bartender, her face hidden behind dry ice and a series of red and green laser lights straight out of a televised Muse Christmas special. Welcome to Sunday-night karaoke at The Lovecraft (421 SE Grand Ave.]]> Hot Plate: The Fishwife’s Bacon Brownie Sundae - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16381-hot_plate_the_fishwiferss_bacon_brownie_sundae_.html IMAGE: chrisryanphoto.comI’ve found dessert heaven, and it tastes like pig fat. Buried on the bottom of the menu at the Fishwife, a two-decades-old family seafood restaurant on a stretch of Nort ...]]> Album Review: And And And - <i>Life Ruiner</i> (Apes Tapes) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17266-album_review_and_and_and_life_ruiner_%28apes_tapes%29.html [LO-FI BREAKTHROUGH] On my last count, local frenetic-pop sextet And And And released 45 songs in the past year. I’m probably a little off—does a mixtape count as one track?—but the sheer amou]]> Album Review: Sustentacula - <i>Salem: City of peace</i> (Warble Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16875-album_review_sustentacula_salem_city_of_peace_%28warble_records%29.html [SALEM ROCK CITY] When people speak about Portland’s vibrant music scene, they talk about community and friendship, house shows and DIY record labels, James Mercer and No. 1 records (congrats, Co]]> Pop It Like It’s Hot - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16816-pop_it_like_it%E2%80%99s_hot_.html

 Everybody has a favorite bar game. And while I understand the allure of a drunken game of pinball or shuffleboard, there’s no thrill quite

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Bare Bones Bar: Jukebox Gold - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17369-bare_bones_bar_jukebox_gold_.html If the first thing you hear when entering a bar is “I swear the jukebox is free,” there are two possible scenarios: You’ve found a gold mine, or someone is already stupid drunk. And while the]]> Welcome Home Walker Friday, Feb. 25 - Soda Pop punks turn to doo-wop to keep the beat alive. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16977-welcome_home_walker_friday_feb_25_soda_pop_punks_turn_to_doo_wop_to_keep_the_beat_alive.html [BOOGIE-DOWN ROCK] When Devin Clark of doo-wop pop-rock band Welcome Home Walker got a call in December about playing an early gig at the Oregon State ]]> Primer: Wire - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17297-primer_wire_.html Formed: 1976 in London. Members: Colin Newman (guitar, vocals), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Robert Gotobed (drums) and Bruce Gilbert (guitar). Matt Simms (of It Hugs Back) replaces Gilbert for this]]> Album Review: Water & Bodies - <i>Light Year</i> (Eyos Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16948-album_review_water_bodies_light_year_%28eyos_records%29.html [ALT-ROCK WILL NEVER DIE] Now that the Decemberists have hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the idea that a local group can go from a practice space on East Burnside to ]]> Album Review: Rabbits - <i>Lower Forms</i> (Relapse) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16949-album_review_rabbits_lower_forms_%28relapse%29.html [PDX SLUDGE] Scan the liner notes of local metal outfit Rabbits’ new record, Lower Forms, and you’ll find a surprising note: Lower Forms was recorded at Type Foundry studios. For the uninitiated, this is somewhat of ]]> Album Review: Quiet Life - <i>Big Green</i> (Safety Meeting) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16908-album_review_quiet_life_big_green_%28safety_meeting%29.html [MUSIC FROM BIG GREEN] Brothers Sean and Ryan Spellman grew up in the swamps of New Jersey, just outside of Asbury Park. The story in their byline—and in the songs by their]]> Slanted And Enchanted - Oregon's creepiest amusement park meets Portland's hippest bands. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12293-slanted_and_enchanted_oregons_creepiest_amusement_park_meets_portlands_hippest_bands.html Cosmic Warriors - Akron/Family enters the void. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17236-cosmic_warriors_akron_family_enters_the_void.html When it was time for Akron/Family to send out copies of its new album, the experimental-folk rock band abandoned the usual channels of distribution—giving promo copies to the press, streaming the ]]> Team Evil Saturday, Jan. 22 - Local producer branches out with his own band. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16388-team_evil_saturday_jan_22_local_producer_branches_out_with_his_own_band.html Flight Of The Dodos - The Dodos return to Portland and find their mojo. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17264-flight_of_the_dodos_the_dodos_return_to_portland_and_find_their_mojo.html Most of the time, as the story goes, a band cleans up its sound to lead to a bigger audience. But when San Francisco frantic-folk duo the Dodos were recruited by noted Northwest indie-rock producer]]> Matt Lemay <i>Elliott Smith’s XO</i> (33 1/3) - Deconstructing the myth behind the white suit. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10569-matt_lemay_elliott_smithrss_xo_%2833_1_3%29_deconstructing_the_myth_behind_the_white_suit.html Vinyl Destination - Our top three picks for record-store day. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17339-vinyl_destination_our_top_three_picks_for_record_store_day.html These days, almost every hobby, obsession and food gets its own holiday. April is full of especially weird celebrations—it’s National Pecan Month, in case you forgot about the existence of the “all-American nut”—and Saturday, April 16, is no exception: It’s National Eggs Benedict Day]]> Grouper Wednesday, Jan. 14 - All of Liz Harris' dreams are coming true. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10065-grouper_wednesday_jan_14_all_of_liz_harris_dreams_are_coming_true.html My PDX: David Leiken - Promoting music for four decades, on his own terms. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11244-my_pdx_david_leiken_promoting_music_for_four_decades_on_his_own_terms.html The Portland Sound: Tucker Martine - Part one of a five-part series on influential Portland producers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10348-the_portland_sound_tucker_martine_part_one_of_a_five_part_series_on_influential_portland_producers.html Freeze Frame - Whitey McConnaughy rocks standing still. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10966-freeze_frame_whitey_mcconnaughy_rocks_standing_still.html Best Old Band - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17449-best_old_band_.html Everybody knows the iconic walking bass line in Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’.” But do you know who wrote the part? Though they played on hundreds of standards—from t]]> Primer: Papa Roach - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17402-primer_papa_roach_.html Formed: On a football field in Vacaville, Calif., in 1993. Members: Jacoby “Coby Dick” Shaddix (vocals), Jerry Horton (guitar), Tony Palermo (drums), Tobin Esperance (bass). Sounds like: Korn, Sli]]> Red Hot & Rolling - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16409-red_hot_rolling_.html