Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-930-1-.html Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Permanent Vacation - Peter Buck talks life after R.E.M., his solo records, sabotaging the Verve, hitchhiking in Portland and not talking to the media. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22438-permanent_vacation_peter_buck_talks_life_after_rem_his_solo_records_sabotaging_the_verve_hitchhiking.html Peter Buck doesn’t need me. Thirty years amassing one of the most sanctified discographies in American music—and a bank account festooned with zeroes—has ensured him of that. R.E.M., the immeasurably ]]> The Last of the Sad Bastards - 10 years after his death, Elliott Smith is still estranged from Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21396-the_last_of_the_sad_bastards_10_years_after_his_death_elliott_smith_is_still_estranged_from_portland.html Elliott Smith sang it himself: Pictures of him are always wrong. So the photo of him at Disneyland, taken in 1996, must be Photoshopped, right? The saddest songwriter in the world—a man who co]]> Hotseat: Robin Lopez - The Blazers’ center talks comic books, <i>The Goonies</i> and his love of almost everything Disney. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21736-hotseat_robin_lopez_the_blazers_center_talks_comic_books_the_goonies_and_his_love_of_almost_everythi.html Robin Lopez is, literally and figuratively, a giant nerd. That’s normally an ill-advised thing to say about someone built like a Greek colossus, but the Blazers’ 7-foot, 255-pound center wou]]> Almost Infamous - Black Pussy is Portland’s most controversial band. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24108-almost_infamous_black_pussy_is_portlands_most_controversial_band.html Whoever thought a band calling itself Black Pussy could be controversial? Not singer-guitarist Dustin Hill, apparently. When he bestowed the Google-unfriendly name on his stoner-rock project t]]> Live Not-So-Nude Girls - In the Land of a Thousand strippers, burlesque revivalists have been second-class citizens. Until now. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10162-live_not_so_nude_girls_in_the_land_of_a_thousand_strippers_burlesque_revivalists_have_been_second_cl.html Make Love, Not Sense - It’s the David Byrne Dating Game! http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19767-make_love_not_sense_its_the_david_byrne_dating_game_.html Will David Byrne ever find a nice girl to settle down with? Ever since Talking Heads broke up in 1991, the restless 60-year-old musician-author-etc. has been playing the field—musically speaki]]> Best New Band 2015 - 10 Portland artists local music experts think you must hear. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24703-best_new_band_2015_10_portland_artists_local_music_experts_think_you_must_hear.html In Portland, if you build a music venue, the bands will come. And if you pave it over and put up condos? Well, the bands will find a warehouse, basement or Ethiopian restaurant to play in. No matt]]> 3. Máscaras - 2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24706-3_m%C3%A1scaras_2015_best_new_band_poll_finalist.html POINTS: 71.5FORMED: 2013SOUNDS LIKE: The house band for the end of the world playing the last basement party on Earth.On the patio of the Cement Building, the austere, gray rehearsal complex under t]]> 2. The Domestics - 2015 Best New Band Poll Runner-Up http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24705-2_the_domestics_2015_best_new_band_poll_runner_up.html POINTS: 77 FORMED:  2013 SOUNDS LIKE:  Two strangers in a bar at closing time, swapping stories of relationships gone bad until their voices conjoin in bittersweet harmony. A month be]]> One Small Dubstep - What is the dance music subgenre dubstep, exactly? Depends on who’s dancing. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17365-one_small_dubstep_what_is_the_dance_music_subgenre_dubstep_exactly_depends_on_whos_dancing.html I don’t belong here. It’s Friday night, and the sold-out Roseland Theater is crammed full of teenagers. Some of the girls are wearing little more than a bra and a tutu; most of the boys are sh]]> Buried Alive - Portland film pioneer Don Gronquist was banned, panned and forgotten. He deserved better. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19550-buried_alive_portland_film_pioneer_don_gronquist_was_banned_panned_and_forgotten_he_deserved_better.html Don Gronquist chose a lovely day to revisit the scene of his crime. Sunlight pours into the Pittock Mansion as he lumbers...]]> Just A Hobby - Fernando Viciconte tried to quit music. His friends wouldn’t let him. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16873-just_a_hobby_fernando_viciconte_tried_to_quit_music_his_friends_wouldnt_let_him.html When Fernando Viciconte’s friends found out what he’d been doing during his yearlong sabbatical from music, he could hear the shock and disgust in their voices. “Every time they’d run into m]]> The 21 Best Songs About Portland - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-25222-the_21_best_songs_about_portland_.html In honor of MusicfestNW, which starts Friday the 21st, we are counting down the top 21 best songs ever written about Portland. Every day until Wednesday we will reveal five more songs. ]]> Pieces of Elliott - A brief guide to finding Elliott Smith in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21397-pieces_of_elliott_a_brief_guide_to_finding_elliott_smith_in_portland.html Southeast 29th Avenue and Taylor StreetThe home where Smith recorded Roman Candle. According to his then-girlfriend, J.J. Gonson, she returned years later and knocked on the door to find the Shins]]> Dirty Songbirds - On the eve of Peaches’ visit, we revisit filthy sex songs for the ages. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17900-dirty_songbirds_on_the_eve_of_peaches_visit_we_revisit_filthy_sex_songs_for_the_ages.html There’s a reason sex comes first in the trio of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” Doin’ it has always been the primary thematic interest of pop music, from Jerry Lee Lewis’ shakin’ to Tre]]> Where are they (PDX Pop) now? - Revisiting the first edition of Portland’s all-ages music tradition a decade later. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20891-where_are_they_%28pdx_pop%29_now_revisiting_the_first_edition_of_portlands_all_ages_music_tradition_.html In 2004, a group of 50 musicians and aficionados, spurred by a conversation on a Web forum, met at the Lucky Lab to discuss how to better connect the community of Portland to the music being made ]]> Caught Up in the Net - Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden stands up to an anti-piracy bill he says threatens internet freedom. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17788-caught_up_in_the_net_oregon_sen_ron_wyden_stands_up_to_an_anti_piracy_bill_he_says_threatens_interne.html The Pirate Bay is a popular Sweden-based file-sharing hub that allows users to share music, movies...]]> The Modern Man: Out of Sight - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19383-the_modern_man_out_of_sight_.html “Make me look like George Clooney.” It takes some gall to demand that of a barber, but I figure the stylists at Portland barbershop/bar The Modern Man (5018 NE 22nd Ave., 284-6008, themodernma]]> Yes, We Have No Tomatoes - Portland’s indoor gardening shops sell all you need for homegrown medical weed—except advice. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18723-yes_we_have_no_tomatoes_portlands_indoor_gardening_shops_sell_all_you_need_for_homegrown_medical_wee.html Michael Johnson entered the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program two years ago, decades after he quit smoking pot recreationally, to help cope with a debilitating back injury. The 55-year-old reside]]> Ned Ludd: Restaurant Guide 2014 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23261-ned_ludd_restaurant_guide_2014_.html 3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 288-6900, nedluddpdx.com [CULTURED LUMBERJACK] "Ned Ludd" sounds like the name of a plumbing-supply wholesaler, but it's actually a]]> Portland Rock Trivia - Twelve absolutely random things you didn’t know about the Portland music scene. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19623-portland_rock_trivia_twelve_absolutely_random_things_you_didnt_know_about_the_portland_music_scene.html 1.MusicfestNW began as the bastard child of SXSW...]]> 6./7. Myke Bogan - 2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24709-6_7_myke_bogan_2015_best_new_band_poll_finalist.html POINTS: 45FORMED: Started performing in 2012.SOUNDS LIKE: Going one toke over the line and challenging your subconscious fears to a rap battle—and losing.Myke Bogan’s parents just don’t understa]]> Marc Maron - A veteran comic turns to podcasting for shock therapy and biting laughs. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16762-marc_maron_a_veteran_comic_turns_to_podcasting_for_shock_therapy_and_biting_laughs.html

 Marc Maron is twice-divorced, a recovering addict, a three-time failure as a liberal radio pundit and a veteran comic who over the past

Endo Days - Hit the black lights, weed is almost legal. Forget everything you know about pot culture. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20290-endo_days_hit_the_black_lights_weed_is_almost_legal_forget_everything_you_know_about_pot_culture.html The highs, they are a-changin’. On Nov. 6, 2012, America’s relationship with marijuana entered a hazy new era. Two states, including Oregon’s northern neighbor, voted to legalize pot, si]]> Summer Guide 2014: Portland Lawn Games from Cornhole to Quidditch - A guide to the (barely) competitive Portland lawn-game scene. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22686-summer_guide_2014_portland_lawn_games_from_cornhole_to_quidditch_a_guide_to_the_%28barely%29_competi.html Portland loves games, but it has a complicated relationship with the concept of competition. (There’s a reason one of our two major professional sports teams has matches that can end in a frig]]> Oil Baron - How Ganja Jon went from nontoker to Portland pot legend. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20281-oil_baron_how_ganja_jon_went_from_nontoker_to_portland_pot_legend.html Marijuana saved Jon Hamm’s life. Sure, the kidney transplant helped. But if it weren’t for pot, the 27-year-old from Roseburg wouldn’t have had the will to make it to the hospital. Affli]]> The Preferred Nomenclature - Dude, what’s Jeff Bridges’ band’s name? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20450-the_preferred_nomenclature_dude_whats_jeff_bridges_bands_name.html The Dude’s only connection to the music industry was as a Metallica roadie on the Speed of Sound tour. The band was, he informs us, a bunch of assholes. The Abiders, the Jeff Bridges band that c]]> Nardwuar’s Top Five Greatest Interviews - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21176-nardwuars_top_five_greatest_interviews_.html Nardwuar vs. Mikhail Gorbachev (1993) Proving early on that he can ask the tough questions of political figures as well as musicians, a young Nardwuar finagled his way into a press conference and]]> Kenton Station: Naked and Famous - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17639-kenton_station_naked_and_famous_.html Kenton Station (8303 N Denver, kentonstationportland.com) is an unassuming neighborhood bar built inside a piece of Portland history. In 1909, a meat-packing company built the Kenton Hotel at what's]]> Soul Revival - Years ago, Ural Thomas rejected the cruelty of the music industry. But the Pain brought him back. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21467-soul_revival_years_ago_ural_thomas_rejected_the_cruelty_of_the_music_industry_but_the_pain_brought_h.html Ural Thomas has lots of stories. He’s been around the block, you might say, even though he’s lived in the same North Portland house—which he claims to have rebuilt himself, using all recycle]]>