For its first four years, Backspace was just a tiny Old
Town coffee shop frequented primarily by Internet gamers. Then, in
November 2007, the Thermals asked to play a free show there. We asked
Portland music-scene fixture Joe Haege returns this
week to premiere new 31Knots songs—which his own bandmate, Jay
Winebrenner, will be hearing for the first time and giving commentary on
At Tom McCall Waterfront Park during an Iraq War protest, March 20, 2003.
“The band was put together for a party on March 4, 2003.
On March 20, we joined the anti-Iraq War protest, figuring that we just
learned these seven songs, and since we called ourselves a ‘mar
Her performance of “Spell” that night, during which this photo was taken, appeared on the 2002 compilation Land. Photographer Jeff Bizzell recalls what happened after the show:
“[Patti Smith] c