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You're The Best—Around!
The WW music staff picks their best albums of 2011.
By CASEY JARMAN
Music Editor Casey Jarmanâs top 15 local albums of the year.
This was the year Portland came face-to-face with its
blossoming, narrowly defined international reputation for "keeping it
weird." Portland then slouched, dropped its head and let out a long sigh
of defeat. We're not all underemployed artisan cheesemakers who
moonlight in tall-bike polo leagues, but damn if everybody's not in a
band. And while the local indie-rock world's prevailing winds aren't too
far off the national average—with many of our fine local groups
producing rock of the dreamy, spacey, electronic variety—many of
Portland's metal and experimental artists are gaining national acclaim
for making masterful music that resides right on the edge of
My tastes, however,
run a bit palatable. I hope you find something you like here, but if
not—try turning the page. Oh, and happy new year.
The more time I spend with this gorgeous,
whip-smart collection of puzzle songs from the vastly underrated Steve
Hefter, the more I love it. âLong Distance Call,â in particular, is a