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menomena rawks benefit, unveils new cut

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Menomena Pic by Sarah Cass. In the midst of recording a dozen or so songs for a full length disc next year, Portland’s most talented trio since Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter and Jerome Kersey made time to play a local benefit at Doug Fir Lounge on Sunday night. Along with several songs from Friend and [...]

penny jam + narwhal: crisp like veggies

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Narwhal vs. Narwhal at Cherry Sprout Produce from The Penny Jam on Vimeo Posted by Jon Ragel of Boy Eats Drum Machine – – As an independent sort of musical anti-revolution washes over Portland, The Penny Jam seems not only determined to document The Rose City’s unique assembly of artists, they’re doing it with cinematic [...]

pdx pop now!, a sort of recap

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Another PDX POP NOW! is ‘in the can’. Once again it came, it saw, it kicked our ass. I took some behind the scenes pics on Saturday and Sunday. Also, here’s a group of ‘POP’ pics I put together (for you, baby), including the one above of Fist Fite‘s Jonnie Monroe. Aw Yeah. She kicks [...]

today: day 3 of pdx pop now!

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

It’s day (and night) three of PDX POP NOW!, arguably Portland’s best damn music festival ever (and it’s FREE!). I snapped a few pics of yesterday’s behind the scenes action, including the above shot of Norfolk and Western drumkit specialist Rachel Blumberg. What started out as relatively gentle Saturday afternoon culminated around 2 am inside [...]

an interview with olivier of barbes records

Monday, June 9th, 2008

I consider 2007′s ‘The Roots Of Chicha‘ to be one of the most amazing compilations I have ever heard. It is an inspiring look into a time of true artistic cultural mashup in 20th century South America. It also makes for great party music. Olivier of Brooklyn’s Barbes Records was kind of enough to take [...]

you make quite an impression, mr lidell

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Thumbing through Justin Kent’s Flickr set of Tuesday night’s Jamie Lidell show, I can’t help but smile again. And again. Mr. Lidell does what very few artists are capable of doing: he creates and facilitates a righteous musical hootenanny wherever he goes. His brilliant nerdy-chic personality sets everyone at ease while motown-esque grooves get every [...]

portland recycles its old recycling containers

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

What do you say, Portlanders? We’ve got some fancy new containers but what are we going to do with all those leftover yellow plastic bins? One container can be used for glass, as everything else gets tossed into the new blue thingy with the wheels, but what about the rest of the yellow containers? Where [...]

southern belle: “we’re god damn teenagers, you know?”

Friday, May 16th, 2008

True story: I almost peed my pants dancing to Portland’s Southern Belle. I didn’t want to miss any of the young quartet’s set so I waited in vain for the customary power ballad. Every young band has a bad power ballad. Don’t they? I thought so. The two PBR’s in my gut thought so. This [...]