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Q&A: Dylan Magierek, Badman Recording Co.

How running a small label is like buying a new house—every year.


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Dylan Magierek wanted out of the independent record business. By 2004, he was five years into running his label, Badman Recording Co., in San Francisco. He’d had some successes—a few records from    More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Soft Index

Graphing the unbearable lightweightness of Drake.


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Drake contains multitudes. He is, after all, a half-black, half-Jewish Canadian child actor turned ginormously famous rapper. In hip-hop terms, he’s quite the unique snowflake. It isn’t just h   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: Norfolk & Western


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Portland indie-folk institution Norfolk & Western is playing its first show in four years this week. Here, frontman Adam Selzer recalls the band’s 2002 European tour with Sparklehorse.&nbs   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Letter To My 13-Year-Old Self

RE: Pearl Jam


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Dear 13-year-old Marty, You figure you’re going to be a lawyer, huh? People have been telling you that since you were, oh, 8 or so. You probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you Pearl Jam    More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Radkey: Sunday, Dec. 1

Radkey is a lot like your teenage punk band—except way better.


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Starting a band in a town like St. Joseph, Mo., is hard enough without being black and underage. The city isn’t exactly a music mecca, nor is it the kind of place inclined to embrace three Afr   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Soft Metals: Saturday, Nov. 30

An alloy of love, synths and urban planning.


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Soft Metals didn’t move to L.A. for the weather, or to get closer to the music industry. Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall, the couple who formed the moody synth duo in Portland in 2009, relocated to    More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Cover Your Hair In Your Eyes

An oral history of the Meat Puppets on Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York.


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When Nirvana agreed to film an episode of MTV’s Unplugged in November 1993, the network execs were giddy over the possibilities. Who would the biggest band in the world bring as a guest? Eddie V   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: Quasi


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Quasi playing a record-release show for its album, Featuring “Birds”, at Jackpot Records on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, in 1998.  “This was the start of the busiest period for Quasi   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Show Preview: Deltron 3030


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[TOMORROW PEOPLE] Thirteen years ago, the first and, until this year, only album from indie-rap supergroup Deltron 3030—producer Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, turntablist Kid Koala and rapper    More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Mountain Sounds: Thursday, Nov. 21

U.S. immigration laws wouldn’t let Tim Hoyt and Franc Castillejos make an album together. So they headed for the hills.


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Mountain Sounds’ Tim Hoyt has a bone to pick with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “As an American citizen, all the immigration laws have done are slow me down personally and try to s   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK
 

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