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Cut of the Day: Luck-One, "Breakthrough," King of the Northwest Mixtape (Focused Noise Productions)


Man, times are tough these days. Oregon is back at number 2 in terms of national unemployment rate rankings, which is where the state was when the recession supposedly “ended,” and Portlanders are feeling it. NPR reported earlier this year that wages in the city are sometimes ...   More
Thursday, July 14, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: Sleepyvillain, "Closer," Arithmetic (Swoon City)


Sleepyvillain has the type of name that people think they recognize, but really don’t. When I asked my editor if he'd ever heard of the Portland-based musician, he quickly answered, “I think so,” only to realize he was probably thinking of the local hip-hop artist Sleep, or local MC Sleepyhead. The confusion should not deter you: Sleepvillain’s music, despite not being very well-known even...   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Bazi Bierbrasserie: Cheap Flight

Bar Reviews
Apparently, in Belgium, bar food is both delicious and served at ridiculously low prices. Can’t afford a plane ticket? No worries. Portland’s own Bazi Bierbrasserie (1522 SE 32nd Ave., 234-8888,   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 REED JACKSON

The Do-Over Gives Portlanders a Glimpse of Los Angeles' Daytime Party Scene


Photos by McKenna Johnson.Yesterday afternoon, hoards of music fans ventured to Southeast’s Produce Row Café, where they were treated to cheap drinks and great music as part of the Do-over, a Los Angeles-bred afternoon dance party featuring some of the West Coast’s most prominent up-and-coming DJs. Hosted by Adidas, the event—the latest in a series of PDX Do-Over dates—gave...   More
Monday, July 11, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: Paper/Upper/Cuts, "Glacial Palms," ILLA KILLA YELLOW SPACE (Boomarm Nation)


In today’s musical landscape, the mashing of genres is not only customary, but also an expected occurrence by a generation of listeners that has grown fond of pushing the guidelines of what certain types of music ought to sound like. Ray Charles combining gospel with rhythm and blues was innovative at the time, but now seems pretty straightforward compared to the outlandish mishmash of sounds ba...   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Top Four American Songs for American People!

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Toby Keith, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” After 9/11, country badass Toby Keith warned the terrorists responsible that they would be punished for crossing “Mother Freedom” by getting   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: Cool Nutz, "Portland Yelled Out," The Cook Up Mixtape (Jus Family)


The first time I had ever heard of local hip-hop legend Cool Nutz was a tattered hand-drawn flyer on a Killingsworth streetlight post that read, “I Hate Cool Nutz.” I assumed that these signs, which were plastered all over Northeast Portland close to a decade ago, were meant to degrade the now 20-year hip-hop veteran, publicly showing someone’s distaste with his music. That same week, as I e...   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 by REED JACKSON
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