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Portland Exceptionalism

The best local albums of 2012.

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Admit it: You love lists. C’mon, you know you’re reading every single “Best of 2012” piece, either nodding with the satisfaction of having your own opinions validated or boiling with anger   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

The Best From Everywhere Else 2012

Our music writers’ favorite albums of 2012 not made by their neighbors.

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Aesop Rock, Skelethon  The old-school indie MC breaks a five-year silence with a characteristic torrent of impassioned poetry over rock-influenced beats. JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG.   Ava L   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Shows of 2012

by Bim Ditson (And And And)

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King Khan and the Shrines @ Dante’s (MusicfestNW, 9/6) This was the only time I’ve ever felt like hurrying toward Dante’s. What made this show killer was the pure inhibition that the Shrine   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Holiday TV Specials

by Tony Starlight

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The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) This Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass gem reminds me of my own life. Heat Miser and Snow Miser are always on my shoulders whenever I am contemplating heavy decis   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Tracks from Nuggets

by DJ HWY 7

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The Amboy Dukes, “Baby, Please Don’t Go” Legendary blues song recorded by Big Joe Williams in 1935 that would go on to be covered by countless musicians, in a variety of styles. One of my f   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Thrill Jockey Records

by Dewey Mahood (Eternal Tapestry)

Top 5
Califone, Quicksand/Cradlesnakes (2003)Not only a Thrill Jockey fave, but one of the best bands of the past decade, in my opinion. These dudes mix gorgeous folk melodies with out-there noise like    More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Shock G’s Top Five Places to Get Busy (Other than Burger King Bathrooms)

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College campus piano practice rooms My girl and I used to tape a sheet of notebook paper over the little window on the door. When people walked by, I’d reach up with my free hand and bang a   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

The MusicfestNW Diaries, 2012

The sights, sounds and tweets of Portland’s biggest music festival.

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We came. We saw. We went wild under the stars in Pioneer Courthouse Square, were nearly driven to tears inside the Old Church, got baptized in beer...   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

MFNW Diaries: Saturday and Sunday


The home stretch! (Bloggers in order of appearance: Arya Imig, Ruth Brown, Emilee Booher, Shane Danaher, Matthew P. Singer, Robert Ham, Mark Stock, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Nora Eileen Jones, Martin Cizmar.)
Saturday12:05 pm @ Doug Fir Lounge
I didn’t attend any MFNW on Friday so that I would be well rested and awake early enough to see Dinosaur Jr. at Noon on a Saturday in a sm...   More
Monday, September 10, 2012 by WW MUSIC STAFF

MFNW Diaries: Friday


And the train kept a-rollin’... (Bloggers in order of appearance: Emilee Booher, Ruth Brown, Mark Stock, Matthew P. Singer, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Robert Ham, Reed Jackson, Nora Eileen Jones.)
2:45 pm @ Doug Fir Lounge (KEXP session)
I really enjoy the driving drum work in Lost Lander’s music. Makes me feel like I can scale a mountain during the peak of a blizzard. (EB)

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Saturday, September 8, 2012 by WW MUSIC STAFF
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