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9./10. Rasheed Jamal

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band
POINTS: 33FORMED: Started performing in 2011.SOUNDS LIKE: A series of Southern-fried subreddits set to stark, minimalist beats.Rasheed Jamal is a rising figure in Portland hip-hop, but he says he’ll   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Heaven Adores You

Elliott Smith’s story told by his Portland compatriots.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The title is wrong. It sounds like a soft-focus TV movie about an angel who dreams of being a runway model. But Heaven Adores You is the most complete, least icky attempt to date at telling the stor   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: 1939 Ensemble

Black Diamond Pearl (Jealous Butcher)

Album Reviews
[SOUNDTRACK SANS FILM] Like Talkdemonic before it, 1939 Ensemble is a minimal instrumental outfit that is slowly loosening its internal set of rules. The former drums-and-vibes duo of Jose Medel   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis

Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis (Fluff & Gravy)

Album Reviews
[FOLK SOUL] Early in her career, Catherine Feeny had what seemed like a pretty straight shot at a life of recording safe, folky pop tunes tailor-made for licensing success. But she chose growt   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: No. 2

No Memory (Jackpot)

Album Reviews
[LOST PORTLAND ROCK] At some point, Elliott Smith fans burn through his all-too-finite discography and wind up at Heatmiser’s last album, Mic City Sons. What that record makes clear is that, d   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Hutch and Kathy

Hutch and Kathy (Jealous Butcher)

Album Reviews
[PRE-PUNK] In an attic somewhere, there’s a cache of photos of me in high school, all zitty and blue-haired, playing Hacky Sack in saggy JNCO jeans. Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster were a few ye   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

July 1, 1986: A local comic-book publisher introduces the world to Black Cross...

40th Anniversary
In the golden age of comic books, blockbuster characters seldom walked alone. Superman was the cover boy for Action Comics when he first appeared in 1938, but he was accompanied in the anthology b   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 CASEY JARMAN

Previewing the Pre-Playoffs

Planning to watch the Trail Blazers before the playoffs? Here’s what to look for.

Culture Features
I am the ghost of Blazers past. Come with me. Together we will hurtle back to a time when the aerial tram was but an expensive blueprint. A time when you told someone you were from Portland and th   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Illmaculate

Clay Pigeons (Sandpeople Music)

Album Reviews
[ANXIOUS RAP] “It must have been a mix-up,” Illmaculate says three minutes into Clay Pigeons, after pummeling the listener with relentless bars dumped over a piano-led Lou Reed sample. “I th   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 CASEY JARMAN

An Open Letter to Portland's Music Community from Casey Jarman

Party Damage Records' co-founder and former Willamette Week Music Editor on the city's treatment of hip-hop culture.


NOTE: Casey Jarman is Willamette Week's former music editor and co-founder of Party Damage Records. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he is the managing editor of The Believer. Dear Portland, In the last month, your police department and fire marshal's office have u...   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by CASEY JARMAN

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