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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

Whiskey, Weed, Jazz and Dad

Father-son bonding over the 2014 Portland Jazz Festival.

Music Stories
My first clear musical memory is walking into my dad’s wood shop and hearing the opening bars of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” on his dust-caked boom box. It certainly wasn’t the first t   More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 CASEY JARMAN

Rip City vs. No Pity: Blazers

Basketball is the real beautiful game.

News Stories
You have to start with the pinwheel. When I first started attending Trail Blazers games in 2003, the team’s brand was suffering. This was not because the Blazers were bad: The squad had finish   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Blue Cranes

Swim (Cuneiform)

Album Reviews
[MOOD PIECES] There’s no way around it: Swim, the fourth album by local jazz institution Blue Cranes, is as heady and dark as anything the group has done in its six years together. The big cha   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Morning Ritual

The Clear Blue Pearl (Self-Release)

Album Reviews
[POP OPERA] Concept albums demand some suspension of disbelief and a little imagination from the listener. When the story being related is in the realm of epic fantasy, as is the case with Morni   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 CASEY JARMAN
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