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Oct. 21, 2003: A singer-songwriter commits suicide...

40th Anniversary
On the morning of Oct. 22, I was startled awake by a ringing phone. It was my editor calling to tell me that Elliott Smith had killed himself. We were bumping the upcoming issue’s big featur   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Top Five K Records Songs I Came to Love While Writing Love Rock Revolution.

Top 5
“Youth,” Beat HappeningThis 1984 ditty is a fitting prologue to the whole K story. “I thought there must be more to this world than we’re being told,” Calvin Johnson sings. “When you��   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Gates to the City

After years of wandering, Rebecca Gates returns to pop and Portland.

Music Stories
“I was living in Rhode Island, at a friends’ house in the middle of the country. I was spending a lot of time at the ocean, in the morning and in the evening.” Rebecca Gates is explaining    More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Cheap Eats 2006

Food Reviews & Stories
There ain't much to this Northwest pizzeria aside from pizza, beer and its New York attitude. The slices are thin, the sauce is thick, the cheese is cheesy, the veggies are plentiful and fresh, and, for purists, the whole package is completely foldable. Oh yeah, and it's cheap, too (slices start at    More
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Unpacking Three Years

WW music editor Mark Baumgarten says farewell to Portland.

Riff City
This column—my last for this newspaper—is being written on a laptop owned by Willamette Week. It was lent to me by my employer for my tenure as the music editor of the largest alternative ...   More
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Amy McCullough Named WW Music Editor

Many great moments have... shit, what's the word. I can't think of it. To tell you the truth, I can't really think at all after the wonderful farewell party Willamette Week threw for me last night at Acme. If you were there, you know what I'm talking about. If not, well, you probably still do. But what ...   More
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Mark B. Leaving Willamette Week and Portland

I'm generally not one for the third person business, but this post required me to be in the headline and I sure as hell wasn't going to use the first person. That's just the type of music editor I am. Or, well, that's just the type of music editor I used to be, I guess. Now that it is 5 pm and the pages for th...   More
Monday, October 23, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Horse Feathers Thursday, Oct. 19

[FOLK] Horse Feathers singer Justin Ringle has been compared to, by this writer's count, nine different vocalists, including the king of the whisper-thin croon, Nick Drake; political soul songwriter Tracy Chapman; and the Walkmen's indecipherable Hamilton Leithauser. The only thing more remarkable than the diversity of Ringle's supposed influences is the fact that his band, Horse Feathers, has rec...   More
Thursday, October 19, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Restaurant Guide 2006

Food Reviews & Stories
Housed in the Old Multnomah Hotel building (now an Embassy Suites Hotel), this basilica to beef makes very little room for frivolity in the practiced demeanor of its waitstaff or in the presentation of its hearty meals. With a foundation in about 20 different beef-based dishes, the dinner menu makes   More
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Extended Q&A with the Decemberists' Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy has come a long way from his days as a young songwriter penning fanciful songs in the Oak Street Building in Industrial Southeast Portland. At that time, around the turn of the millennium, Meloy was writing to his internal muse alone. Now Meloy is writing those songs for a lot of people, including ...   More
Tuesday, October 17, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN
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