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Nick Jaina, "Maybe Cocaine" from The 7 Stations (unreleased)

Somebody sign Nick Jaina right now. More people need to hear songs like this, a welcome addition to the Cocaine Canon placing Jaina right alongside such luminaries as the Grateful Dead and Bobby Bare Jr. "Maybe Cocaine" is also one of about six verifiable gems found on the sad bastard songwriter's latest, T...   More
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Decemberists Fans: Weird, Bored, High

Apparently Decemberists fans are so thirsty for information from their favorite pop band that a mere MySpace blog post sends them into fits of spastic keyboard stroking and mouse clicking. Just two hours ago a post appeared on the site called "My Five Favorite Things. By Colin." The list that follows is quite ...   More
Tuesday, July 25, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Kind of Like Spitting, "Middle" from The Thrill of the Hunt (Redder Records)

In the last year Ben Barnett has been incredibly prolific. After a three year hiatus from record store shelves, the man behind Kind of Like Spitting returned with three new releases. Of all of these, Learn: The Songs of Phil Ochs, Barnett's take on the music of the infamous protest songwriter, was by fa...   More
Tuesday, July 25, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

PDX Pop Now! Lineup and Schedule Change

This just in from the folks down at PDX Pop Now! headquarters:

We've just had a few recent scheduling changes for PDX Pop Now! 2006. Heroes and Villains and Cicada Omega have dropped out of the festival and The Whips and Whales and Sleepyhead have joined the lineup. The Dime are now playing 3:2...   More
Monday, July 24, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

City Hall Pop Fest Kickoff Draws Five Hundred

Way back on Wednesday, the sweet sound of rock 'n' roll filled the streets of Portland, its beckoning call drawing more than 500 people to City Hall for a free concert. The concert, put on by City Hall and the organizers of the PDX Pop Now! festival, featured Pseudosix, the Minders, Quasi and a strange shirtle...   More
Friday, July 21, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Heatwave Causes Cupcake Cancellation

Thanks in large part to global warming, Holocene's monthly Cupcake dance party will be cancelled this weekend. After seeing the forecast for Sunday (105-freakin' degrees) organizers decided that the "Fat Folks and Allies" that usually pack the Holocene the fourth Sunday of every month would most likely be busy...   More
Friday, July 21, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Portland's First Smith Memorial to be Unveiled Today

So what if Keith Brown was in kindergarten when Elliott Smith gave the world Roman Candle? The former Lincoln High School student didn't need to be the same age as Smith to be affected by his words. On the contrary, Brown, who just graduate this last spring, lived in a world that was colored with Smith'...   More
Friday, July 21, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

LKN to Return to the Stage, July 27

No one thought that Lauren K. Newman would let something like a sever head injury stop her from rocking in her general ludicrous fashion for long. Still, it's a relief to hear from Greyday Productions boss Todd Berry that the the multi-instrumentalist will be thrashing about the stage on with her bandle, LKN, ...   More
Thursday, July 20, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

PDX Pop Now! Schedule Announced

The full schedule for the three day PDX Pop Now! festival has just been released to the public, and, as usual, those Pop kids have mixed it up pretty well. The most intriguing spots in the lineup are Saturday's clumping of Alela Diane, Thanksgiving and Parenthetical Girls and pretty much everything on Sunday p...   More
Thursday, July 20, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Portland Radio Authority Reveals New Logo, Plan

The Portland Radio Authority got bucked by the Federal Communication Commission for illegally broadcasting on Portland airwaves last March. But the scrappy radio station is back, with a new logo (pretty ain't it) and a new plan. New station manager Jeff Simmons says that the former pirate station is going to f...   More
Tuesday, July 18, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN
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