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Cut of the Day: "Every Mile," the Parson Red Heads

Also, win a vinyl copy of the band's new album, Orb Weavers, which comes out next Tuesday!

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Orb Weavers was the album I always knew the Parson Red Heads had in them. Not to knock the band's previous two full-lengths, but they always struck me as being a little over-prepared, as if the band was holding a little something back for its live show. Thanks to the sure hand of producer Scott McCaughey, and the Red Heads' insi...   More
 
Thursday, September 26, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #15: Henry Plotnick

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On the surface, Henry Plotnick's story is not the most unique. A child musical talent is encouraged and supported by his parents, discovered by a record company and, in turn, releases an album. This is how the Aaron Carters, Jaden Smiths, and Jordys of...   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

After 10 Years, Portland Radio Authority Goes Silent

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As one radio station enters the picture here in Portland, another exits the scene.After a decade of broadcasting both legally and illegally, the Portland Radio Authority (PRA) will go off the digital air at the end of this month, handing the keys to its SE Portland studio and all of its broadcasting equipment over to fledgling terrestrial sta...   More
 
Friday, September 20, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: "Abandon," Modern Kin

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There's plenty to crow about when it comes to this new track from Portland's Modern Kin. For one, the project is the phoenix-like transformation of what was once known as Drew Grow & the Pastors Wives. The group still maintains the core trio of that band—singer-guitarist Grow, drummer Jeremiah ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Plankton Wat

Drifter’s Temple (Thrill Jockey)


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Guitarist Dewey Mahood’s departure from Eternal Tapestry, the free-range psych band of which he was a member for a decade, happened quietly. There were no big blowups, no residual ill will. Un   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Techfest NW Dispatches: Carbon Audio Throws Down the Gauntlet

Kickstarter-Funded Electronics Startup Announces New Product

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"Really all we wanted to do with this was destroy Jambox." That was Jason Martin, co-CEO of Carbon Audio burying the lede at the end of what was otherwise the equivalent of a motivational speech for potential Kickstarter users, at Techfes...   More
 
Sunday, September 8, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Primer: Gary Numan


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Born: In 1958 in Hammersmith, West London. Sounds like: A J.G. Ballard-inspired look at humanity’s dark side and our troubled relationship with technology. For fans of: Nine Inch Nails, Orchestral   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 ROBERT HAM

MusicfestNW 2013: When Neko Met K.D.

Two country-pop vocalists talk life on the road, life in the studio, and Loretta Lynn’s bologna.


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Considering the connections one can make between the work and careers of K.D. Lang and Neko Case, it's amazing the two had, until last fall, never met in person. Both work in that murky and melod   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 ROBERT HAM

TechfestNW 2013: Tyson Evans

The Newspaper in the Digital Age


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In the week before Christmas in 2012, almost 3 million people clicked onto an online newspaper story about an avalanche in the Cascade mountains. Readers spent an average of 12 minutes on the page   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 ROBERT HAM

TechfestNW 2013: Ward Cunningham

The Pioneer


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“You know how you can take two fingers and stretch a picture out?” says Ward Cunningham about the now ubiquitous phone feature. “I actually did that at Tektronix with the two primary contr   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 ROBERT HAM
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