[DARK PUNK] Punks have never been as immune to pandemics
as they’d like to think. So it’s not surprising that the past few years
of black-metal shoegazing and other such trends have seen the r
Movie Reviews & Stories
When I saw the trailer for Compliance a couple
months ago, I let loose with one of those deliberate groans that
insecure pseudo-intellectuals use to let strangers in the vicinity know
that one h
By the time you read this, I will be in Los Angeles. I think I’m going to stay there a while. So this marks the end of my 13-month attempt to keep tabs on Portland punk rock. My first impulse was to write a long essay about how fucking punk my navel is, but I’ve done a lot of that since last August, and rest assured my self-involvement comes into play plenty in the appreciations that follow.&n...
For my penultimate column (I’m outta here next week) I wanted to throw a party, a little mutual masturbation session starring various Portland punk-affiliated people I’ve crossed paths with since starting Upper Extremities last summer.
So I wrote to some of my favorite folks in town and asked them to send me a few words about their favorite punk (or punk-ish) band in PDX. I do believe my fe...
When I was 15 years old I bought a GG Allin album and got so freaked out by it I threw it away. I waited until my family was asleep and set my feet to taking whispery falls through the living room and out to the trash cans on the back patio, where I tossed that filthy disc for good. Allin was too much for me. My pop-punk brain wasn’t ready for such nastiness. I revisited Allin’s oeuvre a coupl...
[POP PUNK ’N’ ROLL] Until a few days ago, I’d felt a big
brother’s pity for Youthbitch: A shame, I thought, that a band with so
much potential would saddle itself with such an awful name.
I had the pleasure of profiling Portland’s garage-pop-punk sweethearts Pataha Hiss for this week’s paper (read it here), but I wasn’t quite able to convey just how deep this trio’s music geekery runs. My hourlong conversation with Chelsea McIntire and Lizzie Flick revealed a band still totally stoke...
[POP GARAGE] Within minutes of meeting Chelsea McIntire
and Lizzie Flick, who make up two-thirds of local garage-pop upstart
Pataha Hiss, I am struck by something that is rarer than you might
I won’t bore you with (too many of) the sordid details, but 2011 was a tumultuous, trying year for me, and this is a somewhat difficult thing for a man of my age to admit, but during that prolonged stretch of utter confusion, I turned to pop-punk for solace and salvation. Pop-punk’s magic mixture of dumbfuck hope, idiotic glee and stupid heartache, which attains stirring perfection every once...
What listening to 17 Warped Tour compilations in a row tells us about punk rock.
The Warped Tour—that musical ball pit of scrubbed and
shiny punk sounds for teenagers—finally turns 18 this year. It is old
enough to go to college. To vote. To move out of the house. To royal