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Knowledge = Strength

Lessons learned from 20 years with Dutch avant-punks The Ex.

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It would make the ideal rock-and-roll bio. A ragtag gang of graffiti artists, squatters and anarchists (1) starts a self-taught punk band, (2) records an endless string of critically adored albums ...   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 John Graham


One man! Two decades of industrial-jazz insanity! And 1,000 hours of commercial suicide!

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There's an archaic belief that if you know a demon's name, you can summon, bind and control it.Good luck trying that cheap trick on Jim Thirlwell.For 20-plus years now, Thirlwell has labored under m ...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2001 John Graham

Sickly Suite

Cracked glass and melted metal: A tour through the surreal soundspaces of British electro-architects Autechre.

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Autechre do not play music. They build it.The Sheffield-via-Manchester duo of Sean Booth and Rob Brown creates strange and alien structures. The pair bends intangible notes, noises and samples into ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2001 John Graham


The pilot for a new singer-songwriter TV show fails to give Portland the props we so obviously deserve.

Music Stories
First, a dutiful reporting of sad news: In the late days of January, the Portland hip-hop community lost one of its most visible and longstanding talents--Ge ...   More
Tuesday, February 6, 2001 John Graham


Pride? Integrity? Who needs 'em?

Bar Guide
The hardy, barrel-chested settlers of the Olde American West struggled against mighty odds, all right: grizzlies, blizzards, outlaws, fallow deserts, impassable mountain ranges--and a horrific, mi ...   More
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 John Graham


What's Lucre Got to Do With It?
Believe it or not, soul can't be bought at Sam Goody for $16.99.

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As if it weren't bad enough the Vikings hauled their frozen Nordic keisters around the world (or, at least, what passed for the world in 1000 A.D.) to rape, pillage and plunder every society they ...   More
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 John Graham
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