Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1462-1-.html Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT+7 en hourly 1 The Hole Story - 3 months behind the counter at Voodoo Doughnut. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21767-the_hole_story_3_months_behind_the_counter_at_voodoo_doughnut.html “TALKING SHIT ABOUT HALL & OATES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION.” This sign hanging next to the employee schedule at Voodoo Doughnut is probably a joke, but I’m not quite]]> The Real World: Portland - 10 people who are living in the city without homes. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20984-the_real_world_portland_10_people_who_are_living_in_the_city_without_homes.html It’s been an eventful month for Portland’s homeless. On July 15, an employee of the Portland Outdoor Store downtown was attacked by a young male who was described by police as a “street ki]]> Vanifest Destiny: When In Roam - Why I left a comfy job and sweet apartment in Ohio to live in a van in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20731-vanifest_destiny_when_in_roam_why_i_left_a_comfy_job_and_sweet_apartment_in_ohio_to_live_in_a_van_in.html I’m lying on the backseat of a busted old conversion van that reeks of oil and cigar smoke in the parking lot of a Space Age gas station near the Portland-Gresham border. It’s not quite 6 am, ]]> Strip Steak - One man’s quest for the best exotic meat in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21005-strip_steak_one_man%E2%80%99s_quest_for_the_best_exotic_meat_in_portland.html It all started on a Friday night at Mall 205. I found myself at Falco’s Pub, a tiny bar with a giant vinyl sign advertising $1.50 PBR and a $5 steak special. Steak? At a dive across from a mall?]]> Magic Kingdom - Does being cool matter at a competitive <i>Magic</i> tournament with $3,000 on the line? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19616-magic_kingdom_does_being_cool_matter_at_a_competitive_magic_tournament_with_%243000_on_the_line.html There was no stigma when I started playing Magic: The Gathering. In 1996, the game caught on like wildfire at my parochial school in Akron, Ohio.]]> Coffee Issue 2013: Coffee-Shop Etiquette - Rules of the road at six different types of Portland cafe. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21602-coffee_issue_2013_coffee_shop_etiquette_rules_of_the_road_at_six_different_types_of_portland_cafe.html The Cupping Lab How you know you’re there: You walk into a rehabbed warehouse and are greeted by a guy with an apron, a beard, a Don Draper haircut and a coffee setup that looks like a meth lab]]> The Chronic of Gnarnia - How Portland’s hardest-working stoners created one of the country’s best tape labels. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21092-the_chronic_of_gnarnia_how_portland%E2%80%99s_hardest_working_stoners_created_one_of_the_country%E2%.html Gnarnia isn’t hard to find. Just head south on Southeast 11th Avenue, until the smell of grease radiating from the Burgerville on Hawthorne Boulevard gives way to bong smoke. It’s home to a un]]> Vanifest Destiny: Who Lives in That Van? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20732-vanifest_destiny_who_lives_in_that_van_.html Look down your street. Even if you live in the West Hills, there’s a good chance you’ve got a van or two parked nearby. Vans are everywhere in Cascadia—and some of them double as houses. VO]]> The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition - <i>WW</i>’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21668-the_best_thing_i_heard_this_year_portland_edition_ww%E2%80%99s_music_staff_picks_its_favorite_local_.html Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle]]> Pac From the Grave - 128 bytes and 35 years later, people are still making new games for the Atari 2600. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21212-pac_from_the_grave_128_bytes_and_35_years_later_people_are_still_making_new_games_for_the_atari_2600.html One summer day in 1989, my family found an Atari 2600 at a yard sale. Even then, it was a wood-paneled relic of a simpler time, before slap bracelets or mutated turtles. My parents were happy to]]> <i>Portlandia</i> At Cartlandia - Fred and Carrie go to 82nd Avenue. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22223-portlandia_at_cartlandia_fred_and_carrie_go_to_82nd_avenue.html Only the most devious real-estate agent would classify the tract of land occupied by Cartlandia as “prime Portland.” Splayed across a parking lot on Southeast 82nd Avenue, just a few hundred f]]> Deal With It - A guide to dealing with your dealer—whoever it may be. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21814-deal_with_it_a_guide_to_dealing_with_your_dealer%E2%80%94whoever_it_may_be.html THE BUD-TOTING BIKE MESSENGER How you know you’re there: You’re at home, you send a text message and a few minutes later (OK, probably longer), a sweaty man whose BO stench c]]> Devil’s Dill - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21032-devil%E2%80%99s_dill_.html If you’re not from the Midwest, you might wonder why anyone would keep a sandwich shop open until 3 am. But drunken college kids without much to do require massive sandwiches to soak up the bo]]> Vanifest Destiny: Vanzanita - I get booted from a beach town by the cops and give deep thought to the van plan. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21187-vanifest_destiny_vanzanita_i_get_booted_from_a_beach_town_by_the_cops_and_give_deep_thought_to_the_v.html Is this what a tsunami feels like? That’s what I thought as I awoke to find my home violently rocking back and forth. I cursed myself for not paying attention to the tsunami evacuation route s]]> Vanifest Destiny: The Shower Scene - The logistical challenges of waking up without a place to piss. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20788-vanifest_destiny_the_shower_scene_the_logistical_challenges_of_waking_up_without_a_place_to_piss.html It’s 8:30 in the morning and I have to pee. This is a common problem, I know. For most people, it is easily solvable. For most of my own life, it was easily solvable. But now that I live in a ]]> Vanifest Destiny: The Same Sky - Homeless, not hapless. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20954-vanifest_destiny_the_same_sky_homeless_not_hapless.html It’s Friday afternoon in front of Voodoo Doughnut, and a long line of tourists bears sweltering 90-degree heat for 45 minutes to spend $20 on a pink box of gluttonous confections topped with Fro]]> Danny Bland, <i>In Case We Die</i> - Chokin’ on the ashes of her enemy… http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21102-danny_bland_in_case_we_die_chokin%E2%80%99_on_the_ashes_of_her_enemy%E2%80%A6.html If you were to ask Danny Bland what being a junkie musician in early ’90s Seattle was all about, you’d probably get an earful. Having logged time as the bassist of Cat Butt and the Dwarves, ]]> Vanifest Destiny: Stealth Bomber - First rule of vandwelling: Don’t let anyone see you vandwelling. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20758-vanifest_destiny_stealth_bomber_first_rule_of_vandwelling_don%E2%80%99t_let_anyone_see_you_vandwelli.html The cops may be on to me. It’s 10:30 on Monday night and I’m walking “home” to the van where I’ve lived for a week. I’ve got one eye on a police cruiser as a black-and-white Radio Cab ]]> Into It Over It: Wednesday, Jan. 29 - Emo revivalists make the world a safe place to cry again. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21794-into_it_over_it_wednesday_jan_29_emo_revivalists_make_the_world_a_safe_place_to_cry_again.html Emo should’ve seen its slow decline coming. It was only a matter of time before the melody-driven punk offshoot collapsed under the heft of its aesthetical crimes against humanity—though the s]]> Vanifest Destiny: Rolling Roomies - A freeway breakdown and a new friend. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20845-vanifest_destiny_rolling_roomies_a_freeway_breakdown_and_a_new_friend.html I expect the gas station to be empty. It’s 11 pm on a Sunday night, and I’m out on the border of Gresham to check on my broken-down van and maybe slip inside for shuteye. Instead, I see some]]> William Todd Schultz, <i>Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith</i> - In search of the man behind the misery. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21404-william_todd_schultz_torment_saint_the_life_of_elliott_smith_in_search_of_the_man_behind_the_misery.html In the 10 years since Elliott Smith died of a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest, the one thing we’ve collectively come to understand about the singer-songwriter is that he may never be ]]> Stalking a Stalker - A crummy 12 hours spent in front of some phony’s house. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21111-stalking_a_stalker_a_crummy_12_hours_spent_in_front_of_some_phony%E2%80%99s_house.html Around my fourth hour of staring at a nondescript ranch house in the foothills of Mount Tabor, my mind begins to wander. My laptop picks up an errant Wi-Fi signal from one of the neighborhood’s ]]> Letter To My 13-Year-Old Self - RE: Third Eye Blind http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21620-letter_to_my_13_year_old_self_re_third_eye_blind.html Dear 13-Year-Old-Pete: It’s yourself again, from the future. You’re probably sitting in the basement eating Hot Pockets while eagerly awaiting MTV’s Amp and the slim chance they’ll air the co]]> Strip Club Guide 2014: Strip Steak - We rank these pieces of meat. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22099-strip_club_guide_2014_strip_steak_we_rank_these_pieces_of_meat.html Thanks to Oregon Liquor Control Commission laws that require bars to offer patrons “substantial food items” alongside a shelf full of liquor, your favorite strip club in Portland is likely t]]> Headout: Pete Repeat - (Going back to) Wellsville with Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop and assorted other indie rockers who hung with the Wrigley Brothers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20821-headout_pete_repeat_%28going_back_to%29_wellsville_with_michael_stipe_iggy_pop_and_assorted_other_in.html Remember the ’90s? Remember when indie rockers had enough clout to make it as bit actors in popular children’s television shows? Or when hell-raising garage-rock icons played park rangers an]]> MusicfestNW 2013: Baroness - Crawling out from the wreckage of a devastating bus crash, a metal behemoth returns, better than ever. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21050-musicfestnw_2013_baroness_crawling_out_from_the_wreckage_of_a_devastating_bus_crash_a_metal_behemoth.html Last year was poised to be a banner one for Baroness. With its double-album, Yellow & Green, the band imported prog-metal touchstones—lengthy instrumental breaks, ambient squalls of harmonic]]> Joan of Arc: Friday, Sept. 27 - A conversation with guitarist, vandweller and temporary Earth person Sam Zurick. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21179-joan_of_arc_friday_sept_27_a_conversation_with_guitarist_vandweller_and_temporary_earth_person_sam_z.html Imagine being in an emo band in the Midwest circa 1998. This was a time before iTunes, before MySpace, before Napster, even. If you had any aspirations to graduate from the local basement scene to]]> Spin Laundry Lounge: Quick Slosh - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22204-spin_laundry_lounge_quick_slosh_.html Most proper college towns have at least one musty, old basement dive that swapped its pool tables for a handful of rickety Maytags that “fell off the back of a truck.” Portland deserves someth]]> Letter To My 13-Year-Old Self - RE: Soul Coughing http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21443-letter_to_my_13_year_old_self_re_soul_coughing.html Dear 13-Year-Old Pete, Hey there. Your future self here, writing from the year 2013. Before I cut to the chase, I’d like to congratulate you on making it through the summer of 1997 without obta]]> Commentary: Jimmy Eat World - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20870-commentary_jimmy_eat_world_.html I can’t remember why I skipped my 10-year high-school reunion. I have no qualms about catching up with people I never liked in the first place. My problem was seeing the people I did like awkwar]]>