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Monday, July 27, 2015

Ann Rule, Queen of Pacific Northwest True Crime, Has Died

Posted by Megan Burbank on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 4:34 PM

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If your true-crime-loving friends aren't super-enthused to talk about what happened on True Detective last night, this might be why: The Pacific Northwest's original queen of true crime writing, Ann Rule, has died. Rule's family made the news of her death public today, and it's been picked up by outlets throughout the region.

Ann Rule is perhaps best known as the writer behind The Stranger Beside Me, which infamously recounts her acquaintance with Ted Bundy, a fellow suicide-hotline volunteer, and Rule's increasing suspicion that Bundy was behind the disappearances and murders of local girls and women. Rule drew on her background as a police officer to write about crime, and her work developed a huge following. There'll probably plenty of pieces coming out about her life over the next few days—including the allegations that came out last spring, that Rule's sons had exploited her financially. (Can't we just leave elderly writers in poor health alone? Wait, don't answer that.)

Before all those pieces emerge, I'd recommend checking out Rule's own delightfully Web 2.0 website. It's an artifact that includes some of her typical responses to frequent questions about her line of work. This one is my favorite:

DO I HAVE BAD DREAMS? A lot of people ask me how I cope with the grim tragedies I have to write about and they expect me to have nightmares. Oddly, I don’t have nightmares; I think we have bad dreams about things we repress—and writing about subjects that might cause nightmares brings them out in the open. I try to surround myself with happier things: my garden, wind chimes, prisms (to cast rainbows over my desk), pets, and my collection of more than a hundred angels. I usually listen to an “oldies music” radio station when I write or to Dr. Joy Browne. (I do NOT listen to Dr. Laura Schlessinger because her self-righteous and demeaning lectures to people in trouble would give me nightmares!)

More questions and answers from the queen of true crime here. She will be missed.

It's Happening Tonight!

Posted by Bobby Roberts on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 2:59 PM

FILM—In 1979, upstart director Ridley Scott treated B-movie tropes with fluid grace and ruthless skill in Alien; the result isn't just one of the prettiest movies ever made, it's also one of the scariest. See it at the Laurelhurst—and look forward to next week, when they'll have James Cameron's smash-bang follow-up, Aliens. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, 9:45pm, $4

MUSIC—Alan Singley and Papi Fimbres have pooled their musical resources to form Singley Fimbres Orkestra, a one-of-a-kind stew of classical, jazz, and electronic influences, resulting in space-age lounge music for a galaxy much hipper than ours. Be sure you don't miss the excellent Sama Dams at tonight's free Ear Candy show, either. NED LANNAMANN
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, FREE

Everything as Fuck: Ian Goes to the Gym

Posted by Ian Karmel on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:59 PM

SO I'VE FINALLY started going to the gym. Well, that's not true, I've always kind of gone to the gym. In the way where you go three to four times a week and you buy a menagerie of superfoods and you meander through the juicers at the store and wonder aloud how one could possibly be five times as expensive as the others, and then you eat a sandwich so good that you stop going to the gym for a few months and then you start up the cycle again.

Now, though, I'm serious. I've got a personal trainer. I've talked to a nutritionist. I'm in it, and this shit is kind of weird. Personal trainers are interesting people. You know, I grew up one of Beaverton, Oregon's greatest (syke!) high school football players (true)—so I've spent time in gyms, but never with a personal trainer. I always just saw them off in the distance, being too muscular for their own good. You know the type I'm typing about—their muscles seem to be fucking up their lives, like they're TOO buff (I tell myself.) They walk around all deliberately with their arms cocked up like they're covered in sleeping bees and they're trying not to wake them.


The I, Anonymous Blog Quote o' the Day!

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Hey, look! Somebody brought a toddler to a Morrissey concert! HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!

You chose to bring you daughter who is young enough to still be in pull-up pants to the Morrissey show at edgefield. Why you would choose to buy a child that young an $80 ticket instead of getting a babysitter... I'll never know. You started pissing me off when you kept putting your daughter up on your shoulders, obstructing the view of others and your daughter clearly didn't care and would rather play with her Barbie. You kept poking her and prodding her, taking her toy away from her trying to make her watch. You angered me more when I saw the child was not wearing any earplugs, even though there were a wall of speakers blaring. Then, Meat is Murder began playing. Horrific slaughter house footage began to play on the massive screen. Your daughter began to scream, cry, point at the screen, hide her face in her mom's legs. Rather than take her outside, you chose to continue to watch the show as your poor little girl saw horrors she's not yet cognizant to understand. All she knew is she was seeing animals being hurt and ripped apart.

In the parent's defense... okay, I can't think of any defense for this one. CAN YOU? Put your ideas in the comments, and while you're there, drop in your own rant and/or confession in the I, Anonymous Blog—where toddlers don't belong either.



Does Portland Have A "Zeitgeist" Problem? (Or Just A Problem Selecting Hats?)

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Everyone agrees that all that rain over the weekend was weird, right? I mean, it was "normal" in the sense of Portland's historic reputation as a rainy place, but considering what appear to be the absolutely lovely effects of climate change, now people who drone on about Portland 's "two months of summer and 10 months of constant rain" just sound like they willfully have not been paying attention. Its like, why don't you say something about flannel next, dummy? Jesus.

Maybe the long-term result of crazy-making changes in weather on small and large scales is what reader Rebecca is talking about when she writes in about "the lack of, or confusing, zeitgeist of Portland right now":

Agh! I’m getting fed up with the lack of, or confusing, zeitgeist of Portland right now. People don’t know how to dress, don’t know how to act. If the zeitgeist of Portland is people wearing beanies in 90 degree weather, I’m again, confused and slightly revolted. Beanies are meant to keep your head warm, and there’s no blocking of the sun. Wrong season! , and it makes you look like an idiot. I guess these same people will be wearing straw hats when it’s snowing.

Sweeping aside my concerns regarding use of the word "zeitgeist," I will say I'm pretty sure I know what's up with beanies in hot weather: premature balding. That's it. It's like a self-consciousness binky that's easier to launder than a ball cap. More broadly, though, I'm not sure I see what she's talking about. Have I come down with some form of inappropriate-hat blindness? Does Rebecca have a point, or is she just hanging out in confused circles?

Thinking of wearing this tomorrow.
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Esperanza Spalding Gets Conceptual with Emily's D+Evolution

Posted by Robin Bacior on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:29 PM

FLASH BACK to a night in October a few years ago. Most of us were adjusting to the gradual descent into fall: shutting our windows, wrapping ourselves in sweaters, getting to bed early. Esperanza Spalding was wide awake under a full moon, tapping into something beyond the timeline of shifting seasons and into shifting selves.

Before we get to that, a little background on Spalding: The Portland native is what some might call a prodigy; a multi-instrumentalist playing gigs in blues clubs by her teens, enrolled in the music program at Portland State University by 16, graduated from and hired by the Berklee College of Music as a bass instructor by 20, personally selected by President Barack Obama to play the Nobel Peace Prize Concert by 25, and of course, a four-time Grammy Award winner (including Best New Artist). Though she's best known as a jazz bassist, Spalding's music embodies elements of pop, soul, and hip-hop. She sings, too, in multiple languages—to give you an idea of the pace of Spalding's mind and talent.

Now, back to that October night. Spalding was in bed after a gig with her trio (Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington), watching a band on Late Show with David Letterman, when something clicked.

"I started singing demos [of songs] I was hearing, like descriptions: 'sneaker cherry prophet'—words that don't mean anything, but the sensation you feel from their combination gives you a taste that then you try to find through the medium of a whole song," Spalding says. "It just kept unpacking from there."


Burger Week Preview: Slowburger's Pimento Cheese Burger

Posted by Heather Arndt Anderson on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:29 AM

For the third year running, Burger Week brings you limited edition, $5 burgers from your favorite Portland bars and restaurants, for one week only! This year the promotion will run Aug 10-16, giving you just one week to try as many burgers as you can from over 30 participating establishments! To get you prepared, we'll be previewing each Burger Week burger over the next couple weeks so that you can prioritize your game plan.

THE VENUE: Slowburger

THE BURGER: The Pimento Cheese Burger


THE MOUTHWATERING DETAILS: Pimento cheese: the caviar of the South. Anything with pimento cheese (or “pimenna cheese,” as one dear Southern friend affectionately calls it) is an automatic win in my book, and that definitely includes Slowburger’s Pimento Cheese Burger. The beef? Rich and savory. Shredded iceberg, sesame seed bun? Check. Fried onions? Oh my, are you flirting with me? Pimento cheese: ON FLEEK. Shredded sharp Tillamook cheddar mashed together with cream cheese, mayo, diced pimentos, and just a whisper of smoked paprika will soothe any die-hard pimenna cheese fan’s soul.

Once again, the Portland Mercury would like to thank our generous partners, world-class meat provider Nicky USA, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Jim Beam!

Important reminder: THESE BURGERS WILL SELL OUT. Last year’s restaurants had one main issue with the event last year, and that was people getting angry and rude when they found out that they are part of a reality where restaurants that are getting slammed run out of food. We have better forecasting numbers this year, but please: go early, be kind, get a drink, and, most importantly, remember that a $5 burger is a privilege, not a right. Don’t ruin it for everyone! Please be kind and respectful, exercise the golden rule, and treat our restaurants the way you want to be treated (unless you’re a masochist).

The True Detective Chitty-Chat Club: Brought to You By Molly™ Breath Freshener

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Good morning, True Detective fans! Did you watch last night's episode? If so, you may agree that this show is now 100 percent UNINTENTIONALLY HILARIOUS. And therefore? I LOVE IT! Check out my spoiler-filled recap after the jump, and as always, I adore your opinions as well. So let's get CHITTY-CHATTING!

I thought hanging my cutting board on my kitchen wall would save space... BUT....
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Frequent Candidate Michael Durrow Says He'll Now Run Against Steve Novick

Posted by Dirk VanderHart on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Michael Durrow
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Familiar faces keep popping up to challenge City Commissioner Steve Novick in next May's primary.

The latest? Frequent candidate Michael Durrow now says he intends to run for Novick's seat.

Durrow's been a regular also-ran in Portland—having lost past races for Metro Council (2012) and Portland City Council (2014)—but scored a victory in May, when he ran unopposed for an unpaid seat on the Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors. His term's up in 2019, but Durrow's plotting a new race.

He says he's filed forms with the state indicating he'll spend less and receive less than $3,500 challenging Novick (the Secretary of State's Office says it hasn't received the filing yet confirms). That's not exactly a sign of a credible effort. Successful city council races often involve six-figure expenditures, and city hall incumbents have proven difficult to unseat. Even with perceived vulnerability, Novick's had no trouble corralling oodles of cash early in the election cycle.

Durrow's a past realtor and sometimes karaoke junkie who last year described himself as a full-time activist.

His website offers a litany of values he says he supports, without going into detail on most. One proposal Durrow does flesh out a bit goes directly to Novick's greatest challenge of his first term: finding new money for city streets. But Durrow's not offering any hard proposals right now. He says he'd maybe support a new tax on miles Portland drivers travel, on top of the current gas tax, but only "if my concerns about privacy and the regressive nature of the tax can be overcome."

If Durrow follows through, he's the second challenger readying a race against Novick. Longtime Portland realtor Fred Stewart acknowledged last week he's also planning to run. Concordia University instructor Nick Caleb had also announced a campaign, but decided to bow out for personal reasons.


Tonight in Music: Singley/Fimbres Orkestra, Jamaican Queens

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:29 AM

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) See My, What a Busy Week!

(The Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont) Jamaican Queens are known for weird, noisy dance ballads with uncomfortable amounts of bass, inspired by taking pills and getting chased through Detroit all night. It's hard being an indie rock band when all you wanna do is chop and screw, so Jamaican Queens can be hard to classify. Ryan Spencer and Adam Pressley (formerly of the Detroit band Prussia) write catchy songs to make you move your butt around. The ballads on their new album Downers are more focused on polyamory problems and less on getting chased, but singles like "Joe" and "Bored + Lazy" contain layers to roll around in like a glitch bouncy castle. SUZETTE SMITH

Is Paper Towns the Blandest Movie Ever Made?

Posted by Alison Hallett on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:59 AM

PAPER TOWNS So this counts as first base, right?
  • PAPER TOWNS "So this counts as first base, right?"

If every teen movie ever made was thrown into a blender and pulverized into a thick white paste, and then that paste was reconstituted back into a movie, that movie would be Paper Towns. Its blandness is overwhelming, soporific, almost soothing—it is Every Teen Movie. And its attempts to subvert the predictable clichés and tropes of the genre serve only to spotlight them.


Savage Love Letter of the Day: Gone Camping

Posted by Dan Savage on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:59 AM

My partner and I consider ourselves to be monogamish and/or open. We hadn't tested the idea of having sex with anyone else until recently—we had fooled around with others, but no sex—and it went very poorly. My partner thinks I'm the one who handled it poorly and cannot be monogamish due to jealously, and I think he handled it poorly and needs to communicate better and care about how I feel.

We went to a fun camping event this past weekend and my partner met someone he liked a lot. He proceeded to ignore me for all of Saturday in favor of hanging with her and this led to an argument Sunday morning. I told him I felt like he was prioritizing her over me and that it did not make me feel happy and was hurting me. He seemed to get it and we spent time together on Sunday.

I had given him permission on Saturday—prior to feeling ignored, although to be fair, I never revoked that permission—to make out with the woman we had met. On Monday morning, I woke up alone and went looking for my partner. I walked up to find them beginning to engage in sex. My partner didn't seem to be worried about me walking in, but I felt horrified. We had not discussed sex at all, and when he gave me the "thumbs up, thumbs side, thumbs down signal," I thumbed down. He stopped the sex and I told him we needed to talk. He asked if he could meet me back at camp and I agreed, assuming he wanted to smooth things over with the woman. I was correct, but apparently to him that meant finishing fucking her.

This feels like a 100% betrayal to me. Not only did he not discuss having sex with her ahead of time, he continued having sex with her after I had veto'd her very clearly. This felt like cheating. He seems to understand why he should have talked to me first and asked my permission to fuck, and he says he will do "better in the future," but he does not see anything wrong with finishing fucking her. He says he was trying to make her feel less awkward and empathized with her feelings of unhappiness. However, he seems to have no empathy for me sitting in camp upset for 45 minutes waiting for him to come back to talk about this, and instead he gets defensive with me.

He is a long-time reader of yours, Dan, and he respects your opinion. Am I wrong that this seems like cheating and betrayal? I feel like communication is so important to do this correctly, and I think he was the one who dropped the ball, not me. I'm worried we may not recover from this first foray in to being open.

Can't Erase That Image

P.S. And I've just now been catching up on SLLOTDs and I see a recent question was somewhat similar, so I feel like you probably don't see a problem with how he acted as far as not discussing ahead of time, but the betrayal for me was more the ignoring my veto—how can I possibly trust that he will ever listen when I veto someone when he didn't with the very first one? Perhaps this question is too similar to the other one, but he sees no problem with ignoring my veto in this case and I was hoping you may have some insight.

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Good Morning, News: Local Drug Conspiracy, Obama Calls Out GOP Dummies, and Boy Scouts Welcome Gays... Kinda

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:28 AM

GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! I was born the son of a lawless man. Always spoke my mind, with a gun in my hand. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

A woman who died in a Portland jail after an overdose of fentanyl is said to be part of a larger suspected international drug conspiracy.

South Albany High School struggles to decide whether they should keep their mascot name, the Rebels. (Just don't name yourselves the ducks or beavers. I've been in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years, and I still can't believe anyone would do something like that.)

Our beloved Timbers have a weeeeee bit of trouble playing FC Dallas—read all the gorey details in Abe Asher's Timbers recap.

Here are some pics from yesterday's Big Float—in which Portlanders flock to the Willamette in innertubes—which as usual, was wicked fun.

Here's the story everyone needs to read today:

Obama finally speaks out against dumbass Republican candidates (in particular, Mike Huckabee) saying their dumbass comments "would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad."

In a very related story, Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican pack according to two national polls. Heh, heh, hehhhhh.

Boy Scout officials are expected to announce today that individual troops can elect their own leaders—which would allow right thinking people to appoint gay people as well as straights—and church-led troops to keep on discriminating based on their antiquated religion. Yay?

During a Cleveland "Black Lives Matter" march, a white transit officer pepper sprays a crowd of protesters. Nope. Nope. Nopenopenopenopenope.

Bobbi Kristina Brown—the daughter of Whitney and Bobby Brown—is dead at the age of 22 after being in a coma for six months.

Now here is a report about THE WEATHER: Clouds peel away for a sunny day with a high of 78... but the HEAT returns later in the week!

And finally, about this supercut... NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Timbers Dismantled by FC Dallas

Posted by Abe Asher on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 5:59 PM

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When the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas met in early April, Michael Barrios got picked on. The Columbian, listed at 5'4, took his first touch of that game at Providence Park, was stripped by Diego Chara, and watched as his compatriot raced down the field and scored to ice the game and seal Portland's first win of the 2015 season.

Now, though, the tables have turned. Dallas isn't the same side Portland took apart in the spring, and the Timbers aren't the side that beat them either. A team that predicated itself on defense suddenly can't play any — especially away from home.

Barrios, who has since settled into his new MLS surroundings, took advantage. He had two goals in the first 23 minutes on Saturday night in the rematch in Frisco, his Dallas side would walk all over the visiting Timbers en route to a 4-1 win.

The process for Portland's collapse in Dallas started as far back as last weekend, when Will Johnson was given a post-match red card and suspended for this match, but the collapse itself was quick and virtually painless. It's not that the Timbers now have just one more win than loss this season and are only three points clear of Real Salt Lake and the red line, it's that Portland continues to look like its a step — or four — behind MLS' best teams.

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Cannabuzz: It's a Pot News Roundup!

Posted by Josh Jardine on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 11:59 AM

So much happening, so little space. Let's jump in...

YOU CAN FLY WITH POT FROM PDX—As I've written in a previous column, you can fly with up to a pound and a half if you have your Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) card (I have several times). But if you don't have a card, you can still fly with your cannabis. Sort of. The Port of Portland, which operates Portland International Airport, will now allow passengers to fly with up to one ounce, provided their destination is within Oregon. If you have more than that and do not have an OMMP card, you could be liable for state and federal penalties, but you will more than likely be asked to simply dispose of your excess. Expect to see "Will Adopt Your Extra Weed" signs held by broke smokers at security checkpoints.

ACROSS STATE LINES—If you're headed to Idaho, you probably need some pot. The good law enforcement team in Payette County, just across the Snake River, are urging their deputies to issue citations instead of jailing offenders. The sheriff would rather see those cited complete work-crew duty or other punishments instead of taking up valuable jail bed space. Currently, possession of up to three ounces of pot in Idaho is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.


Tonight in Music: PDX Pop Now!, Charli XCX, Wye Oak & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 10:29 AM

(Audiocinema, 226 SE Madison) See My, What a Busy Week!, and All-Ages Action!

(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Charli XCX is the best thing to happen to mainstream pop music since the Neptunes arrived on the scene in the '90s. The young British performer/producer is so powerful that she made the terrifying cadaver of Iggy Azalea sound palatable and turned Icona Pop, a pair of shouty Swedish ladies, into international stars by writing the song "I Love It" for them. Even better is the work she's released on her own. Her two most recent albums—2013's True Romance and 2014's Sucker—are snotty, sex-positive, feminist futuristic pop barbed with inescapable hooks, glammy electro, and Charli's irrepressible energy. ROBERT HAM

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Baltimore duo Wye Oak reached a turning point with last year's Shriek. Leading up to that album, vocalist/guitarist Jenn Wasner and drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack were living in different parts of the country, Wasner feeling dissatisfied with her abilities as a songwriter and the duo on the verge of splitting. Picking up the bass instead of the guitar, Wasner opened a new window on Wye Oak's established sound, allowing more rhythm and negative space into the band's shaggy dream-pop. Now we're more than a year removed from Shriek, which was re-released in April in a deluxe edition with a bonus EP of remixes. This short West Coast tour feels like the closing portion of a transformative cycle for Wye Oak, which has successfully evolved their folkier indie-rock sound into dancefloor-informed electropop. Now the question is: What's next? NED LANNAMANN

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You Must Watch 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets

Posted by Elinor Jones on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 9:59 AM

3 1/2 MINUTES, 10 BULLETS A tense look at racism and the criminal justice system.
  • 3 1/2 MINUTES, 10 BULLETS A tense look at racism and the criminal justice system.

Jordan Davis was shot to death in 2012, while sitting in his friend's car on the day after Thanksgiving. He was 17 and black. His killer, Michael Dunn, was 45 and white. While it was never disputed that Dunn fired the shots that took the teenager's life, it happened in Florida, the land of stand-your-ground laws—where "perceived threat" is a legitimate reason to engage.

Murders of black men and children have been covered more and more in recent years, but never have we had such personal exposure to both the anguish of the families and the showy, depressing criminal justice system as in the new documentary 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tonight in Music: Jamie XX, PDX Pop Now!, Vacilando & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 10:29 AM

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Jamie Smith—or Jamie XX, as he’s known to the rest of the world—has kept himself comfortably behind the scenes these past few years. He’s the one that creates the ghostly musical drops for his namesake group, the XX, and who remixed Gil Scott-Heron’s final album I’m New Here into a thing of fractured, postmodern beauty. Over the last year, Smith has been dropping little bombs on the future-pop world with a series of digital singles that found him expanding his musical palette into deeper, richer sounds influenced by grime, trap, and the possibilities of post-punk. The album that brought many of those songs and some new material together, In Colour, is one of the pure delights of 2015. It’s a pulsating, skittish collection of tunes that includes song of summer “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” and welcomes in guests like Young Thug and his XX bandmates into his thick sonic fog. ROBERT HAM Also see My, What a Busy Week!

(Audiocinema, 226 SE Madison) See My, What a Busy Week!, and All-Ages Action!

(Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta) Portland band Vacilando are self-described as "bleak Midwestern soundscapes," and that's actually pretty spot-on, as the band earns comparisons to Low's slowcore, Cowboy Junkies' prairie solitude, and Califone's art-school deconstructionism. Vacilando's first album, While They Were Dancing, is a slow and gorgeous affair, with folk and calico-country tones intersecting with long, groaning hums that sound like steel rails vibrating long after the train has pulled out of the station. But as wonderfully bruised and desolate as tracks like "Down All Day" and "Circles" are, they also contain an almost prayerful sense of hope and warmth. Released by Fluff and Gravy—whose label head, John Shepski, is Vacilando's guitarist/vocalist—While They Were Dancing is a wonderful surprise, a still life of exquisite sorrow and beauty. NED LANNAMANN

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Good Morning, News: Tour de France Winner, The Big One, and Pluto

Posted by Shelby R. King on Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 9:29 AM

RAIN! Hooray!
  • RAIN! Hooray!

I think it's gonna rain today, guys! Let's have some news!

Looks like Britain's Chris Froome is about to win the Tour de France.

Wanna go see what it'd be like to live off emergency rations for two weeks after "the big one" hits? Me neither. But the Red Cross is staging "Camp Prepare!" starting Aug. 1 if you're into it.

Oregon weed is among the cheapest in the country, according to this article, but if Washington and Colorado are any indication, prices might start going a little haywire when retailers start selling it in a few months.

Crazy people gunning down moviegoer is pretty freaky, and it's restarting a debate about beefing up security in theaters. Netflix, FTW!

Texas officials say there's no evidence of homicide in Sandra Bland's death, but lots of people aren't really buying that explanation.

Pluto, the coolest non-planet in the solar system, is a 'scientific wonderland.' Neato.

More cool science: Utah's 'Grand Staircase' is a dinosaur bone treasure chest.

Sometimes science gets it wrong, though, as this article about the recent furor over an upcoming 'mini ice age' points out.

Not that you've forgotten, but Oregon Brewers Festival is happening this weekend. It won't be so sweaty!

Cats are jerks. Proof:


Friday, July 24, 2015

UPDATE: McCoy Village Apartments' Totally Insane Rent Hike *Might* Be Was A Mistake

Posted by Shelby R. King on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 7:12 PM

Thats a disturbing rent hike.
  • That's a disturbing rent hike.

BREATHE EASY: Both Cascade Management, Inc. and Catholic Charities have confirmed that they're not more than doubling their tenants' rents. Whew!

Rick Berkel, executive director of Catholic Charities, which owns McCoy Village, said it was "really unfortunate" that tenants at the complex spent the better part of a day legitimately freaking out that their supposedly affordable housing was suddenly becoming seriously unaffordable.

"An individual employee with Cascade Management took that number and put it in the letter, which is really odd because there are supposed to be several sets of eyes on anything that goes out of the office," he said. "We made it clear that whoever made that mistake has to be off our property immediately, because they can't be trusted."

Tiffany Roderick, director of marketing and communications for Cascade Management, Inc., blamed the snafu on a "lack of communication."

"It wasn't really an error in policy," she said. "The letter was produced by a staffer and it was produced incorrectly."

When asked if the property management company had removed the staffer from McCoy Village, Roderick was a bit dodgy, saying that "it's being looked at on the internal side," but adding that "we are very much in line with what our clients want."

Roderick did express regret for the letter that undoubtably "caused a lot of panic" for the folks who thought their rent was increasing by more than 100 percent.


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It's Happening This Weekend!

Posted by Bobby Roberts on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 3:29 PM


MUSIC—What if somebody threw a free, all-ages, all-local music festival right here in Portland? Well, PDX Pop Now! did, and they’ve been doing it every year since 2004. Today the three-day-long fest kicks off, so get yourself down under the Hawthorne Bridge and binge on the best local music has to offer. NED LANNAMANN
w/Diesto, Old Kingdom; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $8

COMEDY—With blisteringly clever insights on race, class, and culture, comedian Hari Kondabolu's one of the smartest, funniest comics working today. Seeing him live is always a blast—an experience that'll crack you up just as much as it knocks you off-balance. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $16-34


MUSIC—Insisting that they're a "celebration rather than a tribute," Seattle's BowieVision reinterprets the classic works of David Bowie—and does so with a phenomenal amount of verve and charm. And if that's not enough for you, they'll be joined by a pretty excellently named Talking Heads tribute band, This Is Not My Beautiful Band. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $15

SHOPPING—It's true there are a lot of craft fairs in this city, and this weekend's Renegade Craft Fair is not the last we'll see of them this summer. But it is one of the bigger and better ones, particularly since it adds a healthy sprinkling of vendors traveling from out of state to mix in with some of our own region's all-stars. MARJORIE SKINNER
Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand, Sat & Sun 11 am-6 pm, FREE

MUSIC—Hope you got tickets to this white-hot Jamie xx show. You didn't? Oh, geez, well time to snuggle up to your friendly neighborhood scalper. This shit's full for good reason—producer Jamie Smith's debut solo album, In Colour, is evocative, danceable, and full of loops and samples perfect for sweating the night away. COURTNEY FERGUSON
w/Mattis; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $18-22


FLOATING—Pay no attention to the toxic algae, kids, the Willamette River is just fine for swimming. No, really! The Big Float aims to help Portlanders reclaim our river for recreation, with a huge group float, plus live music, food, a huge slip 'n' slide, and a ton of clean, safe fun. Really. MARJORIE SKINNER
Tom McCall Bowl, SW Columbia & Naito, 11 am-6 pm, $8-10 (bring your own life jacket), all ages

STREET FAIR—Not all street fairs are created equal, but the Lents Street Fair rises above the summer fray of crowded outdoor fêtes, with a lineup including a parade, a chicken beauty contest (who's the fairest one of all?!), an appearance from the Belmont goats, and free basic bike repairs. Plus beer, bands, and arts 'n' crafts. MEGAN BURBANK
SE 91st from Foster to Reedway, parade at 11:15 am, FREE

No Need to Play Hooky, OBF Weekend Is Here

Posted by Brian Yaeger on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 2:55 PM

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If we are, in fact, treated to some showers this weekend, at least that’s better than suffering through the Oregon Brewers Fest in 99-degree heat, with even hotter, sweatier bodies in front of and behind us in line. The largest beerfest of its kind is already in full swing, but Saturday and Sunday crowds aren’t for the global Type-A beer pilgrims and sporadic local who gets to attend beer festivals mid-week. They are for the hoi polloi, the folks who sing that Loverboy song, the ever-thirsty who’ll drink the most buzzed-about kegs dry. You can stand in line for that Strawberry Cream abomination, or you can queue up for the good stuff. There are plenty of stellar summery beers, such as Boneyard’s Bone Light, an amply hoppy session IPA, and Maui Brewing’s Kehei Kolsch, which marries the light German ale with some citrusy Pacific hops. But beer festivals call for “fest beers.” Beers weird yet impressive enough that if you only get four ounces of them, that’s enough to leave a lasting impression.

Here are my picks for the best beers at this year's OBF, which continues at Waterfront Park through Sunday:

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Hurry Up: Just Like High School, Sort Of

Posted by Ryan J. Prado on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:59 PM

"EVERYTHING ABOUT this band is like we went back in time to high school," says Kathy Foster, so it's fitting that I'm talking to Hurry Up inside a former classroom at the former Washington High School building. Foster (drums), Westin Glass (guitar), Maggie Vail (bass), and Vail's dog Johnny (dog) are settled around an indoor picnic table at the new offices for CASH Music, where Vail works as executive director.

But there's one big difference between Hurry Up and high school. "There are no rules in this band," says Foster.

The idea for Hurry Up started when Foster and Glass—both members of the Thermals—ran into Vail at a Thermals gig while all three were in New York City in 2010.

"We said we were gonna make a hardcore band," says Glass.

"We were talking about how everyone thinks we're the nice people," says Vail. "So we wanted to bring out our weirder, darker personalities."

The band's first practice was within weeks of that, and proved to be a prolific meeting of the minds, with the trio writing five songs right out of the gate. But as Foster jokingly explains, that was their only prolific period. The next four and a half years would be a very slow-moving process of putting out a record, despite playing numerous live shows in the city.

"It took us a year to get around to recording them, another year before we mixed, another year before we put the vocals on there," says Glass. "Every step of the process has taken like a year. Hence the band name!"

Hurry Up was also the name of a weird candy bar that Foster and Glass came across in Germany. Candy, it is soon revealed, plays a big part in Hurry Up's history.

"We've been a sugar-fueled band from the beginning, so it's appropriate we're named after candy," says Glass. "We eat so much candy when we practice."


This Sunday... Get Wet with The Big Float!

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:29 PM


Get ready to get wet, Portland, because the best river event of the year is going down this Sunday, July 26... the annual Big Float! For those new to town, the Big Float is a celebration of the Willamette (put on by the Human Access Project) in which thousands of fun-havers put on life vests and jump into innertubes for a nice leisurely float in the river. But that's not all! This year there will be TWO innertube parades—to get people in the water quicker—that starts at Tom McCall Bowl (just south of the Hawthorne Bridge on the west side), a music barge featuring bands such as Ukeladies, Chervona, and Brownish Black, food and drink, and for the first time ever... two 100' long slip-n-slides, so you can "slide the bowl'! THAT'S MORE FUN THAN EVER PEOPLE.

It goes from 11 am-6 pm, and you can pay your $5 registration on the spot or sign up in advance here, which is what all the smart people do.

And for those nervous nellies who have fallen prey to the untrue, unscientific rumors that the Willamette is unsafe to swim in—calm down already! The water has been recently tested for poop and toxic algae, and the results came back negative (which is to say, within safe levels). So blow up your tube, get on your sexiest swim gear, and jump in for the Big Float this Sunday!

All the information you need to know is right here.

Timbers v. FC Dallas Match Preview

Posted by Abe Asher on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 12:59 PM

The Portland Timbers hit the road for a matchup with Western Conference leaders FC Dallas in Frisco on Saturday, where temperatures will hover around 100 degrees for the 6:00 PM kick. The Timbers haven't won away from home in MLS play since May, being outscored in their last three road games in all competitions 10-0.

But Portland have been given a boost by the arrival of the club's record signing, Argentine forward Lucas Melano, who may be available to make his Timbers debut against Dallas this weekend. In any case, this game carries major playoff implications in the West, where the top six teams are separated in the standings by a mere three points.

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