A lot of hip hop bores me, but Lyrics Born has some melody in his flow, interesting beats, and soul— exactly what works for me. w/ Dirty Revival Collective. Alhambra Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne * 9 pm * $16 

I’ve learned to trust the booker’s taste at Firkin Tavern, and from what I’ve heard online from Not New Normals (rock) it should be a fun show. w/ Magic Wandling (??) + TBA. 1937 SE 11th Ave * 7 pm * free


Scott Law Acoustic Machine (bluegrass) w/ Student Loan (jamgrass) Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark * 10 pm * $12

This recording’s not very good, but Satsuma (shoegaze) sounds interesting— and the horror-themed bar Lovecraft is worth a visit. 421 SE Grand Ave * 9 pm * ?? 10257961_837259972986365_7444054851031603269_o

As part of their 100th anniversary, Clinton Street Theater is showing Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. 2522 SE Clinton St. * Sat, Sun: 7:30 * $9 adv, $12 door


Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s Fall Fundraising Concert will honor the memory of two Portland soul singers, Janice Marie Scroggins (her interview @ 3:40 is beautiful) and Linda Hornbuckle, both who died earlier this year. Mt. Tabor Presbyterian, 5441 SE Belmont * 4 pm doors, 5 pm show * $18 GA, $12 student/low-income

This weekend!


All Them Witches are kind of a rockin’ blues band from Nashville… This is nothing but a hunch, but I bet they get really sweaty when they play. I could describe them more eloquently, but why don’t you hit play and listen to them yourself? The Well opens. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave * $7 * 9 doors, 9:30 show 

Unfortunately, I missed Deltron 3030’s set at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival last month— but the set looked awesome. Check out the video link. w/ Kid Koala, Tope. Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave. * $22 * 8 pm


Motherlode w/Elektrapod (funk-soul-disco-riff rock) is at the Goodfoot.  2845 SE Stark * $7 * 10 pm

Apparently Death in June is credited with the development of the neofolk genre, though they originally started at a post-punk group. Good to know. Alhambra Theatre, 4811 Southeast Hawthorne * $25 pre-sale, $30 door * 8:30 pm doors, 9 pm show



In 2003, Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by a bulldozer during an action against Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes. Her mother was interviewed this morning on KBOO about her daughter’s work and a play based on her writings and emails. Ani Haynes’ interview was insightful and incredibly moving, and Cindy Corrie made some important points on the challenges of parenting someone so committed to a cause.  Eliot Chapel at the First Unitarian Church, SW 12th Ave. and Salmon St. * $10 suggested donation * 7 pm 

This Weekend!


I just got back to town, and the soul, funk, and breakbeats at Goodfoot‘s Soul Stew sounds like the best place for me to be. 2845 SE Stark * 8 pm * $5 

Holocene is hosting an early show with an electro-pop group from Stockholm, Sweden called Kate Boy. Also on the bill: The Kite String Tangle, Gold Casio. 1001 SE Morrison * 6:30 pm * $10 adv, $12 door



How about some comedy with your brunch? (c + v, and I’ll just let it be) RESURRECTION: THE BRUNCHENING! AN AFTERNOON OF FOOD, COMEDY AND HANGOVER DEMOLITION FEATURING GABE DINGER (soo funny!), JACOB CHRISTOPHER, JOANN SCHINDERLE, CURTIS COOK AND ANDREW MICHAAN! The price of the ticket gets you the show, meal, and first Grey Goose cocktail.

Free music at The Firkin Tavern with: The Hand that Bleeds (loud noises) and Daisy Deaths (pop rock). They get bonus points for the Ren and Stimpy / Ralph Steadman-ish flyer. 1937 SE 11th Ave * 8 pm * freeDoug Fir, 830 E. Burnside * 1 pm * $15

This Wild Life (quiet punk), Peace Mercutio (Good Charlotte-y), Redcast, Hemlock Lane at Hawthorne Theater. 1507 SE 39th Ave * 8 pm * $10 adv, $12 door 

SUNDAY Cantharellus_cibarius

It’s weird— but I like it. Rising Tide Portland, your local neighborhood activists pushing back against fossil fuel expansion in the region, is hosting a mushroom picking adventure Sunday starting at 10:30 am. In other fungus-related events, the Oregon Mycological Society is having their fall mushroom show Sunday. Miller Hall, World Forestry Center * noon – 5 pm * $5

Inner SE Crime: 8/18 – 8/25


In Buckman crime calls this week, there was 1 robbery with a weapon, 12 assault, 22 theft, and 4 burglary. 

There were 4 property calls, including 2 cold stolen vehicles, 1 cold vandalism 1, and 1 priority vandalism. 

There were 17 traffic calls, including 8 non-injury accident, 4 parking problem, 4 injury accident, and 3 hit and run.

In multiple incidents (included in the above totals):

     Near the Hawthorne Bridge: 2 hazardous condition  

     Near Burnside and 3rd: 1 priority assault and 1 robbery with a weapon 

     Near Washington and MLK: 1 non injury accident and 1 cold theft 

     Morrison and 6th: 1 priority assault and 2 priority theft

     Stark and Sandy: 1 hazardous condition and 1 injury accident

     Near Belmont and 9th: 1 cold theft and 1 cold vandalism  

     Taylor and 9th: 2 cold theft 

     Near Belmont and 13th: 1 priority assault and 1 cold theft

     Hawthorne and 28th: 4 assaults

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit or contact the Portland Police Bureau.


Vice Video looks at what critics call “bomb trains,” and the fight to export fossil fuels through Portland and the PNW continues

In light of the risks presented in the film, the fight over exporting fossil fuels through the Northwest has made the news twice this week. An air permit that would allow an oil train terminal to double its capacity was approved Tuesday, while a plan to barge coal down the Columbia River to an export terminal was rejected on Monday.

Another important decision will be made Friday: the state’s transportation commission will decide this week whether $2.9 million in lottery dollars will aid the expansion of oil trains through the region.

Safety preparations should happen first, said activists and local leaders including Multnomah County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury, and the mayors of The Dalles, Albany, Eugene, Milwaukie, Beaverton, and Hood River. There was no word on how Portland city officials weighed in.

The project would add safety improvements to the rail line running through Ranier, Oregon. It would add curbs, reconfigure parking, and add pedestrian crossings. The improvements would allow trains to move through town at 25 mph rather than 10 mph. It would allow for the increase of mile-long oil trains from 24 to 38 a month, the Oregonian reports.

The commission is also planning to fund $4 million worth of dock improvements at Port Westward to allow access to larger ships moving oil and coal. That money would also come from ConnectOregon, funded by lottery proceeds.

The official comment period was closed at the end of July. ODOT received over 8,300 comments in mail and electronic format. Feedback on the decision can be offered to the board through email: but the opportunity to influence the decision has probably already passed. This is my issue with the media: we hear about these decisions after they happen, but the opportunity to weigh in is rarely offered.

Vice’s documentary “Bomb Train” is powerful, and contained footage of the recent accidents I’d never seen before. Amateur footage of the oil trains explosion in Lac-Megantic, Canada begins at 5:00. Equally disturbing is the fact that these shipments were approved by state regulators within weeks of the permit filing— without public notice or input.

Extracted from the Bakken Oil formation in North Dakota, the oil being shipped is extremely flammable and transported in rail cars that have been known to be unsafe for decades. As the film shows, these trains travel through heavily populated areas— especially in downtown Seattle. Portland has oil shipped over its rails, and the image below shows the evacuation zones if a spill or fire occurred.

OPB reported earlier this month that Portland’s Fire Department doesn’t have the capacity to handle a oil train accident. The former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Deborah Hersman, said the federal government needs to exercise its emergency powers to force immediate oil train rule changes.

Portland oil trains

David Osborn is a volunteer with Portland Rising Tide, an environmental group fighting to shut down fossil fuel exports. He said if we want to stop contributing to climate change, we must stop these exports.

Providing subsidies to the billion-dollar oil and coal industries doesn’t make sense— especially as state and city officials craft plans to reduce carbon emissions.

There are 20 oil, gas, and coal terminals throught British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. Osborn said he appreciates the work done by Vice, but it doesn’t take into consideration all the problems with fossil fuel exports in the region.

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Inner SE Crime Calls: 8/11 – 8/18


 In Buckman crime calls this week, there were 23 theft, 2 assault, and 5 burglary. 

8 property calls, including: 1 prowler, 2 priority vandalism, 4 cold stolen vehicle, and 2 cold vandalism

13 traffic calls, including: 3 injury accident, 4 non-injury accident, 1 priority hit and run, 4 hit and run accident, 4 parking problem.

3 multiple calls (included in the above totals): 

     near Ash and Sandy, 3 parking problems

     near Madison and 10th: priority vandalism and cold theft

     near Morrison and 12th: 2 priority thefts

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit or contact the Portland Police Bureau.

2014 Portland Adult Soap Box Car Derby


I’ve been to three runnings of Adult Soap Box Car Derby, and it is easily my favorite Portland annual event. I appreciate all the racers, volunteers, and kind attendees for making this such an awesome event— and those who took the time to talk with us. 

I also have to give props Portland Community Media for the use of the camera, and to my friend Sandy V. for stepping up to help document the event. We had a great time making this film— and I feel like we captured some of the wackiness and community spirit that makes the derby what it is. 

I apologize for the shaky camera and blurry shots… I’m new to that camera. See it as an artistic flourish to represent the buzzy good times that went down (peacefully) under the high pines of Mt. Tabor. Despite it all, I hope through the film you enjoy meeting a few of the fun, creative, hilarious people that make the derby happen.