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Spectrum Culture album reviews: Poliça – Give You The Ghost and Emily Wells – Mama

Another cd double header. Emily Wells and the voice behind Poliça both are crafters of impressive music and charismatic frontwomen. Their music stands for itself. Read about, and watch, below: “Amongster” leads off the record with scratchy, Wall of Sound synth … Continue reading

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Open letter to fellow supporters of Occupy Portland: Occupy Portland 2.0

[Note: Please feel free to copy, alter or distribute.] Hello fellow Occupiers, First of all, for the sake of the movement and its progress I strongly support all those willing to form a contingent of any size to stay in … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture concert review: Deelay Ceelay @ Backspace Lounge, October 8

The homegrown dance-music instrumentalists played an all-ages show at Backspace. Deelay Ceelay is an experience. As a collaboration between two enthusiastic (and enthusiastically geeky) Portlanders, percussionist Delaney Kelly and musician/video artist Chris Lael Larson, Deelay Ceelay is both more than … Continue reading

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Poetry 365: #2 – Lines of Inspiration

Here are some stumbled-upon lines, verses and quotes that have left me breathless: Scott Adams (he of Dilbert fame): “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Rabindranath Tragore: “Oh, grant me my prayer … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture book review: Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku

The full title for this one is “Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100.” An enjoyable, broad read. Capitalizing on the runaway success of his last book on the … Continue reading

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New music review: Destroyer, “Kaputt” (excerpt)

“Though it’s been a long time since the scratchy simplicity of Destroyer’s earliest output, Kaputt, the band’s ninth LP, sees the group (primarily sole permanent member Dan Bejar) bursting into new territory that still feels as natural as all previous … Continue reading

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The Hidden Star Fortress Wars

Where does homage end and plagiarism begin? “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” (attributed to Pablo Picasso) I recently watched Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 film The Hidden Fortress for the first time. I’ve owned the Criterion Collection DVD for a few … Continue reading

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New poems, mid-April to this morning

I wrote 12 poems in February of this year and 9 in March, which for me is a lot. To spur on further productivity, I decided last month to match and exceed February’s total, so in April I wrote 13 … Continue reading

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The case for misfortune

I never learn more about the world and myself than in the times when life has beaten me down and I don’t think I can go on. I don’t think this is particular to me. It is a human trait, … Continue reading

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In a silent darkness

A beam of light touches God’s hands. The cat snores in the corner. Single gunshot rings out in a silent darkness, like a proclamation. Unseen fingers turn crisp pages, commonplace words swirl in brisk celebratory winds like confetti. Days are … Continue reading

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