Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Lucky ME! A colleague at work gave me tickets to go see the sold out Pink Martini show last night at the excellent Crystal Ballroom. They are perfect for a ballroom because they are a 40'sesque small orchestra, lots of good musicians. It was very danceable, though I, myself, did not dance. On the way in the door, I ended up on an elevator with the lead singer China Forbes, who is something like 8 months pregnant and made that look really good. The band's from Portland and people get pretty unhinged about them. Now I know why.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
2. Walking into downtown and confirming that they don't plow in Portland AT ALL. not one street or sidewalk, so far as I could tell. Only a handful of businesses shoveled their walks. It seems that Portlanders have a very hands-off approach to this kind of weather. Close down, go home or to a bar, wait for it to be over. The amtrak station is closed because the switches are frozen, the airport is closed, and POWELL'S is CLOSED! In Portland, that's like closing the hospitals. What are people going to read?!!? I was planning to buy xmas cards at Powell's. So if you don't get a card from me, it's because of the weather.
3. Shuffling over to Clyde Common which was open and warm. I sat by myself at the bar and ordered The Board. Its sort of like a happy meal for foodies. Its a plank with a hole bored into the corner. My board (it changes) had a some toast, braised pork belly and pickled romesco. In the hole, I found a little manhattan in an ice cold little shot glass. Not bad for $13.
It's nasty out there, y'all. Last night it snowed about 5 or 6 inches. This morning, freezing rain landed on top of it. So all of portland has a frozen coating, and I'm stuck on my hill. I'm doubtful about how I can even walk out to civilization. The weather lady says it won't thaw today. I have discs 1 & 2 of the first season of The Wire. I have several cans of sardines and oatmeal, but no half and half. I'm out of firewood but I'm getting caught up on laundry. I'm hunkered down in hoodie on couch and slippers for the foreseeable future.
Whispertown 2000 - Old Times
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Last Christmas - Pas/Cal
When Water Comes to Life - Cloud Cult
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
That storm brought cold cold weather and my furnace is running at full tilt at all times to keep up. There's ice on all the streets and the courthouse shut down yesterday, scuttling two of my hearings. Word has it that tomorrow the weather is going to get snowier. All I know is that I'm not driving until it all melts. They don't do salt or plows here. It's a studs and chains place. I live on a hill and I'm on foot for the foreseeable future.
Icy Demons - Miami Ice
Brittain Ashford - Snow
Frightened Rabbit - Keep Yourself Warm
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I have an aunt and uncle who live in Coos Bay. Very sadly, their granddaughter (my second cousin), Amy Young, passed away two weeks ago from mesothelioma. She was only 22 but lived a pretty amazing life. I went down to Coos Bay for the memorial service on Saturday morning. I wore one of my lawyer suits and that was not the right thing. Tie-dye was the order of the day. Luckily, her brothers and cousin made all manner of tie-dye t shirts, neck ties and crying hankies, so that we could all get in the proper spirit. Her brothers are very brave and strong and I am honored to be their kin.
Coos Bay is fairly remote and there's only one flight in and out each day. With some time on my hands I drove down the coast in the morning to Shore Acres. Along the way I passed through an idyllic little fishing community called Charleston. There were 15 ft piles of oyster shells on the sides of the road, many ocean going fishing boats, and a couple of bars. Not a gift shop in sight. Once I got out to the ocean, you could tell there's a storm coming down the coast, (they say from the Bering Strait!). My friends say its snowing in Portland. With the weather coming, the waves were gigantic and the white caps reached all the way back to the horizon. People were standing at the viewpoint looking for whales through giant binoculars. A very Oregon day of green, black, grey and blue.
Friday, December 12, 2008
One Day Love - Tommy Dodson
Mr. Henry - Eula Cooper
I've Got Reasons - Mary Jane Hooper
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Laura Gibson
All the Pretty Horses - Laura Gibson
Wintering - Laura Gibson
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Heavy Hands - No. 6
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Here's something you don't see everyday. I was in the lockup with a client yesterday and somehow the handcuffs jammed and the marshals couldn't get them off of my guy. They went and got a huge pair of bolt cutters that they keep around saying, "this happens more often than you think" and snipped the cuffs off. Pop. The spanish interpreter who was with me mentioned that the word in spanish for handcuffs is the same as the word for wife. Esposas. How grim is that?
David Bowie - Be My Wife
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Getting back to town, I re-organized and laundered, but was in serious need of a geographic re-calibration. So off I went to Powell Butte, though it was a little cold and threatening rain. It is in a not-so-great corner of Portland (Powell and 162nd). The entrance to the park abuts a trailer park and I saw more than one working girl out that sunday morning. But once I was into the park, I never would have guessed I was in a city and it was great for a meandering 2.5 hour hike. And I wasn't even expecting it, but when I got to the top of the butte, i had an amazing view of the surrounding river valleys, which were packed with low thick clouds. And on the horizon, five mountains: Hood, St. Helens, Rainier, Adams and the tippy top of Jefferson. People were riding around on mountain bikes and horses, but most of the trails I was on were just for people feet. After I worked myself up, I went to Best Baguette, a vietnamese $3.00 french bread sandwich place that is tucked away out in deep SE.
And this is two-thirds of the way to being a funny joke.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Not really. But it's impossible to think of going back to Ohio without thinking about the Pretenders song. Couldn't find it to post, so instead, I put on the saddest Ohio song I know, which makes me cry most times I hear it for a variety of little reasons and one big one.
Sun Kil Moon - Carry Me Ohio
But there were friends galore, babies to meet and hold, TWO thanksgiving dinners, many reunions, a little bit of shopping, a trip to my old YMCA and I'm glad I went.
Jason Brabbs took today's picture and I'm a fan.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
In a time honored tradition, I haven't started packing yet, haven't called most of the people i need to call, and am generally unprepared. BUT I am getting on a plane tomorrow morning for Ohio and I can barely wait.
Looks like I'll be driving that rental car around in the snow, and what, with my excitement, i need to be extra careful and summon skills of the road heretofore untapped.
Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky - Claudia Lennear
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Canup, Daniela and I went shopping on Alberta yesterday afternoon and came across a new shop called Ampersand. Its a gallery and shop specializing in vintage photographs. The owner, Miles, has boxes of old snapshots, displays with the old stereoscopic viewers, books on photography, and many matted pictures ready for sale. He calls it "an organized mess of books, objects, ephemera, fine art, design & photography." I bought a small piece involving a very old black and white snapshot of the sky. You can rummage through his photos on line and buy one for yourself for five bucks.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
To Remake the Young Flyer - Guided by Voices
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Kim and Kelley were vibrant last night, having a grand old time playing their rock and roll with The Breeders. Last time I saw them was around memorial day, outside in the wind when they hadn't rehearsed in quite some time and didn't have their groove. But they sure as heck have it now. This was probably my sixth time to see them over the years and the best, at least in terms of their energy and musicianship. Happy band!
The Breeders - Walk it Off
The Breeders - Bang On
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
As you may know, I go see a lot of live music. And tonight was something really special. Walk through walls and bribe public officials to get to the next Heartless Bastards show. The lead singer, Erika, has such an amazing voice and its a power trio and i just can't write anything that would be sufficient. it would just be dancing about architecture. All the better, it was at the Doug Fir, the bar with the best sound people in the known universe. it was a monday night, packed.
The Heartless Bastards - All This Time
The Heartless Bastards - Pass and Fail
The Heartless Bastards - Done Got Old
Sunday, November 9, 2008
This weekend was a vineyard adventure with Kara. We went to Ledsen, St. Francis and Kaz. I bought a couple of bottles and had an all around good time. The weather was gorgeous today and we look a long walk through the vines and woods. Last night, we went and saw music at this little bar in the middle of nowhere called The Black Cat. There were bras stapled to the ceiling and the music was unexpectedly good, despite the inclusion of a french horn and a bagpipe. you just never know.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
In Oregon, its not so much an election day, as a period of days. the county mails you a ballot and you fill it out at home and drop it off or mail it back in. I delivered my ballot to pioneer square yesterday morning. I sort of miss going to the polls on election day, but it sure makes voting easy. and it beats standing in the rain.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I learned something new tonight. A Japanese sake den with food is called an izakaya. It was the Rev. Shayla's birthday and we drove bravely beyond the city of Portland to Hillsboro. The ladies knew about an izakaya called Syun. It was so delicious. Lots of grilled fish, sushi, raw vegetables and sake. I didn't think I liked sake, but this must have been the good stuff.
I saw the funniest damn thing today. I was at the gym and out the window we could see about 20 odd protesters, standing in the rain in Guy Fawkes masks, holding signs protesting scientology. Apparently, one of the local scientology offices just moved into the building that also houses my gym. but it just happened this week so there's no sign or anything. And so, from my third floor perch, I watched the protesters go up and down the block in a confused fashion, trying to find the new scientology place so they could hate on it. First they protested across the street at a senior center. Then it was closer in, in front of a beauty school next door, but still the wrong building. They got frustrated and dispersed.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
1. Alberta Last Thursday- firedancers, zombies on stilts, art I liked in galleries with snacks. Lots of interesting people. Beer with a buddy.
2. Drag show/karaoke with various and asundry queers.
3. Frightened Rabbit at Holocene.
The Twist - Frightened Rabbit
The Greys - Frightened Rabbit
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Mia Kirschner from the L word just finished a very interesting book project called I Live Here. Last night she was at Powell's with an artist that helped her with it. Its a actually four smaller books about Malawi, Ciudad Juarez, Chechnya, and Burma, respectively and incorporates a lot of first person narrative and zine-style art. She apparently went all these places with a group of other writers with the goal of telling the truth about the terrible, forgotten or ignored things that are happening there. And she paid for it with her actress salary. Otherwise, she is tiny in person and cusses a lot. And knows a lot about human rights crises. The website is pretty fantastic.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Jolie Holland - Palmyra
Jolie Holland - Mexico City
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Hi. I know I've been slacking a little. I've just been doing a lot. And I got my music hard drive situation sorted out so I've been messing with my mp3s instead of blogging. and obsessing about politics. I'm driving back up to Seattle for a party tonight for some artist friends there. This week i went to a new restaurant and a cafe, both of which were dark, moody and captivating. Alu is either German or Austrian and is more or less a wine bar. I had the most delicious spaetzle and they make their own foie gras. And then last night I went to a tea and dessert place, The Pied Cow, in a big victorian shamble with interesting music and a big shrine of some sort in the closet. So anyways, I am going to get on I-5 north now. And next week I'll try to be a better correspondent.
Highway Robbery - Unicycle Loves You
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I am loathe to say a discouraging word about Portland, but I got the most unpleasant piece of mail when I got home from Seattle. It was a picture of me, looking like a complete tool, talking on a cell phone. the text beneath revealed that I was radar photographed going 41 miles per hr across the four lane hawthorne bridge, at approximately 11:43 in the morning on a sunday in september. The speed limit is apparently 30 miles per hr. (Seriously?) and so now I will be separated from $145.00. Down with the totalitarian state and its surveillance apparatus.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Made it out for a free happy hour show this evening at the Laurelthirst Pub featuring a bunch of country-railroad-bluegrassy goodness by Laura Veirs. She was backed up by Chris Funk from the Decemberists and someone else that I'm sad to say I couldn't identify. Hard cider and free music makes for a happy Tex. Way better than watching the debates.
Laura Veirs - Wildwood Flower
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I've never been to a real live legal lesbian wedding before and this one sure was classy and perfect. A thousand billion blessings on the new california wives and their four cats.
School of Seven Bells - Face to Face on High Places
The Organ - Love, Love, Love
I survived the fires of LA quite nicely, thank you, and returned to my beloved damp Portland where I am safe from such disasters. Ahhh. Although I do not think I will be able to grasp or raise my arms tomorrow because I was tortured at my gym, my feet still work so I'm going out dancing tonight. One of the big highlights of my trip was the plane ride down to California from a connection in Seattle. The pilot took us directly over Mt. St. Helens and it was SO COOL to see that, after a first dusting of fall snow. You couldn't see any volcanic activity but the enormity of the last eruption in the 1980 was very apparent from up there and just amazing to behold.
But now I'm back and I have Jolie Holland and Herman Dune tickets for this friday which I am super looking forward to. They are playing at the Doug Fir which is about the best place I have ever seen a show. No bad views and the sound is perfect.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Led Zeppelin - Going to California
The Decemberists - Los Angeles I'm Yours
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Living Room Theater was hosting the debates tonight and I watched that for a while (and maybe because it was a movie theater, people were so politely quiet). But then I went and saw Man on Wire which makes me want to do the rest of this post in a french accent. Starting now.
Man on Wire is the story of Phillipe Petit, a crazy frenchman who did an unauthorized guerilla tightrope walk between the two towers of the world trade center in 1974. "These Americans, they ask me why, why did you do this Phillipe?" "Because it is magnificent!" Lots of crying compatroits, goofiness, and derring-do.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
i got an email from the webhost that said I posted material that violated a copyright in my sunday report. odd. blogger.com erased my weekend.
But I'm feeling kind of jealous today of my Ohio peeps, seeing how the Deal sisters are going to fight for Obama on fountain square. I almost got arrested on fountain square about 13 years ago for trying to take down a kkk cross with a bunch of rowdy refuse-and-resist kids. good times. would have been better if the Deal sisters were there though.