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A local covers album that doesn't focus on the hits

Hopefully, the awesomeness that was Beautiful Locals hasn't slipped from the Portland consciousness yet.
Ambassador Beam
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 22, 2011
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Spending time with Custardpaws and Mr. Freezy

Jeff Badger is a bit of a Renaissance man-about-town — visual artist of all stripes; musician of all stripes with the Hot Dogs/Transmission Drop — with a reputation for dabbling in the absurd and ridiculous.
Spending time with Custardpaws and Mr. Freezy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2011
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Rufus Wainwright | All Days Are Night: Songs For Lulu

Songs for Lulu features Wainwright alone at his piano — where, on previous records, the Canadian songwriter has mostly been as part of sprawling pop ensembles.
Decca (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 23, 2010
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Various Artists | Where the Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 1968

More than three years in the making, the most recent installment of Rhino's legendary archival garage-rock series offers an amazingly comprehensive excavation of an absurdly fertile scene.
Rhino (2009)
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009
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Neko Case | Middle Cyclone

Middle Cyclone is Neko Case's most fearless and arresting record, ruthlessly composed and beautifully recorded.
Anti (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 24, 2009
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Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr has never made an album that’s less than entertaining, and there aren’t many Beatles you can say that about.
Liverpool 8 | Capitol
By BRETT MILANO  |  January 28, 2008


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Cover bands

It’s one thing to cover a Beatles or Harry Nilsson tune, another to cover a whole album.
Meet the Smithereens! and Pussy Cats
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 13, 2007
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Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006
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Beyond blogosphere

Dearest MP3 blogoisie: have I got a record for you.
Jeffrey Simmons is that good
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  June 27, 2006
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Richard Swift

This young singer-songwriter is a member of the school of West Coast pop eccentrics who count Tom Waits, Harry Nilsson, and Van Dyke Parks as professors emeritus. Richard Swift, "As I Go"   (mp3)
The Novelist/Walking Without Effort | Secretly Canadian
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 27, 2006
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Screening sounds

Great moments in film have always relied upon great music — and often Hollywood’s most memorable scenes are birthed from that perfect juxtaposition of song and image.
Great music moments at the movies -- from Portland and beyond
By HOOTIE GIANGRECO  |  February 23, 2006


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Fully Bully

Somewhat quietly, Doug Cowan’s band, Bullyclub, has stuck around long enough to become one of the Portland scene’s elder statesmen.
Doug Cowan’s club emphasizes the literate indie pop they’ve always done best
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 16, 2006
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B.C. Camplight

Never mind the mutant squirrel standing over a necktied, headless dude laid out like road kill in a pool of blood, his black briefcase strewn next to him.
HIDE, RUN AWAY  | One Little Indian
By JONATHAN PERRY  |  February 07, 2006
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John Lennon

John Lennon’s last solo album of new material before his fallow “househusband” years arrived near the end of his “lost weekend” period.
WALLS AND BRIDGES | Capitol
By Eliot Wilder  |  January 04, 2006