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Denver – The Way It Is

Denver – “The Way It Is” (Official Music Video) from Mama Bird Recording Co. on Vimeo.

Portland’s country-sweethearts Denver had their first video for “The Way It Is” debut over at Paste this  morning. If you like cowboy boots, dusty bars, bloody lips and members of Blitzen Trapper throwing punches at one another, this video will make you extremely happy.

I’m really excited about this little band called Denver, who released their self-titled LP debut this summer with Mama Bird Recording. Their simplicity, nostalgia, and no-nonsense country vibes are refreshing to me; a taste of Appalachia in the Northwest.

On Wednesday, November 21 Denver is playing at the Doug Fir with Raymond Byron and White Freighters, and Meridian. Tickets are $8. See ya then!


AND AND AND tonight!

And And And – The Joy of Cooking from thing thing thing on Vimeo.

Local favorites And And And are back at it. They’ve got a new 7″ “NO PARTY” coming out soon. I’m obsessed with this song “The Joy of Cooking” and I can’t wait to hear the rest.

And And And is playing TONIGHT at the Star Theater at 10 p.m. (doors are at 8) alongside Mr. Gnome and Eighteen Individual Eyes. Tickets are 10 bucks. See you there?

Deschutes River Recordings — Songs on the river, for the river

Fall is a really beautiful season–leaves falling, summer wilting away quietly, the rain settling in–and what better way to celebrate than with beautiful music?


Deschutes Brewery have begun releasing a series of songs by local artists about rivers. Why? To benefit the Deschutes River! Because nature is beautiful. These recordings, aptly named Deshutes River Recordings have videos that go along with them, filmed–you guessed it–on the Deschutes River.

And truly, they are masterpieces. The first two releases are by Eric Jonhson of Fruit Bats and Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper. Check them out here, and stay tuned for more by the likes of Laura Gibson, among others.



After all the songs have been released, compilation CDs will be sold, all benefits going toward the Deschutes River Conservancy. Until then, you can download the songs FOR FREE here.

Welcome back to The Pioneer Log!

The Pioneer Log, Volume 79, Issue 1

Tonight marked the unofficial re-beginning of my life. As you may or may not know, I live, breathe, and bleed the Lewis & Clark student-run newspaper. The Pioneer Log is my baby, my pride and joy, and the thing that gets me through the week every single week. Maybe it’s creepy the extent that I enjoy my job, but I like to think my passion for this sort of thing is a good sign.

Tonight was our first layout, and it was an amazing success. My good friend and long-time co-section editor Hayley and I have a really great staff, who are, although somewhat inexperienced, have a lot of enthusiasm and energy about what they are doing.

The cover that I am posting marks a change in the appearance of The Pioneer Log. We haven’t undergone a complete re-design, but we wanted to format our paper more as a news magazine, and we drew inspiration from some alternative newsweeklies in Portland and Seattle.

Sophomore Kelsey Gray did the cover art for us, and I think it is fantastic. I hope that you all enjoy our first issue this week! It’ll be on stands Friday at 9am.

If you aren’t around to get a physical copy, you can read the articles online at, and soon they’ll be up on Issuu, once I get that figured out.

Cheers friends! Here’s to the up and up!

Last gasps of summer & first breaths of fall

Summer ending is really bittersweet, as always. This summer has been a strange one for me, but probably one of the best summers I’ve ever had. It is only fitting that I say farewell to summer with a handful of kickass shows. Here it is, the Zibby-approved guide to September show-going & beyond:

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NEW TYPHOON!!! New Typhoon, everyone!

Thank you, thank you THANK YOU FINALLY–New music from Typhoon. Here are some fun facts about me and Typhoon:

-Typhoon were the first and last band I ever saw at Berbati’s Pan (and were one of the last bands to play there!).
-I have seen Typhoon too many times, many times were in the same night, but the best show of theirs I saw was in Boise, Idaho at TreeFort Festival.
-The first time I saw Typhoon, they opened for Avi Buffalo, and they were infinitely better.

This song, “Morton’s Fork,” is what one would expect from them: simple, orchestral, intoxicating. It’s sweet, in the sort of way that has you wanting to sit on your porch in the late sun drinking lemonade or something.

(Maybe that is just me projecting my desires onto this song.)