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FECKLESS FRAUD FOAMING RE: “The Creepiest Love Songs of All Time” [Music, Feb 9], which should be self-explanatory. The story you wrote about CREEPY songs is WRONG. Get your facts straight or DON’T write. Silverhills
BRAVE NEW BIRDS DEAREST MERCURY—The seagulls are the greatest recent addition to the city. I don’t care for all the shitbags driving around, acting like their lives are in any way meaningful. When I see a seagull casually plop out a white blob of poop onto the dirt in the Park Blocks, it satisfies me so much to think that all of these atheist-political assholes will complain about having to pay tax dollars to repair the Park Blocks if the rain doesn’t wash it away. Chance
PLAIN AS PLACENTA RE: One Day at a Time [April 5], in which author Ann Romano expresses distaste at the notion of January Jones eating capsules of her placenta (not that gross) and Alicia Silverstone chewing up her baby’s food and spitting it in his mouth (hella gross). DEAR MERCURY—Ann feigns shock at the pagan peasant practice of new mothers eating their placentas, a trick learned from observing the smart beasts they once lived among, and passed on to January Jones by her doula. Afterbirth placenta is full of vitamins and minerals that quickly replenish the new mother’s body, not to mention strengthen her up for the next 52 weeks of sleepless baby care. Women who gobble down the internal organs of cows, pigs, and chickens without a qualm, but then go “EEK!” at the notion of ingesting their own post-birth body part, as nature recommends, mirror the frail Victorian lady who gasps and faints at the sight of blood, when everybody knows she sops up her own menstrual fluid every month from age 12 or so, with rags she must wash out and reuse, no pills, tampons, scented undies, etc. Not to mention carrying around another human body inside her body for 10 months, then delivering it in a howling red horror flick scenario sufficient to make not only her, but often her male partner, vomit and/or swoon. This stiletto bitch faux “femininity” grows tiresome, even as a gossipy joke. Scary tough women live smarter, longer, and have more fun. Good show, January and Alicia Silverstone. Barbara Mor
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at a time THE YEAR IN REVIEW by Ann Romano
T’S T I M E A G A I N to fill our martini glass with the cheapest gin imaginable and release our nominations for the Absolute Worst Person in the World for 2012 Ever! Last year it was malodorous gargoyle Kim Kardashian—who will top the list in 2012? Here are the top nine nominees… with the absolute worst person in the world for 2012 (ever) getting their own column next week! ENJOY! (Grimace.)—Ann
#10 “WORST PERSON”: SNOOKI FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 This weekend on Jersey Shore, America’s creepy little living troll doll, Snooki, had a teeny accident. As thesuperficial.com noted in its Pulitzer-worthy coverage of the momentous episode, Snooks “just literally starts peeing all over the dance floor of a club before going to the ladies’ room and spraying her hooch with perfume before anyone can figure out it was her.” You still with us, dears? Good because there’s more, and we can’t deal with it all on our own: “It’s almost impressive how quickly she moves,” the Superficial adds, “until you realize she’s done this before and left God knows how many victims in her piss-wake.” MEANWHILE... “FINALLY!” said Fergie. “Finally, another D-list celebrity has an ‘accident’ in public! Now will you shameless gossipmongers please stop making fun of me for peeing my pants onstage in 2009? Will you? Will you?!” (Confidential to “F”: No. Never forget.)
#9 “WORST PERSON”: GWYNETH PALTROW THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 According to InStyle magazine, the worst person in the world (other than Kim Kardashian) Gwyneth Paltrow only lets her children watch TV if it’s in “French or Spanish.” Because she’s the worst person in the world (other than, of course, Kim Kardashian).
#8 “WORST PERSON”: LINDSAY LOHAN WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 And now it’s time for the “Lindsay Lohan Legal Tip of the Day.” TMZ tells us that LiLo is being seriously eyeballed by police for an incident that went down this past weekend at a posh Hollywood Hills party in which the owner was robbed of “several expensive watches and sunglasses”—and of course, Lindsay’s pals are the primary suspects! The owner of the multi-million dollar mansion who was tossing the all-night soiree invited Lindsay, who in turn brought along brother Cody, her assistant, and the two allegedly skeevy suspects. Lindsay and crew were leaving the party around noon the next day (!!), when the owner suddenly discovered he’d been robbed, and told everyone to stay until the police arrived. Now—here comes the legal advice to which everyone should always adhere: When the cops began to question Lindsay about the stolen articles, she replied, “Am I a suspect?” When the cops answered, “no,” Lindsay bid them both a good day and hopped on the next flight out of state. NICE. (Don’t be shocked! When you get into as much trouble as Lindsay, you learn a thing or two about the law.)
jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” Upon hearing this apology, a long-time Twilight fan hopped on Twatter to issue her statement. “EFF YOU KRISTEN...HOW COULD YOU BETRAY ROB...all he’s done was love you and you cheat on him AAAANNNNDDDDD YOUVE BEEN LYING FOR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG AT EVENTS AND SHIT and when it looked like you and rob were finally showing some PDA, it was a lie because you had cheated so THANKS.” So say we all, anonymous Twihard twatterer. So say we all.
#6 “WORST PERSON”: ASHTON KUTCHER THURSDAY, MARCH 22 We’ve got some good and bad and more bad Ashton Kutcher news—which would you like to hear first? Okay, here’s THE BAD: According to today’s New York Daily News, gorgeous—but c’mon, let’s say it—dumb pop starlet Rihanna (who can’t seem to stay away from her former abuser Chris Brown) was spotted taking a late-night stroll into Ashton Kutcher’s Hollywood home (digest that. Now let’s continue.), where she stayed for four hours before finally slinking out at 4 am. Girl? We don’t even. THE GOOD: Ashton Kutcher is going to be flung into outer space! Too bad there’s THE MORE BAD: He’s actually paying $200,000 for a ride on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, which is scheduled to carry him and other celebs for a joyride into outer space as soon as 2013. And... wait. This just in… MORE GOOD NEWS: “Don’t you worry, Ann,” said a sinister-sounding Emperor Klaktu of Rigel VII, gleefully rubbing his tentacles together. “I’ve got this one.” TUESDAY, JUNE 26 The incessant rumors about a possible (ugh!) romantic relationship between the beautiful Mila Kunis and the douchebaggish Ashton Kutcher simply won’t stop. We reported on their three-day getaway outside of LA, this past spring—however, as of last week the pair has been spotted grabbing frozen yogurt as well as zooming about on his motorized douchebike, while this past weekend they were caught sharing a romantic bite to eat at LA’s intimate Giorgio Baldi restaurant. “[Ashton] looked really into her,” said a gabby eyewitness to this horrible spectacle. “He didn’t take his eyes off her once!” BLECHH!! Quick, Mila! Go take one of those Silkwood showers!
#5 “WORST PERSON”: DONALD TRUMP TUESDAY, MAY 29 CNN’S Wolf Blitzer and “Mayor of Idiot Town” Donald Trump got into a hilarious televised slapfight today over the billionaire’s birther beliefs. After Trump repeatedly asserted his dumbshit theory that President Obama wasn’t born in this country, Wolf responded, “Donald, you’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you.” This caused Donald to shoot back, “No, I think YOU sound ridiculous”—at which point Trump’s toupee flipped up in the air, and a little bird wearing an “Uncle Sam” outfit popped out of his head, squawking, “I think this entire discussion is ridiculous.” Upon witnessing this, the Republican Party immediately dropped their nomination of Mitt Romney, and threw all their support behind “Uncle Sam the Bird Living inside Donald Trump’s Head.”
#4 “WORST PERSON”: NICOLE SCHERZINGER
#7 “WORST PERSON”: KRISTEN STEWART
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 The second worst ugly monster bitch in the world (that would be Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls and judge for the terrible reality contest The X Factor) has been FIRED. According to the Hollywood Reporter, producers of The X Factor rightly recognized that Nicole had all the personality of an infected hangnail, and gave her the boot (along with host Steve Jones, and co-judge/funnier-when-shewas-high-on-pills Paula Abdul). Wheeeeeeeee!!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Us Weekly has obtained photos of Twilight’s 22-year-old Kristen Stewart—romantically involved for years with co-star/glitter-skinned vampire Robert Pattinson—steamily making out with her 41-year-old Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders... who just so happens to be MARRIED. Oooooooh!! And also, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!! Realizing she was stone-cold busted, Kristen issued a quick public apology: “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 The headline from Us says it all: “Kim Kardashian Dyes Her Hair!” According to the monster’s Twatter feed that included a picture of the new ’do, “I dyed my hair lighter yesterday! I’m loving it! New hair color = new beginnings for me. You like?” First of all Kim, thank you for notifying us that you dyed your hair—otherwise we might have wondered, “Who’s that ugly monster bitch with light hair that looks like that other ugly monster bitch Kim Kardashian?”
#3 “WORST PERSON: KIM KARDASHIAN
Portland Mercury’s Predictions for 2013! 100 PERCENT ACCURATE-ISH!
REDICTION! Coming soon we’ll vote on whether we should add fluoride to the city’s water supply—inspiring anti-fluoride protesters to push for more of their own municipal pet projects: renaming the Morrison Bridge, “9/11 Was an Inside Job Bridge.” Making Portland a “Chemtrail-Free Zone” (thereby reducing bio warfare, population control, and weather tampering). Also: replacing the city’s water supply with kombucha. PREDICTION! The Portland Police union will stop defending “bad-apple cops” who unjustly shoot or Taser citizens. Their new contract will also state that offending officers will also no longer receive free appetizers at Fuddruckers, 50 percent off outerwear from Burlington Coat Factory, or regular soapy handjobs from “Candy” the police union prostitute. PREDICTION! Due to rising production costs, the creators of Portlandia will outsource their show to Canada, renaming it Canadia— which everyone agrees is a funnier idea anyway. PREDICTION! Thanks to the legalization of same-sex marriage and marijuana, the city of Vancouver, Washington, will be declared by the New York Times as “infinitely way cooler” than Portland. This will inspire a mass exodus to Vancouver, jamming the northbound lanes of I-5 with Priuses, Car2Gos, food carts towed by bikes, and thousands of indie rock bands just arriving from Lincoln, Nebraska. Horrified by this invasion, redneck pickup-driving Vancouverites will migrate south, buying up all the craftsman houses, ripping out the antique fixtures and replacing them with stuff from the Jantzen Beach Home Depot. In a matter of months, every hip new Portland restaurant will be an Arby’s, “mom jeans” will be worn unironically, and Mayor Charlie Hales will be forced to move to Portland so he can continue to pay out-of-state taxes. (Last one to leave: Please shut off the light… and don’t forget your compost bucket!)
Secondly, your hair looks like shit. Thirdly, next time try dying your soul. Fourthly, and on second thought, just die. SATURDAY, APRIL 7 What sounds like a painfully unfunny Saturday Night Live sketch continues to be an actual, painfully real occurrence, with TMZ now closely examining Kim Kardashian’s filthy neck for evidence of Kanye West nibbles. (Ugh. We just typed the words “Kanye nibbles.” UGH! We just did it again! KIP! PURELL, STAT!) “Psoriasis, shmoriasis,” the gossip site brays. “TMZ has uncovered THE TRUTH about the suspicious mark on Kim Kardashian’s neck... and it definitely originated from Kanye West’s mouth.” The correct response to this, dears, is, VOM.
#2 “WORST PERSON”: RUSH LIMBAUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Breaking news: Rush Limbaugh is a misogynistic prick. Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke recently spoke out about her campaign for contraception coverage at her Jesuit school, which naturally inspired Limbaugh to call her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” “She’s having so much sex she’s going broke buying contraceptives and wants us to buy them,” Limbaugh shouted. And: “She’s having so much sex, she can’t afford it.” And: “She’s having so much sex it’s amazing she can walk.” We’ll stop there, because fuck you, Limbaugh. ON THE UPSIDE... Limbaugh’s comments might take him off the air, as droves of advertisers pulled their ads, and conservatives like House Speaker John Boehner and Rick Santorum called Limbaugh’s remarks “inappropriate” and “absurd.” In response to the blowback, Limbaugh grudgingly posted an online crappy little “apology.” “In the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir,” Limbaugh bragged. “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.” Hey Rush, take it from someone else you’d probably call an immoral, baseless, no-purpose-to-her-life woman: You deserve every misery you have coming to you, you hateful sack of Oxy-addicted shit. And our #1 WORST PERSON of 2012? Tune in next week to find out! Mwaaah!!—Ann
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Set It and Forget It! The 2012 Stories We’re Probably Jerks for Reminding You About by Denis C. Theriault and Sarah Mirk
ORRY, LOSERS! The world didn’t end in 2012 like a lot of you might have hoped—unless, that
is, your name is Charlie Hales. And by “world” you mean a cushy life in the private sector where no one hollers at you over sewer rates and $25 million deficits and police shootings. But that doesn’t mean 2012 was any less crazy. We wept over tragic deaths at home but mostly ignored them in places like Syria and Palestine. We kept around Barack and Amanda, watched Jefferson Smith implode and Eileen Brady float away, and awkwardly waved goodbye to Sam. And Portland found itself branded with the letter “F”: fluoride, the fight over Ron Frashour, and federal action against our police bureau. We’d tell you more, but that’s all you’re going to be reading this week. So why bother? Instead, enjoy our patented version of a New Year’s roundup, the one with all the stories you've already forgotten. Lucky you! Now you get to forget them all over again. EXPOSING THE TSA: Portland business traveler John Brennan got fed up with airport security’s increasing invasion of privacy and decided to show he had absolutely nothing to hide. When Portland’s Transportation Security Administration agents pulled Brennan aside for “additional screening” in April, Brennan began stripping off his clothes until he stood bare-ass naked in the security line. A county judge upheld Brennan’s act as a legitimate protest in July, clearing him of indecent exposure charges because he was engaged in “symbolic nudity.” POLICE BURN YOUR POT: In the good old days of 2011, if police confiscated your medical marijuana in connection to a crime (like, say, cops searched your house because your roommate robbed a Plaid Pantry) you could put in a request to have your Oregon-legal weed returned. But a little-noticed rules change from Attorney General John Kroger last January directed Oregon police to follow federal law and incinerate all confiscated pot. Now it all goes up in smoke. OLCC 2, AMANDA FRITZ 0: Portland doesn’t have an Office of Temperance, but if it did? City Commissioner Amanda Fritz would be its Eliot Ness. In March, Fritz picked a fight with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), trying to stop it from handing a liquor license, for the first time, to a food cart pod. The OLCC did it anyway and Fritz got the city to sue. But in the meantime? That beer-slinging cart pod, Cartlandia on SE 82nd, has been the picture of decency—hardly the open sore of alcoholism Fritz worried about. Meanwhile, over the summer, Fritz got some more bad news from the OLCC: Her much-hyped plan to ban malt liquor, tallboy, and fortified wine sales downtown had fallen apart over a legal technicality. Turns out the OLCC also knows some lawyers. OF BONDAGE AND BEEF HEARTS: Portland played some shitty, if newsworthy, pranks this Valentine’s Day. First, there were the North Portland lovers who thought it would be hot (and maybe it kind of was) to drive around a New Seasons parking lot with the woman naked, bound, and duct-taped in the backseat—scaring the shit out of shoppers and drawing an army of cops. Then there was the poor couple in Northwest who walked out to check the mail the next day only to find a grisly ol’ cow’s heart all dead and glistening on their doorstep. It was another juicy mystery for the law—until a woman called up and said she’d meant to deliver the heart (a “joke gift”) to a different address. BOB CALDWELL, RIP: Oregon journalists, business leaders, and politicians all found themselves somberly genuflecting when the Oregonian reported, one weekend in March, that its longtime opinion editor, Bob Caldwell, had died of a heart attack in his car. And then they all ran for the hills, because a few days later, the Oregonian had to take back that story in a highly embarrassing reversal. Caldwell, the paper eventually reported, had checked out in the apartment of a 23-year-old prostitute. The first, sanitized story came from a Caldwell family friend who also worked as an editor at the paper. She was fired, adding another weird twist in a story that briefly became national news.
THE (FACE-)SIT/LIE(-NAKED) ZONE: Summer was a boom time for people sleeping on the sidewalks outside city hall, drawn at first by a (still-going) prayer vigil and camping protest and then by activist Cameron Whitten’s month-plus hunger strike. City hall was cool with it—for a little while. Until a warning went out: “No one should be having sex on the sidewalk; it is a violation of Oregon law.” Asked bluntly if people really were doing it on the sidewalks, the mayor’s spokeswoman deadpanned, “Everything is on there for a reason.” THIEF STEALS GUNS FROM MOVIE MADNESS: Oh man, remember when a dude pretended to rent a video from SE Belmont’s Movie Madness but then actually busted into the store’s beloved movie prop display cabinets and made off with a shotgun and a rifle once used
BIKE BOXES AREN’T ALWAYS SAFE: Portland’s years-long experiment in cutting traffic crashes by painting green “bike boxes” at dangerous intersections has resulted in depressingly mixed results. While the bike boxes have cut the right-hook crashes they set out to reduce, crashes at intersections citywide with bike boxes have doubled in the past four years. Now the city faces a tricky situation: how to fix those bike box intersections to make them truly safe. CITY HALL’S KALE-LOVIN’ CAT: Why Hungry the Cat wasn’t a national sensation is anyone’s guess. The adorable, fluffy cat took up residence at Portland City Hall this summer as homeless hunger strikers staged a weeks-long protest on the sidewalk outside. While hunger striker Cameron Whitten subsisted only on juice and vitamins, the cat dubbed Hungry was kept well fed with dry food. She spent much of her time playing in the kale garden that abuts city hall’s front steps. STUDENT LOANS ARE THE NEW CREDIT CARDS: One of the biggest scandals of the year should have been that Americans now have more student loan debt than credit card debt. But Hulk Hogan’s sex tape snagged more headlines than this economic travesty. Portlanders protested the rising cost of college tuition and falling government support for affordable student loans last June in Pioneer Courthouse Square, beating pots and pans.
by John Wayne? Yeah, we forgot, too. But that was ridiculous. DOWNTOWN BEACH LIVIN’: Portland tends to forget that it has a river in the middle of it, and that the river is actually a great place to swim. The organizers of summer swim-the-Willamette event the Big Float pitched an idea that hopefully the city will remember next year: Turning the river banks near the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge into an inviting, sandy beach. NOT IN MY PARKING LOT: The rollout of the Portland Housing Bureau’s “overnight sleeping” program—essentially letting homeless Portlanders camp semi-legally in church or nonprofit parking lots—was supposed to happen quietly. No fuss. No headlines. No spotlight. That plan pretty much blew up, however, when blindsided neighbors of the program’s first host, Moreland Presbyterian Church, FREAKED OUT and started sending supercharged emails to city hall laden with stories of rape, robbery, and other stereotypical ugliness. It almost killed the program, and it was a reminder of how little some people know about the real nature of homelessness in Portland. FREE RAIL ZONE, RIP: Riding the MAX downtown used to be free. That was a very good thing for poor people, the elderly, commuters, and tourists. Then TriMet got into a pissing match with its operators’ union and decided to spend a lot of money on projects like the streetcar and a new
line to Milwaukie. And now that very good thing has gone away. ALL HAIL!: It sucks, sometimes, having to take a cab in this town. They’re hard to find in the wild, and when you call for one, you find yourself waiting in the cold like a shivering dummy. Thankfully, in November, Portland City Council actually decided to let more taxis into the game. A new co-op, Union Cab, won the right to 50 new permits—the first such expansion in the city in more than a decade. SHOT ON THE STREET: The morning after Mardi Gras, Portland woke to the terrible news that two men sleeping on SE Belmont beneath the Morrison Bridge, Carter “Joe” Hickman and Albert “Allen” Dean, had nearly been killed in a drive-by shooting. The men, who are partners, spent weeks in the hospital. Police eventually released security camera footage of the car used in the shooting, but no answers ever emerged in a story seen as a wakeup call about the fragile line between life and death for homeless people. Later in the spring, Street Roots and Multnomah County put out the first-ever snapshot of that harshness: In 2011, their report found, 47 people in Multnomah County died while homeless. PARKING-FREE BUILDINGS ARE OKAY: Neighbors brewed up a massive hubbub over a spate of new buildings going up in central Portland with little or no parking attached, like the ecoFLATS on N Williams and NE MLK’s Shaver Green Building. City code doesn’t require parking for high-density projects built near transit, and NIMBYs ruled the headlines, complaining that the new condo and apartment residents still own cars and eat up all available on-street parking. A study of the building boom’s impact should have put minds to rest: The report found that while most residents of new low-or-no parking buildings own cars, half of nearby on-street parking spots are unfilled during peak weekday hours. PORTLAND: TERRIBLE FOR YOUTH RETIREMENT: The entire country knows the joke about Portland: It’s where young people go to retire. Two Portland State University researchers dug into the economic data to find whether the “Portlandia hypothesis” has merit. Researchers Greg Schrock and Jason Jurjevich found that, on the contrary, Portland is the place where young people are underemployed and underpaid. The city has the highest underemployment rate of any major city in the country among young people. There’s not really a punchline in the data. Just tears. NOT FORGOTTEN: In a year that’s seen police bureau commanders tolerate a federal crackdown on our cops’ treatment of the mentally ill, a mayor who made it his mission to keep from reinstating the cop who killed Aaron Campbell, and a pugnacious police union president dealing out low blows (and campaign checks), it’s worth remembering something just as important: the names of the men involved in police shootings this year. In chronological order, through mid-December: Bradley Lee Morgan (killed), Adalberto Flores-Haro, Jonah Potter, an unidentified 17-year-old boy, Billy Wayne Simms (killed), Michael Tate, and Joshua Baker. HARDLY A SHOCKER: Reining in some Portland cops’ excessive Taser use looms large in the federal police reform package now working its way through the courts. But community members, well before the feds issued their findings, were already sending strong messages about the need for change. The city’s Citizen Review Committee, which probes police policy and hears appeals in misconduct cases, wrote a report asking cops to use their Tasers less often. And twice this year juries awarded large settlements to men who were dog-piled and Tasered. Dan Halsted agreed to collect $258,000 from the city in the spring. And just this month, Gallagher Smith was given $306,000. THE END OF THE WORLD: Oh … wait… sigh. Fucking Mayans.
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Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 8 pm, $12, all ages One of Portland’s only all-ages New Year’s Eve celebrations has a dark cloud hanging over it: The cherished Backspace venue—one of the only remaining all-ages venues in town—will be evicted on January 1, 2013, unless it can raise $10,000 by year’s end. For more info on that, visit indiegogo.com/savebackspace, but meanwhile, Lost Lander’s Matt Sheehy tells us about the night’s festivities (which hopefully won’t be Backspace’s final hurrah). What makes your New Year’s Eve show the finest New Year’s Eve show in town? MATT SHEEHY: The great thing about Backspace is that it’s an all-ages venue. You can still drink there, though, if you’re 21 and over. Your little brother could be your designated driver!
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Do you have anything special planned for this show? Absolutely. We’ll have tons of glowsticks, black lights, and I’m working on creating fake snow. I grew up in Alaska and I never had the chance to attend a rave, so I’m hoping we can approximate something along those lines. But with totally different music. At midnight, will someone in your band be available for kissing? The world wants to know. We will all be available for kissing/hugging before/after/during the countdown to midnight. We’re also completely disease- and boundaryfree, collectively.
Weinland’s NYE Supergroup, the Minus 5, DJ Safi Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $22-25 What do you have planned this year? ADAM SHEARER (WEINLAND): The Minus 5 start the night with their amazing music and builtin all-star greatness. Then the Weinland NYE Supergroup will play around 25 of the most classic dance songs of all time. We represent every genre from the last 40 years and turn it into a best-of, performed by a group of 20-plus Portland musicians, all of whom are selected for their specific skill sets. Chet [Jeffrey Lyster of Eels] shreds, Steven Bak can sing anything, no one can sing the Bee Gees like Brian Perez, and on and on. We’ll have songs from Prince, MJ, Journey, Bell Biv Devoe (yes, I said that), Beastie Boys, the Stones, and heaps more. Will someone in the band be available for kissing at midnight? Yes, we all make out with everyone. The songs are selected to subconsciously push you all toward this. Do you have any favorite New Year’s traditions? Every year we do this. This is our fourth year. Bring your sweetheart or come alone and remain open to adventure. Anything else? If you put our picture on the cover, we will bring Ned Lannamann on stage and force him to dance with himself to “Dancing with Myself.”
What song will you play at midnight? “Auld Lang Syne”? We have a cover, but I can’t spill the beans! I will say that I’ve never been more excited to play four minutes of dance music. Anything else to add? A short plea, perhaps: Please don’t let Backspace go under! This is vital to our under-aged Portlanders.
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End the Year Right with the Mercury’s Mega-Guide to New Year’s Eve
by Ned Lannamann
EW YEAR’S EVE is all things to all people, from seasoned, sozzled party veterans to those youthful, scampish amateurs, but there are so many parties on the big night that you might not know where to stick yourself. That’s why we asked 14 of the bands, DJs, and venue owners in town about what we can expect from their New Year’s Eve throwdowns. They gave us all the juice about the parties they’ve got planned, so you’ll know exactly where to be when the ball drops.
What do you have planned for this show? KYLE MORTON (TYPHOON): I had a dream a few nights back in which we played our new songs with old songs embedded into parts of them. I woke up thinking that was a pretty good idea, so we set to hashing it out in real life. And yes, there will be snacks. At midnight, will someone in your band be available for kissing? We talked about it—like, for example, having a Typhoon kissing booth next to a Typhoon herpesscreening booth. Will you be playing “Auld Lang Syne”? Good idea. If we get our shit together, yes. What was your best New Year’s Eve? And your worst? Best: washing dishes at my dad’s restaurant growing up, everyone working their asses off with pizza, champagne, and a good sleep to look forward to at the end of the night. Worst? Last year, I found myself in the position of having to plunge
Two Beers Veirs w/Laura Veirs and Guests LaurelThirst Public House, 2958 NE Glisan, 9 pm, $25 What makes your show the finest New Year’s Eve show in town? LAURA VEIRS: We have the best-looking band in town. Also, I’ll be six months pregnant, wearing a sparkling crown and a Les Paul. Anything special planned? Cover songs? I worked hard to learn Jimi’s solo for “The Wind Cries Mary.” Now I have to get it to flow with a rockstar spread-legged stance, instead of the tight-lipped-nerd-hunched-over concentrated look. At midnight, will someone in your band be available for kissing? We are all married, so give it a try and see what happens. What will you play at midnight? Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains the Same.” I
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Continued from pg. 11 had to practice it for two months. Our lead singer Annalisa Tornfelt does a mean Robert Plant. Do you have any favorite New Year’s traditions? Joining a gym and getting the body of my dreams. How would you describe your 2012, overall? I bought a red Porsche and had a midlife crisis. What is your New Year’s resolution for 2013? To be more patient. Godammit.
It’s Anjali’s turn this year, and she’s not telling.
Champagne is traditional for New Year’s, but what drink do you recommend for your set? Well, if you want to honor the “Blue Album,” you’ll spend the evening drinking Heineken. But considering this is Portland, and we have so many other, and better, beers to choose from... I don’t really see that happening. Who knows—maybe when we sing the lyric “somebody’s Heinie is crowding my icebox,” there will be a sea of Heineken-holding hands raised to the sky!
What was your best New Year’s Eve? And your worst? Our first New Year’s Eve party together was a ton of fun. Between nudity and illicit substance use, people were getting kicked out by the dozens. The worst? How about the most different? At a hotel New Year’s Eve party at a hill station in Central India, we learned that at these functions all the vices are sequestered in a corner where the alcohol, tobacco, and meat are discreetly served and hastily consumed.
What song will you play at midnight (if you can spill the beans)? Pre-midnight, you’ll be hearing “Only in Dreams,” as we’ll be wrapping up the “Blue Album.” But there is a special song planned for immediately afterward. It is a secret.
What was your best New Year’s Eve? Surely last year at the Woods, it was epic. It closed one week later. I’m still so very sad about that. What is your New Year’s resolution for 2013? To get better at doing the “Cabbage Patch” and the “Roger Rabbit.”
Lord Dying, Long Knife, Bi-Marks, I Need Lunch
Quasi Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water, 9 pm, $12-14 What makes your New Year’s Eve show the finest New Year’s Eve show in town? SAM COOMES (QUASI): I didn’t know there were any other shows. Do you have anything special planned for this show? A miniature reproduction of Qin Shi Huang’s tomb in marzipan. Champagne is traditional for New Year’s, but what drink do you recommend for your set? Depth Charge and kava. Will you play “Auld Lang Syne”? I’m not really interested in “Auld Lang Syne,” but if people are screaming for it, who knows. Is this a song that makes people happy? Is this something people actually want to hear? I don’t really know. I’ve never gotten anything out of it, personally. It’s got an interesting title, though.
At midnight, will someone in one of the bands be available for kissing? Everybody in Long Knife (except the bassist) will be available for kissing. It is encouraged, in fact. Any favorite or memorable New Year’s traditions? Not that I can remember. Maybe that is the tradition. What was your best New Year’s Eve? And your worst? They are one and the same, I suspect. How would you describe your 2012, overall? Awkward, but filled with love... like a giant pink gorilla trapped in a bedroom closet. What is your recommended hangover cure for New Year’s Day? No sleep; keep the party going until the 2nd and pay the price then.
Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside, 9 pm, $15
What makes this show the best New Year’s Eve show in town? EVAN WAY (THE PARSON RED HEADS): At no other show will you find two of the greatest albums of the ’90s being performed from start to finish! Our dear friends Ozarks (who I am playing drums for these days) are covering Grandaddy’s epic Under the Western Freeway, and the Parsons are playing Weezer’s “Blue Album!” You won’t see these sets performed by these bands again, so it’s pretty once-in-a-lifetime. We wanted to make sure this year was special in its own right—we’ve performed “classic” albums from front to back before (Tom Petty’s Wildflowers, the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night), but nothing quite like the “Blue Album.” And it is also just about the
What song will play at midnight? Miracles Club will be on stage at that moment, so I’m sure they’ve got something brilliant planned. What is your New Year’s resolution for 2013? Figure out what yoga is all about.
Anything special planned for this show? THE INCREDIBLE KID: With the help of Shane Carruth, we are building the first operational time machine, which will be the arrival point for the first visitors from the future at the stroke of midnight at our party. Champagne is traditional for New Year’s, but what drink do you recommend for your set? Mahua: the Indian “country liquor” created from the flowers of the Madhuca longifolia tree that is brewed by Indian tribals. Only drink one cup! Will someone be available for kissing at midnight? No one will be able to get a tongue in edgewise. Will you be playing “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight? “Auld Lang Syne?” Hell to the no. Definitely something fresh. Definitely a banger. Truthfully, Anjali and I switch off playing the midnight song every year.
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DJ Nine Inch Nilina, DJ Uptown Alley Valentine’s, 232 SW Ankeny, 9 pm, free What makes your New Year’s Eve show the finest in town? NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL: It can be anything you want! Your full-time destination, a stopover on the way to the next event, something free to do, an ultimate dance party, beautiful young pretty things—you name it! Do you have anything special planned? What kinds of stuff will you spin? We’re planning to do a balloon drop once the clock strikes midnight. Look forward to having your photo snapped by moi, too! I’ll be playing a mix of electro, rap, old-school (think 1978), Top 40 (Miguel, Biebs, RiRi), and more. DJ Uptown Alley will also be gracing the decks and I know she has a love for all things disco. And Bruce Springsteen. The best summation is that Valentine’s will be pumping like an up-tempo jukebox.
At midnight, will you be available for kissing? I may (insert wink). I’m a single lady this year, but it all depends on who shows up. A high-five is a definite guarantee, though!
DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid
White Eagle, 836 N Russell, 9:30 pm, $12-15
What drink do you recommend for your set? Well, I’m not above Red Bull and vodka, so if you need that sort of thing to stay awake until the wee hours, do your thing. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll maintain a steady flow of cheap white wine to the gullet. Anything, really, except for heavy, bitter microbrews. That stuff is a gut bomb.
Champagne is traditional, but what drink do you recommend? I recommend sparkling wine topped with St. Germain. Ultra classy, boozy, and bourgie.
Recommended hangover cure for New Year’s Day? Acid.
The Parson Red Heads, Ozarks, Josh and Mer
Do you have anything special planned for this show? I’ve got the über-talented boys of Brainstorm backing me up and we’re working on some tight collaborations that include the disco and house vibes I work with, combined with the jangly, West African sounds they’re so good at conjuring.
Do you have anything special planned for this show? The first three bands have original material (in this order: Bi-Marks, Long Knife, and Lord Dying). I Need Lunch, the final band of the evening, will be all Dead Boys covers... and they will most definitely dress and act the part.
What makes this New Year’s Eve show the finest New Year’s Eve show in town? DJ COOKY PARKER: Wow, so many things. The DJ lineup is incredible, two of my favorite Portland bands are performing, and oh yeah, free limo rides!
At midnight, will you be available for kissing? Indeed I will be!
What is your New Year’s resolution for 2013? Become a little less of a Portland secret.
Star Bar, 639 SE Morrison, 9 pm, free What makes your New Year’s Eve show the finest show in town? JOSH DAVIS (STAR BAR): First, it’s free. Four bands. Champagne toast at midnight. Party favors. All for free.
Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand & Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine (limo service between venues provided), 8 pm, $15
Champagne is traditional for New Year’s, but what drink do you recommend for your set? Absinthe?
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Anything special planned? We are recreating the lighted ball drop from the Woods last year.
The Miracles Club, Jeffrey Jerusalem Band, Brainstorm, Hosannas, Magic Fades, DJ Beyondadoubt, DJ E*Rock, DJ Zack; pre-party cocktail hour w/Zac Pennington & Luke Wyland duo Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm (7:30 pm cocktail hour), $18-25 What makes this the finest New Year’s Eve show in town? JEFFREY JERUSALEM: The diversity and talent on the bill is insane. Some of Portland’s most entertaining performers have a hand in this one. From Beyonda to Miracles Club to Brainstorm? Kind of unbeatable.
Do you have any favorite or memorable New Year’s traditions? When I was a kid, my mom and I would step out the door and bang on pots and pans. Now it’s just making sure the right song is on.
’60s Groove Pop Revival & Motown Get Down w/the Satin Chaps, Brownish Black, DJ Hippie Joe, DJ Von Tussle Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th, 9 pm, $15 What makes your New Year’s Eve show the finest New Year’s Eve show in town? PETER DEAN (THE SATIN CHAPS): Our saxophonist will be removing an item of clothing every hour on the hour starting at 8 pm. Spoiler alert: He’s starting the night only wearing four items of clothing.
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What was your best New Year’s Eve? And your worst? New Year’s Eve is my favorite and always good. It’s everyone’s birthday at once! Non-commercial, apolitical, irreligious.
Tony Starlight’s AM Gold ’70s Soft Rock Show
Anything special planned for this show? As stated above, there may be nudity. Beyond that, we have a virtual cornucopia of surprises planned. But if we told you what they were, they wouldn’t be surprises. Suffice it to say, people will tell their children about this night—children that may well be conceived as a direct result of the aforementioned surprises.
Tony Starlight’s Supper Club, 3728 NE Sandy, 8 pm (dinner show) & 10:30 pm (cocktail show), $25-70 What makes your show the finest New Year’s Eve show in town? TONY STARLIGHT: It is easily the softest rocking in town. Do you have anything special planned? We dress in 1970s American native clothing. The finest polyester and the tightest of slacks. What drink do you recommend for your set? I’ll be drinking Maker’s Mark and soda.
Champagne is traditional for New Year’s, but what drink do you recommend for your set? Milk. It might be counterintuitive, but with the amount of getting down that’s going to be going down, folks will need the nutrition that can only be delivered by a good old-fashioned glass of icecold two percent.
Will you be playing “Auld Lang Syne”? Yes.
Will someone in your band be available for kissing at midnight? As luck would have it, a full 50 percent of the band will be herpes-sore-free and ready to smooch away at the strike of 12.
What is your New Year’s resolution for 2013? To be a little less humble.
Do you have any favorite or memorable New Year’s traditions? It’s New Year’s when I say it’s New Year’s, despite what time your phone says.
What song will you play at midnight? We’re big fans of a German NYE song called “Guten Rutsch (Ins Funky Neue Jahr).” What was your best New Year’s Eve? And your worst? Best: The whole crowd singing along to “Celebrate Good Times,” 12:00 am, January 1, 2011. Worst: An audience member throwing up on our organist, 12:02 am, January 1, 2011. What is your recommended hangover cure for New Year’s Day? Hair of the dog that bit ya: two percent milk.
Caleb Klauder Country Band, the Barn Door Slammers The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd, 9 pm, $15 What makes your New Year’s Eve show the finest in town? CALEB KLAUDER: Well, it’s a honky-tonk at the Spare Room, one of the best dive bars in town. It’s got a great dance floor, so it’ll be an all-out dance party with “good vibes” as the main attraction.
Egyptian Lover, Jamie Jupiter, Etbonz, White Rainbow, DJ Maxx Bass
Anything special planned for this show? We are planning a Rhinestone Cowboy contest. Dress your best and bring on the bling. And at midnight we will have a special song for you all.
YU Contemporary, 800 SE 10th, 9 pm, $15-20 (free entry after 1 am w/Holocene stamp) What makes your New Year’s Eve show the finest New Year’s Eve show in town? JARED WHITE (DJ MAXX BASS): Egyptian theme! On account of Egyptian Lover. Plus the late-night shared ticket with Holocene. Plus the venue with the largest windows!
Do you have any favorite New Year’s traditions? Well, I love a big ol’ bonfire, but we can’t do that at the Spare Room. I am into the idea of a great social gathering with dancing and singing as a way of throwing off your old baggage. I like the paper boats with candles sent down the river to take away your fears and to make room for new opportunities in life.
Do you have anything special planned? Working on a pyramid. Wear gold and black!
What is your recommended hangover cure for New Year’s Day? What’s a hangover? Just kidding. Two parts coffee and Bailey’s, one part eggs and bacon, one part couch, one part good ol’ western movie, and a sauna in the late afternoon. Oh, and a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
What song will play at midnight? “Bitter Sweet Symphony”? “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” Boyz II Men? “Once in a Lifetime,” Talking Heads? We will see. Dealer’s choice.
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Garcia Birthday Band 9:30 p.m.
Justin Rayfield 9:30 p.m.
The Parson Red Heads Ozarks Josh and Mer 9 p.m.
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My, What a Busy Week!
OUR ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PICKS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 26-JANUARY 1
by Rose Finn and Courtney Ferguson
Wednesday, December 26
SEXY MUTHA—You’ve been stuck inside with your godawful family for days, so the time is nigh to throw on something slinky and dance to the sweet, panty-dropping sounds of Prince. DJs Nathan Detroit and Black Dog will show you what it sounds like when doves cry, so be prepared to shake it like you stole it. CF Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand, 9 pm, FREE
Thursday, December 27
Friday, December 28
THE DUDE > SANTA—Congrats, you survived Christmas! Celebrate with the Dude. The Clinton Street Theater’s annual screening of The Big Lebowski on 35mm is the perfect way to wind down after putting up with all the bullshit that the holidays entail—and you’re encouraged to come in your pajamas. So that’s a bonus. EH Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, Wed Dec 26-Thurs Dec 27, 6:50 & 9:20 pm, $6
WELL, WELLS—Occasional Portlander Emily Wells delivered one of the year’s finest albums in Mama, a dizzying array of classical, hiphop, pop, and beyond. Outside of the studio, Wells is an arresting performer, using loops and her formidable multi-instrumentalist skills to combine beats and string-laden atmosphere that’ll move your body and your mind. NL w/Timmy Straw; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $12-14
CIAO, 007—Part of the three-day Spaghetti Fest (featuring groovy Italian flicks of the ’60s and early ’70s), tonight’s Euro Spy Night is a treat for fans of 007. Mission Bloody Mary (1965) and the awesomely named From the Orient with Fury (1965) both star Ken Clark as Dick Malloy, Agent 077 (!!) battling super villains and banging beautiful broads. WSH Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 7 pm, $8, go to portlandmercury.com for more screenings
HOMETOWN HEROES—It’s another installment of great comedy showcase Funny Over Everything! One-time Portlanders Ron Funches and Matt Braunger have moved on to sunnier climes, but they’re back in town for the holidays to grace us with their hilarity at tonight’s show. There’s a reason these two got good enough to leave Portland—don’t miss ’em. AH w/Ian Karmel, Shane Torres; Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 8 pm, $10
Saturday, December 29
Sunday, December 30 CINDY SHERMAN—You’ve seen her photos. You know they’re amazing. But computer screens and art history textbooks can’t really capture all the spookiness and texture of Cindy Sherman’s elaborate portraits. Today’s the last day to see her photos in person at the Portland Art Museum—get down there! SM Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, noon-5 pm, $15
INSTITUTIONAL—Featuring members of legendary Portland band Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows are a tour de force and represent some of the bedrock that the local music scene was founded on. If you’ve never seen either act, don’t be surprised if someone revokes your citizenship. MS w/the Suicide Notes; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez, 8 pm, $8
WIND IT UP—The year ain’t quite over yet, but it’s time to Wind It Up with a super-sized bill of great local bands, including the zooted, shortattention-span sex jams of the Woolen Men, the Memories, the gnarled psych of Wooden Indian Burial Ground, and plenty more. It’s all free, too, which means this Sunday night could very well be the best one of 2012. NL w/Charts, Regular Music, & more; Rontoms, 600 E Burnside, 6 pm, FREE
Tuesday, January 1
GRINDHOUSE—Kick off 2013 right—by heading back to the ’70s. The Hollywood’s being tight-lipped about what three movies they’re showing at their New Year’s Day Grindhouse Secret Movie Marathon, but one’s about “giant monsters battling,” another is “a gritty ’70s crime fi lm,” and the third is “an extremely rare kung fu movie.” Plus: 35mm grindhouse trailers before each movie! EH Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, $10 for all three or $7 for final film, movies start at 3, 5, & 7 pm
CALEB KLAUDER COUNTRY BAND!— Hands fucking down this is the best New Year’s Eve shindig you’ll find in Stumptown tonight! Go watch the honky-tonk shenanigans of the boottootin’ Caleb Klauder Country Band at the awesome Spare Room. Wear your rhinestones and your best white cowboy hat! It’s about to get real… real country. CF The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd, 9 pm, $15 CHARLIE FM ’80S PARTY—Nothing celebrates “2013” like “1982.” Charlie FM is hosting a huge party with Tommy Tutone, ’80s tribute band the Poor Sports, two floors of dancing, DJs, food, drinks, and the standard midnight champagne toast. After hearing “867-5309” for the 8,675,309th time, you’ll be wondering whose balls are dropping—the ones on the ceiling or your own. RF Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison, 7:30 pm, $99-139 CHOCOLATE! BUBBLES!—Trust sweetmongers Pix Patisserie to throw a fête worth getting drunk for. Join ’em at their new location for champagne sabering (slashing at bottles with swords!), a six-foot flowing bubbly tower, confetti, free chocolate buffet when you buy a bevy, chestnut roasting, 300+ sparkling wines on hand, and sweet tunes from DJ Action. CF Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside, 10 pm, FREE OVER THE HILTON—The Hilton is hosting its annual Champagne Ball, equipped with ’80s bands and DJs, three dance floors, go-go dancers, and people that weren’t alive during the ’80s. RF Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, 921 SW 6th, 8 pm, $89-129 VIDEO DANCE ATTACK—Don’t have enough cheddar in your pocket to dance like an ’80s music-loving rich person tonight? Don’t seethe in silence. Dance it out at the always fun Video Dance Attack, which is taking their music video projections out of Lola’s Room to get expando at the Wonder Ballroom. CF Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $17-20
Monday, December 31 DIG A PARTY—Twofer! One ticket gets you into Get In!— a combo dance party at Dig a Pony and Union/Pine… with free limo rides between venues! Pony will feature ass-shaking makers Magic Mouth, Shy Girls, and more, while Union Pine will be making you sweat with DJs Cooky Parker, Jimbo, and Sex Life DJs. Get in! WSH Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand; Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine, 8 pm, $15, FREE limo rides!
New Year’s Eve 2012
VERY YEAR, we drag out last year’s glad rags, throw back some Jell-O shots, kiss our best friend at midnight, and try not to puke while standing. And this year will be absolutely no different! You just need to find the right spot with champagne and “handsome” strangers. Here are some of your best options:
AND ANOTHER THING—While all your friends are out of town for the holidays and the social calendar looks bleak, And And And will welcome you in with their shared passion for Pavementesque rock and their summertime pursuit of the fine sport of Rigsketball (it involves a van and a basketball hoop)! So chin up: You do have friends, and their name is And And And. MS w/the We Shared Milk, Pictorials; Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy, 9 pm, FREE
WELL HEELED—All you need to know are the two best names in the world: Alaska Thunderfuck and Jinkx Monsoon. Those two ladies— well known as über queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race—are throwing down the dance party tonight at Rotture. Time to bust out the glitter and heels so tall they violate FAA regulations! SM Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 9 pm, $8
PARDO—There are no shortage of dance parties tonight, but if you’d prefer to spend your New Year’s Eve sitting down—and perhaps laughing convulsively?—then consider ringing in the year with the reliably hilarious stand-up Jimmy Pardo. Helium’s also throwing in a free ticket to a future show and a dessert buffet after the late set. AH Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 7:30 & 10 pm, $25-52
WE’LL WHISPER—So you emptied your brains into several glasses of dark liquor last night, and now you’re facedown, head throbbing, on your bed. But good news! The only place you’re going today is your futon! Change the bong water, grab a cheese steak, and settle in front of a screen. You can always clean the puke out of your bathtub tomorrow! DCT The hole you call “home,” somewhere embarrassing, all day, FREE
BASS ODYSSEY—If you like going to really loud 18+ raves at the Oregon Convention Center, this will be the best... until next year. RF Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, 7 pm, $35-61, 18+ STORM LARGE—If you haven’t gotten enough of Storm Large, here’s your chance for another round of music and theatrics. RF Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Sun Dec 30, 8 pm, $50, all ages, Mon Dec 31, 10 pm, $75, 21+ “BEST OPTION” AT ROTTURE—From Onuinu’s disco-hop rhythm to DJ Fatboy’s E-40 cuts, your booty won’t have shaken so hard since your best friend dropped a slug down your pants in the 3rd grade. What better way to cover up the wounds of childhood than with some nasty freak-dancing to fat beats?With Reva DiVito, Stewart Villain, TxE, and more; RF Branx/Rotture, 320 SE 2nd, $10 in advance, 9pm, 21+
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The Best Moments of the Year in Music
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The Best Shows, Songs, and More: What Made 2012 Great
E ASKED Portland musicians, bookers, club owners, music enthusiasts, and more about their favorite musical moments of 2012. They responded with lots of great stories about what made the past year in music so great. We’ve got some for you here; for many more, visit the Mercury’s music blog, End Hits, all this week. Ian Hunter at the Aladdin Theater on September 1. Ian is 73 years old and he put on a show that would put many twentysomething-yearold bands to shame. Ian rocked and played material from his 44-year career, including solo material and Mott the Hoople, with a band that has to be one of the best out there. This was his first time to Portland since 1989; talk to anyone that was at that show and they will all say it was the musical highlight of the year. —Terry Currier (Music Millennium)
PUSSY CONTROL: NATHAN DETROIT, BLACK DOG (Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
THURSDAY 12/27 EMILY WELLS, TIMMY STRAW (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
AND AND AND, THE WE SHARED MILK, PICTORIALS (Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
PETUNIA AND THE VIPERS, WHAT HEARTS
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND AT THE ROSE GARDEN, NOVEMBER 28 One of the best musical moments of the year, and one of the greatest photos as well. JASON QUIGLEY
Swans at the Hawthorne Theatre for MusicfestNW. Brutal, visceral, and no bullshit. I was ecstatic the entire time and left so humbled by such mastery of restraint. One of the most hypnotic musical experiences of my life. —Luke Wyland (AU) Pure Bathing Culture at Valentine’s. My first time seeing them live. It was intimate, the sound was mysteriously superb, and the room soaked up their vibes like a sponge. —Dan Vidmar (Shy Girls) Every live performance I caught of Like a Villain. Holland Andrews is the musical equivalent of a majestic beast. —Claudia Meza (Stay Calm) Father John Misty eating mushrooms backstage and then going onstage at SXSW to do an improvised version of “Apples and Bananas.” —Jordan Kinley (Into the Woods) Drunk Dad at Baby Bar in Spokane. Drunk Dad were up first, but only two of [the band members] were at the show and they couldn’t find the other two. The others had apparently fallen asleep in the van, and no one knew where the van was. Long after they were to have started—and after a lot pacing (and at least a little yelling)—the missing two showed up, having just woken up. Moments later they launched into one of the loudest, most crushingly sick sets I saw all year. Rock and roll. —Josh Hughes (Rabbits) Hosting legendary UK peace-punk forebears the Mob was definitely one of the more rewarding moments of the year for us at the Know. It seems too often that “reunion tours” offer a castrated or hodgepodged version of the original band that had once left such a strong impression. The Mob, however, absolutely bucked this trend. People were packed so tightly into the room that people were practically on top of one another to catch a glimpse of
the performance on stage. Several times throughout the show the audience became an impromptu choir, as the volume with which they sang along to their favorite songs exceeded that of the sound system and band! It was a beautiful thing to watch. —David Rose (the Know, Bulkhead Records) One of my favorite musical moments of 2012 was seeing Joanna Newsom karaoke “The Last Unicorn” at Alberta Street Pub. —Tonality Star (PWRHAUS) If you had told me the two best shows I’d see in 2012 would both be at the Rose Garden, I’d have told you to go screw. But here we are. Not very punk rock, I guess. Back in May, Roger Waters performed The Wall—one of the most nihilistic, hateful albums ever to have been cauterized by classic-rock radio overplay—to a rapturous crowd. It was technically the most impressive live spectacle I’ve ever seen, and, amazingly enough, one of the most thought provoking, too. Then there was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in November; the man mainlined pure, giddy, unadulterated joy directly into the hearts of 15,000 Portlanders for a miraculous three hours and 20 minutes. The Boss commands legions of devoted, slobbering fans, and I’d never fully understood why—until that night. —Ned Lannamann (Portland Mercury) Elvis Costello is my favorite musician of all time, and thanks to an amazing friend, I had front-row seats to his Spinning Wheel Tour at the Schnitz. When it came time for Costello to pick an audience member to spin the wheel, on his way back toward the stage he stopped, eyeto-eye not two feet from my face, and sang to me. Everyone I’ve told this to asks what song he was singing, to which I have no reply. —Anna Jensen (Doug Fir) Randomly crossing paths with comatose J Mascis in three of Portland’s quadrants during MusicfestNW.
—Morgan Troper (Mercury contributor, Your Rival) The Shaky Hands’ first reunion show at Backspace. It was a phenomenal set by one of my all-time favorite Portland bands, and easily my best music moment of the year. —Louie Herr (Banana Stand Media)
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) It’s two days after Christmas, and you’ve eaten enough candy canes to ensure psychedelic spit and sugar bumps through at least the end of the year. It’s officially time to get out of the holiday malaise, and it’s tough to imagine a more swingin’ way to brush off the blues than with Vancouver, BC’s Petunia and the Vipers. Petunia’s Jimmie Rodgers croon, pedal-steel soul, and easy-doesit cowboy tunes recall shooting-star nights sitting around the campfire on the range. The band’s excellent self-titled debut switches gears from track to track, proffering juke-joint scorchers like “Maybe Baby Amy” against smoldering, yodel-led retro-western tunes like album opener “The Cricket Song.” RYAN J. PRADO
FRIDAY 12/28 DON’T, THE BLOODTYPES, THE RANSOM
June 12. Seeing the terrible accordion player outside of Powell’s being attacked by a seagull. —Leonard Mynx Seeing Hungry Ghost’s record release at Bunk Bar when I’d just had a baby. I was totally floored by the unflagging ferocity of Sara Lund and Lorca Wood—both mothers, both complete badasses. —Heather Larimer (Eux Autres) I can’t even remember what happened two months ago. —Johnny Magdaleno (Mercury contributor) The most transcendent concert for me was the performance of original and live scores to René Laloux’s animated feature films at Holocene. In particular, the music that WL wrote and performed to accompany the film Gandahar left me speechless. I gasped when I learned later how quickly WL had put it all together (it was something absurd like three days). That event drove home why I love Portland so much. —Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls) Caleb Klauder at the Spare Room, every time. —Sean Spellman (Quiet Life) Sharon Van Etten at the Aladdin Theater. She’s an incredible songwriter, charming, witty, and adorably self-deprecating on stage. Her live arrangements are really something special. —Courtney Sheedy (Houndstooth, Point Juncture, WA, What Hearts) Continued on pg. 21
(Club 21, 2035 NE Glisan) Before Portland earned its reputation as a playground for young adults, it was (and continues to be) home to individuals who devoted themselves to lifelong efforts at creative endeavors. Thankfully, this side of the city endures amid escalating stereotypes, and is on display with the musical project Don’t. Formed in 2009, the band combines the talents of legendary local musicians Sam Henry (drummer of the Wipers, member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and tonight’s birthday boy) and Dave Minick (bassist for Napalm Beach and more), with the pioneering spirits of guitarist Dan Lowinger (the Love Lasers) and vivacious frontwoman Jenny Don’t. The result is music that sounds effortlessly timeless, while pulsating with that new and earnest energy we call rock ’n’ roll—soon to be captured on a new 7-inch for DIY Long Island imprint Dead Broke Rekerds. MARANDA BISH
ITAL, ACID FARM, DASANI REBOOT (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Ital is the façade erected by Daniel Martin-McCormick to stand in front of his experiment in dance music, where “dance” means whatever you want it to. Martin-McCormick is a cerebral Brooklynite whose past collaborations include Black Eyes and Mi Ami, but Ital is not a reinvention—Martin-McCormick’s output is defined by constant experimentation. This year, after a string of EPs, Ital has released two records, Hive Mind and Dream On. Though tinkering with dance music is all the rage right now, Ital’s albums are deliberate and thoughtful and certainly not fashionable. Ital transgresses the idea of what dance music has traditionally meant—a sweaty, sexualized medium for people whose main interest is the activity of dancing—and offers up a challenging, impressionistic, fractured alternative. Sometimes, it’s even very beautiful. It’s what might happen after staying up all night reading Derrida and listening to the Prodigy’s entire catalog. REBECCA WILSON
THE NO TOMORROW BOYS, THE CRY, STUMBLEBUM, A HAPPY DEATH (Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Doug Rogers took the reins of Slabtown back in February, and he’s closing out 2012 with a bang: a four-day weekend with some of his favorite bands that have played the club since
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My favorite musical moment of the year was definitely Lizzy Ellison of Radiation City covering Etta James’ “At Last” at the end of their PDX Pop Now! set this summer. A huge surprise and not an easy song, vocally, to cover! —Tope (Living Proof, TxE)
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SATURDAY 12/29 PIERCED ARROWS, THE SUICIDE NOTES (Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
THE SUPERSUCKERS, BURN THE STAGE (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The Supersuckers, and their mustachioed, perma-smirked frontman Eddie Spaghetti, have been proclaiming themselves the “greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world” for years now. Whether or not the claim holds true is up for debate (and should be debated, because this is America). But just making such a bold proclamation is pretty fucking rock ’n’ roll. And the band’s been at it for years, a modern-day AC/DC where every song is essentially “Shoot to Thrill” done over and over. Or in the Supersuckers’ case, “Creepy Jackalope Eye.” Hey, even these guys released a singles collection called The Songs All Sound the Same. Supersuckers shows are a good excuse to drink, flail, and forget about the grind of life. If that’s not rock ’n’ roll, I don’t PRESENTS know what is. MARK LOREBURLESQUIRE A FIRST THURSDAY
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AL’S DEN—Redwood Son, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Toshi Onizuka, 7 pm ASH STREET SALOON—Second Player Score, Swim Atlantic, Give it FM, 9:30 pm, $5 BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Henry Hill Kammerer, 9 pm BLUE DIAMOND—The Fenix Project, 9 pm BRASSERIE MONTMARTRE—Nicole Glover, 7 pm BUFFALO GAP—Andy Stokes, 9 pm, free CAMELLIA LOUNGE—The Goods Jazz Jam: Errick Lewis & the Regiment House Band, 8:30 pm ★ DOUG FIR—Ryan Sollee, Nick Jaina, Paleo, 9 pm, $5 DUFF’S GARAGE—High Flyers, 6 pm, $2; Suburban Slim’s Blues Jam: Suburban Slim, John Neish, Jeff Strawbridge, 9 pm EAST BURN—Irish Music Jam, 7 pm EDGEFIELD—Muriel Stanton, 7 pm, free; Radical Revolution, Last 7 pm, free EUGENIO’S—Open Mic, 6:30 pm FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN—Kory Quinn, 9:30 pm GOOD NEIGHBOR PIZZERIA—Open Mic JADE LOUNGE—Karyn Patridge, 7 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Mel Brown Quartet, 8 pm, $5 KELLS—Pat Buckley, 9 pm LANDMARK SALOON—Bob Shoemaker, 6 pm; Jake Ray & The Cowdogs, 9:30 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Mary Flower Trio, 7 pm, free MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Mr. Hoo, noon, all ages; Sam Hirsch, Hank Hirsch, Harry McKenzie, 9:30 pm O’CONNORS VAULT—Jon Koonce & One More Mile, 8 pm, free THE OLD CHURCH—Christmas at the Old Church, 7:30 pm, all ages RED & BLACK CAFE—Music for the Working Class, 7 pm, free ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Jordan Harris: Lost & Found, 9 pm ★ SOMEDAY LOUNGE—6th Annual Bachxing Day: Classical Revolution PDX, 9 pm WILF’S—Ron Steen, Laura Stillwell, 7:30 pm
THURSDAY 12/27 AL’S DEN—Redwood Son, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Borikuas, 7 pm ARTICHOKE MUSIC—Acoustic Village, 7 pm, $5 ASH STREET SALOON—Siren’s Echo, Eastern Sunz, Monster’s Ink, Eminent, 9:30 pm, $6 BACKSPACE—The Sorry Devils, Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners, Right on John, 9 pm, $7, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Josh Bigg, 9 pm BLUE DIAMOND—Ben Jones, 9 pm CLYDE’S PRIME RIB—Steve Bradley, Jim Mesi, 7 pm CORKSCREW WINE BAR—Kokichi Tagawa, 8 pm CRYSTAL BALLROOM—Beats Antique, 9 pm, $25-30, all ages ★ DOUG FIR—Emily Wells, Timmy Straw, 9 pm, $12-14 DUFF’S GARAGE—Tough Love Pyle, 6 pm, $2; Bluestar, 9 pm, $3 EAT: AN OYSTER BAR—Steve Cheseborough, 7 pm EDGEFIELD—Oh Darling, 7 pm, free THE ELIXIR LAB—Johnny D’s Community Jam, 7 pm GOODFOOT—Julian’s Ride, No Hero, 9 pm, $6 GRAND CAFE/ANDREA’S CHA CHA CLUB—Pilon d’Azucar Salsa Band, 9:30 pm
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HALIBUT’S—Terry Robb, 8 pm, free HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—The Deal, Kinetic Emcees, DJ Tan’t, 9 pm, $5 HEATHMAN—Johnny Martin, 7 pm JADE LOUNGE—Scott Deams, 7 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Mel Brown B3 Organ Band, 8 pm, $5 KELLS—Pat Buckley, 9 pm ★ KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—42 Ford Prefect, Vacillators, Smash Bandits, 9 pm, $5 LANDMARK SALOON—Chris Miller, 6 pm; The Pickups, 8:30 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Jimmy Boyer Band, 9:30 pm THE LOVECRAFT—DJ Tobias, 9 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Petunia & The Vipers, What Hearts, 9 pm, $12 O’CONNORS VAULT—Kathy James Sextet, 7 pm, $5 THE PRESS CLUB—Coconino Trio, 8 pm RED ROOM—Yo Adrian, Secnd Best, Rabble Rouser, 9 pm, free RETRO RHYTHM—Ron Steen, 8 pm, free THE SECRET SOCIETY—Hack, Stitch & Buckshot, 6 pm, free, all ages SHAKER AND VINE—Koshanin, 8 pm, free SLABTOWN—Lucifer’s Child, The Daggers, 9 pm THE SPARE ROOM—Open Mic, 9:30 pm TAPALAYA—Milneburg Jazz Band, 6 pm, free TIGER BAR—Karaoke from Hell, 9:30 pm, free ★ TONIC LOUNGE—And And And, The We Shared Milk, Pictorials, 9:30 pm VIE DE BOHEME—Everything’s Jake, 8:30 pm, $5 WHITE EAGLE—The Brothers of the Hound, 5:30 pm, free, all ages; Steve Hale, 8:30 pm, free WILF’S—Ellen, Gene & Jean, 7:30 pm WONDER BALLROOM—Seven Lions, Zebo, 7 pm, $18.50-25
FRIDAY 12/28 ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, 9 pm, $15 AL’S DEN—Redwood Son, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Dan Diresta, 8 pm ARTICHOKE MUSIC—Friday Night Coffeehouse, $5, all ages ASH STREET SALOON—Fluid Spill, Gnosis, A Killing Dove, The Charlie Darwins, 9:30 pm, $5 ★ BACKSPACE—The Taxpayers, No Gentlemen, Youngins, 9 pm, $5 BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Lynn Conover, 6 pm, all ages; Sam Eliad, 9 pm BLUE DIAMOND—Billy D & The Hoodoos, 9 pm BLUE MONK—Bridgetown Sextet, 9 pm ★ BRANX—Larry & His Flask, Dirty Kid Discount, Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devils, Ether Circus, 8 pm, $10, all ages BRASSERIE MONTMARTRE—Eddie Parente Trio, 8 pm CAMELLIA LOUNGE—Andre St. James, 8 pm CANVAS ART BAR—Open Mic: Steve Huber, 7 pm, free, all ages ★ CLUB 21—Don’t, The Bloodtypes, The Ransom, 10 pm, free CRYSTAL BALLROOM—Beats Antique, 9 pm, $25-30, all ages ★ DOUG FIR—Reva Devito, Natasha Kmeto, DJ K. Marie, 9 pm, $8 DUFF’S GARAGE—The Hamdogs, 6 pm, $2; Chad Rupp, Hank Shreve, Ben Rice, Matt Potts, 9 pm, $7 EAST BURN—Solovox, 10 pm, free EAST END—Ion Storm, 9 pm EDGEFIELD—Colleen Raney, 7 pm, free GOODFOOT—DJ Aquaman’s Soul Stew, 9 pm HALIBUT’S—Norman Sylvester, 8 pm, free HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—P.L. Young, Quinn Blodgett, 6 pm, free; Murietta, McDougall, 8:30 pm, $6 HOTEL FIFTY—Stephanie Cooke, Dana Elizabeth, 8 pm, free
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JADE LOUNGE—Jeff Donovan, Krystyn Pixton, 6 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Kari Newhouse, The Druthers, Brownish Black, Ty Curtis Band, 8 pm, $10 KELLS—Pass the Whiskey, 9:30 pm KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Damn Divas, 9 pm, $5 ★ THE KNOW—Toys That Kill, Divers, Faster Housecat, 8 pm LANDMARK SALOON—WC Beck, 6 pm; Countryside Ride, 9 pm LANGANO LOUNGE—Gregory Miles Harris, Audie Darling, 8 pm, free LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Alice Stuart, 6 pm; Garcia Birthday Band, 9:30 pm MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—The Applicants, 6 pm; The Dust Settlers, 9 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Ital, Acid Farm, Dasani Reboot, 9 pm, $10 MOCK CREST TAVERN—The Adequates, 9 pm MT. TABOR THEATER—Jersey Rising West: A Benefit for Sandy Survivors: Mystic Canyon, Jimi Hardin & Friends, Ninja Hippie, 8:30 pm MUDDY RUDDER—Bass Mandolin, 8 pm NEL CENTRO—Mike Pardew, 9:30 pm O’CONNORS VAULT—John Bunzow Band, 8:30 pm, $5 PONDEROSA LOUNGE (AT JUBITZ)—Lock Stock & Barrel, 9 pm, $2-5 THE PRESS CLUB—Everything’s Jake, 8 pm RECORD ROOM—Christian Profeta, La Dona, 8 pm RED ROOM—8 Ohm Prophet, Kris Ashby, Wormbag, Not Sure, AC Lov Ring, 9 pm, $5 RINGSIDE FISH HOUSE—Brent Martens, 6:30 pm, free ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Slow Children, 9 pm THE SECRET SOCIETY—Pete Krebs & His Portland Playboys, 6 pm, free, all ages ★ SLABTOWN—No Tomorrow Boys, The Cry, Stumblebum, A Happy Death, 9 pm SOMEDAY LOUNGE—City Squirrel, Foxtrot, Reign the Arcade, 9 pm STAR THEATER—The Bitter Roots, 9 pm THE TARDIS ROOM—Arthur Moore, 8 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—Neil Diamond Tribute Holiday Special: Tony Starlight, 8 pm, $16 VIE DE BOHEME—Acoustic Minds, The Sale, 9 pm WHITE EAGLE—The Reverb Brothers, 5:30 pm, free, all ages; Garcia Birthday Band, 9:30 pm, $6 WILF’S—Tony Pacini Trio, 7:30 pm
SATURDAY 12/29 AL’S DEN—Redwood Son, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Toshi Onizuka, 8 pm ASH STREET SALOON—Shelter Red, Ancient Warlocks, Spatia, 9:30 pm, $6 BIDDY MCGRAW’S—29 Steps, 9:30 pm BLUE DIAMOND—Ron Stephens & Freak Flag Fly, 9 pm BLUE MONK—Nix, 9 pm BRANX—Finish Ticket, Koruscant Weekend, Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger, Fringe Class, 8 pm, $7, all ages BRASSERIE MONTMARTRE—The Martens Combination, 8 pm CAMELLIA LOUNGE—The Tummybuckles, 8 pm, free CRYSTAL BALLROOM—Railroad Earth, Tumbleweed Wanderers, 8 pm, $25-30, all ages DANTE’S—The Spazmatics, The Afrodisiacs, 9 pm, $10 ★ DOUG FIR—Supersuckers, Burn the Stage, 9 pm, $12-14 DUFF’S GARAGE—Ken Derouchie Band, 9 pm EAST BURN—The Oh My Mys, 10 pm, free
★ EAST END—No Tomorrow Boys, The Cry, Don Juan Y Los Blancos, 9 pm EDGEFIELD—Will Kinky, 7 pm, free ★ FOGGY NOTION—Little Lord Fauntleroy, M.A.R.C., Hearts of Plaid, 9 pm, $3 GOODFOOT—The Quick & Easy Boys, Eldridge Gravy & Court Supreme, 9 pm, $8 GOTHAM TAVERN—The Disappointments, 9 pm GRACE MEMORIAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH—A Spotless Rose: Christmas with the Ensemble, 8 pm, $15-20 HALIBUT’S—Lloyd Jones, 8 pm, free ★ HAWTHORNE THEATRE—Pierced Arrows, The Suicide Notes, 7:30 pm, $8 HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—The Abnorms, Kings & Vagabonds, The Fabulous Bad Cats, 9 pm, $5 JADE LOUNGE—Renee Muzquiz, Gaea, 6 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Linda Hornbuckle Band, Andy Stokes, 8 pm, $10 KELLS—Pass the Whiskey, 9:30 pm KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Bevelers, Lynnae Gryffin, 9 pm, $5 THE KNOW—Salted, 8 pm LANDMARK SALOON—Shorty & The Mustangs, 9 pm ★ LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—James Low Western Front, 6 pm MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Petty Cash, 4 pm, all ages; The Darlin’ Blackbirds, 6 pm; Love Bomb Go Go, 9 pm MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, Truckstop Darlin’, 9 pm, $15-17 MOCK CREST TAVERN—DC Malone & The Jones, 9 pm NEL CENTRO—Mike Pardew, Dave Captein, Randy Rollofson, 9:30 pm NORSE HALL—Christa Burch, 8 pm, all ages PONDEROSA LOUNGE (AT JUBITZ)—Clay Chambers & the Last Ride, 9 pm, $2-5 THE PRESS CLUB—Discovery Music Series: Meester & Meester, Greg Ewer, Michael Papillo, 9 pm RECORD ROOM—Abusive Consumer, Jatun, Sun Hammer, 8 pm RED ROOM—Year of the Wolf, Chase the Shakes, Krix, 9 pm, $3 REVIVAL DRUM SHOP—Loren Chasse, Marcus Fischer, 8 pm, $5-15 RINGSIDE FISH HOUSE—Tracy Kim, Doug Bundy, 6:30 pm, free ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Travis Petersen, 9 pm ROTTURE—Alaska Thunderfuck, Jinkx Monsoon, Carla Rossi, Little Tommy Bang Bang, Kaj-Anne Pepper, 9 pm, $8 THE SECRET SOCIETY—The Clambake Combo, 6 pm, free, all ages SHAKER AND VINE—Haley Horsfall, Jay Haser, 8 pm, $5 THE SPARE ROOM—DC Malone & The Jones, 9 pm, free; The Way Downs, 9 pm, free ★ STAR THEATER—Mbrascatu, 9 pm, free TIGER BAR—Set in Stone, 9 pm, $5 TONY STARLIGHT’S—The Best of the Tony Starlight Show: Tony Starlight, 8 pm, $15 VIE DE BOHEME—Cameron Quick, 6 pm; Tommy Hogan Band, 9 pm, $5 THE WAYPOST—Everybody’s Robots, Reign the Arcade, 8 pm WHITE EAGLE—The Student Loan, 4:30 pm, free, all ages; Justin Rayfield, 9:30 pm, $8 WILF’S—Devin Phillips Quartet, 7:30 pm
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DANTE’S—New Year’s Eve Robot & Nurses Ball: Smoochknob, 9 pm, $12 ★ DIG A PONY/UNION PINE—Get in: Magic Mouth, Shy Girls, DJ Cooky Parker, Bobby Dangerous, Hostile Tapeover, Nathan Detroit, DJ Freaky Outty, DJ Jimbo, Sex Life DJs, 8 pm, $15 ★ DOUG FIR—Fir Ball 2013: Weinland NYE Supergroup, The Minus 5, DJ Safi, 9 pm, $22-25 DUFF’S GARAGE—New Year’s Eve Blues Bash: DK Stewart Sextet, Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes, 9 pm, $20 EDGEFIELD—Polyrhythmics, Polecat, Sonny Hess Trio, 9 pm GOODFOOT—Scott Pemberton Trio, DJ Aquaman, 9 pm, $16 THE GOVERNOR HOTEL—First Annual New Year’s Eve Governor’s Ball: Patrick Lamb, DJ OG-1, 7 pm, $50-150 HALIBUT’S—Jim Wallace, 9 pm, free HAWTHORNE THEATRE—Hellion, Holy Diver, Highway Star, 8 pm, $8-10 ★ HOLOCENE—New Year’s Eve: Miracles Club, Jeffrey Jerusalem, Brainstorm, Hosannas, Magic Fades, DJ Beyondadoubt, DJ E*Rock, DJ Zack, 9 pm, $18 JIMMY MAK’S—Wheels in the Sky, Excellent Gentlemen, Nicole Berke, 8 pm, $20-25 ★ KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Water & Bodies, Violet Isle, Symmetry/Symmetry, DJ Vinyl Blows, 8 pm, free KENNEDY SCHOOL—Dr. Theopolis, Freak Mountain Ramblers, 9 pm, $20 LANDMARK SALOON—Miller & Sasser, 9 pm, $5 ★ LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Two Beers Veirs New Years: Laura Veirs, Nate Query, John Moen, Jon Neufeld, Annalisa Tornfelt, Luz Elena Mendoza, Garth Klippert, Mike Coykendall, Virginia Brooks & The Brooks Brothers, 9 pm, $25 MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Mr. Ben, 5 pm, all ages ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Typhoon, Wild Ones, The Morals, 9 pm, $18-20 MOCK CREST TAVERN—Irish New Year’s Eve: The Chancers, 9 pm MT. TABOR THEATER—Pigs On The Wing, System & Station, 8 pm, $12 NEL CENTRO—Mike Pardew, Patrick Harry, Randy Rollofson, 9 pm, free, all ages O’CONNORS VAULT—Jack McMahon Band, 8 pm, $10 PONDEROSA LOUNGE (AT JUBITZ)—Rodeo Rose, 9 pm, $10 PORTLAND SPIRIT—New Year’s Eve Cruise: Rendezvous, Linda Lee Michelet, 10 pm, $100 RADIO ROOM—The Keplers, Ramune Rocket 3, 9 pm, free RED ROOM—The Mentors, Nekro Drunkz, Compulsive Slasher, Gate of the Gods, Hyborian Rage, 8:30 pm, $10 ★ RED SEA CHURCH—Armageddon Survival Party: Bison Bison, Otis Heat, Child Children, Irie Idea, $10 RINGSIDE FISH HOUSE—Pete Krebs Trio, 7 pm ★ ROTTURE—Best Option: Onuinu, Stewart Villain, Reva Devito, Roane Namuh, TxE, Illa, DJ Fatboy, 9 pm, $10-15 THE SECRET SOCIETY—Horns & Halos: An Afterlife Masquerade: Saloon Ensemble, Lovebomb Go-Go, 9 pm, $20-25 SHAKER AND VINE—Finn Dixie, 6 pm, $5 ★ SLABTOWN—The Bloodtypes, Chemicals, Fasters, 9 pm ★ SOMEDAY LOUNGE—New Year’s Eve ’60s Groove Pop Revival & Motown Get Down: The Satin Chaps, Brownish Black, DJ Hippy Joe, Von Tussle, 9 pm, $15 ★ THE SPARE ROOM—The Caleb Klauder Country Band, Barn Door Slammers, 9 pm, $15 ★ STAR BAR—Lord Dying, I Need Lunch, Long Knife, Bi Marks, 9 pm, free STAR THEATER—Wanderlust Circus, Jenny Penny, 9 pm, $30 TIGER BAR—AC Lov Ring, 9 pm TONIC LOUNGE—Dinner for Wolves, Go Ballistic, Advisory, 9:30 pm
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THURSDAY 12/27 BEECH ST. PARLOR—DJ Old Frontier CC SLAUGHTERS—Hiphop Heaven: DJ Alex Hollywood, 9 pm, free CLUB 21—Bicephonics: DJ Rema, DJ Anna, 9 pm, free CROWN ROOM—Counter Culture, 10 pm, free DIG A PONY—Newrotics, 9 pm ★ EAST END—Drunk Dad, Emotional, Jerry Rogers, Sewers of Paris, DJ Overcol, 9 pm, $5 THE EMBERS AVENUE—Request Night: DJ Jens FEZ—Shadowplay: DJ Horrid, DJ Ghoulunatic, DJ Paradox, 9 pm, free JONES—New Jack Swing: Doc Adam, 10 pm, $5 LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Panty Droppa, free MOLOKO PLUS—King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm, free NICK’S FAMOUS CONEY ISLAND—Eye Candy: VJ Norto, The Phantom Hillbilly, 9 pm, free SANTA FE TAQUERIA—Salsa Social SOS: DJ Armando, 9 pm SAUCEBOX—Evan Alexander SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Happy Hour: Mr. Romo, DJ Michael Grimes, 4 pm STAR BAR—DJ Dirty Red, 10 pm SWIFT LOUNGE—DJ Drew Groove TIGA—DJ Cuica TUBE—Big Trouble in Little Chinatown: DJ Zimmie, Dev From Above, 7 pm VAULT—Jams: DJ 60/40
FRIDAY 12/28 BEECH ST. PARLOR—DJ Soulbowl BLITZ 21—DJ Sovern-T, 9 pm, free CC SLAUGHTERS—Filthy Fridays: DJ Robb, 9 pm, free CROWN ROOM—Dev From Above: DJ TJ, 9 pm, $5 ★ DEVILS POINT—DJ Kenoy, 9 pm, free DIG A PONY—DJ Jimbo, 10 pm ELEMENT—Chris Alice, 9 pm THE EMBERS AVENUE—On the Avenue: DJ Jens, 9 pm GOLD DUST MERIDIAN—DJ A-Train, 10 pm, free GROUND KONTROL—DJ Notaz, 9 pm ★ HOLOCENE—Snap! ’90s Dance Party: Doc Adam, Colin Jones, DJ Freaky Outty, 9 pm, $3 JONES—Back to the Future Fridays: DJ Zimmie, 8 pm, $5 LOLA’S ROOM—’80s Video Dance Attack: VJ Kittyrox, 8 pm, $6 THE LOVECRAFT—Skullfuck: DJ Horrid, 10 pm LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Joe, free MATADOR—Infamous: DJ Rattooth, DJ Makeout, 10 pm, free MOLOKO PLUS—MonkeyTek, Gulls, 10 pm, free MOTHERS VELVET LOUNGE CAFE—Mr. Mumu ROTTURE—Blown: Nicky Mason, Rap Class, Mode 7, D. Poetica, 9 pm, $5
SAUCEBOX—HomoDeluxe: Roy G Biv, Mr. Charming, 9 pm, free STAR BAR—Blank Fridays: DJ Paultimore, 10 pm ★ TIGA—Beacon Sound TRIPLE NICKEL—DJ Stockholmz, 9:30 pm TUBE—Hood Rich: Ronin Roc, 10 pm VALENTINE’S—DJ Hwy 7, 9 pm
SATURDAY 12/29 AURA—Twice as Nice: DJ TJ, A Train, Tandem, 10 pm, $10 BERBATI—DJ Kypros, 9:30 pm, $5 CC SLAUGHTERS—House of Hollywood: DJ Alex Hollywood, 9 pm, free CROWN ROOM—Trap Funeral: Sinjin Hawke, Barisone, Cestladore, Most Custom, Gang $ign$, 9 pm, $7-10 DEVILS POINT—DJ Brooks, 9 pm, free DIG A PONY—Sex Life DJs, 10 pm THE EMBERS AVENUE—Portland Tonight: DJ Jens, 9 pm FEZ—Twice as Nice: DJ TJ, A Train, Tandem, 10 pm, $10 GOLD DUST MERIDIAN—Clap Trap: DJ Gregarious, DJ Disorder, 10 pm, free GRAND CAFE/ANDREA’S CHA CHA CLUB—DJ Sonero, Last 9:30 pm GREELEY AVE. BAR AND GRILL—Eye Candy: VJ Norto, The Phantom Hillbilly, 9 pm, free ★ GROOVE SUITE—After Dark HOLOCENE—Jai Ho! Glow Blacklight Dance Party: DJ Prashant, Brett Bell, DJ UV, 9 pm, $10 JONES—’80s & ’90s Dance Music, 10 pm, $5 LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Kenoy, free MOLOKO PLUS—King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm, free MOTHERS VELVET LOUNGE CAFE—Mr. Mumu STAR BAR—Go French Yourself: DJ Cecilia Paris, 10 pm, free TIGA—DJ Rndm Noise TRIPLE NICKEL—DJ Stockholmz, 9:30 pm VALENTINE’S—Consequences Party: New Dadz, Honest John, 9 pm
SUNDAY 12/30 AALTO LOUNGE—Whiskey Bitters, 9 pm, free ★ BEULAHLAND—The Original Eye Candy Video Night: VJ Norto, The Phantom Hillbilly, 9 pm, free CC SLAUGHTERS—Superstar Divas, DJ Robb, 8 pm, free CRUSH—DJ Mikey, 10 am-2 pm DEVILS POINT—Stripparaoke: KJ Zero, 9 pm, free DIG A PONY—Super Cardigan Brothers, 9 pm THE EMBERS AVENUE—Noches Latinas: DJ Marco, 9 pm LUCKY DEVIL—Ladies Night: DJ Mani, free RADIO ROOM—DJ Nature, DJ Stray, 6 pm VALENTINE’S—DJ vs. Nature, Salted, 9 pm
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2012 Happened. Here’s What We Remember. by Dylan Meconis (art) and Alison Hallett (words)
WAS AN EVENTFUL YEAR for the Portland arts community—it included high-level turnover at major organizations, a voter-approved arts tax, and more than a few moments in the national spotlight. Rather than try to compile a list of the “best” or “most significant” things that 2012 brought, here’s an entirely arbitrary list of some of our personal highlights from the last year.
In the 2012 election, Portlanders approved a $35-per-person arts tax to restore arts education to Portland Public Schools, as well as provide support to Portland’s arts organizations. It was a measure strongly supported by departing Mayor Sam Adams, whose support for the arts was a hallmark of his administration.
It was a huge year for Portland author Cheryl Strayed: Her best-selling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail solo, became the first book in Oprah’s new digital book club. She also came out as therumpus.com’s wildly popular online advice columnist Dear Sugar, and released a book of Sugar columns titled Tiny Beautiful Things.
Li’l Portland was represented at one of the biggest fashion events in the world, when the band Chromatics was invited to play Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel runway show during Paris Fashion Week.
Surprising many in the dance community, Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Christopher Stowell announced his resignation after nine years as artistic director, stating that he is “not the best candidate” to lead the organization under the “new business model” being adopted by the OBT Board of Trustees. His resignation is effective as of the end of December.
For the fourth year of their five-year mission, popular summer-theater staple Trek in the Park moved to a larger venue: St Johns’ Cathedral Park. But just as in years past at the smaller Woodlawn Park, the show played to packed crowds every weekend.
Portland’s art galleries made a splash on the national scene when the Wall Street Journal wrote a lengthy piece about our alternative art spaces, pointing to venues like Recess Gallery and FalseFront and suggesting that Portland might be poised to become a “new art capital.”
Kickstarter emerged as a powerful force in the local publishing scene, particularly for comics creators, who raised nearly $150,000 for projects including a collection of essays and comics from political cartoonist Matt Bors and an autobiographical comic from creator Lucy Bellwood. This last year also saw the Kickstarter-funded establishment of new comics festival the Projects, which invited international comics creators to Portland for a fun, hands-on festival at the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s new location on SE Division. (Oh yeah: The IPRC moved to SE Division!)
Social Malpractice Publishing got national attention when the fan-fic collection Fucking James Franco (a collection by writers imagining doing just that) caught the attention of Franco himself, prompting a back-and-forth that went viral.
After 25 years at the helm of Artists Repertory Theatre, Artistic Director Allen Nause announced his retirement from the theater, along with his longtime associate artistic director, Jon Kretzu. Thirtyeight-year-old Dámaso Rodriguez is scheduled to take the reins in 2013, ushering in a new creative era at one of Portland’s most successful long-standing arts organizations.
Haters gonna hate, but Portlandia is renewed for a third season anyway.
Wordstock, Portland’s annual book fair, got a new festival director after the resignation of Greg Netzer—and under the purview of new Festival Director Katie Merritt, Wordstock’s showroom floor saw the addition of a sex-themed “red chair district” (a reference to the festival’s red chair logo).
Portland’s stand-up comedy scene continues to thrive. Let’s play Find the Ian Karmel!
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Best of 2012 Fashion
T’S THAT TIME again: time to look back at the year in fashion in Portland and beyond. It was the year that saw creative breakthroughs across mediums (Adam Arnold’s costuming for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s awesome Chromatic Quartet, longtime Portland model Ruth Radelet performing live at the Chanel show in Paris with her band Chromatics), retail gains (the Haberdashery, Table of Contents, Backtalk, Demimonde, Rhapsody, a physical Yo Vintage!, the Shoe Store) and relatively few losses (IDOM, Isaac Hers). There were a slew of successful fashion shows, from Fade to Light to Open Season to a re-branded Portland Fashion Week calling itself FASHIONxt, as well as the broadly encompassing, first-ever Design Week Portland and the third edition of Content. In between were about a million Solestruck parties, more pop-ups than you could shake a stick at, and an overall sense that despite our challenges, the city’s fashion and retail culture is making progress. I personally can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring, but in the meantime, here are the hits of 2012, according to some of our local insiders.
TITO CHOWDHURY executive producer of FASHIONxt, fashionxt.net My favorite style moment was seeing a look from a Portland runway grace a full page of Time magazine’s October 15 issue, and our fashion week event topping the list of fashion weeks in the US outside New York City. My favorite event was obviously FASHIONxt, it being the forerunner of a fashion week event that captured the most contemporary definition of fashion, which is our overall expression. Other reasons [are that it’s] by far the best experience of a fashion show and exhibit in Portland, introducing Portlanders to what a high-end fashion show needs to look like, and what the impact of a fashion show is for a designer or exhibitor. My favorite collections [in terms of ] local exhibits: Michael Costello’s spring/summer 2013 collection for its grace and beauty, and Seth Aaron’s fall 2013 collection for a change in his creative direction.
CHARLOTTE REICH owner of Palace, palacestore.com My favorites from 2012: Hansel from Basel socks and bright socks matched with monochromatic apparel; friendship bracelets; women’s preppy/tomboy styling; sheer blouses; Peter Pan collars, and rayon. Locally killing it: Stone and Honey, Hazel Cox, Bridge & Burn, OLO Fragrance, and BOET.
ELIZABETH MOLLO fashion show producer, MOD contributor, mod.portlandmercury.com For me, 2012 was all about learning about what we wear, where it comes from, and how it’s made. With the release of Overdressed:
The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion and various tragic/unflattering news stories that reveal the true nature about the apparel industry, I think the general public, albeit slowly, is finally becoming aware of why what they buy is so cheap and the devastating repercussions fast fashion has on the people who work in the factories, the economy, the environment, and our sense of style here and around the world. This awakening has led some of the world’s biggest companies (H&M, Zara, etc.) to change their policies and become more ethical in the way they produce their clothing, but we still have a long way to go.
CRISPIN ARGENTO owner of Pino, pinoportland.com Books: Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion; Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington; Fashion and Sustainability by Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose; and Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (copy everything—Tom Ford knows that!). Men’s fashion: Burberry Prorsum; Michael Bastian; leather jackets, updated Fonzie/ James Dean; blue; gray; and the trim suit, not 1960s, it’s modern, new, clean, trim, in bold colors and patterns. Women’s fashion: the return of Jil Sander to Jil Sander (YES!); Marc Jacobs/Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2013; mod look, stripes and checkers; Chanel (Karl is still king); and Helmut Newton.
LINDSEY REIF designer and owner of Reif Haus, reif-haus.com Nontraditional hair colors: I love seeing ladies with amazing pastel locks. It’s refreshing to see alternative hair colors look so chic, and hopefully it will pave the way for even more crazy hair colors! Statement lipstick: Nontraditional lipstick colors also made it to the forefront this year, and I’m very happy about it. Locally we have Portland Black Lipstick Co., which makes every color under the sun. I love pairing a crazy shade of lipstick with a super simple outfit—it’s like the easiest way to make an outfit special. Lucite! I’ve seen so many amazing lucite accessories this season, and I am obsessed with shoes with lucite heels. I love things that are see-through or sheer—it’s a great way to create texture and it lends a futuristic feel to any outfit. Fave collections: I love Alexander Wang’s spring/summer 2013 collection, and of course Ann Demeulemeester as well. I am always attracted to designers that can create something amazing without too many bells and whistles. That’s the mark of a good designer, in my opinion.
MARIANNE SCHNELL style blogger, thestyletrial.com The Portland scene in 2012 was all about this Ziggy Stardust rocker-meets-whimsical fairy look with its sheer high-low skirts and cutout tops paired with clunky booties, wild manis, and color-streaked hair. Frankly, I couldn’t be happier to watch these trends wash away. @MJSkinner800 on Twitter
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Last Supper REALITY CHECK Where I Spent My Own Money in 2012 by Chris Onstad
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NE CENTRAL CONFLICT of professional restaurant writers is that our dining life is nothing like a normal oneâ€”yet we are ostensibly writing for everyone. We donâ€™t spend our own money, we go out five nights a week, and we donâ€™t go to a place just to satisfy ourselvesâ€”we try to assess it for a variety of lifestyles and tastes. Restaurants are work foremost, then pleasure. So where do I actually return with my own money, once the review is done? Where do I go that never was or never will be up for review? What happens in real life, when I just want to be happy someplace? Here at year-end, after 40-odd critiques, Iâ€™d like to tell you about the places I rely onâ€”where I go when I want a sure thing, a quiet booth, or to do something professionally forbidden: to be known by the house, to experience hospitality based on familiarity. The point of a restaurant, to me, is to feel like Iâ€™m at home, like Iâ€™m cared for. Many people can cook great food, but fewer can become a part of my life by way of the warmth and sincerity of their intentions.
4605 NE Fremont I take my seven-year-old daughter to Smallwares every Thursday after school. This isnâ€™t to broaden her palate with Johanna Wareâ€™s masterpieces of culturally unrestricted five-point flavor; she will have none of it. She gets the $1 rice, the $1 noodles, and the $1 broth (I usually just go for the $10 lemongrass pork banh mi). We only see each other a couple times a week, so I treat her to a Shirley Temple and a Scotch pudding. They know her order by heart. I love that, and I know sheâ€™ll remember the way she was treated on our little dates there for the rest of her life.
3539 SE Division What Marco Frattaroli did right here is dead simple: solid Italian food in a classy dining room with prices so reasonable I can go there on a whim. The $14 hanger steak with rosemary-scented fried potatoes would be $10 more anywhere else, and the $5 happy hour margherita pizza painlessly rounds things out. The waiter often assumes the role of a fellow father who is complicit in providing the theater necessary to get little kids to eatâ€”a gesture so appreciated that if I ever go there and theyâ€™re closed, Iâ€™ll just nail my money to the door.
4915 NE Fremont Stanichâ€™s has been serving griddled, loaded burgers with American cheese (white or yellow?) since before my father was born. The endless flow of human souls through the old room has
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worn even the gravity thin; you donâ€™t visit so much as sink in, calm down, and lose your ego. Itâ€™s like being five, 60, and Buddha at the same time.
5101 N Interstate Pause doesnâ€™t get a lot of press, but they make one of the most substantial and well-grilled cheeseburgers in town. My girlfriend and I split this, a hefty Reuben, and the pile of thick, handcut fries that amasses between them. If you try this food, you will say thank you. Maybe not to me, but to whoever is standing in the vicinity.
8029 SE Stark No review has ever gotten this place right. Itâ€™s the embodiment of its owner/operator, and this owner/ operator has the strength of an ox and a 12-gauge personality. Sheâ€™s also deeply loyal, a sharp judge of character, and a world-class slinger of tantan udon in spicy chicken peanut sauce. When Janis Martin is dead, she will be a religion, and Stark Street will be renamed Toad Pain Panty Hunger Street, or something else from her DVD catalog.
Cedoâ€™s Falafel and Gyros 3901 NE MLK
Their falafel and gyros somehow seem to have gotten even better since my initial review in May: bigger, prettier, more flavorful. I love going back to a place after the first romance is over and finding that it wasnâ€™t all in my mind.
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2035 NE Alberta & 838 NW 23rd Salt & Strawâ€™s roster of ice creams is updated many times each season. That kind of aggressive risk-taking, especially when built on collaborations with ambitious local chefs, has led to unique and successful new flavors. (Aviaryâ€™s toasted coconut ice cream with cracked sesame toffee and boysenberry ginger jam comes to mind.) Once a week, however, I just get a â€œwalkinâ€™-around scoopâ€? of their almond brittle with thick, chewy, salted chocolate ganache.
The list of shoutouts could go on and on, but Iâ€™m running out of space and have to start with the honorable mentions. Pyro Pizzaâ€™s wood-fired pies. Meet BBQâ€™s Kansas City-style ribs. Sok Sab Baiâ€™s $5 Cambodian sandwich. Double Dragonâ€™s banh mi. Lincoln for happy hour patty melts and onion rings. Georgeâ€™s fried chicken. Many of these places will be on the next yearend roundup and the one after that, but Iâ€™m looking forward to discovering their competition, and sharing it with you.
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ET AGAIN, eating, sleeping, and girls managed to foil my illadvised plans of seeing Every Movie Released in 2012—but I still saw way too many of them. (Congrats, me! I guess?) These were the best ones, and this is a list many of you will take umbrage with. Umbrage away, jerks, and hit the comments on portlandmercury.com to remind me (and everybody else) about the great movies in 2012 that I forgot about. (Note: No, I did not forget about Les Misérables.) 15. Moonrise Kingdom (dir. Wes Anderson)—This thing started off like a parody of a Wes Anderson movie—as even-more-precious-than-usual production design collided with precocious Boy Scouts hiking around, I wondered if it should’ve been titled Twee Patrol—but then something great happened: It steadily, sneakily turned into a very, very good Wes Anderson movie and an earnest, sweet story about two kids in love. Say what you will about Anderson’s affectations, but he makes them pay off in ways few others can.
tic comedies are generally cynical, soul-sucking sitcoms. This one is great. 7. Beasts of the Southern Wild (dir. Benh Zeitlin)—On one hand, it might as well have been titled Squalor Porn About Magical Negroes. On the other hand, Benh Zeitlin still managed to create a phenomenally powerful—and visually staggering—film about both Katrina and childhood. 6. The Master (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)—If I were going to pick one movie from 2012 to watch over and over… well, it’d probably be Django Unchained. But The Master would be a close second, because I’m pretty sure nobody—not Paul Thomas Anderson, not Philip Seymour Hoffman, not Amy Adams, not Joaquin Phoenix, not the Thetan Holo-Spirit of L. Ron Hubbard—has figured this one out yet. 21 JUMP STREET Let the erotic fanfic begin.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (dir. Stephen Chbosky)—Not many movies are both heartwarming and heartbreaking; Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own book is. Remarkable and charming and sad and funny, Wallflower reminds you what it felt like to be a teenager, which is a horrific, amazing thing.
14. Looper (dir. Rian Johnson)—The dude behind Brick and The Brothers Bloom made one of the sharpest, darkest, coolest movies of the year—a weird, bold, time-travel action flick starring Bruce Willis and Joseph GordonLevitt as the same guy. 13. 21 Jump Street (dirs. Phil Lord, Chris Miller)—CHATUM ALERT: This is merely the first Channing Tatum film on this list. 2012’s number-one candidate for “Movie Most Likely to Humiliate Everyone Both Onscreen and in the Theater” turned out to be the funniest movie of the year, thanks to whip-smart direction from the guys who made Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the pairing of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, who, wow, what a weird sentence this is to write, should really make some more movies together.
4. Killing Them Softly (dir. Andrew Dominik)—A viciously cynical crime thriller that—thanks in no small part to its setting in post-Katrina New Orleans, just as America’s economy implodes—turns out to be greater than the sum of its parts. 3. Django Unchained (dir. Quentin Tarantino)—Quentin Tarantino’s western blaxploitation revenge buddy comedy is an exhilarating, bloody, troubling, messy movie. See it big, see it loud, and cringe and laugh, and know that you won’t be able to get it out of your head. ZERO DARK THIRTY Like Where’s Waldo? but with Osama bin Laden!
2. The Queen of Versailles (dir. Lauren Greenfield)—Lauren Greenfield’s documentary started as a portrait of the obscenely wealthy Siegel family—overlords of a massive time-share business, flaunters of tacky décor, and owners of an under-construction, Versailles-inspired mansion that will be bigger than the White House. But then the economy crashed, so Greenfield’s film became about how the Siegels’ money disappeared. And about how they had to fire their servants. And send their kids to public school. And learn to feed themselves. What started as a movie about wealth became a movie about money— and the people who need it. Who are all of us.
12. Magic Mike (dir. Steven Soderbergh)— CHATUM ALERT: This is the second Channing Tatum film on this list. Steven Soderbergh’s male-stripper movie—inspired by the erotic dalliances of young Mr. Tatum—actually turned out to be Matthew McConaughey’s male-stripper movie. If McConaughey doesn’t win an Oscar for his turn as Dallas—the stripper who’s just like you’d think Matthew McConaughey would be like as a stripper, except so much better—then the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should be burned to the ground. 11. Haywire (dir. Steven Soderbergh)— CHATUM ALERT: This is the third, and final, Channing Tatum film on this list. Soderbergh’s excellent action flick didn’t get nearly as much love as Magic Mike did. Just goes to show: Even when you have both the amazing Gina Carano and Channing Tatum in a movie, you should probably include a cameo from Matthew McConaughey as Dallas. Just to be safe. 10. Bernie (dir. Richard Linklater)—Here’s an unexpected sentence: Jack Black is fantastic in Bernie, playing a loveable, super-nice guy who just happens to murder an old lady and cram her body in a freezer. Based on a true story, Richard Linklater’s dark comedy was funny and creepy and great—and it featured Matthew McConaughey’s second-best role of
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2012! Do you notice a theme emerging? (If you said, “Matthew McConaughey had a great year!” you are close, but incorrect. The correct answer is, “One day Channing Tatum’s face will be on all of our currency.”) 9. The Cabin in the Woods (dir. Drew Goddard)—The rule of horror: 99.99 percent of horror movies are misogynistic bullshit. But that .01 percent? Those are fucking phenomenal. Not only was Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s riff on horror movies the clever-
est movie of the year, it was also legitimately scary—and it’ll make you feel better about having watched all those horror movies that fit into the 99.99 percent, too. 8. Safety Not Guaranteed (dir. Colin Trevorrow)—Unexpected and goodhearted, this story of a young reporter (Aubrey Plaza) getting to know a dude who claims to have a working time machine (Mark Duplass) was the smartest romantic comedy of the year. Or the past five years. Or… I don’t know. Roman-
1. Zero Dark Thirty (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)— This won’t open in Portland until January 11. Start bracing yourself now. Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker is a devastating, uncomfortably thrilling examination of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Starring Jessica Chastain as an American intelligence operative, Zero Dark Thirty’s already stirred up no shortage of controversy and criticism—almost all of it wrong-headed and beside the point. Like the real world, Zero Dark Thirty is complex and horrific and painted in a dizzying array of grays; it is, at times, the hardest film of the year to watch, but it’s also the one with the most to say, and it pulls off the trick of being relentlessly, aggressively entertaining as it says it. And it does all that, somehow, without either Matthew McConaughey or Channing Tatum.
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★ ANNA KARENINA Prediction: Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina is going to be the Speed Racer of literary adaptations—defended by nerds, derided by other nerds, and baffling to the public at large. It’s an audacious interpretation of Leo Tolstoy that’s overstuffed and overflowing with style. I can’t be sure that it’s a good movie—but I was so overwhelmed by its boldness that I can’t deny I kind of loved it. JAMIE S. RICH Various Theaters. ★ DJANGO UNCHAINED The world’s first western blaxploitation revenge buddy comedy, Django Unchained is one of Quentin Tarantino’s best movies—a brutal, hilarious, thrilling, messy bastard of a thing. It’s the result of Tarantino gleefully making a balls-out western after years of almost doing so, and it’s excellent that he did: The genre hasn’t been served this well since Deadwood, No Country for Old Men, and Red Dead Redemption. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
FILM MOVEMENT: A DECADE TRIBUTE The NW Film Center presents a series of double features, all made up of foreign and independent films distributed by Film Movement. More info: nwfilm.org. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium.
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THE GUILT TRIP A mother-son road comedy (mom-com?) starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. Is this a Barbra Streisand movie with Seth Rogen in it? Or a Seth Rogen movie with Barbra Streisand in it? (It seems inconceivable that they could really share billing or, for that matter, a significant audience demographic.) In the interests of science, and because I am not history’s greatest monster, I invited my mother to the press screening to see which one of us would like it better. And... we both liked it about the same. Well played, Hollywood! The Guilt Trip isn’t a great movie, but it’s not terrible. (“Just so-so” was my mom’s verdict.) BEN COLEMAN Various Theaters.
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“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” That’s how proto-nerd J.R.R. Tolkien began The Hobbit, his charming children’s book that inspired The Lord of the Rings, one of the most extraordinary doorstops of English literature. Compared to the gloomy, intricate Rings, The Hobbit is a short, fast-paced, goofy adventure. Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, though, is something else: Hollow, meandering, repetitive, and tedious, it covers only the first part of Tolkien’s book, yet somehow feels longer than any of Jackson’s excellent Lord of the Rings films. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
★ HOLY MOTORS Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) traverses Paris in the back of a massive white limousine. With faithful driver Céline (Edith Scob) at the wheel, and with the limo’s cabin packed with a makeup table and more rubbery prosthetics than Cloud Atlas, Oscar goes to a number of “appointments”—and at each, he drastically changes his face, his hair, his clothes, his mannerisms, his cohorts. First he appears as a privileged businessman, then a filthy, deranged, fucked-up leprechaun; sometimes he’s
a decrepit, panhandling old woman, later he’s a father, an assassin, a guy wearing a motion-capture unitard who goes down on a woman wearing a motion-capture unitard. Holy Motors might very well be brilliant, and it also might very well be 2012’s version of the emperor’s new clothes. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
HYDE PARK ON HUDSON Bill Murray can do no fucking wrong. His Franklin Delano Roosevelt obviously isn’t the so-good-it’s-scary, soul-deep possession of Daniel Day-Lewis’s Abraham Lincoln. It’s not like you ever forget that he’s Bill Murray. But he’s excellent anyway: He gets the president’s playfulness, his condescending, patrician air, and his inherent inaccessibility, and he makes it his own. His performance is a masterful sketch that looks easier than it probably is. It’s a shame Murray is stuck in the middle of such a pedestrian movie. PAUL CONSTANT Various Theaters.
★ JACK REACHER Werner Herzog plays the villain in a solid, pulpy, funny, Tom Cruise-led adaptation of Lee Child’s thriller One Shot. Here’s something Herzog says in the movie: “I spent my first winter as a prisoner in Siberia wearing a dead man’s coat. I chewed these fingers off before the frostbite could turn to gangrene.” Here is something Tom Cruise says in the movie: “I’m going to beat you to death and drink your blood from a boot.” I liked this movie quite a bit. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters. ★ KILLING THEM SOFTLY The story of Killing Them Softly is timeless: Here are a bunch of guys struggling to get by, fighting back despair, and screwing each other over for money. While it’s based on George V. Higgins’ 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade, Killing Them Softly feels utterly contemporary—largely because writer/director Andrew Dominik has picked up Higgins’ story and plopped it down a few decades later. Now it plays out in the gray ruins of post-Katrina New Orleans, with a soundtrack of news stories about the 2008 financial crisis leaking from every TV and car radio. Suddenly, that bunch of guys struggling to get by, fighting back despair, and screwing each other over for money is part of a bigger story. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters. ★ A LATE QUARTET At the start of A Late Quartet, Christopher Walken’s character explains to a group of his cello students that Beethoven’s late quartet, Opus 131, is not the standard four movements but instead has seven parts and that you have to play them straight through with no breaks, which causes your instruments to go all out of tune with one another. “It’s a mess,” he says. It’s also a metaphor about how basic entropy affects togetherness. The togetherness, say, of a musical group that’s been playing together for 25 years when the oldest member finds he has Parkinson’s and can’t go on. Walken plays that character. Has he ever been the emotional center of a film before? It’s magical. For much of A Late Quartet, the camera follows the storm of the other characters’ drama—often, melodrama—until it finds a resting place once again on Walken’s alien face, quietly registering the effects of old age. JEN GRAVES Various Theaters.
Look, I like Les Misérables. If it was playing at a reputable theater company in Portland this weekend? I would go see it! But good lord, the new movie is garbage. It’s like Trapped in the Closet for white people who aren’t in on the joke. ALISON HALLETT Various Theaters.
★ LIFE OF PI Ang’s Lee’s overblown but nonetheless quite beautiful adaptation of Yann Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name. Like the novel, it’s a parable disguised as an adventure story; like the novel, some people will think it contains
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JACK REACHER Werner Herzog: A god amongst men.
profound truths, and some will find it unbearably overwrought. Others—me!—will appreciate some of the best 3D we’ve seen to date, and enjoy the adventure despite its self-seriousness. ALISON HALLETT Various Theaters.
bound to be over praised, but Hunt and Hawkes are so damn good, and the scenes between the two of them so rich in awkward, funny, premature ejaculate-y tenderness, that the strengths of this odd little true story far outweigh its imperfections. ALISON HALLETT Various Theaters.
Oscar bait doesn’t get much more baiting than this: Steven Spielberg directing Daniel Day-Lewis with a Tony Kushner script about the final months of America’s most beloved, tragic president. By and large, Lincoln wanders many of the same paths Spielberg’s other Oscar bait-y films have taken—this one feels particularly like Amistad, though there’s some War Horse in here too. Lincoln is a generally well-made film, but it’s also one stitched together from Day-Lewis’ dramatic monologues and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski’s reverential sepia tones: Even when it tries to humanize Lincoln, it’s mostly just here to reaffirm what a Great Man he was and how he made some Very Important History. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
★ SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Martin McDonagh’s feverish story about a drunk screenwriter, Marty (Colin Farrell). And the probably insane Billy (Sam Rockwell). And a charming, doddering dog thief (charming, doddering Christopher Walken), and an Amish sociopath (Harry Dean Stanton), and an exceedingly troubled man with a bunny (Tom Waits), and a trigger-happy crime boss (Woody Harrelson). Things get a bit meta, and they get impressively bloody, and there might be one or two women in it? Briefly? There is definitely a dog in it. This isn’t a movie for everybody, but it’s well aware of that fact, and it’s a hell of a good time. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
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“A docudramedy that melds Tao Lin’s autobiographical novel about getting arrested with a film crew’s misadventures with indie filmmaking.” Director in attendance. Clinton Street Theater.
See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17. Hollywood Theatre. A “tale of love, food and fungi” that the Village Voice called “like Scenes from a Marriage for foodies.” So that’s... troubling. Living Room Theaters..
PARENTAL GUIDANCE Two grandparents (Billy Crystal and Bette Midler) are tasked with taking care of their grandkids. Shenanigans ensue! We did not review this film. Various Theaters.
★ PROMISED LAND Read our review at portlandmercury.com on Friday, December 28. Various Theaters.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS Based on the beautifully illustrated books of William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians re-imagines the origins of childhood’s greatest heroes (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy) as an Avengers-style team that—in addition to their day jobs—protects the innocence of kids around the world. Alas, three quarters of Guardians involve unnecessary, dizzying action sequences, rather than focusing on building characters, plot, and the subtext of the story. While the ending works, it does so just barely—and makes one long for the great, gorgeous, thoughtful children’s film that Guardians could’ve been. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY Various Theaters.
★ SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Detroit singer/songwriter Rodriguez released two obscure albums of introspective, Dylanesque agitprop-lite in 1970 and 1971, then promptly vanished. Documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul picks up his thread in South Africa, where Rodriguez’s music has amassed a huge following over the decades—and where nobody knows a thing about the mysterious man behind the records. If this is the first you’ve heard of Rodriguez, you might choose to stop reading here, because the twist that Searching for Sugar Man reveals—while not a surprise to anyone who’s picked up the recent reissues of his albums on the Seattle-based Light in the Attic label—is handled brilliantly in the film. Even if you do know what happened next, Sugar Man is still one of the most intriguing and satisfying music documentaries in a good while. NED LANNAMANN Various Theaters.
★ SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK As someone who’s skeptical of silver linings being an actual thing, so too was I skeptical of Silver Linings Playbook, the would-be feel-good holiday release from I Heart Huckabees director David O. Russell. Midway through the trailer, I half expected a voiceover to proclaim it was “from the producers of The Blind Side of the Help.” But while the path of this thing seems obvious, the film’s romance sneaks up on you: Russell disguises his love story by shooting Silver Linings Playbook with the same visceral immediacy he brought to The Fighter, cloaking the courtship in the manic energy of mental disorders. JAMIE S. RICH Various Theaters.
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Everybody knows that couple. They’re pretty, everybody likes them, and they’re fun to hang out with—until they aren’t, since they’re always fighting. Not screaming, crying, throwing-whatever’s-at-hand fighting, but that sort of passive aggression with just enough tension to make everyone slightly uncomfortable. Spending two hours with them is kind of like watching This Is 40. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
★ A VERY WES ANDERSON CHRISTMAS While Anderson’s 1996 debut Bottle Rocket is a cult favorite now, at the time it merely hinted at what was to come, and the seeds of the Anderson aesthetic were only just taking root. This should be especially evident for those who partake of all three films at Cinema 21’s “A Very Wes Anderson Christmas.” Watch them in order—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore (1998), and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)—and observe the evolution of a filmmaker learning to walk on his own two feet. (Wearing carefully chosen, artistically pleasing boots that he designed, no less.) Plus, they’re in 35mm, which a film fetishist like Wes Anderson would likely insist is the most proper viewing method. JAMIE S. RICH Cinema 21.
★ THE SESSIONS Helen Hunt plays Cheryl, who’s been hired to indoctrinate paralyzed writer Mark (John Hawkes) in the ways of S-E-X. Mark contracted polio as a kid, and the iron lung has seriously hindered his game—so after realizing that other disabled people still manage to have sex lives, he contacts Cheryl to figure out just what kind of experiences his paralyzed body is capable of having. The Sessions is
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The Third Wheel
just started an intense relationship with a guy who has a boyfriend. This guy and I love each other. However, he is uncomfortable with me meeting his boyfriend. Iâ€™ve asked if itâ€™s okay that weâ€™re fucking, and he said theyâ€™re in an open relationship so itâ€™s okay. I asked if itâ€™s okay that weâ€™re in love, and he said yes. So why the secrecy? My loverâ€™s only explanation is that his boyfriend doesnâ€™t want to know about the guys he fucks around with. The whole situation is starting to make me uneasy. I canâ€™t figure out why I want to know more about his boyfriend. Is it so I can verify that heâ€™s not cheating, or that jealousy is an issue for them and thatâ€™s why I canâ€™t meet him? I do know that I wish my lover would be more open with me. Should I just relax? The Other Person
onogamous couples h a v e one rule about fucking other peopleâ€”â€œdonâ€™t fuck other peopleâ€?â€”but nonmonogamous couples have all sorts of different rules, TOP, and sometimes a particular coupleâ€™s particular rules make it hard for a third to verify that the partnered person heâ€™s sleeping with is, in fact, in an honest and healthy open relationship. That said, most couples with a â€œdonâ€™t want to know about the other people youâ€™re fuckingâ€? ruleâ€”and thatâ€™s a pretty common ruleâ€”also have a rule against getting emotionally involved with the other people theyâ€™re fucking. So if itâ€™s against the rules for the guy youâ€™re seeing to introduce his boy-on-the-side to his boyfriend, TOP, odds are good that swapping â€œI love yousâ€? with his boy-on-the-side is against the rules, too. Someone is being lied to here. Either this guy is lying to you about being in an open relationship or heâ€™s lying to his boyfriend about not getting emotionally involved with the other guys he fucks. Whichever it is, TOP, I donâ€™t see a future for you with this guyâ€”or much of a future for him and his boyfriend, frankly. But to answer your question: No, TOP, donâ€™t relax. DTMFA.
â€™m a feminine, submissive dyke. My girlfriend is absolutely amazing, and our sex life is awesome and really kinky. The problem is two of my friends. Iâ€™ve formed a pretty tight trio with two hot, funny tops. Iâ€™ve got tiny, manageable crushes on them both. My girlfriend knows, but sheâ€™s secure enough in our relationship that she isnâ€™t bothered by it. The problem? My friends are fucking each other. Theyâ€™re also in happy open relationships with other women. Sounds great, right? Even though theyâ€™re great friends most of the time, they definitely leave me feeling like the third wheel once in a while. How can I gently remind them that, even though theyâ€™re not sleeping with me, Iâ€™d like a little more platonic attention friendship-wise? Satisfied under Butches
s u p p o s e y o u c o u l d s i t your friends down and say, â€œHey, when you two move out of your friends-in-open-relationships-with-benefits honeymoon phase, I could use a little more friends-without-benefits attention.â€? But thereâ€™s almost no way to say that without coming across like a jealous, controlling bag of dykenuts, SUB. So I would urge you to hang back and trust that this honeymoon phase, like all honeymoon phases, will eventually pass, and these two friends will have more time for you in the future. In the meantime, fuck your girlfriend lots and hang out with other friends. And remember: When youâ€™re feeling like the third wheel, SUB, itâ€™s because youâ€™re probably functioning as the third wheel. While first and second wheels can
make an effort to prevent thirds from feeling like the thirds they are, thirds that make a decision to roll elsewhere generally wind up feeling better.
ou are so fun! My hubby is 62 and I am 52. We are empty nesters now and we love it! We are experimenting sexually, but my blowjobs donâ€™t do it for him. Iâ€™ve watched videos, read articles, and finally bought some flavored lube. He loves having his balls licked while I jerk him off. But what can I do about my blowjobs?!? Any advice would be great! Ho Ho Ho
y a d v i c e : Lick your hubbyâ€™s balls while you jerk him off. Your husband either canâ€™t get off from a blowjob aloneâ€”and there are men out there who canâ€™tâ€”or your blowjobs just donâ€™t do it for him. In the interest of marital harmony, HHH, letâ€™s give your blowjobs the benefit of the doubt and assume that your husband is one of those guys who canâ€™t be gotten off by blowjob alone. If you love sucking dick and your blowjobs are in no way traumatizingâ€”if they donâ€™t leave your husband curled up on the floor sobbingâ€”then go ahead and blow your husband. Telling him the blowjobs are for you, HHH, will take the pressure off him andâ€”who knows?â€”he may relax and enjoy the blowjob JOE NEWTON more. He might even get off. Bonus pro tip: You know that flavored lubes donâ€™t do anything for the person being blown, right? Theyâ€™re for people who donâ€™t like the taste of dick, HHH, and it doesnâ€™t sound like youâ€™re one of those people. Until they come out with Chord Overstreet-flavored or Cheyenne Jackson-flavored lube, thereâ€™s no reason you should be slathering your hubbyâ€™s dick with artificial flavorings and aspartame.
â€™m a Canadian 25-year-old gay man in a four-year relationship with a 22-year-old. Over the course of our relationship, weâ€™ve explored each otherâ€™s kinks and been very understanding and GGG. The sex is amazing and varied. The problem: He has this fantasy that Iâ€™m having trouble pulling off. He wants me to piss in his ass. But peeing while erect is not my forte. Iâ€™ve tried, but I have to concentrate on peeing to actually go, and that just resulted in my going soft while I was inside him. By the time the urine was actually flowing, my dick was so soft that his sphincter was actually pinching my urethra closed, making it impossible for me to pee. He hasnâ€™t bottomed in a couple of years, since I realized how much I love it, so Iâ€™m assuming his tightness isnâ€™t helping. I just canâ€™t think of what more I can do to fulfill this fantasy for him. Do I need to just learn how to pee while erect or is there an easier way? Iâ€™m stumped and worried I wonâ€™t be able to make this happen for him. Dripping out Urine Confounds His Enema
â€™ m g o i n g t o a s s u m e that you two are in a committed relationship, that youâ€™ve both been tested and have either no STIs or the same STIs, that neither of you is having unprotected sex with anyone else, that you rarely eat asparagus or beets, that you donâ€™t plan on doing this in front of your pets, etc. Okay, DOUCHE, I feel like Santa Claus right now because I have the perfect toy to put under your tree. (Your tree is still up, right?) Go to forttroff.com, click â€œEnter,â€? search â€œass tunnel,â€? then watch the video demo. Itâ€™s an after-Christmas miracle. (For the idiots in my readership, that link is NSFW. And, yes, Iâ€™m assuming DOUCHE and his BF celebrate Christmas. But only because all the piss-in-assers Iâ€™ve ever known were homeschooled Liberty University graduates.) Happy holidays, everybody! email@example.com @fakedansavage on Twitter
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by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey
Quote Me on That
N LIEU of an informative column, here is a truncated list of things I said in 2012, provided entirely out of context. (As if that would help.)—Humpy] JEREMY EATON
“I do not outwardly dislike old people. This is because when I do outwardly dislike them, they tend to shake their walkers at me, accuse me of being ‘ageist,’ and then wander off, forgetting what they were yelling at me about in the first place.”
“MEN’S GYMNASTICS: Other than engorging my penis with blood, why does this event exist?”
“Ben Franklin felt lonely as he stepped out of the shower. Rubbing the rough towel over his moist naked body, he was struck by the realization he hadn’t felt the soft caressing touch of a lover since that cold, cold winter he dry boned Betsy Ross. Suddenly... the bathroom door flew open. It was Wm.™ Steven Humphrey dressed as a British Redcoat! ‘Hahaaa!’ Humphrey noisily purred, his bulging groin pulsating with sexual intent. ‘Me thinks a certain founding father is in need of a patriotic dry boning!’”
“YAY SURROGATE MOMS! YAY GAYS! BOOO LITERALLY COOKING BABIES! BOOOOOO GLEE!!”
“So the twins were instructed to decide between themselves who would drink the donkey semen and who would drink the donkey urine— a true ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ wouldn’t you say?”
“UGHHNHH! Why is everybody always trying to manipulate me? Just 10 minutes ago, my editor tells me I need to write gooder. Psssht! I’ve been writing this column for more than 15 years, and my writing has only improvend. (Or at least it had not been more worsenening.)”
“Holocostco—that’s a terrible name for a discount store.”
OUT OF CONTEXT: The year in ridiculous stuff I said.
“Have I mentioned that America loves fireworks? That’s because they metaphorically symbolize us sticking a Roman candle up the fanny of King George—which is both hilarious and disturbing. I mean, that would really hurt. But maybe having an exploded, burned anus taught him a valuable lesson about taxation without representation.” “QUESTION: If common mouthwash can be 10 percent alcohol, then why can’t I sell 10 percent Valium pills over the counter? ANSWER: I can and I will.”
“A crude but effective vibrator can be fashioned by attaching an angry hive of bees to the end of a cucumber. HA! Electricity-schmecknicity. WHO NEEDS IT?!?”
“Batman is a total... dick. First, he calls himself the ‘world’s greatest detective.’ Umm... Encyclopedia Brown is the world’s greatest detective, dick!”
“Hey, I did MY job over the last four years... pleasuring each and every one of you to the best of my epic abilities. I upheld my end of the bargain! So even if the president isn’t a magical unicorn genie who shoots sparkly rainbows and Skittles out of his bottom, I am STILL Wm.™ Steven Humphrey—and I STILL love you, long, LONG time.” Twitter! Quote me on that. @WmSteveHumphrey
This Week on Television WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26
9:00 CBS KENNEDY CENTER HONORS Celebrating the lives and careers of such notables as Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, and (YES!) Led Zeppelin. 10:00 E! THE SOUP It’s the annual “Clipdown Special” featuring the most hilariously humiliating TV clips of the year!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27
9:00 LIF PROJECT RUNWAY: ALL STARS The contestants are ordered to design a Broadwayinspired line of what will surely be terrible clothing. 11:00 SHO DAVE’S OLD PORN Season finale! Dave Attell’s comedian friends sit around making fun of classic porn. (Which is better than watching them masturbate, I guess?)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28
10:00 E! FASHION POLICE It’s the end of the year roundup, which means that anyone who didn’t get insulted, will get insulted. 10:00 LIF TEEN TROUBLE Debut! A reality series where a therapist helps families with “out-of-control teens”—JUST LIKE YOU.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29
8:00 LIF SHE MADE THEM DO IT—Movie (2012) The true story of an escaped female murderess—co-starring Mackenzie “One Day at a Time” Phillips! EEEE!!!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30
9:00 E! THE REAL 50 SHADES OF GREY An E! “investigative report” about real housewives who were inspired by the book to… to… BLECHH!!! I CAN’T SAY IT!!
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31
10:00 ABC DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE Host Ryan Seacrest looks on lustfully as the ball drops. 10:00 NBC NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH CARSON DALY Host Carson Daly looks on lustfully at Ryan Seacrest.
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