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Portland in the 90s: A Playlist

Portland in the 90s: A Playlist (photo)

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If we’re doing our job right, Portlandia has you dreaming of Portland, Ore. You know, the place where young people go to retire because the Dream of the 90s is Alive in Portland. But what about the music of the 90s? How will you prove your Portland cred once you land on the fair city’s soggy shores? It didn’t all start with The Shins, you know. Don’t worry I made a cheat sheet playlist.

After sifting out the Seattle bands (sayonara, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Modest Mouse) and the Olympia bands (so long, Bikini Kill, Beat Happening, Heavens to Betsy) and even the Washington D.C. bands (hasta la huego, Nation of Ulysses) here is a list of bands that were the native sons and daughters making the scene in Portland in the 90s. Sadly there are lot of bands missing because back in the day digital downloads, mp3s and iPods were only available to time travelers and, I assume, spies, and thus not on the mass market yet. So unfortunately, with bands like Big Daddy Meatstraw, you will just have to use your imagination. Or come over and listen to my Puddlestomp CD or my “I-5 Killers” tape. Yes, tape. What? I’m from the past.

Better Off Dead” by The Wipers from “Best of the Wipers” (1990)

Plastic Bomb by Poison Idea from “Feel the Darkness” (1990)

Porch Song by Dharma Bums from “Welcome” (1991)

Sandbox by Sprinkler from “More Boy, Less Friend” (1992)

Young Splendor by Pond from “Pond” (1993)

Goin’ South by Dead Moon from “I-5 Killers, Vol. 2” (1993)

Come On by Calamity Jane from “Stars Kill Rock” (1993)

Why Did I Decide to Stay? by Heatmiser from “Cop and Speeder” (1993)

Spitfire by The Spinanes from “Manos” (1993)

Bring Me A Star by Roger Nusic from “I-5 Killers, Vol. 2” (1993)

Punch by Thirty Ought Six from “I-5 Killers, Vol. 3” (1994)

Sparkle Finish by Hazel from “Are You Going to Eat That” (1995)

Mexican Siren by New Bad Things from “Freewheel” (1995)

Ride by the Dandy Warhols from “Dandys Rule, Ok?” (1995)

Fake Fight by Team Dresch from “Personal Best” (1995)

L.E.O. Linda Evangelista Overdrive by Sone from “Holiday and Sport” (1996)

Things You Say by Sleater Kinney from “Dig Me Out” (1997)

Between the Bars by Elliott Smith from “Either/Or” (1997)

Song for Lon Mabon by Crackerbash from “Drinking From Puddles: A Radio History” (1999)

Fra Diavolo by Satan’s Pilgrims from “Satan’s Pilgrims” (1999)

Born to Sleep by King Black Acid from “Loves a Long Song” (1999)

Ft. Lewis by Richmond Fontaine from “Lost Son” (1999)

Who am I forgetting? Tell me in the comments.

Photo: CC:Flickr:Slim

Portlandia premieres on IFC on Jan. 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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