Thursday, December 30, 2010

Don't look now, but here's even more looking back

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Today's issue of the Indy is almost entirely focused on remembering 2010. If the biggest news stories, most memorable photos, best albums/books/films, and defining arts moments aren't enough, well, there's more. Here are some of the more entertaining wrap-ups from around the alt weekly world.

The Boston Phoenix looks back at 2010 through updates to The Associated Press Stylebook. I don't care if it's beyond geeky, this is my personal favorite.

Also from the Phoenix: 2010's most obscure music subgenres (aquacrunk!?), the year in Nic Cage and stuff that was banned in 2010.

Westword put together the year's weirdest news.

The Stranger published its annual "We Regret These Errors" issue, which is annually brilliant.

We do the year in photos. Willamette Week prefers the year in comics.

The Village Voice's Michael Musto wonders which celebrity death upset you the most. (Dennis Hopper?) He also offers a less morbid look back at 2010.

The Portland Mercury outsourced its list of 2010's best music to a bunch — and I mean, a bunch — of Portland music folks. Among those who contributed: UM alum Colin Meloy, who lists the following five albums:

Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)
1. Laura Veirs—July Flame
2. Beach House—Teen Dream
3. Joanna Newsom—Have One on Me
4. Wye Oak—My Neighbor/My Creator EP
5. Sea of Bees—Songs for the Ravens

Jay Bennett did something a little different in 2010: He only listened to new music. Can you imagine not listening to Journey for a whole year? Anyway, of course, he turned the Nothing Not New project into a blog. It's certainly a different take on the year's music.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's "Free Will Astrology" online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed,” said writer Irene Peter. That should be cautionary advice for you in 2011, Aries. From what I can tell, it will be relatively easy for you to rearrange the way things look, but trickier to transform them from the inside out. You will have to be vigilant to keep from getting swept up in the giddiness of big talk at the expense of practical action. You’ll have to push hard to make sure that seductive ideas are translated into concrete details. Can you do it? I think you can.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: The legal ins and outs of an Alabama porn shop, prison-made toilet paper and the story of a 69-year-old French grandmother stuck in her bathroom for 20 days.

Curses, Foiled Again
Federal authorities said two masked gunmen greeted the owners of a New York City pizzeria arriving home after closing the store and ordered one of the owners to hand over a bag they believed held the day’s earnings. Instead, Drug Enforcement Administration agent Kristie Osswald reported, it “contained pizza dough.” Even so, the pizzeria owner resisted handing over the bag. Taking that reaction as proof the bag had value, the robbers shot the owner twice in the legs and fled with the bread. Suspect Salvatore LaRosa, 25, later turned himself in. (New York’s Daily Times)

Nathan Alan Bramlage, 23, walked into a police station in Eugene, Ore., and asked to make a call. The desk officer recognized Bramlage from surveillance video of a bank robbery the day before and notified detectives. “I just assume that he didn’t believe we’d recognize him,” Detective Ralph Burks said after Bramlage’s arrest. (Eugene’s The Register-Guard)

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Missoula's "marijuana mutiny" reverberates

Posted By on Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Gwen Florio's story in the Missoulian about the so-called "marijuana mutiny" in Missoula County District Court last week has inspired dozens of posts around the web pointing to the near jury-nullification as further indication of an increasingly liberal attitude toward the drug.

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The Dark Horse rears its metal head

Posted By on Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 11:15 AM

It looks like local metal bands have found themselves a home.

Not long ago we told you all about Missoula's unsung metal scene, including how local metal bands had lost one of their main venues, The Other Side, after bar owner Tom Reed suddenly passed away in May 2009. Since that time, The Other Side has become a cowboy bar called the Sunrise Saloon, which hosts honky tonk, bluegrass and line dancing. Meanwhile, Reed's other bar, Buck's Club, which adjoins the Sunrise Saloon, was still in limbo.

Until now.

Now under the name The Dark Horse, the bar will have its grand opening with two metal shows—one on New Year's Eve and the other on New Year's—featuring local bands Universal Choke Sign, Undun, Mageddon and Judgment Hammer, among others. The show is sponsored by The Blaze radio station and metal production company Demonlily, which touts the show as an induction of the venue as the local metal scene's new home.

Local metal band Universal Choke Sign includes, from left to right, Per Carlson, J.J. Keller, Dayv Drake and Justin Tribble.
  • Cathrine L. Walters
  • Local metal band Universal Choke Sign includes, from left to right, Per Carlson, J.J. Keller, Dayv Drake and Justin Tribble.

BTW: The space formerly known as Buck's Club isn't a stranger to heavy rock and metal bands. Besides hosting several local acts like the Lazerwolfs, the stage has seen cult favorites like Faster Pussycat, Fu Manchu and Nashville Pussy.

The grand opening weekend for The Dark Horse at 1805 Regent St. kicks off Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1, at 8 PM nightly. $5 each night.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's "Free Will Astrology" online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “There’s always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in,” wrote novelist Graham Greene. I’ll add to that: There are at least three moments in adulthood when a new door opens and invites the rest of the future in. Judging by the astrological omens, I’m guessing that one such breakthrough lies ahead for you in 2011. What can you do to expedite and encourage fate’s summons? Here’s one possibility: Surrender to the naked truth of what you love.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Houseman resigns City Council seat

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM


Roy Houseman stepped down from his position as city councilman for Ward 2 at tonight's City Council meeting. The former Smurfit-Stone employee and union leader accepted a position with the United Steelworkers' legislative department, and the time commitment and travel schedule will conflict with his responsibilities on council.

Houseman's victory over incumbent John Hendrickson in November 2011 was a big story in large part because of the political newcomer's precocious accomplishments (and, perhaps, his Abe Lincoln beard). Houseman served as president of the Local 885 steelworkers union for nearly two years before being elected to the council at age 28.

According to the city charter, Houseman's seat will appear on the ballot in the 2011 election.

"Pending such election and qualification the City Council shall, by a majority vote of the members, appoint a person within 30 days of the vacancy to hold the office until the successor is elected and qualified," reads the charter. The replacement must come from Ward 2.

Tester speaks to forest bill failure

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Despite his failed attempt to pass a renamed version of his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act through Congress as part of a $1.2 trillion omnibus appropriations bill, Sen. Jon Tester apparently has no intention of giving up on his controversial piece of wilderness legislation. Senate Democrats shelved their 1,924 page spending bill last week when it became clear that Republicans weren't going to play ball. But Tester preferred to remain optimistic with his congressional colleagues this Saturday, promising that "we will continue to work to get this bill passed."

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Missoula's Target accepts glass for recycling

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 3:00 PM

For years eco-minded Montanans have lamented the lack of glass recycling in the state. We don’t generate enough glass to lure bottling plants here, and we’re generally too far away from existing plants to make hauling our glass out-of-state cost-effective. But if you’re sending empty trucks out-of-state anyway, the math changes. It appears Target has figured that out.

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Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: The bet that ended with a man eating his own beard (it tasted like chewing a "sponge"), a terrible way to remove a tattoo, and an MIT study on how cats drink. Meow.

Curses, Foiled Again
Police had little trouble identifying the masked woman who robbed a drug store in Manchester, N.H. A witness reported seeing the suspect flee the store and get into a car with vanity plates that read “B-USHER.” Police arrested Bonnie Usher, 43, at her home with stolen money. (Boston’s WCVB-TV)

New York City police investigating a murder at a Chelsea diner identified Earle Barranco, 24, as their suspect after witnesses reported the gunman wore a diamond-encrusted moneybag hanging from a gold chain—Barranco’s signature bling. A week after police issued a nationwide arrest warrant, Barranco was spotted in Charlotte, N.C., on the JumboTron video screen at a Bobcats basketball game wearing the same telltale pendant. Charlotte authorities and FBI agents arrested Barranco two nights later, when he returned for another Bobcats game. (New York’s Daily News)

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