Headed Home

Posted: December 6, 2012 in News
"Upholding Justice"

“Upholding Justice”

I was on my way home yesterday on the northbound max when I witnessed the continually harassment that the law enforcement enacts on people of color. As the southbound max arrived at the Albina/Mississippi stop I observed 6 transit police get off. They made a beeline to the two African American men who were on the platform when there were 15+ people to check for fares. No reason except they wanted to see what was up with these guys. They surrounded them and continued to “routinely” ask what their intentions were and why they were there. I pulled my camera out because I knew these officers were not acting in the TRUE interest of the public. Their fares ended up being valid but the officer in the tan pants decided to call the precinct to see what history these men had. One of the patrols saw that I was snapping shots of the incident and asked me what I was doing. I told him I was observing the scene and making sure they did their job. He proceed to get uneasy that I was keeping him accountable and asked to see some of the pictures I took. I told him all he needed to see was my fare because they were not the police but public transit enforcers. The officer told me to write my congressman if I didn’t like the way they conducted their job and I polite told him that I wouldn’t interfere.

Correct way to enforce the law.

Correct way to enforce the law.

As my max arrived I jumped on and got the attention of the car I was in and proceeded to share the experience I just went through. I group of minority high school age kids explained to me they get harrassed on a regular basis. An older gentleman asked me why the cops were so concerned about me with my camera because I was in a public space and it was my right to do so. I got several thank you’s for what I did that night and was congratulated for standing my ground. As the fare man came up the aisle to check tickets he caught an unfortunate soul who was trying to ride for free. He didn’t try to intimidate the rider but wrote him the ticket and calmly explained how to go about paying it. To the six officers on the platform, you should be taking notes from this particular transit enforcer because when do your job correctly there isn’t any reason to feel that someone is watching you.

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Mickeys and Music

Posted: November 27, 2012 in Music

Anus Kings are two friends having fun with life.

A cricket’s calming chipper makes new surroundings a lot more easy to adapt to. The sounds of blues folk drifting into the warm California night is defiantly a sign the evening is going great. Sydney and Brian are setting things off in Azusa as they introduce us to the sound of Anus Kings. This duo has been together for about 5 years, they have 2 albums out, and continue to make it on the bill for shows in the greater California area. Both Brian and Sydney sing vocals and the music coming from the guitar and bass are tales to be told. Their first album Predictable Teenage Rebels is 9 tracks of political awareness, family living, rebellious angst and even a few cover tunes. It was mid 2011 the second album with the Anus Kings name attached to it was made available for download. Seems You Haven’t Learned comes at you once again with a message of are you going to get it before its to late? Sydney lays it down with the finger picking of a bluesy nature on the intro of ‘Downtown‘. Watching her preform live it was amazing to see the dedication flowing through the tips of her fingers. The blending of the acoustic and bass is very soothing and almost lulls you into a calming bliss that will have you longing to get to know more about these two individuals we have come to know as Anus Kings.

Tonight We Paint

Posted: November 20, 2012 in Music

Makenzie Mizell offers music, body painting, and a great atmosphere to be yourself.

Blue sushi in the kitchen and a kitten, the home of Makenzie Mizell is the definition of hospitality. Eugene is a college town but the arts and music are alive here. Makenzie brought her guitar, drums, and ukulele to become her own band. With her debut album Barn Fun available to download it was great to see the people singing her lyrics and dancing to the beat of the drum. A delicate beautiful voice that packs a hard punch Makenzie has some vivid scenes and scenarios painted that can be familiar to us all. The track ‘That One Friend’ tackles the subject of dodging that one person you really just didn’t want to talk to and ‘Find You’ lets you take out your aggression built up by their annoyance. The album contains a longing for surfing on the Oregon coast, finding a new flame wishing it was your first time, and just plain reminiscing of events in the past. I hope to be back to hear her preform again and possible get to do some more painting.

A Night Long Trip

Posted: November 16, 2012 in Music

Time and Energy performing at “The Loft” in Santa Ana. A show worth remembering.

Time and Energy, man where to even begin. My head was a spinning void guided by the musical sound and revolving lights that gave this Santa Ana band it’s powerful essence. The rhythm and sound broke out as the set began and it was almost overpowering. The track Intomaidet from Jorge and Brennan’s first album Entertainica was just amazing live as the video is below. With the loop pedals and multi-instrumental duo this show was just a sneak peak to what the rest of the night was. Playing long into the night the track Tree Salad brought the night into a complete jam session. Today Time and Energy’s 2nd album is up on bandcamp for download and to catch that last track you need to get a copy of Strange Kind of Focus. For those in California a great time to mark on your calendars to see this band is Feb. 19th free admission to the OC Music Awards at The Yost Theater on 307 N Spurgeon St Santa Ana,Ca 92701. I hope to see more of these guys in the future.

Musician, Driver, and Friend

Posted: November 13, 2012 in Music

From Riverside to Prescott, Oakland to Eugene the Bigger Than Mountains Tour exposed me to great new sites and sounds. Sickness, brothels, crickets and cliff bars made the trip a memorable one. The benefit of being out of Portland was seeing how the music scene for surrounding states organized. Who is being talked about and where you can catch the acts is something to be enveloped with. In the new week or so I will be introducing several of the musicians that we played with on this journey down the west coast.

Felecia and the Dinosaur lets you know music is HEALING!!

Felecia and the Dinosaur is not to be messed with, already on her 3rd albums she battles her body and the critics but seems to come out always on top. After helping her pull some seats out of her van I knew she was a very determined individual. As we set out on tour I saw my favorite song “Beautiful Invalids” come to life and knew she was for real. With fans waiting all down the coast for her to preform music for her brand new album In The Key Of Victory it was exciting to see Felecia preform for the crowd. A very soulful voice with a story to tell this young women will let you into the personal aspect of her life while creating a sound that makes your feet start tapping. She is accompanied by a full band on the album which makes for an even greater experience.

The Beast Sting

Posted: November 8, 2012 in News

Continuing the fight for freedom and democracy.

The stories from both sides have been circulating like wildfire in the Portland Metro area about the use of pepper spray on demonstrators at N3. The march against austerity began with a rally in Holladay Park by the Lloyd Center and we marched up to NE Halsey were things took a turn for the worse. Taking notes from other marches, we knew that we MUST break the police line if encountering them blocking our path or a kettle. The use of barricades are for protection against excessive police brutality. We use the masks to keep chemical weapons out of our eyes and signs to shield us from riot batons.

First the volley, then hitting ones up close to have them drop the sign.

The use of force by a crowd is to hopefully show the police they have become a barrier and need to allow the crowd to continue on so no TENSE moments arise where police interaction would have to implemented. Continual use of the police tactic of kettling groups has always made “breaking police lines” a good counter to ensure no harm comes to the elderly or minors that accompany the march. Portland Police Bureau has been know for its itchy trigger finger but when high school students take the hit it makes people choose sides. I was hit myself by the volley of toxic moisture but sustained minor irritation on the tops of my hands. The aim of this police accessory is to disperse the crowd to make way for the riot cops to clear up the scene.

Flushing the eyes of the victims who were hit with pepper spray.

Weather you agree with Occupy or its message it will soon be obvious that this new world order has come together under these last several administrations, its time to say enough is enough. I was told this last week vote, vote, vote but did those people who spewed their view forget how they won that freedom? Most take it for granted and feel that they need to gripe or gloat when the election does or doesn’t go in their favor. Foreclosures, gas prices, and trying to stay employed are become true realities for Americans across the board so where will you land? Is neutrality a satisfying bliss to bask in or will this snap back to reality kick you butt into high gear. Our hearts go out to the victims of Sandy, but where is the sympathy for the family down the road who’s sitting in the dark because daddy’s locked up and mom is sick? We need to realize we are one no matter what status the world has placed us in this game of chance. The sooner we understand this the sooner we can fight together to bring about the society we all can truly thrive in.

Casting a vote of no confidence.

One Band To Another

Posted: October 11, 2012 in Music

The Mountains Goats have released their 14th studio album to date which is entitled ‘Transcendental Youth’. Horns all over the tracks to make this a very deep sounding album. All with piano melodies the voice of John Darnielle guides us from lake side views to looking for artificial residents of the sunshine state. Having discussed some of the most sensitive topics in past albums John, Peter, and Jon give us some very vivid imagery throughout this project. As the video for ‘Cry for Judas’ shows that continual twisted messages can be taken from the lyrics of music still as we move away from the beauty of what lyricism and musicianship is all about. ‘In Memory of Satan‘is a great song to zone to, ‘Amy aka Spent Gladiator‘ is a rebel anthem and ‘The Diaz Brothers‘has that catchy tune that makes this album a listen through and put on repeat.

I got to give credit were credit is do. I would have never heard of The Mountain Goats if it weren’t for my friends Jesse, Rob, and Trina. They are the makings of the band know as Leafeater and they are trio who play jams inspired by The Thermals, The Mountain Goats, and one my personal favorites Bright Eyes. I met them in Astoria,Oregon for Manafest. A weekend music festival put on by our friends to bring bands to the coast. Jams like Holiday in a Bottle and Bruise had me interested to see them again when we all got back to Portland. Since then they have released their album ‘No Wonder‘ which is their electric sound with drums by Trina. A great group of individuals who love to get to know their fans and will hopefully give us another project in the new year.