I guess big contributions from developers don't buy proof readers.
Then again, given the recent sex scandals, maybe we do need to "improve the moral[s] of our police force."
I guess big contributions from developers don't buy proof readers.
Then again, given the recent sex scandals, maybe we do need to "improve the moral[s] of our police force."
This week, dive-loving music writer Jeremy Ohmes previewed Doubles, the new solo album from Patrick Hayden, whom Eugene music fans may also know, as Jeremy noted, from a handful of other projects. I wasn't quite sure where Hayden's possibly-best-known ensemble, Deke Falcon, stood on the matter of breakups and reunions and members leaving town, so in the midst of reading Jeremy's story, I emailed to ask. Hayden's response was worth of its very own post. So here you go.
Deke Falcon reunites as much as possible, but Dave [Clark] and Jordan [Glenn] are both away at their various versions of "art school," and Will "mango" Lindsey has been busy being (until recently) a Metal Blade Recording Artist. Doubles is not so much a band name or even a unified concept as it is a vague reference to Deke Falcon's great, "lost" second album ... which will one day see the light, I swear, if for no other reason than to function as a kind of corrective or revision of the semi-annoying perception of our band as a bunch of boilermaker-swilling, doo rag-donning mill workers. The reality is far less flattering: As any Mex Pistol could tell you, Deke Falcon was really just a bunch of scarf-wearing art waifs.
But the Doubles songs were written at the same time as the latter-day Falcon activity, and sort of function as more challenging, sometimes lugubrious "cousins" to their more bar rock-y Falcon foils. Among other things, recording the album was an opportunity for Jordan Glenn and Patrick Hayden to indulge certain idiosyncracies and explore the margins of the rock song structures that Deke Falcon approach with more of a reverent, historical re-enactment vibe. That said, we actually have played one or two Falcon songs without it seeming too "greatest hits"-y, I think.
While my Snider, Smith, Walker (feat. Dan Jones) lineup is not really a "new band" as such, it does bring to fruition a bunch of my key musical associations from recent years. Drummer Rob Smith â€” who also did the amazing pen and ink cover drawing â€” was my college roommate and a co-conspirator with me on the Nasvhille indie scene of the early 2000s. Guitar player and geologist Barry Walker is another frat brother from the TN days. It's nice to have this occasion to sorta "introduce" these two beloved Dixie badasses to Eugene rock audiences, and adding Dan Jones and [Dave] Snider to the mix really raises my own expectations of a full-blown, "Varsity Team"-level performance that is actually giving me a nervous tic, at the moment. I better go do some pushups.
There you have it. Patrick Hayden's varsity team CD release is this Saturday night at Sam Bond's. Go forth and listen!
Apart from one misguided font selection (dude, is that Papyrus?), the trailer for Joss Whedon's Dollhouse looks downright stunning.
Can't wait. Can't wait. Trying not to get hopes up. But they didn't cancel The Sarah Connor Chronicles! So sometimes they can get things right! Right?
For those of you who missed the City Club mayor's debate, the audio can be found at the KLCC website . Mayor Kitty Piercy had to read her opening and closing statements fast, but she emailed out the words, if you didn't catch them:
Piercy's Opening Two-Minute Statement
I love Eugene and enjoy being your Mayor, moving our community forward with optimism and determination.
Iâ€™ve looked at the deluge of Jim Torrey ads and I frankly donâ€™t recognize his Eugene. Neither should you, itâ€™s fictional.
The truth is that while the world is not a perfect place, Eugene has moved forward.
In just three years, weâ€™ve put in place an economic development plan based on sustainable green jobs and practices. And, our workâ€™s been recognized. National Geographicâ€™s Green Guide named Eugene Americaâ€™s #1 green city (" a power house of green industry") and Popular Science chose Eugene as #5 green city. At the same time Forbes chose us #36 out of the top 200 American cities to do business in and Fortune chose us as one of the nationâ€™s top 100 cities to start a small business in.
Weâ€™re working together in all new and inclusive ways. Together we settled an LTD strike, passed a parks bond and library levy, brought two Olympic Track and Field Trials to Eugene and leaders from environment, business, and government are working together on traffic solutions for West Eugene for the first time in over 20 years. I have reached across all wards of this community in over 6,000 meetings and opened city hall to all.
There are old problems left from the Torrey years that Iâ€™ve worked steadily to resolve. In just 3 years, weâ€™ve completed over $17 million dollars in road repairs and pothole fills. Weâ€™ve worked to reestablish trust in our police with the civilian review board. Weâ€™ve begun reinvigorating our downtown, refurbishing the old Symantec building and filling it with 200 new employees and built the new Westtown on 8th affordable housing.
Weâ€™re challenged by the countyâ€™s financial woes and will work with them to serve our people and keep our community safe. Eugene will continue to move forward, responding to the challenges and the opportunities before us. This is the Eugene I know and love.
Piercy's Closing Two-Minute Statement
You have real stark choices between us. This is a pitched battle for Eugeneâ€™s future. Do we want unbridled growth or to continue down a path of smart growth that ensures good jobs and livability?
The money tells the story clearly. Jim Torrey has piles of money from construction and development interests who would just like to construct and build without constraint.
I am backed by over 800 individuals, (with average contributions of about $130) who are committed to growing thoughtfully in ways that benefit us all, not simply the few.
Iâ€™ve been threatened over my efforts to protect our wetlands and headwaters for future generations. Did I let threats keep me from doing what I think is right. No.
And letâ€™s speak truth. The last four years have been full of optimism and rebuilding pride in our community. We are nationally known for our green practices and good business environment. Weâ€™re facing the future â€“ not the past.
Letâ€™s not forget the mean spiritedness of the "gang of nine;" public battles in the streets; losing our hospital and Glenwood; the closing of stores downtown; the Lara/MagaÃ±a case; and the failure to fully address street repairs.
Is this the world you want back?
We are deeply affected by national policies on federal timber payments, tax cuts and the war in Iraq. My opponent supported this president and this war.
I have worked with the entire city council. When I became Mayor, the council had but one shared goal. Now there are 11, each with a work plan.
The most ridiculous thing being said is that in this community we have stopped talking to each other. That is simply not true. Folks of all stripes are working on downtown revitalization; doable traffic solutions in West Eugene; headwaters protection; and homelessness.
I am proud of this community. We are reopening storefronts and revitalizing our downtown. We are filling potholes and building affordable housing. We are building parks and supporting our library. We are creating new jobs and keeping our economy healthy in challenging times. We are working with partners at all levels in ever more productive ways. We are protecting all the things that make this such a great community.
Barack Obama spoke to a cheering crowd of roughly 5,000 at the UO on Friday night.
Here's a link to audio of his speech with video clips of the rally.
TV news watchers may soon see less car wrecks, fires, cop chases and other "if it bleeds it leads" coverage on local broadcasts.
The Eugene police department sent out a memo May 5 to local media on the upcoming switch of police radio to digital. That means the old analog scanners that TV reporters use won't work.
Even with digital scanners, EPD Capt. Chuck Tilby writes that "some frequencies will be encrypted in compliance with the new Oregon Consumer Theft Protection Act passed by the legislature in 2007. Eventually all channels may be encrypted."
This may not be a great loss. Local TV news has long been derided for lazy, fear-mongering scanner chasing that fills local news with titillating gore without real reporting or news value.
Then again, scanners brought us the OJ car chase, but they sometimes also offer an important public eye for police accountability. Here's a recent example from Philadelphia:
Tilby writes that "another program that we've been working on, while not equaling the usefulness of a newsroom scanner, may provide some supplemental assistance to you in newsgathering. Soon to be released will be a Eugene Police internet activity log that will be refreshed as calls clear, instead of every 24 hours."
In Portland, scanner audio is on the internet.
It took us a minute to realize why it was so empty everywhere. The Safeway parking lot, the streets, Brails ... oh, wait! Everyone must be on campus. Right? We thought about biking down there, but that would have meant forgoing our delicious containers of leftovers (bi bim bob for him, pork bulgogi for me), and that simply wasn't an option. We'd wolfed down all the side dishes â€” how I love small pickled/fermented things â€” but each Brails entrÃ©e was definitely enough for two meals. And they serve beer and wine with dinner! As if you needed more reasons to eat there. (Though the mellow evening hours are quite a change from the long lines on weekends â€” not that lines will ever keep me away from a plate of hash browns and bacon.)
It's quiet in Eugene tonight. At least so far. At least around Willamette Street. I hear the Lakers game is good. How was Obama? Report in, folks!
Eugene is Obama country, judging by federal campaign contribution data.
Barack Obama has raised about four times more money here from about four times more contributions. Through the end of March, Obama reported raising $114,622 from 955 donations from Eugene. Hillary Clinton raised $29,111 in donations from 224 contributions from Eugene.
Obamaâ€™s contributions averaged $120. Clintonâ€™s averaged $224.
Nearly a third of Clintonâ€™s contributions came from donors identifying themselves as retired. Obama reported 17 percent of his donors were retired.
Some retirees may list themselves as not employed. About a quarter of Obamaâ€™s contributors listed themselves as retired or not employed, while half of Clintonâ€™s contributors listed themselves as retired or not employed.
Only 2 percent of Clintonâ€™s donors identified their employer as the University of Oregon. About 11 percent of Obamaâ€™s money came from professors and other UO employees.
About 5 percent of Clintonâ€™s Eugene donations listed employment as mom or homemaker. Only one Obama donor listed themselves that way.
Not everything in the world, obviously, makes it into the paper. There are two more shows this weekend that caught my eye despite the fullness of the music section. Tonight, you might go see the charmingly monikered The Little Penguins and The Tea Cozies, whose bio, in part, reads as follows:
The three female member of Tea Cozies had been playing together for years before they found someone who was man enough to handle their brand of brit-inspired garage pop. Jeff joined Jessi, Brady and Kelly in December of 2005 and, like Doug Flutie's Hail Mary pass in Boston College's 1984 game against Miami, it was a miracle. Well, not a real miracle like curing lepers, but a minor miracle just the same. These Seattle-ites sound like the bastard child of Elastica and Talking Heads, but with their own twist. 75% of the band has seen Dave Matthews Band live, and 25% of the band liked it.
I'd be won over even if both bands hadn't sent totally charming records. (Can you tell I'm posting in a hurry? Hence the sad lack of elaboration.)
The Little Penguins, The Tea Cozies and The Arithmetic Danger Club (who dropped off their press stuff some time ago in a giant bubble envelope decorated with a drawing of an octopus which, yes, I still have around here somewhere) play tonight at Diablo's Downtown Lounge. Sorry, kids, that means it's 21+.
Then, tomorrow night, head out of the house (I know, I know â€”Â it's scary out there!) to see Conrad Ford, a band which gets extra super bonus points for being named after director John Ford and cinematographer Conrad Hall. Also, they have charming record art and stickers. But you should go because the sometimes spare, story-wrapped, big-sky-small-town songwriting is just right for the time of year when you're delighted that it's getting warm, but still finding it hard to leave behind the holed-up, hidden-away charms of crisp weather. Or maybe that's just me. (Also, they do sound a bit like Eels, as a KEXP DJ notes on their bio.)
Conrad Ford plays at ... OK, wait. I wrote all this up only to find they're not listed where they said they were playing. So maybe you should just keep this band in mind for the future...
With Jim Torrey running for mayor again, local videographer Tim Lewis has posted a reminder on YouTube of what it was like under Torrey. The video features dramatic footage of the June 1st incident in 1997 in which Eugene police emptied every can of pepper spray they had on non-violent tree sitters standing in the way of the Broadway Place project downtown.
For more information on the event, here's a link to EW's coverage of its 5th-year anniversary:
The city settled a lawsuit by some of the protesters for $30,000 and reduced somewhat the use of pepper spray on non-violent demonstrators. But the city and EPD never apologized or admitted that they did anything wrong. Now EPD is armed with tasers with no ban on using them against demonstrators.
Lewis has also published other videos on YouTube and plans to do more. Search the site for "picture Eugene."
This week's EW has a story about the mayor's race that includes information about a recent political attack ad by Jim Torrey. Here's the ad with fact checking by EW:
A trio of articles came to my attention today thanks to a super-wicked-awesome mailing list I'm on:
1. "Is There a Real Woman in This Multiplex?"
by Manohla Dargis in The New York Times
2. "Where Are the Roles for Superwomen?"
by Tammy Oler in New York Magazine
3. "Iron Men: The real reasons why summer movies became a boys' club"
by Robert Moline on MOLI
(Is it worth nothing that two of these titles are questions and one a statement? Perhaps.)
I'm abusing this blog like del.icio.us right now so that I'll remember to read these (more than the initial cursory scan) and post my thoughts later. But hey, you can post your thoughts now! Maybe you're presently less scattered than me.
I miss the X-Men; the group name may be typical, but at least the group's makeup wasn't always so.
UO President Dave Frohnmayer has announced that he will resign by the summer of 2009.
Here's an email he sent out to UO faculty and staff this morning:
Today I formally notified Chancellor George Pernsteiner and Governor Ted
Kulongoski of my intention to retire as President of the University of
Oregon at the conclusion of the 2008/09 academic year. It has been a
great privilege to work with truly stellar faculty, staff, students and
alumni for nearly a decade and a half. I intend to return to teaching and
other assignments after I step down in summer, 2009.
I have given extended notice of my decision to allow ample time yet this
quarter and through the summer for a smooth search and transition process.
I have the utmost confidence that a presidential opportunity at this
internationally recognized institution will draw the attention of the
finest academic leaders. In recent days I have conferred with faculty
leaders to assure that our campus dialogue about immediate needs and
future priorities can command our focused attention in the next year.
It has been nearly twenty years since a full-fledged presidential search
has taken place for this campus. We are armed with the results of many
important perspectives, such as our recently concluded decennial
accreditation self-study, our Campaign Oregon strategic plan, and the
campus profiles that have been thoughtfully prepared for provost,
vice-presidential and dean searches. Nonetheless, the forthcoming search
process will provide a healthy period of reflection and engagement as the
university develops plans for a major leadership transition.
As you may know, the State Board of Higher Education conducts presidential
searches. I have spoken with the Board leadership to gain assurance that
our strongest and best voices will be heard. I expect that the Chancellor
will meet with faculty leadership in the near future to map out next
steps, and I hope that our campus engagement will be broadly based.
I am eternally grateful for the literally thousands of you who have
brought joy, energy and inspiration to the work of the university. You
have endured sustained economic privation; collaborated thoughtfully on
new initiatives; worked ceaselessly to improve our teaching and research;
greeted students, their families and the larger community with warmth and
good spirit; made our buildings and grounds places of serene beauty; and
celebrated the achievements of each other with an enduring sense of pride
and community. Lynn and I are grateful beyond measure for the many acts
of kindness in our times of family loss and grief and in moments of shared
pride for the university.
We endeavor always to improve even more. I look forward to working with
you in these next months.
So for tomorrow's paper, I spent several hours yesterday watching stoner comedies. And lo, they were funny, though epically dude-centric. (Still, when two of said dudes are John Cho and Kal Penn, I can manage to redirect my mild ire.)
But neither film could touch the smokin' hot genius that is the red-band (i.e. R-rated) trailer for the upcoming Pineapple Express (August 8). If I ever thought to myself, Self, I sure am tired of that Seth Rogen fellow, well, I'm over that now. (But when Seth Rogen's costar is the stunningly-cheekboned â€”Â and amazingly funny â€”Â James Franco, well, that helps too.)
You must see this. You also must see Forgetting Sarah Marshall, so you could kill two birds with one stone by heading to your local movie theater of choice. But if that's not on your schedule at the moment, you can check out the dirrrrrrty trailer here. Do not pass go; do not collect $200; DO NOT watch the tame trailer. It's just not nearly as funny.
* If you know what this is a reference to, we should totally be friends.
UO big wigs have been taking a lot of hits in the media recently for kowtowing to the almighty swoosh.
On April 16 the Oregonian reported that the UO had evaded state anti-corruption laws to hand the contract for the basketball arenaâ€”the most expensive public building in state historyâ€”to a Nike subsidiary and Nike related contractor and architect without a competitive or public bidding process.
On April 20, Oregonian columnist Steve Duin wrote that under President Dave Frohnmayer, "This public university has, on any and all questions about the arena, suddenly adopted a code of secrecy worthy of the KGB."
On April 23, Willamette Week awarded Frohnmayer its "Rogue of the Week" award for "hiding the ball" when it comes to Nike, the arena and the state's public records law.
Who's making all these decisions at the UO? Frohnmayer is helped by three "retired" UO vice-presidents who recently got a big pay increase by converting their full time jobs to half time, according to numbers in an Oregonian story last month.
The paper reported that John Moseley, Lorraine Davis and Dan Williams all recently retired but were hired back as half time contractors. According to numbers in the story, Williams earned $162,800 before he retired. After retirement he earned PERS at about 83 percent of salary or, by our estimate, about $135,000. Frohnmayer then hired him back to work at the UO half time for $100,000 a year, according to the Oregonian. So in retirement working half time Williams earns a total of about $235,000 a year, a 44 percent raise over what he earned working full time.
For Moseley the raise works out to 35 percent or a total of $285,000 in post "retirement" salary, by EW's calculations. Davis got an estimated 33 percent raise for going half time, a total of $222,000 a year in post retirement pay.
These three Frohnmayer cronies working half as much for almost half more pay are now among the highest paid public officials in the state. By comparison, the Governor's salary is $93,600.
Wow, no wonder the UO has a hard time getting funding from the Legislature. Of course Frohnmayer or his princely paid assistants won't pay the price for the public esteem swooshing out of the institution. It will be some kid busing tables for tuition.