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November 1, 2013 12:23 PM

The city of Eugene has approved a new homeless camp at a parcel of city land off Chambers at the intersection with the Northwest Expressway. Train tracks border the site. Here is a video posted on the Homeless Action listserv Oct. 31.

November 1, 2013 05:01 PM

First period classes at South Eugene High School on Wednesday morning were bound to be filled with chitter chatter about the Earl Sweatshirt concert that rattled the WOW Hall the night before. The audience was predominately young and overtly rowdy but this is exactly the kind of vibe Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt wants when he spits his compelling acidic flow over murky, downer beats.

The show didn’t begin until 9:40 pm but fans were lining up outside the WOW much earlier, closer to 6 pm. To experience the full-throttle insanity that takes place at an Odd Future (OF) show, you must be plopped front and center. The base of the doors leading into WOW were covered with empty Gatorade and water bottles that appeared to have not been used to inject loads of electrolytes, rather presumably, cheap liquor. A few spots before a light frisking by security, one concert attendee left behind a pair of small scissors. Thank Yeezus those were left at the door.

There are a few guarantees when attending an Odd Future performance: the crowd will play an unregulated game of who can sport the craziest shirt/threads (that night’s winner was a young fellow who was wearing a complete astronaut suit minus the helmet), the venue’s alcohol sales will drop due to a massive underage audience and the rap collective’s DJ will spin for at least a half hour before any rappers come on stage. Tonight’s DJ was the chief OF DJ Syd tha Kyd (she’s covering for her brother Taco who is out for four Doris dates, including Eugene). Syd tha Kyd spins some aggressive records and drops while the crowd begins to rise to simmering temperatures.

It’s at this point that Syd tha Kyd looks to her right while playing “Kill” off of Earl Sweatshirt’s self titled debut mix tape and nods for Earl and Vince Staples, another young rapper not in OF but appears on many Earl tracks, to come on stage. 

Earl is wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and the hood was permanently placed over his head throughout his performance. He commands the audience by doing very little and he holds the mic close to his mouth a la Jay Z but in his own manner. Earl and Vince Staples start ripping through a Doris-lopsided set (he only played two tracks off his outstanding debut, “Kill” and “Earl”) and the crowd gobbles whatever he tosses at them.

During a short break in between songs, an audience member sprays water on stage, which slightly peeves Earl who then recognizes the disruptive dweeb. “I remember this kid from last time,” says Earl, which causes WOW to erupt with cheers. Referring to last May’s performance, Earl tells the crowd that this uncontrollable fan challenged Earl mid show to an impromptu rap battle before backing out. This momentary delay ends quickly and Earl is back on the mic plucking through every track off his major label debut Doris.

Earl’s emotions on stage fluctuated throughout the performance. At times he appeared bored, almost as if rapping to the same young white majority crowds night after night can be as cumbersome as is seems. But there were moments of undeniable genius. Midway through his hour-long set, Earl said, “Hey light man! Can we have something very ominous?” And the venue was soon flipped into a dark, fog-filled room that was only lit by a red, velvet light. During these songs, his raps developed into the dark, brilliant anthems for the conscience youth, which make Earl a noticeable dot on the rap game’s monitor.

The last song of the night was fan favorite “Drop” and Earl had the crowd separate into two sections so he can compare which side was wilder. After a few minutes of teasing the kids, Earl and Vince Staple tore through their final song and left with no signs of an encore. 

Filling out of WOW Hall was slow but it gave chance to see who was in front and who exerted every ounce of energy they had for the show. Young boys were dripping with sweat (which backfired for it was roughly 40 degrees outside) and one boy was applying a backwards cross with a Sharpie on his chest while waiting to exit. These are the fans that propel Odd Future and that night they waited in the cold for their rides to come pick them up.

Words by Silas Valentino. Color photos by Todd Cooper. B&W photos by Rob Sydor

 

October 31, 2013 05:31 PM

A recent open mic night at Luckey's shows rappers rockin' the mic in a whole new way. "Eye of the Tiger" edit comes to us by way of Andre "DJ Foodstamp" Sirois's YouTube channel.

October 30, 2013 10:15 AM

Sen. Ron Wyden speaks at the House-Senate conference committee first meeting on the budget and calls for reform of the U.S.'s outdated tax code.

October 27, 2013 03:26 PM

Eugene residents have gotten creative in search of shelter and it appears to be human nature to make the best of what's available. Here is Iwan Baan in a recent TED Talk. If you watch the new season of Homeland, you will recognize the Tower of David.

October 23, 2013 10:32 AM

Paramount has released one Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues trailer in the U.S. and another internationally. This one is airing in Ireland and it's funnier than the one airing here. The trailers also focus on different characters. I wonder what focus groups they used to determine this kind of marketing? See for yourself below. Anchorman 2 comes to theaters Dec. 20.

October 23, 2013 02:52 PM

We couldn't make this up. From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

October 23, 2013

Group Wants to Debut New Tongue-in-Cheek Attack of the Pigeons! Video Short at UCLA Bruins Game

A feathered fan of the No.3 University of Oregon's football team—a pigeon dubbed "Timothy," who apparently enjoys blocking one of the school's stadium cameras—has prompted PETA to ask the team to promote respect for all pigeons by posing a scary proposition. In a letter sent to the school's athletic director today, PETA asks the university to debut PETA's tongue-in-cheek Attack of the Pigeons! video short (available for preview here) on the Jumbotron during the Ducks' next home game against the No.12 UCLA Bruins on October 26. The video, shot like a kitschy B horror movie, playfully takes a look at what life would be like for humans if pigeons treated humans the way that some members of our species treat them.

"Timothy the Pigeon's popularity creates the perfect opportunity to push for compassion for all our feathered friends," says PETA Special Projects Manager Alicia Woempner. "PETA's video is a quirky way to point out that it's not nice to harass pigeons, who are gentle, attentive parents who mate for life and only want to be left alone to raise their families—and maybe take in a ball game or two."

Video in question is here.

October 23, 2013 03:52 PM

As they say in the video, it's practically become an urban legend — a lady spills hot coffee on her lap while driving, sues McDonald's and wins millions. People tell it as a tale of the legal system gone awry. 

But that's not really what happened at all. This short documentary by The New York Time's Retro Report lays out the real story.

October 21, 2013 12:11 PM

"Hey girl, how you been? Face lick!"

Bad Lip Reading takes on Game of Thrones. "Theme park manager Eddie Stark has one week to whip his lackluster group of employees into shape before the park's grand opening."

 

October 20, 2013 09:22 PM

I didn't expect a ballet would make me laugh out loud, but Zorro did. Today was the last performance of the Ballet Fantastique's season opener Zorro: The Ballet at the Hult's Soreng Theater; it was a zesty, fresh, fantastic treat. Fábio Simões, who flew in from Portugal, danced the part of Zorro with a dashing, silly and playful flair. Hannah Bontrager was his perfect foil as the cheeky, funny and independent love interest Juliana. The costumes and choreography were bright, innovative and fearless. All set against a music backdrop by the California-based Incendion Band, an exhilirating mix of Spanish guitar, violin and a dash of rock 'n' roll. We can't wait to see what Ballet Fantastique does with their next production, Tales from a Floating World, which according to BF, will bring to life "ancient Asian legends of samurai adventure, romance and the supernatural." To see find out more, see our preview coverage: "The Man, and Women, Behind the Mask."

October 18, 2013 03:16 PM

Boo, the Bijou wants you! Thursday, Oct. 24, is the kick off for the Bijou Metro’s first 72-Hour Horror Film Festival and Competition. Attention amateur and pro-filmmakers alike, here’s your chance to get screen time in our fair city with a fairly low commitment. From the Bijou’s website:

"Contestants will have 72 hours to write, shoot and edit a 2-3 minute horror film utilizing a mandated prop and line of dialogue. Films submitted by deadline will be eligible for a $500 cash prize awarded to the “Jury Prize Winner” and exhibition prior to the Bijou Metro’s Halloween screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining."

Joshua Purvis of Bijou Art Cinemas says that the festival/competition sprang from his own interest in horror flicks, as well as “creating the opportunities I wish I had had as a filmmaker.” Adding that horror is the perfect entry point for movie makers because the genre is celebrated for being “low brow.” Who doesn’t have a special place in their heart for low-tech horror films? Look for our story on it in the Oct. 24 issue.

For more info, visit: http://bijou-cinemas.com/bijoumetro/?p=1348