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April 6, 2012 11:14 AM

In the noisy, urine-soaked hallways of rock ’n’ roll history there exist epic stories of origin — those chance encounters or strange coincidences that seem designed by fate to bring a band to the attention of the world at large the Violent Femmes discovered on a Milwaukee sidewalk by a guitarist for the Pretenders, or Kim Deal being the sole respondent to a Charles Thompson classified ad. One of the greatest of all of these is the story of fIREHOSE. It goes like this: Band ahead of its time (the Minutemen) loses soul and creative lifeblood when leader D. Boon is killed in tragic accident. Band breaks up, obsessive fan drives cross-country, finds Mike Watt’s name in the phonebook and tries to convince remaining members to continue playing music by forming new band (the fan, Ed Crawford, was mistakenly told by members of Camper Van Beethoven that Watt and George Hurley — the ex-Minutemen — were holding open auditions for a new guitarist). And thus, fIREHOSE was born.

Reuniting now for its first show in nearly 20 years (the band’s last appearance in Eugene was in 1993), fIREHOSE was among the giants of the late ‘80s college rock underground and quickly gained a reputation for being hard-working, playing nearly a thousand shows in its eight-year run. Cresting a second wave toward the shores of a rock ’n’ roll rebirth, fIREHOSE took the jazzy,winding funk-punk of the Minutemen and aged it like fine whiskey, the bite still present but ultimately going down a bit more smooth.

Alongside contemporaries like The Replacements and Sonic Youth, fIREHOSE represented the epitome of the late ‘80s college radio aesthetic, giving legions of young people a respite from the horrific machinations of mainstream ‘80s rock. For most casual fans of music it was Nirvana that slayed the big-haired beast of butt rock, but Nevermind was more like the cavalry — the final charge that delivered a decisive blow and sounded the horn, alerting the arbiters of good taste that it was safe to come out. fIREHOSE and its ilk were the infantry, slugging it out on the battlefield — Look What The Cat Dragged In was the group’s personal Helm’s Deep. If Nirvana is the Run-DMC of “alternative” rock then fIREHOSE is the Treacherous Three, laying down a foundation that to some contemporary ears may sound almost dated — though in reality was but one more ingredient in the rocket fuel that launched grunge into the stratosphere.

fIREHOSE plays 9 pm Tuesday, April 10, at WOW Hall; $15 adv., $18 door. — Mark Sullivan

April 5, 2012 01:24 PM

Please, please, please let a Eugenean remix a local news broadcast.

And here's the original.

I suggest remixing "Panda Cow." You could do a lot with the words "Panda Cow."

http://kezi.com/news/local/243137

April 5, 2012 01:36 PM

I think this is going to be my new favorite Tumblr: textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/ Photobucket Photobucket

April 3, 2012 03:17 PM

Lane County Commissioner Rob Handy's re-election campaign got the attention of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters this week as one of Oregon's "critical" races.

http://wkly.ws/18j

April 2, 2012 04:53 PM

Oregon Wild is putting on “an evening celebrating everything you love about Waldo Lake” from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, April 4, at Agate Alley Laboratory restaurant, 2645 Willamette St. in Eugene.

The event is leading up to a public meeting by the Oregon State Marine Board at 6 pm Tuesday, April 10, at the Willamalane Center, 250 S. 32nd St. in Springfield. Written comments can be emailed to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by snail mail to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, Salem 97309.

Comments on the Waldo float plane ban can be emailed to the Oregon Aviation Board at aviation.mail@state.or.us or mailed to the Department of Aviation at 3040 25th St. SE Salem ?97302-1125. See http://wkly.ws/185 for individual Aviation Board members’ email addresses and phone numbers.

See www.oregonwild.org for more information.

April 2, 2012 05:50 PM

I jumped the gun last year when I speculated Art Robinson's entry into the congressional race for the 4th district against Peter DeFazio marked "peak wingnut."

Nope Art Robinson's son Matthew entering the Democratic primary against DeFazio is Wingnut 2.0.

March 29, 2012 12:34 PM

March 28, 2012 01:04 PM

City Club of Eugene’s program this week will be “Unfinished Business: The EmX in West Eugene,” and will begin at 11:50 am Friday, March 30, at the Hilton, 12th floor.

A final decision is nearing this summer on whether or not the EmX bus rapid transit line should be extended through west Eugene. A moderated discussion will include those in support and those opposed.

Members may attend the meeting at no charge; guests and non-members pay $5. Lunch is $16 for non-members.

Selected past City Club meetings can be found on Community Access Television (Channel 23 on cable), Channel 29, or on YouTube by visiting http://tinyurl.com/32gqp9d or by going to www.youtube.com and searching for City Club of Eugene.

March 28, 2012 11:23 AM

It wouldn't make me giggle if it didn't kinda hit close to home.

This reminds me of the time I was out shopping and cheerfully used my handbag to carry the couple groceries I bought rather than get a grocery bag. You can't win. A friend of a friend standing near by snarkily commented that a large bag like that surely encouraged a person to buy more stuff. Eugenia, Portlandia.

March 26, 2012 12:31 PM

Occupy Eugene and other local groups are planning a protest gathering from 4 to 6 pm today, March 26, in front of the old Federal Building at 7th and Pearl, in honor of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black youth who was killed in Florida recently by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin was wearing a hoodie at the time.

"Wear your hoodie, bring a sign, come stand together in solidarity for true justice," says one organizer.

March 26, 2012 12:59 PM

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

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Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

March 23, 2012 01:31 PM

Raekwon of the Wu Tang Clan will be wrecking microphones at WOW Hall 9 pm Saturday, March 24: $18 Advance, $20 Door. If ya don't know, now you know!