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July 27, 2012 02:41 PM

In case you missed our July 16th post mentioned in this week's "Cruel Rabbit Roundup" story, here it is again as filmed by Heather and Alex Crippen of the Red Barn Rabbit Rescue.

Heather Crippen points out that YouTube has designated the video not suitable for those under 17 due to the animal cruelty portrayed. Ironic, she says, since the participants in the "animal scramble" are 4 to 14.

July 27, 2012 08:56 AM

 

After some frenetic banjo picking on Friday, July 27, at the Cuthbert Amphitheater, Steve Martin decides it’s time for him to go Google himself offstage (“it’s been over 45 minutes,” he says) and let the Steep Canyon Rangers entertain for a song or two.

“Charles do you have a beer or something?” Martin says to bass player, Charles Humphrey III. Deadpan, Humphrey slides open a hidden wooden panel in his bass and pulls out a cool one for the comedian, who strides off stage, beer in hand, to a roar of applause and laughter from the crowd.

The Steep Canyon Rangers, including Humphrey (bass, vocals), Woody Platt (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Guggino (mandolin, vocals), Nicky Sanders (fiddle, vocals) and Graham Sharp (banjo, vocals), began in the ‘90s as a college band in Brevard, N.C., where they got into bluegrass through New Grass Revival and Old and in the Way. In 2006, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) named the The Steep Canyon Rangers as Emerging Artists of the Year. By 2011, the Rangers and Martin collectively won the IBMA’s Entertainers of the Year award after collaborating on the album Rare Bird Alert.

For the well-mannered Rangers, collaborating with Martin for a bluegrass comedy tour was a rather smooth transition. “In the history of bluegrass, there’s always a goofball who did the comedy. Comedy was always a part of it,” says Sharp. “Lester Flatt was such a great MC and there’s a tradition to that. It’s not too much of a stretch.”

For a music genre that typically contains content about love lost or solitary hardships, a bluegrass band would have to have a particular sense of humor to play songs like “Jubilation Day,” about a playfully bitter break-up, or “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs.” And the Rangers do so with the discipline of Bill Munroe or Del McCoury. The harmonies on “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs” are so crisp and breathtaking that, no matter what your creed (this song received, by far, the rowdiest reception), it’s easy to see why these guys are one of the biggest names in modern bluegrass.

Nobody Knows You, the Rangers’ latest album, was released this spring and is noticeably more vocal heavy. “We took a few more chances on this record than maybe we have in the past,” says Sharp. “I think playing with Steve gave us a lot more confidence.”

The Rangers are planning to return to Eugene this March with the Nobody Knows You tour.

— Alexandra Notman

 

July 27, 2012 04:45 PM

The long-awaited follow up to the Mr. Rogers song is here!

July 26, 2012 03:38 PM

Sam Bond’s Anniversary Bash

Sam Bond’s Garage has been a Whiteaker fixture for seventeen years, too old to count in bar time. Consistently voted by EW readers as Eugene’s favorite watering hole, the Sam Bond’s Anniversary Variety Showbrings together a heap of local performers who’ve graced the venue’s wooden stage over the past years.

Tom Heinl and Scott Kof Monday night bingo notoriety will act as masters of ceremony, rambling, joking, drinking and calling bingo between music sets throughout the night. “There will definitely be a blackout round,” Heinl says. Whether he meant this with regard to the cash-prize bingo game or the state of inebriation is unclear.

One thing to look forward to is the three-piece one-off ZZ Top cover band composed of guitarist Jake Pavlak(Ferns), bassist Dave Snider(Test Face) and drummer Rob Smith, that will put some hair on your chin. “It’s all early ‘70s stuff, Pavlak says. “It’s been fun learning these new tunes.”

And if that beard of yours, pints-deep in the evening, needs a lift out of the ol’ Mason jar, the lovely ladies of the Red Raven Folliesalso perform.

Hey, as if that isn’t enough, the rambunctious bluegrass of the Alder Street All-Starswill have you stomping, swinging and pushing tables out of the way to dance. But wait, there’s even more. Vaudevillian folk/jazz, provided by Hot Milk, should wear in your dancing boots for the evening, and the mellow jazz compositions of Geoffrey Mays should help with the cool down process.Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without an early, pre-funk set by The Stagger and Sway, guitaring up the night from the outset.

Saturated in strong beer, this showcase of local talent will no doubt bring about a good start to the next year of Sam Bond’s entertainment.

Sam Bond’s Anniversary Show “Too Old To Count” starts 9 pm Saturday, July 28, at Sam Bond’s; $5. 

— Patrick Newson

 

       

July 26, 2012 03:12 PM

 

Indie folk rockers Wintertime Carousel are on the verge of releasing a new EP, not to mention the fact that they’re kicking off a West Coast tour to San Diego and back to promote the album. Spoiler alert: The new EP is really fucking good.

Simon Adler positions his vocals in the foreground of hallowed-hall reverb created by the perfect nighttime glitter and twang of droning electric guitars. Layers of brass and thick bass lines hug your ears tight as the four track EP rolls on toward inspired greatness. Since its first release in 2010, Carousel has evolved toward becoming a solidified indie racket, with the songwriting becoming heartfelt, personal and far more meaningful than it used to, and nowadays the instrumentation is downright savage in its slow, tense arrangement.

Wintertime Carousel was once a stormy sea, and has now calmed and matured into something far more adult. They’ll still knock your teeth out with a single punch, though, so don’t cast off the five minute songs as desolate whines. They’re the crooning, powerful tracks of Carousel’s new EP, and you can hear them tonight.

Wintertime Carousel plays with Strum Theory & Royal Blue 10 pm Thursday, July 26, at Luckey’s; $3 — Andy Valentine

July 25, 2012 09:49 AM

A new video from Predator Defense, intended for media use but also suitable for general public consumption.

July 25, 2012 02:19 PM

Harpist Thaddeu "Gaffer" Venar from Boulder, Colo., is in town to perform at Faerieworlds and will also play at 7:30 pm Tuesday, July 31, at Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren. Sliding scale. No one turned away.

July 25, 2012 11:18 AM

The Oregon Dental Association makes brushing cool. Or umm, tries to. Or something. 

 

H/T to Willamette Week for this gem.
 
I kept waiting fearfully for an ice cream truck to zoom by and send one of the kids reeling. Sugar and rap don't mix.
 

(Apparently he wasn't really dancing to "Teach Me How to Dougie," but that's the version that went viral. He survived and got a rap video of his own.)

July 23, 2012 01:05 PM

The Eugene City Council decided to wait until after its summer break to weigh on on coal trains, but the Coos Bay World does't think Eugene should have an opinion at all on the issue. 

In an editoral published July 18, the World says Eugene should keep its "big nose" out of coal exports and "butt out" of the global energy and climate change issue. 

 

Our view: The Eugene City Council has no business dictating international energy markets.

Riddle: What's the difference between God and the Eugene City Council?

Answer: God doesn't think he's the Eugene City Council.

Eugene has yearned for decades to dictate national energy policy. In 1986, it declared itself a 'Nuclear Free Zone." Now the council is talking about using health and safety laws to block coal trains' passage through town.

This kind of self-important pushiness is why America's founders put Congress in charge of interstate commerce. When every provincial politician can regulate trade, we all starve.

Admittedly, coal trains are a serious issue. If Coos Bay builds a coal terminal, enormous chains of rail cars will haul Asia-bound Wyoming coal through many Western communities. Opponents warn of air pollution, black lung and derailments, caused by coal dust falling from train cars.

Regulators and railroads, answering market demand, are attacking these problems. A sticky spray called a 'surfacant" reportedly reduces dust emissions by 85 percent. Covered cars may be better still.

But never mind. Eugene's real objection to coal trains isn't coal dust. It's global climate change. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy told The Register-Guard, '... we live in global society and the effects of our decisions are felt far beyond our borders."

That's true. But what gives Eugene the right to decide what Wyoming will mine and what Asia will burn?

Moreover, the morality of coal exports is not as simple as it may sound. Ask:

If Asia can't get North American fuel, what will it burn instead?

How might fuel exports affect America's balance of trade?

How about U.S. economic strength and strategic alliances?

How does affordable energy affect health and quality of life in developing nations?

These are big questions for federal regulators, Congress and the free market. The Eugene City Council should butt out.

What does give Eugene the right? Coal train opponents argue it's that the trains will be going through town, past farms and through wild areas. 

July 23, 2012 11:55 AM

It's a sarcastic, musical how-to ride the bus video. The UO needs one of these. 

"These are not the rides you are looking for."

Also the "Bohemian Rhapsody" spoof kicks in around 5:40.

July 20, 2012 05:15 PM

About an hour ago, McDonald Theatre posted on their Facebook:

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Secret show just announced for comedian DAVE CHAPPELLE at McDonald Theatre THIS SUNDAY AT 9pm!!

Tickets justwent on sale through TicketsWest. My advice is grab a pair quick! You know they won't last long.

July 20, 2012 12:09 PM

Another exclusion request:

 

In the afternoon of July 18, a downtown officer saw an adult man mingling with a number of teenagers in the Park Blocks. The man was contacted when he violated one of the posted park rules. The officer ran a record check on the 26-year-old man and found there was a warrant for his arrest. It was also determined that he was in the park in violation of an administrative park restriction. He is currently on probation for Possession of Heroin and Marijuana Delivery within 1000 Feet of a School.

Following the arrest, officers discovered the subject was in possession of heroin, marijuana and accouterments of marijuana distribution. He was arrested for the warrant, Trespassing (violating a park restriction), Possession of Heroin, and Unlawful Distribution of Marijuana within 1000 Feet of a School.

The subject has a local criminal record that includes 45 arrests in which he was lodged in the jail, and 26 arrests in which he received a citation in lieu of being lodged at jail. His arrests have been for Possession of Marijuana, Giving False Information to a Police Officer for a Citation, Violation of Park Rules, Delivery of Marijuana within 1000 Feet of a School, Criminal Trespass, Consuming Liquor on Unlicensed Premises, Failure to Appear, Delivery of Marijuana to a Juvenile (two separate incidents not including that which led to his arrest on the 18th), Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property, Physical Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.

The subject is a white male, age 26, of Eugene.

July 19, 2012 04:15 PM

 

 

If you’ve been waiting for new songs from Bad Mitten Orchestre — one of Eugene’s hottest acoustic groups — the wait is over. The Orchestre is coming out in full force Saturday, July 21, to put on its CD release party for the new album BabyGone Broke On Through.

The solid 11-track album is named in honor of perseverance. This is quite appropriate given the band’s refusal to stop making music, despite the inherent difficulties of the modern music industry.

Baby Gone Broke on Throughreally speaks to how we have worked through our struggles as a band, and how we work through our struggles in our own lives,” guitarist and vocalist Ila Kriegh says.

Bad Mitten Orchestre possesses a unique sound that is part gypsy and part Americana. The group blends sophisticated layers of accordion, banjo, upright bass, cello, violin and percussion with vocals that sound as if they come straight from an old-school speakeasy. And Baby Gone Broke on Throughis no exception to the Orchestre’s signature style, but the album’s lyrical content is bursting with the general feeling of meeting adversity head on.

“This album truly came from our hearts,” accordionist, ukulele player and guitarist Naima Muntal says. “I hope our fans feel it to.”

The Bad Mitten Orchestre CD Release Party is 9 pm Saturday, July 21, at WOW Hall; $8 adv., $10 door.

— Dante Zuñiga-West