Friday, November 21, 2008

My Concerts concert gigs shows

1984
Van Halen, Autograph Mar 25, Capital Centre, Largo, MD
Duran Duran Apr 2, Capital Centre, Largo, MD
Beach Boys July 4th The Mall, Washington DC
Yes Sept 6, Merriweather Post Pavillion, Columbia MD
1985
Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister Jan 28 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
Eric Clapton, Graham Parker Jun 27 Merriweather Post Pavillion, Columbia MD
Motley Crue, Loudness Aug 11, Civic Center, Baltimore
Ratt, Bon Jovi Oct 15 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
Rush, Steve Morse Dec 16 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
1986
Aerosmith, Ted Nugent Mar 7 Captial Centre, Largo, MD
Judas Priest, Dokken May 31 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
Kix, Obsesion Jun 6 Crystal Skate, Marlow Heights, MD
NYC Fresh Fest III- Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys Jun 7 Civic Center, Baltimore
AC/DC, Queensryche Aug 23 Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AB
Metallica, Metal Church Dec 16, Convention Center, Edmonton, AB
Triumph, Kick Axe Dec 31 Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AB
1987
The Pretenders, Iggy Pop Mar 8 Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AB
Iron Maiden, Wasted Apr 22 Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AB
1989
Ratt, Kix, Brittny Fox Feb 8 Rosemont Horizon, Chicago
Metallica, The Cult Jun 2 Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AB
Tora Tora, The Hangmen Sept 21, The Metro, Chicago
Dirty Looks, EZO Oct 1 The Metro, Chicago
PiL, Flesh For Lulu, Out of Order Oct 21 The Riv, Chicago
David Byrne Oct 23, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
Testament, WrathChild, Anihilator Oct 27 The Vic, Chicago
1990
I Love You, Feb 17 The Cubby Bear, Chicago
Testament, Savatage, Nuclear Assault Mar 25 The Vic, Chicago
Fates Warning, Sanctuary Apr 8 Medusas, Chicago
Butthole Surfers, Killdozer, Out of Order Apr 21 The Vic, Chicago
Consolidated July 7 The Metro, Chicago
Aerosmith Jul 21, Alpine Valley, WI
Consolidated, MC 900ft Jesus Oct 5 The Metro, Chicago
Skinny Puppy, Babes in Toyland Nov 2 The Riv, Chicago
Jane's Addiction, Henry Rollins Band Nov 30 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
1991
Slayer, Testament Jan 31 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
Buck Pets, Kill City Mar 28 Lounge Ax, Chicago
Pigface, Silverick May 5 The Metro, Chicago
KMFDM, Brain Dead Sound Machine May 25 The Metro, Chicago
Social Act, Daisy Chain Jun 1 The Vic, Chicago
Clash of the Titans June 14 World Music Theater, Chicago
Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Gang of Four, Warrior Soul Jul 12 Poplar Creek, Chicago
Soul Asylum, Jayhawks, Pearl Jam July 21 The Metro, Chicago
Lollapalooza - Jane's, Buttholes Aug 3 World Music Theater, Chicago
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Aug 31 The Riv, Chicago
Nirvana Oct 12 The Metro, Chicago
1992
Alice Donut, Didjits, Victims Family Jan 31 The Metro, Chicago
Skid Row, Soundgarden Feb 13 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
Kix with D-Generation Oct 18 Limelight, NYC
Mudhoney, Falming Lips, Eugeneious Oct 29 Roseland, NYC
Neds Atomic Dustbin Nov Roseland
Pigface, Psychic TV, EBN Dec 18 The Ritz, NYC
King Missile Dec The Continental, NYC
1993
The Smalls Jan 7 Edmonton, AB
Love Battery, Springhouse Mar 9 The Grand, NYC
Buck Pets, Hammer Box Jun 26 China Club, Chicago
Thrill Kill Kult Jul 31 The Metro, Chicago
Love Battery Sept 18 Lounge Ax, Chicago
Nirvana, Mudhoney Oct 25 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
77 Luscious Babes, Molly McGuire Dec 20 Smart Bar Chicago
1994
Stabbing Westward, Local H Apr 28 The Metro, Chicago
Pearl Jam, Urge Overkill Mar 10 Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Loudy Lucy, Triple Fast Action Thurston's, Chicago
Eleventh Dream Day, God's Acre Record Release Show, Chicago
Veruca Salt Sept 29 Lounge Ax Chicago
Pop Will Eat Itself Nov 19 The Metro, Chicago
Pigface, Monster Voodoo Machine Dec 2 Double Door, Chicago
1995
Bettie Serveert, Love Battery Mar 30 The Metro, Chicago
Ned's Atomic Dustbin May 14 The Vic, Chicago
The Orb Jun 9 The Riv, Chicago
The Cows, US Maple Aug 19 The Empty Bottle, Chicago
White Zombie, Supersuckers, The Toadies Nov 16 UIC Pavillion, Chicago
Sonic Youth Oct 26 The Riv, Chicago
Urge Overkill, The Geraldine Fibbers Nov 24 The Riv, Chicago
1996
Butthole Surfers, Todies, Rev Horton Heat July 19 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
1997
The Jesus Lizard, Freakwater Feb 18 Gabe's Iowa City, IA
Liquid Soul April 18 Gunnerz Iowa City, IA
Sweat Lodge Gabe's Iowa City, IA
The Orb, Chemical Brothers Apr 26 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
House of Large Sizes July 29 Gunnerz Iowa City, IA
Lilith Fair Aug 9 World Music Theater, Chicago
1998
Thrill Kill Kult Aug 9, First Ave, Minneapolis
2000
Pearl Jam Nov 2 Rose Garden Portland, OR
2001
Arlo Mar 7 Satyricon, Portland, OR
Arlo, Deathray Davies Jun 3 Satyricon, Portland, OR
2002
Elbow, South Feb 26 Berbatis Pan Portland, OR
David Cross, Arlo Jun 1 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
The Dandy Warhols Jun 13 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
The Vines, OK Go Aug 3 Dantes Portland, OR
Rilo Kiley, Arlo Aug 8 Blackbird Portland, OR
2003
Ok Go Feb 24 Pete's Room at Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
2004
Skinny Puppy, Tweaker Jun 11 Roseland, Portland, OR
The Libertines Sept 28 Dantes Portland, OR
2005
The Music, Kasabian Mar 9 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Bloc Party May 27 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Kasabian Jun 2 Doug Fir Portland, OR
2006
Elbow Apr 12 Doug Fir Portland, OR
Paul Simon Sep 30 Rose Garden Portland, OR
2011
Korpiklaani, Arkona Dec 5 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
2012
Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow, Tyr, Metsatoll Sep 10 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
2013
Enslaved, Pallbearer, Ancient VVisdom Feb10 Branx, Portland, OR
Kvelertak, The Cancer Bats, Black Tusk May 3 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
2016
Kvelertak, Torche, Wild Throne Apr 29 In The Venue, Salt Lake City,UT
Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Metal Church Sept 20 Events Center, Casper, WY
2017
Amon Amarth, Goat Whore May 17 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Weekend

Sooo tired, wanna go home, sick and tired. Luckily my weekend, as previously mentioned, start on Wednesday. The Blazers take on the Clippers in their 6th preseason game. It starts in a few minutes. The killer Bs are looking pretty good, getting very excited for the season, which starts in 6 days. Sweet! Nuttin big this weekend, now I just wanna sleep, I work out some, do some vacuuming, the standard. I'm really craving a real burger. We ended up at Wendy's last night, but the burger was luke-warm at best and kinda thin and watery and should go to hell.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Weekend

Work's almost over, long weekend is almost here. I really need to buy Hey Mercedes' Our Weekend Starts on Wednesday, cuz it fits my schedule.


Our Weekend Starts On Wednesday - Hey Mercedes

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Republicans are lying liars and thoughtless scum

"for those keeping score, Heart has joined Van Halen, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and The Eagles on the list of acts furious that the Republicans have used their music to promote the ticket without permission."

from The Oregonian

Thursday, September 04, 2008

republicans are big ugly liars, horrible people, they must think very little of the people who live in this country they claim to love, stupid liars.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president. In some cases, the reproach and the praise stretched the truth.

Some examples:

PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

PALIN: "There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate."

THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

PALIN: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama's plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain's plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.

He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.

MCCAIN: "She's been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America's energy supply ... She's responsible for 20 percent of the nation's energy supply. I'm entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America," he said in an interview with ABC News' Charles Gibson.

THE FACTS: McCain's phrasing exaggerates both claims. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she's no more "responsible" for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state — by population.

MCCAIN: "She's the commander of the Alaska National Guard. ... She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities," he said on ABC.

THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under "federal status," which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska's national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.

FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin "got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."

THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor's election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."

THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.

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Associated Press Writer Jim Drinkard in Washington contributed to this report.

And that's just a bunch of little nit pickity things, think of all the big lies they spread, like: We're all for personal liberties, but no, you may not make your own choice to have an abortion, we will make that for you because we know what's good for your body better than you do. Much like we know what's good for other countries better than their own citizens. Jackasses!!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Some Are Good, Some Are Terrible

Saw 3 movies this past insanely hot weekend, trying to stay cool is an entertaining job, mostly. 1st up on Thurs was Tropic Thunder, it was hilarious and ridiculous and a great movie. Over the top in the best of possible manners. Robert Downey Jr was excellent. I guess some folks are getting their shorts in a knot over his character, forget about it, its a movie, shut up and be entertained, it was an awesome performance. Apparently, it wasn't fair to the other flicks to watch Tropic first as it set the bar too high.

Next up was Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull (finally), ummm, well, it was entertaining, but not close to the first one which is a silver screen classic. I guess over all I'd have to say I was disappointed. Wasn't really into the plot, I mean aliens in an Indiana Jones movie, Jones steps out of a nuked refrigerator without a scratch? Just pushed it a little too much, a little too goofy.

Last up was a doozy, damn thing nearly erased my brain is was so bad, what, oh yeah, Step Brothers, ughhh. Instead of choosing the funniest thing they could do for each bit they chose the dumbist thing. At some points during the movie, I actually felt embarrased for the actors, it was that bad, not to say that I didn't ever laugh, I did, but the few laughs hardly redeemed the rest of the flick.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

This guy is a moron jim.strother@gmail.com flounders suck

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Up the Timbers!

Have you ever had a tin, have you ever had a tin
Have you ever had a tin of flounder spread
Here comes your mama with a loaf of bread
Flounder, Oh, Flounder
Buy it in a small tin
Buy it in a big tin
Buy it at the Pike Street
OK!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lousy Junuary weather!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Portland food carts

I'm stealing this from the WW to make sure I can find it again... ExtraMSG's taco truck guide seems to have disappeared. My favorites are Samurai Bento, Lindo Michoacan and the Chaat House. mmmm mmm good, street food!

Can’t afford Vindalho? Try: India Chaat House.

In Hindi, “Chaat” are savory snacks, and this van with a rickety-looking but functional closed-in porch serves up Indian chow that’s less greasy, fresher and more authentic than that at most Indian restaurants in town. India Chaat prepares one honkin’ huge $5 combo meal daily with greatest hits of vegetarian curries and bean dishes, and loads of fragrant basmati rice. Don’t forget the fresh naan breads (the garlic is a standout), mango lassi shakes and samosas. Corner of Southwest 12th Avenue and Yamhill Street, 241-7944. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, lunch Saturday.

^Can’t afford Castagna? Try: Garden State.

This super-shiny metal trailer makes some of the best Sicilian-inspired mangiare in the city. Owner Kevin Sandri prepares classics like Italian sausage with grilled peppers on a ciabatta roll, a meatball sandwich, a wonderfully moist and smoky grilled chicken Diablo ($12 for a whole bird) big enough to serve two. The real specialty here, though, is the arancine ($6): four racquetball-sized fried orbs infused with heady saffron and stuffed with either molten mozzarella or a meat ragĂș that would make Nonna proud. Southeast 13th Avenue and Lexington Street, across from the Sellwood Library. 705-5273. Lunch and early dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

^Can’t afford Typhoon? Try: Thai Basil.

A little bit off the beaten food-cart path, Thai Basil sits nearly alone in a parking lot a few blocks from the busy Pod on 5th Avenue. There are plenty of Thai carts downtown, but most offer the same heavy coconut-laden curries, soggy noodles and oily stir-fries. Not so at Thai Basil. The chili-cashew fried rice, spicy asparagus stir fry ($5), and young green coconut or pineapple curries ($5) are filled with crisp veggies and come with white or brown rice or thin rice noodles. Portions are big enough to eat for lunch, dinner and maybe another lunch. What more can you ask for? Southwest 2nd Avenue and Oak Street, 330-1010. Lunch and early dinner Monday-Friday.

^Can’t afford Biwa? Try: Samurai Bento.

Samurai Bento is one of the grander-looking of the city’s carts, but the menu is pure Japanese soul food. All dishes come with a side of rice, veggies and pickles. The yakisoba is a real steal for $5, with plump noodles stir fried with loads of veggies and chicken, tofu or beef. The katsu don (chicken or pork) is panko-crusted and fried pork or chicken served over rice with soy-seasoned soft scrambled egg and onion sauce. Vegetarians rejoice: Everything is available meatless. Southwest 9th Avenue and Alder Street, 757-8802. Lunch Monday-Friday.

^Can’t afford Screen Door? Try: Flavour Spot.

Why someone didn’t think of this sooner is beyond us: Take a 10-inch-round, freshly baked, old-fashioned waffle—the kind with the little holes, not the thick Belgian variety—stuff it with all sorts of goodness, fold it in half and voila! A breakfast sandwich the size of a giant burrito with enough calories to keep you going for at least the next 12 hours. And what a flavorful sandwich it is, crispy on the outside, then warm, soft and tender in the next bite. Standouts include an oozing cheese and Black Forest ham for $4 and a sausage with organic maple syrup ($4). North Fremont Street and Mississippi Avenue. North Lombard Street between Greeley and Denver avenues. 289-9866, flavourspot.com. Breakfast and lunch daily. Lunch only at Mississippi Avenue location.

^Can’t afford Ken’s Artisan Pizza? Try: Al Forno Ferruzza.

Unless you’re a student at Portland State University, you’ll have to go a bit out of your way to try the pizza and Sicilian treats at this “purple people feeder” (their words, not ours). It’s worth the trek: Owner Stephen Ferruzza makes killer hand-tossed artisan pizzas, calzones ($5) and specials ($5 with bread) like eggplant Parmesan that rival some of the best Italian restaurants in town. Ferruzza, an affable dude in his early 20s, learned the dough trade (he also bakes and sells Italian breads for about $3 per loaf) from his Sicilian kinfolk and has some pretty impressive credentials: He cooked at Lake Placid Lodge in upstate New York. Pies are made in the traditional manner, with dough left to proof and mellow overnight and baked in an 800-degree oven. A large slice is $3, a nine-inch “personal pizza” is $6, and a whole pie goes for $14. Southwest 4th Avenue and College Street, 315-523-3407. Lunch and early dinner Monday-Friday.

^Can’t afford Taqueria nueve? Try: La Jarochita.

Taco trucks are by far the most common carts in town, gathering en masse in the cart “pods” and “rows” downtown and going it alone in scattered parking lots from St. Johns to Southeast 82nd Avenue. La Jarochita is not the biggest or flashiest of the bunch, and the small maroon-colored trailer is easy to miss among its companions on Southwest 5th Avenue, but the food here is some of the best and most authentic around. Look a little bit off the menu at the colorful handwritten signs plastered on the truck for regional specialties rarely found at other carts: sopes from Guadalajara ($1.50 each), like tacos with a thick base made from fried cornmeal “bowls” and topped with beans, meat and salsa; huaraches, a beloved Mexican street treat of thick “paddles” of grilled masa piled with a healthy dose of meats, beans and veggies and smothered with sauces; and tamales ($1.50 each) made Veracruz style, wrapped not in the typical corn husks but in banana leaves. Southwest 5th Avenue between Oak and Stark streets, 421-9838. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Monday-Friday, lunch Saturday.

^Can’t afford Wong’s King? Try: Asian Station.

A newcomer to the cart scene, Asian Station is a greatest-hits medley of East-Asian street snacks from Shanghai to Singapore. Owner Cindy Margheim based the menu on favorites from her own childhood in Hong Kong. The menu’s still evolving, but look for the likes of flaky Malaysian roti flatbreads served with a smooth yellow coconut curry ($6), pot stickers and shrimp shumai dumplings, and addictively sweet-and-savory caramelized chicken wings served with rice, pot stickers and green papaya salad ($6.50). The signature dish is Shanghai soup dumplings ($6.50 for six), addictive little balls of steamed dough stuffed with ground pork, cabbage and a magic burst of steaming broth. You can’t get these babies anywhere else. They take a while to prepare, so call ahead. Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street, 227-5727. Lunch Monday-Friday.

^Can’t afford Al Amir? Try: Aybla Grill.

You know this isn’t your average greasy gyros stand when the owner comes dressed in an impeccable white chef’s coat with his name embroidered on the chest. Syrian-born and professionally trained chef Saied Samaiel makes some of the best gyros, falafel and other Mediterranean treats in Portland. The super lamb gyro ($6) is stuffed with crisp veggies and garlicky lamb, dressed with tzatziki sauce. The falafel is light, tender and flavorful, and can be ordered either as a sandwich ($4) or as part of the large mixed mezza platter ($6, $8 with meat) with stuffed grape leaves, hummus and baba ghanouj. 925 SW Alder St.. 490-3387. Lunch and early dinner Monday-Friday, lunch Saturday.

^Can’t afford a flight to Rome? Try: Spella Caffe.

Andrea Spella is Portland’s Zen master of espresso. No goofy, syrupy, flavored concoctions; $20,000 robot coffee makers; or “foam art” here—Spella takes the classic approach, making his drinks with single-origin beans he roasts himself, a hand-pulled piston Rancilio machine and gentle delivery. Loyal customers have been known to walk from as far away as PSU to get their daily fix. Southwest Alder Street and 9th Avenue, 421-9723. 9 am-4 pm Monday-Friday.

and here is ExtraMSG's taco truck list from August 2007, found it on the PortlandFood board

TACO TRUCKS

Downtown

Chintos
SW 9th & Alder, Portland
some uncovered seating
al pastor, machaca
C-

Jarochita
SW 5th between Stark & Oak, Portland
huaraches, sopes, horchata, tamales, carnitas, al pastor
small covered table
A-

King Burrito
SW 5th & Oak, Portland
carnitas
small covered table
B-

Loco Locos Burritos
SW 5th between Oak & Stark, Portland
large burrito selection
some seating
C+

Loco Locos Burritos
SW 9th & Morrison, Portland
some uncovered seating
carne asada, carnitas
C+

Mr. Taco
SW 5th between Stark & Oak, Portland
can't recommend anything
two seats
D+

Ortiz's/Francisco
SW 3rd & Stark, Portland
can't recommend food, cool painting on the truck
small covered table
D+

Tito's Burritos
SW 3rd & Washington, Portland
carnitas
one covered table
B

Taqueria Villanieva
SW 3rd & Oak, Portland
pastor, asada
one table, plus covered counter for standing
B

North Portland

Cabana Rolling Grill
N Vancouver & MLK, Portland
carne asada
no seating
C-

La Chiquita
(formerly 3 Hermanos)
N Killingsworth & Interstate, Portland
fresh tortillas, birria de chivo, sopes, pollo, salsa verde
covered seating
A

Northeast Portland

La Estacion Express #2
NE Lombard & Killingsworth, Portland
panuchos, huaraches, cochinita, cabeza
covered seating
A-

Taqueria Mendoza
NE Killingsworth & 57th, Portland
carnitas, carne asada, al pastor, beans
some seating
B

Southeast Portland

El Brasero
SE 12th & Hawthorne, Portland
barbacoa de borrego estilo DF, consome, birria de chivo, pollo, tamales
covered seating
A

Los Gorditos
SE Division & 50th, Portland
Carne asada en cebollada, nachos
covered seating
B+

Lindo Michoacan
SE Division & 34th, Portland
fresh tortillas, oversized sopes, tamales de elote
covered seating
B+

Torres de Morelos
SE Powell & 31st, Portland
offal, specials
covered seating
B

Taqueria Pardo
SE 7th & Division, Portland

Eastside

La Catrina (Tortas Gigantes)
9684 SE 82nd, Portland
tortas, torta cubana, carnitas, carne asada
covered seating
A

Dos Amigos
SE Powell & 122nd, Portland
ceviche, pollo, encurtido, champurrado, horchata
covered seating
B+

Morelia
SE 82nd & Lambert, Portland
salsas, champurrado, birria de chivo, deshebrada, carnitas, postres, gorditas, flautas, enchiladas, chicharron en salsa roja
some seating
A

Taqueria El Cazador #2
SE 82nd & Ash, Portland
seafood, encurtido
covered seating
B-

Washington County

Ely's
SE 11th & Walnut, Hillsboro
fresh tortillas, empanadas, sopes, birria de chivo, carnitas
no seating
A

Ely's
Aloha Shopping Center
18565 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Aloha
fresh tortillas, birria de chivo, carnitas
some seating
A

Mely's
10th & Maple, Hillsboro
fresh tortillas, huaraches, cabeza
no seating
A

Mexico Lindo
Aloha Shopping Center
18565 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Aloha
fresh tortillas, huaraches, carnitas, cabeza, buche, champurrado
some seating
A

Rico's Tacos
Aloha Shopping Center
18565 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Aloha
carnitas
some seating
C+

Friday, May 16, 2008

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

This is wicked AWESOME
skateboards + explosions + M83 = Sweet!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pitchfork hates it, must be good! mmm! mmm!


Noticed this little gem on Pitchfork this morning, apparently they don't like it. I guess they don't understand it, that's too bad for them. I suppose thats because Does It Offend You, Yeah? have a sense of humor and like to have fun. Not nearly enough angst and self pity for Pitchfork. Do check DIOY,Y? out. Fun, indie style techno bashing. Definitely a good rollick, some good craic! Recommended if you like: Vive La Fete, Kasabian, upbeat MGMT and Pony Pony Run Run. disclaimer: not that I've heard the whole thing, it's not even out in the States, just checked out what's on their myspace page.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Power Ballad Killed the Metal Star

Something very important and very serious has been bothering me for quite some time. This has been nagging me and eating at my very existence. That it was allowed to continue altered the very course of my being. I am of course talking about the metal power ballad. A musical genre that rallied around high energy chord changes, screaming fast guitar solos, and wailing vocals, reduced to dust by sappy feelings. This comes up now, having grown up in the early Eighties listening to Twisted Sister, Kix, Ratt, Def Leppard, since I decided to dig out some of the golden oldies: Out of the Cellar, Shout at the Devil, L.A. Guns, Long Cold Winter, Pyromania. But as I listened along, and really dug some tunes that I had forgotten about over the last decade (crikey I'm gettin old), every so often, some insipid fluff would spew forth from the speakers, ackk, what the hell was that. Damnit, I wanna rock out, and some jackass is crying about how he lost the girl or is a long way from home... fuggetaboutit, I want my ass kicked! Now in the digital age its easy enough to go through and delete all the ballads, which is exactly what I did, but back in the day, it always seemed that the monster hit was the stupid ballad, at least 1 on every album. So a genre that is 90% wall to wall obnoxiously loud noise got best known by the most mellow, most vapid garbage ever laid to tape? This killed, yes, killed, hard rock or hair metal or glam rock, whatever you wanna call it. Some mellow folks bought rockin albums cuz they heard a ballad they liked but couldn't stand the rest of the beautiful, glorious noise, then folks like myself got tired of fast forwarding past the damn ballad, wouldn't have been so bad if they had just always put them at the end of the record. Like, hey, we know this song sucks but its gonna make us a ton of money, so we'll put it on at the end, and you can pretend that the album finishes one song earlier. Somehow, Ratt got away without having a ballad, and on each of their first 3 albums they got harder and louder, sweet! I'm not sure who to blame for this, now this is America so someone must be at fault. Possibly Zeppelin with Stairway, was that the first power ballad? Motley Crue surely hit the big time with Home Sweet Home in 85, and GnR struck platinum with Sweet Child O' Mine, so I suppose at lot of folks were trying to emulate those bands. So there you have it... Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue and Guns and Roses shall stand guilty for Metal's sins against Rock and paving the way for a buncha whiney babies filled with angst post Nirvana.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Its that time of the decade again! Time to check in on the kids at Punk Voter and see whats up!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

If there was any doubt about the Blazers' legitimacy in the Western Conference - or their newfound superiority over the Warriors - it all dissolved in an opening blur of dunks and three-pointers.