Tag Archives: music

A Mainer in Palestine: Amos Libby discusses conflict, kidnappings, and besiegement in the West Bank

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Amos Libby is an American volunteering as an English teacher at a school in the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories. Shortly after he arrived there, the region exploded into chaos both figuratively and literally after Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah, three teenage Israeli settlers, were kidnapped while hitchhiking. Two and a half […]

The customer is not always right: local restauranter confronts racist customer

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Everybody in the service and hospitality industry knows that the adage “The customer is always right” is absolutely wrong. Even for those who are not in the industry, we all have had enough experience with humanity to know that there are more than a handful of duds in the bunch. Customers can be great, but […]

Rest well, Matt Robinson. Thanks for everything.

The Taxis: Leon Samson, Michael O'Connor, Joe Brien, Brian Crosby, Matt Robinson

The Taxis: Josh Malia, Michael O’Connor, Joe Brien, Brian Crosby, Matt Robinson I read in the Portland Press Herald this morning that Matthew Robinson died unexpectedly last Sunday. It sounds like Robinson started a successful painting company over the past decade and that those who knew him personally and professionally have nothing but love and […]

Bryan Bruchman discusses his Lady Lamb the Beekeeper documentary

Photos: Bryan Bruchman and Aly “Lady Lamb” Spaltro (by Bryan Bruchman) I met former Portland musician and Maine music scene cheerleader Bryan Bruchman to talk about Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: Return to Home, his new documentary about Pine Tree State indie darling Aly Spaltro at Piano’s in New York’s Lower East Side. He was throwing […]

Erik Neilson talks Rural Ghosts, City of Elms, and growing up on Portland music

I have been in touch with Erik Neilson for a couple of years now, and have followed the progression of his project Rural Ghosts for the same amount of time. Neilson’s enthusiasm for making music, and the local music community at large, is infectious. He released his newest album, City of Elms, earlier this month, […]

On the great Ossipee Valley Music Festival

Because I have a background in event catering and organizing the occasional farm-to-table dinner party, last year my wife Jaime and I were invited by the organizers of the Ossipee Valley Music Festival to provide for the event locally sourced fare. We had our second go at working the event this weekend. It you are […]

Ask Alex: How to make friends and… That’s it.

Hi there Alex! What are the best ways for post-college young adults to make friends in a new city? I moved to Portland about 3 years ago for a job. I’ve joined some clubs, tried online dating, taken a few classes, and attended just about any event that has piqued my interest since I moved […]

Mike “Brass Cankles” Cunnane on local music

I reached to a number of friends who I think have some idea about what’s what in local music and asked them to name a band readers should pay attention to. Mike “Brass Cankles” Cunnane (who I interviewed back in September) offered the following direct, curmudgeonly take, the contrarian’s contrarian essence of which does not […]

Casey McCurry on Sunset Hearts, digital music and more

Casey McCurry is as smart and sensitive as he is talented, and I have always liked him a great deal. That his band, Sunset Hearts, is one of my favorite local bands doesn’t hurt this perception. He also appeared in the Westbrook episode of Food Coma TV, the web series I produced last year.¬† Sunset […]

My review of Busby’s review of Schroeder’s review of the new Metal Feathers record

Okay, not really. I have been struck, however, by how much attention Chris Busby’s critique of Nicholas Schroeder‘s review¬†[and peripherally an interview with the band by Aimsel Ponti] of Metal Feathers new album received. It has undoubtedly earned the most attention I have seen a local music-related article/post capture in just under 24 hours. Here’s […]