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November 15, 2013 04:21 PM

Comedian and columnist Steve Hofstetter will be at Diablo's at 7 pm tonight (Friday, Nov. 15). $20. Here's a video from 2008.

November 14, 2013 12:12 PM

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has a stunning video out by Scott McKinley showcasing the scenery and diverse wildlife of the Rockies. This short video won Best of Show at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula and was shot on location in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park and at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

November 14, 2013 01:28 PM

Tim Mueller, Nel Applegate, TR Kelly and Randy Hamme of Steel Wool have a new video featuring the song "Here in the Middle." The band will be playing at 3 pm Saturday, Dec. 7, at Holidy Market at the Fairgrounds, and again at 7 pm Dec. 21 at the Deadwood Community Center.

November 11, 2013 12:16 PM

Amy Goodman introduces Dr. Steffie Woolhandler and John McDonough of Harvard who talk about our nation's crisis in health care and whether Obamacare will meet the needs of low-income people.

November 8, 2013 02:35 PM

Here's a press release from Merkley's office today regarding the ENDA:

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley visited the University of Oregon today to celebrate the Senate’s historic passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and to call on the House of Representatives to vote on this legislation. Senator Merkley also took the opportunity to invite Speaker Boehner out to Oregon to see how well Oregon’s anti-discrimination law is working and how eliminating discrimination is good for business.
 
“This week the Senate made a huge stride forward in equality and freedom and it’s time for the House of Representative to step up to the plate,” said Merkley. “In fact, since Speaker Boehner seems to be confused about how equality impacts workplaces, I invite him to Oregon to see firsthand how well our anti-discrimination law works. The bottom line is that no one should be fired or denied work because of who they are.”
 
Currently, there are no laws in 29 states that protect LGBT Americans from being fired simply for who they are. ENDA would change that by creating a federal anti-discrimination law similar to those that already exist on the basis of sex, religion and national origin. Senator Merkley led the fight to pass a state-level version of ENDA when he was the Speaker of the House in Oregon.
 
The Senate voted 64-32 on Thursday to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. This is the first time the Senate has passed this legislation since it was first introduced in 1994.

November 6, 2013 05:03 PM

There's more than enough covers of Lorde's "Royals" out there, but YouTube musicians Pomplemoose win for incorporating Beck ("I'm a Loser") and for the video effects:

Puddles the sad clown freaks me out. But he can sing.

And the Welsh Beef Seeds take bluegrass to whole new places.

November 5, 2013 09:50 AM

I wonder if LTD has thought about finding another 17-year-old kid to sing an annoyingly catchy song, this time to promote the EmX? Earworm warning, this will stick in your head. 

This bus commercial is from about 2002 (correct me if I'm wrong, those of you who are avid TV watchers and local advertisement fans. The young singer. Madeline Puckette, went on to a make more music and now is the founder of Seattle-based Wine Folly.

November 4, 2013 05:32 PM

Local high school student Isabel Cordova helped Judith Castro produce this new LTD video about what riders can look forward to with West Eugene Emx.

November 4, 2013 03:25 PM

Want to learn more about wolf recovery in Oregon? Drop by Cozmic tonight at 7 pm and catch the Western Environmental Law Center's screening of Wild Things, a documentary that delves into the relationship between ranchers, reintroduced wolves and the people trying to strike a balance. Unleash your inner wild thing and stick around for the panel discussion afterwards, with filmmaker Daniel Hinerfeld, Oregon State University professor Robert Beschta and Western Environmental Law Center attorney John Mellgren. 

November 1, 2013 02:46 PM

Oregonians don't need fucking swimming pools, right?

November 1, 2013 11:23 AM

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 04:01 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 04:31 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 09:15 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.