Table of contents for week of July 2, 2004
NEWS & FEATURES
Lance Tapley reports on the anti-bear-baiting activists who say the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is squarely in the pocket of the fish-and-game lobby, rather than serving the people. Though if Looney Tunes have taught us anything, it's that anyone who sets a steel bear trap is 99% likely to find it later clenched on his own bum, in a deliciously ironic twist.
This Independence Day, we continue a venerable Phoenix tradition by presenting the Seventh Annual Muzzle Awards, hosted by Dan Kennedy. He gives out ten prizes to those who have most egregiously impeded free speech over the past year. For space reasons, we had to cut Joan Rivers's column about the award winners' sartorial choices.
Jason Vest explores the strange situation surrounding "Anonymous," the CIA insider responsible for the upcoming Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror. Perhaps more impressively, Vest unmasks the mystery author, which is every bit as exciting as any episode of Scooby-Doo would have you believe.
Shay Stewart-Bouley argues that the state of Maine needs to keep up with its evolving population.
Plus, this just in:
SUMMER BEVERAGES: Itís in the can
GET OUT OF YOUR CAR: All aboard
Politics and Other Mistakes
Letters to the editor
Sam Pfeifle explores the question of what is hip hop and what isn't. It's a question he is singularly equipped to answer, because, believe us, you will not find another man quite so "street" in all of Portland or, dare we say, the entire western hemisphere.
The Beastie Boys have dropped their first release in in six years, entitled To the 5 Boroughs. Franklin Soults doesn't quite come out and say it, so we'll do it for him: the Beasties are done.
Unearth and Beyond the Embrace are doing their damndest to restore metal's good name. Fantastic. By Sean Richardson.
The concert circuit is tight this summer. Lollapalooza has already been canceled, and word is that various uptight, old white guys are fidgeting nervously with the early sales numbers for Ozzfest and the Curiosa festival. Sean Richardson talks to Incubus drummer José Pasillas about his band's leap into the struggling live music market.
Does anyone else get scared when they read a sub-headline like "Johnny Clegg spearheads a July invasion of Boston?" I mean, really, with the state of the world being what it is... By Banning Eyre.
Also, short reviews of:
Little Louie Vega: SOUL HEAVEN: LONDON AND IBIZA
Leni Stern: WHEN EVENING FALLS
Charlie Mars: CHARLIE MARS
Eleni Mandell: AFTERNOON
The Fever: RED BEDROOM
Kid Rock: KID ROCK
The Icarus Line: PENANCE SOIREE
Peter Keough disses Spider-Man 2, putting him squarely at odds with every other film critic on the face of the earth. This is what free speech is all about.
Megan Grumbling says Of Thee I Sing, produced by Gaslight Theater, is a play that's as relevant today as when it was originally produced. This is something you hear often, but this time we really mean it.
Worth the trip:
Sweet Charity at at the Consolati Performing Arts Center
Worth the trip:
Grupo Corpo at Jacob's Pillow
Maggie Knowles says "Edward Hopper's Rockland" at the Farnsworth Museum falls far short of expectations.
At long last, the most eagerly-awaited presidential biography of all time is available to the clamoring public. We speak, naturally, of George Herbert Walker Bush by Tom Wicker. What, hadn't you heard about it? By John Freeman.
Mike Miliard presents an overview of the "33 1/3" series from Continuum Books. It's a series of slim volumes about indispensable rock albums, such as Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, written by various authors including Pitchforkmedia scribe and message board troll Chris "Totally" Ott.
Plus, Ink Slingers.
Matt Ashare says HBO's Everyday People addresses a troubled borough.
Any jokes one might want to make about Safari African Restaurant, which features Somali cuisine, would be tasteless, but Andy King says the food sure isn't.
Best Music Poll 2004
The Best of 2003
Portland Band Guide