Curdo's Music & Stuff (73)

The Truth About The Spider On My Button

If you bump into me out in the real world, chances are you’ve seen a button I wear on a couple of my jackets. After some recent misunderstandings and quick assumptions, the clarification of this button might turn out to be a bit of public service announcement that will help me from receiving any more stink faces. I mean lately people are a bit...fiery at everyone, about everything. Quick and snappy. If that’s to continue…

I’ll Decide How Long My Top 10 List Will Be, Thank You

Last week, as your finger scrolled down your phone, you saw the posts. You dodged the urge at first, but then many of you gave your contribution. You chimed in with your two cents and fell right in line. Is it an internet test by some college kids working on a major project or just a question to a friend that got loose online and strangled Facebook for a while.  “What were the top 10…

After The Tonight Show with Kurt Baker

When you meet local musician Kurt Baker or see him perform live, you don’t forget it. If his ’50s, ’60s, ’70s pop/rock-influenced music doesn’t somehow stick in your mind, certainly the man himself will. I guarantee you have never heard anyone use the word, “party” more in your life. (Yes, he might even give Andrew WK a run for his money). He is one of the more upbeat, positive dudes you’ll ever meet on the…

That's the ticket: We can't swipe and scroll through our music experiences

I was home at my folks over the holidays. I always seem to retreat there the end of the year. I find peace and comfort around my parents and my old home. My short term memory gets to check out for a bit and I can relax my mind from what’s going on or all the things we’re clicking on these days. When at home, I always seem to roam around parts not visited in…

Local music heads pick their top albums of 2016

This week, we wrap things up and put a bow on this funky year. I know many that are more than happy to kick 2016 square in the ass and right out the door. Things were a bit nutty this year in every direction. The Cubs won the World Series. Good people are fighting to keep water safe and hold other people to their word. Portland now has a total of 14 parking spots in…

WBLM’s Tommy C - He’s Got What It Takes

I think about what my life would have been like without radio growing up. Kids today! Sure they have their cool shit going on. They can blink and make songs appear in their palm. That's too easy though. And no damn fun! Kids are missing important things in life, like patience leading to the payoff. Special moments with music. I think way back, sitting in my room, not doing homework, thinking about the girl I…

In Portland's music scene, there's a lot to be thankful for

I know this year hasn’t been a great one for most people. From conversations in person with folks about lost ones to swiping past other’s concerns for our country’s uncertainty on my handheld device, one things for sure, people are looking towards some fresh perspective at the turn of the New Year. I won’t disagree, but I’m also trying to give thanks and appreciate what has been good. With Thanksgiving upon us, I’d like to…

Water Is Life: Local Musicians Send Aid To Standing Rock

I’m not a political person. The past week, and year to be honest, has been almost unbearable for me. I would never bring flat out politics to my radio show or to this weekly article where music is always at the core. I have causes and things I believe in surely, but I also believe in a time and a place for everything.   One thing I will do though is talk about the great…

Kathy Kave: Like a second mother in the hardcore scene

Sometimes people are only aware of the things right under their noses. For whatever reason, they don’t sniff around and learn foreign scents. It’s always good to at least know what else is happening. You don’t have to fall in love with it and write love poems about it, but understand what’s out there and what’s going on beyond your space. You’ll be the better for it. You never know, you might find something or…

Wheeling out the welcome wagon again

It’s a crap shoot, really. You just don’t know what’s gonna happen when you see a UHaul in your parking lot. As you get close to your place you see the trail of scuffed walls, wedged open doors and absorb the scent of another. Yup, that UHaul is someone moving in right next to you. Anything could happen! After the boxes are emptied and the bubble wrap has been popped, you could find that the…
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