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The New Sound of Portland? Prism Analog opens Vintage Recording Studio in Bayside

The New Sound of Portland? Prism Analog opens Vintage Recording Studio in Bayside

American life is contradictory. It’s cheaper to consume music more than any time in history, and technology has given listeners access to a truly limitless amount of recordings. Yet vinyl record sales have increased for the ninth consecutive year. It’s as if — just spitballing here — something about the mass digitization and availability of cultural commodities leaves some people with a diminished sense of meaning and connection. According to Nick Johnson, the engineer set... Read more

21-03-2017 Hits:349 Features Nick Schroeder

Columns

Lead Your Little Horses to Water

Lead Your Little Horses to Water

Did you know that the original storyline of the ballet Swan Lake included a disastrous ending for the dashing Prince Siegfried and his lovely Odette? Hint: That’s one secret you can share with your kids when you make one more attempt to interest them in the most beautiful form of dance. Go on and let them in on the secret: They’ve read about World War II, right? After that nightmare was over, the Bolshoi Ballet... Read more

20-03-2017 Hits:58 Kids Gabe Gregoire

Politics and Other Mistakes

Give the credit where it’s due

Here’s a rule they don’t teach in economics classes:   It’s not just about lower taxes. It’s really about paying less in taxes than the competition.   Allow me to use myself as an example. Years ago, I developed a successful scheme to reduce my tax bill: I decided to make my living as freelance political columnist, thereby severely limiting my earnings. But even though my annual bills from the tax collectors in Augusta and Washington are for miniscule sums, I’m not satisfied. I can’t shake the uncomfortable feeling that other columnists are paying even less than I am.   I won’t be satisfied until I’m...

17-03-2017 Hits:119 Politics & Other Mistakes Al Diamon

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News

Measure to put school bond issue on city ballot defeated

Measure to put school bond issue on city ballot defeated

Measure to put school bond issue on city ballot defeated   After 8 hours of deliberation and hearing dozens of public comments, three city councilors voted against a proposal to put the $64 million school bond on the city ballot, effectively defeating it (for now).   The borrowing plan asked for $64 million ($92 million in debt after interest) to pay for much-needed upgrades at the Lyseth, Presumpscot, Reiche, and Longfellow elementary schools. These schools grapple with... Read more

21-03-2017 Hits:93 News Francis Flisiuk

Arts

8 Days: Soul Icons, Maple Syrup Breakfasts, and Heavy Metal …

8 Days: Soul Icons, Maple Syrup Breakfasts, and Heavy Metal Skates

THURSDAY 23   LASTING ACHIEVEMENT | There’s just simply not a ton of chances left in this life to see an authentic ‘60s soul singer from the deep south. But we’ve got one here. Betty Harris, who produced three Billboard R&B hits in the songs “Cry to Me” (1963), “His Kiss” (1964), and “Nearer to You” (1967), has made indelible contributions to the genre, and appears tonight in little old Portland. The label Soul Jazz compiled a... Read more

20-03-17 Hits:113 8 Days A Week Nick Schroeder

Food & Drink

Keeping Mainers in Maine at the Fyood Kitchen

Keeping Mainers in Maine at the Fyood Kitchen

Fortunately for us, more and more food entrepreneurs are choosing Maine to start up their companies.   Maddie Purcell is the owner of Fyood Kitchen, an "Iron Chef-meets-Paint Nite for foodies" in Portland, Maine.   Although some would hesitate to involve themselves in this type of competition, one of biggest surprises for Maddie has been the level of competence she is seeing in the kitchen.   “Most people are better cooks than they think they... Read more

18-03-2017 Hits:76 Food Christopher Papagni

Music

Foam Castles' Dark and Fluttery 'Bird Death'

Foam Castles' Dark and Fluttery 'Bird Death'

Over the decade since Tyler Jackson began writing and recording as Foam Castles, his weird-ass songs and structures have evolved into something definitively his. Of course, the 10 songs and 29 minutes of Bird Death, Jackson’s eighth full-length album, have a lineage too. A Bob Pollard vibe is inarguable; thinner traces of Robyn Hitchcock show up. Portland’s sadly dead Metal Feathers made a dent. This album’s “Inside After the Gold Rush” betrays less Neil Young gratitude... Read more

21-03-2017 Hits:171 Album Reviews Nick Schroeder

Outdoors & Sports

All-Out War in Deering Oaks

All-Out War in Deering Oaks

You know that clerk at the convenience store or the donut shop that you’re pretty sure might be a vampire? They may wear an ankh, or you might hear them talking with one of their regulars about swords and magic spells? Don’t worry, they’re more likely to be a fantasy role-player than a satanist who’s going to put arsenic in your coffee. Their natural habitat is at a seat around... Read more

21-03-2017 Hits:110 Sports Gabe Gregoire

Kids & Pets

Lead Your Little Horses to Water

Lead Your Little Horses to Water

Did you know that the original storyline of the ballet Swan Lake included a disastrous ending for the dashing Prince Siegfried and his lovely Odette? Hint: That’s one secret you can share with your kids when you make one more attempt to interest them in the most beautiful form of dance. Go on and let them in on the secret: They’ve read about World War II, right? After that nightmare... Read more

20-03-2017 Hits:58 Kids Gabe Gregoire