Culture Cheat Sheet: Music

Stumptown Soundtracks: An Eclectic Playlist for the Day-Drinker

Soundtrack farmers market mornings, Mount Tabor afternoons, and early happy hours with this playlist: echt Portland in its unclassifiability.

By Fiona McCann November 14, 2016 Published in the December 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

Pomo 1216 pop casette tapes playlist nft1th

1. Ages and Ages, "Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)"
Choral pop with a moral core

2. Blitzen Trapper, "Furr"
Magical realism in song

3. Paul Revere & the Raiders, "Kicks" 
1960s hedonism morality tale, Pacific Northwest style

4. The Helio Sequence, "Hallelujah"
Beaverton’s best-loved musical export gets anthemic.

5. Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, "Danger" 
Badass rockabilly

6. Fruit Bats, "Humbug Mountain Song" 
Chicago transplant lets Portland in.

7. Radiation City, "Zombies"
“Space age doo wop”

8. The Kingsmen, "Louie Louie"
Portland’s OG earworm

9. The Thermals, "Now We Can See" 
Visionary melodic punk

10. Quasi, "I Never Want to See You Again" 
The love child of Heatmiser and Sleater-Kinney is pissed.

11. Viva Voce, "Rose City" 
Alabama transplants’ ode to their new home

12. Nurses, "Trying to Reach You"
Folk pop with hints of psychedelia

13. Nu Shooz, "I Can’t Wait"
The ’80s forevah

Filed under
Show Comments