Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered a little of everything, including politics, beer, pop culture, tech, design, sports, video games, and history. Among his many other duties things, he writes the monthly backpage column, The Shakedown.

Born and raised in Germany as a Burmese-American—confusing, we know!—Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 after a stop in Los Angeles. He completed an MA in History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him producing weird electronic music, cooking, or standing in the Timbers Army. 

Music

The Ballad of Fred and Toody

Fred and Toody Cole, Portland's rock lifers, reflect on making music and staying in love after 40 years of marriage and life on the road.

07/21/2009 By Bart Blasengame

Portland's Best Water

Oregon's 6 Essential Rivers

Six rivers. Twenty-seven adventures. Endless options for a wild and scenic summer.

06/22/2009 With Randy Gragg, Ariel Bleicher, and Frederick Reimers By Alexis Rehrmann

Music

Key Note

Can guitarist Terry Robb’s new label help revive Portland’s original indie music—blues?

05/19/2009 By Tom D'Antoni

EAT THIS NOW

Lamb Tacos at El Brasero

Think lamb shoulder that’s been braised until it’s falling off the bone.

05/19/2009 By Camas Davis

INTRODUCING…

Cava

Good, cheap food. Good, cheap drink. Dark wood.

05/19/2009 By Camas Davis

Rock Out

Fly Girls

The minute Katie Alto, 13, lowers her drumsticks, becomes—well, a kid. “This one’s called ‘Global Warming,’ she says. "And it’s an original? It’s gotten a lot of controversy lately, like on talk shows? But we wrote it, and it’s what we believe. So, yeah

05/19/2009 By Alexis Nelson

Fashion Slideshow

The Getaway

Photographs by Rafael Astorga.

05/19/2009 Edited by Jill Spitznass

Row

Crew Cut

The favorite sport of Ivy Leaguers also happens to be the best workout you can find without getting off your ass.

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker

Eat More, Spend Less

The Art of Eating Cheaply

On the contrary, it means seeking out talented chefs who can transform the simplest, cheapest ingredients into a sublime masterpiece of a meal.

05/19/2009 By Stacey Wilson, Kasey Cordell, Camela Raymond, Camas Davis, John Chandler, Megan Callow, and Bart Blasengame With Brian Barker

Good Reads

Teen Spirit

Politically savvy twins pen a book and raise an army -- at 19.

05/19/2009 By Bart Blasengame