On top of everything else, our state is on fire. We’ve been bringing you a weekly roundup of the books, albums, films, podcasts, TV shows, and articles getting us through this hellish year for a few months now, and this week, we decided we should focus on the homegrown: stuff that reminds why Oregon is so special, and stuff that (perhaps painfully) reminds us of how beautiful it is.
Blind Pilot is the epitome of feel-good music for me. Hailing from Astoria, the indie band is comprised of six members, Israel Nebeker leading with his folky voice. I’ve been an avid listener since their first album dropped in 2008 and caught them at a free show at Music Millennium in 2016. Nebeker played crowd favorite “3 Rounds and a Sound” as the last song, which resulted in a 200-person sing-along. Other favorites of mine: “Poor Boy,” “The Colored Night,” and “Seeing is Believing.” —Ainslee Dicken, editorial intern
There have been many cracking new additions to the Oregon canon since we compiled this list four years ago—Omar El Akkad's American War, Mitchell S. Jackson's Survival Math, Karen Russell's Orange World and more—but it's not a bad place to start if you're looking to take a deep dive into all things local and literary. —Fiona McCann, senior editor-at-large