Aquarium Drunkard is an online music website launched in 2005 by Justin Gage, based in Los Angeles, California. As of January 7, 2017, it has an Alexa Rank of 69,035 in the United States, 245,172 worldwide; the name "Aquarium Drunkard" is a play on a lyric by the band Wilco. The website was created by Gage to share music with friends, but by 2006 the site was being read by a worldwide audience. In 2009, in an essay for The Observer's Music Monthly supplement, Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity, listed Aquarium Drunkard among his six favorite music blogs. According to Rolling Stone, a post on Aquarium Drunkard of a demo by Alabama Shakes helped the band get their first record deal; the success of Aquarium Drunkard led founder Justin Gage to music supervision, promoting specialty concerts, launching a record label, hosting the weekly Aquarium Drunkard Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, beginning in 2007. Esoteric, the Aquarium Drunkard website publishes and eclectic array of music essays, reviews and artist interviews written by Gage along with a handful of contributing writers.
The types of music covered include avant jazz, world music, ambient music, post punk, indie rock, vintage garage rock, psychedelic music, folk music, funk music and blues, seminal electronic music, primitive blues music and obscure soul music. In 2014, The Daily Beast included Aquarium Drunkard on a list of "The Best Music Blogs," and Refinery29 has included Aquarium Drunkard on its list of "19 Best Music Blogs That Aren't Pitchfork." 2009, LA Weekly's Los Angeles Web Awards, Winner: LA's Best Music Blog2011, MTV O Music Awards, Winner: Best Independent Music Blog
Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region on the West Coast of the United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary with Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho; the parallel 42 ° north delineates the southern boundary with Nevada. Oregon is one of only four states of the continental United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Oregon was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before Western traders and settlers arrived. An autonomous government was formed in the Oregon Country in 1843 before the Oregon Territory was created in 1848. Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859. Today, at 98,000 square miles, Oregon is the ninth largest and, with a population of 4 million, 27th most populous U. S. state. The capital, Salem, is the second most populous city in Oregon, with 169,798 residents. Portland, with 647,805, ranks as the 26th among U. S. cities. The Portland metropolitan area, which includes the city of Vancouver, Washington, to the north, ranks the 25th largest metro area in the nation, with a population of 2,453,168.
Oregon is one of the most geographically diverse states in the U. S. marked by volcanoes, abundant bodies of water, dense evergreen and mixed forests, as well as high deserts and semi-arid shrublands. At 11,249 feet, Mount Hood, a stratovolcano, is the state's highest point. Oregon's only national park, Crater Lake National Park, comprises the caldera surrounding Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States; the state is home to the single largest organism in the world, Armillaria ostoyae, a fungus that runs beneath 2,200 acres of the Malheur National Forest. Because of its diverse landscapes and waterways, Oregon's economy is powered by various forms of agriculture and hydroelectric power. Oregon is the top timber producer of the contiguous United States, the timber industry dominated the state's economy in the 20th century. Technology is another one of Oregon's major economic forces, beginning in the 1970s with the establishment of the Silicon Forest and the expansion of Tektronix and Intel.
Sportswear company Nike, Inc. headquartered in Beaverton, is the state's largest public corporation with an annual revenue of $30.6 billion. The earliest evidence of the name Oregon has Spanish origins; the term "orejón" comes from the historical chronicle Relación de la Alta y Baja California written by the new Spaniard Rodrigo Montezuma and made reference to the Columbia River when the Spanish explorers penetrated into the actual North American territory that became part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. This chronicle is the first topographical and linguistic source with respect to the place name Oregon. There are two other sources with Spanish origins, such as the name Oregano, which grows in the southern part of the region, it is most probable that the American territory was named by the Spaniards, as there are some populations in Spain such as "Arroyo del Oregón" considering that the individualization in Spanish language "El Orejón" with the mutation of the letter "g" instead of "j". Another early use of the name, spelled Ouragon, was in a 1765 petition by Major Robert Rogers to the Kingdom of Great Britain.
The term referred to the then-mythical River of the West. By 1778, the spelling had shifted to Oregon. In his 1765 petition, Rogers wrote: The rout...is from the Great Lakes towards the Head of the Mississippi, from thence to the River called by the Indians Ouragon... One theory is that the name comes from the French word ouragan, applied to the River of the West based on Native American tales of powerful Chinook winds on the lower Columbia River, or from firsthand French experience with the Chinook winds of the Great Plains. At the time, the River of the West was thought to rise in western Minnesota and flow west through the Great Plains. Joaquin Miller explained in Sunset magazine, in 1904, how Oregon's name was derived: The name, Oregon, is rounded down phonetically, from Ouve água—Oragua, Or-a-gon, Oregon—given by the same Portuguese navigator that named the Farallones after his first officer, it in a large way, means cascades:'Hear the waters.' You should steam up the Columbia and hear and feel the waters falling out of the clouds of Mount Hood to understand the full meaning of the name Ouve a água, Oregon.
Another account, endorsed as the "most plausible explanation" in the book Oregon Geographic Names, was advanced by George R. Stewart in a 1944 article in American Speech. According to Stewart, the name came from an engraver's error in a French map published in the early 18th century, on which the Ouisiconsink River was spelled "Ouaricon-sint", broken on two lines with the -sint below, so there appeared to be a river flowing to the west named "Ouaricon". According to the Oregon Tourism Commission, present-day Oregonians pronounce the state's name as "or-uh-gun, never or-ee-gone". After being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2002, former Oregon Ducks quarterback Joey Harrington distributed "Orygun" stickers to members of the media as a reminder of how to pronounce the name of his home state; the stickers are sold by the University of Oregon Bookstore. Oregon is 295 miles north to south at longest distance, 395 miles east to west. With an area of 98,381 square miles, Oregon is larger than the United Kingdom.
It is the ninth largest state in the United States. Oregon's highest point is the summit of Mount Hood, at 11,249 feet, its lowest point is the sea level of the Pacific Ocean along the Oregon Coas
Willamette Week is an alternative weekly newspaper and a website published in Portland, United States, since 1974. It features reports on local news, sports and culture. Willamette Week is the only weekly newspaper to have had one of its reporters, Nigel Jaquiss, win a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, it is the first newspaper to have won a Pulitzer for a story first published online. Willamette Week was founded in 1974 by Ronald A. Buel, it was owned by the Eugene Register-Guard, which sold it in the fall of 1983 to Richard H. Meeker and Mark Zusman, who took the positions of publisher and editor, respectively. Meeker had been one of the paper's first reporters, starting in 1974, Zusman had joined the paper as a business writer in 1982. Meeker and Zusman formed City of Roses Newspaper Company to publish WW and a sister publication, Fresh Weekly, a free guide to local arts and entertainment. WW had a paid circulation at that time, with about 12,000 subscribers. A major change was made in January 1984, when Fresh Weekly was merged into WW, the paper's print run was increased to 50,000 and paid circulation was discontinued, with WW thereafter being distributed free.
In June 2015, Richard Meeker stepped down as Willamette Week's publisher, after more than 31 years in the position. Editor Mark Zusman succeeded him as publisher, while retaining the editorship. Meeker planned to continue working for the City of WW's owner. Prior to his death in 2010, cartoonist John Callahan's long-running comic "Callahan" appeared weekly in the paper, for 30 years. Since 1984, the paper has been free. For 2007, its revenue was expected to be about $6.25 million, a four or five percent increase over 2006, a growth that occurred in spite of a significant decline in classified advertising that the publisher attributed to competition from Craigslist. Its pre-tax profit in 2006 was around 5%, a third to a half of what large mass-media companies require. Notable stories first reported by WW include: In 2009, reporting that then-City Commissioner Sam Adams engaged in a sexual relationship with a legislative intern, Beau Breedlove. Rumors of a relationship between the two men had circulated during Adams' campaign for mayor, but Adams denied any sexual relationship.
Only after Willamette Week contacted Adams for comment on an upcoming story did he admit publicly that there had been a sexual relationship. However, he stipulated that there had been no relationship between them until after Breedlove turned 18. Adams said he'd lied about the relationship in order to avoid feeding negative stereotypes of gay men as somehow predatory. In 2008, the paper revealed that Gordon Smith, the junior United States Senator and one of the wealthiest men serving in Congress, employed undocumented workers at his frozen-foods processing operation in Eastern Oregon. Smith, a Republican, had been a fierce opponent of illegal immigration and had voted against an amnesty bill. Two months Smith lost a re-election bid, credited in part to Willamette Week's story. Making public Neil Goldschmidt's long-concealed sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl. Goldschmidt, a former Oregon governor, was mayor of Portland at the time of the abuse. After Willamette Week contacted him for comments regarding its upcoming story about that alleged misconduct, Goldschmidt went ahead and confessed to the relationship in an interview published in The Oregonian.
That interview ran prior to Willamette Week's report appearing in print, was intended to preempt the story's publication. However, the alternative weekly did get the scoop, breaking the Goldschmidt story first on its website. Nigel Jaquiss won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for his work on that story. In 2014 and 2015, WW published a series of stories about Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, allegations of pay for play; the governor resigned from office in February 2015 because of the news reports. A number of notable journalists and artists have worked at Willamette Week over the past several decades, including: Mindy Aloff, dance critic and essayist Byron Beck John Callahan, cartoonist Larry Colton, Major League Baseball player Katherine Dunn, author Phil Keisling, former Oregon Secretary of State Susan Orlean, author The Santa Fe Reporter published by Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman Willamette Week official site Profile from Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
Fred Cole (musician)
Frederick Lee Cole was an American rock singer and guitarist who played with several bands from the 1960s until his death, most notably The Lollipop Shoppe, Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows. He was associated with the garage punk genre though he was influenced by hard rock, blues and folk music; the majority of his recorded output was self-financed and independently released on his own record label. In 1964, Cole began his recording career in Las Vegas with his band, the Lords, at the Teenbeat Club, releasing a single titled "Ain't Got No Self-Respect." His next single, from 1965, was a promo-only called "Poverty Shack" b/w "Rover," with a band named Deep Soul Cole. In 1966 Cole's band The Weeds gained notice in garage rock circles, their only single, a 1960s punk track called It's Your Time, has become a collectors' favorite; the A-side appeared on one of the Nuggets anthologies. The band was promised an opening slot on a Yardbirds bill at the Fillmore in San Francisco, but on their arrival found that the venue hadn't heard of them.
Angry at management and fearing the military draft, the band decided to head up to Canada, but ran out of gas in Portland, Oregon. There, they started playing at a club called the Folk Singer. Cole and Toody soon fell in love and were married in 1967, although The Weeds' manager insisted they keep the marriage secret. Another manager required The Weeds to change their name to The Lollipop Shoppe because he managed The Seeds and thought the names were too similar, to fit the current bubblegum trend; the album and its single "You Must Be a Witch" remain underground favorites. The band released another single, "Someone I Knew" b/w "Through My Window," played many shows in San Francisco with performers such as Janis Joplin and The Doors, had two tracks on the soundtrack LP to the film Angels from Hell; the Lollipop Shoppe broke up in 1969, but reappeared as The Weeds with another single in 1971. Frustrated with the music business and still of draft age, Cole headed for Alaska with Toody and their two young children.
They got as far as the Yukon. Upon their return, Cole tried unsuccessfully to secure another record deal in Los Angeles, he opened a musical equipment store called Captain Whizeagle's. Taking his musical career into his own hands, he formed the hard rock band Zipper and released an LP in 1975 on his and Toody's label, Whizeagle. Cole's next band, King Bee, saw him playing guitar for the first time in addition to singing. A last-minute invitation to open for The Ramones introduced them to the punk sounds of the time, they soon broke up. In an attempt to find a stable lineup, Cole taught Toody to play bass and they formed The Rats, their self-titled debut was released in 1980 on Whizeagle. Intermittent Signals followed in 1981, 1983 saw the release of the third LP, In a Desperate Red. After losing three drummers, tired of the macho direction the punk scene had taken, Cole disbanded The Rats and began an old-time country band called Western Front, they released only two singles, "Orygun" b/w "Clementine" and "Stampede" b/w "Looking Back at Me" in 1985, but they influenced many local punkers to develop an interest in country-rock and rockabilly.
Toody, who had performed with Western Front and recorded a single with them, rejoined Cole for another country-influenced project, The Range Rats, in 1986. Drummer Andrew Loomis auditioned for this band, but it didn't work out, so Cole and Toody carried on with a drum machine. In 1987, while returning from Reno and Toody decided they wanted to play rock'n' roll again, they called Andrew Loomis, a better fit for this project, Dead Moon was born. Dead Moon's music is a blend of dark'60s garage with punk rock, their early records, In the Graveyard, Unknown Passage, Defiance, appeared on the band's own Tombstone Records, named for the music store Cole and Toody operated in Clackamas, Oregon. Cole mastered these records on a mono lathe from the 1950s, used for The Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie"; these releases helped them gain cult followings around the United States and in Europe in Germany, home of their European record label Music Maniac. After releasing "Dead Ahead" and touring Europe, Dead Moon broke up in 2006, with a new drummer, Kelly Halliburton and Toody formed the band Pierced Arrows.
In 2004 U. S. documentary filmmaking couple produced Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story. Fred Cole died in November 2017 from liver disease; the Trouser Press guide to'90s rock, by Ira A. Robbins, David Sprague. ISBN 0-684-81437-4 Garage rock, by Alessandro Bonini. ISBN 88-8440-362-6 Dead moon Official Pierced Arrows-site Dead Moon Cole Mine at the Wayback Machine Fred Cole turns 60! The Rats Fred Cole on IMDb
Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, dating back to the early 1950s in the United States the South. As a genre it blends the sound of Western musical styles such as country with that of rhythm and blues, leading to what is considered "classic" rock and roll; some have described it as a blend of bluegrass with rock and roll. The term "rockabilly" itself is a portmanteau of "rock" and "hillbilly", the latter a reference to the country music that contributed to the style. Other important influences on rockabilly include western swing, boogie-woogie, jump blues, electric blues. Defining features of the rockabilly sound included strong rhythms, vocal twangs, common use of the tape echo. Popularized by artists such as Wanda Jackson, Johnny Cash, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Bob Luman, Jerry Lee Lewis, the influence and success of the style waned in the late 1950s. An interest in the genre endures in the 21st century within a subculture. Rockabilly has left a legacy, spawning a variety of sub-styles and influencing other genres such as punk rock.
There was a close relationship between blues and country music from the earliest country recordings in the 1920s. The first nationwide country hit was "Wreck of the Old 97", backed with "Lonesome Road Blues", which became quite popular. Jimmie Rodgers, the "first true country star", was known as the "Blue Yodeler", most of his songs used blues-based chord progressions, although with different instrumentation and sound from the recordings of his black contemporaries like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Bessie Smith. During the 1930s and 1940s, two new sounds emerged. Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys were the leading proponents of Western Swing, which combined country singing and steel guitar with big band jazz influences and horn sections. Recordings of Wills's from the mid 1940s to the early 1950s include "two beat jazz" rhythms, "jazz choruses", guitar work that preceded early rockabilly recordings. Wills is quoted as saying "Rock and Roll? Why, that's the same kind of music we've been playin' since 1928!...
But it's just basic rhythm and has gone by a lot of different names in my time. It's the same, whether you just follow a drum beat like in Africa or surround it with a lot of instruments; the rhythm's what's important."After blues artists like Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson launched a nationwide boogie craze starting in 1938, country artists like Moon Mullican, the Delmore Brothers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, the Maddox Brothers and Rose began recording what was known as "Hillbilly Boogie", which consisted of "hillbilly" vocals and instrumentation with a boogie bass line. The Maddox Brothers and Rose were at "the leading edge of rockabilly with the slapped bass that Fred Maddox had developed". Maddox said, "You've got to have somethin' they can tap their foot, or dance to, or to make'em feel it." After World War II the band shifted into higher gear leaning more toward a whimsical honky-tonk feel, with a heavy, manic bottom end - the slap bass of Fred Maddox. "They played hillbilly music but it sounded real hot.
They played real loud for that time, too..." The Maddoxes were known for their lively "antics and stuff." "We always put on a show... I mean it just wasn't us up there pickin' and singing. There was something going on all the time." "... the demonstrative Maddoxes, helped release white bodies from traditional motions of decorum... more and more younger white artists began to behave on stage like the lively Maddoxes." Others believe that they were not only at the leading edge, but were one of the first Rockabilly groups, if not the first. Along with country and boogie influences, jump blues artists such as Wynonie Harris and Roy Brown, electric blues acts such as Howlin' Wolf, Junior Parker, Arthur Crudup, influenced the development of rockabilly; the Memphis blues musician Junior Parker and his electric blues band, Little Junior's Blue Flames, featuring Pat Hare on the guitar, were a major influence on the rockabilly style with their songs "Love My Baby" and "Mystery Train" in 1953. Zeb Turner's February 1953 recording of "Jersey Rock" with its mix of musical styles, lyrics about music and dancing, guitar solo, is another example of the mixing of musical genres in the first half of the 1950s.
Bill Monroe is known as the Father of Bluegrass, a specific style of country music. Many of his songs were in blues form, while others took the form of folk ballads, parlor songs, or waltzes. Bluegrass was a staple of country music in the early 1950s, is mentioned as an influence in the development of rockabilly; the Honky Tonk sound, which "tended to focus on working-class life, with tragic themes of lost love, loneliness and self-pity" included songs of energetic, uptempo Hillbilly Boogie. Some of the better known musicians who recorded and performed these songs are: the Delmore Brothers, the Maddox Brothers and Rose, Merle Travis, Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Tennessee Ernie Ford. Curtis Gordon's 1953 "Rompin' and Stompin'", an uptempo hillbilly-boogie included the lyrics, "Way down south where I was born / They rocked all night'til early morn' / They start rockin' / They start rockin' an rollin'." Sharecroppers' sons Carl Perkins and his brothers Jay Perkins and Clayton Perkins, along with drummer W. S. Holland, had been playing their music ninety miles from Memphis.
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Dead Moon was an American punk rock band from 1987 to 2006, formed in Portland, United States. Fronted by singer/guitarist Fred Cole, the band included bassist Kathleen "Toody" Cole, Fred's wife, drummer Andrew Loomis. Veterans of Portland's independent rock scene, Dead Moon combined dark and lovelorn themes with punk and country music influences into a stripped-down sound. Fred Cole engineered most of the band's recordings and mastered them on a mono lathe, used for The Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie", their early records, such as In the Graveyard, were released on the Tombstone Records label, named for the musical equipment store Fred and Toody operated at the time. Soon they caught the attention of the German label Music Maniac Records, toured Europe successfully. Not until the mid-nineties did they tour the United States. Much of their following was in Europe. A U. S. filmmaking team produced a 2004 documentary, Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story, which played in independent theaters around the U.
S. New Zealand, at the Melbourne International Film Fest, was released on DVD in the fall of 2006. Dead Moon has recorded for labels such as Empty Records, but most releases are on Music Maniac worldwide and Tombstone in the U. S; the Tombstone label has provided cheap mastering and duplication for other bands, serving more as a cooperative than a promotional vehicle. Though Fred and Toody were in their fifties, they showed no signs of slowing down on their 2004 release Dead Ahead, continuing to tour the globe until 2006, which saw the release of the Echoes of the Past compilation. In December 2006, near the end of the Echoes of the Past tour, Dead Moon announced that they were breaking up the band, their last gig was at the Vera club in Groningen on November 26, 2006. Fred and Toody owned and operated their guitar shop, Tombstone Music, for 30 years and ran the Tombstone General Store in Clackamas, Oregon for about eight years. Pearl Jam covered the song "It's O. K.". Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam has covered "Diamonds in the Rough" and "Running Out of Time" with C-Average.
Fred and Toody formed a new band called Pierced Arrows with Portland punk musician Kelly Halliburton, whose father played in a band called "Albatross" with Fred in 1972, of Severed Head of State and Murder Disco X. Pierced Arrows played their first show, debuting on May 18, 2007 at Portland’s Ash Street Saloon with the reformed Poison Idea. Andrew Loomis played drums for a band called The Shiny Things from Washington, their former drummer, Andrew Loomis, died on March 8, 2016. He was aged 54. Frontman Fred Cole died on November 9, 2017 from liver disease. Toody is known to play a late-1960s semi-hollow Vox teardrop bass, due to its shorter-scale length and ease of use, she plays through a V-4 Ampeg and Ampeg SVT bass amp head and has used an Ampeg 4x12 Speaker Cab live. In Europe, Toody uses a VHT 2-15 Speaker cab. Fred uses a Guild Thunderbird Guitar, he has a 4x12 cab in the US and one in Europe. Fred and Toody both prefer. Andrew used a kick, hat, floor tom, one ride cymbal mostly. In the Graveyard Unknown Passage Defiance Stranded in the Mystery Zone Strange Pray Tell Crack in the System Nervous Sooner Changes Destination X Trash & Burn Dead Ahead Dead Moon Night Thirteen Off My Hook Echoes of the Past Live Evil Hard Wired in Ljubljana Alive In The Unknown Live at The Casbah 10/21/2004 Dead Moon, Live at Satyricon "Parchment Farm" "Don't Burn the Fires" "Black September" "D.
O. A." "Over the Edge" "Fire in the Western World" "Day After Day" "Clouds of Dawn" "Dirty Noise" "Ricochet" "Sabotage" Christgau, Robert. "Dead Moon: Echoes of the Past". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 29, 2017. Official website Official Dead Moon Myspace
Portland Monthly is a monthly news and general interest magazine which covers food, business, design and culture in Portland, Oregon. The magazine was co-founded in 2003 by Scott Vogel. Nicole had worked for Cendant Corporation and Time Warner, Scott had been a journalist at The New York Times. Though the magazine had some trouble with funding in its first year, it grew to a stable circulation of 56,000 and by 2006 was the seventh-largest city magazine in the United States; the magazine's editor in 2018 was Kelly Clarke. The Portland Monthly has received positive reception in other new publications, including a mixed review of the magazine's first issue in The Columbian, subsequent positive reviews in The Oregonian and The Seattle Times. Rachel Dresbeck wrote favorably of the magazine in her 2007 book Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon; the magazine was co-founded in 2003 by Nicole Vogel and her brother journalist Scott Vogel, began as a glossy magazine with a focus on the lifestyle of Portland.
Nicole Vogel had been a vice president at Cendant Corporation, had worked at Time Warner for five years and was a vice president at CNN. Scott Vogel had worked as a journalist for The New York Times; the niche market focus of the magazine was for "25- to 65-year-olds with household incomes of at least $100,000". Nicole Vogel used Texas Monthly as one of her models for the magazine, which she had read growing up in Texas. Planning and research for the magazine included conducting 200 interviews with residents of Portland, in addition to raising US$40,000 from angel investors. Nicole Vogel had sought out seed capital from investors at the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum in February 2003, in total raised less than $1 million from investors. One of the first investors in Portland Monthly was the "Women’s Investors Network", a Portland-based group of women-investors, part of the Oregon Entrepreneurs' Foundation. A formal gathering was held on September 27, 2003 at the Portland Armory to celebrate the launch of the magazine, the magazine debuted September 29, 2003.
The first issue was 104 pages, due to initial funding issues the magazine appeared bimonthly for the first year. 40,000 copies were produced for the first issue. The first issue was dedicated to the theme: "Why We Love This Town"; the magazine brought in $1 million in revenue. Scott Vogel served as the magazine's first editor-in-chief, left Portland Monthly in late 2004 to join The Washington Post. Russ Rymer served as the magazine's editor after Scott Vogel left, but he left in February 2005 to become editor of Mother Jones. After Rymer the magazine went to "employment contracts" for editors. Journalist Louise Lague became the next editor-in-chief of the magazine on April 11, 2005. In 2005 the magazine maintained a staff of 22 in addition to hiring freelancers. In August 2005 the Portland Magazine purchased a local magazine related to weddings, the Portland Bride and Groom, founded in 2001. Portland Monthly's style editor Jill Spitznass became the editor of Groom. Ted Katauskas, who had worked as managing editor of Portland Magazine, was promoted to the magazine's editor-in-chief in August 2005.
Katauskas was the fifth employee of the company. Circulation of the Portland Monthly in 2005 numbered 56,000, in 2006 paid circulation was 56,000 with an additional 18,000 to 22,000 sold on newsstands. In February 2006 the magazine was the seventh-largest city magazine in the United States; the magazine has reported on the effects of methamphetamine abuse in Oregon, Enron's usage of the electric utility in Portland. The magazine maintains a website at www.portlandmonthlymag.com, includes the first few paragraphs of selected articles on the site. Ted Katauskas was editor of the magazine in 2008. Writing for The Columbian, Angela Allen commented that the first issue of the magazine "shows attitude and literary writing, tosses off lots of names, does a terrific fall culture calendar and digs into a couple of issues, including the Trail Blazers", but was critical, noting: "Its design is crowded and the type is too small to read for most of us without wearing a pair of'reader' specs." Tom Boyer of The Seattle Times described the magazine as "a smart mix of reader-friendly features and award-winning journalism".
Writing in The Oregonian, Steve Duin commented that he appreciated the lists published in the magazine: "Because I'm addicted to lists -- and the bigger the better -- the best part of my month is the morning that copy of Portland Monthly lands like a wounded halibut on my desk."The magazine won three awards in the City and Regional Magazine Association's 20th Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards in 2005, receiving recognition in Civic Journalism, Excellence in Writing and General Excellence. The magazine was one of three companies nominated by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum as a finalist for Working Capital Stage Company of the Year. In 2006 Portland Monthly was a finalist for "Best Overall Design" of a consumer magazine, in the Folio: Gold Ozzie Awards. In her 2007 book Insiders' Guide to Portland, author Rachel Dresbeck wrote that the magazine "maintains an excellent calendar" of events going on in the city. In July 2007 Nicole Vogel was a finalist among nominees for an individual entrepreneurship award from the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.
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