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Grouper and Honey Owens Don’t Want You to Move to Portland

December 22, 2009


The Portland, Oregon-based advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy has been running with a dope series on its home city called "Don't Move Here," a sentiment some of us totally get since we in fact did move there (and then moved away). Hosted by WK music director/dope photographer/our friend Shayla Hason (WHAT UP SHAYLA), they're interviewing a clutch of Portland's disproportionately copious scene of musicians, artists and ideators, talking about what makes that city so special. Having lived there here are a few reasons: no sales tax, totally bikeable, decent suburban thrift stores, weirdly large fanzine scene in internet age, almost entirely liberal if not radically activist, cheap rent, organic foodstuffs, awesome burritos, amazing performance art festival and of course SHIT-TONS OF MUSICIANS. So yeah, really, definitely don't move there. (Also there are no jobs and a whole lot of white people.) The second installment of "Don't Move Here" features Liz Harris of Grouper and Honey Owens of Valet, both of whom we have previously featured and the latter of whom is totally our homegirl and used to serve us beer on the regs (WHAT UP OLD DUNES). They talk about their processes and the communal vibe of their city and it's pretty cool. You can check it out here on the WK site. (via End Hits)

Grouper and Honey Owens Don’t Want You to Move to Portland