Tag Archives: Nick Winterfeld

Episode 102: I’m Alive

Nick 096

Thanks to Nick Winterfeld for joining us this week! You can listen above, and download the episode here.

Topic:

  • Jackson Browne!
  • We discuss his influence on popular music, the artists he’s worked with over the years, and the ways you may already be a fan of his music without knowing it.

Songs:

  • AC/DC – “Play Ball”
  • Jackson Browne – “These Days”
  • Portland Cello Project – “White Winter Hymnal”
  • of Montreal – “Sirens of Your Toxic Spirit”

Continue reading

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

LIVE: PowerShares Tennis Series, Rose Quarter, Portland, OR

By Nick Winterfeld

DSCN0814Andre Agassi // Photo credit: Arya Imig

Portland tennis fans had a rare treat Thursday night at the Moda Center when four retired players including John McEnroe and Andre Agassi stopped by for a charity tournament. The PowerShares series is a 12-night event featuring American tennis stars over thirty. In addition to Agassi and McEnroe, the Portland stop, the ninth this year, featured James Blake and Jim Courier.

Portland doesn’t often host tennis events of this caliber. The last time we had anything close was in 2007 when the Davis Cup Final was held at the Memorial Coliseum. While The Power Shares series doesn’t come close to matching the prestige of the Davis Cup, Thursday night was still a very big deal for Portland tennis fans, and it was something we don’t see here nearly as often as we would like.

Nike, the ubiquitous shoe brand, has been very good to tennis, and by extension, so has Portland. No Nike-sponsored player made it as big as Agassi, who splashed onto the tennis scene in the early 1990s.  His charismatic style, combined with aggressive marketing by Nike using his image, helped to bring a new, larger audience to tennis.  Just when John McEnroe was nearing retirement,Agassi, along with contemporary Pete Sampras, seemed to pick up the torch, beginning a new era of Americans dominating the scene.  I had my own pair of Agassi Nikes, white with purple trim, when I was ten. I don’t know if they made me a better player, but they sure looked cool.

DSCN0803John McEnroe // Photo Credit: Arya Imig

The year I got my Agassi Nikes, 1992, was also the year Agassi won Wimbledon, often considered the grandest of the grand slam tournaments. At the time, he was the first American to win the title since John McEnroe had last won in London in 1984.  He would go on to win all four grand slams at least once, a feat unmatched even by Sampras.

Thursday night was a one-day tournament featuring three,  single-set matches; two semi-finals and a final.

Game one featured James Blake and Jim Courier. While Courier is the more accomplished player, he was no match for the younger, quicker Blake. Next came Agassi versus McEnroe. Even at the age of 55, McEnroe is fast and a formidable opponent for Agassi. On Thursday, however, Agassi, the 90s favorite, was at the top of his game, advancing to the final round to face Blake, the youngest player in the tournament.

While the previous two nights saw Blake take the final round, Thursday belonged to Agassi.

This was the first time I had been to a professional tennis event, and I was not disappointed. From my ninth-row seat I was treated to first-hand greatness. I’ve been watching the pros (including these very men,) play on TV since I was a four-year-old boy. But to see them perform in person is something else altogether. Though I knew to expect this from seeing it on TV, it is almost disconcerting to be at a sporting event where the crowd applauds after a play-disconcerting yet delightful.

DSCN0770James Blake // Photo credit: Arya Imig

The fans relished seeing these legends, especially Agassi and McEnroe, compete live.  And the players, for their part, loved the opportunity to still compete and dazzle the audience, post-retirement.

McEnroe brought his famous flair for arguing with the umpire, and even throwing his racket at one point. Would the crowd have wanted it any other way? Agassi, for his part, was ever the gentleman-genuinely modest, and unfazed by the ugly taunt from an audience member, or by his courtside interviews with the slick Brett Haber of the Tennis Channel.

Thursday night’s event was a love letter to Portland tennis fans, and the love was reflected right back at the legendary men on the court.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Episode 68: The Day the Music Died

Thanks to Nick Winterfeld for joining us this week! Listen above, download here.

Topic:

  • Buddy Holly: 1936 – 1959
  • We discuss the influence Buddy Holly had on music in such a short time
  • “The day the music died”: the plane crash that killed Holly, Richie Valens, and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson
  • What if Buddy Holly had lived on? What would music look like today?

Songs:

Bands:

  • Pete Seeger
  • Bob Dylan
  • Cannon Riggs / Asher McKenzie / Mr. Bones
  • Fringe Class
  • Soft Skills
  • The Fourth Wall
  • Tool
  • No Kind of Rider
  • Cambrian Explosion
  • No Tomorrow Boys
  • Charming Birds
  • Mayhaw Hoons
  • Lubec
  • Ash
  • Vendetta Red
  • Deaf Havana
  • Daft Punk
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Sara Bareilles
  • Lorde
  • Katy Perry
  • Beyonce
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Lindsey Buckingham
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • The Walkmen
  • Arcade Fire
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Putts
  • Wormbag
  • Sioux Falls
  • Lights Over Paris
  • The Distillers
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • Deafheaven
  • Mo Troper / Your Rival
  • Johnny Flynn
  • Michael Hurley
  • Lewi Longmire
  • Beck
  • Broken Bells
  • James Mercer / The Shins
  • Danger Mouse
  • Xiu Xiu
  • Buddy Holly
  • Paul McCartney / John Lennon / The Beatles
  • Isaac Brock
  • Lou Reed
  • Elvis Presley
  • Roy Orbison
  • Rivers Cuomo / Weezer
  • Richie Valens
  • Raffi
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson
  • Marshall Crenshaw
  • James Taylor
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Carole King
  • Bob Dylan
  • Sallie Ford
  • Bobby Darin
  • Don McLean
  • Phil Everly / Everly Brothers
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • Ray Charles
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • U2
  • Action Bronson
  • The Helio Sequence
  • Modern Kin
  • Genders
  • Oneohtrix Point Never
  • Bevelers
  • Fresh Hair
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Janet Jackson
  • Bruno Mars
  • Flea / Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Adam Brock
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Advertisements