“I wish I was a baller,” a wise man once said, and since the beginning of time, musicians have held that dream. A balladeer in King Arthur’s court thought about taking his talents to Miami. Ravi Shankar invented the skyhook. Master P almost played for the Raptors AND the Hornets. (Yo, that actually happened.)
No disrespect to the Timbers, but Portland is Rip City. It’s a basketball town. And if the Blazers are going to get to the NBA finals in 2015, dudes need the right playlist. A playlist that does not have “Hey Soul Sister” on it. Definitely no disrespect to Damian Lillard, but Train 100% does not rip.
These 33 songs do.
Orquestra Pacifico Tropical deliver a cumbia groove. Sama Dams drop a guitar scorcher. Lubec laces up its Jordans and goes shoegazing. Many of these are brand new songs, never before heard, including exclusive tracks from the We Shared Milk and secret band Clutch Tre (Radiation City's hip-hop alter-ego). It’s a snapshot of Portland fired up and ready to take over America, or at least the Western Conference.
And And And drummer/concert-attending Energizer Bunny Bim Ditson started Rigsketball to bring the Vitamin D deprived indie scene together outdoors, and it worked. Among the thrown elbows and sweatsoaked vintage tshirts, friendships were forged. Bands got started. Hiphop crew TxE made a whole record sampling the indie rockers they met on the court. 2014 will get even bigger, with its firstever teams from the world of comedy (Who’s the Ross?), radio (XRAY.fm
) and music writing (me and five other young men in peak physical condition.) Rigsketball’s about coming together, having fun and trying not to pass out by halftime.
But Rigsketball is also about that big wish. Knocking down three pointers. Starting your own sneaker line with that shoe company up the road. Winning a championship.
For two weeks, Rigsketball is about living the dream. This is the soundtrack: turn it up.