Since it doesn't look like anyone else was going to, here's a quick video-free list of Portland bands ranked in the order I think they should be in. And for purposes of making an actual list, I'm counting Eugene as part of Portland.
- Paul Revere and the Raiders. They were on American Bandstand every friggin' week and still don't get enough credit for being America's answer to The Beatles (no, we didn't win that one).
- Robert Cray. Yes, he probably should have been first on this list.
Grails. Dark stuff with even darker lowlights and an enchantingly bleak discography.
Modest Mouse. A very interesting band that's always worth checking out.
- The Decemberists. They had their moment.
- Sleater-Kinney. Love 'em or don't but best played loud.
Esperanza Spalding. Not just another chick bass player. And yes, she probably could kick my ass (and would if she read that tag line).
- Curtis Salgado. Yes, I am relying exclusively on Wikipedia to put this list together, but if he inspired The Blues Brothers, he's got to be at least this high on the list.
- Stephen Malkmus. The Pavement guy. No clue, but this one's for Nate for whose judgment I trust even if I don't let him pick my music for me.
Pink Martini. A fun band you can dance to, in an evening gown if you like.
Courtney Love. If you're not annoying, you're not really punk.
- M. Ward. Doesn't really rock my boat, but his cultish followers would object if he was left off.
Elliot Smith. See M. Ward.
- The Dandy Warhols. Good enough and doggone it, I liked them.
The Shins. From the land of Breaking Bad to Portland. That's got to mean something, I'm just not sure what.
These are the ones I know. I'm sure LordBaldric can add to this list.
A close call on this post, btw. The Verizon Home Fusion™ router went out after I had all the tabs open. Fortunately this page is Java-scripted or something and I was able to keep composing this post while offline.