Author Archives: mckivor

About mckivor

I'm an aspiring journalist and a student at the University of Oregon's journalism school. I am interested primarily in news reporting and magazine design and writing with some photography mashed in there as well.

‘Cross the Track Blues

The click-clack of slow-moving freight cars and the blaring of air horns are unbroken day and night accompanied by the high-pitched screech of metal on metal. The tracks are decorated with whatever the vagrants leave behind. Needles, shattered glass, piles … Continue reading

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Dedicated

The air is warm and humid, sunlight beating down on the old concrete, exposing all the small cracks and deep fissures, age marks on paved earth. Dogs barking behind a chain link fence add little to the cacophony of sound … Continue reading

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Working Toward A Profile

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what will go into the profile I’m going to write and the different techniques I could use to write it. Obviously, it would be smart to interview someone involved with my enterprise … Continue reading

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The House Always Wins

As most of America knows by now, Osama bin Laden, the man credited with the September 11 attacks, was killed over the weekend in a luxurious compound in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan. With this news, America, a country that … Continue reading

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A Subterrestrial Q&A

Subterrestrial is a Drone/Ambient band out of the bay area that is mainly web-based. I interviewed the creative force of this band Gary Ransford, who also blogs about the group and other bands and activities in the drone and experimental … Continue reading

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Blue-Collar Bar at Noon

“My daughter lost her house. Out of sheer stupidity. They borrowed ‘bout a hundred thousand and spent none a that on the house. Bought Wave-a-runners and a bunch  a straight bullshit”, said an elderly man leaning forward with his elbows … Continue reading

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Trainsong Fights a Reputation

The Trainsong district in Eugene, Oregon can appear somewhat alien to a person who frequents the usual campus hotspots. The neighborhood is in the middle of an industrial park on Highway 99W. Train tracks bisect the neighborhood and there is … Continue reading

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Drone Metal on Twitter? Don’t Think So

It may come as no surprise that drone metal doesn’t have a particularly large following on the social media site Twitter. It’s understandable. Twitter is very isn’t metal at all. In fact it is as far away from metal as … Continue reading

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The Power of Drone

Drone metal is a music genre that rarely comes up in conversation, and when it does, the concept is most often met with a look of perplexity. As far as the American public is concerned, drone is fairly obscure compared … Continue reading

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Trainsong by Ian McKivor

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