Portland still has hundreds of bands, but a lot of the ones I've been close friends with have broken up or have somewhat slowed their activity. Also, I haven't been visiting PDX as much this year as in years previous, so perhaps my steady influx of PDX DIY promos has kinda stemmed because my contact with bands and artists there isn't as close as it had been, or as close as it's been with Nic and Jesse and Sarah of Channels 3 & 4. Those three have done a lot to let other Vancouverites know that I'm this DJ in California who's playing and extreme-blogging about a lot of new DIY bands, including a bunch from Vancouver. Now I get CDRs from new Vancouver bands in the mail all the time...totally unsolicited.
Yet I've never been north of Bellingham! I should probably go, huh?