Dear Esteemed Member of the Portland Music Community,

Congratulations! You have been selected by our diligent team of local music scientists to take part in Willamette Week's Best New Band Poll 2010, where the Portland music community looks back over the last year and crowns one group, solo artist or DJ the greatest new talent in town.

As you may remember, Explode Into Colors took last year's poll in a tight race with Nurses and Blind Pilot. We had a rad show at Berbati's Pan and it totally ruled.

So, here's what we need from you (please read all this crap carefully):

Email us a list of the top 5 Portland-based acts you've discovered this year. Again, you can vote for any music-making entity, be it a band, solo performer, DJ or an MC. You can rank them one through five, or give no rankings if you want to spread your points equally. If you can't think of five new acts that have made an impact on you in the last year, then just send us however many you like, whether it's four, three, two or just one. "New," obviously, is relative (just like "band" and even "best"). Don't stress out on the wording too much. But DO stress on getting us this email by Sunday, April 4.

When all the ballots have been collected, we will assign points for each band you voted for based on how you ranked them (No. 1 = 5 pts., No. 2 = 4 pts., No. 3 = 3 pts., etc.). If you don't rank your votes by numbering each band, the points will be divided and distributed equally among your selections. We will then add up the points from all the ballots and come up with a top 10, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Willamette Week along with profiles and photos and other such fanfare. The number one band will appear on the cover of the paper and, if available, will headline WW's Best New Band showcase.

You can vote for any band you like, as long as it is not a band you play in (you can vote for bands you work with-as long as you're voting as a TRUE FAN and not just a profiteer).

DO NOT VOTE FOR THESE PAST WINNERS (as much as we like them all):

Ah Holly Fam'ly

Alan Singley and Pants Machine

Alela Diane


Blind Pilot

Blitzen Trapper

The Builders & The Butchers


Clorox Girls




DJ Beyonda


Dragging An Ox Through Water

Explode Into Colors

Fist Fite


Guidance Counselor

Hey Lover

Horse Feathers

Jared Mees

The Kingdom

Laura Gibson


Lion Fever


Loch Lomond


The Minds

New Blood

The Nice Boys

Nick Jaina

Norfolk & Western


Old Believers

Paint By Numbers

Please Step Out of the Vehicle

Point Juncture, WA

Pure Country Gold

The Ready

Siren's Echo

The Shaky Hands

The Snuggle Ups


Swan Island


The Thermals

Tractor Operator

Tu Fawning


Viva Voce


Wet Confetti

White Fang

White Rainbow

World's Greatest Ghosts

Y La Bamba
Gabe @ Jetsetbooking
Honey Owens, The Miracles Club/Valet
Todd Fadel, Founder of Meow Meow (2000-2005), current member of THE BEAUTY and AGENTS OF FUTURE
Nalin Silva, booking agent at the Knife Shop
Isaac Brock, Galacial Pace/Modest Mouse
Anthony Anderson, CD Game Exchange
Brooke Weeber, poster artist
Nick Jaina, singer-songwriter, author, past BNB winner
Kurt Prutsman, local booker
Sam Soule, Slabtown
Corina Repp, member of Tu Fawning
Name: Kirk "DJ Wicked" Kirkpatrick
Title: Leader of the fuckin' pack!
Brandon Lieberman- Music Director- KBOO-FM
Jordan Strong, photographer for Into the Woods
Ian Anderson, Guidance Counselor
Erik Carlson, SoHiTek records
Al James, Dolorean
Name: Goldini Bagwell (Sandpeople)
TItle: MC (Master of Ceremonies) & MJ (Master of Jameson) .
Scott McLean, Holocene
Reed Wallsmith, Blue Cranes founder
Aaron Mesh, WW Screen Editor
Ben Meyercord, Crappy Indie Music/Y La Bamba, Sean Flinn, etc./Man about town
Emily Vidal, Metro East Community Media
Miranda King, Backspace
Dave Depper, Loch Lomond/Blue Giant/Norfolk & Western
Palmer Auty
DJ Freaky Outty
(SNAP!/Trashy Trash/Holocene/Tube)
Ryan White, Oregonian Music Editor
Jen Olesen, Valentines' Booking and Curating
Jordan Dykstra, Marriage Records, Vice President
Zachary King, Booking Agent DMMR BMMR & SMMR BMMR, East End, Slabtown, Backspace, etc, etc.
Jason Simms - Freelance music critic for the Oregonian's A&E.
Hey Lover, past BNB winner
Matt Dabrowiak (only), Dat'r:
Gus Elg: mastering engineer at Sky Onion Studio
David Chandler, DJ Brokenwindow
December Carson, Siren Music Company
Jim Brunberg, Mississippi Studios
Eric Mast (E*Rock)
Marisa Bravo, Publicity for High Scores and Records
Aaron Hall, Holocene
Casey Jarman, WW Music Editor
Ryan Wines, Director of Strategy, Pet Marmoset PR + Digital Strategy
Jeff Hylton Simmons, Radio23
Jeni Rose Larsen, Double Tee Concerts
Lauren K. Newman, LKN
Sean Ongley, No.Fest Director
Joey Scruggs, music promoter
Keith LeWinter, booker
Eriq Nelson, Crappy Indie Music
Aris Hunter Wales, Freelance Metal Writer @ The Mercury, promoter, drummer
Chris Scofield, Owner of Strange Attractors Audio House
John Askew, Tracker/producer
Michael Mannheimer, WW Assistant Music Editor
Eric Jensen, Tractor Operator
Ken Cheppaikode, president,Dirtnap Records, Green Noise Records
Carly Henry, STARBIRD Booking
Coco Madrid, Party Creater and Promoter
Mayhaw Hoons, the Shaky Hands
Peter Vaughan Shaver, Esq. SOUND ADVICE, LLC - arts, entertainment and music law
Chad Crouch, Hush Records
Jason Leivian, Floating World Comics
Anthony E. McNamer, Esq.
Tara Dublin, Music Director, KZME
Leigh Feldman, Life is a Party
Robert Ham, freelancer @ WW, The Oregonian, etc.
Jeremy Faulkner, Ah Holly Fam'ly
Gnar Tapes
Plan B show booking
Ryan Barber, sound at the Knife Shop
Arya Imig, Localcut contributor and "man about town"
Aaron Shepherd, The Artistery
Abe Ray, Someday Lounge/Backspace
Craig Marquardo, Founder, Portland Music Awards Executive Director, Portland Arts Foundation
Brianne Mees, Tender Loving Empire
Barbara Mitchell, The Proper Channels + Spark & Shine Records
Marc Moscato, Director, Dill Pickle Club
Name: John B. Jones (JBJ)
Title: Community Radio DJ (KBOO & KZME)
Josh Hodges, Starfucker
Gina Altamura (Booking & Publicity - Holocene)
Angelo De Ieso II, Pop Tomorrow!
Jared Mees, Co-Owner - Tender Loving Empire
Alicia J. Rose, Mississippi Studios
Aaron Bikis, Live Fridays @ KPSU
Plan R
Patrick Foss, Pure Country Gold
Tyler Ferrin, Boy Gorilla Records co owner
Rob Jones, Jealous Butcher Records
I'm Jesse Studenberg. I'm putting together the PDX Pop Comp for 2010 and am a former member of a "Best New Band" (PJWA). Here are 5 acts that are part of my current music life in PDX.
Douglas Jenkins of The Portland Cello Project
Benna Gottfried, Communications Coordinator/Vice President PDX Pop Now!
Mike Harper, Staff Writer for PDX Pipeline, Owner & Booking Manager at The Parlour
Mike McGonigal, Yeti Publishing
band: derby
Trevor Solomon, MFNW Director
Matt King (MFNW / Potlatch Presents / Berbati's / Rontoms)
Rocky Tinder, Wampire
Ben Hubbird, CD Baby/Dirty Mittens/Morals
Nathan Walker, Publicist, Riot Act Media
I'm Steve Schroeder
I run States Rights Records and DJ as DJ HOT AIR BALLOON a founding member of the LEGENDARY JUICE TEAM DJ CREW
Jon AD, Anthem Records
Heather Booker/FOH Engineer @ Ash Street Saloon
Chris Young, Managing Editor at Oregon Music News
Joseph Bowden, Owner/Project Manager Bladen County Records
Tony Prato, Booker and co-manager, Mudai Lounge
NAME: Ryan Feigh
TITLE: Headphones Habitué
Whitney Hawke, Brave Records/WW Freelancer
Josh Spacek, Product Manager Bladen County Records
Raf Spielman, Eggy Records
Skyler Norwood, Producer/Studio Engineer/Musician (Point Juncture, WA)
Ryan Dobrowski, Drummer for Blind Pilot
World's Greatest Ghosts, past BNB member
Michael Fitzgerald, Reverb Records / Cravedog
Brandon Hafer from The Builders and The Butchers
Terry Currier, Music Millenium
kendra lynn, jackpot! recording studio manager and engineer
DJ Rachelle, KPSU
Ezra Johnson-Greenough of Samurai Artist Productions: Booking, Management, Art and PR
Hoyt Emerson, This Heart Will Burn Right Out
David Christensen
Music Director, OPB /
Jeffrey "Chairman" Couch, musician (DRATS!!!, The Chair Project, Nasalrod)
Casey Minatrea, DJ Beyonda
Zaph Mann, Radio-Internet broadcasts, interviews and reviews: OPB/Radio23
Mark Stock
Freelance Writer / WW
Thomas Oliver, Into the Woods
Scott Becker, PDX Pop Now! Tech Coordinator
NAME: Hannah Carlen
TITLE: Radio Promoter @ Distiller Promo, Co-Booker @ Berbati's
Nilina Mason-Campbell, freelance photographer/writer, Lost Gospel,
Chris Bigalke, booker Ella St. Social Club
PJ Portlock, Bridgetown Breaks
Chantelle Hylton Simmons, Blackbird Presents
Conrad Loebl, Rotture/Branx: Talent Buyer
Anna Lockwood, Soundlady at Holocene/for The Thermals
Sunny Jaynes, music booker for Mississippi Pizza Pub
Connie Wohn, First Lady of Hustle
Darren Bridenbeck, Potlatch Presents
My name: Peter Sampson
Role in Music Community: KPSU DJ, host of Between the Eyes Monday nights at 10pm (all NW music)
Peter Murray (Pink Martini)
Alley Frey,
Rebecca Raber, freelance writer (WW, Pitchfork, Village Voice)
Dylan Magierek, Badman Recording Co./Jemez Mountain
Stephanie Ryan, laura veirs' assistant. mississippi studios staff
Nicholas Johnson, PDX Pop Now! 2010 Fundraising & Sponsorship Coordinator
Jay Turk, host of Jaycation on KPSU, Saturdays from 3-5pm.
Adam Zeek, Oregan Recs
Name: Theo Craig
Title: Agent, Smoke Signals
John Vecchiarelli (Songwriter / Multi Instrumentalist, and drummer for Run On Sentence, Shoeshine Blue, and Justin Power... )
Dave Mosier, Rotture Presents
Dennise M. Kowalczyk, KZME
Jeremiah Hayden, Owner Amigo/Amiga Recordings
Cliff Stanford A/K/A DJ Klyph
Name: Spencer Crandall
Title: Musician and Event Consultant
Dylan McConnell, owner Field Hymns records
Megan Holmes/Holocene Booker/Photographer
Shane de Leon, Starbage Hands Press
lisa schonberg, drummer from explode into colors
Greg Glover, Arena Rock Records
Mark Janchar, Hovercraft/Worksound
Shelley Bowers, Booking Assistant to Alicia Rose, Mississippi Studios
Chris Funk, the Decemberists
Liz Harris, Grouper
Matthew McLean, Talent Buyer - Doug Fir Lounge
Chris Hnat, Publicist at 230 Publicity
Ingrid Renan
Jake Holman
Hank Failing, Failing Records
Nathan Carson (Nanotear Booking, DJ Nate C, Witch Mountain, Two Ton Boa, etc)
Travis Wiggins [dj, flyer artist, musician]
likes these bands alot:
Tom D'Antoni, Editor-In-Chief at Oregon Music News
(If you sent us a ballot and don't see it here, let us know. We cut and pasted these things by hand, and there were a lot of them...)