May 17th, 2011 | by CASEY JARMAN Music | Posted In: Cut of the Day

Cut of the Day: The Minders, "Needle Doll," PDX Pop Now! Compilation 2011

     
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The PDX Pop Now! compilation came our way today, and among the tunes on the epic 41-track compilation was this little number from the Minders. Now, you may be too young to remember the Minders, seeing as how they broke up way back in 2008 (sorry, old man Casey shining through), but we're talking about one of Portland's best bands. With roots in the storied Elephant 6 Collective, the Minders' focus on great pop songwriting with plenty of hooks was overshadowed only by its brilliance in the studio and in its formidable live shows.

Now the Minders are back, and it's hard to hear "Needle Doll" without dreaming of an entire album around it. The lo-fi track, which bears hallmarks of the quirk-punk sound of bands like the Undertones and Soft Boys, is really just an excuse to rock out for two and a half minutes, but if the Minders' discography is any indicator—especially the band's masterful 2006 record Bright Guilty World—the eventual full-length will pack hook upon hook until the listener can barely stand it anymore. It's almost too much good stuff when the Minders make a record, from the ballads to the punk jams, and I for one could not be more excited to hear what they put together next.

Right now, though, the only way to hear the track is on the PDX Pop Now! comp, a two-disc behemoth that is always worth the humble asking price of $10 (that's like a quarter a song, which beats the shit out of iTunes). If you go to the release party show on June 2 at Holocene, the deal gets even better: The comp comes free with your $10 admission price. And it's an all-ages show at Holocene, which is something we're always pushing for.

Here's the full press release about PDX Pop Now, including all the info you could possibly want (except the info that hasn't been announced yet). Bolding is ours. Woohoo!


PDX Pop Now! Unveils All-Ages CD Release Benefit and the Track Listing for the 2011 Compilation

 

PDX Pop Now! -- Portland's premier DIY music festival, compilation and music advocacy organization has announced the track listing for this year’s compilation and plans for the CD Release Show. 

 

Portland music fans will be pleased to find out that PDX Pop Now! has announced the track listing for the eighth installment of their much heralded compilation. The 2-disc set is stacked with 41 tracks from some of Portland OR’s finest musicians. O Bruxo, Blue Skies For Black Hearts, Swahili, Lost Lander, along with DJ papi chulo and DJ GIGANTE, have been tapped to perform and provide music between bands at this year’s CD Release Benefit which will be held June 2nd at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison St.). The cover is $10 and that will include a copy of the 2011 PDX Pop Now! Compilation CD.  PDX Pop Now! and Holocene have made special arrangements with the OLCC to allow minors into the benefit, so this show is ALL-AGES!  The compilation and release show is brought to you in part by generous sponsorships from opbmusic, RACC/Work for Art, vitaminwater, Willamette Week, Cravedog, KBOO, KZME, Radio23, Reign Audio, CD Baby, Distiller Promotions, Magnolia Management, NAIL Distribution, Oregon Arts Commission, PRA, Presonus, Sound Advice, Jackpot Recording Studios.

 

As previously announced, the 2011 PDX Pop Now! festival will be held July 22-24 at Refuge PDX (116 SE Yamhill, Portland, OR 97214).

 

Watch the newly designed www.pdxpopnow.com for 2011 PDX Pop Now! Festival updates for bands, fans and volunteers.  PDX Pop Now! is brought to you in part by OPB Music and Regional Arts and Culture Council. PDX Pop Now! and OPB Music have launched a monthly PDX Pop Now! All-Ages Music Calendar. It can be found at opbmusic.org/blog.

 

PDX Pop Now 2011 Compilation Track List

Disc 1:

1)            Forbidden Friends – Tiny Hands

2)            the Shivas – Gun In My Pocket

3)            Cool Nutz – Monster Up

4)            O Bruxo – De Colores

5)            Grouper – Alien Observer

6)            Jared Mees & the Grown Children – Hungry Like a Tiger

7)            Red Fang – Wires

8)            Lovers – Boxer

9)            Alan Singley – Sauvie Island

10)            Reva DeVito – Baby What You Do to Me

11)            Lost Lander – Cold Feet

12)            Guantanamo Baywatch – Clam Party

13)            Bright Archer – Hidden Systems

14)            Purple & Green – Right Here

15)            Blue Skies for Black Hearts – Majoring in the Arts

16)            Wizard Rifle – Tears Won't Soften Steel

17)            Jarad Miles – Lazy Old Sun

18)            BOOM! - Onomatopoeia

19)            the Ascetic Junkies – (Don't) Panic

20)            Death Songs – Wounds

 

Disc 2:

1)            Viva Voce – Analog Woodland Song

2)            the BellBoys – Somethin' In My Mind

3)            Headphone Party – Strictly Stuntin'

4)            Witch Mountain – Veil of the Forgotten

5)            Langhorne Slim & the Law – Past Lives (live)

6)            Sex Life – I Want You

7)            Swahili – Soma

8)            Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Thought Ballune

9)            Point Juncture, WA – When You Wake Up It's Today

10)            the Woodlands – In the Dark on Monday (Heavy Hands Remix)

11)            the angry orts – the Trend

12)            Quiet Countries – A Teeth Cutting

13)            Living Proof – Caddy Music

14)            Johnny Reno & the Vicemachine – Be Gorgeous & Be Gone

15)            Mojave Bird – Roan Wolf

16)            Blouse – Into Black

17)            On the Stairs – Stand

18)            1939 Ensemble – Espérer

19)            Ben Darwish – Under the Bright Red Sky

20)            the Minders – Needle Doll

21)            Drew Grow – King On Your Throne

 
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