One of our favorite lil' record labels in town, Tender Loving Empire, announced earlier this week that it has added one of our favorite lil' Portland folk-pop acts, Super XX Man, to its roster. TLE sent out a press release regarding Super XX Man's Volume XII: There'll Be Diamonds
earlier this week, and it sounds quite worthy of our stokedness:
A marked shift from the gentle folk-pop sound that fans throughout the Northwest have become intimately familiar with, Volume XII is, according to singer/songwriter Scott Garred, Super XX Man's "most sonically ambitious album to date."
The new album features thirteen songs "chronicling the lives of persons with mental illness," says Garred, a subject he knows firsthand through his work as a music therapist at the oldest psychiatric institution in his home state, the Oregon State Hospital.
TLE also notes that Super XX Man has put albums out on at least three labels, which makes for Garred's parting of ways with that fine Portland staple, Hush Records, a little less of a shock. Both releases for Hush were fine efforts that you sorta owe it to yourself to check out. Super XX Man has always been one of the more soothing acts in town, and I mean soothing in the best way, not the boring way—so we don't expect "sonically ambitious" to mean prog metal.
For a taste of Super XX Man's prior radness, check out this fine tune from Volume XI: A Better Place
, out now on Hush:
For even more on XX, you can read Amy's review of X
, or her diary from hitting up SXSW with Garred and company
The other big news from Tender Loving Empire is their May 11th birthday party/compilation release at Berbati's, which sports a lineup of favorites old and new from the label and its extended family. Here's the info on that show:
What: The ALL AGES Tender Loving Empire 1st Birthday Party!
When: Sunday, May 11th. Doors open at 7pm Music starts at 8pm (so we can fit in ALL 7 BANDS!!)
Where: Berbati's Pan (213 SW Ankeny St., Portland, OR 97204)
Who: Finn Riggins
Jared Mees & The Grown Children
Super XX Man
Boy Eats Drum Machine
Special Side Show Guests
What else?: We'll be releasing our first ever FRIENDS AND FRIENDS OF FRIENDS COMPILATION that night! The FIRST 50 PEOPLE THROUGH THE DOOR WILL RECEIVE A FREE FAFOF COMP!! After that they'll be $2 all night and then $5 at the TLE store or website! The comp includes tracks by Finn Riggins, Super XX Man, Jared Mees & The Grown Children, Eskimo and Sons Starving Daughters, Nadine Mooney, Southern Belle, Boy Eats Drum Machine, The Righteous and Harmonious Fists, Small Sur, Newspapers, Dash!, Nick Caceres, Mill Race, Lions and Lambs, Le Fleur, HillFolk Noir, Church, Sister Suvi, and Orem the Sink,
You and all your friends are invited!!! Hope to see you there!
You can find out way more about the Tender Loving Empire label at its website
, or by saying hello to shop/label owners Jared and Brianne Mees at their TLE store (at 1720 NW Lovejoy). Heck, they might even have a copy or two of LocalCut's Christmas compilation left over.
Tender Loving Empire
Super XX Man