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CD Reviews: Ilyas Ahmed and Legend of Dutch Savage

Ilyas Ahmed Goner
(Root Strata)

[EXPERIMENTAL] The blurry bio of Pakistan-born outsider musician Ilyas Ahmed—who bounced around the country before landing in Portland—is as perplexing as the moody clutch of CD-Rs and small-label releases on which his music can be found. That lost sound—hypnotic Fahey/Basho-cycles on druggy Spacemen 3 trips&mda...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: Portland Cello Project, Sapient

Portland Cello Project The Thao & Justin Power Sessions
(Kill Rock Stars)

[SYMPHONY OF CELLOS] The cello is the one stereotypically classical instrument that always sounds cool in an indie-rock context. But what happens when you try to meld a suite of traditional compositions against a bed of low-key folk rock? That’s the basic question that the Portl...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by Local Cut

Top Five

Bryan Webb’s favorite Canadian comedy shows.

The fictional television station where John Candy, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Harold Ramis, Catherine O’Hara and Rick Moranis got their start. Best sketch: “Great White North” with Bob Doug McKenzie. The Kids in the Hall
Toronto-centric surreal anti-satire madness from five o...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by Local Cut

Archeology Saturday, June 6

A pair of “bizarre old souls” take PDX to lookout point.

[FRENCH VANILLA POP] With the Zac Efron swoop ’do and Huck Finn cutoffs of a perennial cool kid, Jason Davis hardly embodies the adult byproduct of an awkward childhood. Yet the 24-year-old Archeology singer speaks of himself and his equally American Appareled bandmate, Daniel Walker, as if they were card-ca...   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 by Local Cut

Best New Band 2009 Ballots! With Winners!

Okay, Portland. Here it is. Your 2009 Best New Band Poll Results. We could go on for days about this stuff. In fact, we wrote like five thousand words about it. Now we're getting drunk to celebrate. The issue comes out tomorrow morning, so you're the first people to know. Check wweek.com for a...   More
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 by Local Cut

Live Review: Thievery Corporation, Monday, April 20 @ Roseland

Richard Speer is Willamette Week's primary Visual Arts writer. He's also a Thievery Corporation fan. Jennifer Newsted is an ace photographer and regular LocalCut contributor.

It's great to see hippies and hipsters coexisting as famously as they did when Thiever...   More
Friday, April 24, 2009 by Local Cut

Top 5

Jock Jams We Can’t Live Without (Go Blazers!)

69 Boyz, “Tootsee Roll”
The imagery here—you go, mounds of oceanic chocolate flesh—is totally unbeatable, and the fact little kids dance to it always makes us laugh.EMF, “Unbelievable”
I used to have this recurring nightmare where this and Jesus Jones’ “Right Here ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 by Local Cut

Top 5

Albums on rotation in the WW music cave.

Bosko, The Good Life Movement (Self-released)
Packed to the brim with D’Angelo-style three-part harmonies and old-school funk riffs, L.A. via PDX superproducer/crooner Bosko is clever, dirty and a master of the talk box. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca (Domino)
Though it isn’t released until June, Dirty Pro...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by Local Cut

Top Five

Upcoming local releases we're stoked about

Mirah, (a)spera March 10
The great Mirah returns with a lovely, gentle full-length that isn't a concept album about the insect world (though its cover screams '70s sci-fi). It's just like old times!

Celilo, Bending Mirrors March 19
We keep hearing increasingly promising material from alt-country rockers Celilo, ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by Local Cut

Reviews: Leonard Mynx and Laura Gibson

Leonard Mynx Vesper

[DEATH SONGS] I first heard Leonard Mynx at an open-mic night. He played “Mary,” an aching tune about a young girl's hard-knock life. As he finger-picked his guitar, his voice came out low and calm, like an alt-country Leonard Cohen. “Mary quit school and decided she'd take a train out west,” he began. &#8220...   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 by Local Cut
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