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Loch Lomond, "Bird and a Bear" from Lament for Children (unreleased)

Ritchie Young has yet to find a label for Loch Lomond's follow-up to 2003's When We Were Mountains (In Music We Trust), but the leadman has got the whole thing recorded and given it the tense title Lament for Children. The album was recorded with two different bands, as Young lost Rob Oberdorfer to the Standard and Kate OBrien to Iretsu half way through the recording. "Bird and a Bea...   More
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

LC Radio

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Wednesday, July 5, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Local Cut

Three years in the making, Portland's (amazing, love-stuffed, daily) Music Journal arrives.

Riff City
The first time the phrase "Local Cut" appeared in the pages of Willamette Week was Jan. 7, 2004. Bold, in all caps and accompanied by the unfortunate tagline "Like Crack for PDX Music Fans," the title ...   More
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Danny Seim, Dave Allen and John Askew Collaborate

Type Foundry Studio is currently playing host to a unique musical recombination of talents, incubating a new project by Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen (left), Tracker leader John Askew (right) and Menomena drummer Danny Seim (behind the camera). The name of the supergroup is Faux-Hoax, which, Seim tells Local...   More
Sunday, July 2, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Sleater-Kinney Tickets on Sale July 8

Tickets for Sleater-Kinney's final Aug. 11 show will go on sale at 10 am on Saturday, July 8 at the Crystal Ballroom box office (where you should buy them) and at all Ticketmaster outlets (where you should not buy them).

Crystal Ballroom marketing director, Mike Walker, is expecting a run on ti...   More
Friday, June 30, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Sleater-Kinney Calls It Quits

It's true, alas. Sleater-Kinney is calling it a day, or eleven years, rather. The following letter from Portland's hard rocking trio of fashionable ladies just arrived in my inbox from Sub Pop, the label that released last year's excellent Sleater-Kinney album The Woods. The Sub Pop folks say that the b...   More
Tuesday, June 27, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Built to Spill, June 17 at Crystal Ballroom

While Built to Spill leadman Doug Martsch patiently tuned his guitar for the eighth time Saturday night at the Crystal Ballroom, a man stood up in front of the crowd. He was short, with a helmet haircut, glasses and a seemingly self-willed bad sense of humor. "I Xeroxed a mirror today," he said into the microp...   More
Friday, June 23, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Sleater-Kinney Calls It Quits

Music Stories
It's true, alas. Sleater-Kinney is calling it a day, or eleven years, rather. The following letter from Portland's hard-rocking trio of fashionable ladies was released Tuesday morning by Sub Pop, the ...   More
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

M. Ward Annnounces Fall Tour

M. Ward, he of the sweet gravelly voice and the bent-melodic guitar, has announced a fall tour. This list of dates is in conjunction with his upcoming release, Post War (Merge). Rumor has it that fellow Portland band Norfolk & Western will be playing before Ward at all these shows. They are not stalking...   More
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Pickathon Lineup Announced

Organizers of the Pac Northwest's best damn roots music festival, Pickathon, just announced the lineup for this year's festival (Aug. 4-5). For the annual festival's eighth year, organizers are switching things up a bit. This year the festival will be held on the Pendarvis Farm, somewhere between here and Boring. And then there's this from the fest's web site:

We are w...   More
Sunday, June 11, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN
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