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Starantula, "Slammer Slammer Taylor," Self-titled (Blue Oyster )


This track from Starantula's eponymous 2007 Smegma Studios-recorded debut doesn't quite capture the troupe's explosive live appeal, but the growling riffage and keening synth lines (from Fireballs Of Freedom and Divining Rod members' Kelly Gately and David 'Roach' Simmons) fueling vocalist Seantos' inimitable cock-r...   More
 
Friday, January 18, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Starantula at Audiocinema, Jan. 9, 2007


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at Starantula.

Outsized personalities thrusting an enlightened Monsters Of Rock onslaught lend themselves to caricature, and it's too much fun to imagine Starantula as, say, glam commandos—keyboardist Roach the weapons specialist; guitarist Ga...   More
 
Thursday, January 17, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Jenny Conlee, Thursday, Jan. 1


[ORGAN JAMZ] When the McMenamin brothers purchased funeral home Little Chapel of the Chimes (open-bar burial services still pending) three years ago, they transformed the North Killingsworth Street landmark into a recognizable brewpub franchise while maintaining the most beloved elements of the ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Napalm Beach at Dante's, Jan. 11, 2008


[PRE-GRUNGE] Different sorts of folks attend reunion shows. Those who delight in Schadenfreude eagerly await chances to compare hair and waistlines from the Class of 1980; some wish to rekindle past memories; latecomers attend curious as to what the original fuss was about. But one doesn&rsq...   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Jenny Conlee Thursday, Jan. 17

The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee kicks out the pipe-organ jams.


Music Stories
[ORGAN JAMZ] When the McMenamin brothers purchased funeral home Little Chapel of the Chimes (open-bar burial services still pending) three years ago, they transformed the North Killingsworth Street la ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 JAY HORTON

Napalm Beach Jan. 11 at Dante’s

A reunited Napalm Beach rocks Dante’s like it’s 1988.


Music Stories
[PRE-GRUNGE] Different sorts of folks attend reunion shows. Those who delight in Schadenfreude eagerly await chances to compare hair and waistlines from the Class of 1980; some wish to rekindle past m ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 JAY HORTON

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, "Baltimore," Real Emotional Trash (Matador)


With the release of second Jicks album Real Emotional Trash (the first with Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss) just weeks away, all the indie world's clamoring for a taste of Stephen Malkmus' tuneful musings, and, though Pitchfork got there first, we're honored to share "Baltimore" ...   More
 
Friday, January 11, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Pay The Coyote, "Take Me Over Tonight," Leigh Marble Remix (Unreleased)


Seasonal Affective Disorder, as a genre, rarely extends beyond tweaked Christmas music, but not all stormy weather blows away with the holidays. The lingering, literally-frosted-over post-party malaise deserves its own soundtrack, and, this long winter's fitful nap, may we suggest "Take Me Over Tonight?"
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Friday, January 4, 2008 by JAY HORTON

The Last Pogo: Portland's old New-Wave champions Theatre of Sheep tend the flock.


The group was old. No getting around that. Neighborhood stragglers wandering into Slabtown last Saturday wondered about the size of the crowd so late at night, looking to the stage with puzzled delight. It wasn’t a “dad band”; there was no hobbyists’ self-satisfaction, bu...   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 by JAY HORTON

The Last Pogo

Portland’s old New-Wave champions Theatre of Sheep tend the flock.


Music Stories
The group was old. No getting around that. Neighborhood stragglers wandering into Slabtown last Saturday wondered about the size of the crowd so late at night, looking to the stage with puzzled deligh ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 JAY HORTON
 

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