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Portland Lounge Series, Episode 6: Scout Niblett, We Quit, Oh


Let's make this quick: three awesome musicians, three short interviews, three sets by each. That's PLS in a nutshell, even though every one of em' has been radically different. That's part of what makes this awesome: Who knows what kind of shit's going to go down on stage. Not I, and I wrote the questions. Will Oh shove her Electribe down my throat and belt out a diva set while standing on my ches...   More
 
Sunday, March 25, 2007 by Michael Byrne

YACHT, "See A Penny" (premix) from Our Friends in Hell (States Rights)


If you've seen YACHT perform about anytime over the past year, then you've heard this song. The line of digital chirps/bleeps that leads into this anthemic electro-pop gem is unmistakable. And, you've probably been caught up in its absolutly viral chorus "Without luck what to we have? Nothing!" (Though, I shou...   More
 
Thursday, March 22, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Visually Stimulating: In Which Eric Johnson Makes Me Dislike Cursive Slightly Less


Well, what more can I say? I don't dig on the Cursive so much. I liked the title to that song "Art Is Hard." Otherwise... anyhow, we'll talk about it another time. I promise. But, we will talk briefly about this Cursive video because Portlander Eric Johnson (DJ Bunny E...   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 by Michael Byrne

OCEAN BEACH Friday, March 23


[PSYCH DRONE NOISE] Performing as part of his main project?—the frequently worshiped, occasionally reviled psych-noise duo D. Yellow Swans—Gabriel Mindel looks like a man on a bad trip. His limbs contort, he slashes the air, he screams unintelligibly about injustice and captivity. It's horrifying—and entirely mesmerizing.Yet, last December during the first (and supposedly last) p...   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 by Michael Byrne

JEFREY LEIGHTON BROWN Change Has Got to Come! (Community Library)


[JAZZ] Jackie-O Motherfucker co-founder and Evolutionary Jass Band frontman Jefrey Leighton Brown spent over a decade in his basement crafting the six songs that make up his debut solo work, Change Has Got To Come! Its seamless polyphony of soul, jazz, indie, R&B and world voices was easily worth the wait. From the propulsive, rolling drum lines of opener "Devotion" to the final, register-shatteri...   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Ocean beach friday, march 23

Ocean Beach embodies the momentum of collaboration.


Music Stories
[PSYCH DRONE NOISE] Performing as part of his main project—the frequently worshiped, occasionally reviled psych-noise duo D. Yellow Swans—Gabriel Mindel looks like a man on a bad trip. Hi ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 Michael Byrne

Jefrey Leighton Brown Change Has Got to Come! (Community Library)

Jef Brown's debut steps out of the basement and into the light.


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[JAZZ] Jackie-O Motherfucker co-founder and Evolutionary Jass Band frontman Jefrey Leighton Brown spent over a decade in his basement crafting the six songs that make up his debut solo work, Change Ha ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 Michael Byrne

31 Knots, "Man Become Me" from The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere (Polyvinyl)


At about the three minute mark this track from 31 Knots new (out this week), proper record of prog-punk crush is one of the best primal wail-alongs you'll lose you're voice to this year. Until that point, it sounds like frontman/preacherman Joe Haege is just barely holding it in, less so and less at every line...   More
 
Thursday, March 15, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Oh


A fearless newbie on the electronic scene proves experience ain't everything.

[GLITCH DIVA] It's rare to come across a musician as talented and promising as Oh, who—with less than two years of songwriting experience—is still a relative newbie. But Oh, who works a compact range of musical temperaments rooted in sharp, metallic, glitchy-as-hell IDM and stacked with ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Dat’r, Turn Up the Ghosts (Hush)


Dat'r delivers an unexpectedly restrained and likable debut.

[ART POP] Turn Up the Ghosts, the debut LP of Paul Alcott and Matt Dabrowiak's Dat'r, is odd on a couple of fronts: First, it's being released by the generally unassuming pop-folk-centric Hush Records—birthplace of the Decemberists and home to shy-sounding artists like Laura Gibson and Blanket Music. D...   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 by Michael Byrne
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