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BOOMBOX FRIDAY Friday, Feb. 23

[CEREBRAL DANCE] A dance party is perhaps the most basic and pure collective musical experience that exists. It's physical and sonic harmony: ass to ass, hip to hip, ear to ear. (Inanimate Portland indie rockers, don't knock it till you've joined in the shake.) And, after a year of cerebral throb, Holocene's semi-regular dance night, Boombox Friday, has proven itself to be the finest eve in Portla...   More
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Eluvium, Copia (Temporary Residence)

[LAPTOP SYMPHONY] There's an infinite set of visual accompaniments—made and unmade—just waiting for Copia's hand in A/V marriage. In the immediate sense, Eluvium's new release (the eligible bachelor, if you will) is totally without that certain something, that narrative progression that makes an album wholly self-contained.

But when you do discover something embedded in ...   More
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Privacy, Without Mercy (Marriage/Anthem)

[MINIMAL FOLK] Spend enough time listening to abstract, left-field music, and stumbling upon a project like Privacy feels like a moment of wonderful clarity. It's as naked as anything any subsection of Portland music has produced in a very, very long time. It is stripped entirely of technical trickery or finery—just simple acoustic strumming and the lovely, smoke-filled, lazy vocals of Laure...   More
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Project Perfect Wednesday, Feb. 14

[STYLE DRIFT] It's wonderfully apt that the first release to completely fit with local label Community Library's sensibilities—which are stylistically ungrounded, per dogma—is a rediscovered recording that completely flies in the face of sense: Project Perfect's PM+. In the span of 11 releases, Community Library has yet to redouble a genre, yet to touch anything remotely conventional. ...   More
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Off the Radar Awesome: Zs, Silentist and more...

This one got past us. Tragically. So, we apologize for the late notice. Perhaps it's already too late to get your work shift covered tonight, but you should do your damnedest for tonight's (at turns) anguished, angry, (always) loud, (perhaps) violently psychedelic, and more four band lineup at Roturre.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Exclusive: Q&A with DJ Philip Sherburne

It's a bit rare around these parts for DJs to get their due. But, the odds are, if you're on this website, you find yourself in the presence of a DJ--whether it be a club or bar or house party--on a weekly basis. How many times have you looked up from your drink, and wondered aloud "who IS this...   More
Friday, February 2, 2007 by Michael Byrne

LEAK: Copy, "Assassinator" from Hair Guitar (Audio Dregs)

Oh, if only you could win "Best New Band" twice... Yep, first listens of Copy's upcoming release, Hair Guitar, indeed confirm that Mobius Beard was hardly a fluke, and Marius Libman's one hell of a producer. This track's coming out of a laptop computer speaker the size of my thumb right now and it's still maki...   More
Thursday, February 1, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Menomena Jan. 28 at Crystal Ballroom

[experimental-pop perfection...in the flesh] During Menomena's 2004 I Am the Fun Blame Monster! brilliance spree, I was lucky enough to see the experimental pop trio perform four, maybe five times. The crux of these performances happened during mid-summer in a sweltering Lola's Room: The song was "Strongest Man in the World"—a slow-burning pop number of heavy, looping atmospheric synth cut w...   More
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Copy Awesomeness: Fleshtone remix/video, New Album (soon, very soon)

I'm not going to say a thing about this video--created by Alec Cohen and Uli Beutter--except that it's for a remix Copy did of Fleshtone's "GFM" and it won top honors in last year's PISS (Portland International Short Short) festival.

Oh yeah, and Copy resurrects a buck from the dead with his ke...   More
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 by Michael Byrne

GRAILS BLACK TAR PROPHECIES Vols. 1, 2 & 3 (Important)

[post-everything] For reasons unknown, Grails has slid into the elusive (and, fortunately, shrinking) group of local musicians known informally as the "Portland Export Club": These artists enjoy massive renown outside PDX and embark on far-reaching tours, but they live and practice here in relative obscurity—which is precisely why you're reading this some six months after Black Tar Prophecie...   More
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 by Michael Byrne
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