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Exclusive-ish: Blitzen Trapper, "Sci Fi Kid (Atole remix)" (unreleased)


Generally, I regard the current trend of indie-rock remixology as something of a plague. Not just any plague, the sort with boils, puss, "bring out your dead!" and such. The Stars anyone? Architecture in Helsinki? (yeah, YACHT's were good there, but that's where it ends). I'd say it's a necessary evil if it g...   More
 
Monday, August 20, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Mirah, Sunday, Aug. 19


[UNPREDICTABLE] Even after an electronic remix album and an orchestral klezmer album, Mirah's just-born Share This Place is the strangest thing she's done yet. It features some of the same Black Cat Orchestra folks who joined her on the klezmer-ish To All We Stretch the Open Arm (here, they go by Spectratone ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Mirah, Sunday, Aug. 19

Indie stalwart and Jewish folkie Mirah goes bigtime by getting small.


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[UNPREDICTABLE] Even after an electronic remix album and an orchestral klezmer album, Mirah’s just-born Share This Place is the strangest thing she’s done yet. It features some of the sam ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Michael Byrne


Food Reviews & Stories
A few months back, Acme—once a beloved venue for local indie upstarts—disappeared into an abyss. Aside from a few dance nights and odd rock shows in an acoustically horrible tent, the inner-Southeast joint was a shadow of its past. New owners have taken charge since, and, well, it st   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Michael Byrne

Moodring, "Hail" from phoolan devi (Nillacat)


So, it turns out I screwed this one up a bit, and lost track of my dates. I was hoping this track was going to get you fired up to see Mooodring tonight, assuming that tonight was the 13th and not the 14th. However, I've just been informed by an associate that keeps better track of these sort of things, that ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Halleluwah! Halleluwah Festival Returns (get enthused)


A few hours ago, Mike McGonigal, proprietor of Yeti Publications and co-presenter of the Halleluwah Festival with Blackbird Presents, dropped me this year's lineup in an email. And...and, holy jeeze, they've pulled it off again. The first Halleluwah was one of my favorite, tripped-out, spaced-out, enthused times of last year, and, though it's slimmer (no Truman's Water, sigh), this is looking to be another grand ride. Damo Suzuki, Califone, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and so much more, including an expanded lit program. I don't think I can give up the price right now, but I'll just say it'll be a steal.

Here's the word straight from McGonigal:


{ Friday 8.31.07 }
PANTHER
THE JOGGERS
CHOW NASTY
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?
ALEXIS GIDEON
VALET
MODERNSTATE
Plus very special guests ...

Sublime Frequencies presents::
Niger: Magic and Ecstasy in the Sahel
a film by Hisham Mayet
{70 minutes}
A celebration of life in the Sahel region of Africa, this film
showcases many of Niger¹s venerable music styles. Tuareg Electric
Guitar trance rock, Bori cult dance ceremonies, Fulani Folk, and
Roadhouse Gospel Rave-ups are some of the segments included in this
latest "Folk Cinema" classic from Sublime Frequencies! Filmed in
December of 2004 on location in Niger, Hisham Mayet delivers a
spontaneous, raw, and inspiring collection of images, music, and
ceremony (again with a single camera presentation) from a nation mired
in poverty and continual post-colonial disappointment. Quoting from
Mayet¹s liner notes: "This is not music as commodity, this is music as
survival. There is a saying in Niger that goes, "when we die we know
we are going to heaven because we already live in Hell" well I think
its more like the purgatory that we all live in and they sure have
managed to transcend with an incredible natural resource: Music.
Dig it!"

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Monday, August 13, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Disjecta's Templeton Building Farewell (for reals this time)


I think I've billed two shows like this already, but this time I'm not fucking around (I hope anyhow). To recap: Disjecta--the non-profit arts organization known generally as a music venue--is getting the boot from their rad, if acoustically rough, home at the Templeton building (the first building on your ri...   More
 
Monday, August 6, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Hooliganship, "SnoSpectacularBattlBunch" (unreleased?)


Maybe you thought you'd take a PDX Pop Now! dinner break at 7:20 tomorrow night. Makes sense: that's a pretty square time to eat, and Hooliganship is a pretty unsquare band in a mostly square fest (dig?). But, anyhow, the festival starts at six tomorrow...you can eat before you go (unless you're rushing from w...   More
 
Friday, August 3, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Humans' Night, Every Monday


[LEFT FIELD] Maybe Monday isn't the best night to host an underground, experimental-music showcase, particularly one that starts wicked late. But a new weekly called Humans' Night has been getting folks into the brick catacomb of Branx until damn near closing time, transfixing them with artists whose names you...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Humans' Night Every Monday

A new weekly declares Monday the night for non-gender-specific noise.


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[LEFT FIELD] Maybe Monday isn't the best night to host an underground, experimental-music showcase, particularly one that starts wicked late. But a new weekly called Humans' Night has been getting fol ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Michael Byrne
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