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Alela Diane Heads for the Country, Home


'Tis true. The lovely, crushingly talented forest folkstress Alela Diane is moving away from our fair city and heading home to Nevada City, California. 'Tis sad, but Diane assures us she'll be around town plenty. "I'll still pass through for shows often and my label [Holocene Music] is here too." She explained...   More
 
Friday, June 8, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Alicia Rose Wins (Something) For Menomena Shot, Miss Murgatroid Rocks With Boy Eats Drum Machine


No, Alicia Rose didn't win the Local Cut award for shooting our most used photograph EVER. Should such a thing exist she would, I mean. But, the folks at the Association of Media Photographers (ASMP from here on) handed down a Judges Choice award for her shot of Menomena taking a bath together (which maybe the...   More
 
Friday, June 8, 2007 by Michael Byrne

E*Rock, "Violent Meditations" from Grown Zone (States Rights)


This is fierce. E*Rock's contribution to the Grown Zone comp starts off innocuous and "happy" synth-y enough. Then, a few seconds in, everything goes quick-like into heavy industrial distorto mode where every sound feels like it was cut out of sheet metal and E*Rock's thowing out squalls of indiscernable vocal...   More
 
Thursday, June 7, 2007 by Michael Byrne

YACHT Quits The Blow


Though it's debatable [or totally not: see comment] whether or not Jona Bechtolt, a.k.a. YACHT, was ever technically a member of the The Blow, he's officially given notice and is leaving the project. If you'll recall, The Blow's been around for a heckuva lot longer than he's been a part of it. Last year's much...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 by Michael Byrne

BLITZEN TRAPPER, Wild Mountain Nation (self-released)


[INDIE POP] The release of Wild Mountain Nation, Blitzen Trapper's third album, means it's time to figure out exactly where the hell this band is. The psych-pop septet's been at the ready for seven years now—bags packed, fond farewells composed—to be Portland's next big export: Press love, prime So...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 by Michael Byrne

VARIOUS ARTISTS, Grown Zone (States Rights Records)


[GUILTY PLEASURES] Grown Zone—the third of States Rights' “Zone” compilations—is positively overwhelming. Topping out at 150 minutes, the two-disc comp features 36 artists who've come together to musically confront their “shameful” influences. (The comp is alternately called...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Blitzen Trapper, Wild Mountain Nation (self-released)

Blitzen Trapper reaches for renown, but comes up a tad shy.


Music Stories
[INDIE POP] The release of Wild Mountain Nation, Blitzen Trapper's third album, means it's time to figure out exactly where the hell this band is. The psych-pop septet's been at the ready for seven ye ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 Michael Byrne

Various Artists, Grown Zone (States Rights Records)

Local mail-order label States Rights asks artists to get shameful.


Music Stories
[GUILTY PLEASURES] Grown Zone—the third of States Rights' "Zone" compilations—is positively overwhelming. Topping out at 150 minutes, the two-disc comp features 36 artists who've come toge ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 Michael Byrne

We'll Miss You Dearly: Chantelle Hylton Heads For New York


I think back to my favorite Portland shows--Do Make Say Think, DMBQ, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, the eight episodes of the Portland Lounge Series and on and on and on--and one person comes to mind: Chantelle Hylton, the upstanding lady behind Blackbird Presents. I mean no disrespect to the many other fantastic bookers ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Travel Light: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony-N-Copy-N-More


Wait. You didn't know about this bit of r-a-d? Beyond writing his new-ish album, Hair Guitar, Copy's been spending some serious quality time over the past year with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Remix time. The result is the just-out Bone Thugs-N-Harmony-N-Copy. You can't really buy the thing in stores, but it comes f...   More
 
Friday, May 25, 2007 by Michael Byrne
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