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LEAK: Matt McCormick, "Blue Remains Grey," from Very Stereo (Marriage Records)


Matt McCormick has proven over and over again just how impressive he is as a film landscaper, revealing an urban and industrial visual poetry few have bothered to define. Quick initial listens of his debut audio only release show he's got a way with soundscapes as well.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007 by Michael Byrne

PDX Pop Now! Reveals 2007 Tracklist, Announces Release Show


Yep, this afternoon the folks at PDX Pop Now! released the tracklist for the fourth edition of their yearly two-disc comp of local Portland musics. Expect to see the discs on the checkout counters of record shops (and beyond) on June 19th for a mere seven bucks. The Pop Now! folks are also having a release sho...   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Puremusic Quizzes "Outrageous Personality" Alicia Rose, a.k.a. Miss Murgatroid


I had no idea Alicia Rose--known to us primarily as the booker at the Doug Fir--doubled as an "avant-garde" accordianist. I guess that's actually "tripled": it's no secret that Rose also has a marvelous way with a camera. You've probably seen her Menomena photos on this website over a hundred times, and she's ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Back to the Future


The three-year span between Strategy's 2004 release, Drumsolo's Delight, and the recent follow-up, Future Rock, has been far from artistic “downtime.” Paul Dickow, the slight cat behind Strategy, has spent this more than hectic few years co-running one of Portland's most promising and diverse new l...   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Back to the Future

Strategy moves ahead of his time thanks to his musical past.


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The three-year span between Strategy's 2004 release, Drumsolo's Delight, and the recent follow-up, Future Rock, has been far from artistic "downtime." Paul Dickow, the slight cat behind Strategy, has ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Michael Byrne

OK, Just a Peek: The New Side of Kelly's Olympian


It looks like it's finally going to happen...and soon. We mentioned sometime pre-Local Cut that Kelly's Olympian was joining the Portland venue big leagues, completely renovating the ex-knive shop next door into a serious concert space. For various reasons (none of which we actually know) Kelly's dragged a bit...   More
 
Monday, May 21, 2007 by Michael Byrne

The Hospitals, "Don't Panic" from S/T (In The Red)


Yes, the Hospitals are now a Portland band. Or, rather, the Rob n' Rod half of the band is here. Frankly, I don't know if the punk-garage-shreik band is even a band anymore. Rob n' Rod are in a new band called Eat Skull, which I hear is pretty rad, maybe more garage-y than noisy. In any case, that's hearsay: I...   More
 
Friday, May 18, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Travel Light: The Return of Kulturszene, a Q&A with M. Quiet


Before going on hiatus last fall, Kulturszene raged for nearly a year at the (now) rapidly-going-downhill Dunes nightclub. Every week, the sounds of minimal techno, electro, and experimental music spilled out onto NE MLK, drawing in the stray musically curious passerby to add to an already building loyal follo...   More
 
Friday, May 11, 2007 by Michael Byrne

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


I finally got the chance to see the Evolutionary Jass Band last Friday night at their monthly Valentine's residency. Much thanks to Tom Humphrey for reminding me. I'm told it was a pretty different bag than most of their shows, adding in a couple of free-variable horn players that may have affected things a bi...   More
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Travel Light: YACHT Admits Ferocious Gambling Addiction


If there was a word beyond "exclusive," this would pretty much be it: YACHT, a.k.a. Jona Bechtolt, fucking with me for nearly a dozen interview questions. What can I say? It's at least entertaining. And, given his considerable time spent being probed at the Canadian border yesterday traveling to Vancouver for ...   More
 
Friday, May 4, 2007 by Michael Byrne
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