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Plankton Wat, "Morning Light" from Other Worlds (self-released)


Plankton Wat's the solo project of Dewey Mahood, a key member of Eternal Tapestry, and occasional part of the Jackie-O Motherfucker swarm/collective. It's a beautiful, graceful thing of looped and picked acoustic guitar, following a wander-glimmer-drone structure that psych fans in Portland should be well aqua...   More
 
Thursday, April 19, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Sons of K Records


A living, breathing version of Calvin Johnson's short-lived Sons of the Soil project will almost certainly never exist again. But a new release is about to resurrect its sound. Four years ago, the Blow's Khaela Maricich and nomadic folk troubadour Jason Anderson—longtime friends and tourmates of the K Re...   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 by Michael Byrne

VALET Blood Is Clean (Kranky)


[AMBIENT HAUNT] We should expect nothing less than a devastating masterpiece from such a talented, prolific figure as Honey Owens, a.k.a. Valet. And Blood Is Clean—which was re-released internationally last week by Chicago's renowned post-everything label, Kranky—is just that. It's a devastating ma...   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Sons of K Records

Calvin Johnson's latest puts his K Recs kin to good use.


Music Stories
A living, breathing version of Calvin Johnson's short-lived Sons of the Soil project will almost certainly never exist again. But a new release is about to resurrect its sound. Four years ago, the Blo ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 Michael Byrne

Valet, Blood is Clean (Kranky)

Valet's debut elicits chills of the best and most timeless sort.


Music Stories
[AMBIENT HAUNT] We should expect nothing less than a devastating masterpiece from such a talented, prolific figure as Honey Owens, a.k.a. Valet. And Blood Is Clean—which was re-released internat ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 Michael Byrne

Mbilly, "Weight of Gravity" from Today! (self-released)


A brief disclaimer: Mbilly, a.k.a. Will Helfrich, is something of a friend of mine. We get along, sometimes we talk about our respective days, and sometimes about music. Yesterday morning, he bought me a coffee. Through "the network" his CD reached me not too long ago, and, as so shamefully happens, I sat on it fo...   More
 
Thursday, April 12, 2007 by Michael Byrne

31Knots, The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere (Polyvinyl)


[PROG PUNK] It would have been incredibly easy for 31Knots to wreck its fourth album with conceptual/experimental grandiosity. Though The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere—in the immediate, anyhow—is a fairly standard prog punk album, it's also littered throughout with odd, vaguely creepy samples of little-kid choirs, noise, ambient breaks and other seeming sideshows. Add to that ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Break Character, Saturday, April 14


[BRICOLAGE] "Break character" represents a couple of things. First, it's a theatrical term. Second, it denotes a 9-month-old freeform project of loose sampling, fluttering flute loops, turntablism and a wee bit of good ol' fashioned echo-chamber crunk (imagine DJ Shadow getting down with Brian Eno and the Books). The musical project Break Character is comprised of two local gentleman who go by Tac...   More
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 by Michael Byrne

31Knots, The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere (Polyvinyl)

31Knots gets fancy on its latest, but doesn't lose the point.


Music Stories
[PROG PUNK] It would have been incredibly easy for 31Knots to wreck its fourth album with conceptual/experimental grandiosity. Though The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere—in the immediate, ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Michael Byrne

Break Character Saturday, April 14

One of Portland's most engaging new projects steps back and fuses together.


Music Stories
[bricolage] "Break character" represents a couple of things. First, it's a theatrical term. Second, it denotes a 9-month-old freeform project of loose sampling, fluttering flute loops, turntablism and ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Michael Byrne
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