Mattress, "Survive" (Lips and Ribs Remix)

Lips and Ribs' remix of the Mattress song "Survive" is just about a flatout masterpiece of the remix genre, pairing Rex Marshall's authoritative vocals with a swelling arrangement of classical strings to create a tune of epic proportions. Then, close to a minute and a half in, the music shifts i...   More
Thursday, November 13, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Live Review: Fleshtone at Backspace, Thursday, Nov. 6

Dressed to the nines in designs by frontwoman Jayme Hansen, Fleshtone launched Siren Nation's 2008 festival on Thursday night to a segregated audience. Kicking off its set at 9:30pm, the quartet wasn't performing only to those gathered inside around the low stage, but to a throng of onlookers g...   More
Monday, November 10, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Election Dance Party at Holocene, Tues, Nov. 4th

A full day later and the euphoria from Barack Obama's Presidential Election victory still hasn't worn off, but luckily the near catatonic state it left me in has—so I'm now able to recap Holocene's election playlist from Tuesday night. With special guest DJs Hoops Dreams and Nathan Detroi...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Kate Mann, "Robert Johnson Knew," Things Look Different When the Sun Goes Down (Orange Dress Records)

In Kate Mann's "Robert Johnson Knew," we head down to the deep South full of rustic guitar chords and an ever present harmonica for a familiar Georgian tale as experienced by the singer songwriter. Instead of simply telling a tale of finding oneself at a crossroads with the option to sell your...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Hang the DJ: DJ JAK

This week comes DJ JAK, a man who honestly has no affinity for Rihanna's "Umbrella." Deeming the track "evil," DJ JAK navigates his way from that admission (in relation to a ill-fated request) to talking about the DJ collective Subsensory Recordings which he oversees. We also hear about his time in ...   More
Friday, October 31, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Long Hair, "Can You," (Unreleased)

Spend a little bit of time with the ethereal presence of "Can You" and you'll be hard pressed to forget it. Long Hair is the year-old solo project of Kelsey Marie McCurdy, and though "Can You" gently breezes by it all too easily stays in your mind after its three minutes have finished. Whether...   More
Thursday, October 30, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Extended Q&A: Magic Johnson's Guide to YouTube

While there were plenty of worthy topics that didn't make the cut in my profile of Magic Johnson, I thought our diversion into the joys of YouTube would make a fun post on its own. Towards the tail end of our conversation while sea...   More
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Talkdemonic's New Video: OMFG it Looks Cool

It appears to be video day this lovely Monday. Earlier today Loch Lomond rolled out a clip for “Blue Lead Fences” and now Talkdemonic is giving us a sneak peek at its forthcoming pr...   More
Monday, October 27, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Breakfast Mountain, "Cereal," Unreleased

Whereas much of Breakfast Mountain's output is augmented by vocals—either the soulful croon of Doubledutch's Jordan Bagnal or a rap from Tyler Ferrin of presently-in-limbo Boy Gorilla act Typhoon—"Cereal" is all about the music, with not a voice in earshot. And while    More
Friday, October 24, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Bra Strapz, "So Caucasian" (Michele Wylen Remix), So Gone EP (Self-Released)

Yearning for an ode to being pasty? Well, Eugene based rapper Bra Strapz has just the song in her catalog by the name of "So Caucasian," and Portland's Miss Michele Wylen has offered up a remix. The petite vixen from just south of the Rose City is indeed "so caucasian" with her blond...   More
Thursday, October 23, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL
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