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Yo! Get Ya Noise On, Homie!

There was this noise-music show that would come on after the news at the college radio station in Eugene. The hosts would come in with this huge mixing board, delay pedals, even a vacuum cleaner, and basically just play around, improvising noises over CDs, often playing more than one at a time. The show was (and is)...   More
Monday, November 26, 2007 by Jim Sandberg

There's a New Blitzen Trapper Video!

The latest video from Blitzen Trapper, everyone's favorite local, somewhat-country rock band, is now upon us. Zounds! The video is for the title track from their latest album, the Pitchfork-recommended Wild Mountain Nation. Like a zany Monty Python animation, the jerky cut-and-paste buildings and planes zoom about a...   More
Tuesday, November 20, 2007 by Jim Sandberg

Ohioan & Native Kin, "Clean Water" from Being of the Good River (Native Kin)

Fresh off of a Femi Kuti kick (and reeling from a summer of Fela), my brain is a bit primed for saxophones, trump and drum, so when I stumbled upon the newest Portland mega-group I lost my damn mind. According to the band's MySpace blog, the band (on the LP) has members from the Shaky Hands, Cex Fucx, Evolutionary Ja...   More
Monday, November 19, 2007 by Jim Sandberg

The High Violets, "Chinese Letter (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)" from Satellite Remixes (Reverb Records)

The High Violets release their remix album today, and it's called Satellite Remixes. That crazy German, Ulrich Schnauss, lends his warm waves of remixness to this track off of the High Violets' To Where You Are. Kaitlyn Ni Donovan's vocals remain intact for most of the song, but Schnauss cleverly uses samples of her ...   More
Monday, November 12, 2007 by Jim Sandberg

Season’s Greeting

Bar Reviews
A friend and I went to check out new Alberta spot the Bye and Bye (1011 NE Alberta St., 281-0537) on Halloween, but it was closed in the name of fun (naturally). Determined, we headed back the next d ...   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 Jim Sandberg

Stuart Valentine, "Lover Don't Go" from Summer's Winter Day (Valentine Music)

Local popper Stuart Valentine dropped off this poster at the WW office last week along with his latest solo record, Summer's Winter Day. From what we can tell, Valentine is going to (perhaps foolishly) play his catchy tunes on stage with a damn TV on a stool next to him. Though LocalCut captain Amy McCullough said sh...   More
Monday, November 5, 2007 by Jim Sandberg

Decemberists Cancel All Current Shows

As you may have already seen on pitchfork.com (or the Decemberists' website, if you happen to have it as your web browser's home page), the Decemberists have canceled all of their European and, more recently, North American dates, including the three-night tour wrap...   More
Thursday, November 1, 2007 by Jim Sandberg

Tara Jane ONeil at Reading Frenzy

Tara Jane ONeil’s newest songs are caught on paper.

Visual Arts
One of the most interesting images in local musician Tara Jane ONeil’s new book of drawings is of a figure’s back, its exposed spinal column extending below its body, below its webbed feet ...   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Jim Sandberg

LEAK: Mighty Ghosts of Heaven, "Hawthorne Gals," from Mighty Ghosts of Heaven (Vertighost Recordings)

Some friends and I were listening to a record of Northwest Bluegrass (c.1974) that I picked up from the Brainstains Thrift Shop, and we realized that we love the stuff—and not in some kind of ironic way. The folks in Mighty Ghosts of Heaven figured this out a long time before we did, because they have it down ...   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 by Jim Sandberg

World's Greatest Ghosts, "Butterscotch Sunday" from Exercising Demons EP (self-released)

Man, does this sound like a party band! This, the first song off of their first EP/demo, was recorded in the band's basement—and if that's the case, I can't wait to see them at a basement show. The guitars sound awesome, the keyboards are like a rad video game and the drums are rock-solid. This song sounds jus...   More
Monday, October 15, 2007 by Jim Sandberg
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