“Did anyone talk to you
yet?” asks the chestnut-haired bartender after I finally get her
attention. No, no one did. Nor would any of the waitstaff address me for
almost the entirety of my Sa
In spite of what the song title will have you believe, there's little that is serene about this track. Taken from the latest album by synth/bass clarinet duo Golden Retriever Occupies with the Unspoken (out this month on Thrill Jockey), the song is a honking, wobbly piece that revels in the interplay between Matt Carlson's siren-like tones and fluttering bits of melody and Jonathan Si...
We haven't done a video roundup in a little while, but when we saw this first video here...well, we couldn't pass up the chance to share it (and some other choice local clips) with the world at large. What we have here is a video put together by the Oregon Dental Association as a part of a public service campaign to get kids brushing their teeth. I'd still like to know how exactly they landed on t...
Movie Reviews & Stories
Director Jonathan Demme has always been fascinated by how
music affects a person. Think of the members of Talking Heads beaming
with pure joy as they performed in the 1984 concert film Stop Making
The project:The Portland SessionsWho's behind it? A stalwart collective of volunteer videographers, sound engineers, and code geeks who have been filming intimate performances by bands from all over the world. To date, they've captured Joe Henry, Elliott Brood, Deleted Scenes, and J...
What scares the hell out of a doom-metal icon? Taking the stage solo with an acoustic guitar.
[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Mike Scheidt looks
glassy-eyed and a little wobbly, desperate for his first coffee of the
day, as he searches for a seat at the downtown Stumptown. Twelve hours
ago, he stepp
The fact that the Chicago label Thrill Jockey has been inking deals with many of Portland's experimental and avant artists should come as little surprise to fans here at home. The musicians they've hooked up with -- Eternal Tapestry and its offshoots Tunnels and Plankton Wat, Mike Scheidt, Jason Urick -- have, over the last few years, hit their creative strides. The albums that all the above have ...
Let's start off this Video Roundup with a weird but surprisingly affecting clip from Sean Flinn & The Royal We. It involves a beating heart found in a field and a storeroom dummy brought to "life" with it. I'll leave the rest of the tale for you to enjoy.
IAME was kind enough to hip us to this month old clip for his song "Bell Toll", and it's artfully directed black & white ...
Support Force and Last Empire couldn't be more diametrically opposed in terms of their sound—the former a guitar pop band awash in reverb and lucid dreams; the latter a long-running group bravely holding aloft the torch for traditional/power metal. Bu...
Bristol, England, is more than just Portishead. That said, a dude from Portishead is in this band.
[FUNKY DARK JAZZ] In 2010, the Performing Right Society
for Music in the U.K. proclaimed Bristol the most musical town in
England. Its sole criterion was the number of musicians born and raised