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Kickstarted: Heaven Adores You


For good or for ill, musicians, artists, filmmakers, and other creative types have turned to Kickstarter to help make their dreams become a reality. By now you should know the drill with the site and its model, but if not, I recommend hitting up the Kickstarte...   More
Monday, December 5, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day, Starfucker, "Jamie," Julius EP reissue (Badman Recording Co.)


 Oh how far Starfucker have come in just two years. In that span of time, the band went from being Starfucker to PYRAMID to Pyramiddd and then back to Starfucker. The trio signed to a larger indie label (Polyvinyl) and had one of its songs used in a Pepto-Bismol commercial. Add on to it a few tours of the world and plenty of critical accolades, and you're left with one of the biggest bands th...   More
Monday, December 5, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Video: Blood Beach "2 Adam Heart Mother"


As is sometimes the case, right after we get a Video Round-Up stitched together and posted, someone drops another clip on us. I know, I know...it's not their fault. How were they to have known? But when it happens more than once—and it has happened a bunch�...   More
Thursday, December 1, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

AU: Thursday, Dec. 1

AU comes back from the land of the lost lighter but not lite-r.

Music Stories
[ART-ROCK REVIVAL] Buttoned up in a wool-lined jacket and working his way through a massive pork chop at Podnah’s Pit on Northeast Killingsworth Street, Luke Wyland exudes a mixture of relief an   More
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Videosyncrasy: This Charming Man

The Portland Smiths cover band speaks up


In an era when many long-defunct bands are settling differences (or simply realizing how much money there is to be made) and reuniting for bigtime tours, music fans can at least rely on one thing: The Smiths are never going to get back together. The egos of the folks involved are still too big, the dismissal of the band's rhythm section by frontman Morrissey too painful, and the ink on those lawsu...   More
Monday, November 28, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

AU Addendum: An Interview with Hometapes Records


Now that you've hopefully read my profile on the return to the recorded world of art pop duo AU in this week's print edition, I felt it would be good to provide another wrinkle to the story here on Local Cut. As I said in the piece, the band's new album is coming out on one of Portland's best loca...   More
Monday, November 28, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Youth: Sunday, Nov. 27

What’s in a name? When it comes to Youth, just about everything.

Music Stories
[POP] In recent weeks, Youth has been pulling opening-act duties across the West. This is the band’s first, as drummer Stephen Leisy puts it, “non-house-show tour.” “Typhoon has wanted to br   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Fake Hospital

Never Use the Same Door Twice (Self-released)

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[DUNGEON JAZZ] As a member of Million Brazilians, Grant Corum helps listeners and band members alike reach ecstatic heights with a dark, saxophone-laden sound the group calls “dungeon jazz.” F   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Palmas, "While We While," Dead Beat Demos (self-released)


Any music writer/lover worth his or her salt loves to dig for new tunes to listen to and fall in love with. We spend inordinate amounts of time on music blogs like this one, reading up on new bands or old artists we've never heard of before, and tearing through the shelves at record stores like animals (but careful animals who want to make sure not to bend the corners of a record sleeve and deprec...   More
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Videosyncrasy: The Posies


The Posies are pure pop incarnate. Ever since emerging from the Seattle music world with the 1988 album Failure, the two mainstays of the band—singer/guitarists Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow have moved in and around the pop universe, adding in the influences of '70s power rock, psychedelia, and punk into the mix. And during the almost...   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by ROBERT HAM
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