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AU Joins the Hometapes Family


Maybe it's the two fingers of Jameson I just finished, but I've searched my memory and can't think of a recent band/label marriage that makes more sense to me than the news that one of Portland's best art rock duos AU signing with local label Hometapes
Sarah Padgett Heathcott, one of t...   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Poor Boy’s Soul

Burn Down (Self-Released)

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[BLUES PUNK] For a blues musician, Poor Boy’s Soul—the one-man-band project of Portlander Trevor Jones—has a story that’s a PR person’s dream. The young artist learned how to play slide    More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: St. Frankie Lee, "We Are The Chosen," Girls Say No (self-released)


Bands of the universe, take note: a little honesty and directness will get you very far with the folks here at Local Cut HQ. Case in point: this e-mail we received from one of our favorite local folk-pop acts, St. Frankie Lee. It read, in total: I understand that our news-worthiness-score is lowered by our lack of live shows but that's...   More
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

YACHT's Claire Evans Helps Write Book on Current Connections Between Art and Science


If you're one of the many followers of the band YACHT, you are likely already aware that vocalist Claire L. Evans has a huge advocate on the role of science in our world. She has spent a number of years blogging about the subject - showing an especial interest in those projects and with those people that connect science and technology and art....   More
Monday, November 14, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Videosyncrasy: John Wesley Harding


If you read Jeff Rosenberg's fine profile on John Wesley Harding in this week's print edition, you already know that the singer-songwriter has a huge connection to the Portland music scene having recorded his most recent album The Sound of His Own Voice here with a bevy of local talent. And if ...   More
Friday, November 11, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Zac Nelson, "Labendolla", Towards Your Own Worlds (Field Hymns)


Zac Nelson has already proven his music to be a compellingly creepy, weird, and absolutely wonderful thing through his previous project Hexlove. But with his new solo cassette—Towards Your Own Worlds, released November 1 on Field Hymns—he ups that ante, goes all in, doubles down, or whatever other gambling metaphor you can come up wi...   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Video: Dustin Hamman and His Famous Friends Performing "Material Girl" at Occupy Wall Street

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For the past little while, Run On Sentence leader Dustin Hamman has been on the road with his lady friend, Kyle Durrie, as she offers up seminars and services with her rolling letterpress truck (learn more about that here). As part of this trip, Hamman found himself spending a week and...   More
Monday, November 7, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Ross Beach "Orange Gerbera Daisies", Orange Gerbera Daisies (Bouncing Space)


When Casey charged me with writing a little something about the new Ross Beach disc, my immediate question was, "Where the hell has that guy been?" Thankfully, Beach has answered the question for me in a blog post entitled: "Where the hell have I been?" It reads: 
My shows-per-year has dropped off almost as precipitously as my upda...   More
Friday, November 4, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Youthbitch, "I Feel Like 15 Bucks", Gnarcotics Unanimous: Gnar Tapes Compilation #2


One of the coolest parts of the cassette resurgence of recent years is the return of the compilation. Alright, to be fair, the compilation never really went anywhere. But for a writer who grew up in a small town pre-Internet days, hitting the local Fred Meyer to track down cheap compilations that could provide some insight into what was going on in the music world, seeing a compilation like this n...   More
Thursday, November 3, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Video Roundup: Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Ethan Rose, Quiz Zilla


 Courtney Taylor-Taylor/One Model Nation
This strange and cool little project is the brain trust of Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor and artist Jim Rugg. The two have created a graphic novel called One Model Nation that is a fictional story set in 1977 Berlin that, as the press release says, "follows the epic journey of popular art noise band One Model Nation as they become e...   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 by ROBERT HAM
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