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Cut of the Day: Federer "I Wanna Do (What You Wanna Do)," Easy Breezin' EP (Emigrate)


Here's the blessing and a curse of being a music writer: Once PR companies and record labels and bands get your e-mail address, you start getting flooded with e-mails about new CDs coming out, tours, cereals that a singer has helped create, etc. So, with an overstuffed inbox, things sometimes get missed until dug out of the digital quagmire.
One such e-mail was from a member of Sun Mar who wan...   More
Monday, October 31, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Log Across The Washer, "When the Ghosts Come to Give us our Invitation" (Self-Released)


Time to fess up to something that could get me blacklisted here in my hometown: I never have liked And And And all that much. I sincerely get the appeal of our 2011 Best New Band, but it has yet to strike a real chord within me.

That said, I also confess to be fairly surprised that I've been so enamored with the solo work of that band's former co-leader Tyler Keene. His project,    More
Thursday, October 27, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Chrome Wings

New Lands (AMDISCS)

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[MOODY, UNUSUAL AND RICH] Chrome Wings’ music exists below the surface of the water, calmly burbling along while it gets warped by ripples, reflecting back glittering bits of sunlight. At least   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Our Weekend in Seattle: Portishead @ WAMU Theater


The music that came burbling up from the world roughly stamped as "alternative" in the '90s seemed the perfect antidote to the nature of the rock world that was constantly looking backwards and patting itself on the back for reminding themselves of how good it used to be. Which is why it's strange for me—someone whose musical education came of age around that time—to see so many people embraci...   More
Monday, October 24, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: The Harvey Girls, "Tomorrow is Blessed," Declinate EP (Circle Into Square)


If you're going to match up your music to a set of lyrics that manage to be both creepy and nostalgic at the same time, there's no better way than to slip a sample of some horror movie soundtrack underneath your swaying psych-pop.

At least that's what The Harvey Girls do here on this track from their 2007 EP Declinate (re-released re...   More
Thursday, October 20, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Primer: Hans-Joachim Roedelius

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Born: In 1934 in Berlin. Sounds like: Depending on which point in his career you find him, or whom he’s collaborating with, it can be full-on electro-pop, luscious ambient, New Age music, or darin   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Tony Ozier

BeatsGalore Vol. 1 (Self-Released)

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[READY TO FLOW] Tony Ozier, the de facto leader of the musical collective known as the Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, has already proven his multi-instrumental and songwriting mettle in the group’s regu   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Chrome Wings, "New Lands", New Lands (AMDISCS)

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The press release that came along with the new LP by Portland duo Chrome Wings is nothing more than a picture of the album artwork and a series of random phrases ("The underwater arcade," "High tones pulled upward and hit by the sun," etc.) that seem to have either been pulled right out of the lyrics on the disc ...   More
Monday, October 17, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Video Roundup: Holcombe Waller, Guidance Counselor, Goldmund, Portland School of Rock

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Today, dear friends and music lovers, we have four videos to help you wind down the rest of your day with. One of them features an old woman. Another features a glittery bathtub. Yet another, children playing Radiohead. Enjoy.

Holocombe Waller - "Qu'Appelle Valley, Sasketchewan"We are bookending this edition of the Video Roundup with cover songs. The first is this take on the Buffy Sai...   More
Monday, October 17, 2011 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Goldmund, "Shenandoah," All Will Prosper (Western Vinyl)


Keith Kenniff is better known to the world at large for his work as an ambient electronic artist that performs under the name Helios. Or as one half of the dreamy, dreamy pop duo called Mint Julep.

Kenniff, though, leads a triple musical life as Goldmund, a classically trained multi-instrumentalist who tackles expressionistic moder...   More
Friday, October 14, 2011 by ROBERT HAM
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