Willamette Week - The Nose http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-37-1-the_nose.html Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Look Who’s Talking - Holcombe Waller finds some dark pleasure in a painful business. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16944-look_whos_talking_holcombe_waller_finds_some_dark_pleasure_in_a_painful_business.html “I just want to talk less and less,” says Holcombe Waller. “It’s like, conversations walk by and I have all these ideas of things to say, and I just sit there and let them go because I’m l]]> The Thorn Festival Hit Parade - Casual Sex! Drunken Debauchery! Dead Junkies! Lousy Weather! It's Portland on the Radio. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-3263-the_thorn_festival_hit_parade_casual_sex__drunken_debauchery__dead_junkies__lousy_weather__its_portl.html Album Review: Richmond Fontaine - <i>The High Country</i> (El Cortez) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18026-album_review_richmond_fontaine_the_high_country_%28el_cortez%29.html [LIT-COUNTRY] More than five minutes pass on Richmond Fontaine’s new, 10th album, The High Country, before Willy Vlautin’s voice is heard. His singing voice, that is; it’s clear from the openi]]> Primer: Judy Collins - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18171-primer_judy_collins_.html Born: May 1, 1939, in Seattle.  Sounds like: A cool glass of water in a beautiful, cut-crystal flute.  For fans of: Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, folk art and song.  Latest release: Thi]]> The Slow Drags, Saturday, July 23 - The Slow Drags soldier on, even without their fallen frontman. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17739-the_slow_drags_saturday_july_23_the_slow_drags_soldier_on_even_without_their_fallen_frontman.html [PORTLANDICANA] The title of the new, posthumous release from Portland singer-songwriter Scotland Barr and his band, the Slow]]> Kinky Friedman - The songwriter, author and writer talks Callahan, politics and legendary fails. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12269-kinky_friedman_the_songwriter_author_and_writer_talks_callahan_politics_and_legendary_fails.html Strike Up the Band - John Wesley Harding was a friend to the Portlanders. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18169-strike_up_the_band_john_wesley_harding_was_a_friend_to_the_portlanders.html John Wesley Harding and the Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee are trading a Chuck Berry-style do-si-do. No, not the duck walk, but that other thing Chuck does—bent at the knee and pointing one foot out]]> Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons: Friday, March 16 - They can’t all be “Love Land.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18925-jerry_joseph_and_the_jackmormons_friday_march_16_they_cant_all_be_%E2%80%9Clove_land%E2%80%9D.html [SINGER-SONGROCKER] Plenty of artists have fallen through the music-biz cracks, but few have lodged in those cracks like an irritant in an oyster and spent the next couple of decades cranking out ]]> THE MASTERMINDS - Bachir and Mustapha Attar launch the ancient traditions of Morocco's mountains into the 21st century. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-350-the_masterminds_bachir_and_mustapha_attar_launch_the_ancient_traditions_of_moroccos_mountains_into_t.html Allen Ginsberg / Leonard Cohen / William Shatner - Old Jewish poets never go away, they simply say, "Oy vey." New testaments from Ginsberg, Cohen and Shatner http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-3899-allen_ginsberg_leonard_cohen_william_shatner_old_jewish_poets_never_go_away_they_simply_say_oy_vey_n.html CD Review: The Dimes - <i>The King Can Drink the Harbor Dry</i> (Pet Marmoset Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11281-cd_review_the_dimes_the_king_can_drink_the_harbor_dry_%28pet_marmoset_records%29.html Album Review: Anna Tivel - <i>Before Machines</i> (Fluff and Gravy) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22654-album_review_anna_tivel_before_machines_%28fluff_and_gravy%29.html

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Anna Tivel, who previously performed and recorded as Anna and the Underbelly, is clearly curious to define herself, and has the metaphors to get there.

Migration Song - Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood heads northwest for the winter. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21716-migration_song_drive_by_truckers_patterson_hood_heads_northwest_for_the_winter.html Last year, Patterson Hood—Alabama-born, Athens, Ga.-dwelling rock-’n’-roll songwriter and de facto leader of the celebrated Drive-By Truckers—brought his wife along on a Portland visit f]]> Annalisa Tornfelt: Saturday, March 14 - Staying classic in a digital world. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24185-annalisa_tornfelt_saturday_march_14_staying_classic_in_a_digital_world.html “Well, to answer your first question: Yes, I do want to be a star!” It wasn’t actually the first question I asked Annalisa Tornfelt during our chat in the sunny Southeast Portland studio]]> Album Review: A Year Afar - <i>Better Life</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22923-album_review_a_year_afar_better_life_%28self_released%29.html [ART POP] On debut EP Better Life, A Year Afar adorns striking vocalist Suzanne Tufan with savvy support from Box Set guitarist Jim Brunberg, longtime Holcombe Waller collaborator Ben Landsverk ]]> Rachel Taylor Brown, Half Hours With The Lower Creatures (Cutthroat Pop) - Album review http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-8794-rachel_taylor_brown_half_hours_with_the_lower_creatures_%28cutthroat_pop%29_album_review.html Beyond Blue - Woodbrain's Joe McMurrian lets go of his ego to open up his sound. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-4603-beyond_blue_woodbrains_joe_mcmurrian_lets_go_of_his_ego_to_open_up_his_sound.html Dan Haley, Mister Casual (Sings For You) (Self-released)<p> - The ghost of Portland folk returns. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-7595-dan_haley_mister_casual_%28sings_for_you%29_%28self_released%29_the_ghost_of_portland_folk_returns.html Primer: World Party - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19910-primer_world_party_.html Born: In Prestatyn, Wales, in 1957. Formed: In 1986 in London. Sounds like: Beatlesque melodies and gentle-Jagger vocals mixed with Neil Young-aspiring lyrics and Prince-ly production touches. For ]]> Album Review: The Delines - <i>Colfax</i> (El Cortez) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22715-album_review_the_delines_colfax_%28el_cortez%29.html [AMERICANA NOIR] Save for one Randy Newman cover, the Delines’ debut album, Colfax, consists of 11 tracks penned by Richmond Fontaine songwriter and acclaimed novelist Willy Vlautin. But it play]]> The Decemberists, <i>The Hazards of Love</i> (Capitol) - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10303-the_decemberists_the_hazards_of_love_%28capitol%29_.html Primer: Bettye LaVette - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19110-primer_bettye_lavette_.html Born: Betty Haskins, Jan. 29, 1946 Sounds like: A throwback—the good kind—to the chitlin’ circuit, armed with a savvy, personalized rock repertoire. For fans of: Tina Turner, crossover R&B]]> HELLO, GOODBYE. - Portland country diva Little Sue gets by with a little help from her friends. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-1460-hello_goodbye_portland_country_diva_little_sue_gets_by_with_a_little_help_from_her_friends.html Top Five Essential Patterson Hood Songs - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21717-top_five_essential_patterson_hood_songs_.html “The Living Bubba,” Gangstabilly (1998) The Drive-By Truckers’ creation myth, anchoring their debut album with the doomed but galvanizing tale of an AIDS-stricken working musician, with its]]> Skip vonKuske: Every Monday - Need a cure for the Monday blues? Try “cellotronik.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23832-skip_vonkuske_every_monday_need_a_cure_for_the_monday_blues_try_%E2%80%9Ccellotronik%E2%80%9D.html “A cellist walks into a bar” might sound more like a setup for a fish-out-of-water gag than a viable basis for a decade’s steady gig. But Skip vonKuske has long dedicated himself to bringi]]> Mic Check: Sparks - On sibling rivalries. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20508-mic_check_sparks_on_sibling_rivalries.html For the first time in its 42-year, 22-album career, Sparks is playing Portland. The Mael brothers’ Two Hands, One Mouth tour—the hands being those of composer-lyricist Ron Mael, as deployed ]]> Primer: Swamp Dogg - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21117-primer_swamp_dogg_.html Born: Jerry Williams Jr. in Portsmouth, Va., in 1942. Sounds like: A country-tinged, rock-informed soul shouter, wailing witty, dirty lyrics about conflicts between rich and poor, black and white]]> Elvis Has Left the Building - Perpetual sideman Steve Nieve steps uneasily into the spotlight. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23080-elvis_has_left_the_building_perpetual_sideman_steve_nieve_steps_uneasily_into_the_spotlight.html “What’s a groupie?”  That question, innocently posed by young, classically trained, rock-crazed keyboardist Steve Nason in the presence of famously profane pub-rocker Ian Dury in ]]> (D)early Departed (K-Wheel Records) - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9728-%28d%29early_departed_%28k_wheel_records%29_.html Drama King - Songwriter Holcombe Waller’s <i>Wayfinders</i> takes the stage. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22920-drama_king_songwriter_holcombe_wallers_wayfinders_takes_the_stage.html After relocating to Portland from San Francisco in 2005 and promptly releasing Troubled Times—one of the strongest albums to come out of Stumptown in the past decade—it took singer-songwrite]]>