Willamette Week - The Nose http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-37-1-the_nose.html Wed, 28 Jan 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]]> 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 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 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 ]]> 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 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 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 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 ]]> 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 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]]> 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]]> 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.

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 ]]> (D)early Departed (K-Wheel Records) - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9728-%28d%29early_departed_%28k_wheel_records%29_.html Primer: Daniel Lanois - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16877-primer_daniel_lanois_.html Born: 1951 in Hull, Quebec. Sounds like: One cubic yard of Delta swampland—mud, crickets, humid air and all—encased in a Plexiglas shell. For fans of: U2, Bob Dylan, Eno, gumbo, mojo.  Latest]]> 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]]> 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]]> Writin' The Storm Out - Local bassist goes to New Orleans a sideman, returns a songwriter. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-5740-writin_the_storm_out_local_bassist_goes_to_new_orleans_a_sideman_returns_a_songwriter.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]]> 500 Words with ... DAN BERN - The man who wrote <I>Songs to Beat Bush By</I> contemplates the worth of political music, the taxing effect of the election season and Springsteen. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-3749-500_words_with_dan_bern_the_man_who_wrote_songs_to_beat_bush_by_contemplates_the_worth_of_political_.html the reckoning: - Verdicts on New Music http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-2447-the_reckoning_verdicts_on_new_music.html