Portland Exceptionalism

The best local albums of 2012.


Music Stories
Admit it: You love lists. C’mon, you know you’re reading every single “Best of 2012” piece, either nodding with the satisfaction of having your own opinions validated or boiling with anger   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Album Review: Brainstorm

Heat Waves (Tender Loving Empire)


Album Reviews
[WORLD PARTY] Well, you don’t say: A rock band mixing pop melodies with worldly rhythms and West African guitars? How au courant! While the novelty of that particular formula wore off the moment   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

TBA Diaires: Brainstorm and Sahel Sounds, Global and Mobile Pop

globalpop

Arts & Books
Walking into the world of TBA:12 for the first time was a rather disorienting. The beefy security guards seemed far too on edge for an arts festival. And the staff and volunteers carried the harried and exhausted look in their eyes that I remember seeing in the mirror during the first few months of my son’s life. Smile as they might, you could tell the late nights, and the care and feeding of this ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Top Five Upcoming Local Releases We’re Stoked About


Top 5
Golden Retriever, Occupied With the Unspoken (July 24)More majestic electronic craziness from these Thrill Jockey signees. There’s a release show for this one at Holocene on Aug. 1. Raymond Byr   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Cut of the Day: Brainstorm, "Tahoultine," Music For Saharan Cellphones: The International Reworks Compilation

cellphones

Music
In 2010, Chris Kirkley—the Portlander who operates the West African music blog Sahel Sounds -- went to Mali to make field recordings of local musicians, He did so, but he also came back with memory cards full of songs copied from cell phones of the people in the northern city of Kidal (according to Kirkley, in the name of cultural exchange, he traded the villagers a couple of Elliot Smith and Townes ...   More
 
Monday, October 10, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Flat Earth," Brainstorm

flat earth email

Music
Congotronics meets AM radio avant-pop? That's probably the closest anyone can come to summing up this new track from resourceful Portland duo Brainstorm in a single sentence. Recorded with the guys from Archers in a basement this past winter, "Flat Earth" -- from a new two-song EP of the same name -- sports the rhythmic buzzing of Konono No. 1, the Congolese group that intrigued the blogosphere a couple ...   More
 
Monday, April 11, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Brainstorm Shows Off Its Basement


Music
There are a lot of duos in rock music, but there aren't a lot of duos that play tuba and sing through a computer headset. If you still haven't seen the two man live beast that is Brainstorm, then the latest Into the Woods clip—which features Adam Baz and Patrick Phillips playing "Beast in the Sky" in their basement—is a perfect summation of what the band does best: make a lot of noise using ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Brainstorm Shows Off Its Basement


Music
  There are a lot of duos in rock music, but there aren’t a lot of duos that play tuba and sing through a computer headset. If you still haven’t seen the two man live beast that is Brainstorm, then the latest Into the Woods clip—which features Adam Baz and Patrick Phillips playing “Beast in the Sky” in their basement—is a perfect summation of what the band does best: make a lot ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: Wax Fingers, Saturday, March 13 @ Mississippi Studios


Music
When you toy with time signature changes as much as Wax Fingers do, it's hard for a fan to keep up. Three head bobs is all you get before your downward nod has switched from the accent to the offbeat. Realizing this and eager to keep up, the Wax Fingers faithful have invented a dance I'd like to call “The Catch Up.” The dance involves helpless flaying, air drumming, and a fish-out-of-water ...   More
 
Monday, March 15, 2010 MARK STOCK

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