The Papi Fimbres Archive

As the beloved drummer prepares to go abroad, revisit everything we've written about the "big, sweaty, teddy-bear genius" of the Portland music scene.


Pour one out for David "Papi" Fimbres: Tonight's show with Mascaras will be his last in Portland for a long time. The indefatigable drummer is taking a yearlong sabbatical in Germany with his wife. As he told us in November, "With all the development in the city, I said, 'Fuck it.' Instead of complaining about it, I'm going to do my own thing somewhere else, just for a minute." He leaves behind ...   More
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Scoop: Don’t Call Us Chicken.

TWO DOZENDRUMMERS NEEDED: Beginning next September, 23 Portland bands will be in need of a new drummer. Papi Fimbres, one of the city’s busiest musicians, is moving to Germany for a year. “Wit   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Stream The Week

A guide to the week's best concerts (plus a playlist) for Sept. 10-16


Want to see some live music? Below, you'll find our picks for the best concerts coming through Portland this week, along with a Spotify playlist of representative songs from each artist. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10 The Baseball Project, Dressy Bessy, Zeus [TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME] Baseball has always been a sport that draws a very passionate fan base, and sorta-local rock supergroup the Baseball ...   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

The PDX Pop Now! Superlatives

From Wampire's pancakes to Myke Bogan's spliff, our favorite moments from this year's all-Portland music festival.

tre redeau with vinnie dewayne 4 mps

I’ll admit it: After last Friday night, I was preparing to write PDX Pop Now’s obituary. Or at least a lengthy think-piece about the shifting tides of Portland youth culture. The all-ages local music festival was created 11 years ago to galvanize a flourishing music community and engage a demographic often shut out of the scene, and it’s been one of the city’s most anticipated annual traditions ...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Earthbound," the Singley/Fimbres Orkestra


Back in August, two of Portland's most indefatigable musical minds—quirky popster-turned-classical composer Alan Singley and madman drummer Papi Fimbres—performed a nine-piece "genre-fusing, avant-garde, future-funk symphony" at the Old Church as the Singley/Fimbres Orkestra. It seemed like a one-off excursion. Lucky for those of us who weren't there, the 40-minute performance was captured ...   More
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cuts of the Week

Five new songs from Portland artists you need to hear.

souvenir driver

Every Friday, LocalCut collects the week's new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like MTV's The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. Souvenir Driver, "Kiss You Close" Souvenir Driver's new full-length album, Living Water, isn't out until April 2014, but the band is slowly (very slowly) leaking tracks, one by one, and making them ...   More
Friday, November 8, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Time Snakes," Sun Angle


Has there been a more hotly anticipated first album by a local band than this Danny Seim-produced debut by Sun Angle? Not for a good long while, I would argue. And for damn good reason too. This trio has been tearing it up on the live circuit for 18 months or more, finding its collective sound and building ample strength along the way. Trying to capture the manic energy of the band's live sets ...   More
Thursday, March 7, 2013 ROBERT HAM

The Many Bands of Papi Fimbres

How culture shock created Portland’s busiest musician.

Music Stories
When David “Papi” Fimbres’ mother was pregnant with him, she knew her child was special. A shaman told her so. She already had two children, but this one, she was told, would be born with pr   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Papi Fimbres Projects

Top 5
Sun Angle Initially sounding like “a sped-up Can,” Fimbres describes the material on the band’s upcoming debut—recorded in a cabin in Zigzag, Ore., under certain, um, mycological influenc   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER


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