Q&A: Rebecca Gates on Music and Money

The former Spinanes frontwoman tells us what she's been up to as of late

Rebecca Gates

Portland singer-songwriter Rebecca Gates will soon release her first solo album in over 10 years (she occasionally talks about that here), but the ex-Spinanes frontwoman would rather talk about surveys than new tunes. One survey, in particular: The Future of Music Coalition, an organization she works for, is attempting an ambitious project to identify US musicians' revenue streams. It may sound a touch ...   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

LEAK: Gold Halo Photograph, "Answers" (Unreleased)

Zach Boyle may have helped bring two fine Portland bands—Super XX Man and A Weather—to prominence (there may be more, as this man works discreetly), but he refuses to quit there. With his Gold Halo Photograph project, Boyle stays in the same sleepy pop arena that the aforementioned bands often inhabit—but he's experimenting with unconventional orchestration and defining his own voice ...   More
Friday, April 2, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Video: Starparty, "Sleep When You're Dead"

About a year and a half ago, I helped judge a high school battle of the bands for MITS, the Music in the Schools project. Aside from being a total blast, it introduced me to a few new acts to keep an eye on, with Starparty standing out. I'd write about the band at length shortly thereafter. "Sleep When You're Dead" is the kind of song that made me excited about Starparty in the first place. Catchy, ...   More
Monday, August 30, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Starfucker, "Julius" (Unreleased)

Congrats to Starfucker for signing to one of this fine nation's best labels, Polyvinyl. In fact, congrats to Starfucker on a lot of stuff. The Portland electroacoustic dance-pop outfit, in their own words, "wised up and took the power back." It has dropped some management, dropped the silly Pyramiddd name, and now it's dropping this bomb, "Julius," from a forthcoming Polyvinyl disc. Whatever didn't ...   More
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Trumans Water, "5-7-10 Split," O Zeta Zunis (Asthmatic Kitty)

I can't say I am intimately familiar with Trumans Water. The 19-year-old schizo-guitar-pop outfit, often billed as more Pavement than Pavement—wilder, less sensical, more angular—has spent most of its lifespan in relative obscurity, where it was safe from latte-sipping, Hummer-driving douchebags like me. But now that I've heard the Portland-based quartet's new album, O Zeta Zunis (it's ...   More
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 CASEY JARMAN


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