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Jack Johnson’s Top 5 Surf Songs

Jimi Hendrix, “1983…(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)”
The way the cymbals are played and the guitar tones paint a pretty accurate underwater soundscape.Pearl Jam, “Amongst the Waves”
Eddie and I are pretty good friends…we like to go surfing together, so he was excited to show me that track.Feist, “The Water”
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: Hosannas, Joshua English

Hosannas Together
(Tree Farm)

[RECORDED BLISS] It hasn’t been the easiest year for Hosannas. The local experimental-pop group has endured two major setbacks—first changing its name after Australian outfit the Church threatened a lawsuit, and then losing half its members this summer—that could prevent it from reaching what every one on the inside kn...   More
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 by Local Cut

8 Is Enough

This is a huge week for local album releases. We put on our headphones.
by Ruth Brown, Casey Jarman & Michael Mannheimer
Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives, self-titled (Amigo/Amiga)
The culmination of a year of staggered singles from promising Portland bluesy experimental-rock outfit Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives, this self-titled disc works surpri...   More
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 by Local Cut

Top 5: Dirty Projectors

Top Five Marriage-Records Releases So Far.

David Longstreth on his Marriage Records releases.Thanksgiving, Now It’s All Over Like the Birds (2004)
Beautiful early poetry from Portland’s own wunderkind.Spencer Kingman, Spenking (2003)
Incredible songwriting about Iraq, Utah and affairs of the heart from the reclusive Las Vegas mast...   More
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 by Local Cut

MusicfestNW Diaries: Sunday with Spike

End of the line, Jack. We're all danced out and now we just wanna listen to some dad rock and chill the hell out. That okay by you? Alright, then away we go for a few last diary entries from Shane Danaher, Ruth Brown, Aaron Mesh and myself, Casey Jarman.

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Monday, September 13, 2010 by Local Cut

MusicfestNW Diaries: Saturday

Day four? Day fucking four? Is that right? We think that's right. But we're too tired to really know—the ringing hasn't stopped when we hit Mississippi Studios for donuts and Bloody Marys, nor when we bounce on the Crystal Ballroom's bouncy floors or pack into a crowded-as-shit...   More
Monday, September 13, 2010 by Local Cut

MusicfestNW Diaries: Friday

Here we are, day four of MFNW's five-day marathon, and only slightly worse for wear. Last night had its epic moments--some of mine included the Black Lips screaming like dinosaurs; the Shaky Hands playing their last show with the current lineup; Okkervil River playing "Red"; tacos at t...   More
Saturday, September 11, 2010 by Local Cut

MusicfestNW Diaries: Wednesday and Thursday

Well, it's been a fun start. We saw the Thermals play a Weezer cover, lots of simulated sex at Roseland and Big Freedia bouncing with strippers at Sassy's, among other fun surprises. Booty truly was everywhere. In both the pirate's treasure sense and the ass sense. Here are the first...   More
Friday, September 10, 2010 by Local Cut

Top Five Five Songs I Love

By George Winston

“Hey Now Baby”
I’ve been working on the 1949 version of this piece from Professor Longhair’s reissue album, New Orleans Piano, for 31 years, and I’m almost there (maybe).“Break on Through (to the Other Side)”
From the Doors’ first album in 1967. This is the album that inspired me to begin pl...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: Soft Metals, Sapient

Soft Metals The Cold World Melts
(Captured Tracks)

[OLD SCHOOL SYNTH POP] In the past few years, the synthesizer—conspicuously absent from many of the best songs of the ’90s—has seen an incredible resurgence. From the cascading, sci-fi synths that Timbaland stacked up higher than spaceships to the monstrous riff that drives Phoenix’s “1...   More
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 by Local Cut
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