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Unity Sound Ensemble, "Chant (U-Nation)" from U-Sound, Vol. 1 (Parallelism)


I've no idea how this relates to the proper definition of "local," or proper definitions of most anything. In fact, I don't know much about it at all. Whether or not Unity Sound Ensemble ever existed before or after this minute and a half of cacophonous communion...I have no idea. Presumably, this is centered ...   More
 
Friday, July 6, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Travel Light: More With Gouseion


Last week, in prep for this Wednesday's profile in WW, I had a pretty extensive e-chat with Cassidy DeMarco, the rather furry dude behind the stuttering, synth swirl of hip-hop, IDM and plain ole' techno that is Gouseion. As often happens, it bore more fruit than I could possibly jam into 350 words, so I leave...   More
 
Friday, July 6, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Gouseion


[HEAVY GLITCH] Let's face it, the “mashup” microgenre—which creates new songs from samples of seemingly mismatched others—exploded to 10 times the size anyone expected it to thanks to Girl Talk's now-worshiped mashup album, Night Ripper. The snark masters at music-insider website Idolat...   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Alela Diane at Holocene, June 27, 2007


[FOREST FOLK] Looking across the rows and rows of enraptured fans sitting cross-legged on Holocene's floor, awaiting Alela Diane's farewell performance last Wednesday, it was obvious there'd be more than a few broken hearts left after her departure from Portland. Yes, the wise-beyond-her-24-years folkstress...   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Gouseion

Laptop guru breathes life into mashups, and you thank him for it.


Music Stories
[HEAVY GLITCH] Let's face it, the "mashup" microgenre—which creates new songs from samples of seemingly mismatched others—exploded to 10 times the size anyone expected it to thanks to Girl ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 Michael Byrne

Alela Diane, June 27 at Holocene

A sad farewell for one of Portland's finest folk talents.


Music Stories
[FOREST FOLK] Looking across the rows and rows of enraptured fans sitting cross-legged on Holocene's floor, awaiting Alela Diane's farewell performance last Wednesday, it was obvious there'd be more t ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 Michael Byrne

Blowing Up: Fist Fite Takes On the UK With Klaxons


As if getting snagged up for a tour with the wildfire of an "it" band Klaxons for a west coast stint (before they even had an album out!) isn't huge enough, the UK "new rave" crew is taking our own skins and synth fury trio Fist Fite abroad for four nights of the homeland segment of their tour. House parties ...   More
 
Monday, July 2, 2007 by Michael Byrne

LEAK: Atole, "Tacuba" from Esnpgalniisshh (Chingatu Records)


First of all, two "oops:" in a recent WW review of State's Rights Grown Zone comp I referred to the Atole track as the first he's ever released. WRONG. No, in fact, he had one on its predecessor, the Bro Zone comp. My description of said song? WRONG. I was listening to the wrong CD of the two-disc set. Totally...   More
 
Monday, July 2, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Yr Mind Being Blown


If Saturday's night of cacophanous glee with D. Yellow Swans and Raccoo-oo-oon has you burning for another fix of musical anarchy, or maybe you missed it entirely (stoo-oo-pid), here's your next awesome: Mind Blowing, a new semi-regular improv night, based out of downtown's Voleur. If the "Mind Blowing" seems ...   More
 
Saturday, June 30, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Travel Light: Portland Waxes Nostalgic on Ozone Records (R.I.P.)


[Updated post]The first clearance sale day at Ozone 3, I couldn't buy anything. Not because I wanted to hold out for another 20% price drop (at least not entirely), but rather, I just couldn't. It was depressing: crude, unqualified depressing. Ozone--closing this weekend--is my favorite record store (if they di...   More
 
Saturday, June 23, 2007 by Michael Byrne
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