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Gulls, "BLDNG," Eats and Opus (Sonic Lozenge)


This one's a bit of a monster, sort of a dump of scattered musical ideas that just happens to work. Jesse Johnson's (a.k.a. Gulls) trumpet here is the track's bloodline, a recurring, kinda corny (read: detective movie score) theme that pokes through heavy, echoing beats, while a xylophone twinkles around its e...   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 by Michael Byrne

MATT McCORMICK, Very Stereo (Marriage)


[AMBIENT BLISS] Listening to Matt McCormick's Very Stereo not long ago, a friend remarked that “Elevator Muzac” sounded like an old desktop computer's last, drawn-out bleep before crashing. That increasingly modulated tone is then joined by what sounds like the mashing of a telephone touchpad. It's...   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Matt Mccormick, Very Stereo (Marriage)

Local filmaker gets appropriately atmospheric on his sonic debut.


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[AMBIENT BLISS] Listening to Matt McCormick's Very Stereo not long ago, a friend remarked that "Elevator Muzac" sounded like an old desktop computer's last, drawn-out bleep before crashing. That incre ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 Michael Byrne

Screen Shot

While MTV withers, local music-video directors are making the genre sing again.


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As long as musicians make interesting music, filmmakers are going to make interesting music videos. Sure, it's a quick argument otherwise. The medium's progenitor, MTV, has withered into a corporate s ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 Michael Byrne

Gouseion, "Ice" from Puisne (Runriot Records)


As far as breakout techno musicians go around these parts, Gouseion's (Cassidy DeMarco) a more than worthy successor to the Copy throne. The cuts off this debut have both a melodic immediacy and seriously interesting, complex layering. It makes for something bound to lure scene outsiders and electronic heads a...   More
 
Monday, June 18, 2007 by Michael Byrne

SRR's Rodcasts Demand Your Love


What the hell is a rodcast, you ask? Are you so far behind the tech times you don't yet have an i-Rod? You poor poor thing. No, I jest. A rodcast is, um, a podcast. But, back in the day (February), when State's Rights put out the first one, they didn't "know how to make it subscribable or anything." There's be...   More
 
Monday, June 18, 2007 by Michael Byrne

GULLS, Eats and Opus (Sonic Lozenge)


[BEATS 'N' AMBIENCE] If you're familiar with Jesse Johnson, the man behind Gulls, it's probably not because of Gulls. The Portland native is better known for playing trumpet with the purely organic yet far from conventional free-jazz combo Evolutionary Jass Band or lending guitar and trumpet to Sam Human's loo...   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Gulls, Eats and Opus (Sonic Lozenge)

Gulls' debut casts local everyman Jesse Johnson in a leading role.


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[BEATS 'N' AMBIENCE] If you're familiar with Jesse Johnson, the man behind Gulls, it's probably not because of Gulls. The Portland native is better known for playing trumpet with the purely organic ye ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 Michael Byrne

Craig Marquardo Resurfaces with Music Spectator Mag


The infamous Craig R. Marquardo has resurfaced in Portland with a new magazine, Music Spectator. He claims it to be "The Magazine for the Portland Music Scene," a media source to bring our music community together. More on that later. First, lets talk about Craig.

Perhaps you've already forg...   More
 
Sunday, June 10, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Travel Light: Regarding Paul's Balls (and Paul's Music)


Last winter, Paul Lynch, known also as downtempo producer/performer DJ Tan't and indie-rock looper (((in mono))), noticed his balls were hurting something fierce. It turned out to be a cyst and it cost a small fortune to get it removed. Last night, three bands--Gouseion, Dat'r, and Copy--got together for Paul'...   More
 
Friday, June 8, 2007 by Michael Byrne
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