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Cut of the Day: Deep Fried Boogie Band, "Frederick & Bill" RSD 2012 split 7" (Jackpot)

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UPDATED 4:38 pm: Correct track inserted! Sorry! -Ed.Record Store Day is a spot on the calendar that every vinyl collector worth his/her salt plans and budgets for. The five-year-old event is when labels and bands cook up exclusive releases to be dropped in record stores on the third Saturday in April. This year, RSD 2012 lands on April 21st, and all the folks that I know are buzzing ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Video: Plankton Wat, "Spirits"

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You cannot stop the members of Eternal Tapestry, you can only hope to contain them. Our favorite freeform psych/skronk rock outfit keep themselves busy enough with a schedule of local shows that has them playing at least once a week. But then they go and venture out into doing other projects like Jed Bindeman's new record shop    More
 
Friday, March 23, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Video: Deelay Ceelay "Feather Lightning"

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 Surprising to hear that Portland's favorite double-drummer dance band Deelay Ceelay has never, until now, put together a stand alone video for one of its songs. The group's work seems custom built to be matched up with spacey, iTunes visualizer-style blowouts of cornea straining light and color. Don't let's concentrate on that. Instead, simply drink in the maple syrup thick weirdness an...   More
 
Thursday, March 22, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Michael Gira: Friday, March 23

The Swans frontman has the energy of five punks half his age.


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[SINGER-SONGWRITER-BLEEDER] Watching footage of Michael Gira fronting the earliest incarnation of his band Swans, you almost expect him to either self-immolate onstage or spontaneously combust.    More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Sweater! "Laundry Room," Hesperus Rex (self-released)

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 About five years ago, Anne Adams (the singer that performs under the name Grey Anne) and Paul Alcott (current member of Menomena, Ramona Falls, and Dat'r)—a couple at the time—joined musical forces to record an album of homespun electronic pop under the name Mockingbirds. But as their romantic relationship came to an end, so too did this...   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Video: Chrome Wings "Coast To Coast"

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 Fitting that one of the clearest sounding tracks Chrome Wings has ever created should be accompanied by one of their most straightforward videos. Well, straightforward might be overstating it a tad. The folks at Broken Machine Films have synced the song "Coast To Coa...   More
 
Monday, March 12, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: IG88 "Adult Tree," A Loom & Not Me (Nueva Forma)

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 For all the press we throw down for local labels like Tender Loving Empire, Hush, Eggy, Marriage, Apes Tapes, etc., you and I have to know that underneath the radar are dozens of smaller independent labels that have rosters just as strong as any of the imprints mentioned above. Hell, a music-hungry town like ours wouldn't have it any other way. Still, running across a label that I haven...   More
 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Andrew W.K.: Monday, March 5

The world’s foremost party expert stops in Portland.


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[PARTY MUSIC] Who could have predicted the longevity of Andrew W.K.’s career? He sprung into the world a decade ago fully formed, clad in white T-shirt and white jeans and heartily urging us to    More
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Y La Bamba

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[CULTURES CLASHING] The idea of mashing together the disparate worlds of conjuntos from south of the border and modern, rain-soaked pop is a great one. But Y La Bamba has never really been able to   More
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 ROBERT HAM
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