Willamette Week - The Nose http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-37-1-the_nose.html Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Look Who’s Talking - Holcombe Waller finds some dark pleasure in a painful business. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16944-look_whos_talking_holcombe_waller_finds_some_dark_pleasure_in_a_painful_business.html “I just want to talk less and less,” says Holcombe Waller. “It’s like, conversations walk by and I have all these ideas of things to say, and I just sit there and let them go because I’m l]]> The Thorn Festival Hit Parade - Casual Sex! Drunken Debauchery! Dead Junkies! Lousy Weather! It's Portland on the Radio. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-3263-the_thorn_festival_hit_parade_casual_sex__drunken_debauchery__dead_junkies__lousy_weather__its_portl.html Album Review: Richmond Fontaine - <i>The High Country</i> (El Cortez) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18026-album_review_richmond_fontaine_the_high_country_%28el_cortez%29.html [LIT-COUNTRY] More than five minutes pass on Richmond Fontaine’s new, 10th album, The High Country, before Willy Vlautin’s voice is heard. His singing voice, that is; it’s clear from the openi]]> Primer: Judy Collins - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18171-primer_judy_collins_.html Born: May 1, 1939, in Seattle.  Sounds like: A cool glass of water in a beautiful, cut-crystal flute.  For fans of: Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, folk art and song.  Latest release: Thi]]> The Slow Drags, Saturday, July 23 - The Slow Drags soldier on, even without their fallen frontman. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17739-the_slow_drags_saturday_july_23_the_slow_drags_soldier_on_even_without_their_fallen_frontman.html [PORTLANDICANA] The title of the new, posthumous release from Portland singer-songwriter Scotland Barr and his band, the Slow]]> Kinky Friedman - The songwriter, author and writer talks Callahan, politics and legendary fails. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12269-kinky_friedman_the_songwriter_author_and_writer_talks_callahan_politics_and_legendary_fails.html Strike Up the Band - John Wesley Harding was a friend to the Portlanders. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18169-strike_up_the_band_john_wesley_harding_was_a_friend_to_the_portlanders.html John Wesley Harding and the Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee are trading a Chuck Berry-style do-si-do. No, not the duck walk, but that other thing Chuck does—bent at the knee and pointing one foot out]]> THE MASTERMINDS - Bachir and Mustapha Attar launch the ancient traditions of Morocco's mountains into the 21st century. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-350-the_masterminds_bachir_and_mustapha_attar_launch_the_ancient_traditions_of_moroccos_mountains_into_t.html Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons: Friday, March 16 - They can’t all be “Love Land.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18925-jerry_joseph_and_the_jackmormons_friday_march_16_they_cant_all_be_%E2%80%9Clove_land%E2%80%9D.html [SINGER-SONGROCKER] Plenty of artists have fallen through the music-biz cracks, but few have lodged in those cracks like an irritant in an oyster and spent the next couple of decades cranking out ]]> Allen Ginsberg / Leonard Cohen / William Shatner - Old Jewish poets never go away, they simply say, "Oy vey." New testaments from Ginsberg, Cohen and Shatner http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-3899-allen_ginsberg_leonard_cohen_william_shatner_old_jewish_poets_never_go_away_they_simply_say_oy_vey_n.html CD Review: The Dimes - <i>The King Can Drink the Harbor Dry</i> (Pet Marmoset Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11281-cd_review_the_dimes_the_king_can_drink_the_harbor_dry_%28pet_marmoset_records%29.html Rachel Taylor Brown, Half Hours With The Lower Creatures (Cutthroat Pop) - Album review http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-8794-rachel_taylor_brown_half_hours_with_the_lower_creatures_%28cutthroat_pop%29_album_review.html Album Review: Anna Tivel - <i>Before Machines</i> (Fluff and Gravy) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22654-album_review_anna_tivel_before_machines_%28fluff_and_gravy%29.html

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Anna Tivel, who previously performed and recorded as Anna and the Underbelly, is clearly curious to define herself, and has the metaphors to get there.

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Migration Song - Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood heads northwest for the winter. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21716-migration_song_drive_by_truckers_patterson_hood_heads_northwest_for_the_winter.html Last year, Patterson Hood—Alabama-born, Athens, Ga.-dwelling rock-’n’-roll songwriter and de facto leader of the celebrated Drive-By Truckers—brought his wife along on a Portland visit f]]> Beyond Blue - Woodbrain's Joe McMurrian lets go of his ego to open up his sound. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-4603-beyond_blue_woodbrains_joe_mcmurrian_lets_go_of_his_ego_to_open_up_his_sound.html The Decemberists, <i>The Hazards of Love</i> (Capitol) - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10303-the_decemberists_the_hazards_of_love_%28capitol%29_.html Dan Haley, Mister Casual (Sings For You) (Self-released)<p> - The ghost of Portland folk returns. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-7595-dan_haley_mister_casual_%28sings_for_you%29_%28self_released%29_the_ghost_of_portland_folk_returns.html Primer: Bettye LaVette - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19110-primer_bettye_lavette_.html Born: Betty Haskins, Jan. 29, 1946 Sounds like: A throwback—the good kind—to the chitlin’ circuit, armed with a savvy, personalized rock repertoire. For fans of: Tina Turner, crossover R&B]]> Primer: World Party - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19910-primer_world_party_.html Born: In Prestatyn, Wales, in 1957. Formed: In 1986 in London. Sounds like: Beatlesque melodies and gentle-Jagger vocals mixed with Neil Young-aspiring lyrics and Prince-ly production touches. For ]]> Album Review: A Year Afar - <i>Better Life</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22923-album_review_a_year_afar_better_life_%28self_released%29.html [ART POP] On debut EP Better Life, A Year Afar adorns striking vocalist Suzanne Tufan with savvy support from Box Set guitarist Jim Brunberg, longtime Holcombe Waller collaborator Ben Landsverk ]]> HELLO, GOODBYE. - Portland country diva Little Sue gets by with a little help from her friends. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-1460-hello_goodbye_portland_country_diva_little_sue_gets_by_with_a_little_help_from_her_friends.html Album Review: The Delines - <i>Colfax</i> (El Cortez) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22715-album_review_the_delines_colfax_%28el_cortez%29.html [AMERICANA NOIR] Save for one Randy Newman cover, the Delines’ debut album, Colfax, consists of 11 tracks penned by Richmond Fontaine songwriter and acclaimed novelist Willy Vlautin. But it play]]> Mic Check: Sparks - On sibling rivalries. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20508-mic_check_sparks_on_sibling_rivalries.html For the first time in its 42-year, 22-album career, Sparks is playing Portland. The Mael brothers’ Two Hands, One Mouth tour—the hands being those of composer-lyricist Ron Mael, as deployed ]]> Annalisa Tornfelt: Saturday, March 14 - Staying classic in a digital world. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24185-annalisa_tornfelt_saturday_march_14_staying_classic_in_a_digital_world.html “Well, to answer your first question: Yes, I do want to be a star!” It wasn’t actually the first question I asked Annalisa Tornfelt during our chat in the sunny Southeast Portland studio]]> Primer: Swamp Dogg - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21117-primer_swamp_dogg_.html Born: Jerry Williams Jr. in Portsmouth, Va., in 1942. Sounds like: A country-tinged, rock-informed soul shouter, wailing witty, dirty lyrics about conflicts between rich and poor, black and white]]> (D)early Departed (K-Wheel Records) - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9728-%28d%29early_departed_%28k_wheel_records%29_.html Top Five Essential Patterson Hood Songs - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21717-top_five_essential_patterson_hood_songs_.html “The Living Bubba,” Gangstabilly (1998) The Drive-By Truckers’ creation myth, anchoring their debut album with the doomed but galvanizing tale of an AIDS-stricken working musician, with its]]> Primer: Daniel Lanois - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16877-primer_daniel_lanois_.html Born: 1951 in Hull, Quebec. Sounds like: One cubic yard of Delta swampland—mud, crickets, humid air and all—encased in a Plexiglas shell. For fans of: U2, Bob Dylan, Eno, gumbo, mojo.  Latest]]> Mic Check: Thomas Dolby - On <i>The Invisible Lighthouse</i> http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21495-mic_check_thomas_dolby_on_the_invisible_lighthouse.html From his early, electronic-infused New Wave hits to his current position as music director of TED—and encompassing his development of audio software used for ringtones—Thomas Dolby has always represented the vanguard of music and technology.]]> Elvis Has Left the Building - Perpetual sideman Steve Nieve steps uneasily into the spotlight. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23080-elvis_has_left_the_building_perpetual_sideman_steve_nieve_steps_uneasily_into_the_spotlight.html “What’s a groupie?”  That question, innocently posed by young, classically trained, rock-crazed keyboardist Steve Nason in the presence of famously profane pub-rocker Ian Dury in ]]>