Entries tagged with: Portland
photos & videos by Autumn Andel
Cloud Nothings / METZ / The Wytches in Portland - 7/2/14
Cloud Nothings, who played NYC in April, are currently touring the west coast with METZ and The Wytches, making for some triple attacks of rawk. That tour hit Portland's Hawthorne Theatre last week (7/2) and pictures of that sweaty mess are in this post.
More, plus videos, below...
The first time I met Future Islands was at the now defunct Baltimore DIY space Jesus Camp in 2010. I was playing a show with Adventure and Moss of Aura, the solo project of Gerrit Welmers from Future Islands. I still vividly remember the audience's unplanned yet naturally synchronized sway when Deem, from Moss of Aura's "Still Parade", started playing. Frontman Samuel Herring was in attendance on crutches, recovering (as he reminded me last week) from an injury sustained in the middle of performing as part of a live Dan Deacon show in Europe. Herring still finished the show.
The first time I actually saw Future Islands perform was a few months later. I played a show with them when they came through my hometown on tour with Lower Dens. Ask any fan or friend of Future Islands about them and you'll consistently hear the same two words: honest and hardworking. The hardworking part isn't supernatural — they were already four-year road warriors by that point. It's the confident honesty that's so special. Everyone in the audience felt like Herring was sharing a piece of time with just them, even if it was just for a moment. Sweat dripping, eyes locked. Each live song was a real performance without feeling calculated. To be so genuinely engaging in a live setting is hard work. I've been a fan ever since.
Jump forward 4 years to their (very) sold-out show at Doug Fir in Portland, OR on 4/5. The night was a Baltimore lovefest, with the bubbly-ambient drones of Jason Urick kicking it off and the frenetic Ed Schrader's Music Beat playing next. Which reminds me: go see Ed Schrader's Music Beat immediately — total surprise of the night.
Denny Bowen (formerly of Double Dagger, currently of Roomrunner) is on live drums for Future Islands this tour. The stoic precision of Bowen, Welmers, and bassist William Cashion provided excellent contrast to the tirelessly raw and off-the-wall Herring. The set was an equal mix of old and new, hitting on the inevitable "Seasons (Waiting On You)" and "Tin Man" but also bringing some tenderness to more restrained tracks like "Little Dreamer" and "A Song For Our Grandfathers." During their encore, a cadre of fans rushed the stage mid-song to dance along.
Future Islands "Vireo's Eye", live in Portland
After witnessing their live set, it should be obvious to even the freshest Letterman fan that their success is anything but a flash in the pan. If you get a chance to see them live, don't hesitate - they are on top of their shit and it's a thrill to watch.
At Coachella this weekend and next, their tour hits a sold out Webster Hall in NYC on April 30. They played Bowery Ballroom earlier in the trek. The band also just announced they'll appear on TV again, this time on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On May 5.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat continues touring with Future Islands, but also plays Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on June 13. They also just released a brand new track from their new album Party Jail which comes out via Infinity Cat on May 20. You can listen to "Televan" below.
All dates are also listed with more pictures and video from the Portland show, below...
photos by Autumn Andel
No Age @ Backspace, Portland 8/21/2013
Los Angeles noisemakers No Age are in the midst of their current North American tour which is supporting the band's new album on Sub Pop, An Object (which you can stream). The tour is on the West Coast right now and hit Portland, OR's Backspace last night. Pics from their shows -- including one of the setlist -- are in this post.
No Age will be on the East Coast in a couple weeks including NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 5 with Regal Degal (tickets) and the Station to Station kickoff event at Brooklyn Navy Yard on September 6 with Ariel Pink & Haunted Graffitti, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Conan Mockasin and more (sold out).
More pics from No Age's show in Portland are below.
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
photos by Autumn Andel
Phoenix @ Crystal Ballroom -- March 30, 2013
As mentioned, Phoenix, who are currently touring the west side of the United States, ard bringing their tour to NYC for a show at The Apollo on May 13. Tickets for that intimate show, which were sold through a lottery system, are now sold out, but the band whose last NYC show was at Madison Square Garden will return for a show closer to that size on October 2 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Support at that show comes from The Vaccines and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at 10 AM.
You can also catch Phoenix much sooner in New Jersey the day before the Apollo show for WRFF Radio 104.5's 6th Birthday Show at Susquehanna Bank Center (5/12) with Passion Pit, Silversun PIckups, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Airborne Toxic Event, Paramore, and twenty one pilots. Tickets for that show are still on sale.
And though we have to wait until May to see them live in NYC, they'll be here much sooner as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this Saturday (4/6). That happens on their way over to Indio, CA for Coachella, which is less than two weeks away.
Updated dates are listed along with more pictures from Phoenix's Saturday night show in Portland, below...
Gossip singer Beth Ditto was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Friday night (March 15).We last caught Beth, in a much better mood, when she visited Brooklyn in September.
The singer was reportedly arrested at 1:42am after being denied service in the Bungalo Bar in Portland for being too drunk, you can see her police mug shot above. A source told Willamette Week that after being thrown out of the bar, Ditto "walked out in the middle of the street, threw off her shoes and purse and screamed 'Obama! Obama!'" which alerted police who subsequently arrested her.
Additionally, a Reddit user who was drinking in the same bar as Ditto on the night posted his account of what happened prior to the arrest. The user states that "By 1:30 Beth was completely blackout drunk challenging people to fights. My friends and I headed over to the Bungalow from the Alibi only to be met with Beth's belligerent asshole posse. We got our drinks and went out to the back, only to hear her and her friends breaking shit." Adding: "Fifteen minutes later she was arrested for being a complete fucking cunt. The bartender called the police because she kicked him in balls." [NME, via]
photos by Autumn Andel, words by Bill Pearis
Wampire @ Mississippi Studios in Portland, 2/8/2013
Portland duo Wampire are gearing up for their debut album, Curiosity, which will be out in May on Polyvinyl. It was produced by Unknown Mortal Orchestra bassist Jacob Portrait and the album's first single, "The Hearse," is out next week (2/22) and is streamable below. If you like UMO or SRFTKR, this will probably be up your alley. The single's b-side is a cover of Kraftwerk's "The Model."
Wampire are also the opening act on the upcoming Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Foxygen tour which hits NYC this month for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on February 28. The played a tour warm-up show at Mississippi Studios in their hometown this past Friday. Pictures and video from that show and a list of all dates below...
photos by Chris Graham
Deer Tick in Regina, SK - 6/4/12
Deer Tick played a free show in Red Hook Park last night (6/21) with Jonny Corndawg. During their set, they honored the Beastie Boys with a cover of "Fight For Your Right," which you can watch a video of below. Pictures from that show are coming soon, but in the meantime, here are some pictures from a Regina, SK show in May from their tour with Turbo Fruits.
You can catch two of Deer Tick's members (John and Robbie) in NYC this weekend with the "supergroup" Diamond Rugs, who make their NYC debut at The Bell House tonight (6/22) and play a free show with Alabama Shakes at Central Park Summerstage on Sunday (6/24). They also play Letterman on Monday (6/25).
Meanwhile, you can catch Jonny Corndawg in NYC again tonight (6/22) at Brooklyn Bowl with The Infamous Stringdusters. Tickets for that show are available.
More pics from Deer Tick and Turbo Fruits' Regina, SK show (including openers The Novaks) are below...
Karen O hearts Jonathan Toubin (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Rolling Stone talked to Jonathan Toubin from his extended stay room in Portland:
"I woke up a month later. There were some friends and family there, and I didn't know what happened. I didn't even know what year if was. Everyone had to explain it to me, and it was kind of unbelievable. I was really horrified at first - the thing is that when they woke me up, they weren't sure how long I was gonna be there and didn't know how normal I was gonna be. Turns out things are gonna be a lot better than they thought, so that's good. But the first thing that happened when I woke up in the hospital was like, I gotta get out of this place. They showed me some of the news articles and, wow. Some were depressing, but there have been a couple about what people have been doing for me, which really, I'm just bowled over that anyone went to any trouble."Previously: Jonathan Toubin out of the hospital, records intact
Please keep Jonathan Toubin in your thoughts today....
"..The [Portland] room's occupant, Jonathan Toubin -- a DJ from New York in town for a Thursday night show at a Southeast Portland club -- "was literally stuck under the front of the car."Please get well soon Jonathan!
The cab couldn't be backed out of the room because its back wheels were stuck on what was left of Room 115's front wall or window panel.
Palmiter, standing by the driver's side rear quarter panel, and three maintenance men lifted the cab's back tires up and off the front wall.
Within 10 to 20 seconds, they freed the tires and hotel worker Albert Abad was able to inch the cab in reverse, off Toubin.
Toubin was unclothed and semi-conscious, able to move his hands and legs slightly as paramedics rushed to treat him, police said.
Toubin had been pinned between the cab and the room's back wall, said Lt. Rich Tyler, of Station 1. Firefighters placed the man on a backboard. "As he was carried into an ambulance, he was able to talk, but completely covered in blood," Tyler said. " [Oregon Live]
UPDATE: There will be benefits for Jonathan at both Motor City and Home Sweet Home in NYC Friday night (12/9).
photos by Autumn Andel
Cass McCombs @ MusicFestNW
I was actually more excited to see Cass McCombs than Band of Horses, as I had yet to see him live and really, his songs are just better. I was not disappointed. McCombs and his band played a serene set of emotionally resonant music, highlighted by the material from his latest album, Wit's End. Frankly, a lot of this brilliance was lost on the crowd there...Band of Horses ended Portland festival MusicFestNW's 5th and final day on 9/11 at Pioneer Square, aided by support from Cass McCombs, and Morning Teleportation. Pictures, which are our final set from the 2011 festival, are in this post.
Band of Horses! People love these guys. I get it, the songs are easy to like, even easier to identify with, and super easy to gain indie cred with. Now, I know I'm sounding like a hater, and I'm not really, I love the band's debut album. I just don't think they're doing anything unique or very interesting nowadays. It's like they found the formula for instant success with any song and they're sticking to it. So, for me, their set was blah squared. They played a couple tracks off that beloved debut, a smattering of songs from their last couple releases, and even some new new, untitled works that are in the process of becoming another new album. Singer Ben Bridwell's voice was hoarse from a long tour and at times he shied away from the more soaring elements of his harmonies, but for the most part it was a nice end to the festival, and that was enough. -[The Portland Mercury]
Members of Band of Horses will be performing at two separate shows in NYC in October, on the same day.
photos by Autumn Andel
Neurosis / The Antlers
Typhoon played a great set with thirteen people on stage, a friend notes that every time she sees the band there's someone else in it. After their set, lead singer Kyle Morton goes and sits with his family in the crowd after and obliges a female fan who asks to take a picture with him...Day four of MusicFestNW was, for some, a day of high drama and emotion. Any time you put the swelling post-rock of Explosions In The Sky, the tense and powerful Neurosis, the shimmering beauty of The Antlers, and psychedelic soundtracking of Grails and Eluvium in one place, there's bound to be some epic moments (even if they're not all appreciated).
The incredibly good-looking boys in Antlers are nearly as sedate as the comatose crowd filling the square. Good thing the crowd is almost as incredibly good-looking as the boys in Antlers. I am distracting myself with untoward thoughts until something interesting happens...
Here's the thing I don't get about Explosions in the Sky: There's really no reason for them to be an instrumental band. Their music isn't evocative enough to NOT require a singer. All the dudes are currently rocking out in great disproportion to the actual rock-out quality of the music. We head to Virginia Cafe. Uh oh...
It's been four years since Neurosis last played Portland. For the full house at Roseland tonight, this is like going to church....
I don't get easily overwhelmed at concerts, but I don't know how much more of Neurosis I can handle. Standing by the PA speakers, my puny earplugs aren't standing much of a chance. And damn if they don't look possessed up there on stage. It's one of the most amazing things I've ever witnessed but am so tired that it's starting to scare me a little bit. - [Williamette Week]
More pictures from Day 4, at Pioneer Square and Roseland Theater, below...
photos by Autumn Andel
EMA @ Holoscene
"It's been a busy and exciting year for California by way of South Dakota singer/songwriter Erika Anderson, aka EMA. After leaving her longtime band Gowns, EMA began her solo career in earnest, releasing Past Life Martyred Saints. A rather long tour followed, and now Anderson is back on the road again, enchanting stages across the country. Her Thursday night set at the Holocene left little to be desired for fans, as the intimate setting, beautiful acoustics, and respectful crowd made for a satisfying end to the night. Anderson's powerful vocals filled the entire space that night, especially on tracks like "Marked," as she sang "I wish every time he touched me left a mark." Part suicidal grunge, park minimal pop, EMA not only has the talent, but the emotion of a truly special singer/songwriter, and the Holocene's warm lighting and somber patrons made for an engaging performance late Thursday night." [OneThirtyBPM]EMA (who tours with MEN & CSS this fall) shared a bill with Twin Sister at the MFNW show which is pictured in this post. It was the same night, that Archers of Loaf & Sebadoh played Crystal Ballroom, and that The Joy Formidable played Wonder Ballroom. The conclusion of our Day 2 pictures from MFNW (all featuring women who rock), below...
photos by Autumn Andel
Archers of Loaf @ MFNW
"We're going to reissue more stuff. I don't know if that's on the record or not, because I don't keep up with that, but we're definitely going to reissue stuff. As long as that's happening, we're going to keep playing shows. The pace of this year has pretty much put me in a mental institution. It's just been too crazy, it's been too much. And one of the reasons I got burnt out on the band in the first place was I didn't get to do other things I love, like [rock] climbing and stuff like that. And that's the way it's been this year, but our plan this year was to just go after it and do a lot because we were just getting back together. So knowing it was finite, that hadn't bothered me. And that's been the case for all four of us in that sense. So in the future, it's going to be more of a slow burn, and a slower pace. We won't tour as frantically, because we don't have to. We don't need the income, we're just doing it because we like it, and we love each other, and we love the songs. We're going to keep doing it. Our plan for next year is to do maybe 10 weekends spread out over the whole year, that kind of deal. And that should be good. That will open up some time, and it may give us more time to practice and write new songs."Aside from a December ATP appearance in the UK, Archers of Loaf are done playing all announced 2011 shows. Their 2nd to last US show was 9/8 at Crystal Ballroom in Portland with Sebadoh, part of MFNW (Day 2). Pictures from that show are in this post (pictures from MFNW Day 1 are HERE).
- Matt Gentling of Archers of Loaf
That all said, Matt Gentling might be taking a long break from the road, but Eric Bachmann (aka Crooked Fingers who also played a set at MFNW) heads right back out in October. Sebadoh also have fall dates scheduled.
More pictures from Portland below...
crowd @ Warm Up 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The full schedule for MoMa's 20l1 'Warm Up' season at PS1 has since been announced. The dance parties happen at the Long Island City location every Saturday from July 2 through September 3 from 2 PM to 9 PM. Admission is $15 and includes access to all exhibitions and 'Warm Up.' Check out the full lineup below.
Other days feature Delicate Steve, Odd Future DJ Syd tha Kyd, Black Dice, Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Grimes, Tanlines, Sun Araw and many other DJs, producers and and bands. Das Racist, Simian Mobile Disco, Ford & Lopatin, Gang Gang Dance and a few other groups are performing DJ sets.
More info and the full schedule below...
Tonight, Friday, 1/28, Iron & Wine are playing a free show at the Apple Store in SoHo. On Monday (January 31 at 7pm), Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen will discuss their IFC TV show Portlandia, live, at the same location. Meanwhile you can catch Portlandia three times today on IFC, including at 10:30pm.
Carrie Brownstein's band Wild Flag is playing two now-sold-out shows in Brooklyn in March (and other dates). Catch Fred Armisen on SNL this Saturday, 1/29, with musical guest Nicki Minaj (who recently announced a tour with Lil Wayne who was on SNL not that long ago)
That picture above shows Portland band the Thermals (who play a show in Portland tonight) arriving at the Portlandia premiere party in NYC last week. The band performed at the event, though unlike some members of the Decemberists, I'm not sure if the Thermals actually get any screen time in one of the upcoming shows. Carrie Brownstein however, as you might remember, gets some screen time in the recent Thermals video for "I Don't Believe You" which is the same song the Thermals will be performing on February 1st on 'Lopez Tonight'. The song comes from the band's 5th LP Personal Life, as does the song "Never Listen to Me" which now also has a video, which you can watch with other stuff, below...
"heading to NYC to play the PORTLANDIA premiere!" - The Thermals
"OMG just saw Carrie Brownstein at the airport SHE'S ON OUR FLIGHT!!!" - The Thermals
"whoa there's a lot of sluts on this flight. c u in NYC!" - The Thermals
"good flight. I finally learned what the mile high club is. I always thought it meant getting stoned in Denver" - The Thermals
The Thermals @ 2009 Pitchfork Fest (more by Joseph Xu)
"Allow us to introduce you (against their wishes) to Forbidden Friends!Forbidden Friends have no upcoming live dates, but (not counting the private party that Hutch has been tweeting about - see the top of this post) The Thermals do, as do Portlandia guest stars and Thermals' Kill Rock Stars label-mates Corin Tucker and the Decemberists.
Forbidden Friends is part secret society, part torrid love affair. The kind of experience you cherish, yet would kill to keep secret. Well as of this moment the secret is OUT. You can wash your dirty sheets as many times as you want, but once the world knows all your steamy indiscretions there's no going back! Might as well post all your (formerly) deep, dark secrets as your next status update. Forbidden Friends may have hoped to keep their little club private, but it's too late now! The gossips have spoken and won. Let's tell EVERYBODY. Please help us!
Forbidden Friends is a new band from Hutch Harris, lead singer and mastermind of The Thermals, Portland's last great post-pop-punk-power trio. Initially conceived as a way for lovers to send hidden messages in plain view (isn't there an app for that?), Forbidden Friends is now a legitimate, public work of art. The band is at once old fashioned (acoustic instruments, mono mixes), forward thinking (reference-less, incredibly danceable), and timeless (classic lyrical themes of love and desire.)
Forbidden Friends will release their debut single, "Tiny Hands", on the Kill Rock Stars label March 15, 2011, on vinyl (7") and digital download. It is accompanied by the b-side "For You". Harris played the basic instruments (drums, guitar, bass, vocals), and was assisted in the studio by his fellow Thermals Kathy Foster and Westin Glass, as well as Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, on percussion. Both songs are truly upbeat and fun, and are the perfect introduction to this exciting new band." [Kill Rock Stars]
Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, premieres on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on IFC, but you can watch it now in the video embedded below.
The Thermals, after the Portlandia party (1/19), have some dates scheduled on the west coast followed by a European tour with The Coathangers. Their list of dates, and Carrie's new band Wild Flag's updated set of dates, and pretty much every upcoming Kill Rock Stars-artist tour date currently listed by the label, is below...
by Stefan Raduta
Agalloch in Brasov
As you may be aware, Stefan Raduta hit the road with the great Agalloch, logging miles with the band as they played Romania in late March including with Alcest at their first ever live performance. While out on the road, Stefan sat down with vocalist/guitarist John Haughm for an interview -BBG
On March 20th and 21st, Portland's Agalloch flew all the way to Romania to play two very special, exclusive concerts. Last summer when the promoter (who happens to be one of my best friends) told me of his discussions with John Haughm, I immediately started making plans for this trip, feeling that it would turn into a really precious memory. Agalloch is one of those few bands that go really deep with me, at times I think what they create becomes a genuine elixir of emotion; a personal healing experience.
It turned out to be a killer adventure, one that acted as primer for an open discussion with John Haughm, a musician who I feel is surrounded by a certain aura of misconception. Let's face it, Agalloch has achieved a cult status in Europe maybe too rapidly, and a lot of people/bands here in the states have become a little envious with that. Because they're very selective with the shows they do, many have attached them to a self-proclaimed "elitist' image - nothing could be more absurd and further from the truth. Then, John himself refuses to do interviews left and right, and when he does, he really speaks his mind which again bothers certain people. Haughm left me with the impression of a very honest, forward-thinking person, pursuing a goal in the face of any adversity... either coming from the music industry or listeners. My discussion with John Haughm is below...
by Black Bubblegum
From Ashes Rise (photo by Nathan Baker)
Formed in Nashville in the mid-'90s, From Ashes Rise helped define the gloom-heavy thrash sound attributed to groups like His Hero is Gone, Systral and Tragedy... Representative of a staunchly underground breed of aggressive, basement punk, many heads devoted strictly to aesthetic were shocked at the band's hitching with Jade Tree Records. Drawing on obscure thrash bands from Scandinavia and Japan, as well as Discharge's venerated "D-beat," From Ashes Rise helped carry the aggro torch for Jade Tree. The band split up in Fall 2005 after doing a tour with the legendary UK band the Subhumans.From Ashes Rise have announced their resurrection after a five year hiatus with a new live show, at Satyricon in Portland, OR on February 21! Here's to hoping that the band will follow-up with a full US tour, or at least NYC. Members of From Ashes Rise have gone on to play in Tragedy, Deathreat, and World Burns To Death among many others.
Tragedy recently played Studio B in Brooklyn with Morne and Blacklisted. Blacklisted are scheduled to play the Deathwish / Chronic Youth day party along with Bane, Maximum Penalty, Cold World, The Banner, Foundation, and Incendiary at Santos Party House on 10/24.
Flyer for the Deathwish/CY show is below.
It's been an exciting year for Portland, OR's favorite breakout band, Starfucker, and today is an exceptional day. Last month, just as the four-piece were poised to set sail on an extensive North American tour, they announced a name change contest that allowed fans to play a pivotal role in re-naming the band. After many votes and infinite good ideas, the guys have chosen PYRAMID as their new moniker. They will perform their last ever show as Starfucker at Portland's venerable Wonder Ballroom on Halloween, so if you have a hankering for infectious beats and a costume contest judged by some of the members of the band, then look no further.As of this second, that link just redirects to their MySpace that still says Starfucker. Pyramid was not one of the ideas that was proposed here on BrooklynVegan.com. Pictures from their recent show at Santos Party House, HERE.
In addition to the name change news, PYRAMID are will self-release their debut UK single via their new imprint DDD featuring "Medicine," from 2009's Jupiter EP. "Medicine" will be available exclusively at London's Rough Trade stores as a limited edition, deluxe white vinyl 7"....
For more information on all things PYRAMID, check out the guys' new website here: www.pyramidlovesyou.com [PR]
Spend New Years Eve with Roky Erickson in Hoboken! OK, I admit that seems like an odd concept. Neverthelees, that's where he'll be playing on December 31st. According to the venue (Maxwell's), "He has a splendid new band and alongside his current live faves, has added such Top Ten hits as "Don't Slander Me" and "Reverberation" to the set." Tickets go on-sale Friday at noon via Ticketweb and will also be available at Tunes in Hoboken and Other Music in Manhattan.
Much sooner Roky is headlining the massive and free (thx Scion) Garage Fest going down in Portland Oregon. More details on that, below...
DOWNLOAD: Portland Cello Project - Travel (feat. Justin Power) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Portland Cello Project - Tallymarks (feat. Thao) (MP3)
Thao With The Get Down Stay Down @ BV party - SXSW 09 (more by Leia Jospe)
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will be playing a show at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, November 4th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, August 26th at noon. General sale starts Friday, August 28th at noon.
That show will include sets from David Schultz and the Portland Cello Project, the latter of which collaborated with Thao on their most recent album, The Thao and Justin Power Sessions, that came out on June 9th on Kill Rock Stars. Two tracks from that, one with Thao and one with Justin Power, are posted above.
"Portland Cello Project, in case you're unfamiliar, is an amazing group of cellists that, in the course of one of their epic 2-3 hour shows - (the format of which is always a one-time affair - the group writes almost entirely new arrangements for every performance cycle) - perform a crazy diverse array of everything from canonized and avant classical compositions to reconstructed pop covers of everything from Nintendo game themes to Britney Spears to Yoko Ono to R. Kelly--and they've accompanied The Builders and The Butchers, Laura Gibson, The Dandy Warhols, Mirah, Loch Lomond, Horse Feathers and tons of other indyish folks. At shows, you'll see hipsters too-cool-for-school mesmerized by Arvo Paert, members of the Decemberists playing late 19th century Russian compositions transcribed for Hammond Organ, a 40-piece choir, and all kinds of other craziness."Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will releasing a new album of their own, Know Better Learn Faster, also on Kill Rock Stars, on October 13th. Producing the record will be Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Bill Frisell, Jim James), and guests include Andrew Bird, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, Laura Veirs, Nathan Crockett of Horse Feathers and Tune-Yards.
The Thao-Bowery show is part of a soon-to-be-announced (we think) larger tour. Those dates with album info are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine (MP3)
If I wasn't so enthralled with the show, I would have gone out and dragged everyone of those pedestrians into the bar, because the Intelligence were putting on a clinic. They were tight, and tightly wound, piercing and fractured in all the right ways. Before blasting into Universal Babysitter, Lars Finberg, responding to someone's earlier comment that they sounded like The Ventures quipped, "now this one sounds like the Ventures." Along with a lot of other things, the Intelligence have a twangy surf sound that is reminiscent of that Tacoma band. Finberg also has this uncanny ability to write songs that are so out there, but seem to constrain themselves to the unwritten rules of the pop song. It's probably not a formula for becoming huge, but he at least has the undying fandom of like-minded warped-pop nerds like myself.
[The Finest Kiss]
The Intelligence actually have two new albums, the second being Crepuscule With Pacman on French label Born Bad which is a decidely stranger, more lo-fi affair than the comparitively-friendly Fake Surfers. And there's a new In the Red 7" coming soon featuring a different version of Fake Surfers' "The Unessential Cosmic Perspective" and three leftovers from the album's sessions.
Tour dates and a video (from thier 2008 album, Deuteronomy) after the jump...
Willamette Week's Musicfest NW announces this year's festival line-up which will be held at various venues around the Portland, OR metropolitan area on September 16, 17, 18 & 19. On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, MFNW 2009 launches with nothing but the hope of a bigger and better festival. MFNW's ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest.Four-day passes to the fest are on sale now.
The lineup so far, including the newly-reunited Sunny Day Real Estate, is below...
"...So much else is new and wonderful for us! We have a new record label, Kill Rock Stars. Not only has Kill Rock Stars released some of Portland's (and the Northwest's) best punk and indie records to date (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip), but the label has recently relocated to Portland, and is quickly filling it's roster with even more great Portland bands (Shaky Hands, Panther, Horse Feathers). The Thermals are thrilled to now be a part of this family as well. We were thrilled to be part of the Sub Pop family for six years, but we felt it was time to move on. We turned down a second contract from Sub Pop, lest you think we were dropped! You don't drop us, we drop you. Not you, personally. We love you! Seriously, you're the best.The Thermals are also playing a late show (11PM doors) at The Bell House in Brooklyn on January 31st before they go to Europe. $12 tickets go on sale this Tuesday at 3PM.
We have a new drummer as well. Westin Glass, formerly of Seattle's Say Hi, joins us (Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris) to complete the third (or so) live line-up of The Thermals. In addition to (again!) touring the UK with The Cribs this February, and playing multiple shows at SXSW in March, we will be touring the U.S. for two months, following the release of Now We Can See on April 7th. We'll be doing festivals in Europe and the U.S. all summer long, followed by a full European tour in the fall... - The Thermals
Speaking ot the Bell House, tickets are also still on sale for the Great Lake Swimmers show happening there on January 9th, plus The Mugs are playing there on January 17th and The Forms are playing there on January 18th.
All Thermals dates below...