Posts from — December 2008
2. Uncle Tupelo – Moonshiner
3. The Shaky Hands – We Are Young
4. Blind Pilot – Oviedo
5. Horse Feathers – Rude To Rile
6. Two Cow Garage – Skinny Legged Girl
1. The Weight – Johnny’s Song
2. The Henry Clay People – Working Part Time
3. Justin Townes Earl – Lone Pine Hill
4. Deer Tick – Baltimore Blues No. 1
5. Sun Kil Moon – Tonight The Sky
6. A.C. Newman – There Are Maybe Ten Or Twelve
7. Nick Cave – More News From Nowhere
December 30, 2008 No Comments
This year’s celebration honors that past by welcoming in the New Year with an imaginative mix of art, music, Steampunk fashion, and dance. With a diverse and exciting lineup, this night promises to be an unforgettable evening.
Portland’s own Scott Law joins forces with Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident), drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Susan Tedeschi) & guitar man Gibb Droll (Marc Broussard) for the highly anticipated West Coast debut of the aptly named Moseley, Law, Sipe & Droll. Joining us for a special post-midnight extended set is the electrifying leftcoast breakbeat/glitch-hop/house duo, EOTO, composed of Jason Hann & Michael Travis. Onstage, EOTO’s music is created, recorded and mixed live for a continually evolving & highly danceable musical experience. The Senate, an up- and coming Seattle- based acoustic rock trio, will kick off the New Years festivities with their catchy songwriting, tight arrangements, sweet vocals, and unorthodox instrumental techniques.
No Shanghai Nights would be complete without a Shanghai Surprise at midnight. Look for members of each of the bands to play alongside special guests, including world renown fiddler Darol Anger, singer/songwriter and the event’s MC, Big Water, and our very own Shanghai Rose Queen, Stephanie Schneiderman. There will also be surprise guests, creative merriment, a sculpture exhibit by musician Tony Furtado, and live painting by Daniel Work, who will be creating the Shanghai Nights commemorative posters during the show.
Tickets: $48 advance, $55 day of show. Ticket prices subject to service fees. Onsale now thru
Ticketmaster, by phone at 503.224.4400, or in person at select Fred Meyer stores. Reduced service fee tickets available at the Wonder Ballroom / Cafe Wonder & PSU Ticket Office.
December 18, 2008 No Comments
- 4-Mar – Stephen Malkmus & Jicks @ Satyricon
- 19-Mar – Steve Earle @ Aladdin Theater
- 4-Apr – The Black Keys @ Crystal Ballroom
- 3-May – Weinland w/C. Meloy, S. Mcoughy, Norfolk & Western, C. Funk @ White Eagle
- 5-Jul – Eric Lindell @ Waterfront Park
- 27-Aug – Priscilla Ahn @ Lola’s Room
- 4-Sep – Sleepercar / The Blakes @ Dante’s
- 26-Sep – My Morning Jacket @ Edgefield
- 23-Oct – Hayes Carll @ Doug Fir
- 22-Nov – Drive-By Tuckers / The Hold Steady @ Crystal Ballroom
December 18, 2008 No Comments
Portland, Oregon’s The Upsidedown, called “dreamy and decadent in all the right places” by The Boston Globe, have finished recording and mixing their new album, Human Destination, at The Dandy Warhols’ Odditorium. It will be released digitally on the Dandys’ new label, Beat The World Records.
Childhood friends Jsun Atoms (vocals, guitar, keys, formerly of The Bella Low) and Brett Kron (guitar) had been involved in the Portland music scene since the mid-90s and had always talked about playing together, but it wasn’t until 2003 that they seriously decided to start a band. Finding a cross-national group of transplanted musicians – Matt Moore (guitars, vocals, accordion, harp) and Bob Graham Mild (drums) from Missouri, Tristan Evans (bass, vocals) from Kansas City, KS, and Sarah Jane (keys, vocals, tambourine, ex-The Out Crowd) from San Francisco – the six-piece soon began making a name for itself in the Northwest. The press took notice: The Portland Mercury called them a “diligent band that’s been around the Portland block” and “paid their dues,” Magnet named them a “band to watch,” and they were featured on the 2007 compilation Musicfest NW Vol. 2, along with artists as Spoon, The Thermals, Aesop Rock, and Deerhunter.
With Human Destination, their second full-length, the group is able to truly push, even surpass, the boundaries normally imposed by time and money. At the Odditorium, The Upsidedown found an environment conducive to making a complete, fully engaged record, playful and smart and as energetic as their celebrated live show. Part of the closely-knit Portland music community, The Upsidedown have performed with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Richard Butler, The Black Angels, Colin Meloy, The Dears, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Walkmen. In the fall of 2008 they’ll be joining labelmates The Dandy Warhols on their full North American tour.
December 17, 2008 No Comments
December 16, 2008 No Comments
10 Great Albums from 2008 – PDX Style
- Blitzen Trapper – Furr
- Horse Feathers – House With No Home
- Blind Pilot – 3 Rounds & A Sound
- Portland Cello Project – Self Titled
- Weinland – La Lamentor
- Richmond Fontaine – $87 and a Guilty Conscience that Gets Worse the Longer I Go
- Michael Dean Damron & Thee Loyal Bastards – Bad Days Ahead
- – Lunglight
- Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash
- Lewi Longmire Band – Fire ‘Neath the Still
MP3/Download: Lewi Longmire – Whatchoo Gonna Do About It
MP3/Download: Blitzen Trapper – Black River Killer
MP3/Download: Blind Pilot – Oviedo
MP3/Download: The Shaky Hands – We Are Young
December 16, 2008 No Comments
The Virgins are an American indie rock band consisting of four members: Erik Ratensperger, Donald Cumming, Wade Oates and Nick Zarin-Ackerman. They were originally from New York City, they formed in 2005 based in New York City, New York. They have toured with Jet and opened for Sonic Youth and Patti Smith and played at the All Points West Festival in 2008. They also performed at the 2008 SXSW festival, and toured in the United Kingdom with The Pigeon Detectives in November and December 2008.
I’ve gotten so used to “New York band” being synonymous with “Brooklyn band” these days that it’s almost jarring to meet a group that’s kept itself planted in Manhattan. “I tried to get an apartment in Williamsburg once,” admits The Virgins frontman Donald Cumming, “but this is home, man.” And unlike so many of those bands that now call Brooklyn home, three-fourths of the Virgins are that rare breed: native New Yorkers. Cumming grew up in the Tribeca neighborhood — before it was Tribeca — guitarist Wade Oates was a West Village kid, bassist Nick Zarin-Ackerman is from the Upper West Side. Only drummer Erik Ratensperger, a Connecticut native, did not grow up in the city.
The New York rockers found themselves thrust into the mainstream last year when the producers of “Gossip Girl” used their EP as the soundtrack for an episode of the show. The Virgins said “I think it made a big difference for people knowing about us,” lead singer Donald Cumming told MTV News, with some understatement. “[When the producers approached us,] I kept thinking ‘Gilmore Girls’ … and I was like, ‘I don’t know if that sounds right!’ “
December 14, 2008 No Comments
First things first: We’re from Japan! is actually from Portland, Oregon. But they may as well be from Japan, because they’re signed to Zankyo Records, and their overseas fan base adores them. It’s always embarrassing when another country “gets” the music of a quality act before the home country, but even Jesus wasn’t appreciated in his home town. I, for one, would love to see this band break big in the U.S. They’ve been paying their dues for five years now, they’re enormously appealing, and they have demonstrated that they are willing to take creative, counter-instinctive risks to further their sound.
We’re from Japan!’s last album, 48 Minutes, 07 Seconds, Then the Open Air (available domestically from Jackpot Records) was a solid post-rock effort that presented the requisite builds, drops and crescendos, but did so in a relatively unassuming way. Standout track “Larsen B” concluded in a wash of strings that peaked all too early; other tracks tended toward the languid and soothing. While there was nothing wrong with this, and the album was certainly worth purchasing, it was not especially memorable, and the listening experience soon faded from memory.
“There Are Horses in the Streets” is the track that makes the listener put down the book, drop the spatula, put the caller on hold, stop texting, sit up and take notice. It starts with a bang, a rustle of drums, a squelch of guitars, a melodic propulsion, and swiftly enters into a series of swoops and swoons which leave the listener breathless and the woofers gasping for air. The Big Moment arrives four minutes in, as the song topples into a pounding, half-tempo trough.
The album’s highlight, however, is the closing piece, the nearly 13-minute “September 13, 1848.” On this date, rail worker Phineas Gage had a tamping iron blasted through his frontal lobes. The 26-year old, with a bar sticking out of his eye, walked toward assistance, sat upright all the way to town, and lived another twelve years. His personality, however, was afterwards observed to change from “hard-working and responsible” to “capricious and profane.” We’re from Japan!’s truly epic piece seems to soundtrack the accident, the emotional fluctuation, the slow, sad retreat from polite society. (The complete stop at 3:36 likely represents the moment after the impaling blow.) If not for the absence of vocals, “September 13, 1848” would be right at home on an iLiKETRAiNS album. One of the tracks of the year? Absolutely. Three years ago, We’re from Japan! ended up on TSB’s list of “25 Missed Releases of 2005.” We’d like to think that this corrects the injustice, so take it from me: Don’t miss out on this one!
December 12, 2008 No Comments