20 posts tagged Portland
Radiation City Find It Of Use Video
While You Were Out…
Since the past few weeks have been consumed with travel, shit internet connections and well, a lack of time, it feels like all my social networks are one giant memo pad that reads “While You Were Out.” You see, I didn’t forget about all this good stuff, I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and write a post about it. So now I’m playing catch up with all the great videos I missed. The plan is to post them this week until they have all been shared with the world. Good shit y’all need to see and hear.
They say the writing process for many artists is a form of catharsis. They pour every ounce of themselves into a record, and once it’s written there is a tremendous weight lifted. In the case of my Portland budz Radiation City, they had one more thing to do for their catharsis to be complete. Of course I’m talking about this fantastic video of band members smashing a piano to pieces, to the tune of their latest single, "Find It of Use."
This song is big and dramatic, with an ending that has an epic feel to it, like a gigantic wave crashing on a beach. I can’t help but feel like Rad City’s latest jam would be fantastic music to do a sexy, slowed down salsa dance to. As with their earlier tunes, the band infuses a vintage, “simpler time” feel with a slight Latin/Copacabana/old Hollywood vibe that is really wonderful.
Radiation City’s 7 song EP Cool Nightmare drops March 6th on Tender Loving Empire.
Silver Shore's Lake
by Pure Bathing Culture
album pure bathing culture
Pure Bathing Culture Silver Shore’s Lake
I cannot wait for Pure Bathing Culture to release some new tunes. Until they do, this track will be on repeat, like it has been…for months. The band just played a sold out show at Doug Fir in Portland with my pals Radiation City, so felt the need to revisit this jam. This duo in general, but this jam in particular reminds me of The Carpenters mixed with Kool and the Gang, which inherently reminds me of my childhood because that’s all my parents listened to when I was growing up. Images of those moving ocean clocks that would change colors come to mind. Oh nostalgia.
I have a hunch PBC is putting some tunes out on either Secretly Canadian or Fat Possum, and for reasons I can’t reveal, possibly Domino, sometime this spring. The duo are also in the San Francisco indie rock outfit Vetiver, which is on Sub Pop. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Love speculating though.
For Someone (Abandonment)
album Gem Drops Two
S. Maharba For Someone (Abandonment)
Earlier today I posted about the Gem Drops Two compilation that gave birth to this stellar track, and felt the need to do a separate post just to gush about how beautiful this jam is. S. Maharba has these Shlohmo/Burial/Balam Acab elements to his sound that no one is trying to deny, but then he adds layers of fuzz, drips in vocal samples and well, gives this jam a vintage holiday feel. You actually feel like you are looking out a window as the snow piles up outside and a record of Christmas faves spins in the background. It’s pretty incredible stuff. It’s definitely one of the stand out tracks on this compilation that I had to share.
I have to say, I wouldn’t know about half of this sexy underground hip hop biz if I wasn’t crushing on You’ll Soon Know’s blog so hard. They be hookin’ me up with links for daze.
Read my Mixtape Monday Post that includes Gem Drops Two HERE.
Name your price for Gem Drops Two HERE.
Babies (PoPoPePe Remix)
by Radiation City
Radiation City Babies (PoPoPePe Remix)
Budz Radiation City are back on tour, and have released a dope lil’ remix to celebrate. In case you live in a cave without a solid wi-fi signal, Rad City is known for blending vintage Latin inspired sounds with 50s dream pop nostalgia. So a remix of their tunes is not a simple feat.
Newcomer on the the the scene, PoPoPePe’s remix of “Babies” keeps just enough of the original elements in tact while creating an entirely fresh tune. I love how he chopped up the vocals, and made the guitar strings twinkle, while wrapping the entire track in a soft glow. I can’t say I’ve ever heard anything quite like it. Really beautiful.
Listen to the remix above and the original track below.
December Tour Dates:
4th 9pm Sam Bond’s Garage Eugene, OR
5th 9pm Luigi’s Fungarden Sacramento, CA
6th 9pm Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
7th 9pm Tin Can Alehouse San Diego, CA
8th 9pm The Satellite Los Angeles
9th 9pm Cafe Coda Chico, CA
10th 9pm Doug Fir Portland, OR
DOWNLOAD "Babies (PoPoPePe Remix)" HERE.
THE VIDEOS THAT MADE MY WEEK
#6 PARENTHETICAL GIRLS The Privilege
The video for the track “The Privilege” is off of the fourth installment of Parenthetical Girls mail order only, four song EP series. They run a limited edition of 500 copies, that are hand numbered in the blood of one of the band members, this one being the blood of Amber Smith. I love these Portlandites because they just get so weird. Pre-order HERE.
THE VIDEOS THAT MADE MY WEEK
#3 Mint Julep Why Don’t We
The video depicts some kind of hipster animal spirit ritual ceremony that reminds of me of this sick restaurant I dined at in South Africa called Moyo, and one of my favorite indie flicks, Brick. It’s about high school kids and drugs in the suburbs, I promise it’s not as trite as you think. Just watch it.
Blouse S/T LP Stream + Ghost Dream mp3
Besides Notorious BIG, the highly anticipated (in my book. I don’t care what anyone else is anticipating) first LP from Portland, Oregon’s Blouse, is all I’ve been listening to. I’m in shoegaze heaven.
I caught my third Unknow Mortal Orchestra show last night, and I have to say Blouse is so much more up my alley (Jacob Portrait also plays bass in UMO). Kevin Shields, The Cure and Sonic Youth all rolled into one lovely, lofi melancholic menagerie that is anything but bedroom. Stream the entire album above via The Fader, and snag the free download of my fave track I included below.
DOWNLOAD "Ghost Dream" HERE.
Buy Blouse’s S/T LP out now via Captured Tracks HERE.
THE FIVE VIDEOS THAT MADE MY WEEK
#1 Glass Candy Halloween
Glass Candy’s sinister homage to the John Carpenter classic. A Candy coated gift for all the Ghouls & Goblins in Candyland. Trick Or Treat? Another teaser from ///BODY WORK///. Disorienting walls of synthesizers grasping for their last breath accompanied by Rossini’s most disturbing work to date. Unforgiving arpeggios slash at us like tiny knives in the darkest night, while Ida channels messages from a ouija board…
"It’s Halloween For The Last Time"
DOWNLOAD “HALLOWEEN” HERE.
Trying To Reach You
Nurses Trying To Reach You
I’ve been a fan of Portland natives, Nurses for a couple years now. Glad to see people are starting to dig their sing songy 60’s era do-wop infused brand of noisy pop rock.
Have yet to see them live, but plan on catching their LA show on September 28th. Nurses is on tour with Dominant Legs (meh, not that awesome) now. See dates and peep their latest video for their track "Fever Dreams" below.
*with Dominant Legs
09/27/11 San Francisco, CA – Cafe du Nord*
09/28/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*
09/29/11 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar*
09/30/11 Phoenix , AZ – The Trunk Space*
10/01/11 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture *
10/03/11 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf *
10/04/11 Austin, TX – Lambert’s*
10/05/11 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
10/07/11 Atlanta, GA – 529*
10/08/11 Charlotte, NC – Casbah at Tremont Music Hall*
10/09/11 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
10/11/11 Washington, DC – The Red Palace*
10/12/11 Philadelphia, PA – King Fu Necktie*
10/14/11 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge*
10/15/11 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery*
10/16/11 Allston, MA – Great Scott*
10/17/11 Winooski, VT – The Monkey House*
10/18/11 Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo*
10/19/11 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel*
10/21/11 Bloomington, IN – Russian Recording* w/ Stagnant Pools
10/22/11 Chicago, IL – Schubas*
10/25/11 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry*
10/28/11 Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern*
10/29/11 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret*
WEED + CHOCOLATE = MY WEEKEND DESTROYED. In case you’re wondering how my weekend was… Here’s to a productive week!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT OVER THE WEEKEND… Click the link to go directly to the post.
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Freestyle at it’s finest courtesy of EL MNO’s lyrics over Gucci Mane’s Lemonade
Peep the sick photoshoot I directed with Com Truise + Active Child
Watch the heartwarming fan video for Memory Tapes catchy new song Sun Hits
New Ganglians album is about to drop, listen to their new single Sleep via Get Bent!