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Friday, February 3, 2012

This Week's Mercury Music Section

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Lost Lander

Another week, another Mercury music section. We ordinarily crack wise here, but it's an incredibly strong week for local releases and shows, with great new records from a bevy of Portland acts. So let's dive right in.

Lost Lander's debut DRRT comes with a fold-out planetarium. We fully expect that future releases from this great new Portland band will include a lodestone, a zoetrope, signal flares, a Swiss army knife, and an ocarina.

Lost Lander - "Afraid of Summer"

We assume Laura Gibson wanted to name her excellent new album after a town that shares her initials. And the lucky winner in this selective process turned out to be La Grande, Oregon. (Better luck next time, Los Gangeles.)

Laura Gibson - "La Grande"

The Golden Bears' second record, Write It Like You Find It, is just as good as their first (which was terrific). Recorded at home in their basement, it's a 12-song ode to domesticity and rock and roll—and it turns out those two flavors go together extraordinarily well.

The Golden Bears - "Come to Be"

Neal Morgan is a singing drummer. But his intriguing new album In the Yard sounds nothing like "In the Air Tonight."

Neal Morgan - "Fathers Day"

Welsh band Los Campesinos! have grown from precocious youngsters into a grownup band. Don't worry: Their diary-like songs are still as heart-on-the-sleeve as ever.

Los Campesinos! - "Hello Sadness"

And a lapful of Up & Comings as well.

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