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Monday, July 1, 2013

Music Monday! WL, Honduran, Natasha Kmeto & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Marlee Matlin, it's Music Monday!


Here's the first single from WL's upcoming debut full-length, which premiered last week on Spin. "You're Not Really Here" is the first song the band ever composed, and it's the ideal introduction to their album, which is called Hold and comes out on July 16 in digital and cassette formats. This is one of WL's more contemplative and soulful numbers, with a riff tapped out on electric piano and Misty Mary's vocals breezing over the lock-tight, swinging drums of Stevie Sparks. WL plays a record release show for Hold on Sunday, July 14 at Mississippi Studios with Grandparents and Grammies.

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Okay, that's enough feeling good about yourself. Here's Honduran, and a song called "Shitizen" from their forthcoming album Street Eagles—the press release describes it as "pummeling powerviolence filthdirge" and there's no way I can do any better than that. The Portland trio's music is like tunneling down a spiraling sewer filled with effluent—like that water-slide scene in Goonies, but way more toxic. Street Eagles comes out on Eolian Empire, both digitally and on 180-gram vinyl, on July 30; Honduran is scheduled to play Slabtown on Thursday, July 18.
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Fresh off a successful record release for her great new album Crisis, Natasha Kmeto has a new remix of that album's "Idiot Proof," remixed by Montreal duo Grown Folk. This remix takes the neon-hot electrofunk of Kmeto's original and airbrushes it, creating a pastel rendering of the strewn-sheets bedroom vibe Kmeto evokes. She has a few West Coast dates coming up, including a set at PDX Pop Now! on Saturday, July 20. Kmeto also recently created a special DJ mix for i-D Mag, which you can check out over there.

Music from Summer Cannibals, Tope, Lord Dying, and Big Black Cloud after the jump!

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Summer Cannibals recently shared the first preview track from their forthcoming debut, and here's another song: "Hey/I Was Saved" shows the band in a slower but no less forceful mood, offering a growling bit of punk-sparked rock. Summer Cannibals' debut No Makeup comes out August 6 on New Moss Records, and they play a release show at Mississippi Studios on August 1. They're also playing this Saturday, July 6 at the Doug Fir, opening for Bear & Moose, the Lower 48, and Rin Tin Tiger.
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Portland emcee Tope's new EP Troubleman will be available July 9 on Fresh Selects, but in the meantime, here's "Family Affair," which features guest appearances by Grynch and Spac3man over a sample from Cheryl Lynn's "Got to Be Real." Tope produced this one himself, slowing down the break and offering a laidback, potentially weed-hazed party track. Tope plays the White Eagle on Thursday, July 11 and will also be at Pix's Bastille Day party on Saturday, July 13.
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And a couple quickies (and heavies) for good measure:

• Check out the new track from Lord Dying over on Loudwire. "Descend into Eternal" is more of the flame-licked riffage we've come to love from the Portland metallurgists. Their debut album Summon the Faithless comes out July 9, and they'll be playing a record release show that night at the White Owl Social Club.

Big Black Cloud's new album comes out tomorrow. Right now you can stream all of Black Friday over on Spin. It's a dustcloud of punk, psych, and freakout heaviness—a hornet's swarm of an album, and a fine representation of one of Portland's hardest working and best bands. To celebrate the album's release, Big Black Cloud is playing the Know tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 2.

Big Black Cloud

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