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Monday, July 29, 2013

Music Monday! Soul Minor, Fun Yeti, Towering Trees & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Portland emcee/producer Soul Minor recently released his noteworthy debut album, Permission to Shine, which is streaming in full over on Bandcamp. Here's the album's worthwhile second track, "Recognize," set atop a stirring, evocative beat with blaxploitation samples and Minor's Immortal Technique-indebted flow. Born Quincy Davis, the Portland native's backstory is full of tribulation and redemption, resulting in the socially conscious hiphop that characterizes Permission to Shine. The album also includes appearances by Mic Crenshaw, Marv Ellis, and David Ornette Cherry. Soul Minor will appear on 107.1 KZME tomorrow for an appearance on "Welcome to the Neighborhood" (airs 8:30-11:30 pm), and will also represent the Northwest at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival taking place in Indonesia this October.

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Fun Yeti are right around the corner from releasing their second EP, called The Future Will Never Last. Take a listen to the infectiously endearing "Honeydew," a peppy, lightly snotty pop song that's brimming over with melody and counterpoint harmonies. The Portland four-piece of Orly Marella, Jesse Reklaw, G. Wesley, and David Volker play the EP's release show this Friday, August 2, at Katie O'Brien's. Dig more tunes on the band's Bandcamp.
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LISTEN: Towering Trees - "Shitty Party" [unmastered]

Towering Trees have been working long and hard on their first album, and they're raising funds over on Kickstarter for the 12-song record's mastering and pressing to vinyl. Take a listen to an unmastered version of album track "Shitty Party," an unassuming but scruffily likable tune that invokes the attitude one should have at an actual shitty party—that of having fun anyway. Towering Trees play Kelly's Olympian on Thursday, August 9, and are hoping to release the Hangover Hearts album, Kickstarter willing, in the fall.

More Monday Music after the jump!

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Last night DJ Cooky Parker spun at Dig a Pony's second anniversary and also held down the drum throne for Ural Thomas and the Pain—an amazing, historic show that will mark the beginning of a new act in Thomas' long, legendary career. More on that to come; in the meantime, here's Cooky take on the song that ya just can't shake: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," offered in the "Blurerd Lkie Tihs • C. Parker remix." Cooky's take is quite a bit spicier, offering salsa piano and filling in some of the sparse original's gaps.
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Here's one from Big Haunt, a newish band whose first EP is titled Devotionals and will be out in the fall. The trio of Lars Ballard, Lily Moth, and Jeff Evans makes patient, black-edged music that's filled with both dread and beauty. Listen to the way they let "Burn Me Up" almost completely smolder out before they re-fan the flame.
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We'll end with Typhoon covering Frank Ocean's "Thinking About You" and putting their own heartswelling stamp on it. Typhoon recently made their Kickstarter goal for a new tour van, ensuring that their upcoming tour, in support of the forthcoming White Lighter album—out August 20—will be relatively free of vehicular stress. Before hitting the road, Typhoon will play two shows (September 5 and 6) at the Old Church as part of MusicfestNW.


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