Valentino Rossi, it's Video Vriday! Banana Stand Media
will release Radiation City
's Live at the Banana Stand
recording on November 7. It documents the live performance the band gave in the Banana Stand basement on July 12, 2012, which the good folks at Banana Stand ranks as one of the best they've ever recorded. Here's a look at "Color of Industry," a tune from their 2011 LP The Hands That Take You
. The band will perform a release show on November 7 in Seattle, the first time a Banana Stand live set will celebrate its release outside of the city. Next year, they're hoping to start recording bands from Seattle and San Francisco. And after that? Global domination.
• • •Dramady
have been kicking around town for a while, and they're also veterans of countless other Portland bands, but they're posed to become your newest sweethearts with the upcoming release of their winning Answer Only to the Sea
album on November 12. Witness the duo of Amanda Wiles and Zacery Stanley in matching Adidas tracksuits as they assert positive life lessons in "Wanna Be Good." (A key suggestion: "stop fucking around.") Dramady plays a record release show on November 15 at Kenton Club and you are expected to be on your best behavior.
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This is Ripley Snell featuring Grape God
, and the new track "Timeless," coming off Snell's new album Fall Denim
, which is being released by Futro Records next month. It's a vertiginous, fun track located somewhere in the vast floodplain between hiphop and electro. Fans of the word "indubitably" should get a kick out of it (I can't be the only one who remembers Crispy Critters cereal
Lots more to look at after the jump, including Battleme, Hong Kong Banana, Your Rival, and Breathe Owl Breathe at Pickathon!
• • •Battleme
's new video for "Just Weight" was directed by Justin Koleszar and explores a pretty rich idea: If the world was ending, you'd throw a totally excellent party, right? Starring members of Red Fang, the Makers, and good man Matt Brown, the video captures the sort of celebratory wistfulness that makes for a good apocalyptic bash. (Of course, it's not a real party until some hippie with long hair shows up with an acoustic guitar.) "Just Weight" sounds like a hit to me; it comes from Battleme's new EP Weight on the Brain
, which came out October 8.
• • •Hong Kong Banana
released their EP last week (give it a whirl here
), and here's the video for the opening track "Hard Times." Shot around Portland in locations like Ground Kontrol and an unidentified strip club, it's a rocking, rambunctious clip in keeping with the band's menthol-cool garage rock full of attitude. Hong Kong Banana are playing the Zombie Ball at the Crystal Ballroom on Halloween—that's Thursday, October 31, candy lovers.
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Mo Troper of Your Rival
recently recorded a session for Faces on the Radio's new Apartment Stories series. (Full disclosure: Troper writes about music-y things for this here paper.) This session includes four songs, including a couple from Your Rival's super-good new album Here's to Me
, which was released this week on Party Damage Records
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We'll close with some out of town guests: Breathe Owl Breathe
are from Michigan, but they're regulars at the Pickathon festival. They've got a new album called Passage of Pegasus
, and if that sounds too twee for you maybe you are putting too much grump with your coffee. The delightful trio was recently robbed in California of their van and all their gear, straight after playing this year's Pickathon; this pair of lovely videos comes from this year's fest and are some of the last times they played on these instruments and gear. Breathe Owl Breathe have a tour of their home state coming up; hopefully they'll make it back out here before too long.