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Monday, August 11, 2014

Music Monday! Sallie Ford, Quiet Life, Yob & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Music Monday has been keeping summer hours lately, so we've got lots to catch up on.

First! Sallie Ford has unveiled the first recording from her solo project—an all-female band that also happens to be called Sallie Ford, but also features Anita Lee Elliot on guitar, Amanda Spring on drums, and Cristina Cano on keys. It's a marked change from her work with the Sound Outside, forgoing the jump and twang in favor of smoldering rock attitude. Ford says, "The song is about games that people play in romantic relationships and how you always want what you can't have." It comes from the first Sallie Ford album, Slap Back, which was produced by Chris Funk and comes out on October 14 on Vanguard.

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Next! Portland/Connecticut band Quiet Life's new EP, Housebroken Man, is due out tomorrow on Mama Bird, and here's the title track, which the band recorded here in Portland with Shovels and Rope's Cary Ann Hearst duetting with the band's Sean Spellman. It's a rollicking barrelhouse number; the EP also includes a cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Waiting Around to Die" that features a guest appearance from My Morning Jacket's Jim James. You can check that out at Rolling Stone. Another song, the heartbroken bottom-of-the-bottle ballad "Shaky Hand," just went up over at Paste. Quiet Life play this Wednesday, August 13 at the Doug Fir; I believe it's their first Portland show in many moons.

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Stereogum premiered a new one from Yob today—and along the way, they call the Oregon metal group "the best doom band in the world today" after likening them to Mariano Rivera in a distractingly lengthy lede (sometimes, I guess music writers just want to write about baseball). But they're right about Yob being one of the best; their new album, Clearing the Path to Ascend, comes out on September 2 on Neurot Recordings (with a vinyl release on Relapse on September 15), and is poised to bury the metal landscape with the efficiency and thoroughness of an avalanche. Take a listen to the 15 thunderous minutes of "Unmask the Spectre," and get ready for Yob's headlining slot at the upcoming Hoverfest on Saturday, August 23.

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Few Portland albums have built up as much advance word as Musée Mécanique's second album, From the Shores of Sleep, which is having its long awaited release on August 25 via Tender Loving Empire. A second preview track called "The Open Sea" (which follows "The Lighthouse and the Hourglass," listen to that one here) turned up on AV Club last week. "The Open Sea" is a hypnotic, lushly gorgeous bit of art-folk with classical flourishes, a cinematic scope, and a seafaring sense of adventure. Musée Mécanique play a record release show for From the Shores of Sleep at Alberta Rose Theatre on Saturday, September 6.

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Mr. Bones recently dropped its self-titled album, and here's a gummy, gooey power-pop gem from it called "You Don't Have a Skull of Your Own." The band includes Leland Brehl, Ben Burwell, Asher McKenzie, and Jackson Machado, and they just appeared on KPSU's Blake on Wax last Friday. Check that session out here. Mr. Bones has a few upcoming shows: the Red and Black Café on Thursday, August 14; the KPSU at Kelly's kickoff party this Friday, August 15 at Kelly's Olympian; and at East End on August 30, provided the venue—which suffered damage in a fire this past Friday—has reopened by then.

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The candy-colored disco practitioners in Gold Casio just dropped their first song, "Colors on the Wall," which you can take a listen to here. The Portland group includes members of Adventure Galley with some other folks, and hearkens back to both disco's late-'70s heyday as well as that of house music in the early '90s. Gold Casio plays its first show this Wednesday, August 13 at Holocene with Hustle and Drone and Small Skies.

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We'll end today on a slightly less cheery note, with the latest bruiser from Rabbits. The Portland noise/metal/punk/other trio's third full-length, Untoward, comes out tomorrow on Lamb Unlimited, and here's "Pack Up Your Shit," the title of which should be self-explanatory. It displays the kind of ferocity we've come to expect from Rabbits, as well as a kind of edge-of-the-cliff dangerous fun. (Check out another new one, "Ever Mind," at AV Club.) The folks behind Rabbits are also behind the upcoming Festicide, which hits this weekend at various locations. Of course, Rabbits are playing; they were slated to play a Saturday matinee at East End, but due to the fire, that show has now been moved to Slabtown. It goes down at 3 pm, with Rabbits, Honduran, Diesto, and Towers. Expect your ears to ring.

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