Did you know that La Carreta has a private upstairs banquet hall? It does! And on Friday, January 3, it's gonna hold a one-of-a-kind rock 'n' roll show. The Mercury is co-hosting a very special, very awesome benefit for Sisters of the Road, featuring music by the Pynnacles, Eyelids, and a micro-set by Hutch Harris of the Thermals. If you don't know, the Pynnacles are the band of veterans that hearken back to the rough-and-tumble days of garage rock in the mid-'60s, doing so with authenticity and boundless energy; they're fronted, of course, by the legendary Sean Croghan. And Eyelids' ranks include John Moen (the Decemberists, Black Prairie), Chris Slusarenko (Guided by Voices), and Jonathan Drews (Sunset Valley); their debut single comes out in February. Lastly, Hutch Harris is... well, Hutch needs no introduction.
Tickets for the 2014 La Carreta Meltdown just went on sale this morning, and since the banquet hall is pretty teensy (only 80 advance tickets are available), you'll want to jump on it right now. Go here for tickets, and don't dilly-dally.
So yeah—a rock show in La Carreta, for an absolutely terrific cause. It's the best way to kick off the New Year.
The 2014 La Carreta Meltdown w/the Pynnacles, Eyelids, and Hutch Harris; La Carreta, 4534 SE McLoughlin, Fri Jan 3, $15 advance, tickets here
King Krule is the young man with the ageless voice. Does this sounds like the 19-year-old with red hair and freckles pictured above to you?
LISTEN: King Krule - "Easy Easy"
Pere Ubu, on the other hand, are as old as punk itself. Unlike many of their contemporaries, however, the experimental rockers certainly haven't mellowed into accessibility.
LISTEN: Pere Ubu - "414 Seconds"
Conversely, alt-country veteran Robbie Fulks has begun to act his age (50). It suits him very well.
LISTEN: Robbie Fulks - "Long I Ride"
Plus a crumpled-up wad's worth of this week's Up & Coming shows, longfellow.
Doug Fir–The Royal Oui, Fur Coats, Big Haunt, 9 pm, $6-8
Alberta Rose Theatre–Seed: Words + Music: Laura Gibson, Matt Sheehy, Swan Sovereign, 7:30 pm, $20-22
Alberta Street Pub–Small Souls, Shoeshine Blue, Paul Basile, 8 pm
Dig a Pony–Pretty Ugly, 9 pm
Holocene–House of Light, Exotic Club, IBQT, Magic Fades, 8:30 pm, free
Jade Lounge–Adam Brock, 7 pm
Kelly's Olympian–The Weather Machines, Brother Elf, Sell the Farm, 9 pm, $5
Mississippi Studios–Will Hoge, Red Wanting Blue, 8 pm, $10-12
Wonder Ballroom–Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., Tope, 8 pm, $23, all ages
[ORIGINAL POST]: Early rumors indicate that big changes are in store for next year's MusicfestNW (MFNW). Instead of a multi-day, multi-venue festival, 2014's edition will be a two-day affair at the Portland Waterfront, with room for 10,000 festivalgoers, and two large stages—one sponsored by Nike and one by Red Bull, the Mercury's sources indicate. This is a marked change from Musicfests of previous years, in which more than a dozen Portland venues around town played host to more than 100 different acts over as many as six nights. This will be a condensed, far more focused affair, more akin to other Northwest music festivals such as the Gorge Amphitheater's Sasquatch!, or Portland's annual Waterfront Blues Festival. It also marks the end of concerts taking place in Pioneer Courthouse Square, a relatively recent development that, while initially anchoring the festival, suffered this past year from both bad weather and neighbor complaints.
When asked for confirmation on any of the potential changes, or information about 2014's festival in general, MusicfestNW Executive Director Trevor Solomon
declined to comment [SEE ABOVE]. MusicfestNW typically takes place at the beginning of September, and is run in part by Willamette Week. It's traditionally Portland's big live-music event of the year, and we like it a lot. We'll provided any further updates and/or confirmation, as the information becomes available.
Directed by Jay Winebrenner, the latest video from Wig Out at Jagbags, opens with drummer Jake Morris being shanghaied by a modern-day pirate (Dan Kim), and it’s pretty much lo-fi madcap adventure from there on out. Winebrenner is eccentrically literal in his interpretation of the lyrics, beat for beat, from the “glassblowing funky neighbors” to Joe Kelly’s Meisner-esque performance of a “smooth talking jack-off jailer.” This will remind some viewers of dorkier days, when “alternative” music-videos got a little goofy. If you hemorrhaged the middle '90s watching 120 Minutes, prepare to be pleased.
*cast and crew can be found nightly at Tiga: 1465 NE Prescott
Tickets are on sale over at Secret Society's site. It's $15 and seeing the fantastic, infrequently playing Dolorean on its own would be more than enough reason to throw down.
Manfred Mann, it's Music Monday!
We'll start today with the first publicly available track from Marriage + Cancer. You might recognize the "pissed pop" band (their words) from their former incarnation as the band Nucular Aminals. That name—meddlesome for spelling purists—is now behind them, but the band's aptitude for crooked, anxious, punk-flecked rock is not. "No Sum" is a lengthy but exciting track with haunted funeral-parlor organ, tempo shifts, an expansive, sweeping scope and a stunning climax. Nucular Aminals are dead; long live Marriage + Cancer! The freshly renamed band performs Friday, December 20 at Club 21 with Wounds and Big Eyes, which will be awesome.
Here's Our First Brains covering the Nerves' power-pop gem "Hanging on the Telephone (made famous by Blondie, of course). It's a squealing, squalling, nervy take on the power-pop gem, and the Portland quartet blast through this excellent rendition with energy to spare. Their 2013 album Feelings and How to Destroy Them is about to be sold out forever, so jump over to their Bandcamp page and give it a listen.
Well, this is incredible. It's another cover, this time of the Velvet Underground's spoken-word piece of unsettling brilliance "The Gift," and it's done by none other than Portland's weed-lovin' love-jammers the Memories. At over eight minutes long, this is roughly five times longer than anything else the Memories have laid to tape, and the narrator (Memories singer Erik Gage, I think?) nails John Cale's clipped Welsh accent perfectly. This comes out tomorrow via cassette as part of Burger Records' new album-length tribute to VU's White Light/White Heat album. I guarantee this blows Macaulay Culkin's new pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band the Pizza Underground out of the water.
More Monday after the jump!
Valentine's–Love Cop, Au Dunes, The Backhomes, 9 pm
Alberta Rose Theatre–Cooper & the Jam, 7 pm, $10
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall–Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4: Oregon Symphony, Elina Vahala, 8 pm, all ages
The Elixir Lab–The Moonshine, 7 pm
Hawthorne Theatre–High on Fire, Kvelertak, Windhand, 7 pm, $18-20, all ages
Lola's Room–The Bloodtypes, Dottie Attie, 8 pm, free, all ages
Mississippi Studios–Rhett Miller, Big Haunt, 8 pm, $13-15
You'll want to go over there for full details on how to win, and a breakdown of the many great prizes available. But here's the doozy:
In honor of our December 20 Concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall we've arranged a little contest. This is how it works:
• You put on your best or worst Holiday Sweater (bonus points if a cello is somehow involved).
• Or you could even put the sweater on your cello (as above).
• Or you could even put it on your cat. (I hear the Internet likes cats.)
• Then: You take a picture of your Holiday Sweater. Bonus points for creative design. Bonus points for effective composition. Bonus points for creative setting.
And we haven’t touched on the best part of this. If you are among the top three sweater winners, wear your sweater to the show, and we will give you absolutely supreme VIP seats. And you will be invited on stage, and the audience will vote on the number one grand prize winner.Head over there for the full details on how to enter, PLUS the added, inestimable bonus of the video of Dave Depper in a full elf costume joining PCP for Outkast's "Hey Ya" from the Holiday Sweater Spectacular from three years ago.
For the absolute extremely superlative best grand prize winner: We will compose a song with Adam Shearer on the spot dedicated to your sweater.
Yes. Your sweater will be immortalized in a musical composition.
(Probably on YouTube via video from your friend’s cell phone.)
Portland Cello Project also have a new EP called Winter (The Best Nine Months of the Year) coming out in time for the Spectacular; we premiered a song from it in last week's Music Monday.
Vroom vroom, it's Vrideo Vriday! A lot of vrideos to get to today, so let's cut the chitchat.
Lots more Vriday after the jump!
Holocene–Radiation City, 5 pm, free; Fresh: Penguin Prison, 9 pm, $10
Al's Den–There Is No Mountain, 7 pm, free
Dante's–White Buffalo, Battleme, Michael Dean Damron, 9 pm, $15
Doug Fir–Lee Ranaldo & the Dust, Eyelids, 9 pm, $15
Jimmy Mak's–Paul Creighton Project, 8 pm, $10-12
Katie O'Brien's–Blackwulf, Steelhymen, Lady Problems, 9 pm, free
Kelly's Olympian–Ghosties, Moon Honey, Bearcubbin, Judson Claiborne, 9 pm, $5
Kenton Club–Erotic City, 9 pm
Landmark Saloon–The Caleb Klauder Country Band, 9 pm, free
Mississippi Studios–Pierced Arrows, Audios Amigos, Divers, 9 pm, $8-10
Roseland–KINK's Jingle Bell Jam: The Head & The Heart, Wild Feathers, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, 7 pm, $30-50
Rotture–Shut Up & Dance: DJ Gregarious, 9 pm, $5
Valentine's–Double Platinum Latinum: DJ Papi, Blvd, 9 pm
Wonder Ballroom–Lissie, Kopecky Family Band, 9 pm, $18-20, all ages
The first round of artists includes the great Run the Jewels duo of El-P and Killer Mike, Built to Spill, and Mr. Gnome, plus the up-and-coming Saintseneca (who are going to have a huge 2014, mark my words), the Joy Formidable (who never did too much for me but who I kept hearing were a definite highlight of Musicfest), Seattle's Iska Dhaaf (members of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band and Mad Rad) and Denver's lovely Paper Bird. Plus a clutch of great Portland bands, like Modern Kin, Vikesh Kapoor, Hustle and Drone, Psychic Rites, and Summer Cannibals.
Click the jump to take a look at the existing lineup—and remember, lots more is to come—and check out the announcement video. Lots more info, including tickets, over at Treefort's site.
Analog Cafe–Sir Mix-a-Lot, Bad Habitat, Amerikan Overdose, Carmine, 9 pm, $15
Al's Den–There Is No Mountain, 7 pm, free
Doug Fir–Andrea Gibson, Shenandoah Davis, 6 pm, $12-14, all ages; Cate Le Bon, Kevin Morby, 9 pm, $10-12
Foggy Notion–Slutty Hearts, Dramady, Paulo Zappoli, 9 pm
Goodfoot–Blue Cranes, Dylan Ryan Sand, Kandinsky Effect, 9 pm
Holocene–Pure Bathing Culture, Them Hills, Nick Reinhart, 8:30 pm, $10
Kenton Club–The Ex-Girlfriends Club, 9 pm
The Knock Back–The Shivas, Thomas Mudrick, 9 pm
Mississippi Studios–Vaden Todd Lewis, Sean Croghan, 8 pm, $15-18
Music Millennium–Lovers, 6 pm, free, all ages
Valentine's–Ellis Pink, Wild & Scenic, Khan Heir, 6 pm; Sex Life DJs, 9 pm
Sadly, Wild Flag, despite acclaim for their eponymous debut, are no more: “It was great but I think it just kinda ran its course," Weiss tells us. "It’s hard to have a band when you live five hours apart by plane.”The article goes on to theorize that this raises the possibility of a Sleater-Kinney reunion coming soon, although of course Weiss is currently drumming for her longtime band Quasi; they're in the middle of a UK tour.
As the news echoes around the internet (as in here and here), pundits are hoping, hoping for a Sleater-Kinney reunion, citing as encouraging evidence the November 29 Pearl Jam show in Portland, when Weiss, Brownstein, and Corin Tucker all joined Vedder & Co. onstage for a finale of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." (Rolling Stone went so far as to call it a Sleater-Kinney reunion.)
Crystal Ballroom–Lorde, 5 pm, $20, all ages; Vampire Weekend, Holiday Friends, 8 pm, $40, all ages
Al's Den–There Is No Mountain, 7 pm, free
Bunk Bar–Escondido, The Verner Pantons, 9 pm, $10
East End–Jail Weddings, Mattress, DJ Sam Ott, 9 pm
Holocene–Phone Call, The Visitors, Mackintosh Braun, DJ Freaky Outty, 8:30 pm, $5
LaurelThirst Public House–Will West & The Friendly Strangers, 6 pm; Ryan Sollee, Sareh Jo, 9 pm, free
Mississippi Studios–Fanno Creek, Sama Dams, Hands In, 9 pm, $5-7
Revival Drum Shop–Lisa Schonberg, Lori Goldston, Roro, Ti Femme, 8 pm, $5-15, all ages
Roseland–Arctic Monkeys, Battleme, 8 pm, $35, all ages
Rotture–Church of Misery, Saviours, Wizard Rifle, 9 pm, $12-15
Multiple choice! Portland band Genders have done which of the following?
A. Hit a deer with their van
B. Left a somewhat aggressive note on the door of Built to Spill's practice space
C. Released an exceptional debut album
D. All of the above
LISTEN: Genders - "Something to Get You By"
True or false? Fanno Creek's new album contains songs about aliens and outer space.
LISTEN: Fanno Creek - "On My Way"
Essay section! Explain, in detail, how the Dismemberment Plan's shadow of influence grew in their absence, and how they indirectly shaped the course of what is now commonly referred to as "indie rock." Show your work.
LISTEN: The Dismemberment Plan - "Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer"
All the answers and more, in the new Mercury music section! Plus an answer key full of this week's Up & Coming shows.
Stereogum premiered the new single from Portland band Aan (pronounced "on") on Monday, and Party Damage Records—home to Wild Ones, Your Rival, and St. Even—will be announcing Aan's first full-length, the long, long-awaited Amor Ad Nauseum. The album's title is where Aan got their abbreviated name, and I'm no Latin expert, but I'm pretty sure it means "fuck 'til you puke." (I never get tired of that joke.)
Take a listen to "I Don't Need Love" right here through the magic of the Soundcloud embed.
It's a lurching, awesome track, and not unfamiliar to those who've been following Aan's previous releases and live shows, but it sounds excellent here. Amor Ad Nauseum comes out via Party Damage on February 4. (And this hasn't been officially announced, but you can expect a record release show at a Portland venue with the initials M.S. around that time—say, maybe, the Saturday before the release date, shall we say?) We've got a better look at the album cover—in the battle of dog vs. porcupine, porcupine always wins—and the full tracklist for you after the jump.
If you haven't checked out the Epic Rap Battles of History series (in which historical characters engage in... you know... rap battles) you are really missing something wondrous! Start your education with comedians Key and Peele who star in this heeelariously hot rap battle between Space Jam's Michael Jordan (who also played basketball for a team called the Bulls, I hear?) and poet Muhammad Ali (who apparently fought other people for money). I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT SPORTS! (But I know funny and this is funny.)
Come vacation time later that year, Hood remembered the book, went to the stack and packed it for the trip. “I became obsessed with it,” Hood says. “Ended up re-reading it after I finished it, which never happens. We kind of became pen pals after that.”
When Hood played two nights of solo shows at the Star Theater in September 2012, Vlautin hung in the back with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, because a Patterson Hood show is a good place to hang out and drink. When advance copies of Vlautin’s upcoming novel The Free were available, one landed on Hood’s doorstep. This time, it didn’t sit in a stack. It was from the mail, to Hood’s hands, and then to his pen.
The Truckers had already finished recording their 12th album, but Hood knocked out one more song. “Pauline Hawkins” comes from the point of view of one of The Free’s three protagonists. Like the best of Vlautin’s characters (and Hood’s), she’s a decent person in an indecent situation. Her situation maybe isn’t as desperate at others in the book, but it’s as unrelenting. Her quiet grace in the face of that grind is part of what gives the novel its heart.
Hood took the song to the studio, and they cut it and mixed it in a day. It’s the fourth track on Drive-By Truckers' forthcoming album English Oceans, which will be out March 4. Hood is spending part of the winter here in Portland, and he'll play a January residency at the Doug Fir Lounge (January 8, 15, 22), with Vlautin opening the first of those shows.
Meanwhile, Vlautin's book The Free will be out on February 4, and Vlautin’s been in the studio working on a new Richmond Fontaine record. He’s also got a new band, the Delines, fronted by Texas singer Amy Boone. That album should be out late spring, and it’s full of 3 am honky-tonk soul tunes.
Wonder Ballroom–Suicidal Tendencies, Terror, Trash Talk, Inspector Cluzo, 8 pm, $25-28, all ages
Al's Den–There Is No Mountain, 7 pm, free
Doug Fir–Portugal. The Man, Sons of Huns, Hustle & Drone, 9 pm, $3 with RSVP at redbullsoundselect.com
Holocene–Benefit for Kathleen Keogh: Pictureplane, Miracles Club, $kull$, Beyondadoubt, Allie Hankins, 8:30 pm, $8
LaurelThirst Public House–Jackstraw, 6 pm, free
Mississippi Studios–Bell Gardens, Dinosaur Bones, Gondola, 9 pm, $8
Moda Center–Drake, Miguel, Future, 7 pm, $49.75-99.75, all ages
Roseland–Adventure Club, Dallas K, Hunter Siegel, 8 pm, $25
Miriam Margolyes, it's Music Monday!
Souvenir Driver continue their series of preview tracks from their upcoming full-length, Living Water, which is due out in April. Once a month, they're making a new single available—the catch being that these tracks disappear after 30 days (they'll, of course, be on the album when it's released). Tomorrow, Souvenir Driver releases "I Touch You Honey," and we've got the exclusive advance stream of it. It's a brash, frizzy pebble of pop that's in and out in under two minutes. In the words of SD's Nate Wey, "It's the shortest song on the record—much surfier, lighter, and maybe less post-punk-y than most of our other tracks." This one breezes by quickly enough to demand repeat plays, especially with those schoolboy harmonies that kick in during the second verse, and that terrific chorus that's over way too soon. "I Touch You Honey" will be available on Bandcamp starting tomorrow (head over to Bandcamp right now for your last chance to grab the album's first preview track, "Kiss You Quick), and will be available until Tuesday, January 7. They'll also have a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a vinyl pressing of Living Water.
Nobody owns sweater weather like the Portland Cello Project. To that end, they've got a new EP of winter-themed songs, titled Winter (The Best Nine Months of the Year), and it includes inventive arrangements of wintry songs like "Carol of the Bells," "Riu Chiu," and selections from Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. Here's the EP's opening track, a tango-ish cover of Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal," which sounds very much like a walk through a snow-covered forest. Portland Cello Project perform their annual Holiday Sweater Spectacular—one of the Portland holiday season's essential events—at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Friday, December 20 (tix on sale here). The Winter EP is available for purchase here.
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside's new EP is ready to take on Portland Cello Project in a battle of the seasons: It's titled Summer, and it was recorded over a four-day weekend in October 2012 with Mike Coykendall at his Blue Rooms Studio, all recorded live in the same room with vintage mics. Ford says the EP was influenced by Portland surf band Satan's Pilgrims, and the songs reflect a rawer, punkier vibe of the band, evoking memories of summer (hence its release at the start of winter, when we need it most). Of this great new track—which premiered last week on The Current—Ford says, "'Lips N’ Hips' is about one-night stands or summer flings, and that romantic hope they instill, even though most of the time you don't ever see the person again—or at least that's what my friends tell me! I guess the secret irrational hope is that you'll run away together even though you don't truly know each other." Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside play two shows at the Doug Fir later this month, on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21.
Alberta Rose Theatre–The Next Waltz: Lewi Longmire, Kris Deelane, Steve Kerin, Adam East, Jeremy Wilson, 8 pm, $25-28
Al's Den–Freedy Johnston, 7 pm, free
Analog Cafe–Lord Dying, Anciients, Nether Regions, Sioux, 9 pm
The Annex–Altadore, Fire Nuns, The Want Ads, 9 pm, free
Crystal Ballroom–Typhoon, Wild Ones, Lake, 9 pm, $17-20, all ages
Doug Fir–Blitzen Trapper, The Alialujah Choir, 9 pm, $25
Hawthorne Theatre–Cat Power, Nico Turner, 7 pm, $30-35
Holocene–DJ Nine Inch Nilina, 5 pm, free; Snap!: Doc Adam, Colin Jones, DJ Freaky Outty, 9 pm, $5
Kelly's Olympian–Mothertapes, The Ecstatics, Ryan Stively, 9 pm, $5
The Know–Sun Angle, Week of Wonders, Fine Pets, 8 pm
The Lovecraft–Moon Mirror, Virgin Blood, 9 pm
Mississippi Studios–The Cave Singers, Pollens, 9 pm, $17
Moda Center–Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, 7:30 pm, $69.50, all ages
Plew's Brews–No Tomorrow Boys, 9 pm, free
Tiga–Beacon Sound, 9 pm
Tonic Lounge–The Dickies, Mean Jeans, The Decliners, Ruff Hausen, 9:30 pm, $22
Blitzen Trapper like Oregon. A lot.
LISTEN: Blitzen Trapper - "Shine On"
At 17, Lorde is holding her own against a crowded market of pop queens.
LISTEN: Lorde - "Team"
Drake vs. Miguel vs. Future... WHO YA GOT???
LISTEN: Miguel - "Adorn"
Debate Club! We have conflicted feelings about Pearl Jam. Very conflicted feelings.
LISTEN: Pearl Jam - "Faithfull"
And a healthy dollop of Up & Coming shows.
Holocene–Testify: Magic Fades, DJ Zack, New Dadz DJs, DJ Honest John, 9 pm, free
Al's Den–Freedy Johnston, 7 pm, free
Dig a Pony–Pussy Control: Nathan Detroit, DJ Freaky Outty, 9 pm
Doug Fir–Norfolk & Western, 1939 Ensemble, Darren Hanlon, 9 pm, $12
Gold Dust Meridian–A Very Special Thanksgiving Eve with the Clap Trap: DJ Gregarious, 9 pm
Habesha–Neo G Yo, Daniel Rafn, Hauntings, Neill Von Talley, 9 pm, $3
Mississippi Studios–Anna Gilbert, Chris Marshall & The August Light, Star Anna, 8 pm, $10-12
Rotture–Jon Hopkins, Clark, Nathan Fake, 9 pm
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