Photos: The Kills, Baby In Vain – Wonder Ballroom, 10/28/14

Anglo-American Blues-Punk duo The Kills dropped by the Wonder Ballroom last night – their first time back to Portland since 2011, when they played similarly attended sold-out or near sold-out shows in both May and September (also at the Wonder and then at the Crystal Ballroom for Musicfest NW, respectively.) Suffice it to say, the group brought a world-class energy  and fruitful tension to a crowd fastened for more and more; this band can play any size stage and fill it to the brim with bass-heavy, sexual voodoo and a fair dose of rock star panache. Our very own Yousef Hatlani was front and center. Find his pics over on our Facebook, or click on the photo below.

The Kills // Photo by Yousef Hatlani

The Kills // Photo by Yousef Hatlani

Tagged , , , , , ,

Episode 104: Everyday I Write the Book

10748813_10152409270496497_207607633_n

BIG thanks to Josh Kennedy (aka Thunder Comb) for joining us this week, and contributing music to the episode! You can listen above, and download the episode right here.

Topic:

  • Music biographies (and other books about music)
  • What pushes us to want to read about the bands and musicians we love?
  • Are books about bands better when written by the musician, or by an outside source?
  • How much detail is too much? Do we need to know absolutely everything about the musicians?
  • Which ones are our favorites? Which ones are our least favorites?

Songs:

  • Cream – “White Room”
  • Father John Misty – “I’m Writing a Novel”
  • The Undertones – “Teenage Kicks”
  • Exuma – “Obeah Obeah”

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On Britpop, by Sam Murray

Blur Sam

Editor’s note: This article was written as a response to Episode 103: Britpop. He is a former guest of the podcast (see: Episode 92: When in Portland), and is a resident of Leeds.

By Sam Murray

Britpop is often centred on the indie guitar music of the nineties and to whom it applied we don’t ever know because it was everyone and anyone. Britpop is not so much a genre as an assessment of a political and social changed in the nineteen nineties. We do have clear musical sign posts to this in the music of Oasis, Blue, Pulp, Suede and even to a lesser extent The Spice Girls. Britpop was a reactionary music like those genres that had gone before and seized the opportunity to claim new ground and new notions of British Identity in a way stifled under the dark reign of Margaret Thatcher.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Episode 103: Britpop

Britpop 072

Thanks to Michael Mannheimer and Jeremy Petersen for joining us this week! You can listen to this one above, or download it right here.

Topic:

  • Britpop!
  • What does Britpop look like? What separates a typical British rock band from a britpop band?
  • Is “Britpop” as a genre an actual genre, or just a buzzword?
  • What killed Britpop?

Songs:

  • Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds – “In the Heat of the Moment”
  • Blur – “Parklife”
  • Bob Dylan – “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'”
  • The Mars Volta – “This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed”

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photos: Melvins, Le Butcherettes – Roseland Theater, 10/19/14

Alt/Doom/Sludge/Drone/Heavy institution Melvins dropped by Portland’s Roseland Theater last night as part of their Hold It In tour, promoting the album of the same name made in collaboration with Butthole Surfers bassist Jeff Pinkus. True to the band’s nature, their set was completely unique from the trio’s last few outings in recent years (frontman Buzz Osbourne also played a solo show at the Hawthorne Theater on June 18th of this year – which, despite being an acoustic affair, still managed to bring the band’s lumbering energy in full force.)

Opening the show was Guadalajara’s own Le Butcherettes, led by Teri Gender Bender – who may also be familiar to American audiences for fronting the group Bosnian Rainbows, the brainchild of one Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (the band has played Portland  twice in the last two years, first at the Star Theater on Oct. 20th, 2012 and again at Dante’s on Sept. 18th, 2013.)

Find Yousef Hatlani’s photos on our Facebook page now!

Melvins // Photo by Yousef Hatlani

Melvins // Photo by Yousef Hatlani

LIVE: The Drums, Star Theater, Portland, OR

IMG_0333

By Jordan Portlock // Photos by Jordan Portlock

What? There is still a line for this show forty minutes past doors? What gives? Are The Drums silently taking over the world and nobody told me?

No, it turns out my initial impressions were misguided. The line turned out to be a clever form of crowd management to draw a spectacle on the street, the doors opened a bit late, and The Drums are not going to take over the world anytime soon. They do, however, put on a great show.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

LIVE: Old Crow Medicine Show, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

By Jacob Heiteen

After walking out of their performance at the Schnitz, all I could think was how much I wished more bands were like the Old Crow Medicine Show. For those who don’t know, OCMS started life a group of buskers playing high energy takes on old-time folk songs, when bluegrass legend, Doc Watson, heard them playing outside a pharmacy. He then invited them to play is annual MerleFest, introducing them to a very wide audience and jumpstarting their career.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Episode 102: I’m Alive

Nick 096

Thanks to Nick Winterfeld for joining us this week! You can listen above, and download the episode here.

Topic:

  • Jackson Browne!
  • We discuss his influence on popular music, the artists he’s worked with over the years, and the ways you may already be a fan of his music without knowing it.

Songs:

  • AC/DC – “Play Ball”
  • Jackson Browne – “These Days”
  • Portland Cello Project – “White Winter Hymnal”
  • of Montreal – “Sirens of Your Toxic Spirit”

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

PHOTOS: DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist – Roseland Theater – 10/07/14

The Renegades of Rhythm tour stopped by Portland last night, bringing a chunk of Afrika Bambaataa’s 40,000 LP-strong record collection to the Roseland Theater for one night only – in the hands of DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist, no less (choice quote from Shadow: “Please bear in mind, the music you will be hearing is not from just any copy. It is from the original copy that all [Bambaataa's] recordings were made from.”)

The result was, without a doubt, one of the funnest shows of the year so far, as both DJ’s charged through countless crucial Funk, Electro, Disco, Hip Hop and Rock cuts, forming an aural representation of modern pop music history (and, as Cut Chemist pointed out at the end of the set, our own personal histories by extension.) Our very own Yousef Hatlani was there to document the night. To check out his full album, head on over to our Facebook page.

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist // Photo by Yousef Hatlani

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist // Photo by Yousef Hatlani

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

LIVE: Pinback, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA

By Henry Smith

We were running late. We had just flown off of Beverly Boulevard and onto Highland Avenue. Reasonably zipping through yellow lights, our chance to arrive early to the Pinback show had been blown. This was going to be a special show considering 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the band’s third record, Summer in Abaddon. To celebrate the album’s decade of life, Pinback hit the road playing the whole thing front to back. This was the second to last show before the band closed the tour in their hometown of San Diego. Finally locating a bare stretch of curb on South Burnside Avenue, my roommates and I bickered over whether we had just found a valid parking spot as the clock struck 9:05 PM – five minutes into Tera Melos’ supporting set at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

“If I get a ticket, we split it, alright?” My roommate, Andrew, needed a little security before leaving his Beamer parked where it was. The “NO PARKING” signs were left indecipherable, like most are in West LA. After a couple seconds of sheepish silence, my other roommate, Lucas and I begrudgingly agreed that we would share the burden. We left the BMW to its own devices and hustled over to the El Rey’s main entrance on Wilshire Boulevard.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , ,
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 493 other followers