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LIVE REVIEW: Guided By Voices, Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

This review is part of a series on MusicFest Northwest Presents: Project Pabst. This includes Digable Planets and both Day One and Day Two of the main festival.

Guided By Voices // Photo Credit: Hollister Dixon

Guided By Voices // Photo Credit: Hollister Dixon

By Hollister Dixon

I started 2014 as a passive fan of Guided By Voices. I’d heard Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes just like the next guy, but they never connected with me in the way they did with some people. I was never into lo-fi recordings, finding them hard to really connect with when you have to wade through muddy production just to hear the good stuff. Then, in June, I discovered the secret: I actually saw Guided By Voices. This show was – and there’s no way around the word – transformative. I walked away from that performance ravenous for everything Robert Pollard had ever done. I obsessed over their music. I alienated people around me with this obsession. In August, just two weeks before getting to end my Summer Of Pollard with another Guided By Voices show, I branded myself with the GBV rune and the word “Incurable”, from the song “I Am A Scientist” (“I am a journalist, I write to you to show you: I am an incurable, and nothing else behaves like me.”)

One week after I got that tattoo, Guided By Voices announced that they were not only cancelling their entire tour, but breaking up entirely. “Guided By Voices has come to an end. With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run. The remaining shows in the next two months are unfortunately canceled.” Even as a new acolyte, it felt less like the band had broken up, and more like Bob Pollard had personally broken up with me. This was short-lived, though: in February, another reunion was announced – though it deviated entirely from the classic lineup entirely. Pollard recruited Bobby Bare Jr. (who opened for GBV at that first show, funnily enough), Kevin March, Nick Mitchell, and Mark Shue. In mid-July, the reunion added former guitarist Doug Gillard to flesh everything out. Sure, it was less a Guided By Voices reunion and more of a “Bob Pollard + Doug Gillard + a few hired guns” tour… but, any chance to hear GBV songs is worth it. Right?

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LIVE REVIEW: Digable Planets, Portland, OR

This review is part of a series on MusicFest Northwest Presents: Project Pabst. This includes Guided By Voices and both Day One and Day Two of the main festival.

By Hollister Dixon

While waiting for Digable Planets to start, my show companion (Colin McLaughlin) and I had a long discussion about truly underrated hip-hop albums. For me, the band’s Blowout Comb – their second and final record, released in 1994 – is a shoe-in for that Top 10. Blowout Comb sounded like it was from the future back in ’94, and listening to it now it’s striking how ahead of its time it still sounds. At times, it feels as though the trio – made up of Butterfly (Ismael Butler, later of Shabazz Palaces), Ladybug Mecca (Mary Ann Vieira), and Doodlebug (Craig Irving) – built a time machine with the sole purpose of seeing what soul and funk sounded like in the 3070’s and bringing those vibes back to the 90s. The band broke up shortly after, though they’ve reunited sporadically in the 20 years since.

There’s always a worry that any reunion is a lazy cash-grab, done “for the money”. Let’s set the record straight, before we go on: if Digable Planets are playing for us again “for the money”, it presents an entirely compelling case for capitalism.

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MFNW Presents Project Pabst (Night One): The Arya Imig Report

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Duran Duran // Photo Credit: Yousef Hatlani

This review is part of a series on MusicFest Northwest Presents: Project Pabst. This include Digable PlanetsGuided By Voices, and Day Two of the festival.

By Arya Imig

When one music festival merges with another, it’s easy to assume that some capitulation to acknowledging vulnerabilities has been made by one side or another. Regardless of the circumstances which led to the merger of MusicFest Northwest and Project Pabst, the results of the lineup and attendance prove that greatness recognizing greatness pays off. The elements that have made the festivals successful separately over the last few years, especially since MFNW moved to a single site day time model, were on display in stereo Saturday at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

That said, the most valid criticism of the result of the merger is that it resulted in a deficit of all ages access to events of the festival. This is an issue worth acknowledging the importance of, and addressing with legitimate understanding of why it’s good for all parties involved. There are many valid legal reasons why the festival itself was unable to be all-ages due to the alcohol sponsorship involved being in conflict with the state’s convoluted and antiquated liquor control laws. There are many small ways to involve the next generation of music fans in enjoying the artistry of some of the icons who played this year. Future legend Vince Staples at the Doc Marten’s store is one thing, but let’s hope it’s a template that can be built on for next year. Other than this major caveat, with Sunday tickets and weekend passes sold out, it’s safe to say the festivals made a smart decision in joining forces.

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Episode 139: I Know It’s Over

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Thanks to Katy Hampton for joining us this week! You can check it out above, or download it here!

Topic:

  • The Smiths and Morrissey!
  • We discuss our love and passion for The Smiths and Morrissey, the things that make both feel unique, our relationships with Morrissey (the person), and – as always – talk about how they’re never reuniting.

Songs:

  • Wilco – “EKG”
  • The Smiths – “Rusholme Ruffians”
  • Morrissey – “Sing Your Life (KROQ Version”
  • Stiff Little Fingers – “Suspect Device”

 

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Episode 138: Project Pabst 2015!

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Thanks to Matt Slessler for joining us on this week’s show! You can check it out above, or download it right here!

Topic:

  • Project Pabst!
  • How did the Project Pabst festival begin?
  • What goes into the booking of the festival? What the process look like from start to finish?
  • What could have been done differently the first year?
  • What does the festival’s future look like?

Songs:

  • Maurice Jarre – “Lara’s Theme” (From Doctor Zhivago)
  • The Buzzcocks – “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)”
  • Blondie – “Hanging on the Telephone”
  • Keiichi Suzuki – “Smiles & Tears” (From Earthbound)
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Episode 100: Our Hundredth Episode!

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This week is just us, but thank YOU for listening to us for two years and 100 episodes! You can listen to this MEGA-SIZED episode above, or download it right here.

Topic:

  • One hundred episodes!
  • We look back on the last 99 episodes of Faces on the Radio, the things we loved, the things that make us do what we do, and the things you can expect from the next 100 episodes.
  • PLUS: We give our advice to anybody looking to get into podcasting (or into a creative project in general).

Songs:

  • Kendrick Lamar – “i”
  • David Byrne & St. Vincent – “Who”
  • The Mountain Goats – “Estate Sale Sign”
  • Gordon Lightfoot – “Early Morning Rain

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Episode 99: Project Pabst

Many thanks to Max Bauske for joining us this week! You can listen to this episode above, or download it right here.

Topic:

  • Project Pabst!
  • Where did this festival come from? What is its purpose?
  • When did this festival enter the planning stage?
  • What bands are we most excited to see?
  • Does Portland “need” another festival?

Songs:

  • Guided By Voices – “I Am a Scientist”
  • GZA – “Liquid Swords”
  • Built to Spill – “Big Dipper”
  • Aphex Twin – “180db_”

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Episode 93: From A Security Standpoint

Thanks to Justin Cate, Denis Davis, and Kenny Struhs for joining us this week! You can listen above, or download this episode here!

Topic:

  • Venue security
  • How did our guests get into the field of doing security at venues?
  • What does a security person’s job actually entail?
  • What are some of the worst things to happen on the job?

Songs:

  • Run the Jewels – “Run the Jewels”
  • Popadocio – “Find Your Cloud”
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “Jubilee Street”
  • Echo & the Bunnymen – “Killing Moon”

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