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LIVE: Circle Takes the Square, Branx, Portland, OR

By Hollister Dixon

Before we go on, here’s a bit of a history lesson for you, in case you’re uninitiated: Back in 2000, Circle Takes The Square started in Gainesville, GA. Over the course of their first four years, they released three things: a self-titled EP, a split 12″ with compatriots Pageninetynine, and As The Roots Undo, an album that a lot of people consider to be their magnum opus. Following this, the band grew quiet. After touring the album, they retreated to write new music, or to recharge, or something. Around 2006, a live demo, called “Ritual of Names”, appeared on the band’s MySpace page. The band underwent a considerable amount of lineup changes, which – if you’re exceptionally nerdy about music – is usually a bad sign. Drew Speziale and Kathy Coppola, the band’s sole original members, began talking about a new album, though nothing came of it. Nothing, until “Ritual Of Names” appeared as “Enter By The Narrow Gates” on their second album called Decompositions: Volume One, which finally saw the light of day in 2012, 8 years after their first record.

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Episode 67: Doing It Yourself

Thanks to Reid Stubblefield and Bim Ditson for joining us on this week’s episode! Listen above, download here.


  • DIY culture
  • What does DIY mean, and what does it look like?
  • What spaces exist in Portland for DIY bands to call home?
  • Does the culture need an infrastructure?
  • Does the existence of the internet/Bandcamp make it easier for bands, or is the market too flooded?



  • Ash
  • Mo Troper / Your Rival
  • Bim Ditson / And And And
  • Reid Stubblefield / The Sky Above and Earth Below
  • Soriah
  • Patterson Hood / Drive By Truckers
  • Phil Anselmo / Pantera
  • Author & Punisher
  • Down
  • Johnny Lang
  • Drenge
  • Yuck
  • Ghost Ease
  • Justin Bieber
  • Cevin Key / Skinny Puppy
  • David J / Bauhaus
  • No Good Lovers
  • Hurry Up
  • Kathy Foster / Westin Glass / The Thermals
  • J Mascis / Dinosaur Jr.
  • Kevin Shields / My Bloody Valentine
  • Lightning Bolt
  • Peter Buck / REM
  • Great Lake Islands
  • Mount Eerie
  • Tiburones
  • Bright Lines
  • Crocodiles
  • Y La Bamba
  • Shaky Hands
  • Death Songs
  • Helio Sequence
  • Modern Kin
  • Putts
  • Sioux Falls
  • Wormbag
  • Seance Crashers
  • Johnny Flynn
  • Jordan Portlock / King Mountain Petrol
  • St. Lucia
  • Soft Skills
  • Fourth Wall
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