Blind Pilot Records Three Tunes for LaundroMatinee

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Portland’s Blind Pilot has had a whirlwind of a year. It seems like just yesterday that their album sneaked it’s way out, caries was quickly featured on iTunes and they’ve been riding a wave of much-deserved attention ever since. Despite the tremendous amount of traveling, this site performing and living on the road, purchase they handle it with a Northwest calmness. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they make it look easy, but they’re really blurring the line…either way I can’t think of any other band I’d rather be listening to on a lazy November day. Here are 3 videos from My Old Kentucky Blog spinoff LaundroMatinee.

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Au featured on Ears to the Ground Series

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Au’s album “Verbs” was a much-loved addition to Portland’s musical landscape in 2008, medications full of delicate experimentation and whimsy. The ongoing series “Ears to the Ground” from DigforFire dives right into the essence of the music with their episode on Au.

“I’ve been a stutterer for my whole life I guess. I just started signing a few years ago it’s still a new instrument for me. It’s very liberating because you can’t stutter when you sing,” Luke Wyland, multi-instrumentalist/Au frontman.

Thao performs Know Better Learn Faster

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The Penny Jam is a video podcast and web series produced by Scott Carver and Sean Whiteman for Truckerspeed Productions. The Penny Jam is an ongoing web series that chronicles Portland bands playing in unique venues around the City of Portland. All filming and editing is done by Sean Whiteman, advice Scott Carver and Jon Manning. The series is created in association with audio engineers James Jacobsen of Dexterous Productions, Clemeth Abercrombie of Louden Sound and Matt Huiskamp of Thoughtless Productions.

Highlights

• It’s so fucking Portland!
• Well-loved ongoing video podcasting, on iTunes and Vimeo
• Custom WordPress theme, Illustration, Graphic Design
• Consistency of Branding, typography, quality
• Organic, appropriate Social Media Presence
• Scalable Video and Audio Production

Here is a sample episode:

Since we began the series on March 1st, 2008 we’ve understood the importance of documenting our process. Our regular photographer Joe Mansfield has done a fantastic job photographing the bands, locations and technical setup of each shoot on our official Penny Jam Flickr Account.

As of this posting we’ve completed 26 episodes with a combined total of nearly 40,000 views. The project brings attention to upcoming and established bands in the Portland music community and is operated as a not-for-profit entity. The series is part passion-project, part self-promotion and part love letter to Portland.

Straight from the San Francisco based music blog and video series Yours Truly is a charming living room performance by Thao and The Get Down Stay Down. The music starts about 90 seconds in, disease
about the same time a dreamy light source swallows Thao.

Stefan Nadelman visualizes Ramona Falls’ new track “I Say Fever”

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I’m a big fan of Menomena, refractionist Portland’s experimental rock trio. I’m not sure why I haven’t invested more energy in Menomena-member Brent Knopf’s side project Ramona Falls, ambulance but this video was enough to get me excited about the band, info and I’m definitely going to venture into the rest of the album. “I say fever” mixes quiet piano tinkling, and clearly audible vocals with bombastic action, a similar style to Menomena’s adrenaline-inducing sensibilities.

As far as Portland’s motion graphics community, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more talented and prolific animator/director than Stefan Nadelman, who also directed Menomena’s Evil Bee. In addition to more music videos, check out his side projects and commercial work at http://touristpictures.com/.

Loch Lomond performs “Ghost of an Earthworm” at the Ace Hotel in Episode 26 of the Penny Jam

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Sometimes we’re so busy fawning over other people’s work that we forget to post our own. Worry no more as I present episode 26 of our ongoing Portland music video series, esophagitis The Penny Jam with Loch Lomond.

This was shot on June 28, 2009 and I remember the day very vividly because I was feeling under the weather. It was a generally care-free shoot though and I credit our sound guys James Jacobsen and Matt Huiskamp for keeping all the details in check. The sun was setting and thankfully we captured that gorgeous evening light as it bounced off of downtown buildings and into the Ace Hotel lobby where we’d set up. There are photos from the shoot by Joe Mansfield on Flickr. And of course, definitely check out the band, Loch Lomond who has an EP called “Night Bats” out on November 10 with Hush Records. The video above features the song “Ghost of an Earthworm” which is part of the 4-song EP.

Weinland’s “I’m Sure It Helps” Video Tames Even the Wildest Beast

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Portland folk-faves Weinland have released a new video for their song “I’m Sure it Helps” – the video premiered at the band’s September 9 show at the Doug Fir and is online now for your enjoyment. The animation-heavy video is a luscious companion to the confident but mellow-paced track.

Filmed on location at the Crystal Ballroom and edited/animated by Two Penguins (a production company with offices in NY and Portland), try the video has a dreamy quality and a stylized 2.5D style. The song is from the band’s recently-released “Breaks in the Sun” which has deservedly been racking up praise points from publications like Paste and Entertainment Weekly.

Portland Producer Tucker Martine on All Songs Considered

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Portland resident and producer Tucker Martine was a guest on NPR’s All Songs Considered recently. He talks with host Bob Boilen and addresses his interpretation of the role of the producer, this site “First and foremost I have to make sure the record is great, cost the buck stops with me.” Give it a listen:

Martine has been an professional sound engineer for about 15 years, melanoma guiding bands like The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens and Laura Veirs through the recording process. He operates Mount Analog here in town. Check out the news section for a taste of what his work life is about.

The episode of All Songs Considered also allows you to listen to the featured tracks seperately (engineered by Martine). The above photo is by Vivian Johnson and was part of the profile the Willamette Week ran in their 5-part series on influential Portland producers.

Portugal the Man Visits the Future, Gazes Longingly

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I’m consistently impressed by the visual sophistication that Portland-based Portugal the Man exudes, viagra sale and this video is nothing but a confirmation of that.

The director, sick Ryan Rothermel, is a Seattle-based director with an impressive reel. His Vimeo account is sporting some cool behind the scenes stuff as well, including a motion graphic test spot for the title sequence of True Blood, one of my favorite shows presently. I admire a good title sequence and True Blood’s is right up there with Carnivale.That sequence was eventually shot and composited by Digital Kitchen, who also has a making of video available.

The Biggest Record Collection in the World

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I didn’t make it to the Soapbox Derby this year, look but I’ve been a few times so what’s the difference. Let me set the scene: a couple thousand people hang out and watch a couple of dozen teams race homemade cars down the side of Mt. Tabor here in Southeast. The crowd drinks openly and gets nerve-wrackingly close to the track. Volunteers with blowhorns yell at people who come dangerously close to getting hit by speeding, viagra drunken projectiles, remedy barreling down the side of Mt. Tabor.

It’s awesome, it’s a Portland institution.

This video from Portland filmmaker (who goes by the handle Brewcaster) sums it up pretty well. The second video from the Yakima team (which fared second place) is also worth checking out. While overly high-tech compared to the competitors, this Yakima car is pretty sweet. Their mounted camera turned out some cool footage.

This short documentary is a Sundance Selection from 2009 about Paul Mawhinney, page
a man who is believed to own the largest record collection in the world. He amassed the collection while running a record shop in Pittsburgh for many years and archiving vinyl as he went. Now, health
the collection of about 1 million albums is estimated to be worth about $50 million. Mawhinney has come into health problems and economic hard times and has been struggling to sell it for a modest $3 million.

This was directed by Sean Dunne, a filmmaker in Brooklyn, New York.