King Khan & BBQ Show Perform “I’ll Be Loving You” – Scheduled to Play Portland Show This Friday

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When I heard The King Khan & BBQ Show for the first time, tadalafil I was a bit thrown for a loop. I’d heard about the craziness of their shows, approved and their general antics, sickness so the wholesome combination surf guitar and 50’s love song vocals were a surprise.

But despite my confusion, the energy was definitely there, and the songs were catchy and bright. And they’re surprisingly danceable. Even when the music would veer into the psychedelic, it could pass for something from another decade. In a perfect world old people would probably be going crazy for this stuff. They’d be dancing in the streets and fucking like teenagers. Listen to this song and you’ll know what I mean.

Portland Show: November 20th, Dante’s

The band is currently on tour, and having narrowly escaped the law in Kentucky (FULL STORY) they are set to finish up the rest of their showdates. And of course the will be rolling through Portland this Friday, November 20th for a show at Dante’s, which seems to be their Portland home. I caught their side-project, King Khan and the Shrines, at Dante’s a few months back. Hell, I even blogged about it. If you’ve never seen these guys you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Parenthetical Girls Tributes, “A Song For Ellie Greenwich” and “The Scottish Play”

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This video is old…but entirely awesome. Brought to you by Judah Switzer with the assist by Studio Nemo. The track “A Song For Ellie Greenwich” possesses a similarly tributey quality to their new project. I thought I’d take the time to mention them both.

The Scottish Play“The Scottish Play, opisthorchiasis ” the band’s new vinyl on Tomlab, makes a certifiable tip of the hat to a character named Ivor Cutler.

To quote the Tomlab website: “Packaged in a silk-screened sleeve designed by renowned illustrator (and fellow Glaswegian) David Shrigley, this extremely limited release (500 total copies!) features Parenthetical adaptations of four songs and four prose poems from across the dense Cutler discography….Ivor Cutler was an author, humorist, poet, absurdist, public school teacher, and criminally marginalized figure in the field of popular music. He released ten albums of songs and not songs – all characterized by his droll, thick, Scottish brogue – between 1961 and 1997 on some of Britain’s most influential labels (Virgin, Rough Trade, Creation).”

There’s even a short promo video for the disc:

Anyhow, check out the Parenthetical Girls, pretty heady stuff.

Arrington De Dionyso sings in Indonesian, New Video Kicks Off “Malaikat dan Singa” Album

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The description for this video on YouTube reads “Hallucinogenic Post-Punk sung all in Indonesian to impress a girl!”

Arrington's ArtI’ve been following Arrington De Dionyso for a couple of years, pestilence mostly through the band Old Time Relijun, otolaryngologist a Olympia-then-Portland-based group that plays one of the most primal, click musically startling shows I’ve ever seen. Despite Old Time Relijun’s impressive list of releases, De Dionyso seems to keep busy outside of the band with solo work and making weird orgiastic art. Click on the image to see some more, less kid-friendly stuff.

The video is directed by Ben Wolfinsohn a prolific Santa Monica animator who seriously needs a show on Adult Swim. The song, “Mani Malaikat” was included in his illustrated/animated series, My Odd Days – and is set at an awkward, Christmas-sweater-clad domestic setting – with a twist of De Dionyso’s trademark, well, Dionysian weirdness.

Check out the new album on K-Records.

Tender Forever Cover’s Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” in Ladd’s Addition

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Recorded in August 2009 in Southeast Portland, information pills comes a summery Justin Timberlake cover from Portland’s Tender Forever. Filmed as part of the Sydney-based music video series Shoot the Player, resuscitator “My Love” is one of three songs recorded. Check out the other two videos in the original post here.

Nurses go Technicolor

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From my favorite Portland album of 2009, unhealthy Nurses‘ “Apple’s Acre” comes the gloriously dingy opening track “Technicolor,” the featured tune on this one is from Left Right Hand. That psychedelic piano sums up the band pretty well in my mind.

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.

Videos 2 & 3 after the jump. » Read Full Story

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/.