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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  • on October 26, 2009
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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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  • on October 23, 2009
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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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  • on September 17, 2009
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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.

Dufus Spreads Their East Coast Goofy to Pacific Time

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  • on September 16, 2009
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Dufus is a band that wears silliness as a badge of honor. It holds spontaneity as sacrament. The music is often lumped into the category of anti-folk which is another anti-label that doesn’t really matter.  What it is to me is energetic, drugs goofy and at times very passionate and sincere music delivered with the hurricane vocal chords of Seth Faergolzia.

Faergolzia is the centerpiece of Dufus and if ever there needed to be a centerpiece to a band, this is it. Over the years Dufus has grown and shrunk by the month. It is not uncommon to see a completely different line-up every time you catch a show. On their myspace the list of artists who have performed or recorded under the Dufus umbrella numbers over a hundred. Some of the eye-grabbing notables are Regina Spektor, Diane Cluck, Jeffrey Lewis and Kimya Dawson.

He’s playing tonight at 9pm at Mississippi Pizza. After this Portland show they’re heading south, then back east, and then overseas. So, it’ll likely be the last time any Portlandians will be able to catch them for quite a spell.

–Faergolzia was also a gentleman enough to allow my brother and I to use one of his songs for a movie of ours a while back. So he is forever-gold and rides a unicorn atop a rainbow in my eyes.

Experimental Dental School Get Song Captured by Video

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  • on September 3, 2009
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When faced with spare moments during the course of a day one has to make many difficult choices. These moments that have been wrestled from hustle and bustle should not be wasted on activities of superfluous nature. No regrets. If you suffer from indecision in regard to how to use these rare minutes I suggest devoting at least one to the new video from local duo Experimental Dental School. The song is “Royal Fantasy Snow” and the swirling momentum of the video was captured and crafted by Portland badass – Jeff Guay.

Experimental Dental School “Royal Fantasy Snow” from Jeff Guay on Vimeo.

The Biggest Record Collection in the World

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  • on August 28, 2009
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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.

KRS-One Kickstarts New Religion

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Hip-hop legend KRS-One has written a six-hundred page text dubbed: The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument, clinic which he would like to someday serve as the anchor to a religion of hip-hop.

This sort of tidbit could easily be laughed out of memory and left to die a miserable anonymous death due to the general public’s lack of exposure to ludicrous boldness, this site but I feel it’s worthy of a second thought. Not only because all religions appear nothing more than widely-held beliefs anyway, but because this particular man is not a flavor-of-the-month with a lack of substantiality.

KRS-One has established himself as a man who has been in the creative trenches for a handful of decades, honing his craft all the while. In addition he has been an active and vocal leader in the “Stop the Violence” movement (an attempt to diffuse the violence that has permeated hip-hop).

To assume the boldness of spiritual articulation is just magnificent and I admire it tremendously. As much as religious-fervor serves as antagonist to my protagonist, to approach an art form with the respect of holiness appeals to the romantic in me. And if a handful of people could start the Mormon religion in Utah, who’s to say KRS-One can’t get a foothold.

Hopefully the children of the future will have to wake up early on a future-Sunday in order to plug in their future-headphones. Then bible study will begin.

Dan Deacon’s Dope Ass Ride

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  • on August 25, 2009
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Check out Dan Deacon‘s tour bus. It’s an old schoolbus modified to run off of two fuel systems, stomach diesel and vegetable oil. I had a couple of friends in Eugene who did a very similar conversion to a 24-foot Grumman bread truck so they could go on tour. It’s a ton of work, click and an ongoing project to be sure. Here is a quote from mechanic Ray Roy: “For a tour like what Dan is doing right now… His tour is completely self-produced and very DIY. This is the perfect marriage for that, ophthalmologist this DIY vehicle.”

My favorite part is when Dan’s talking about the Canadian authorities: “We can’t let you into Canada – the bus is too filthy… It’s too filthy for us to check. We know you have drugs, it’s just too filthy to check.”