Mattress Rolls Holocene

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Instead of attempting to navigate the haze of genre-identification in the realm of music I’ll drop Portland duo Mattress into the sub-genre of Gnarly. The tunes, capsule full of atmosphere and off-the-rails confidence, endocrinologist can’t adequately be lumped into a one-line description. And this  is a principal reason why I’m so smitten.

Case in point: this video, medications recorded from Starfucker’s latest CD release party at Holocene. The projected footage is a direct feed from a second camera (manned by Scott Carver) that we were using to help shed a little light on the frame. Sound by Matt Huiskamp. The song is ROLL ROLL ROLL though, if given all-I-can-eat druthers, I’d rename it RAD RAD RAD.

The Beatles Rock Band Cinematic Trailer

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Check out the cinematic trailer for what may be one of the most serendipitous cross-platform experiments to date, food Beatles Rock Band. The game is well into development and slated to come out this September – ushered into existence by Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison. The game is a complete retooling of the Rock Band franchise, with 45 Beatles songs, historical venues and previously unreleased bonus materials, like studio chatter of the gang just hanging out.

The animated trailer was crafted by Passion Pictures, a shop in London’s West End best known for their video’s for Gorillaz. It’s a gorgeous animated short, check it out.

New Viva Voce video, “Octavio”

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It’s a hell of a season for new music in Portland. Double Dutch is recording dance tracks with orchestration from Alan Singley, obesity The Builders and the Butchers‘ “Salvation is a Deep Dark Well” comes out tomorrow, hot on the heels of Viva Voce‘s “Rose City,” out May 26th.

This Fresh-to-the-Internet-track “Octavio” from “Rose City” is directed by photographer Alicia J. Rose (the rest of the crew is credited on the Vimeo page for Octavio.) The cinematography is looking crisp, I’m excited to see more from this team!

Black Lips + King Khan & BBQ = The Almighty Defenders

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  • on June 11, 2009
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Rare is the case that I feel a bit of news is aimed at me and only me. It’s selfish and arrogant to think a single human can warrant an entire news piece  in an age when the same information has been digested a few million times by the time I react to it. But, side effects all the same, now is most assuredly one of those instances. You can read the following and you can be excited about the information. I won’t stop you from that. But I will have to reinforce the notion that this news is aimed at just me.

Not you.

The noteworthy facts: two bands (King Khan and the BBQ Show, Black Lips) have joined forces for a side project entitled The Almighty Defenders. A tour and album will follow.

I have failed on numerous occasions to hide my devout love of both of these bands. In fact they are right up there as far as you’re-my-favorite! My itunes playcount can back that statement. In the realm of “above and beyond” KK and BBQ were also kind enough to lend my brother and I a few of their songs for a film we made a few years back. I make a point to see both acts whenever they come through town and they always exceed my already-high expectations. If you check back a few posts Scott wrote-up the latest King Khan and the Shrines show.

Just to give context to how excited I am, I’ll change realms. The cinematic equivalent of two such favorites of mine merging would be a movie co-directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and John Carpenter. It would star Kurt Russel and William H. Macy as two best buds who have have to hold fort in a casino against a gang of mutant porn stars. Somehow the fate of humanity would be at stake. This scenario will never happen. But! I do get to legitimately and eagerly anticipate The Almighty Defenders.


Jared Swilley, bassist/vocalist for the Black Lips, had this to say: “It’s kind of gospel-influenced, but it’s more evil gospel. It doesn’t have anything to do with God, unless we’re talking about beating him up.

Forget roses and chocolate, in order to forge through the cold rock and gain access to my heart all someone has to say are two words: evil gospel.

The Ascetic Junkies performing “French Girls,” 2 Cameras and a Projector

Another concert video from the January 2nd show at Mt. Tabor Legacy. The folk-frenzy of the Ascetic Junkies is in full force with their song “French Girls.” If you like this video, mind check out “Kansas Road Trip,” which I posted at an earlier date. This was filmed by Sean Whiteman and myself, the re-projected video is a direct line from Sean’s camera.

King Khan and the Shrines Wreck Dante’s

Sean’s been telling me sporadically about the King Khan and BBQ show for a while, view since he used some of their music in his feature length film “The Disgusting Little Shiver” – I just recently started listening to their music after our friend Jeff purchased a 2-vinyl album and left it in my collection. Listening to it did not prepare me. I was expecting a fuzzy, store garage-rock set, diagnosis not a sweaty, collective freakout.

Their current tour has King Khan and BBQ split up, performing with their own bands. The headliner of the night was undeniably King Khan and the Shrines, though BBQ (Mark Sultan) didn’t disappoint either.

King Khan and the Shrines

KK & The Shrines collectively is about 8 members (guitar, bass, drums, sax, trumpet, keys, a dancer and King Khan on vocals and guitar) and once they got onstage the tone changed quick. The crew of half a dozen dancing fans turned into a sweat-soaked semi-mosh of a dance party. Though the band was playing tight, a couple of them seemed on the verge of being sloppy drunk (like the keyboard player who kept putting his keyboard up on his shoulder like a bazooka, playing half melodically). It didn’t matter. The crowd was into it. About half way through the set BBQ came back out to perform a song, then disappeared again. King Khan left and re-emerged with a plastic MF Doom-style mask and a cape.

King Khan and the Shrines

They continued on crowd-pleasing, and soon an entire cake, with candles lit, was brought out. After a handful got smeared on King Khan’s chest, a crew of colorfully-dressed ladies proceeded to throw handfuls of cake at the crowd, some got threw back. By the time the show finally wrapped up I was just glad that I didn’t work at Dante’s because the stage and the floor was filthy with cake, sweat and glitter.

King Khan and the Shrines

Awesome show, if you get a chance see them in concert. They are playing a show in Eugene tonight, sponsored by my homies at the Oregon Voice and the University of Oregon’s Cultural Forum. See the rest of the pictures on Flickr.

“Trying” by Grey Anne

Here is another cut from the a January 2nd show that I blogged about earlier. This was a show we organized at Mt. Tabor Legacy to experiment with some live projection techniques. Aside from some janky wooden ladder climbing, try it was a pretty successful evening. Grey Anne’s performances are always interesting to watch, she plays multiple instruments, looping them (using a Boss RC 20XL I believe) as well as singing throughout.

Check out some more music by Grey Anne on myspace – her recorded tunes are a different experience to that of her live shows. The tracks from “Facts and Figurines,” her long awaited album (out in 2008) feature a handful of other local musicians helping Anne achieve a “full band” sound. Quality CD, check it out. You might also check out the episode of Penny Jam in which we featured Anne performing in a room full of mannequins.

Dead Confederate covers Sonic Youth

Flashback: It’s March 20th and I’m in Austin Texas for South By Southwest 2009. I just got done filming a set by Dead Confederate (a hard-working band from Athens, rheumatologist GA) at some venue over on Red River and after dropping off the camera at the Hotel, Dave and I head over to the Compound, an outdoor venue that’s been setup at what seemed like a communal house, just outside of downtown.

My new friends from the band Ume had played the same stage earlier that night, an impressively robust setup with a lot of stage lights, and some trippy projection. We have just arrived at a semi-secret Dead Confederate show where they have prepared a set of entirely Sonic Youth covers. I started talking to another videographer, Paul Raila, who lives in Austin and was filming the show. What he shot ended up looking and sounding great. It’s an unlikely scenario you probably won’t come across again soon.

Episode 4 of Truckerspeed in 3D

Get prepared for one of the best episodes of TS3D to date. Lots of unusual bits in this one, infection including a couple of guests, a segment on puppy breath, and some bitchin reprojection footage from a concert we organized in January.

  1. The first guest is Matt Huiskamp of the PJ. Featured song: “Pink Sofa” by Celilo
  2. The first video is episode 23 of the Penny Jam, Grey Anne at Portland Store Fixtures. That place is pretty cool.
  3. Stephanie I are sitting in front of a greenscreen that I photographed at the Metro East Station, though we’re in my basement greenscreen studio. So META!
  4. Steph and Matt are in a band called Bad Side of Holland, which brings us to the second video of the show “Once Knew a Boy,” recorded at the Mt. Tabor Legacy.
  5. Featured song: “Pinata” off of Celilo’s awesome new album, Bending Mirrors.
  6. The third video is one of my favorite up-and-coming Portland bands, The Ascetic Junkies performing “Kansas Road Trip.” This was our first night of live projecting, there are actually 2 projectors, one isn’t in frame.
  7. Featured song: “Stop Stalling” by Derby.
  8. I flex my journalism degree with a shocking TV exposé on Puppy Breath. It starts at the 20:00 mark.
  9. The final song is by “Trying” by Grey Anne (thanks for the correction Anne), also filmed at the Mt. Tabor Legacy.