Brutal Beauty, The Portland Roller Derby Documentary

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This video is so packed full of awesome quotes that it’s ridiculous. This trailer from Benjamin Meader on Vimeo is for the film Brutal Beauty, phthisiatrician a documentary that follows the Rose City Rollers 2009 season. The premiere of the movie is still a ways off, January 9th at the Hollywood Theater. Looking forward to this one.

Dock Ellis and the LSD No-Hitter, Told By Dock Ellis Himself

If you’re like most people you haven’t heard the story of Dock Ellis pitching a No-Hitter on June 12, malady 1970 for the Pirates all while ON ACID. It’s too bad, more about this should really be taught in public schools. It’s a fantastic piece of sports history, and one that Ellis doesn’t seem too embarrassed about. He shared it openly in his autobiography, Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball, which I hear is a good read.

On March 29, 2008, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel featured Ellis on NPR’s Weekend America, where he talked about his drug-addled game against San Diego Padres. It’s a great story and Ellis, who has since passed away, tells it with the comfort of a man talking about anything other than taking LSD. This short was created by a couple of animators in at No Mas, a sportswear company in New York City who found the original and adapted it to the screen.

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

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  • on November 17, 2009
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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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  • on November 17, 2009
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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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  • on November 16, 2009
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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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  • on November 16, 2009
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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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  • on November 11, 2009
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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.

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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.