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.

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• It’s so fucking Portland!
• Well-loved ongoing video podcasting, on iTunes and Vimeo
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• Consistency of Branding, typography, quality
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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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  • 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.

Michael Cera flexes his acting muscles and avoids atrophy

I know I am far from alone when I say that I love Michael Cera and almost everything I’ve seen him in (with Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist as a glaring exception). That said, tadalafil it seems that I hear more and more about how he can’t play any role other than the polite, health charming puppy dog who delivers lines with a towel-dried wit and a lot of bumbling ellipses.

The trailer for Youth In Revolt is hard evidence against such claims. He plays the character of Nick Twisp, who at first happens to be a prime example of Cera staying in his comfort zone. But in order to attract attention from his new trailer park neighbor, Sheeni (Portia Doubleday), Nick creates the bad-boy alter-ego, Francois Dillinger who bears a strong and stinky confidence, the weight of which only a moustache can support.

I am very excited for this movie and what it could do for Cera in regard to getting him a little more breathing room in his roles. Plus, it’s another R-rated comedy! Thank goodness that dry spell is over and people aren’t afraid to say “Fuck” over and over in a comedy agian. I only hope Francois’ language is as filthy as his moustache. Find out in January!

Rogue Film School: Demigod Werner Herzog Teaches Lucky Mortals to Dodge Bullets

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Werner Herzog is a hero of mine. I look up to him and his work regularly inspires me. With that in mind I could  accurately state that I don’t adore his movies in a conventional way. They aren’t the type that hold permanent residency in my DVD player.  I don’t watch his movies for the dialogue or his handling of the storytelling element of cinema. I watch because I don’t know what will happen.  I tend to feel the same sense of exhilaration as I watch each film. This is due to the genuine sense of uncertainty that flows through his frames. Of all filmmakers I admire, allergist I would put him next to David Lynch as the least likely for me to be able to guess how their movies are going to end.

The stories behind his films (and his life) are arguably more exciting than what ends up on screen. This isn’t meant to be disparaging of his work. It’s a high compliment. The spectacles he captures, visit this and the thought of how he was able to, population health are more memorable to me than the story lines. The raft overrun with monkeys in Aguirre: Wrath of God, the dancing chicken in Stroszek or the whole running time of Even Dwarfs Started Small. I feel like the arduous moving of the colossal boat over land in Fitzcarraldo had a more dramatic effect on Herzog’s life than it was supposed to have had on the lead character. His movies strive to do something. To express something that can only be expressed by the tenuous crafting of a succession of savage and beautiful images. His passion and lack of adherence to conventionality appears unrivaled.

His actors have threatened to kill him and he has threatened to kill his actors. He has dodged bullets and he’s been successfully shot by a sniper in the middle of a televised interview. He has two films on deck to be released this year and now he has just announced he is offering his own alternative form of film school. The Rogue Film School, a three-day seminar that will travel from city to city in the coming years, is his own personal brainchild and the text on the site feels like it was written by him personally.

Here’s where it gets good (from the site):

“The Rogue Film School will not teach anything technical related to film-making. For this purpose, please enroll at your local film school.”

“The Rogue Film School is about a way of life. It is about a climate, the excitement that makes film possible. It will be about poetry, films, music, images, literature.”

“Related, but more practical subjects, will be the art of lockpicking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The neutralization of bureaucracy. Guerrilla tactics. Self reliance.”

“Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.”

So, there it is. You read that correctly. He will teach us to pick-locks, forge documents, dodge bullets and he won’t stand for the notions of inner growth or boundaries. He is a badass and he’s graciiously willing to impart a little first-hand inspiration. More information at the official website.

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.

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.