Fogatron Gets Mouthy at Acme Donuts

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  • on December 4, 2009
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Check out episode 27 of the podcast that Sean and I produce, generic The Penny Jam in association with our Sound Engineer friends at Dexterous Productions. If I haven’t already explained it to you, this web it’s a video series that chronicles Portland musicians performing in unusual locations. This episode featured Fogatron at Acme Donuts. Fogotron often accompanies other musicians, aside from performing alone. As a result, you might find him on stage sometime with some rappers and other musicians if you keep an eye out for his upcoming shows.

Alela Diane Records 2 Songs for AON Sessions in Washington DC

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  • on November 23, 2009
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Alela Diane just finished up a tour with Marissa Nadler and we are lucky enough to have some documentation of it from the web series in All Our Noise. The Washington D.C. crew is on the case, discount filming the band and beaming it back to base here in Portland. Seems like just about every city is destined to have a music video project of this nature – and much to our delight, sales they are fond of featuring touring bands from Portland. There is a second song, “Bowling Green,” after the jump. » Read Full Story

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.

Blind Pilot Records Three Tunes for LaundroMatinee

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  • on November 11, 2009
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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

Two Blitzen Trapper Cuts from the Sound of Young America at the Bridgetown Comedy Fest

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  • on August 24, 2009
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Two months back I posted a video from the Bridgetown Comedy Festival featuring a live recording of the podcast Jordan Jesse Go. Well today I was poking around on Jesse Thorn’s Vimeo account and found another fantastic clip of Blitzen Trapper playing a couple of songs at the Bagdad Theater.

Thorn is an overachieving American public radio show host, check and creator of not only “Jordan Jesse Go”, but the fantastic Sound of Young America.

While Mr. Thorn was in town for the Bridgetown Comedy Festival he and his crew recorded two songs by Blitzen Trapper as part of the Sound of Young America series. Check out these simple but awesome versions of “Black River Killer” and “Lady on the Water.”

The Dimes and the Penny Jam visit St. Cupcake

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  • on August 20, 2009
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Episode 25 of our Portland music video series The Penny Jam with the Dimes is out now! The gentleman from the band don’t normally wear British military uniforms but in a stroke of good luck we caught them on the same day they had done some promotional photography and they already had the costumes. The song, herbal “Abigail Don’t Be Long” is about Abigail Adams, prostate the wife of John Adams (the second President of the United States). This song, drugs like many from the Dimes, mixes sunshine and pop hooks with historically-inspired stories; a perfect formula for our location.

When we started the podcast a year and a half ago it would have been hard to imagine that one day we would have 25 episodes out. It makes me remember the days spent trying to convince people that it was a good idea to set a band up in their store. At this point it’s basically just “check out the website” and they get it. In this case, the band’s manager Ryan, over at Pet Marmoset PR helped arrange the use of St. Cupcake, a little cafe that makes the fanciest cupcakes in the entire freaking world.

This one was mixed by our resident acoustical engineer Clem Abercrombie.

Explode into Colors Explodes in the Portland Art Museum

As we started to polish up the next episode of the Penny Jam (our ongoing video series), order it occurred to me that we hadn’t posted the most recent episode, pregnancy number 24 featuring Explode into Colors.

It’s been getting some loving on the internet, ambulance and for good reason. Explode into Colors brings the energy like a bobcat in a burlap sack – and in this case they brought it four or five times over the course of the shoot – and from what they told us it’s one of their more technically and physically challenging songs. We filmed it in the Grand Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum, where just the night before John Scofield played during the Portland Jazz Festival. I couldn’t help feel really lucky to have access to such a great space. Then I cried. Then I stopped and we filmed this great video. Enjoy!

Panther, Live from a bookstore display window in downtown Portland

Behold, pancreatitis the long awaited episode 23 the Penny Jam! It’s featuring Panther playing in a window display at Cameron’s Books in downtown Portland. We caught Panther before they took off on an international expedition including some coverage on Russian television and from the looks of their Myspace page they are playing at the Strawberry Music Festival in Beijing on Saturday May 2. More links at Rhinestone Neckbrace.

Celilo at Ken’s Workshop

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  • on March 25, 2009
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Check out episode 21 of The Penny Jam, order filmed in a woodshop near 17th and Powell in Portland Oregon. Our friend Ken Tomita hosted, allowing a band and crew to set up in his place. Ken is a woodworker who works mostly with bamboo, and has some really great peices. His blog is also a great resource for the indie scoop on whats going on in the world of furniture design in Portland.

The band we featured was Celilo, a Sasparilla-drenched Alt-Psych-Americana outfit who sound something like Neil Young dropped in Oregon country. They performed “Little Coquette” off of their recently released album Bending Mirrors, which is available on CD Baby. I’ve listened to it 8 times at work in the last few weeks. I can already tell it’s going to be one of those albums that came out of nowhere and stuck to me. Spoiler! It may be one of my new favorite local albums