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.

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.

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.

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Stefan Nadelman visualizes Ramona Falls’ new track “I Say Fever”

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  • on November 5, 2009
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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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  • on October 26, 2009
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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.