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!

New Viva Voce video, “Octavio”

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  • on June 17, 2009
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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!

What Happens When Shady Degenerates Get Their Filthy Hands on Methamphetamine?

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  • on June 12, 2009
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I was tipped of by my coworker Chris of a post over on Our PDX that mentions a new film, somnology produced in Portland, called “Trucker Speed Hooligans.” It’s a fantastic coincidence as we too are located in Portland, and in the film game. But I wouldn’t chock it up to anything more than coincidence, and I’m curious to check it out. The film’s teaser (below) is up on YouTube.

It appears there is some sort of ongoing thing where they destroy a cardboard cutout of Colin Meloy. Can’t say we officially approve of that, but then again we don’t approve of meth either, if that means anything.

Podmonsters: Jordan, Jesse, GO! with David Koechner and James Adomian

Let’s reminisce a bit, ailment to a show I attended during the Bridgetown Comedy Festival on April 26th at the Bagdad Theater here in Portland. I’d originally came to the “Monsters of Podcasting” set to check out the live recording of You Look Nice Today. If you are unfamiliar with YLNT, pregnancy it might be best described as a group of friends with writing/improv comedy backgrounds who, it appears, decide on a loose guideline for each show and then banter their way through it as if they were shooting from the hip. It’s quite entertaining if you can get past the absurdist nature. This set felt a little forced though it might be purely because I was watching them for the first time. To my surprise I was actually more impressed with the act that followed (which I’d never heard of before), Jordan, Jesse, Go!

JJG is hosted by Jordan Morris and Jesse Thorn. They’re able to get a surprising quality of guests to appear on their series, which has just recently passed the 100 episode mark. A few of those include the heroic Kurt Andersen, a co-founder of Spy magazine, and Daily Show correspondant Rob Corddry. In this live video you’ll find impression comedian James Adomian making a guest appearance as Gary Busey. While Adomian went unacknowledged during the live taping, he’s a legitimage force – if you’ve seen Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay you will have seen him in his most famous role, a pot-smoking George W. Bush. As you can see from the video he pulls off the Busey impersonation like a pro.

The next guest was David Koechner, who you should instantly recognize – probably most famous for his role as “Champ” in Anchorman.

I won’t get too much into the nitty-gritties of the show, because it’s right there, just watch it. If you enjoy it, I’d recommend checking out the podcast, Jordan, Jesse, Go! – I’ve been getting into it at work and I’m pretty sure it’s making me smarter, so don’t get too far behind.

It’s also notable that Mr. Thorn also hosts another fantastic show called “The Sound of Young America,” a public radio show featuring interviews and music from a variety of American musicians. Both shows can be found on the admirably-named website, Maximum Fun.

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.

Videobomb Explodes in SouthEast Portland, Births an Experimental Film Festival

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  • on May 7, 2009
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My roommates and I stopped by the Ford Building last night for the PDX Fest Video Installation Exhibit, approved Bum Equipment. The show was the kickoff reception for the Portland Documentary & eXperimental Film Festival that’s happening right now, from May 6 through 10, mostly at the Clinton Street Theater.

The Bum Equipment show had video installations from about 20 different artists, all use either a projector or a tv screen (or multiple tvs) sometimes with a speaker, mostly with headphones. There were also a couple of homebrewed footpad-operated games, one a collaboration between TM Sisters & Samuel Lopez de Victoria and the other between Mumbleboy, e*rock and Karl Ackerman.

While I didn’t catch the main event, it was cool to see that Deelay Ceelay (a Portland band that consists of 2 drummers) had upped the ante by expanding from their typical 1 projector visual freakout to 4.

The event was curated by Cartune Xprez, aka Peter Burr and Christopher Dougleris, who also put out DVD collections of experimental animation and perform in their own band, Hooliganship here in town.

Be sure to check out the rest of the festival, whose actionpacked schedule resides here pdxfilmfest.com. Shawn Levy provides some more background on his blog, including the origins of the festival. The shows are $7 and it’s $40 for a festival pass. There are also some cool workshops, including “Do-It-Yourself 3D Movies” this Saturday May 9th for 35 bucks. Considering I’ve been talking about 3D filmmaking for a bit now, I might just do it.

There are a lot of cool things going on related to the fest though so don’t let it pass you by. The Bum Equipment show is free and open May 7th – 24th from 12PM – 6PM, Thursday through Monday. It’s at Gallery Homeland in the Ford building on 11th and Division, SE.

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.