Convalescing in Braille is the excellent new album from Portland’s Crushed Stars, the solo project of Todd Gautreau. The album was produced by John Congleton (Antony and The Johnsons, St. Vincent) with Gautreau playing the instruments and with drumming from Jeff Ryan (Sarah Jaffe, Pleasant Grove). [audio:http://www.fanaticpromotion.com/projects/crushedstars/mp3/crushedstars-99redballoons.mp3] [audio:http://www.fanaticpromotion.com/projects/crushedstars/mp3/crushedstars-blackumbrellas.mp3]
We dig the energy and the art-rock leanings in Portland-based Wow & Flutter’s latest album, Equilibrio!, which has just been released through Mt. Fuji Records: ‘the album’s eight songs veer from Omnichord-based fairytale spookiness, Spacemen 3 gospel-drone and a touch of Krautroc’. Nice. [audio:http://riotactmedia.com/mp3/scars.mp3]
Portland-based Million Brazillians dole out some dark but groovy psych punk rife with rockabilly and free-jazz flourishes and tribal rhythms. [audio:http://www.motorcityrocks.com/uploaded_images/2009/03/hammer-hammer-carrot.mp3]
Once upon a time, sloppy, out-of-tune, marginally talented basement bands with limited resources had little hope of making a dent in the music scene, local or otherwise. These days, those kinds of bands are among the most interesting and talked about, as Portland’s Eat Skull prove. The four piece plays drunken, chaotic, blown-out songs that [...]
Verbs, the second album from Portland band AU (pronounced ‘ay you’), is surprising, and excitingly ahead of its time. Moving through 20-person chorus cries, subtle lullabies, whispered melodies, and screeching and scratched guitars, you never know where the journey will end. Psche-folk, freak-folk, electro-folk-noise, or whatever you want to call it, AU’s genre sprawling music paves the way for a wider breadth of experimentation in folk-inspired electronic production. We interviewed the group’s front man and founder, multi-instrumentalist Lyke Wyland.
Each week, we invite our favourite bands and musicians to give us the rundown on their eight favourite songs or albums right now. This is their words on the music that inspires them. This week it’s Zia McCabe from The Dandy Warhols who personifies everything The Dandy Warhols stand for: sassy, cooly detached, and dripping in attitude. The keyboardist adds a lush sonic wash to the Dandy’s inherent popism, and keeps the lads in check as they wind their way through the stadiums of the world. Well, kinda. To be a fly on the wall on their tour bus! Some folk have all the fun.
She & Him are actress and closet singer-songwriter, Zooey Deschanel (Almost Famous, The Good Girl, The Assassination of Jesse James), and juggernaut producer, one-man band and folk troubadour, M.Ward.