Thursday, October 16, 2014

Of Montreal, still kicking

Saw Of Montreal play in Portland his week. They sounded great and put on a very energetic show. It was blast to be part of such an enthusiastic crowd as well! I was surprised how much of an under 21 clientele they pulled in.

I haven't listened to Of Montreal in years, but they've been putting out albums consistently since their first in 1997.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Drums

I'm really digging these guys lately

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pickathon 2014

I spent a recent Saturday at Pickathon, a "roots" oriented music festival held on a farm in Happy Valley, OR.  It was my first time at this festival, and although roots/country music is not necessarily my thing, there were several indie bands on the lineup so I jumped at the chance to check it out, if only for one day.

As outdoor festivals go, this was great. There were seven stages going at the same time, some in barns and some off in the woods that you had to hike along a wooded trail to get to. Logistically this made it difficult to catch everything, but they scheduled multiple performances for each band throughout the weekend so if you miss a band one day, you might catch them on another stage later.

The overall festival atmosphere was very laid back and unpretentious. In fact there were a lot more families than hipsters. After Coachella I thought I'd outgrown outdoor music festivals, but I would definitely go to Pickathon again next year, possibly even camp overnight to catch more than one day.

A few highlights!

Those Darlins
They were playing this tiny woodside stage made out of wooden pallets, which I'd wandered over to a few minutes before their set. It was mid afternoon and I needed shade, so I ended up sitting on the ground right up front. The entire audience was sitting down actually, but as soon as the band walked on stage I knew they would NOT be a sit-down band. They ROCKED. Eventually everyone in the audience stood up and a dance party broke out where I'd been sitting.

The lead singer is so fascinating! She rocked on guitar and has an amazing voice, but she also has some serious rockstar moves and interacted with the audience a lot, even walking off stage and into the crowd for a few songs.

I had such a good time. It was one of the best live music experiences I ever had actually, and I think part of it was walking over there on a whim and not knowing what to expect. I totally totally loved them and was obsessively listening to them days later.

Those Darlins' latest album "Blur The Line" is great and the opening track "Oh God" is just brilliant. Here's a video of them performing it live and sounding amazing.   

An older video for one of the other great songs they played at the show. Gah, they are so cute.

Diarrhea Planet
Yup, that's their name! They are a hard rock Nashville band of FOUR guitarists, a bassist and drummer. They played this beautiful woodsy stage in the late afternoon, which was an interesting juxtaposition of venue and music. They shredded heavily.  The crowd was SO INTO it. Even the middle aged hippies were dancing on hay-bales. There was crowd surfing.  Eventually, the band members themselves surfed the crowd WHILE STILL PLAYING THIER INSTRUMENTS. They reminded me of Surfer Blood, but harder. I will definitely go to another show of theirs. So, so fun.

I think everyone there fell in love with this band last night. They played the main stage just before the sun set. Again, I got there early so I could stand really close, which is my new thing apparently. They sounded so great, they were so on point and the drummer was ON IT.  I couldn't take my eyes off her. Whenever she was pounding, we were dancing.

What else I loved about them? They're gorgeous, they totally rock, the bassist had hot pink hair and wore hightop sneakers and jeans and a dress at the same time. There were a lot of little girls in the audience standing up front, mesmerized, which made me so happy. I hope their hip dads buy them guitars ASAP.

Seeing Warpaint perform reaffirmed my fandom. I posted a video of theirs before, here's them performing live.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stuck in my head today

Twin Shadow - Five Seconds  (skip forward 99 seconds for the song to start)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Annie Clark of St. Vincent

One of my friends recently asked "What's the appeal of St. Vincent?"

Oddly, I never got into her/them. Some songs of hers I love but I'm especially not into St. Vincent's latest album. Sorry. Maybe it takes time to digest and I haven't devoted time to doing that.  I'm also way too into garage rock lately and this album is way in the other direction. Ask me again another time, maybe.

I did like the lead track off their 2009 album, The Strangers. Here's an acoustic version, just Annie Clark with a guitar, doing her thang.

Here's Annie on "Guitar Moves".  Turns out she's a pretty sick guitar player.

Here she is again playing with Andrew Bird, who's also great.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire is on tour!  They are not coming to Portland.  :(

Their latest album Reflektor is so good.  I'm loving this video for "We Exist"

Friday, May 16, 2014

post hardcore & straightedge

I've had "Waiting Room" from Fugazi stuck in my head all week.

Fugazi is "post hardcore" punk band from Washington DC..  The song "Waiting Room" was the first track on their self-titled debut EP, released in 1988 on their own label, Dischord.

Before Fugazi, lead singer Ian MacKaye was in hardcore punk band, Minor Threat.  They coined the term (and started the movement?) with this 1981 song off their self-titled EP, "Straight Edge."

Friday, May 9, 2014

Warpaint and regrets.

Warpaint came to town last week. I had a ticket to see them but was too sick and exhausted to make to the show. I blame my demanding work schedule and bronchial infection, but regret that I was just being lazy.

I'm sorry I missed them.  How cute are they?

Their second album, self titled, was released January of this year on Rough Trade.  I LOVED their first album, this one I haven't gotten into yet. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Summer come soon

I made a new playlist to jam to while awaiting summer weather. Embedded Spotify playlist at the end of the post. A lot of summery, punky sounds.

Here are some video highlights.

Bleached - Dead In Your Head
Wavves - Demon to Lean On

The Orwells - In My Bed

Sunday, May 4, 2014

20 Feet From Stardom

I've been watching a ton of music documentaries and just got around to seeing "20 Feet From Stardom" and it's SO GREAT. It's a documentary about backup singers, their struggles and successes with a ton of archive footage.

It won an Academy Award at the 2013 Oscars, which is unsurprising. A good documentary will make you care a lot about something you never thought about before. I'm kind of obsessed.

Here's the trailer:

One of my favorite scenes, when Merry Clayton talks about singing backup for the Rolling Stones in "Gimme Shelter":
... this clip will probably get removed for copyright issues...

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Liars!

Liars have a new album out on Mute!  It's called "Mess."

Official Video for "Mess on a Mission" is directed by Luis Cerveró.

Track one, "Mask Maker." This is crazy. And good.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dum Dum Girls

The new Dum Dum Girls album, "Too True" is really great!

Check out this video for "Lost Boys and Girls Club".  I love the homage to one of my favorite vampire comedy movies, The Lost Boys.  I also love their throwback dark wave sound.  This totally works for me.

Although I gotta laugh when I watch this because I keep thinking about Key & Peele's "Sexy Vampires" sketch.

Here's another great song from their 2011 album Only In Dreams.  Dee Dee Penny (aka Kristin Welchez) has an amazing voice.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Archer's Burgers

I'm a big fan of Archer and Bob's Burgers, so I was really tickled to see this 'crossover' scene from Season 4 of Archer, Fugue and Riffs. The title characters of both shows, Archer and Bob Belcher, are played the amazing H. Jon Benjamin.
Yes, I'm a grown ass woman and I watch cartoons.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Party tracks

Let's get the party started.

Are you in the mood for some upbeat indie?

Or are you in the mood for some old school funk/disco?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

What is shoegaze?

This is shoegaze:

From Allmusic:
Shoegaze is a genre of late '80s and early '90s British indie rock, named after the bands' motionless performing style, where they stood on stage and stared at the floor while they played. But shoegaze wasn't about visuals -- it was about pure sound. The sound of the music was overwhelmingly loud, with long, droning riffs, waves of distortion, and cascades of feedback. Vocals and melodies disappeared into the walls of guitars, creating a wash of sound where no instrument was distinguishable from the other.

From Wikipedia:
Shoegazing (also known as shoegaze) is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s by bands such as My Bloody ValentineSlowdive and Ride... The British music press... named this style shoegazing because the musicians in these bands stood relatively still during live performances in a detached, introspective, non-confrontational state, hence the idea that they were gazing at their shoes.[1][2] The heavy use of effects pedals also contributed to the image of performers looking down at their feet during concerts.

Friday, January 24, 2014

New music

Saw Yuck play at Mississippi Studios in NE Portland last night.  They were so good!

The openers were good too!

The We Shared Milk

Tender Age