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May 2016
Mo Troper
"Beloved
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 Yes, you've heard the name Mo Troper before. Possibly as a part of Sancho and Your Rival, or maybe as a founder of blowing up label Good Cheer Records. Regardless, his recent release, late April's Beloved, has already reached levels of critical acclaim in just its first few days of actual release. And I'm adding to the pile - Beloved is one of the best new records to come out of Portland so far this year, and it's our new Album of the Month.

With a witty tongue and a sneering outlook on many things in life, Troper blares through Beloved's 13 tracks like an emotional Facebook feed. He, like the rest us, has shitty friends, a distaste for most social situations ("Star Wars") and a rollercoaster relationship with dating ("Princess," "Somebody Special"). He bitingly belts out his lyrics as if he's reliving every situation that's inspired him, making for a brashly heartfelt stock.

Beloved has received heavy comparisons to certain Elvis Costello albums and while that's fair in its own right, isn't entirely the whole case. The album does play into a Costello-esque domination of word play, but it holds a cult like influence closer to that of, say, the Get Up Kids and Saves the Day.

For his first release on his own, Mo Troper has already established himself as a solid solo artist to follow. Beloved will inevitably be added to a list of "classics," and his next album is already baiting with anticipation.


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Jenny Gillespie

Today marks the release of the latest album, Chamma, from Jenny Gillespie. We previewed the release back in April and gave you the history leading up to the recording of this fantastic album. To celebrate the release Jenny has released a second single from the album, "Child of the Universe" and a video for the album's first single "Holi".

 

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Album of the Month: Thomas Comerford

Thomas Comerford has spent the last three years preparing for his second solo album, II, the follow up 2011's Archive + Spiral. The result is a thoughtful, introspective album filled folk and western sounds and themes. Most of the eight tracks are built from acoustic guitar and deep, rich vocals. The sound and style could be compared to Mike Johnson. Several tracks, "Silt and Dust", "Chrysalis", "Prefer Not To", and others, then build with twang and organic instrumentation into small southern symphonies. This is bedroom meets barroom but at times it swells into larger realms. This is most apparent in "Done and Done" with its lush full band sound.

II will be released by Strange Weather Records on June 10th.

Comerford recently released a video with the help of local animator Chris Sullivan for the track "Prefer Not To".

You can celebrate with Thomas at The Burlington Bar on June 12th with Mar Caribe and Angela James.

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June 2014
Thomas Comerford
"II
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Thomas Comerford has spent the last three years preparing for his second solo album, II, the follow up 2011's Archive + Spiral. The result is a thoughtful, introspective album filled folk and western sounds and themes. Most of the eight tracks are built from acoustic guitar and deep, rich vocals. The sound and style could be compared to Mike Johnson. Several tracks, "Silt and Dust", "Chrysalis", "Prefer Not To", and others, then build with twang and organic instrumentation into small southern symphonies. This is bedroom meets barroom but at times it swells into larger realms. This is most apparent in "Done and Done" with its lush full band sound. II will be released by Strange Weather Records on June 10th.

Velocicopter

Velocicopter recently released a digital single containing "Galvanizer" b/w "Tongues". Both tracks are taken from the band's forthcoming album Pals.

You can catch Velocicopter at Do Division West Stage on Sunday June 1st. They will also be performing at Hideout on June 20th.

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Charming Axe @ Szold Hall

The folk trio Charming Axe have released their latest album Gathering Days. The album is honest, simple Americana with a tremendous amount of charm at it core.

You can help Charming Axe celebrate the new album on June 1st at Old Town School's Szold Hall at 4pm with Sweet Hello.

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