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July 2014
Talkative
"Hot Fruit Barbeque
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Whitnessing the growth of Portland punky psych-pop outfit, Talkative, over the years, has been an absolute pleasure. Each of their albums has a home in my music library and heart. Not to mention the dudes in the band are some of the finest gents among the Portland music community. I knew we'd be good buds from the first time I met guitarist/synth/vocalist Cody Berger in 2011, after my own band played a show at Kelly's Olympian, and I reluctantly let an intoxicated Cody, saying "hey man, I heard you like to smoke pot too, cool!" hop a ride back to the SE with me to shorten his walk home. 

Talkative's latest stoney efforts, Hot Fruit Barbeque, takes their raucous high energy sounds to new levels. And it's not just upscaled production. The album feels more purposeful than their previus work, each song commanding you to yield and listen or dance (I prefer to wiggle). Lead single "Rudy Huckleberry" will be left lingering in your ear as you try to recreate Berger's catchy but mostly unintelligible vocal hooks for the remainder of the day. Equally as catcy, "Snow Jobs" and "Hava Nagila" showcase the impressively explosive capabilities of Casunn Taft's drumming. The boys explore slightly more worldly rhythms and tones alongside their distorted guitars on "Gentrifuckation" for an overall excelent, bouncy, party track. 

Hot Fruit Barbeque easily falls at the top of my list of favorite albums in 2014. Listen here.

- Travis Leipzig


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Good Sex Record Release Show at Halcyon Bike Shop 10.21

Because bikes are just as likely as cars to have tape decks these days, Good Sex will be releasing their second full length album this Tuesday, October 21st with a show at Halycon Bike Shop. Titled "Tucked In," it will be available as a cassette for 5 bones at the show. This is a follow up to last July's "Get Bent," and maintains their slutty, lo-fi brat rock. The show will be supported by Deli favorite Mouth Reader as well as Western Medication. The show is free, so there's no reason not to head out to 12 South and let Good Sex inject one more gasp of summer into your week. -Terra James-Jura

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Super Shaker, "Kong"

We had a friend that twists knobs at one of Nashville's fine musical establishments turn us on to Super Shaker the other day. Lo and behold, it had been only two hours since they posted "Kong" on their Facebook page when we finally decided to creep on their social media. This is the first single from a recent marathon recording session, and it is one hell of an introduction to the band. It has an lead in similar to a Super Mario Bros. boss theme and may have a kazoo that surfaces somewhere in the middle, a few of the wtf moments that, after a few extra moments of deliberation, make this track awesome in a darkly weird way. We dig it, and respect Super Shaker's altruism in providing dance rock for stoned gamers. The next chance to check them out live will be at The 5-Spot on October 30th. -Terra James-Jura

 http://mysupershaker.com/index.html

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Congratulations to Dustin Sellers, Our New Artist of the Month!

Just when we thought this poll had quieted down, Dustin Sellers pulled a final campaign that earned him the vote in the last few days. While he may be known for cutting a figure stage right on background vocals for Magnolia Sons, Dustin Sellers has been quietly building his solo career. Last winter saw the release of EP "The Valley," with a full-length tenatively planned for this December. Sellers keen sense of songwriting combines a homespun familiarity with a 90's alternative edge, and it is no small feat to present something organic that hits rock, folk and soul in one breath. Sellers also puts on an impressive, professional-grade live show, two of which are on the horizon: October 28th at The Basement, and November 19th at The Stone Fox with Kelly Ruth and Kylie Rothfield. -Terra James-Jura

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Meet Future Thieves

Today, I would like to introduce you to another up and coming Nashville act, Future Thieves. They  formed about a year ago when long time collaborators Elliot Collet (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Stan Nickell (lead guitar) teamed up with Nick Goss (bass), Austin McCool (lead guitar), and Gianni Gibson (drums).

You may have heard their song "Secret" on the radio recently. They were featured as Lightning 100's local artist of the week last month.

They are definitely a rock act with bluesy influences and a nice blend of indie and classic rock. Collett pens the lyrics and hails from the hills of Kentucky. Before forming the band, he studied audio engineering and ran live sound at shows. Nickell, also a native Kentuckian, has a strong blues background. He can not only play the hell out of a guitar, but he also loves fixing them and performing other technical modifications. McCool and Goss are longtime friends from Indiana and Gibson comes from a musical family in Los Angeles. They all joined forces in Nashville where they are living and making music together. Their first EP is tightly and masterfully engineered and comes from their own home studio.
 
The band writes and arranges the music together to share Collett's stories in a powerful way. There is a big sound, but you can still pick out great guitar melodies and tight vocal harmonies. 

Last Tuesday evening the guys played a rare, stripped-down acoustic set at Two Old Hippies as an unofficial kick-off to some East Coast tour dates. Stay tuned for an exciting Future Thieves announcement next month!​ -Jared Godar

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Fly Golden Eagle Release "Quartz Bijou"

Fly Golden Eagle released sophomore album "Quartz Bijou" today. It serves as a porthole to their broader, 26-track concept album "Quartz," a psychedelic opus inspired by "The Holy Mountain," a 1973 avant-garde film by Alejandro Jodorowsky that inspired frontman Ben Trimble to create an album that would accompany up to the storyline. "Quartz Bijou" is a condensed version of the concept that stands alone in its own right, an invitation to move in closer and get lost in Fly Golden Eagle's messy, visceral psych-rock microcosm. The quartet is on the road with J. Roddy Walston at the moment, culminating with two Nashville shows: a free screening of "The Holy Mountain" synched with "Quartz" at The Stone Fox on November 14th, and a show with Clear Plastic Masks, Paperhead, and Chrome Pony at Queen's Art Collective on November 15th. -Terra James-Jura

 

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