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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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The Deli Portland's Guide to PDX POP NOW! 2014

Three days, outdoor and indoor stages, tons of rad local music...even room to park your bike. The annual PDX Pop Now! fest takes place July 18th through the 20th at 226 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214 (underneath the Hawthorne Bridge). As always the festival is free and totally all ages. 
 
PDX Pop Now!, Portland’s rock and roll non-profit has one mission; to “stimulate and expand participation in the Portland music scene” - an admirable cause to say the least, considering all the hard work this organization has done to support local art. From its early days as a listserv for Portland music lovers in 1998, PDX Pop Now! has grown into an “all-volunteer organization committed to...provid[ing] and support[ing] live performances and recorded materials.”
 
Overwhelmed by all the stellar bands? Here are some of our recomendations of what not to miss:
 
BARRA BROWN QUINTET: Friday 18th, Outdoor Stage, 6pm
      Brown, a Lewis & Clark College alum, has been making all sorts of waves in the Portland music scene - particularly in the jazz community. He’s been composing some killer, adventurous tunes that blend his eclectic taste in music. For instance, if it weren’t for the styling of trumpeter Tom Barber along with Brown’s polyrhythmic metric play, the song, “How the West was Won” could easily pass as an upbeat instrumental pop tune. 

 
BROWNISH BLACK: Saturday 19th, Outdoor Stage, 1:30pm
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SOUVENIR DRIVER: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 4:15pm
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Also check out:
ALAMEDA: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 2:15pm
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COMA SERFS: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 6:15pm
      With their jagged, garage rock, Coma Serfs will basically tear down all that sweet healing you got from just watching Alameda...but in the best way possible.
 
- Ted Jamison 

 


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Up next is Ladywolf with their rhythmic jolt of lo fi psychedelic rock. Listening to Ladywolf is like being transported to a place I've never been. Mainly New York in the late seventies. I feel like I'm in a dirty nightclub and I'm 21 again. In a glorious way.

The Handles bring a heartache of lap steel country drawl with great, laid back capability. Their choruses play with melodies that will have you singing along even if you only pick up half of the words. "My love is a bottle, and you are the reason". It's that kind of sadness that makes you feel right at home.

Mufassa will close out the night before hitting the road the following morning to embark on a West Coast tour. If The Beatles, T Rex and Black Sabbath had a baby - spunky and confident, these boys definitely know how to pack a punch with songs like "Johnny," but can also draw you back in with the thoughtful storytelling in tracks like "Women." This evening will be quite the ride.

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Blitzen Trapper at Mississippi Studios 7.1

 

Blitzen Trapper at Mississippi Studios

 

 

Pony Village at Mississippi Studios 7.1

Pony Village at Mississippi Studios

 

Tiburones at Mississippi Studios 7.1

Tiburones at Mississippi Studios

 

Check out the rest of the photos from the night here


Photos: Talkative's Hot Fruit Barbeque Release at Rontoms

Sunday (6.29) at Rontoms, Talkative played a release show for their latest record, Hot Fruit Barbeque, where they blew minds and tugged on heart strings - especially with their supergroup rendition of "Snow Jobs" sharing the stage with local-legends Grandparents. Were you there? Photos by Todd Walberg.

Check out the rest of the photos from the show here

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