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June 2010
Blue Giant
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To say the self-titled debut album from Portland's Blue Giant is great would be a huge understatement. I was immediately captivated from the first track to the last, as if I just took a long walk through the woods.

The vast amount of instruments and weaving vocal harmonies gives a strong narrative to the entire album, creating a very cinematic listen - allowing the listener to wade through a lush landscape of sound and intricacy.

Husband and wife Anita and Kevin Robertson - along with Chris Funk, Seth Lorinczi, and Evan Railton - have formed this "supergroup" from their vast catalogue of wonderful projects, and have created a beautiful follow up to their Target Heart EP.

A standout track is "Clean the Clock." The song is wonderfully crafted with driving acoustic guitar, strong electric guitar leads and stronger vocal patterns supporting them. The song moves into very different places, shifting through natural ebbs and flows, all while keeping a general theme and referencing different parts of the piece.

One of my favorite things about the album is how the songs bleed into each other, demanding the audience consume the album as a whole. I highly encourage everyone to give this album is a listen!

- Stirling Myles





The Thermals Personal Life Due September 7 On Kill Rock Stars

Our beloved savage indie-poppers The Thermals have had a busy year. Less than a year ago, the trio released its fourth LP (first on Kill Rock Stars) Now We Can See, and between promoting the record and touring the world (five tours in the US, three in Europe, one in China), the threesome has miraculously managed to write and record another album, Personal Life, due September 7th from Kill Rock Stars.

This release marks the third project The Thermals have worked on with Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie), who also mixed the first Thermals LP (More Parts Per Million, 2003) and produced the band's 2nd LP (Fuckin' A, 2004). For you analog geeks out there, the album was recorded to 2" tape and mixed to 1/2" tape, and vinyl enthusiasts will be happy to know the vinyl was mastered straight from tape.

The lead-off single from Personal Life, "I Don't Believe You" will be released by Kill Rock Stars August 10th, 2010, but for now, all we have is a track-listing:

Personal Life Track List

01. I'm Gonna Change Your Life

02. I Don't Believe You

03. Never Listen To Me

04. Not Like Any Other Feeling

05. Power Lies

06. Only For You

07. Alone, A Fool

08. Your Love Is So Strong

09. A Reflection

10. You Changed My Life

Thermals Tour Dates

July 1 - Calgary, AB @ Distillery - Sled Island Festival

July 2 - Calgary, AB @ Olympic Plaza - Sled Island Festival

July 3 - Calgary, AB @ Republik - Sled Island Festival

July 5 - Chicago, IL @ Jay Pritzker Pavillion - Millenium Park

September 6 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival

September 9 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom - Music Fest NW

-Katrina Nattress

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MusicfestNW Announces 2010 Lineup

It's that special time of year, when the sun is shining (for five minute increments between torrential downpours) and our friends at Willamette Week announce the lineup for Portland's very own music festival, MusicfestNW. The typical structure for the now ten-year-old fest is 17 clubs, four nights, and 160 bands, but this year MFNW is changin' it up a bit and adding an outdoor venue in the historic Pioneer Courthouse Square.

If this news alone isn't tantalizing enough for you, just wait until you hear what bands will be headlining the outdoor Pioneer Square Levi's Stage: The Decemberists on Saturday, September 11, and The National on Sunday, September 12. I know it's tough, but if you're around other people right now, please refrain from squeals of ecstasy.

The festival runs from September 9-12 and features bands including Ausin's Okkervil River, New York's The Walkmen, and Portland's own Menomena, The Helio Sequence and The Thermals.

Festival wristbands go on sale June 5, 2010, at two price points:

-$90 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into both outdoor shows and the rest of the four-day festival.

-$65 for one of the two outdoors shows (The Decemberists or The National) and the rest of the fest.

Individual tickets for shows at Pioneer Square, Crystal Ballroom, and The Roseland Theater will also be on sale June 5. All ticket information can be found at musicfestnw.com/tickets

 

Full preliminary lineup:

The Decemberists

The National

Okkervil River

Major Lazer

Sleep performing Holy Mountain

Menomena

The Thermals

Wiz Khalifa

Ra Ra Riot

The Walkmen

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

The Helio Sequence

Justin Townes Earle

Baroness

David Bazan

The Tallest Man on Earth

The Gories

No Means No

Man Man

Laura Veirs

Bobby Bare Jr.

Titus Andronicus

Surfer Blood

Akron/Family

Crooked Fingers

Shonen Knife

Japandroids

People Under the Stairs

Cold Cave

Frank Turner

The Builders and the Butchers

Phantogram

Washed Out

Black Prairie

Thee Oh Sees

Abe Vigoda

Big Freedia

MEN

Laser Sword

From Ashes Rise

Devin Phillips

The Suckers

Trash Talk

Scott Kelly

Rocky Votolato

Blue Giant

The Minus 5

Dan Mangan

Jeff the Brotherhood

Marc Olson

Red Fang

The Zeros

Let’s Wrestle

Pierced Arrows

The Bellrays

Weinland

Portland Cello Project

The Magic Kids

DJ Beyonda

Richmond Fontaine

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

Tu Fawning

Death by Stereo

Princeton

Kisses

White Hinterland

BOAT

Damion Suomi

Typhoon

Y La Bamba

 

-Katrina Nattress

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If You're Ever in the Mayor's Office...

...don't forget to feast your eyes on the newest addition to Sam Adams' art collection, Isaac Brock and the Seven Deadly Sins - the latest City Hall-commissioned piece by Portland artist Alexander Rokoff.

This is the second in a series of paintings with local musicians for Rokoff. You may recognize his oil work as being featured at such venues as Mississippi Studios (the infamous nude painting in the front room). We're pretty sure that this Brock oil masterpiece is going to raise more than a few foreign diplomats' eyebrows.

Brock was on hand for Wednesday's unveiling along with members of the media, and Rokoff. Mayor Adams stopped in to meet Brock and take in the monstrosity, which features a "Patches"-like clown haphazardly lounging on a book shelf carrying a bloody knife, and a wild boar, among other salacious tidbits.

"We have the best art in the city in our office," said Adams. "[Having this here] is a way to talk about Portland in not so obvious ways."

"This is a pleasure for me," responded Brock. "I voted for you."

 

l-r: Alexander Rokoff, Isaac Brock, Sam Adams

 

- Ryan J. Prado

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Free Live Music Concert Series at Whole Foods to Take Bite out of Summer Doldrums

 

I don't know about everyone else, but the indecisive pitchiness of these cloudy skies is beginning to make The Deli Portland angry. When you leave home to run your various what have yous, do you don the rainslick? The long-sleeve? Muscle-Ts and flip-flops? The answer varies depending on the hour, and besides, man - fuck it. The only time it really comes into play is when there's live local music outdoors involved, but with the ambivalence of Mother Nature's wrath ever-present, the point ought not to be overlooked that June could prove to be a messy, moist month.

Leave it to Whole Foods on Laurelhurst to spit in the eye of the Doppler mega-system, when they begin the second of their summer-long weekly concert series, featuring awesome food, rad local (and not-so-local) music and hyper-instant street cred. Yesterday's kick-off event featured Beers, Brats and Portland wunderstuds Archeology. The Deli Portland was off getting its ass kicked at ping pong handily by legendary queercore punk rocker Kaia Wilson of Team Dresch and The Butchies to make it to this first installment, but we're certain we'll be at most if not all of the remaining weekly shindigs.

Check out the lineup below, and pack that rainslick just in case, huh?

Sat 5th June: The Denouement plays at 4pm (earlier than other bands)

Sat 12th June: Hungry Holler plays at 5pm

Sat 19th June: The Royal We plays at 5pm

Sat 26th June: Lone Madrone plays at 5pm

Sat 3rd July: TBC

Sat 10th July: The Ocean Floor plays at 5pm

Sat 17th July: On the Stairs plays at 5pm

Sat 24th July: Leonard Mynx plays at 5pm

Sat 31st July: Super XX Man plays at 5pm

Sat 7th Aug: Hutson plays at 5pm

Sat 14th Aug: Christine Havrilla plays at 5pm

Sat 21st Aug: Matthew Lindley and Troubadour Deluxe plays at 5pm

Sat 28th Aug:TBC

[Editor's Note: Portland bands! Notice those "TBC" dates? Why not contact Whole Foods at 503-232-6601, or even better, contact Whole Foods Marketing and Community Relations Specialist (i.e. booker) at helen.lee@wholefoods.com and hop on the bill? JUST A THOUGHT.]

- Ryan J. Prado

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