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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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Photos: Blitzen Trapper, Pony Village and Tiburones

Last Tuesday, July 1st, the Red Bull Sound Select concert series took over Mississippi Studios once again for a night of musical brilliance, featuring Blitzen Trapper, Pony Village and Tiburones (Tiburones are one of the bands featured in our current Artist of the Month poll series! Vote for them here.). Where you there? Photos by Katie Summer. 

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

 

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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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Blue Skies for Black Hearts Release Self Titled Album

Blue Skies For Black Hearts began as a solo project of Pat Kearns over a decade ago, but has evolved into a Portland mainstay and touring band with five members and six albums. Throughout the band's career, they have intertwined sounds of 50's rhythms and jaunty 70's folk rock, as well as  alternative rock that sprung from the 90's. It's been three years since 2011's  Embracing The Modern Age, and BSFBH hasn't strayed far from their base of fuzzy, filtered, multi-generational sound on their latest self-titled album.  It's a seasoned group, and they have footing in a progressive form of easy-going classic rock, however it is more complex with the band's rounded out line-up.  

To self title the album seems befitting. It's a sunny blend of guitar play between rhythm and lead ("Gone On Too Long"), and anthems focused on release ("Keep On Keepin On"). But Pat Kearns's songwriting is beautifully keen and cool, with ever-clear vocal delivery. "Waiting To Run" has harmonics and crashing cymbals to eradicate self-destruction on a  beautiful day.  "Nothing Came In The Mail" delves into vague existence and soldiers charging compounds; like all of the songs it is embellished with a melodic solo, in this case the bands addition of keyboardist Mark Breitenbach. The last three songs play to the romantic ear:  "Don't Look Back" is sexy funk and choruses, and is followed by "Love Scenes", which sings of longing and inspiration with the sweetest of guitar chords. "Back Home" is about getting back to that special someone with psychedelic undertones. 

Blue Skies For Black Hearts play their album release with Spirit Lake at Doug Fir Lounge on Wednesday night, 7/9. For optimal listening pleasure, make sure to grab a copy of their beautiful new black and blue vinyl. Check out the video for the album's lead single "It's Gone On Too Long" below. 

- Brandy Crowe 

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The Verner Pantons, Lunch and Jollapin Jasper at Rontoms

Resurrection Records is showcasing three of their forthcoming VIBs at a FREE show this Sunday July 6 at Rontoms. And get this: the first 20 people on the patio get a free Resurrection release.

As if you need more convincing, the actual bands performing will ensure the quality of the night. We got The Verner Pantons, a 60s influenced bubble-gum psych pop outfit whose jangly, candy-sweet guitar hooks will get your feet tapping and heart swelling. They keep their The Byrds influence on their sleeves and aren’t above a G-C-D chord progression, but I’ll be gosh danged if they don’t seamlessly slip into the pocket and add a spunky flair of their own to boot. Lunch are one of the premiere Portland post-punk bands, venturing into darker sounding, hard-edged musical stylings. Their driving Wipers and deathrock influenced brand of punk will get you out of your seat, wired and ready to shake your head around. Jollapin Jasper are another garage-psych band conducive to The Verner Pantons’s sound, but a little heavier on the psych aspect. Where The VPs funnel their creativity into sunshiney melodies, Jollapin Jasper channels their energy into fashioning more spacey hooks akin to Au Dunes or Still Caves.

- Bryce Woodcock


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