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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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Under The Scope: Lubec

There are a few things you need to know about the arcane, shoegaze-deconstructivist rockers Lubec.

By now I’m sure you’re all well aware of the shoegaze renaissance that our happy country has been experiencing for the past five years. Despite what some music snobs will tell you--things like, “There’s nothing new to expand on in the genre beyond the MBV “atmosphere”--I’m happy to report that even in today’s day of imitating imitators, there are still plenty of avenues for the genre to explore (and h8ers can suck it).

Giving truth to my bold statements above are local genre-breaching, boundary-spurning, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, dreamy art-rockers Lubec. They combine the the layered texture of MBV, the erratic unpredictability of Swirlies, the philosophy of youth advocate/empowerment bands like Sonic Youth, with an irreverence to orthodox compositional guidelines. The result? A slice of non-clichéd (unlike this statement) sonic heaven.

But don’t take it from me--the guys are releasing their debut album The Thrall on September 21 at Mississippi Studios with Night Mechanic and Old Wave (formerly the Adam Brock 4), and they were nice enough to sit down with me (albeit lacking one member) and chat about it amongst other things...

Read the full article and interview here!

Words by Bryce Woodcock, photo by Keli Pennington.

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Fall 2014. NYC Issue #40
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Wampire Premier New Single "The Amazing Heart Attack"

Following their debut release of Curiosity last year, Wampire are gearing up to dose us with another full-length psychedelic trip titled, Bazaar, out October 7th on Polyvinyl Records. Fortunately, you don't have till then to experiment with their new sounds, as the boys just premiered the album's second single and opening track, "The Amazing Heart Attack." The song retains the spacy 70's synth styling present on Curiosity, but amps up the progy riffage for a darker, heavier sound. By contrast, Bazaar's lead single "Wizard Staff" slows things down with a sexy little groove reminicent to something Bruce Springstein and David Bowie might have collaborated on. Catch Wampire in Salem September 12 at Level B or in Portland September 21 at the Hathorne Theater with English psych rippers, Temples. 

- Travis Leipzig

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SUN ANGLE IS BACK! SUN ANGLE IS BACK! 9.8 at Mississippi

All you black magic babes with your resurection spells really outdid yourselves this time. SUN ANGLE IS BACK! The Portland Psych trio, once defunkt due to a terrible case of tinnitus in the ears of singer and guitar player, Charlie Salas Humara, are back, after some r&r and equipped with a baller new custom pair of ear plugs, and they're and ready to rage face! Tonight, they'll ride fully torqued onto the battle-stage of Mississippi Studios, accompanied by their psych pop allies Animal Eyes and Talkative. Now I can't say with certainty that this return from the grave is cooler than bringing back your long-lost favorite grandma would be, but lets be honest, it probaly is.

Get a load of the show teaser / new music video for Fox Cool by these undead Sun Gods and get the fuck out to support their comeback tonight. 

- Travis Leipzig

SUN ANGLE - FOX COOL // SEPT 8 SHOW TEASER from Marius Libman on Vimeo.

 

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Otis Heat to Release ING at Star Theater 9.5

Many moons have passed but these righteous dudes are at again. Alas, we have a second full-legnth album from Portland’s funktabulous grunge rock supreme, Otis Heat. This Friday, they are playing the Star Theater to celebrate the release of ING along with Brad Parsons & the Local Talent and Marca Luna.

This album features all four songs from The Ugly EP as well as ten new ones. Songs such as “Circles” has been tested at many of their past shows and the piercing chorus can ring in your head weeks after hearing it. “ING”, the albums opening song was set to a music video to promote the band’s upcoming fall tour. For their live show, you can expect a big sound to come from this three piece. With front man Sean O’Neill’s slap-heavy bass playing, his high-pitched vocals, a drummer who can carry seven different beats at once, and guitar shredder that puts a wide range of melodies on top of huge rhythms, turns their music into a giant thunder cloud of awesome sauce mixed in with sexy butter served over-easy with a handle of whiskey. Guaran-Fucking-Teed. $7 advance, $10 at the door.

- Colin Hudson

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