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August 2016
Coco Columbia
"When the Birds Begin to Walk
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 Jazz tends to get a bad name among the younger crowd. Its association as the musical preference of parents, teachers and basically anyone that may be considered "lame" can deter a welcomed reception, but Coco Columbia has rebranded the genre in a way that's easily accessible for even the most stubborn of ears.

A force that first began with her 2014 debut, The Weight, Coco's newest release When the Birds Begin to Walk packs the same punch. "Weight on Limb," the first track to come off the album that premiered on The Deli Portland back in March, opens up the album in a way that you can't even keep up with. The track spurts and spats about as Coco's voice exquisitely flutters about the track's duration, setting the tone for what's left to come.

"Coveted Creatures" teases a hint of harder sound in the beginning before bringing it back to the funky jazz she does best. "9 Steps" stands out sonically from the rest of the album employing more rock elements and incredible shred work by Grant Sayler. Interesting key playing creates somewhat of an "under the sea" atmosphere on "Radiant in My Abyss," which contrasts a more barreled drum beat.

Her bold and unexpected cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" climbs to the top of the list of Kate Bush covers. Coco took what was one of Bush's biggest and most influential hits and made it her own in a way that satisfies diehard Bushians and Coco fans.

When the Birds Begin to Walk holds up as a more than animated sophomore effort on the Coco Columbia front. The songs offered varied range while still holding up to her established jazzy ways and if anything, decrees Coco Columbia's voice as an instrumental force itself.

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"Don't Quit Your Day Job" Features Reporter's Michael aka Mr. Potato Head

"Don't Quit Your Day Job" Features Reporter's Michael aka Mr. Potato Head


Into the Woods TV has unleashed yet another awesome Portland-based insider anomaly with the first episode in their series "Don't Quit Your Day Job." The series goes behind the scenes into the working week of PDX rockers and rollers in a candid, often hilarious overview of their careers offstage.

The first episode was uploaded today, and features Mike from ambient-poppers Reporter and his uber-popular Potato Champion french fry cart, located on SE 12th and Hawthorne - one of many fantastic late-night wheeled eateries on the corner.

Also be sure to check out the additional video series' being produced by the guys from Into the Woods, including the site's namesake, which documents bands playing intimate performances (where else?) in the woods; "Learning Curve," which are tech-y tutorials led by various Portland musicians; or "Feels Like Home," a series documenting bands playing in their own homes.

And if you haven't been to Potato Champion yet, you're doing it wrong.

- Ryan J. Prado

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