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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tonight in Music: Blue Giant, Matthew Dear, Weezer

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM

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BLUE GIANT, PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Wrapping up their three-date Portland Tour '08, tonight sees Blue Giant performing an "all organic collaborative evening" with the Portland Cello Project. It sounds pretty exciting; after the Cello Project performs classical pieces by Arvo Part and John Tavener, they'll join Blue Giant for a full-length joint set. Imagining Blue Giant's laid-back, psych-country-rock tunes with a whole bunch of cellos buzzing along sounds pretty damn strange-but pretty damn appealing, too. Blue Giant is the new Portland supergroup with Kevin and Anita Robinson of Viva Voce and newest member Chris Funk of the Decemberists. You'll get a coupon for Blue Giant's latest digital single included in the ticket price tonight, and Corinna Repp from Tu Fawning is reportedly making a guest appearance, too, so this bill is no mere one-off novelty collaboration-it's a musical event that you'll kick yourself for missing. NED LANNAMANN

LISTEN:







Blue Giant - "Blue Sunshine"

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MATTHEW DEAR'S BIG HANDS, TELEFON TEL AVIV, AROHAN
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) At some point, the IDM genre got eaten alive by electro, and that's a damn shame considering that electro seems to incorporate every dumbass hipster with a synth, skinny jeans, and 120+ bpm. Matthew Dear, on the other hand, is a pillar of Intelligent Dance Music. Experimenting with just the right thickness of manipulated tweaks (never complicated for complication's sake), Dear backs it all up with anthemic, deceptively straightforward beats-you could imagine some of these low ends fitting in Joy Division songs, while others could back up Kylie Minogue. Equally stellar are Telefon Tel Aviv, who somehow make propulsive, standout ambient sounds (rightly self-described as "ambient-psych"). Their Map of What Is Effortless stands the test of time as one of the most lush, intricate, and just plain pretty electronic records of the last decade. HANNAH CARLEN

LISTEN:







Matthew Deer - "Neighborhoods"

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WEEZER, ANGELS & AIRWAVES, TOKYO POLICE CLUB
(Memorial Coliseum, 300 Winning Way) Rivers, my friend, what did we ever do to deserve such contempt? I've been there since the early club shows around the release of the Blue Album, through the magnificent growth that was Pinkerton, the vague hiatus, the new lineup, and even a dark little period where I was convinced the Green Album was halfway decent. And while I seldom agree that artists owe fans anything above and beyond in exchange for their support, what the holy hell did we do to deserve this? Maladroit? That one song ("We Are All on Drugs") that borrows its structure from the diarrhea song? Topping off your already creepy persona with a thick bushy 'stache? Rivers, you're one reggaeton cameo by Daddy Yankee (Weezer fans, you know this is coming sooner or later) from officially entering the territory of being a parody. Then again, after hearing your new record, I'm afraid you might already be there. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

LISTEN:







Weezer - "Jamie"

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