"Arcadia" features Laura Gibson and Matt Sheehy on backup vox, and takes on a slightly more bluegrass bent while maintaining some of that Mittens' quirk and pop. Could this be their "mature" album? The group will perform April 23rd at Mississippi Studios, where they will offer 100 handmade demos with not one, but two new songs. They tease us so!
If you can't wait that long, the Dirty Mittens are also performing April 3rd with blog sweetie pies Surfer Blood at the Doug Fir. Now, feast your ears on this.
Dirty Mittens - "Arcadia"
Jackpot Records owner and festival curator Issac Slusarenko has amassed a collection of obscure, yet highly relevant films for this year's festivities. From the history of the Mellotron (whom the Beatles and Kanye owe props) to the rise of Rough Trade. The highlight of the week will undoubtedly be the non-celluloid performance of Thurstan Moore collaborating with Jandek.
No score and seven years ago, Jackpot Records held its first film festival. Decidedly low concept from inception, the premise remains: we show films, you watch for free. Behind the scenes it’s a bit more involved: we spend months wandering the celluloid highway looking for masterpieces that may be a bit off the map. Over the years we’ve landed some genuine Portland premiers, had extremely colorful director appearances (Pinky, we’re looking at you) and evaporated the minds of young and old alike with ridiculously rare clips and features that genuflect before no genre. It’s our way of saying, “Look at all this cool stuff we found!”
Cool stuff indeed. The 1964 concert film "The T.A.M.I Show" is dusted off for a fundraiser kick-off Thursday, April 22nd. They suggest a $5 donation and I suggest you don't be a dick.
For complete festival info, click this delightful link.
Those sweet sweet kids, Mimicking Birds are setting off on a cross-country tour to promote their new, self-titled, and Isaac Brock produced new records. Perhaps he-who-should've-taken-up-painting, Jakob Dylan, has taken a liking to the Portland trio's ethereal swoon—they'll join the son of Bob, man-who-could've-done-ANYTHING-but-write-songs, for a number of dates. The tour starts Friday at Eugene (in one of my very favorite venus). Go to it, hippies!
Apr 2 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond's Garage +
Apr 3 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern +
Apr 5 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court #
Apr 6 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
Apr 8 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
Apr 9 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead*
Apr 10 - Covington, KY - Madison Theatre*
Apr 11 - Atlanta, GA - ATL Room
Apr 13 - Louisville, KY - W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre*
Apr 15 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre*
Apr 16 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground*
Apr 17 - Albany, NY - Empire Center At The Egg*
Apr 19 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater*
Apr 20 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre*
Apr 21 - New York, NY - Town Hall*
Apr 22 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live*
Apr 23 - Washington, DC - 930 Club*
Apr 25 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*
Apr 26 - Chicago, IL - Park West*
Apr 27 - St Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theatre*
Apr 28 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater*
Apr 29 - Des Moines, IA - Vauderville Mews
May 1 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
+ supporting Black Prairie
#supporting Gavin Castleton & NightNight
*supporting Jakob Dylan
w/Let's Wrestle, Deer or the Doe; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $10
MTVU—Where Kurt Loder is the dean?—has just debuted the dance-heavy video for Janelle Monae's new single "Tightrope." We've been on the Monae tip for quite awhile now, and given her recent popstar ascension and the hype surrounding The ArchAndroid (out on May 18th), it looks like she has arrived.
I thought metal bands were the only musicians allowed to film a video inside an actual sanitarium, but this Wendy Morgan directed clip finds Monae, Big Boi, and countless well-dressed dancers shaking it inside the empty halls. Now where is our Portland tour date?
About damn time. After a few scattered shows and plenty of SXSW performances, the Shinsy/Danger Mousey project known as Broken Bells has just announced their first show in Portland. They'll be at the Wonder Ballroom on May 24th. No word on when tickets go on sale, but we will keep you updated.
The show is all ages and tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10 am. They are $30 advance and $34 day of show. Wow, not cheap.
The finest Canadian duo since these two, Tegan and Sara are making their way to Portland on Thursday April 8 at the Keller Auditorium and we want to send you. In fact, I have two pairs of tickets sitting on my desk right this very second. [Note to my sticky-fingered coworkers: Stay away from my desk.]
To win, just comment below and explain why you deserve these tickets. Talk about Tegan, Sara, or their seldom seen triplet Tegara (they keep her chained up in their basement), just make your case below. The best two comments will win a pair of tickets each. All comments must be in by this Friday at noon.
Fans celebrating a reunited Pavement in true '90s slacker fashion will not be spending Memorial Day Weekend with "The Band That Ruined Lollapalooza." Organizers announced today that the Sasquatch! Festival has sold out in record time. This year's impressive and broad line-up (including recent additions Bobcat Goldthwait and They Might Be Giants) is the likely culprit for such enthusiastic sales.
In completely unrelated news, tickets for tonight's John Mayer concert are still available.
The latest "Feels Like Home" episode from Into the Woods, takes place in the communal kitchen of the MarchFourth Marching Band. Thankfully their warehouse practice facility has a large enough kitchen space for the massive ensemble to butter up some popcorn and perform "Aluta Continual" as the cameras rolled. After they were done performing, they all spun the "chore wheel" and tidied up.
Take out the food scrap compost and clean up the zine library? I always get the worst chores.
If April 6 can't come soon enough for you, click on over to NPR for a first peak of Feast of the Hunters' Moon, the latest soundtrack from the Twilight films.
Wait, what? Feast of the Hunters' Moon isn't about werewolves with chiseled abs? It's the debut album from Black Prairie? Huh, who knew?
Black Prairie is made up of 60% Decemberist (the remaining 40% is carbon), and their lovely expanded take on (mostly instrumental) bluegrass makes for one fine recording. The band's CD release, and Portland debut, will be this Thursday at the Woods.
"Bye Bye Blackbird," from their March 2st1 instore:
Every year the good students at Lewis & Clark (and their tuition-paying parents) put on the excellent Sunburn Festival, and the 2010 lineup looks to be their best. They'll be importing Baltimore party connoisseur Dan Deacon, fresh from his headlining gig at the somewhat controversial MtyMx festival, along with the Nerdcore emceeing of MC Chris, plus sets from local acts Akron/Family, Explode Into Colors, Hosannas, Ohioan and TVP. The show is free for students and $5 everyone else, and all this takes place on April 10th, inside Stamm Hall (located in the Templeton Student Center). Get ready for some hilarious stammdancing jokes.
Hmm. Curiosity. Piqued. Purposely getting my hopes up even higher, Brownstein went on to say that a Sleater-Kinney reunion and record could possibly be in the works. "We spent 11 years committed to that band, heart and soul. To get back into it we have to be in that place where we can immerse ourselves fully. I think it will happen. We have to loop around, and we're at the far end of the circle, away from the band, but I think we will come back and revisit it."
Screw the Health Care Bill, THIS is real news! Obviously, we will keep you posted. Geez, I'm still getting over Devo getting back together... this one may take awhile.
With his A Bird in the Opera House LP out this week, and a release show scheduled for this Friday at the Doug FIr, Nick Jaina is a busy fellow. Yet somehow he found time to star—if "star" means walk around town and go for a drive—in this Melani Brown directed video for "Days in My Room." My film knowledge leaves much to be desired, but the footage appears to either be Super 8mm, or some Final Cut Studio filter that makes everything look like a home movie from 1973, regardless, it works well as Jaina trudges through a winter day in Portland.
I can't tell if the mastermind behind this series of incredibly entertaining Lego album covers should be praised for their creativity, or mocked for having such an abundance of free time. Um, let's go with the praise. If you have ever longed to see Belle & Sebastian artwork remade using yellow-headed Danish toys (And really, who hasn't?), then this site is for you.
I wonder if they take requests? I'd kill to see Lego Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. And if they are willing to torch a poor Lego, how about a take on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here?
Tip to Blogtown's resident Lego maniac, Kiala.
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