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Friday, April 30, 2010

Condom Rappers

Posted by Andrew R Tonry on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Magnum Condoms are throwing a rap contest. That's right, rhyme about the "magnum lifestyle," while of course mentioning the condoms and you could win cash and a bunch of other crap. Magnum is even offering the backing tracks.

Now, set aside for a moment how unintentionally hilarious some of the submissions are bound to be. Set that aside for a moment and realize that this dude, were he ever to actually have sex, would need a magnum:

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Magnum lifestyle indeed. Mom's basement, mid-30's, Warcraft blogger. Come to think of it, world's biggest penis man is unemployed. Maybe he should write the rap?

And if anyone else wants to write it for him, well, I'd certainly consider posting it here.

Flavor Flav Coming to Portland to Celebrate Mexico's Independence

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Um, yeah, so this is happening:


A Far Show Is Near

Posted by Mark Lore on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

It's fascinating to me how bands are always making comebacks... whether people really ask for it or not. I'm still trying to imagine who was really pulling for that House of Pain reunion.

Sacramento's Far was one of those bands that disappeared when they were at the height of their popularity, right before they would go on to influence a slew of whiny mall punks with stupid haircuts (among other things) that fell under the newly invented tag/drrty little three-letter word "emo." And with that Far amassed this sort of cult-like following, especially over their last record 1998's Water & Solutions.

A decade later the members of Far got together, talked things out (perhaps a group hug was involved), recorded a cover of Ginuwine's "Pony," and played some dates. I saw them last year at Satyricon, and I must say it was fucking rad. Things must be going swimmingly because Far is getting ready to release a new record on May 25th called At Night We Live. The band is playing more dates as well, including this Sunday at Roseland Theater with The Used.

The two songs I've heard from the new album sound... OK. The songs themselves are good, but the production is slick, whereas part of what made Water & Solutions a great record was its rich and gritty production. Needless to say it'll be interesting to see how Far is received in 2010, and who will embrace them.

Y La Bamba Sing in a Park

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Awhile back we broke the news that Y La Bamba are finally going to have a proper full-length released courtesy of local label Tender Loving Empire.

Although Lupon won't be out until the 17th of August, that didn't stop the band from traveling to Los Angeles to record this live video for "My Love is a Forest Fire" inside Elysian Park. It's not the first time the band has performed away from the stage, but this lovely video really does capture Y La Bamba coming into their own. Plus there are balloons.

It's cool, we get excited by balloons, too.


Lady Miss Kier's DJing Tonight

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Eeeeeee! Lady Miss Kier of Dee-Lite is DJing tonight at the Red Cap Garage (SW 11th & Stark) as part of their April Shower/May Flowers weekend. She'll be doing her fabulous thing for just $7 (or $10 for a two-day wristband).

Lady Miss Kier would also like to remind you to vote.; Where Music No Longer Plays

Posted by Raquel Nasser on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 9:49 AM


Today, Lala announced that they have been bought out by (surprise!) Apple and will discontinue their online services as of May 31st, 2010.

For our sorrows, Lala had promised that all wallets and web song purchases will be converted to iTunes credit. Great news, right? Wrong! When I checked my balance today, I learned that my current 62 web songs=$4.00 iTunes credit. Which equals a mere four songs off of the New Moon soundtrack, which I will now have to buy, since I can no longer stream it on Lala for almost free. HOW WILL I EVER CHOOSE?!?!

In other news, Apple also bought all of our childhood homes and turned them into rubble. However, they managed to contain each of our fondest memories into a series of slideshows, which we can soon buy from them for only $.99 a piece!

Colin Meloy Debuts New Material at PDX Pop Now! Benefit

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 9:01 AM

OPB Music has all the details on last night's Make it Pop benefit show, including video of head Decemberist Colin Meloy debuting some new songs from the band's forthcoming album. Not only that, but PPN! spilled some details on their yearly two-disc compilation as well:

Finally, the new Decemberists cuts weren't the only surprises of the evening. PDX Pop Now! also lifted the curtain on the tracklist for their annual 2-disc compilation, out later this spring. The mix included stalwart names like Menomena, Blitzen Trapper and Laura Veirs, as well as love to hear more of them acts like Nucular Aminals, Death Songs and The Mean Jeans, and the usual mix of the unfamiliar and unrecognizable within which we can only hope lie our new favorite local bands. Look for the public unveiling of the track list early next week.

Stupid Blazer game, I should have gone to Make it Pop instead.

Wrong Ponytail

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Another publication who shall not be named (it's not you, Asian Reporter) wrote this:


Sounds super duper! But sadly that is not the right band.

This is Ponytail. It's pretty clear that the Baltimore band is not coming to town tonight (Although they are playing the Matt Groening-curated All Tomorrow's Parties show in the UK in about a week. Groening is from Portland, so that counts, right?), and a quick email to the band's booking agent, John Chavez at Ground Control Touring, confirmed that. His response: "Not our Ponytail!"

We are waiting to hear back from East End, but the club has pulled the listing. Unfortunately a psychedelic rose shall not bloom in the city that bleeds tonight. Please make a note of it.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Everybody Was In The French Resistance... Now! (and Tonight!)

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I know, I know, the only two people who adore Eddie Argos are myself and our token British mascot Matt Davis, but that won't stop me from singing the praises one final time for Everybody Was In The French Resistance... Now!. This video for "G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N. (You Know I've Got A)" is the band's response to Avril Lavigne's lawsuit-bringing hit, "Boyfriend." If the thumbtacks in her eyes weren't enough, Argos is not shy to voice his opinion towards Lavigne during the band's shows as well. Art Brut fans, Rubinoos supporters, and Avril haters, tonight is your night.

Everybody Was In The French Resistance... Now! perform at Mississippi Studios tonight.


Colin Meloy Takes on YA Fiction

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 9:10 AM

  • Carson Ellis

Besides helping out the young 'uns with a PDX Pop Now! benefit tonight at the Cleaners, Colin Meloy will soon be filling their heads with visions of magic and wonder in an upcoming young-adult book series called Wildwood. Plus it'll be illustrated by artist Carson Ellis! The PR flacks are calling the series an American Narnia (does that mean no more Turkish Delight?!). I'm excited—Colin's stories with Carson's pictures seems like a match made in YA heaven.

Take it away press release from HarperCollins:

Wildwood is a classic tale of adventure, magic, and danger, set in an alternate version of modern-day Portland, Oregon. The first book is scheduled for publication in fall 2011.

"The germ of this series goes back a long way,” Meloy said. “For me, this is the culmination of a long-term collaboration with Carson, matching words and art. I grew up on a steady diet of Lloyd Alexander, Roald Dahl, and Tolkien; this is our humble paean to that grand tradition of epic adventure stories." Ellis says, “Wildwood is a project very close to my heart—the collaboration that Colin and I have been dreaming about for years.”

This Week's Mercury Music Section

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 8:05 AM


Another week, another Mercury music section to read while you send your demo off to David Letterman and his new record label. Wait, he didn't sign Paul Shaffer to his label? But Paul wrote "It's Raining Men," how can Letterman do this to him?

Holy smokes! We talk to Thurston Moore about Jandek. Yes, that Jandek. I love how even the people who know Jandek, don't know a damn thing about the man.

Jandek - "Naked In The Afternoon"

Sure, Typhoon employees half the indie rock population of Portland, but their massive size is not important. What is important is their lovely new Hunger and Thirst recording. Enjoy your "Best New Band" cover from WW, guys!

Typhoon - "Starting Over"

With great power comes great responsibility, and Everybody Was in the French Resistance... Now! are up to the challenge of righting the wrongs of pop music. The kid was his son, Jimmy Mak deserves to explain his side of the story, and no one likes Avril Lavigne. Can't stress that last one enough.

Everybody Was in the French Resistance... Now! - "Coal Digger" (their response to Kanye's "Gold Digger")

The music of Eluvium brings about that peaceful, easy feeling. But not in that Eagles sort of way.

Eluvium - "The Motion Makes Me Last"

Forget that Sleep reunion, High on Fire are still loud, Loud, LOUD, L-O-U-D! And awesome.

High on Fire - "Frost Hammer"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Need + Bangs Reunite for Team Natalie

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM


In our upcoming issue we write about a pair of upcoming benefit events for Natalie Cox, who was recently diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer known as Angiosarcoma. Now Team Natalie is getting another benefit show, and it's a big one.

A pair of seminal Pacific Northwest bands are dusting themselves off and reuniting for a special one-off show in Natalie's honor: The Need and Bangs (plus a non-reunited C Average and Thrones) are teaming up for this rare performance. It will be the Need's first show since 2001 and the first sighting of Bangs since 2004. All of this goes down on July 23rd at Berbati's Pan. It's an all ages show and you can buy tickets here.

Ramona Falls Gets Remixed, Tour Dates with the National

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 2:59 PM


Brent Knopf from Team Menomena is not gearing up for that band's upcoming Mines recording, instead he is still making the rounds with solo venture Ramona Falls. First there is this remix of "Russia," courtesy of the genre-bending Chicago duo known as Hood Internet. The remix combines Ramona Falls and Lil Wayne into a guilty pleasure mashup. (Fun trivia: Either Knopf or Dwayne Carter is currently incarcerated for a year on an attempted weapon possession charge—guess which one it is!) You can download the remix here.

Ramona Falls also lucked out and will be supporting the hottest band on the planet, the National, on their upcoming West Coast dates. Sadly, there is no Portland date. But, who knows, perhaps they'll be passing this way later this summer...

a-ha Is Back!.... Wait, No, No They Aren't.

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

1980s Norwegian band a-ha are, apparently, not just cartoons. Actually, I just got an email that's announcing their first US tour in 20 years! So... what, is this a reunion tour? Apparently not; they've been active this whole time, they just haven't come to the States in a reeeally long time. A-ha, but there's more! Go, go press release:
a-ha Tour the U.S. for First Time in
Over Twenty Years,
Just in Time to Say Goodbye with
Aw! Just as soon as a-ha comes back into our lives, they leave just as quickly. No Portland dates on this farewell tour, I should add.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sharon Jones on Colbert

Posted by Andrew R Tonry on Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Somewhat enamored, somewhat confused in the interview:

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