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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tonight in Music: Portland School Of Rock, Bert Jansch, Atole and More

Posted by Ethan Jayne on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 9:00 AM

SCHOOL OF ROCK: TALKING HEADS' STOP MAKING SENSE (Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE—The School of Rock kids have done some awesome tributes so far, but this might be the awesomest of all—they're taking on Talking Heads' concert film masterpiece Stop Making Sense from start to finish. Don't miss the chance to see them performing classics like "Once in a Lifetime" and "Psycho Killer"—and who knows? The big suit might make an appearance. NL


BERT JANSCH, PEGI YOUNG (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The shadow cast by Scottish folk guitarist Bert Jansch on the musical world is immense. If you've heard "Black Mountain Side" on the first Led Zeppelin album, you've heard Jansch. He wrote an arrangement of the traditional folk song "Blackwaterside" and included it on his 1966 album Jack Orion—an arrangement that Jimmy Page stole, part and parcel, then renamed and passed it off as an original composition. Or if you've heard the acoustic opening riff of Neil Young's 1974 bummer epic "Ambulance Blues," it's identical to Jansch's "Needle of Death." NL

...Continue reading the rest of Ned Lannamann's piece on Bert Jansch here.


ATOLE, DJ STRATEGY, BROKENWINDOW, OPERATIVE, ASTROLOGY (Backspace, 115 NW 5th) It's a call that even Jim Joyce couldn't screw up: "Strike Zone," the latest 7-inch from Atole, looks and sounds terrific. With hand-drawn Mayan/Aztec artwork that resembles a pop-up book, this Community Library release raises the visual bar for 7-inch artwork. Musically, Atole frontman Manny Reyes still blasts out his vocals in a hurried paroxysm of overlapping words and playful yelps that are perfect for equally-as-spastic dance floor maneuvers. B-side instrumental "Dirty Bird" is composed of a massive keyboard hook and a funky basement groove so irresistible that !!! would give it a fourth exclamation mark. EAC

More after the jump, including The Shaky Hands, Eric John Kaiser, Grand Hallway and some dude punching a hole in Camel House's ceiling!

You can find the rest of our music listings right here.

THE SHAKY HANDS, RAYMOND BYRON, INSIDE VOICES (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The Shaky Hands are hard at work on album number four, and considering their streak so far, there's no reason to expect it will be anything less than great. After a bubble of attention at the start of their career, the Shaky Hands have settled nicely into their role as Portland's solidest bet for good-time rock 'n' roll, with Nick Delff's natural melodies right at home within the band's crackling musical interplay. They're sharing the bill with Raymond Byron Raposa, who sometimes goes under the name Castanets, and sometimes doesn't—and who sometimes lives in Portland, and sometimes doesn't. His warped, winding, shadowy music plods with a mixture of dread and beauty. Expect him to send you to dark depths during his set, and for the Shaky Hands to lift you right back out. NL

Video of Rib Cages performing at the Camel House, courtesy of Bad Times Brandon. Ceiling punches courtesy of some douchebag. Please, please, please, for everyone's sake, don't make an ass out of yourself at house shows.

HERE COMES A BIG BLACK CLOUD!!, THE SHIVAS, WHITE FANG, MAMA SUNSHINE & MORE (Camel House, 7503 N Kirby) We have a policy around these parts to not write about local house shows, since we'd hate to see other Portlanders slam their heads into low-hung plumbing pipes during a raucous basement show. Well, that and the fact that it just seems rude to publicize someone's home address. But the Camel House crew gave us their blessing for this all-ages event that is more festival (they are building a stage) than mere house shindig. The occasion is the release of Mama Sunshine's bouncy self-titled debut EP, five glorious little nuggets of ambitious, off-kilter pop. They'll be sharing the stage with a bevy of local acts for this all-day (the music starts at the ungodly hour of 1 pm) event. EAC

Artists performing at "Camel Stock" include: Here Comes A Big Black Cloud!, The Shivas, White Fang, Mama Sunshine, The Taxpayers, Sexy Water Spiders, Grandparents, Adventures! With Might, Coats & Villa, Granada, RTTU. (Thanks PC-PDX)

ERIC JOHN KAISER, LES ETRANGERS (Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) Every year on the summer solstice, professional and amateur musicians take to the streets of Paris to play and mingle with one another for the FÊte de la Musique. The festival has spread to various cities all over the world, and Portland chanteur Eric John Kaiser is hoping to inspire a similar kind of impromptu musical celebration after his set at the release show for his new EP, Portland Rendez-Vous. It's a trio of covers (plus one original) of French songs you might not realize you know very well: Joe Dessin's "Les Champs ÉlysÉes," Jacques Brel's "Amsterdam," Edith Piaf's "Padam Padam." Kaiser performs them with an expert balance of typical French instrumentation and a more urgent American rock backing. And you'll be able to join in the FÊte after his set: Wear a beret and bring an accordion. NL

GRAND HALLWAY, QUIET LIFE, BRIER ROSE (The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Despite increasing presence at events like SXSW and Sasquatch!, Grand Hallway is still a pretty well-kept secret. The Seattle group's majestic, low-tempo, classically rooted compositions appeal to urban twentysomethings in the same dreamy vein as Fleet Foxes, anchored by the mesmerizing, tremulous vocals of singer and bandleader Tomo Nakayama. A mini-orchestra of backing musicians, in the style of Blind Pilot, adds grandiose layers of strings, chorus, and brass to otherwise simple and elegant modern pop songs—including "Sirens" from last year's Promenade, and the anthemic "Seward Park" from their breakout Yes Is the Answer. MARANDA BISH

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