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Friday, September 17, 2010

Tonight in Music: Copy, Y La Bamba, Les McCann and More

Posted by Ethan Jayne on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM

SUPERNATURE: COPY, TRUCKASAURAS, E*ROCK, DJ BJ

(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Copy, Portland's very own "8-bit maestro," has a bumping new disc on the way entitled Hard Dream and he's combining his one-man dance party with a very special edition of Supernature. There will be no standing still tonight: This party is for dancing and those prepared to shake it until they make it. EAC

Y LA BAMBA, BROTHERS YOUNG, AH HOLLY FAM'LY

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Y La Bamba.

LES MCCANN WITH THE JAVON JACKSON BAND

(Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th) Even now, 41 years after it was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Les McCann and Eddie Harris' version of "Compared to What" sounds like it's exploding in your ears. With Harris' free-flowing horn, Donald Dean's snare drum cracks, and McCann's sandpaper-soul vocals—the moment where he exclaims "goddamn it!" still gives goose bumps—it's pretty much a perfect recording, the sound of lightning being captured onto magnetic tape. So it's little wonder it became a civil rights anthem, and its pioneering hybrid of jazz, funk, and soul have become McCann's lasting legacy. The prolific jazzman suffered a stroke in the '90s, but he thankfully bounced back, and for two nights he performs at this small Portland jazz club. McCann is the very definition of living legend. Don't miss it. NED LANNAMANN

Swallows, Cloud Cult, Themes, Hammer Of Hathor and The Vibrators all coming up after the jump!

Just like every other day, you can also see our complete live show listings.

WE MADE THESE SONGS RELEASE SHOW: THEE HEADLINERS, PALO VERDE, KUSIKIA, HEY LOVER, SWALLOWS, MAGIC JOHNSON

(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) In 2006, Swallows drummer Jon Miller put together the We Made This Portland festival, and tonight celebrates the release of the brand-new We Made These Songs compilation album. Exclusively pressed on vinyl, We Made These Songs is home to 10 new tunes from six Portland bands, including a couple great poppy trashbeats from Hey Lover, an extended sludge jam from Palo Verde, and a rockabilly-tinged boozer from Thee Headliners. All six bands on the comp perform tonight—most significantly, Miller's band Swallows, whose excellent three-song contribution is among the record's most subtle music. Tonight also marks Swallows' final gig, as the duo of Miller and singer/guitarist Em Brownlowe are going separate ways. Come tonight to celebrate the release of a stellar comp, and to say goodbye to a stellar band. NL

CLOUD CULT, MIMICKING BIRDS

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) In 1997, Cloud Cult frontman Craig Minowa and his wife/bandmate, Connie, built Earthology Records on their organic farm in Minnesota—an environmentally friendly utopia made from recycled materials and powered by geothermal energy. Even their CD packaging is made with recycled paper. But Cloud Cult are more than hippie throwbacks playing folky songs with preachy lyrics about preserving our dear mother. Minowa is obsessed with death. Or life, as it were. Since the unexpected passing of their son in 2002, Minowa has written a string of songs dealing with the grief of loss, and the hopefulness of life. All the way through their latest release Light Chasers, Cloud Cult's music sounds like life—chaotic, soothing, joyous, meandering—filled with layers and never afraid of coming off as ridiculous. Does it leave any doubt that the best place to experience this band is in the live setting? MARK LORE

DANAVA, GET HUSTLE, RABBITS

(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) Sometimes there is a band that pushes the boundaries of your body. You want to dance, bang your head, or scream, but none of those things could express the feeling you get from their music. Your pores seem to widen, your heart swells, and you get goose bumps. Danava is that band for me. Their songs are a bright, shining beacon for everything heavy rock once was, and still can be, and their proggy '70s throwback sensibilities never seem like rock revisionism. The acrobatic riffs of Gregory Meleney (guitar/vocals) and Zachariah Dellorto Blackwell (bass) fill every song, building each one into a soaring, orgasmic explosion of rock and roll ecstasy. Danava has been in hiding for a year seasoning their new members Matt Oliver (drums) and Andrew Forgash (rhythm guitar), and their return promises to unlock realms of musical pleasure the likes of which you've never experienced. Are you as horny as I am right now? ARIS WALES

DAVID DYAS, THEMES, YOU ARE PLURAL, GREAT OCEAN

(Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Pl) Unless you cut your teeth in the Minneapolis DIY scene, chances are the name Jacy McIntosh means nothing to you. But for Twin Cities alums, and the faithful few that witnessed McIntosh front the jittery post-rock of End Transmission, the man is a bit of a legend. With guerilla tours, self-released records, and about a billion other side projects, McIntosh is a lifer. Themes is his latest and most-grounded venture, a duo created in Santa Rosa, refined in Minneapolis, and now finally settled here in Portland. Along with co-vocalist Kelsey Crawford, Themes create wildly inventive, if not delightfully skewed, ballads for the heavy hearted. Even better is their recent "The Soldier Trade" 7-inch, featuring a B-side remix with rhymes courtesy of backpacking emcee P.O.S., which might be the perfect blend of moody indie rock and fractured hiphop flow. EAC

DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER , HAMMER OF HATHOR

(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Angular, repetitive loops of seemingly whatever instruments were on hand. EPs recorded on the fly and distributed via cassette tape.  Hammer of Hathor is Luddite free-jazz that is decidedly hard to love. Mark Kaylor and Heather Vergotis must know that inaccessibility looks good on them because the couple—both veteran musicians—play with the assuredness of friends with an inside joke. Like their billmate, Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox Through Water), Kaylor and Vergotis are agreeable and talented enough to make their strange musical world a nice place to visit—even if that inside joke might be on you. DAVE BOW

THE VIBRATORS, THE DETONATORS, SHOCK TROOPS, CELEBRITY GRAVES

(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) "Mmm, you're so pretty/Not to talk to you would be a crime/Aah, let me put my arms around you/Just wanna use up a little of your time/And I go/Baby baby baby/Baby baby baby/Baby baby baby/Won't you be my girl." Any self-respecting rocker has heard "Baby Baby" probably, oh, what, 352 times? It's a classic, as are the Vibrators. Some people think the Sex Pistols invented punk, but a gentleman named Ian "Knox" Carnochan (after he cut his long hair) was right there alongside Rotten & Co. He was there at the 100 Club Punk Special in 1976. He was there, headlining the Roxy in '77. I'm not sure what the Vibrators have been doing for the past three decades, but missing "Baby Baby" live, well, it would be a crime. KELLY O

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