Who has two thumbs and tickets to see the Yoko Ono “We Are Plastic Ono Band" performance in Los Angeles this weekend? Well, not me, I lost a thumb in a junior high shop class accident. But I'm still going to the show because it has a lineup that will melt your tender little brain:
Yoko Ono: We Are Plastic Ono Band
with special guests: Lady Gaga, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Cornelius, Perry Farrell, Carrie Fisher, Vincent Gallo, Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon, RZA, Harper Simon, Tune-Yards
Princess Leia and RZA? Kim Gordan and Lady Gaga? Vincent Gallo and Tune-Yards? I really don't even know where to start. If it's not the greatest show in music history I promise to chop off my other thumb and throw it at Gallo. That guy seems like a dick.
NEON INDIAN, PREFUSE 73, MINIATURE TIGERS
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
DIRTY PROJECTORS, DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) There is still no deft group of words that exists to pin the exact sound of Brooklyn's Dirty Projectors. We all know that David Longstreth and company have a penchant for the experimental deconstruction and subsequent remodeling of the music we're used to, but that description doesn't do them enough justice. So for now, we'll just casually mention that in the midst of constant touring, the band recently collaborated with Björk to make a conceptual EP (Mount Wittenberg Orca) in which each member sings the part of a whale family swimming together near San Francisco. Naturally, Björk is the mother whale. And though your ears may have a good time panning in and out, from left to right, while trying to hear the musical mechanisms of each song on 2009's acclaimed Bitte Orca, the live show is by far the best way to experience this well-oiled machine at work. RAQUEL NASSER Also see My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
HAYES CARLL, QUIET LIFE, BONNIE WHITMORE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) In a perfect world the Texas-tinged, husky voice of Hayes Carll would be omnipresent: Ford truck commercials, voiceovers (I wager he's cheaper to hire than James Earl Jones), and of course on turntables and jukeboxes the world over. Carll and his rambunctious backing band could just as easily hold their own behind chicken wire at a jukejoint, or steal the show (as they did) at a roots festival like Pickathon. On 2008's Trouble in Mind Carll takes us back to the days of Steve Earle's Guitar Town (way back before Earle's looks and thin frame escaped him), a place where country and rock and roll fit so nicely together. Granted, Carll doesn't show a whole lotta range, but he doesn't need to. His hard-luck tales of bad breaks, bad women, and liver-bruising booze are all any man needs, and in the end, it all comes together like the pearl snaps of your granddad's old H-Bar-C shirt. EAC
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We spotted this Craigslist listing for a certain "N.E. Portland bar, nightclub, music venue, restaurant, and lounge" for sale that just so happens to be the Tonic Lounge. For $95k you can own the long-running Sandy Blvd. venue (land not included) with its two bars, great sound system, large patio, full kitchen, a Fantasy For Adults Only bookstore conveniently located across the street, and plenty of off-street parking.
Booker David Gaysunas confirmed that the Tonic's owners are looking for someone to take over the establishment. Perhaps that someone is you? Also, the old Meow Meow building at 527 SE Pine is for sale as well. Buy 'em both.
Can't. Stop. Giving. Away. Tickets.
Oh, what's this? Four tickets to see Matt and Kim at the Roseland Theater tomorrow night? The spastacular pop duo are gearing up for the release of Sidewalks on November 2 and we want to send you and three friends to this all-ages show.
The contest: the Matt and Kim crossword puzzle. The clues are either dedicated to the band, or other famous duos. The puzzle is after the jump, the first person to email me the complete answers will be the winner. Good luck, nerd!
***10:31 am update: The contest is over, we have a winner. Congrats, Brad!
Matt and Kim - "Cameras"
DAD FAG, BLOOD BEACH, HOT FACE
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Named in honor of an early '80s splatter B-movie ("Blood Beach, it's an okay place to visit, but I wouldn't want to die there") of the same name, Portland's Blood Beach (which features Mercury freelancer Ethan Jayne) are more content blowing out speakers than they are making the tide run red. On their boastfully lo-fi debut EP, vocals are submerged deep into the mix, as the band eschews punk rock's tempo for a surprisingly reserved pace and plenty of unexpected instrumentation—most notably the howling theremin on "Soft Serve" and "I Cannot Live in Your Pyramid." Oh and Dad Fag, if you are not a tribute act to '90s brit-rockers Gay Dad I'm going to be deeply disappointed. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
Maybe you know him for his best single "The Ride"—a dusty ode to country heritage in which our lyrical protagonist bros down with the ghost of Hank Williams. Or maybe your introduction was when you picked up a copy of Rebel Meets Rebel—because you're that much of a Dimebag Darrell (RIP!) completionist. Odds are though, you probably know David Allan Coe for the infamous pearls of Outlaw Country wisdom found on his self-released, self-distributed X-rated albums, Nothing Sacred and Underground Album. Whatever your history with or personal stance on Coe, I think we can all agree on one thing: the people-watching at Dante's tonight is sure to be perverse, scary fun. Enjoy one of the classier hits below, and look for me around Old Town tonight—I'll be the one playing "Spot The Dixie Flag", trying to avoid getting bashed.
David Allan Coe performs tonight at Dantes, 1 SW 3rd Ave, with Michael Dean Dameron at 8 PM.
Sapient's Barrels For Feathers hasn't strayed from my playlist since it came out a few months back and now the local emcee has filmed a video for one of the album's strongest track, "Universal Diorama." Charmingly low-budgeted and directed by Shawn Shannon, the video focuses on Sapient doing his thing in front of various construction paper backdrops, plus he is joined by a few of furriest friends.
This one goes out to all the Furries in the house.
Episode number twelve of the Mercury Music Hour is on air, RIGHT NOW! Music from Richmond Fontaine, Weinland, Danava, Lovers, Pond, Sexton Blake and plenty more. Stream the show online at 947.fm or listen live on 910 AM. If you missed it, the same episode will be on this Wednesday and Friday at noon.
Our playlist for episode number twelve is after the jump.
This is it.
This will be your final chance to win four general admission floor tickets to see the Arcade Fire (with Calexico opening) this Thursday, September 30, at the Memorial Coliseum. We've done crossword puzzles and Photoshop contests, but for our final giveaway we are doing what we do best: nothing at all.
That means it's a comment section free-for-all. The best comment wins the four tickets. You can make your case why the tickets should be yours, tell us a story, post images, or do whatever you think it'll take. You have until 9am tomorrow (Tuesday the 28th), and then our all-star panel of judges will select a winner. Good luck.
If you want the comment section buy your tickets here.
Hey look, it's Menomena in a vacant classroom. Is this a statement on our nation's crumbling public education system, the band's very own Waiting for Superman that isn't actually a cover of the Flaming Lips' "Waiting for Superman"? Or maybe the kids were just outside playing tetherball when the band filmed this live version of "TAOS" for Pitchfork? Who knows?
Also, the band will be performing the same song on Last Call With Carson Daly this Tuesday night. It'll be pretty much the same as this clip, just substitute an empty classroom with an empty television studio. Zing! I just made a Carson Daily joke! I'm so proud of myself right now.
JESSE MALIN AND THE ST. MARKS SOCIAL, MONEYBROTHER, YOURS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) It's a bit too easy to tease Jesse Malin about his days fronting glam-punkers D Generation, his hair product addiction, or a couple solo recordings that attempted a bit too earnestly to cling to the denim coattails of Ryan Adams. But truth is, the New York singer/songwriter can write a song like no one's business. While he has yet to make a recording that lives up to his potential—his Heartbreaker, if you will—the just-released Love it to Life comes pretty close. Also don't miss the quirky song stylings of Sweden's Anders Wendin (that's Moneybrother to you). On Real Control Wendin sounds like Joe Strummer, had the punk icon given up on the Clash and chosen a musical direction paved by reggae, soul, and a bit of American rock and roll thrown in for good measure. Sound crazy? It sure as hell does, but with Moneybrother it works oh so well. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
As always, you can also find our complete live show listings here.
Here's a video for "The Felt Sense;" you can view the rest here, as well as listen to sound bites of the band's interview. Also, if you're feeling old-fashioned, you can hear them on the tinny FM dial tonight and tomorrow night between 8-11pm.
Tu Fawning's debut LP, Hearts On Hold, is officially released on October 5th, and a local release show is planned for October 29th at Doug Fir.
SCHOOL OF ROCK PERFORMS DETHKLOK
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th)The only line of description for the show posted on Paul Green's School of Rock website: "Bring a neck brace." Dethklok, the virtual death metal band from the Adult Swim cartoon show Metalocalypse plans to crush Portland's spinal column as School of Rock students perform acts of brutality for a noontime crowd. There's no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than watching a bunch of child prodigies chug their way through "Hatredcopter." KEVIN OTZENBERGER
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, ON THE STAIRS, TRIP THE DARK FANTASTIC
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The best breakfasts have a lot more variety than just a quick slice of burnt toast or some soggy cereal. And no one knows this better than local hootenanny horde Pancake Breakfast, whose loveably goofy music doesn't fit neatly into a single category. The band's newly released, self-titled debut full-length album features guitar crunch ("Jakebrake"), oom-pah waltzes ("Balloon in the Sky"), creeping-vine lounge ("Trouble"), and unspeakably silly sing-alongs ("¿Who Is Wearing Pants?"). The nine-member outfit is led by Mike Midlo, who sings like a charming, slightly dotty schoolteacher, and all members sing together for a crunchy-granola, barnyard ball. The band is planning to film music videos for every tune on Pancake Breakfast, and the first one for "Pedro Infante" features Midlo mournfully singing, "I'm the saddest man in town." Don't believe him for a second. NED LANNAMANN
DEAKIN, PRINCE RAMA, ETERNAL TAPESTRY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) How can you lose when you record your album in Kurt Vonnegut's grandson's cabin and a 135-year-old haunted church, with Animal Collective's Avey Tare, Deakin, and the Present's Rusty Santos at the controls? We don't even need to mention the Hare Krishna commune upbringing, do we? No. Prince Rama sound like a zeitgeisty culmination of the new American underground's fascination with mysticism—portentous chants, wailing in tongues, and all—come to blazing, bizarre fruition. A ritualistic seriousness, thunderous drums, and cavernous reverb color Prince Rama's Shadow Temple, their new album on AC's Paw Tracks imprint. If while this is playing you don't feel like you're tripping nads in a Far East Asian house of worship, you should have your psychedelic bona fides revoked. DAVE SEGAL
Local Natives, Clubroot and the Bay City Rollers after the jump!
As always, you can also find our complete live show listings here.
The weather is expected to turn nice again this week, which as a police officer friend recently told me, means the drug users will be out committing crimes. So, in honor of this week's forthcoming drug-fueled crime sprees, I'd like to present a couple of good psychedelic music videos that just emerged.
The first is for Animal Collective's "Bluish." The video for this Merriweather Post Pavilion track was released three days ago and features all sorts of creepy, shadowy people dancing in a sort of bluish cosmic dream world.
The second piece in today's collection is "Another Day," from Brooklyn five-piece Apache Beat. The video accents the band's buzzing, infectious rock/pop with hazy vintage fantasy film footage obscured by kaleidoscopic, epilepsy-triggering effects.
h/t Filter Magazine.
The Mercury Music Hour: Episode 11
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