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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tonight in Music: AU, Datura Blues, Immortal Technique

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 2:57 PM


AU, APPETITE, STAY CALM, LIKE A VILLAIN
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) We couldn't be more excited about the return of the arty, virtuosic Portland duo AU, and they've got a brand-new single to share with us tonight. The graceful and exultant "Solid Gold" comes in advance of their upcoming album Both Lights (out next year), and tonight lovely local label Hometapes is giving away free copies of the vinyl 7-inch to the first 30 people to arrive at the show! NED LANNAMANN


MIDDAY VEIL, SWAHILI, DATURA BLUES, OS OVNI

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Whether by design or by circumstance, Datura Blues have been steadily lurking, undercover style, below the Portland music scene for a number of years now. But it's time you fixed your gaze—or, I suppose, your ears—on their perception-expanding prog-psych, because they've just released a great new 7-inch, Damn These Shackles of Gravity! The new record concisely sums up their wild and woolly weirdness via shifting rhythms, groaning bass, spaced-out synths, and gas-pipe saxophone, plus too many other weird elements to catalog. I listened to this record—at the wrong speed, it turns out—after a night of watching American Horror Story, and I don't think I'll ever be quite the same. Fans of bands like Van der Graaf Generator and Amon DÜÜl II will find much to savor in Datura Blues, while those whose record collections don't predate 1982 will probably have their minds blown. NL


IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, CHINO XL,
DA CIRCLE, DJ GI JOE

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Since Peru-born, Harlem-raised Immortal Technique's 2001 debut Revolutionary, Vol. 1, he has tried to make plenty of points about institutional racism, classism, government corruption, and other heavy issues in his spit-flecked, polysyllabic rhyme patterns. But this kind of frustrated, paranoid yelling is rarely heard out, and the rapper has instead become punchline fodder for the likes of Das Racist's Victor Vazquez: "I'm Immortal Technique, I'm obnoxious/hella people tellin' me to stop it." Maybe Tech could take a cue from Vazquez, another NY-based Latino rapper who uses slick humor and satire to tackle the same social issues in a milder but more thought-provoking manner. There's more than one way to get your point across, after all. MIKE RAMOS

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