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Friday, December 2, 2011

Tonight: The Debut of Peghead

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 4:59 PM

The folks over at East End have been keeping this word of mouth, but tonight they debut Peghead, a new guitar-building and repair shop selling "almost exclusively locally made gear" in the belly of the club/bar—it's what the former Omnibus has evolved into. Tonight at 9 they're throwing a grand opening party with YOB, Lord Dying, and Wizard Rifle. In addition, tomorrow they're hosting a guitar and gear swap/sale at 4; both excellent opportunities to say hello to your friendly new neighborhood subterranean guitar shop.


Radiation City Debut New Single/Remix

Posted by Charlie Swanson on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 4:37 PM


What a great way to end the week, with our good friends at Radiation City debuting their latest single, "Babies," and it's brand new remix, courtesy of Portland artist PoPoPePe. This comes at a bit of an intersection for Rad City, having just wrapped up a two week recording session for their upcoming sophomore release, and days before the band embarks on a two week tour of the West Coast.

Personally, between the two versions, I still dig the Rad City one, but feel free to tell me why I'm wrong when you listen to "Babies" in it's original and doppelganger form. The band plays Portland again December 10 at Doug Fir, and they also have a New Year's Eve gig with Nurses at Mississippi Studios. Their debut album, The Hands That Take You, is available at Tender Loving Empire.


Radiation City - "Babies"

Radiation City - "Babies (PoPoPePe Remix)

Banana Stand's Towering Trees Live Session

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 3:41 PM


The Banana Stand is more than just a house venue here in town. (And no, we can't tell you where it is.) It's an impressive, fully loaded recording facility that captures bands in that most spontaneous of settings: the live performance. Banana Stand Media has been kicking out really solid live recordings of local bands for some time now, and this Tuesday they're set to release the latest in their series of pay-what-you-want downloads. The band this time is around local trio Towering Trees, and this new Live from the Banana Stand Recording showcases a group that you perhaps haven't heard yet: a tuneful, at times slinky, and other times fiery new band that flourishes in front of an audience.

Banana Stand is sharing a preview of this live album with us; listen to the track "Coolidge" below. The Towering Trees live session is the last of a prolific year for Banana Stand, which also saw them offering tracks from tons of other great up-and-coming bands, including some that even experts like me haven't heard of. If you haven't checked out the site, get on over there. And be sure to check out Towering Trees' live set when it's available for download this coming Tuesday, December 6.


Towering Trees - "Coolidge" (DOWNLOAD MP3 HERE)

Tonight in Music: Typhoon, Africa Hitech, Latyrx, Poison Idea

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM


(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Aw, remember when no one outside Portland knew about our amazing, adorable 13-piece band? Now folky Typhoon have gone big time and they're BFFs with David Letterman. Luckily, they're no worse for wear and are headlining three sure-to-be-great shows this weekend, playing songs off their new album and EP. SARAH MIRK


(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Africa Hitech (Brits Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek) embark on their first American tour, and expectations for them run high. In the mid '00s, Spacek put a dazzling, Jamie Lidell-like spin on future soul music over several records. Pritchard has a mile-long rÉsumÉ that includes releases with Global Communication, Reload, Link, Harmonic 313, Jedi Knights, and others. He's known for his chameleonic ability to excel at myriad styles—ambient, IDM, electro, library music—with keen funkiness and enigmatic melodiousness usually to the fore. With Africa Hitech, the duo appears in more aggressive form than previous work hinted at. Their debut album, 93 Million Miles, conjures future-bass melees that encompass everything from Chicago juke to Shangaan electro, with a few refreshing excursions into 21st-century astral jazz. Africa Hitech should have no trouble keeping the dance floor molten. DAVE SEGAL


(Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) Latyrx, emcees Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker, busted out with their eponymous single in 1996. The track featured the pair spitting their unique styles simultaneously over a DJ Shadow beat, creating a dissonance that toed the line of incongruity without actually crossing it. The debut full-length followed a year later, and created a game-changing tributary that trickled down into some of the best experimental hiphop of that era. Their Quannum Projects imprint has continued to release solo efforts, as well as projects from Blackalicious and Portland's own Lifesavas, but this current tour is the first time they're headlining as Latyrx in over a decade. This is not just a nostalgia cash-in, though, as the duo have a new mixtape out entitled Latyrical Madness Volume 1 that, while not as groundbreaking as their debut, is still remarkably inspired. RYAN FEIGH

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EXCLUSIVE! Portugal. The Man - "You Carried Us (Share Me with the Sun)" Acoustic Video

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Check out this new acoustic video from Portugal. The Man, exclusively here at the Mercury! The band performed this impromptu, mostly acoustic rendition of "You Carried Us (Share Me with the Sun)" in a backyard right here in Portland, and Graham Baclagon caught it on video. The tune comes from the band's great 2011 album In the Mountain in the Cloud, an album that just gets better and better the more I listen to it.

Portugal. The Man frontman John Gourley's memory of shooting this song earlier this year isn't exactly vivid, but here's what he had to say:

"All I really remember is that right after we filmed this video for a completely unpracticed 'You Carried Us All' we headed straight downtown to Portland where I had one of the worst anxiety attacks of my life while filming another acoustic session with old ass men in suits huddled around to watch some band that they have never heard of play some song they don't know. Not the most comfortable situation."
But the band seems plenty comfortable here. Portugal. The Man plays the Crystal Ballroom with Nurses next week, on Friday, December 9. That show is already sold-out; hopefully you're one of the lucky ones.

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