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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tonight in Music: Record Store Day, the Thermals, Big Dipper & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 8:15 AM


RECORD STORE DAY
(Various locations) The greatest annual holiday that doesn't involve killing a turkey or smashing a pumpkin (although Smashing Pumpkins may be involved to some degree) is here! Record Store Day celebrates the institution of the local record store, featuring special releases, in-store performances, and other mutual displays of affection at brick 'n' mortars across town. MARJORIE SKINNER Visit End Hits, the Mercury's music blog, for our guide to Record Store Day.


THE THERMALS, WAMPIRE, WOOLEN MEN
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Read our article on the Thermals.


BIG DIPPER, HOLD MY HAND
(Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard) Read our article on Big Dipper.


OLD LIGHT, WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND, AU DUNES
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Tonight, Old Light release their latest cassette, titled Time. Engineered by Mike Coykendall, it's the second in the band's series of five releases on local tape label Curly Cassettes, to come out over the course of 2013. Each quickly recorded entry is to be produced by a different member of the band, and mixed directly to cassette. The first tape from January (titled No) was great, and so is Time, showcasing the band's experimental bent and fondness for dark psychedelia. A dubby, krauty version of "Kruise Kontrol" kicks things off, and along the way there's sun-drenched Summer-of-Love pop next to Devo-esque spiky robot rock and a sludgy freakout or two, plus the Led Zeppelin III-isms of "Bad Drugs" thrown in for good measure. Time is the work of a band operating with a surfeit of ideas, wandering down strange paths and trying everything on for size. To Old Light's credit, they pull off everything they attempt, making these tapes some of the most interesting—and fun—music being made in Portland right now. NED LANNAMANN


GAYTHEIST, RABBITS, SONS OF HUNS, HUMOURS
(Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) If your THC-drenched mind isn't already clouded and confused enough by today's festivities, loosen your grip on that bong, roll a couple doobs for the road, and head to the Gaythiest show. There, you will hear a band that manages to blend genres better than your dreddy college roommate blended strains in your basement. Gaythiest somehow bent together the charm, humor, and melody of a band like Built to Spill with the heaviness, timing, and tempo wizardry of Big Business. They're gently loud, and harshly soft. Gaythiest drops pop appeal into a boiling vat of fuzz and frenzied drums and creates a delectable tincture. Dude, we gotta get some of whatever they're smokin'. ARIS WALES


MINDEN, GENDERS, SAMA DAMS
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) Tonight's triple bill goes to benefit Bark, a nonprofit to aid the preservation of the Mt. Hood National Forest. (Because the Lorax isn't real, and the trees really have no one to speak for them.) It's also the release celebration for Minden's new Live from the Banana Stand album, recorded at last year's Halloween party at the secret Southeast Portland house-show venue. While Minden's disco-dipped dance pop is enough of a draw, rounding out the bill are two further (and excellent) local bands. Genders make furry, expansive rock that's cozier than your favorite sweater; they're responsible for one of the best live shows in town right now. And Sama Dams makes beautiful, complicated music that's dazzlingly technical but never at the expense of melody. This is state-of-the-art Portland music at its best, and for a great environmental cause to boot. NL


FLOOR, LORD DYING, NORSKA, BLACK PUSSY, HOT VICTORY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Miami, Florida, doomsters Floor are one of those bands that became more popular after they'd broken up. Formed by Steve Brooks (who now fronts Torche) back in the early '90s, the band released a handful of singles before initially calling it quits in 1996. More reunion tours brought more followers. Now the band plans to release a new full-length this year, and of course play some warm-up shows. The song "Dove" is proof that it doesn't get much slower or lower than this. For OG doom fans, this will feel like old hat. For the young 'uns—welcome to the cult. MARK LORE


LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES, MRB
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Latin Grammy winners Los Amigos Invisibles are Venezuela's answer to Thievery Corporation or Kinky. LAI's slick, suave, upbeat dance music is tastefully sensuous if not exactly bursting with original flavor. Their latest album, Repeat After Me, bubbles with slightly quirky synth and percussion sounds, but overall maintains an amiable demeanor and loungey disco/house rhythmic clip for folks in business-casual attire to party fairly responsibly to. DAVE SEGAL


KIN TRIO
(Ford Food and Drink, 2505 SE 11th) Saxophonist Sunjae Lee, upright bassist Andre St. James, and drummer Tim DuRoche have formed Kin Trio, and tonight they release their first album, Breathe. Described as "minimalist bebop," it's a mellow-cool jaunt into a world of subtle shade and light, as each member displays perfect restraint and excellent taste. Lee's sax leads the charge here, but Lee always goes for mood setting rather than flashy chops. Kin Trio also displays an impressive breadth of diversity, whether it be the weightless free-jazz excursion of Sonny King's "Nevele," or the nocturnal lullaby of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile." The rest of the compositions, by Lee, are the equals of these standards, and seeing this band at their album release show—with no mics or speakers in between you and the instruments—should be a treat. NL

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