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Monday, May 6, 2013

Music Monday! Night Mechanic, Wampire, Ashleigh Flynn, Radiation City, Dropa, Eluvium

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, May 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Quick, before it's too late! It's Music Monday!

I'm pretty nuts over the new Night Mechanic album. Earlier I posted the terrific "Attempt to Steal" (which you will want to listen to here) from their new album Working Late, and now here's the album opener, the just-as-terrific "Send in the Clowns." Do not get nightmares of Sondheim stuck in your head; this is a full-tilt, utterly catchy rocker with a magnificent chorus and a devious bridge. You can read more about Night Mechanic in the upcoming issue of the Mercury; they play a release show for Working Late this Friday, May 10 at the Record Room.

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Wampire's upcoming album Curiosity comes out on Polyvinyl on May 14 and it will hip the rest of the world to the band and their easygoing, sexy jams that Portland's known for years. Here's another track from that record, the straightforward, gently bummed-out love song "Trains," which was indeed written on a train. Wampire plays their record release show on Tuesday, May 14 at Mississippi Studios. [UPDATE! You can stream the new album in full over at Pitchfork right now.]

LISTEN: Wampire - "Trains" [DOWNLOAD]
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That's enough rock 'n' roll for right now, kids. Let's get into some swingin' ragtime with Ashleigh Flynn, and her new song "Prohibition Rose," which has more than a hint of Dixieland jazz in it. Which is fitting, as the song is about Portland's most notorious bootlegger—a lady, to boot. The track comes from Flynn's new album A Million Stars, which was produced by Chris Funk (the Decemberists, Black Prairie) and comes out May 14.

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I've been posting all the new Radiation City tracks for you as they pop up across the far reaches of the internet—the new album, Animals in the Median, will be available for all on May 21 via Tender Loving Empire—and here's another new one. "So Long" is a bubbling, whirring engine with rapid-fire chorus vocals and a spy-movie aura. On the day of Animals' release, Rad City will play an in-store at Music Millennium before kicking off a tour that brings them home for a show at the Wonder Ballroom on June 28.

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Did we skip spring altogether? I'm guessing you're okay with the summertime weather we've been having, and Dropa has a summertime jam for us now, too. The title "Sunkissed" pretty much says it all, but this is a lightheaded, warming track with some lovely synth tones and an enveloping chorus. This beautiful track is a preview from Dropa's upcoming double album The Hours Till Daylight, the songs for which are based on an indie film that Dropa's Micah Tamblyn was writing the soundtrack for.

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Last up! Another new track from Eluvium's forthcoming record, which also is a double album, titled Nightmare Ending. This is the album's final track, the reassuring and lovely "Happiness," and it includes an appearance by Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo—it's the only track with vocals on the record. Like the Wampire and Ashleigh Flynn albums, Eluvium's album comes out May 14 and will be on the Temporary Residence label. Oh hey, need to hear more? (Yes, you do.) The album, which is really quite gorgeous, is now streaming in full over on NPR.

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