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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tonight in Music: Fin de Cinema, Casey Neill and the Norway Rats

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM


FIN DE CINEMA: NIGHT ON THE GALACTIC RAILROAD: AAN, PURSE CANDY, PHILIP GRASS, DJ SPENCER D
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Holocene's live music and film series, Fin de Cinema, is screening Night on the Galactic Railroad tonight. What's that, you ask? Just a little trippy Japanese anime film about two kitty cats who take a metaphysical journey on a train to space. With a live score by Aan and others this should be a fine bit of business for your eyes and ears. COURTNEY FERGUSON


CASEY NEILL AND THE NORWAY RATS, IAN MOORE AND THE LOSSY COILS, THE DON OF DIVISION STREET
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) For many folks, the turn of the calendar from one year to the next is prime time to reflect on life, assess the present, and cast an eye to the future. I'll submit that All You Pretty Vandals, the new album from local Americana band Casey Neill and the Norway Rats, is an excellent soundtrack for such an endeavor. Not because Neill—a respected and well-connected veteran of the Portland music scene—is in a reflective mood on the record, but simply because of its sound. Vandals is trademark Neill: rootsy and gently rockin', with regular excursions into Celtic and Irish sounds. Its easygoing charm and natural warmth feels soothing and necessary, especially in the deepest, grayest part of winter. BEN SALMON

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