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Monday, February 24, 2014

Music Monday: Bearcubbin', Prizehog, Scheidt Covers Townes, & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Turn that Manic Monday into a Music Monday!

Local instrumental combo Bearcubbin' have their honeypaws full with their second album, Girls with Fun Haircuts, which comes out Saturday, March 1. Here's a taste, the mathy, intricate "Master Cylinder," which sees the trio building off some guitar loops to construct a towering edifice of riffage. If you can keep all the parts straight in your head, you've had more coffee than I have. Bearcubbin' play their record release show this Saturday at Bunk Bar before hitting the road for a tour that takes them down to Austin's SXSW and back up to Boise's Treefort. They're really putting the pedal to the mettle, as they'll be back home in time for Portland's Treefort Rap party on March 26 at Holocene.

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Prizehog's new one is called Re-Unvent the Whool, and here's the fearsome "Shed," a steadily rising tsunami of sludge, invoking dread and awe in equal measures. Relocated from the Bay Area, Prizehog is now Portland's own prize, and Whool comes out on March 4 via volume purveyors Eolian Empire, who are just fucking killing it with local heavy releases, no question about it. See Prizehog in the flesh and adorn them with your ribbons this Friday, February 28, at the Know.
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I don't know if you expected to hear Yob's Mike Scheidt cover Townes Van Zandt when you got out of bed this morning, but here we are. Scheidt, singing in a plaintive, straightforward voice—unlike the ragged howl that characterizes his work with Yob and Vhol—and plucking a simple acoustic guitar, gets to the heart of Townes, a thing that has attempted by thousands and not always successfully. This endearing track, and two other performances from Scheidt, comes from Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol. II, due out March 7 on Neurot Recordings (Neurosis' label), who also have newly inked Scheidt's band Yob to a recor deal. Info on the next Yob album, their first for Neurot, should be announced in the coming weeks.

Lots more Music Monday after the jump!

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How was your weekend, anyway? Hopefully not shitty, but here's a couple tunes from the loveable punk-rockers in local band Shitty Weekend. They're releasing a 12-inch on March 8 called Shit Week, and here's the angry "Don't Tell Me Don't" and, following that, the rollicking, relatively epic "Throw Me in the Mud." Shitty Weekend includes members of the Taxpayers and Transient, and they'll be playing a record-release house show on March 8 at an undisclosed location. Make your weekend less shitty and find out where.
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Aan have released a new single from their terrific Amor Ad Nauseum album, out now on Party Damage. If you haven't heard the whole thing, here's "Daylight," a lullaby that turns into a stormy voyage full of unpredictable twists and turns. Like their pals in Bearcubbin', Aan are touring down to SXSW and back up to Treefort; they'll join Bearcubbin' at Holocene on March 26.
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Here's the latest from Nux Vomica, and buckle up, because it's 12 minutes long. "Reeling" comes from their upcoming self-titled LP, due out on Relapse on April 1, no foolin'. It's their first album from the band in more than five years, and judging from this track, marks a continued evolution in their sound, a punishing but incredibly listenable blend of black metal, doom, and crust.
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NTNT entered this world as Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger, but times have changed. Their second EP, And Then the Moon, comes out today on Internet Piracy Records and its five tracks were whittled down from more than 50 available songs. Here's "Getchya So Good," a high-gloss electro rocker that echoes stadium-ready rock from the '80s, with a soaringly longing chorus to boot. NTNT play their EP release show at the Alhambra Theatre this Friday, February 28.
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We'll end today with the von Trapps and Pink Martini covering ABBA's "Fernando," sung in the original Swedish and given a Brazilian carnival-like instrumental treatment, resulting in an interesting juxtaposition of nordic and tropic. We'd be pleased to hear the Von Trapps—who have happily set up shop here in Portland—singing anything, but having them take on ABBA, in particular, feels like a home run. The von Trapps' upcoming album with Pink Martini, Dream a Little Dream, comes out March 4 (as previously announced), and Pink Martini will perform three nights with the Oregon Symphony on April 11, 12, and 13, although I'm not sure if the von Trapps will join them. (In related, and sad, news, the Von Trapps' great-aunt Maria Von Trapp—daughter of Georg and stepdaughter of Maria; her name was changed for The Sound of Music to Louisa—died last week. RIP, Maria von Trapp.)


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