Dec 4, 2013
We're happy to bring the local talent of pop duo Pure Bathing Culture to the stage on Thursday, December 4. Their cailber of fantasy-infused, and feel-good pop tunes have already landed their latest, Moon Tides, on some year-end lists, and it's easy to see why - shimmering synth landscapes provide a glorious bed of washy sound for Sarah Versprille's Enya-meets-Cocteau Twins interweaving, jubilant vocals. It works hand in hand with the vision of their video directors, who've crafted equally whimsical visuals in which their songs can unfold. If you haven't been swooning over them already, here are their videos for "Dream the Dare" and "Ivory Coast" (some folks might recognize the Sou'wester settings for this one!):
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Nov 26, 2013
Some of you may already know about the benefit for Kathleen Keogh at Holocene on Tuesday, December 3. It's a multi-tiered event of epic returns to those that choose to attend: the mighty electronic powerhouse Pictureplane is performing; Miracles Club will rock the venue with their first post-baby live set; Beyondadoubt will get it bumpin'; $kull$ are treating us to a reuinion set of their tripped-out "future traditional Americana" ; and choreographer Allie Hankins is primed for a special solo performance - any number of antics and awesomeness is bound to occur with this excellent lineup.
But most importantly, the event enables us (and you) to make a helpful contribution to a former Portland performer. Kathleen Keogh is a dynamic, daring dancer that wowed and weirded us out, primarily through the outfit of Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner. She's considered a cherished member of the vibrant Portland arts community (and dear friend to many), and the show is an effort to help Kathleen shoulder the burden of medical funds incurred after she was recently mugged - resulting in a fractured jaw and sinus. In addition to helping her get back on track financially (the expenses have put the breaks on her Bay Area schooling), the night is also an all-out celebration/appreciation of this community member! Let's show her our support/love/dance moves.
If you're unable to make it or want to make more contributions, consider shopping at Nationale (811 E. Burnside) this weekend, as 10% of sales go to Kathleen, AND/OR donate to this online campaign:
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Wind In Their Sails
Nov 18, 2013
Portland's triumphant synth-pop upstarts Adventure Galley are celebrating the release of their first LP, Anywhere That's Wild this week at Holocene with other exhuberant acts like Minden and Exotic Club (as well as Lassi, with a DJ set)! We caught up with band member George Schultz for a little insight on their release, album artwork, and more below. Check out the band's latest effort and catch them live at Holocene, Wednesday, November 20. Doors at 8:30pm, and the show is free!
What went into the three year process for recording this album? Why three years, and any significant changes/stories emerge from this time for you guys as a band?
We got the record deal in the spring of 2010 so we spent almost a year working out songs, developing the sound we wanted for this first LP, and picking a producer. We decided to work with Dave Trumfio, who has years of experience recording all kinds of music ranging from Rock to House to Pop, all of which are elements of Anywhere That's Wild. We went into the studio in March 2011 and worked there for about a month in LA. It was our first time really getting to experiment with a full studio. So naturally we really tried to do it all. We would regularly overload and crash Protools. After we were done in LA we continued recording and mixing in Portland with Brandon Eggleston. After about a year we still thought it was missing something. It was extraordinarily frustrating because we had spent so much time and it wasn't quite right still. Maybe we're perfectionists, maybe we're never satisfied. For the last few months we have been recording and mixing with our friend Jake Munson, who is an amazing engineer. He helped take our huge, super-produced songs and fuck them up, which it turns out is what the album needed. Spending all that time working on one project has forced us all to become better musicians and producers. We gained a tremendous amount of knowledge that we never would have learned had we not approached this album from every conceivable angle we could think of. I'm sure the next album wont take us nearly as long.
Why did you decide to crowd source for the album? What can you tell us about your label and plans for the future of that?
Crowd sourcing has become such an intriguing phenomenon recently. Even just looking around at bands in Portland I think I've seen at least a half dozen Kickstarters in the past few months. Truth be told, we are broke musicians and we used crowd sourcing as a last resort to fund physical printing and distribution for the album. Musicians in general are vastly underpaid and unless you have strong label backing, there is little way to pay for printing records. We are incredibly grateful for everyone who contributed because we raised enough money to release the album on our own label. Internet Piracy Records (internetpiracyrecords.com) was conceptualized as an artist collective of like-minded musicians supporting each other through personal interaction as well as digital promotion. Since we got our record deal in 2010 (that deal ended with the label shutting down and us receiving 100% ownership of our masters, which is awesome) we realized that if Adventure Galley was going anywhere, we were going to take it there ourselves. So we started working with a number of local musicians to create a website and production company that could publicize and support our artists. To call it a label right now might be jumping the gun, right now it is a digital platform for our artists, but we intend to develop Internet Piracy into a functioning label that is able to independently print and distribute records in addition to our online presence. In the mean time, crowd sourcing has proved very effective for supporting local music. On the one hand, it is unfortunate that musicians have to rely on philanthropy to function, but on the other hand, it's beautiful to see passionate people contributing to music they believe in.
What is the cover image for the album?
The cover image is a photo by Tereza Vlcková. She is a Czech photographer and her work has been displayed all over the world. She did a beautiful series of photos of girls floating titled "A Perfect Day, Elise..." The series is really stunning, check out her website www.terezavlckova.com Choosing an album cover is one of those things that we could have spent years on. We were all looking for the right image and Forrest discovered Tereza's work. As soon as we all saw the red haired girl taking off into the sky I think we all knew that it was right. It's a powerful and emotive image that reflects the feeling we want Anywhere That's Wild to have.
How was opening for of Montreal?
Opening for of Montreal was, for me at least, cathartic. They had a very strong influence on me in high school. I remember seeing them at a grungy, smoky club in Albuquerque when I was 17 and just being in awe. They still have that energy too. Their show was fantastic.
What's up next in 2014?
I have more or less given up on making plans for the future. Who knows what's going to happen? 2014 should be a lot of fun, and I believe we will be heading to Europe for a bit in the summer. I'm sure we will be recording; we are working on new material a lot recently. Hopefully we'll have our second album done by next winter. But as I said, I have no idea where we're going to end up. In the mean time we will be in Portland playing shows and writing new music.
Listen to their LP:
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The Eternal, Now
Nov 13, 2013
A little mid-week entertainment from the ladies of Prime Rama. Earlier this year, they created this gem of a sci-fantasy film to accompany their apocalypse-disco concept album, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World.The film was directed by Astral Projects‘ Lily X. Wahrman, and is a bombastic mashup of zombies, motorcycles, rock opera goodness/goddess-ness. Oh, and lots and lots of glitter.It's been making the rounds on various music blogs, and if you haven't seen it, take the time.
Hopefully, it gets you pumped for the weekend of dance selections ahead: PDneXt, I've Got A Hole In My Soul, ROCKBOX (7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!), and Gaycation all on the lineup this week! Something for everyone to get down to.
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Nov 6, 2013
As we crest into the grey and dreary fall/winter half of the year, Canada's Teen Daze comes by Portland just in time to help sountrack the scenery. Teen Daze's latest offering, Glacier, sounds like the slow melt of a changing season, gently easing the listener into light-kissed, washed out soundscapes that lay easy on the senses, elated (and perhaps a little sentimental) compliments to those who enjoy Washed Out and Baths. The tracks on the album are floating electronic compositions that are breathy, steady climbs through peaceful climates, and should make for a beautiful show on Thursday. Preview the album below and get eveloped in the sound live. Teen Daze appears with Camp Counselors and Philip Grass on November 7.
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Love = Love
Nov 3, 2013
Holocene fans, here's a chance to win weekend passes so you can go to your favorite dance nights and all you'll have to do is flash your pass. We've contributed this prize for a silent aution fundraiser organized by Icon Tattoo (813 N. Russell) for equal marriage rights. Any monetary donations to the cause will be matched AND tripled by the ACLU and HCU! We're happy to be among a grip of other excellent local businesses in support of the cause: Por Que No, Lauretta Jean's, The Tiny Spoon, Arabella Salon, Hollywood Babylon, Sweedeedee and more!
Check out the little shindig on Monday, November 4 from 6pm to 9pm. Treats for the taking, tunes for the toe-tapping, by Peter Rainbeau. If you can not attend the event but would like to make a contribution just email email@example.com and they will help you make arrangements. Thank you from us and Icon, hope to see you there!
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