News: Debacle Fest 2014 Happening May 30th and 31st

The lineup and dates for the 2014 Debacle Fest in Seattle have been announced, and this year’s installment is featuring a bevy of wonderful talent from here in Portland. Don’t just take my word for it; here is a cut/paste of the press release I was sent a week or so ago.

Let’s fucking celebrate our community: For Debacle Fest 2014, May 30th and 31st, we’re showcasing what the festival is all about — our amazing family of artists, all our supportive fans turned friends, and some favorite local hangouts.


Opening ceremonies commence Friday May 30th at Capitol Hill boutique gallery Cairo with a small line up of intimate performances and hotdog vendor Quack Dogs on location. Then a big whirlwind of a Saturday, May 31st, descends upon Eastlake and Republican, giving fans a Choose Your Own Adventure-style evening across LoFi Performance Gallery, Black Lodge, and the Victory Lounge. Attendees will be able to choose between concurrent performances on all three stages. To up the party atmosphere, local food truck Napkin Friends will be on site and Victory Lounge will offer food specials to fill bellies while projection artists satisfy the eyes.


The richness on tap here in the PNW flows through our lineup. Longtime Debacle family like Dull Knife, Brain Fruit, Black Hat, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, and L.A. Lungs bring consistently top-notch performances, while Threads, Slow Drips, and Chris Davis make Fest debuts. Talent from up and down the best coast are on hand as well, with Danny Paul Grody, Secret Pyramid, Golden Retriever, Sutekh Hexen, Common Eider King Eider, and more.


And the party isn’t just stuck in night mode: Saturday afternoon, the wealth of Seattle experimental labels is to be had as we host a Record Label Fair, sharing the limelight with our fellow purveyors of underground sounds. From Noon to Five at the Black Lodge eager music seekers can pick up wares from the likes of Medical Records, Translinguistic Other, Eiderdown, and Hanged Man, to name but a few, with DJs and a live performance.  


Stage schedules and band bio’s forthcoming.


Debacle Fest 2014 Line-Up:


Total Life

Danny Paul Grody

Golden Retriever

Sutekh Hexen

Common Eider, King Eider

Black Hat

Gabriel Mindel Saloman (ex-Yellow Swans)

Spectrum Control (Dewey Mahood of Plankton Wat/Eternal Tapestry)

Gordon Ashworth (ex-Concern, Oscillating Innards)

Secret Pyramid

Dull Knife

Garek Druss (Story of Rats, Dull Knife)


Brain Fruit

Blue Sabbath Black Cheer

Dialing In

LIMITS (Jason Anderson of Draft/Gift Tapes)

King Tears Bat Trip

L.A. Lungs

New Weather

Pink Void

RM Francis


Timm Mason (Mood Organ, Midday Veil)

Ecstatic Cosmic Union


Marcus Price

Chris Davis (Brain Fruit)

Slow Drips


News: Check Out the Schedule for the 2014 March Music Moderne


Whilst checking out my man Ben Kates’ favorite albums of 2013, I followed the thread of links over to the March Music Moderne website last night. And lo and behold, there was the schedule for the 2014 edition of this fine modern music and art event, happening from March 6 – 16th all over our fair city.

Click here to check out the complete lineup but do let me point you to some especially exciting events:

— On March 7th at Cinema 21, there will be a screening of A Clockwork Orange, one of Stanley Kubrick’s most masterful works and featuring the still stirring synthesized soundtrack courtesy of Walter/Wendy Carlos.

— A celebration of Lou Reed’s all noise album Metal Machine Music on March 8th at Three Friends Coffeehouse that “will be revved up by PDX writer Amanda Sledz & danced by 3 Seattle Butoh artists: Joan Laage, Sheri Brown & Alan Sutherland.”

— A celebration of great modern LBGT composers at Holocene on March 9th, including works by Pauline Oliveros, Lou Harrison & Peter Maxwell Davies as performed by Classical Revolution PDX.

— A lecture on March 14th at Lewis & Clark College focusing on the work of Iannis Xenakis.

— The Demoltion Duo will play at Performance Works NW on March 15th “in improvised duos & large ensemble works with special guests; Juniana Lanning (electronics), Dan Duval (guitar), Alyssa Reed-Stuewe, Joe Cunningham (tenor sax) & John Sielaff (bass clarinet)”

News: Beacon Sound Starting Label; Needs Kickstarter Support

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One of the finer record stores here in our fair city Beacon Sound is making the leap that fellow shops Mississippi and Jackpot have done and are starting their own in-house imprint. They’ve already dipped their toes into that world with a trio of cassette/digital releases, but now they’re looking to dive right into getting out its first vinyl release.

As is the way of our mixed up world, they need some help from their supporters and customers to make it happen. To that end, they’ve enacted a Kickstarter campaign to help them get out their first release: a collaboration between former Yellow Swans member Gabriel Saloman, and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick.

And that ain’t all: the store is going to be having a celebration of this new venture in, of all places, my old stomping ground in Seaview, Washington. Held at the Sou’Wester Lodge on October 25th and 26th, the event will feature sets by Messrs. Saloman and Broderick, as well as performances by Grouper, Rauelsson, and Apartment Fox.

Today in Experimental Portland – Wednesday, August 7

Dreamboat + WL + Concern @ Holocene, 9pm

Here’s what I wrote about this bill for today’s Willamette Week: Dreamboat, the collaboration between Golden Retriever’s Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff and guitarist Ilyas Ahmed, made its debut at the Old Church during last year’s MusicfestNW, and it was the perfect environment to fully absorb the gorgeous interplay between Carlson’s modular synth, Sielaff’s processed bass clarinet and Ahmed’s hushed vocals and guitar melodies. Combined, the elements create the kind of deep body-mind high familiar to both weed fanatics and distance runners. Opening act Concern adds to the heady quality of the night with long, expressive, droning, loop-based compositions built from acoustic instruments.  

Dead Channel + Ordeal @ Valentines, 9pm

Dead Channel is a new collaboration between musician Cody Brandt and vocalist Jack Gilbert, which just released a cassette on the venerable Night People label. Their music has some weird Goth leanings to it, but keeps from sinking into that genre’s self-important mire by maintaining an audible sense of humor that reminds me at least of early Ween material.

Creative Music Guild‘s Outset Series presents: Lisa Schonberg + LKN @ Revival Drum Shop, 8pm

The CMG’s regular series of events, held in the delightful and tempting Revival Drum Shop on N. Prescott, tonight invites two of the city’s finest percussionists to perform (I’m guessing) solo sets. Schonberg is perhaps the more better known of the two having worked with the much beloved post-punk trio Explode Into Colors and for her all percussion ensemble the Secret Drum Band, but LKN (or Lauren K. Newman) has some equally impressive credits to her name having backed up sci-fi rockers SubArachnoid Space, as well as Castanets.

Today in Experimental Portland – Tuesday, August 6

Guenter Schlienz + Black Hat + Goodwill Smith + Pulse Emitter @ Valentines, 9pm

Guenter Schlienz spent the better part of his younger years playing guitar in psychedelic rock bands before making the switch to modular synthesizers of his own construction in 2003. The move was the perfect one as his recent efforts (which has come in huge waves; he’s released three short-run cassettes already this year) has a delicate beauty to it that more immature artists would eschew in the place of clamor and noise. He’s joined on this bill by fellow synth explorers Pulse Emitter and Goodwill Smith.




Today in Experimental Portland – Sunday, August 4

Blue Cranes + AgesandAges @ Rontoms, 8pm

As much as I love the idea of the Rontoms Sunday Sessions – two bands playing for free in the cozy confines of this E Portland bar – I rarely go these days as the music selection tends to be another pat on the back to the rather staid indie pop scene here in Portland. Yes, there have been plenty of exceptions to that rule and surely more to come, but I stand by my assessment. Anyway, tonight’s event has me pretty thrilled as it brings jazz quintet Blue Cranes out for an evening. They’ve been plenty busy since the release of their recent album Swim, playing PDX Jazz, St. Johns Bizarre, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, and plenty of local shows. But their muscular avant bop sounds should go incredibly well in the outdoor space where many of these events take place.



Today in Experimental Portland – Saturday, August 3

Control Voltage One-Year Anniversary Show: Montgomery Word + Tough Fuzz + Floral + Studenets @ Control Voltage, 7pm

Without question the coolest music shop in Portland, Control Voltage is a playground for electronic music enthusiasts of all stripes. Where else in town can you make  hellish noises with a Theremin or a MiniMoog, buy a few transistors, and walk out so inspired you might rush home and make your next DIY Silver Apples of the Moon? They’ve been open for a full year, and are ready to celebrate. Joining them will be a quartet of local future beat artists who will provide the perfect backdrop for a party atmosphere.


Canoofle + Brian Kenny Fresno + Mr. Plow @ Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 9pm

It’s always a treat when Canoofle resurfaces for a performance. Their concept is simple: they take song title suggestions from the audience and improvise songs on the spot with those ideas in mind. They tend to lean towards more standard song structures, but everything comes blazing out with a welcome, playful spirit.

Today in Experimental Portland – Friday, August 1

Lifelike Family presents Abstracted w/ Ethernet + wndfrm + Neglect @ Townshend’s Tea, 8pm

The boys behind Lifelike Family take over the basement of Townshend’s Tea on Alberta once more, but this time with a little something to celebrate: the unleashing of their first CD release. The EP is a new collection of ambient beauty from Ethernet entitled Virtual Reality. I’m frankly amazed that Tim Gray, the man behind Ethernet’s music hadn’t thought to name one of his albums that before because whenever I listen to his work, I always feel like I’m being transported to some other world. Bring some cash for the CD and to help support the cause.



News: Fall Into Darkness Announces 2013 Lineup

549468_10151731942079014_2064882001_nAs I told organizer Nathan Carson yesterday, he manages to outdo himself every year with his celebration of the various strains of metal/heavy rock. And, yes, he’s done it again with the 2013 edition of the Fall Into Darkness festival. The highlights are many but of particular interest to readers of this blog (hopefully) is an appearance by Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, the dulcimer/drum attack of The Botanist, space rockers White Manna, and vintage metal outfit Orange Goblin.

Here’s the whole lineup with dates and locations. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. Plan accordingly.

Thursday, Oct 10 at Mississippi Studios

Nik Turner’s Space Ritual (Hawkwind, UK Subs, Alaric)
White Manna
Billions & Billions

Friday, Oct. 11th at Mississippi Studios

Orange Goblin
Holy Grail
Lord Dying
Lazer Wulf

Saturday, October 12th at Star Theater

Behold… the Arctopus
Eight Bells

Today in Experimental Portland – Tuesday, July 30

John Krausbauer + Mitchell Brown + Derek Monypeny @ Valentines, 9pm

Unless I’m thinking of someone else (and with my fevered brain, there’s a good chance I am), John Krausbauer is considering moving here to Portland after the rousing welcome he has received for his impromptu residency. This is just one of a handful of shows the fucked electronics artist has done in our fair city, and I encourage one and all to descend upon Valentines and further solidify his decision to relocate. Do get their early, though, so as not to miss an opening set by the ever-inspiring guitarist Derek Monypeny.


Antecessor + Regular Music + DJ Jason Urick @ Bunk Bar, 9pm

Tonight, the glistening, waxy sound of synthesizers will be filling the friendly confines of Bunk Bar. The duo known as Antecessor will be there to celebrate the release of Nova Trails, a new five song cassette of what they properly deem “droning brightness.” Pick up a copy and use it as an alternate soundtrack to the futuristic sci-fi epic film of your choice. They will be joined by fellow synth explorers Regular Music and DJ work by the now disturbingly clean shaven Jason Urick.


Phreak: Electronic Mutations @ Ash St. Saloon, 9pm

This ongoing series curated by SunFalls brings out some of the finest circuit benders, laptop gurus, and lovers of all manner of unnatural sound. This week features a set by Mr. Falls himself and performances by the freaked out house music artist Dr. Strangeknob, drum ‘n’ bass terror Trey-k-Fortyseven, and a new project from the Reactionary crew known as The Red Isis.