Our first post here at this humble little blog was for a new track from Golden Retriever’s upcoming album. Today, we’re going to do you one better by adding a video for the same track – “Serene Velocity”. It was directed by Jamie Potter, and based off of the artwork for the band’s new album Occupied With the Unspoken.
And while we’re on the subject of videos, Thrill Jockey, and Portland bands: tonight is the CD release show for Mike Scheidt, the erstwhile front man for YOB. He has an amazing new album out called Stay Awake, from it, director Alexander Patsos made a very nice video for the track “In Your Light”. Check it out below. Then go read my piece on Scheidt written for this week’s Willamette Week. And then do yourself a favor and go see the man perform tonight at Mississippi Studios.
The summer calendar is already spotted with music festivals happening throughout the Portland metro area and many outlying areas. But the announcement of the Sometimes A Great Notion Festival should make the experimental music lovers of the city sit up and take notice.
Happening on the last weekend of July (the 27th through the 29th) at Disjecta Arts Centre, SAGN has been curated by Metal Postcard Records, a label based in Hong Kong. And just as that label releases material from a wide swathe of artists, the festival brings together musicians from tab on the genre index. You get EDM (Natasha Kmeto, Mattress, Jeffrey Jerusalem), country & folk (Nick Jaina, The Felice Brothers), and a dash of vintage soul (Dennis Coffey).
What should have readers of this blog excited are some of the more challenging sounds that will be happening as part of the weekend. Saints co-founder Ed Kuepper will be headlining the Saturday lineup, and Peaking Lights (the band behind the incredible new album Lucifer) will be headlining on Sunday. Along the way, you’ll get sets by one man modular synth orchestra Pulse Emitter, the spacious ambient explorations of Rake Wickman, Australian freak folkster Swoop Swoop, and the longform drones of Grapefruit. I’m also excited to learn about what’s going to be afoot at this outside stage supposedly being curated by something called the “Psych Stoner Club”. Hope to see you there.
As you may or may not know, guitarist Tom Carter of Charalambides has been hospitalized in Berlin for about two weeks now after contracting severe pneumonia. And as you likely know, health care is not cheap, especially for uninsured musicians working in the underground as Carter has for the past few decades. His supporters and fans have been rallying support for Carter to help stave off the costs of health care and to help get him back on his feet and playing his guitar.
The folks behind Volcanic Tongue have made it especially easy for you to help, setting up this donation page to help get the money to Carter with ease. Even better, the people handling the funds don’t take any portion of it – all of it goes to Tom.
A quick rundown of experimental events going on in Portland this week. Want to see yours featured? E-mail us at experimentalportland – at – gmail.com.
Monday June 25th
Dustin Wong (opening for The Mountain Goats) @ Mission Theater
Tuesday June 26th
Baby Dee @ Mississippi Studios
VxHxAxBx @ Grindzebo
The Steven Lasombras/Moon Mirror @ Backspace
Wednesday June 27th
Grandparents/XDS/Grapefruit @ Mississippi Studios
Eternal Tapestry @ East End
Friday June 29th
James Chance @ East End
Mike Scheidt – CD Release Show @ Mississippi Studios
Saturday June 30th
St. Johns No.Fest
Contemporary Portland Orchestra Project @ Someday Lounge [benefit for Oregon Food Bank]
To inaugurate this new blog endeavor – here’s a fantastic new track from Golden Retriever, taken from their upcoming Thrill Jockey release Occupied with the Unspoken