Tonight in Experimental Portland – Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sanctuary Sundays @ Tube: Temple Maps + Reflective Surfaces + Ethernet @ Tube, 9pm

Coco Madrid has slapped together another incredible  conflagration of downtempo and ambient sounds for her series at Tube.  Tonight, she welcomes Reflective Surfaces (Cody Brant and Mike Erwin’s Tangerine Dream/Klaus Schulze-type synth + guitar delicacies), Temple Maps, and another sure-to-be amazing performance by Tim Gray’s project Ethernet, which is still in the sway of a second life-affirming 2013 release Virtual Reality

Experimental Half-Hour 3rd Anniversary Party @ Mississippi Studios, 9pm

The chintzy visuals and flowering sounds celebrated on the bi-weekly public access program Experimental Half Hour are being brought in person to the confines of Mississippi Studios tonight. Headlining is the synth/voice dreamwave duo Light House. They are joined by a one-off collaboration between Golden Retriever synth master Matt Carlson and Greek sound artist Ilan Manouach, and the broken calliope antics of Cloaks

Pete Swanson + Rafael F + Hot Victory @ Holocene, 9pm

Portland’s most internationally beloved prodigal son Pete Swanson makes another triumphal return home still under the heady sway of his debilitating techno exploration Punk Authority. That EP is as danceable as it is dirty, dirty, dirty. Show up on time for once in your life to marvel at the all drums/triggered synth/percussion activated Wonder Twins known collectively as Hot Victory. 


Reminder: Experimental Portland Presents… @ Mississippi Studios TONIGHT!

When I started this blog last June, I honestly didn’t expect the response I have received thus far to be so warm and enthusiastic. Nor did I expect that some eight months later I would be helping host an Experimental Portland Presents… show at one of the best venues in the city, Mississippi Studios.

Tonight is the first one of these monthly events and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the lineup. Here is who is playing with some sound clips to hopefully get you even more excited about it:




I sure hope to see some of you there tonight.


News: Experimental Portland Presents… + Mississippi Studios

In case you missed the announcement on Twitter today, a pretty thrilling bit of news just came to light today: starting next month, Experimental Portland will be collaborating on a monthly concert series with the good people at Mississippi Studios. Together, we’re going to curate some amazing bills featuring national and international acts as well as pulling from our amazing pool of local talent.

The first one of these shows are already set to happen on February 28th, with this incredible lineup — Blues Control, Plankton Wat, and Fang Moon

You can expect to hear more about each of these acts in the weeks to come here on the blog, but for right now, we’ll give you a taste of each one for your listening pleasure.

Before that, I’d like to emphasize how completely agog I am about all of this. When I started this little venture, I didn’t realize how starved this region was for news and music from the underground/experimental scene. And it has taken off in ways I could never have imagined. So, please accept my thanks for reading and supporting the blog, for supporting the shows that we’ve already done, and have/will have lined up for the future.

News: Thrill Jockey Announces 20th Anniversary Shows

It must be a sign of my advanced age that when I received word that Thrill Jockey would be turning 20 this year, I thought that surely that couldn’t be right. Alas, the truth is that the Chicago-based imprint has been around since 1992 and during that time become one of the finest American indie labels around, willing to host everything from glitchy electronic weirdness to African highlife pop to tortured folk to transcendental black metal.

As any strong and solvent label should, the gang at Thrill Jockey are putting together a series of anniversary shows, highlighting their history and future. Instead of just relegating them to their hometown, the concerts will be going down around the U.S. (and probably beyond), including a November 9th showcase here in Portland at Mississippi Studios.

Now, to be honest, I’m a little envious that the folks in New York and Baltimore get to experience Tortoise and Matmos, but all that gets pushed aside when I remind myself of all the amazing stuff in store for the Portland show. Check it:

Trans Am
Eternal Tapestry
Barn Owl
Golden Retriever
Mike Scheidt
Jason Urick

Not bad for a night’s entertainment, eh?

The label will also have some posters for the event on sale (with 100% of the proceeds made going right back into the pocket of the folks who designed them), and (I’m hoping and praying) a special 20th anniversary limited-edition LP. The mind boggles, the mind reels, the bank balance likely gets much smaller.

Clear your calendar for November, folks. This show is going to leave you an empty shell for days afterward.