Music: Noise Agency – Commodore 64

Noise Agency‘s name seems to me to be something of a challenge to listeners. I’m sure the band simply means that this is a group that makes noise of one variety or other, but I like the idea of giving some people the expectation that what they are about to hear is an aural maelstrom. Because what they get is nothing of the sort; this duo is psychedelic freedom spilling about in great heaves. On this track, that includes robotic voices dancing through synth and drum jams concocted from the guts of the titular personal computer.


News: Experimental Portland Presents… #4 TOMORROW NIGHT!

Don’t let the news of our recent partnership with Mississippi Studios confuse or dissuade you from attending the other Experimental Portland Presents… shows we already have on the books, including tomorrow night’s extravaganza at Boom Bap! 

There’s plenty of reasons to show up: the three bands—ALTO!, Noise Agency, and No Parades—are fantastic (which if you scroll down a tad, you can find out for yourself), you’ll be supporting the local experimental scene, and you’ll be helping to say goodbye to Boom Bap…hopefully just for the time being. The new landlords for their building evicted them this month, leaving them with two more shows to prove their mettle.

The poster for the show and clips to all three bands are below. I sincerely hope you can make it out. And if you do, find me and say hello. I’m tall, bespectacled, a little overweight (or a “fat fucker” in the eyes of one angry Mississippi Studios patron), and quite gregarious.

News: Help Noise Agency Finish Their New Album

You may recognize the name Noise Agency from the lineup for this month’s Experimental Portland Presents… showcase (happening on the 19th of January at Boom Bap). If not, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with their cinematic psychedelic sound via the above video, and if you are so inspired, consider making a contribution to the band’s Indiegogo campaign to help fund their next album. A bit from their campaign statement:

We’ve been slowly working on our debut album for a while now, and now it’s time to make the final push.  We’ve home recorded all the tracks we need, and all that’s left to do have our tracks mastered, commission album art, and have CD’s duplicated.

We’ve crunched the numbers, and we’ve calculated $1,500 will get us to where we need to be.  It will cost $700 to have all our tracks and album locally mastered for a clean, crisp, professional sound.  Then we’re hoping to put out CD digipaks in bulk, which will cost an additional $700.  The remaining $100 will be used to pay for the album’s graphic design.

The group is closing in on their goal in the last 24+ hours of the campaign. Do what you can, if you choose.