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 Oregon Music News

March 26, 2014


new upcoming in-store performances & events:

All in-store performances are at Music Millennium 32nd & E Burnside, 503-231-8926.
For a complete list of upcoming in-store performances & events, please visit


Free Performance
SATURDAY, 4/5 @ 3 PM

The Baltimore trio known for their “cathartic” (NPR) energy consists of enigmatic frontman Samuel T. Herring, bassist/guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist/guitarist/ programmer Gerrit Welmers. Herring's deeply poetic tales of heartbreak, love, and loss are finally up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear).

Singles is the band’s latest full length album, following 2011’s On The Water (Thrill Jockey) which earned a Best New Track nod from Pitchfork for the song “Balance” and 2010’s In Evening Air (Thrill Jockey) which the LA Times praised for its “icy synth-pop melodies [and] lo-fi soul.”

The band played an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, the main stage at 2013’s Hopscotch Music Fest and perform over 200 shows a year.



Free Performance
SUNDAY, 4/6 @ 2 PM

End Of Daze had for me signaled exactly that; an end to a part of my life that was confused, difficult, disastrous, and at times, redemptive. It was a marked comment to myself, for future reference, that what will be, will be, and that there is always exciting work to be done ahead. It is never that easy, though, and so was ushered in a new version of confusion, et al.

I’ve always lived an introspective life, but it is these rare moments of actively stepping outside my head, to create things tangible to others, that I find truly transcendent. Performing live offers the same rush to me, but it’s an even more elusive, haunting ghost. I was reminded of that letter Nick Cave wrote to MTV, in response to being nominated for an award. Apart from his refusal to be competitively evaluated, it was his gentle worship and protection of his own creative process, his crowned Inspiration, which resonated with me. (Do yourself a favor and read it here if you’ve never:

And so I spent the next week in a sparkling haze, seven stories closer to Heaven, and when I emerged from the frenzy to go back on tour, indeed ten new songs came with. They were bound together, not just by an overall sonic palette and new guitar pedal, but by time, intention, and fervor.
Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold-wave Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses? Cuz I did.

A month later I ran away to Hollywood, and again locked myself up, and two more songs were born from drunken loneliness in room at the Chateau Marmont — points if you can discern which ones.

Unfortunately, karma take it or leave it, I had to confront the reality that my voice was destroyed; that the previous year of touring had reduced my once infallible instrument to a pale spectre of its former self. I was broken and when I left California, it was with the heavy burden of an unfinished album. It is a much longer and more boring story, but in short, it was devastating and demanded a severe detour from the future I’d anticipated.

Truly one of those disguised blessings though — the extra time was a gift. What initially felt like a retreat became a reawakening. These songs weren’t done at all! And so I worshipped at the tall pile of books I’d bought in Los Angeles, on topics and imagery I’d been consumed by and words that had resonated so deeply with me they felt like artistic collaborators: Rainer Maria Rilke, Anais Nin, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Charles Baudelaire, Sylvia Plath; the punk poet singers Patti Smith and Lou Reed (who, like many I consider to be my spiritual parents); and finally, an admittedly unhealthy obsession with the Surrealists’ manifesto of desire.

Here it was spelled out for me: Desire as muse; Life as experiment; a miracle for every failure and vice-versa. I put pen to paper and I wrote, and then I sang. I sang into my own private microphone, in my tiny bedroom studio, with no one save my make-believe coconspirators to hear me, and no one to weight me with the looming pressure of inability. I was a woman possessed and my possession enabled me.
I write this now, many months later, on the up. I have served the songs and the songs have served me. It is never pretentious to feel and create. So much of my life has been defined, aided, and even saved by music. Here is my best attempt at joining the rock’n’roll ranks, of chasing pop into the dark, and I am as ever, humbled that you listen.



Free Performance
SUNDAY, 4/6 @ 4 PM

After a spate of personal misadventures in 2010, NO was born through the chance encounter of Bradley Hanan Carter and Sean Daniel Stentz at a local LA diner. Bonding over stories of disastrous relationships as well as their mutual admiration for storytelling artists like Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash and Lou Reed, the two decided to unite and build something for themselves.

Native New Zealander Carter states, “We wanted something to believe in. It sounds kind of dramatic, but there was really nothing to wake up for at the time.” This came at a stage when he found himself divorced, bankrupt and experiencing a new kind of alone after deciding to walk away from the lifelong religious beliefs of many friends and family back home. “I think for some of us, we’ve been so worried about where we’ll go when we die, that we’ve never really thought about where we should go while we’re still alive.”

Fast forward a few months, add in more like-minded band members and NO was on the way to being fully formed.

In July 2011 they recorded the debut EP “Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Here Forever” and released it via their website on 11.11.11. “We were trying to create something for ourselves that was positive and honest,” explains Stentz.

After the release of the EP, NO quickly gained recognition with the local Echo Park crowds, and both NME and the LA Times tipped them as an act to keep a close eye on. 2012 saw them wrack up over 100 live shows, including supports for Best Coast and Electric Guest, and a European tour with Father John Misty. In 2013 the band returned to LA for a sold-out headline show at The Troubadour and performed at international festivals including London’s Hard Rock Calling and Germany’s Southside and Hurricane, as well as supporting the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Public Image LTD and The Naked and Famous.

The six piece are now looking forward. Newly signed to tastemaker record label Arts & Crafts, NO finished their self-produced debut album “El Prado” in 2013. Mixed by Billy Bush (Tegan & Sara, Foster The People, Jake Bugg) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Beach House, Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend), the album saw a North American release in February 2014.



RECORD STORE DAY - Poiosn Idea, EDJ, Black Prairie
SATURDAY, 4/19 @ 8 AM until 10 PM

Free coffee @ 7:00 AM

Free gift bag to all customers (while they last)

Free coupon book for discounts in May

3 PM: PDX Punk Legend Jerry A. of Poison Idea autograph session

7 PM: Live performance w/ EDJ (Eric D. Johnson of Fruitbats)

8 PM: Live performance with Black Prairie

On Sat., April 19, 2014, more than a thousand independently owned music stores across the country will celebrate the sixth annual Record Store Day. On this day, all of these stores will simultaneously link and act as one with the purpose of celebrating the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores in the USA, as well as hundreds of similar stores internationally.

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. There will be close to 450 limited edition special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products made exclusively for the day. Hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe will make special appearances and performances.

This year includes several releases by Portland artist such as the Blitzen Trapper 7-inch, “Hold One/”On A Dime Woman.” We’ll also be featuring Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar LP on blue vinyl, Devo Live at Max’s Kansas City 11/15/77 LP on Jackpot Records, The Flaming Lips “Gates Of Steel” (Devo Cover) 7-inch, Grateful Dead Live At The Coliseum 2LP, Heatmiser Dead Air, Cop And Speeder, Yellow No. 5 (all Burger Records cassettes), Minus 5 Scott The Hoople In The Dungeon Of Horror 5xLP box set, Nirvana “Pennyroyal Tea” 7-inch, Pogues Live With Joe Strummer 2LP on red vinyl.

All releases are LIMITED EDITION and many are NUMBERED. For a complete list, please go to:

3 PM: Jerry A. of Poison idea autograph session - Poison Idea was formed in 1980 by vocalist Jerry A. (aka Jerry Lang). Germs singer Darby Crash's influence on singer Jerry A., vocally, lyrically, and philosophically, was considerable, and Poison Idea followed the Germs’ extremist punk ethic. Meet Jerry A. at the in-store signing! Three RSDreleases will be available: Voodoo Doughnut Recordings 7-inch "Triple Chocolate Penetration" / "Hypnoptic," featuring posthumous vocals by legendary PI guitarist Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts; a split 7-inch with Pantera, Side By Side Series; and Getting The Fear.

7 PM: live performance w/ edj (Eric D. Johnson of Fruitbats) - Eric Donald Johnson is an American singer/songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the leader of the influential folk-rock band Fruit Bats, and for his frequent collaborations with bands such as The Shins, Vetiver and Califone. He has also scored films, most notably Our Idiot Brother and Smashed. In 2014 it was announced he would begin a new solo recording project called EDJ. His RSD release is a split 7-inch with Vetiver on Easy Sound.

8 PM: Live Performance with black prairie - By now, Black Prairie has clearly outgrown its roots as a casual side project, solidifying into a primary, creative focus for its members—a band with its own internal momentum, genuine character and style. Still, it’s only become harder to describe what that style is. “I gave up a long time ago,” guitarist Jon Neufeld says. When asked what kind of music Black Prairie plays, Neufeld usually just says “Soft rock,” and walks away. Black Prairie’s RSD release is the 12-inch, Fortune.




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