Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for August 8th to August 10th

Hello Dear Readers,

This week I did no see any of the shows I listed. Lets see if I can make up for it this weekend.

Friday, August 8th

There is a lot of good shows happening, but as it turns out I am working until 1:30, exactly when most shows end. Shows like these, for instance.

  • The Doug Fir is having a show with up and coming locals Weinland and A Weather who have put out two of my favorite local records this year (La Lamentor and Cove respectively). I can't believe I am going to miss this show. Plus to put salt on the wound, one of my guilty pleasures Son, Ambulance is playing too. Sigh, I guess I can view this as me just saving my $10. The show starts at 9 PM.
  • Weinland collaborators, Portland Cello Project are having their official CD release show for their debut self titled album at Aladdin Theater. I have seen them a couple times and it is really something to be hold to have classical music rub shoulders with local contemporary music as well as covering top 40 stuff. If you did not see them at PDX Pop, then you missed out of=n a rousing rendition of Britney Spear's "Toxic" played by the project, and sung by local electro popster Gingerbread Patriots' John Brophy. There is nobody specifically mentioned to make appearances, but you never know who will show up. The show is $13 in advance and $15 at the door. The ALL AGES show starts at 8 PM.
  • The Edward Scissor House ( 4937 NE 6th, Portland , OR) is having a great show with Southern Belle and The Worthless Children. There will probably other bands too. But even if there isn't these two will do the job if you want to have a good time. There is no cover listed, and the show starts at 9 PM.
  • Satyricon is having a rock show or rather a RAWK show with Wolves in the Thrown Room (Olympia), Danava, and The Better To See Me With. This show will be more rock than most can handle. It will cost $10. The ALL AGES show starts at 9 PM.

Saturday, August 9th

I have three shows to list and they are soooo good. Go to any of these and thank me later.

  • The Coop is having a CD release party for the new Stumpclub Compilation featuring Experimental Dental School, Reporter, and Teeath (all of which are on the CD). It looks like an incredible line up , right? And even better, all of the proceeds of the compilation go towards the new ALL AGES venue that Stumpclub is planning. This is the second Stumpclub compilation and it looks ridiculously good. It features All Girl Summer Fun Band, Hockey, Teeath, Reporter, Experimental Dental School, Westfold, Copy, Magic Johnson, 31 Knots, The Hand That Bleeds, Purple Rhinestone Eagle, Childhood Friends, David Evan, Ghost to Falco, Dirty Mittens, Panther, Golden Bears, Reverse Dotty and the Candy Cane Shivs (possibly more?). If that is not the best local comp that has ever existed, I will gladly give you the $8 it takes to enter this show and get the CD. If you just want to see the show (you are crazy), then you just need to part with $5. The show starts at 8 PM.
  • The Chaos Cafe is having a very diverse and very awesome show featuring AristeiA, David Evan, My Paper Camera (Boise), and The Box and the Bucket. Seriously, I think we got a good sampling of diferent kinds of music here: instrumental post-rock, indie-rock, power pop, and weird acoustic based music. The best part is that the show is FREE. The ALL AGES show starts at 8 PM.
  • The Know is having a really cool night of math rock with the likes of David Kyle, The Americas (Santa Rosa), and Rooftops (Bellingham). I have to say that I enjoy David Kyle's mix of traditional guitar mathy numbers and his use of various Eastern instruments that I forget the names of single time I ask him (seriously, I don't know why I ask). I had the chance to see America's play last Sunday and was blown away by their music. Really cool stuff. I have heard good things about Rooftops. This is also a FREE show. It starts at 9 PM.

Sunday, August 10th

Here are some good ones.

  • The Coop is having a good show on Sunday (do they have any other kind?) with Da Bears (San Diego), Patterns, Deer or the Doe, and James Rabbit (Santa Cruz). All of these peoples make exceptionally good and varied indie pop. I really mean it I know that I have written about patterns before. I still haven't seen them, but here might be the perfect chance. The ALL AGES show is $4 and starts at 8 PM.
  • The other one I am interested in is being held at Dunes. I am not going to lie, the two local bands that are opening are unfamiliar to me. But there is a kick ass band from Seattle playing which is why I am listing the show. I saw X-Ray Press (Seattlea) last Sunday and was stunned by their very well executed math rock stylings. Harsh Sunshine, the first local act, seem to play energetic but some what sloppy and fun pop rock (with an emphasis on the rock part). The Winebirds, the other local act, play pop rock that leans more towards the pop side of things. It should be an interesting juxtaposition between traditional pop music and the deliberate mutation of pop music that is math rock. The show is FREE. The doors are at 9 PM.

So I hope to see you t some of these shows. If you see me, then feel free to come up to me and say "Hi". If not then, maybe next week?

-Ben


David Kyle doing what David Kyle does. He will be playing the Know on Saturday.

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