Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for August 12th

Hello Dear Readers,

It is so nice out today. So nice that I want to go see some music. Oh look! Here are some shows:

Wednesday, August 12th

Music on Main St. put on by PCPAis having a show with The Old Believers and Autopilot Is for Lovers. Both of these bands used to be duos and both of these bands have swelled to become much bigger and have larger sounds. I think there might be a new sub-genre called epic-folk. The ALL AGES show is FREE and starts at 5 PM.

There is a "Folk in the round" show at Bear Hug (4937 NE 6th) this evening. Which means that songsters will be taking turns playing songs. This show will highlight some of the songwriting talent of some other prominent Portland bands. i.e. it will be not the main songwriters of Ohioan, Glass Teeth, Meyercord, What Skulls can Tell Us?, AAN, and Typhoon!. Plus Brittain Ashford (Brooklyn), and Ash Retier (Oakland) will be playing. I am not sure if any of this is actual folk music, but I like it all. The show is FREE and it starts as a BBQ at 6 PM. The music starts at 7 PM.

Laurelthirst is having a show with Dolorean. If you haven't heard them you might want to check them out. If you like the Americana folk rock thing (I do). They are playing Laurel Thirst every Wednesday this month. My guess is that they will try out new material on you if you go to these shows. Did I mention that all these Wednesday Dolorean shows are for FREE? Well, they are. It starts at 6 PM.

Berbati's also has a residency thing on Wednesdays. Every month they pick a band to play every Wednesday in the restarant part of Berbati's. This month they have selected Inside Voices who are really great. Tonight they are playing with Breakfast Mountain. I love me some inside voices. They make good summer time music. As does Breakfast Mountain, though they (he?) makes a music that is much more on the electronic side of things. The show is FREE and starts at 10 PM.

Holocene is has anew series of shows called "A Few of My Favorite Things" where they will let a band curate a show of whatever he or she wants. I think this is the first one. Brain Mumford of Dragging an Ox Through Water, makes really cool music that seems to transcend traditional genres, so it is no surprise that his tastes are eclectic. This is what he said about it via his blog, "I'm very excited about it.. Salt Orchard (snare drum and vocal duo, members of Xh and The Better to See You With) and Operative (Scott Goodwin from Bonus, sawtooth waves, live drums I'm told by Jed and Spencer) will both play, as well as Dragging an Ox through Water (me), and label owners from local labels like Below PDX, Together Tapes, Eggy Records and Distro, and Awesome Vistas will DJ from their catalogs between, before, and after sets. Liz Harris (grouper) will show some video work.. and there will be a wearable sculpture procession / fashion show curated by Dana Dart McLean with works by Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Storm Tharp, Alicia McDaid, Loyal Mantooth, members of Oregon Painting Society, and many more along with some choreography by Jane from Janet Pants Dans Theatre. Real strange free-associatively gathered together world kind of night! Please come!". Also it is a benefit for Yellow Brick Road which benefits homeless youth. The show is $6 and starts at 7 PM.

Someday Lounge is having a show with Wishyunu, Camping Party, Lee Corey Oswald. This is part of the Pabst Recession Proof series (which means it's free). Wishyunu is a band that I have been wanting to see for a while. They make hushed-vocaled indie pop music. I have played a show with Camping Party before. He makes music that someone who used to listen to hardcore would make if they found an acoustic guitar and ran it through various delay pedals. and decided to become a singer-songwriter. Lee Corey Oswald is a folk duo: two dudes two guitars and one harmony. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Please say "Hi" to Ben Meyercord. He likes it when you do that.


Come see a few of Dragging an Ox Through Water's favorite things. Tonight

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