Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Tuesday, November 24th

Hello Dear Readers,

No show for me yesterday. But I see some potential for show going in my immediate future. I see...

Tuesday, November 24th

Valentine's is having a show with Carcrashlander, Rey Villalobos, and Grandchildren (Philadelphia). Carcrashlander is a very good band. They play rock music that sometimes has a quietness to it, while at other times has a total groove thing (they have an exceptional rhythm section) going and for the most part uses a lot of minor chords. I wouldn't describe their music as being particularly cheerful. They have consistently writing and recording and putting our releases for almost a couple years now. It is mostly the brainchild of Cory Gray a man who has played with just about every band in Portland he specializes in keys and trumpet (which he plays both in the band as well as being the main singer in the band). Rey Villalobos is a relatively new person to Portland. He relocated from California and apparently knows a lot of Portland people from there. Including the Carcrashlander folk. I saw him play Rontoms the other week and was really impressed. His quiet and very pretty folk songs hit the spot as he played his acoustic and sang backed only the always spot on Brian Wright (Carcrashlander) on drums. Unfortunately there was a talkative bunch that night. Grandchildren is a pop band from Phily. Phily knows how to make pop music, this band is no exception. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Berbati's is having a show with Leather Tom & The Dirty Dudes and Guantanamo Baywatch. Leather Tom and The Dirty Dudes is a band that I have yet to see and at this point may never see. They are changing their name to Lyfestyles. They play very good and, for lack of a better word, flamboyant music. It is the place where early 80's newwave and disco meet. Guantanamo Baywatch is a band that successfully plays punk influenced surf rock music. The music reminds me of the Dead Kennedys, kinda. The show is $2 and starts at 10 PM.

Abyssal Behemoth is having a show with Wet Hair (Iowa City), Eternal Tapestry, Pete Swanson, and Chrome Wings. Hooray for the blanketing genre we call experimental rock. That title is just as bad if not worse than the term indie rock in its ability to describe music. That being said, if you self identify as a person who enjoys experimental music then I think you would be into this show. Wet Hair makes music that sounds kinda spacey and incorporates drums and a whole lot of analog synths and old drum machines and tapes. Eternal Tapestry plays "face-melting psych-out guitar-slaying over mighty motorik chugs" (Art For Spastics). Which is to say play music to take drugs to. Pete Swanson used to play in the noise rock group Yellow Swans. I bet his stuff is noisy and awesome. Chrome Wings makes shoegaze influenced drone pop music. It is often very melodic and pretty while not being sissy at all. I recommend you check it out. The ALL AGES show is $3-$5 and starts at 8 PM

So if you see me at any of these shows, please say "Hi". And then hit the palm of your hand against the palm of my hand. It looks, sounds, and feels awesome. Trust me.


Chrome Wings at The Stud from Jordan Bernier on Vimeo.

Chromes Wings play the Abyssal Behmoth house tonight. Its gonna be a good time.

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