Okay I will level with you. I didn't tell you about the best show last night. I will be honest I thought it would get too crowded if I let you know about it. I know I know, I am a jerk. But Last night there was a house show with Meyercord (with me), Oh Captain My Captain, Sean Flinn and the Royal We (with me), Y La Bamba (with me), Jared Mees & The Grown Children, and Typhoon. Another reason I did not want to list it was because Jared Mees and Meyercord both have shows coming up, Jared tonight and me tomorrow night respectively, and I did not want to take away from those. It was so much fun and the music was so good. Oh Captain My Captain is so good. I think I have said before, but I will say it again Pedro the Lion + Dr. Dog = Oh Captain My Captain. I LOVE Typhoon. You MUST see them. Any ways, here are the shows that look good to me.
Sunday, November 29th
There is the second installment of You Who, the children's indie rock event at Kennedy School. This time they have Quasi, Portland Ukulele Project, and Vursatyl & DJ Anjali. This is an event for kids and their Indie-rock parents to both get a whole lot of pleasure. There will be a couple things for the kids and then bam. Quasi one of Portland's finest. And then bam. Portland Ukulele Project, the little brother to PCP. I think they have only played out once. But they play cover songs arranged on several of said quirky instrument. The ALL AGES show is $10-$15 at 1 PM.
Rontoms is having an Early show with Jared Mees & The Grown Children. I think Jared Mees & The Grown Children are one of the most fun bands to see live in Portland. My experience last night reaffirmed it, They give off such a positive vibe I cannot help but beam during a performance. This is a special show though. Jared's mom is in town and it is her Birthday. So he is having a birthday party for her. He said that there will be a special guest and rumor has it that Alan Singley and his Pants Machine is that guest. Alan is also fun and usually has wonderful people backing him playing Alan's arrangements. The show is FREE and starts at 7 PM.
The Know is having the Fantasy Quest After party with Palo Verde, Order of the Gash and Disemballerina. Fantasy Quest maybe the first queer/fantasy/magic/DnD/Metal fest ever. This is wind down of it all. But I believe that it won't wind down softly. Palo Verde is the heavy and improvised duo that sounds anything but improvised. Oder of the Gash is a metal band with one of the coolest names I have seen in a while. Disemaballerina has no recordings but are apparently an acoustic goth band with guitar, cello and violin. The show is $7 and starts at 8 PM.
AshStreet Saloon is having a show with The Woolen Men, Cement Season, Jack Ruby Presents (McMinnville), and Pine Language (Corvallis). I like The Woolen Men despite never having seen them. Their recordings remind me of something that might be in Matador circa 1996. The recordings are lo-fi, the guitars are somewhat jangle and it is catchy with indie/nasally vocals. What's not to like? Cement Season sound like a band that would be on the alternative radio station in 1996. Jack Ruby Presents are a decent Folk Rock band. Pine Language is a really good Indie-rock band that has really good melodies and a good sense of dynamics and a lead singer whose voice is the sweet tenor that I am a sucker for. It is really good. I am surprised I have not heard more about this band. The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM
Cinema 21 is having Eat Skull score some movies. Eat Skull is hard to pinpoint. I am not sure they have a sound. Though they are very good and seem to have their lo-fi recordings down to a science. They are not the first band I would turn to in order to score a film, but hey...why not? Plus if you are into it, I have read that there will be free booze provided. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.
If you see me at any of these shows please say, "Hi".
Come say hi to Jared Mees's mom who I guess is the grandmother of his Grown Children?