Last night I took some time to myself. Partly because I was lazy but mostly because I knew that I was/am going to try to see a lot of music tonight. You see there is a lot of stuff going on, and a possibility of seeing more than one show. Nice. Here is what Portland has to offer tonight:
Saturday, December 5th
The Knife Shop is having a show with Alan Singley & Pants Machine and Travis Wiggins. Alan has a knack for writing endearing songs with memorable melodies and impressive arrangements. Tonight he has said that there will be a full on horn section. Sweet. Travis Wiggins on the other hand plays "Lo-Fi Beats, Psychedelic Freak Outs, Sound Collage & Weirdo Pop Songs for your Headphones, Car Stereo, Boom Box & Bike Rides" He will be playing songs from his latest album, "Spacewayz" which features Alan on one song and a sampled song of his on another song. They are friends. In fact Travis was a one time member of Pants Machine. The show is $5 and starts at 10 PM.
WonderBallroom is having a show with Blind Pilot, Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames, and Point Juncture, WA. You probably have already heard about Blind Pilot. If not, check out their near perfect acoustic pop. It is very familiar sounding in a comforting way. If they are ripping someone off I don't know who. I keep hearing about how good her new album, which is not yet released, is. I finally took a listen on myspace and people are right. It is good. You the title track, "July Flame" is pretty good and then when the chorus comes in, it is really good. Also you should check out the song "I Can See Your Tracks" where you can hear her new Old Believers band mates singing all folky like. Point Juncture are an awesome band. They play tight well arranged indie-rock songs that seeded to be influenced equally by Yo La Tengo and Stereolab. Which is to say it is awesome. The ALL AGES show is $15 and starts at 8 PM.
Holocene is having Heatstroke: A Summer Jamz show with Guantanamo Baywatch, Orca Team, and DJ Hot Air Balloon. In case you didn't know, Winter is the new Summer. Or at least people are trying to make it that way and with the tune that both of these bands are supplying, it won't be hard. Guatanamo Baywatch plays surf rock by in a slightly updated way. I really like it. And Orca Team play kinda surf but mostly reverb drenched pop numbers. Their song "And She Knows" is currently one of my favorite "Summer Jamz". The show starts at $3 PM.
The Waypost is having a show with Glass Teeth, Almost Nearly, Michael The Blind, The Shivas (Vancouver WA), Bryan Weller, The Sarcastic Dharma Society, William Carpenter's Towering Trees, and Sweeping Exits. Man this is a lot of bands. They are all kinda folk and this is billed as "Saturday Night's Alright for Folking". They are all good, but in my opinion, you cannot miss The Sarcastic Dharma Society. He is one of the best songwriters I know. The ALL AGES show is FREE and starts at 6 PM.
Ghost Realm is having a show with , Here Comes A Big Black Cloud, The Department of Motor Vehicles. Party at World's Greatest Ghost's house! This is the third Gnome party they have thrown. I have missed the previous two but have seen pictures. If pictures do not lie, then I have missed out. Costumes of your favorite mythical creatures are highly encouraged. Plus World's Greatest Ghost put on one of Portland's greatest shows. I love the way their guitar melodies intertwine with the keyboard melodies. I also love how it is impossible not to lose control while seeing them. The ALL AGES show is by donation and starts at 8 PM.
The Ivy House is having a show with Duck. Little Brother, Duck!, Mama Sunshine, Sex Hair, David Duchovny, and Top Shelvers. I am writing this because Duck. Little Brother, Duck! is one of the best bands in Portland. They play high energy mathy-pop music. Think modern day Cap N'Jazz. The ALL AGES show is FREE and starts at 8 PM.
If you see me at any of these shows please say, "Hi".
Sarcastic Dharma Society will be playing at The Waypost for FREE