Friday, February 26, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Friday February 26th

Hello Dear Readers,

Last night I stayed in. I subsequently probably missed some shows. Such is life. There are a bunch of good shows tonight:

Friday, February 26th

The Woods is having a show with Y La Bamba and Fences (Seattle). I play bass and sing in Y La Bamba so I am biased, but I think we are a pretty great band. There are a lot of harmonies and Luzelena has a amazing voice. The we are going to be playing songs from our album that we be out later this year. We also have a very special announcement to make. Fences is a band that we have played with before. It is also fronted by a heavily tattooed person who plays music on an acoustic guitar. He has an album that is being produced by Tegan and Sara. The show is $10 and starts at 9 PM.

The Waypost is having a show with The Ocean Floor, Bird Announced Land, and Ah Holly Barbra (Jeremy of Ah Holly Fam'ly). The Ocean Floor is one of the best groups in Portland. You may not have seen them, but you are lucky if you have. It is a duo fronted by Lane Barrington also of Hosannas. He plays really intricate guitar parts and has a great voice. He is currently backed by Shannon Rose Steele on violin (Viola?), vocals, and glockenspiel. They make beautiful arrangements and are some of the nicest people around. Bird Announced Land is the musical project of a girl named Charley. Her voice is incredible. I fell in love with the music when I first heard it a while back. She made it onto last year's PDX Pop Now! compilation. She very rarely plays shows so this is very special. Jeremy is the leader of the Ah Holly Fam'ly who seemed to also kept a low profile recently. I always so impressed by the lush arrangements so I am sure it will be interesting to see how he fairs on his own. The ALL AGES show is FREE and starts at 8 PM.

Tea Chai Te is shaving a show with The Sarcastic Dharma Society, Padriac Finbar Haggerty-Hammond, and someone else. The Sarcastic Dharma Society and Padriac Finbar Haggerty-Hammond are two of my favorites songwriters in Portland. They also happen to play music together most of the time. I have heard that tonight they will be playing separately though. Mostly stuff they don't normally play which is pretty exciting. They also have a duet together called "I can't dance". If you go to the show you should should make them play it. The ALL AGES show is FREE and starts at 7 PM.

Backspace is having a show with DoublePlusGood, Quail Lungs, and Rock Friends. DoublePlusGood makes great dance pop music that sometimes sounds like a guy crooning over a video games system. Quail Lungs is a guy who makes lo-fi pop gems that are usually covered in layers of hiss. Sometimes there is treasure beneath the hiss. Rock Friends also make electronic based music. Sounds like fun. There will be some dancing going on tonight (probably at Backspace). The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.

Stankhouse/Multiverse/Distantcolony Collective the show is having a moving party with Big Black Cloud, DMV, TIny Knives, Worlds Greatest Ghost, Hornet Leg, with special appearances with Gaydolf Shitler, Iraquasaurus, El Come Home Foot Ox and many more. Looks like a huge house show. I am not sure who is moving, but whoever it is, they sure know how to throw a party. I have only seen Big Black Cloud once and it was crazy. There were back up singers with Hulk hands and a lot of fake blood. I have on the other hand seen World's Greatest Ghost several times and they are great. They have several guitarmonies and matching key board parts The ALL AGES show starts at 7 PM.

If you see me at The Woods say, "Hi". I dedicate a song to you.


The Sarcastic Dharma Society and Padriac Haggerty-Hammond's duet. They will probably play this at Tea Chai Te

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