Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Tuesday, August 31st

Hello Dear Readers,

Oh no. I didn't make it out to any shows last night. I hope that you guys did. Did I miss anything that is going to go down in Portland Music Scene History? Well, I am gonna go out tonight for sure. But to what show? Hmmmm...how about one of these?

Valentine's is having a show with Aliens, ASSS, and Desert Moans. I could not find out any information about Aliens. I kept coming up with the band that formed from the ashes of Beta Band. I am pretty sure that this is a different Aliens band. ASSS on the other had is easily found. I finally saw them at PDX Pop this year. It was pretty cool. The music was mostly created by two floor toms and vocals. But there are some noisey synth sounds and a sax was also brought out at one point. Experimental! I also could not find out and information about Desert Moans aside from the fact that they are indeed a band and once played East End with Ghost Mom and Fag Rag. That shows description from Garage Punk Hideout said this about Desert Moans "?????? ...but good." So maybe its garage punk. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Backspace is having a show with Junius (Boston), Orbs (not Portland), and Ghosts & Monsters. Junius is a very cool band from Boston. AristeiA played a show with them last time they played in Portland. They are kinda shoe gaze, they are kinda heavy. It is like The Cure if they tuned down and turned up their guitars. Orbs is a band that they are on tour with. They sound like a rock band. The vocals are nasally kinda like early Hot Hot Heat (rember them?). The music is kinda dark and kinda progressive. I would say that it will be impressive live. Ghost & Monsters at a band that I have not heard of from our local area. It is pretty crazy. A lot of screaming a lot of weird stop starts and a whole lot of cool sounding guitars. The ALL AGES show is $7 and starts at 8 PM.

Someday Lounge is having a show with On The Tundra (Eugene), Monarchs, The Jezebel Spirit, and Yeah Great Fine. On the Tundra is an instrumental post-rock band. If you like Explosions in the Sky or bands like that, their sound will be familiar. Monarchs is a band I could not find information about. Unless it is this band (which it probably isn't). The Jezebel Spirit is one of the many band associated with the BroFam Collective. The collective is kinda of a mixture of Elephant 6 and the Wu Tang Clan. Except with math rock instead of indie-pop and hip-hop. Anyway the players of Jezebel Spirit are pretty incredible. Seriously just watch them play and be amazed. Yeah Great Fine is one of the many bands that I have only seen once but mean to see a whole lot more. They play a pretty awesome take on pop music that incorporates some mathy and electronic flourishes. Cool stuff. The show is $ at 9 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows please say, "Hi". Then we can get our show on


The Jezebel Spirit sound a whole lot less distorted in real life. You can see them at Someday tonight.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for

Hello Dear Readers,

Last night I needed a recharge. I skipped all shows and stayed home. It was nice. There are some shows that happening tonight:

Holocene is having a show with Dum Dum Girls (California), Guantanamo Baywatch, Orca Team, and The Reservations. Dum Dum Girls have a real good sound. Fuzzy distorted pop. The all girl band carry on in the tradition of many bands before them. A tradition I love. It is a nice fit with these two great kinda surf-y and also lo-fi pop gems Guantanamo Baywatch and Orca Team. In fact it makes me wonder why Dum Dum Girls are so big and these bands are not just as big. Also The Reservations are a welcome addition to the Portland Music scene. Not that we are unfamiliar with its members (Mattress + Don Hellions = The Reservations). The show is $5 and starts at 8:30 PM.

In Other Words is having a show withWorld History (Seattle), Shelby Sifers, Colleen Johnson, and Danielle Warhola. Shelby can write good songs. I have not seen her paly in a long time. I bet she has new songs. I like her old songs. They are often charming and honest and well...good. I will be honest, some people can't get down with her voice which is reminiscent of early Johanna Newsom. I could not find out any information regarding the other people that were listed for this show. So I don't really know what to expect. But in the description of the show, Shelby hinted that she may "whine about atheism". Does this appeal to you? The ALL AGES show is at 7 PM.

If you see me at either of these shows please say, "Hi". I try to be approachable.


Orca Team will play Holocene tonight!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Sunday, August 29th

Hello Dear Readers,

Last night, for me, was awesome. I was at the Doug Fir and I got to see Ezza Rose's new band. It is the line up she used for recording her upcoming album. She has wrangled up some real talent including a pair of ladies on violin and cello whose vocals blend ridiculously well with Ezza's already beautiful voice to create stunning harmonies. Then Musee Mecanique played. I love that band. It was their first show with Dave Depper who is stepping in for their upcoming European tour. They also split the set of older material and newer material by playing a very impressive rendition of The Beach Boys "Sloop John B". I really hope someone got that on video. Then they played their new stuff. I cannot wait until they put out another record. Sean Flinn & The Royal We finished off the night. I will not talk too much about it because as a band member it was hard to say how it went. It felt good though. I later heard from my friend who went to see the Joggers earlier that they covered Television's "Marquee Moon". I really hope someone caught that on video. That is one of my favorite songs. It is so good. Anyways, here are some shows that caught my eye for today:

Bar Bar is having a show with The Dimes,Lewi Longmire, and Quiet Life. If you have not checked out any of the Sunday Bar Bar shows, I think you maybe should. It is a totally chill environment. The Dimes play pleasant pop music that would not feel out of place on something like Grey's Anatomy. Lewi Longmire plays country rock. Actually so does Quiet Life. But I feel like Quiet Life uses a lot more harmonies and plays a bit faster. The show is FREE and starts at 2 PM.

Doug Fir Patio is having a Pickin' On Sunday's show with Celilo and Norman. For full disclosure, I have never attended a "Pickin' on Sundauy" set. I would imagine that it has a similar feel to the Bar Bar sessions. Actually, these Doug Fir things have been happening longer. So maybe, the Bar Bar things have the feel of the Doug Fir Sunday sessions. Regardless, I imagine it is chill. Celilo is a solid Americana band who I have written about several times before. Norman is a band of Oregon folks (not necessarily Portlanders) who have come together to make a band of indie/folk/pop. Or something in that ballpark. The show is FREE and starts at 3 PM.

Rontoms is having a show with Iretsu, Yours, and The Cake Tribute Band. Iretsu is a band that I I have seen the name around but not ever heard before. It seems upon a quick listen that it is pretty cool. It is pop music but not in a traditional predictable way. Yours is a bit more traditional pop, but in an awesome way. The songs are clearly crafted by people who have an affinity for pop music and all its possibilities. It is based around the duo of Matthan Minster (ex- Oh Captain My Captain) and Adam Trachsel (Ley Lines). Plus this is the second and Last show of the Cake Tribute band that features members of Nick Jaina band and Dat'r. You know you loved that song "The Distance". Just sayin'. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Mississippi Studios is having a show with Lower Dens (Baltimore), Raymond Byron & The White Freighter, Dragging an Ox Through Water, and BA Fractal. The Lower Dens are a band from Baltimore. They seem to play slower paced indie rock music. Seems pretty chill. Raymond Byron & The White Freighter is what that band Castanets has become (a version blues with an indie rock audience). Dragging an Ox Through Water is what happens when you love folk and various forms of experimental noise music and are unwilling to compromise the sound of either. BA Fractal has something to do with Tunnels. I am not sure what though. The show is $8 and starts at 9 PM.

Valentine's is having a show with Hello Mtn., Duover, and Poison Arrows. Hello Mtn. features Catherine O'Dell of Horse Feathers. She used to front a band called Black Heart Moon. Apparently she has started a new group with Matthew Morgan. I think that Matthew is an engineer at Jackpot Studios. This is cool because they say they are recording an album. Having an engineer in the band helps with sort of thing. To me it sounds like something between Cat Power and Azure Ray. Duover is the boy/girl folk duo that makes heavy use of harmonies. Good stuff. You can listen to some clips of the album on their myspace page. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows please say, "Hi". I am the one with the dark hair.


Lewi Longmire plays this afternoon at Bar Bar on Mississippi

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Saturday, August 28th

Hello Dear Readers,

I was out of town for five days. What did I miss? Seriously. I have no idea. Well while I wait for you to respon in the comments section, I will list a ton of good shows that are happening this fine day:

Hopworks Urban Brewery is having Biketoberfest with Hillstomp, Morning Teleporatation, Boy Eats Drum Machine, Ravishers, Quiet Life, and DJ Short Change. I hate to say it, but I think the summer might be coming to an end. But there are still many summer type events going still. This is one of them. I love FREE shows that start in the afternoon and last into the night. BEDM is one of the most unique acts in Portland. The ALL AGES is FREE and is going on right now (starts at noon goes to 10 PM).

The Old Town Block Party is happening tonight. It has Deelay Ceelay, The Joggers, The Mean Jeans, Lovers, Rev. Shines, Dundiggy, Mr. Matt Nelkin and Nature. Woah, another thing very simialar to what I just posted. But this one is closer to down town. Plus I think there are more bands that I am familiar with. The Joggers for free? That's absurd. Plus I have been wanting to catch the catchy Lovers live set for some time now. The show is also FREE it is also noon to 10 PM.

Backspace is having a show with Wax Fingers, By Sunlight (Seattle), and Manouk (San Diego). I want to see Wax Fingers. I bet that their innovative, or at least very fresh, sounding pop music sounds great live. The ALL AGES show is $5 and starsta t 8 PM>

Alberta Rose Theatre is having the Blue Cranes, Rebeca Gates & The Consortium, and Jonathan Sielaff play. It is the CD release show for the new Blue Cranes album, Observatories. I love Blue Cranes Jazz based music. It is incredible to see live. If you ever get a chance to, you definitely should. I have not heard their new album, but I bet it is amazing. Also go check out Rebeca Gates. I have no idea what her new band, The Consortium is all about, but I am curious. Also I like this venue. It is a baby Aladdin Theatre. The show is $12 and starts at 9 PM.

The Doug Fir is having a show with Sean Flinn & The Royal We, Musee Mecanique, and Ezza Rose. This line up is awesome! And not only because I am playing it. Yes, I play in Sean Flinn and the Royal We (as back up singer extraordinaire), but the only reason I do is because I love the music. It is finely crafted and well arranged pop music. Plus if you are at all familiar with this blog, you know that I LOVE both Musse Mecanique and Ezza Rose. I bet both will be playing newish songs as both have been recording. Speaking of recordings, Sean is finally releasing his first CD, Write Me A Novel. You should think about picking it up because it is good. The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.

Biddy McGraw's is having a Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser with Jonah, Ravishers, Climber, Kelli Schaefer, and Violet Isle. Do you know about breast cancer? No? check out this show. You might learn you something. Or at least get money to people who might in turn be able to afford to learn you something. Plus I think Kelli Schaefer is amazing. The show is at 9 PM.

Laurelthirst is having a show with Tchotchkes, Stiffwiff, and Kelly Blair Bauman. Stiffwiff in the past has been a mostly improvised vehicle for a bunch of friends to get together and jam (in front of people). I have not seen them since they put out a record. I am not sure if they have changes things up and actually play songs now. Also I enjoy the songs of Kelly Blair Bauman, and you might too. The show is at 9:30 PM.

Fringe Vintage is having a show with Westfold and Fathers And Sons. I am a Westfold fan. And as a Westfold fan I can usually count on one thing to happen at a Westfold show. I expect to hear new songs. These guys are writing machines. For Real. They also can change up their sound or at least add more layers and depth to their sound with every show. This is FREE and starts at 8 PM.

If you see me at Doug Fir tonight please say, "Hi". It will be greatly appreciated.


Musee Mecanique play Doug Fir tonight! Awesome!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sounds Illustrated: Anna Paul, Yarn Owl & Fenbi at the Know, Aug 20th

Hi, Crappy Indie Readers!

I've added some new crappy indie sketches to my sketchbook. The following sketches were drawn at The Know on Alberta on Friday, August 20th. I caught three lovely performances which were part of the first annual Portland Folk Festival. (Click on any image to embiggen.)

First was Anna Paul and the Bearded Lady, an adept and boucy dixieland quartet led by vocalist/trombonist, Anna Leander:

They were followed by the reverb drenched indie pop of Yarn Owl (Pullman, WA).

Then the Fenbi International Superstars belted out high-energy, multi-ethnic bar folk.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for August 23rd to August 27th

Hello Dear Readers,

I left town for the week. I am going to be back on Saturday. Just in time to play the Sean Flinn & The Royal We CD release show at Doug Fir. But I thought as a nice gesture, that I would do a few picks for the week like I used to do. Except I did not have time to write much about any of the bands. I suggest you click on all of the many many links I created. Here are the good local shows this week:

Monday August 23rd

Berbati's Pan is having a show with Oneida, Au, and The Lights. The show is $12 and starts at 9 PM.

Valentine's is having a show with Pigeons, Leather Tom & The Dirty Dudes, and Archers. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Kenton Club is having Lana Rebel and The Love Lazers. The show is FREE and starts at 8 PM.

Tuesday August 24th

East End is having a show with Truman's water and Astrology. The show is at 9 PM?

The Wail is having a show with Pete Swanson, The Slaves, and Gentle (Seattle). The ALL AGES show is $6 and starts at 7 PM.

Wednesday August 25th

Berbati's is having a show with The Morals. This is the last of a month long residency they a have been doing. It is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Ella Street is having a show with New Century Schoolbook, Tiger House, and Grown Up Noise (Boston). The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.

Holocene is having a show with Grouper, Iilyas Ahmed, Greg Davis, Daniel Menche, and Aures. The show is $7 and starts at 8:30 PM.

Thursday August 26th

The Artistery is having a show with Adrain Orange and Ali Baba. The ALL AGES show is $6 and starts at 7:30 PM.

Holocene is having a show with Nurses, Dragging An Ox Through Water, and Operative. The show is $8 and starts at 8:30 PM.

Friday August 27th

The Cleaners at The Ace Hotel is having Rock Out to Walk Out. It is to "Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Powell's Books union with a song and dance. Powell's employee bands perform old union songs at this fundraiser to put a little dough into the bookslingers' strike fund.". There will be music from The Shaky Hands, DJ Anjali, The Incredible Kid, Kate Ashley, The Bop Out to Walk Out Jazz Quartet, Michael Ford, Ay Claudia, General Strike, and The Middle Ages. The show is only $5 and lasts from 5 Pm to 2 AM.

Jade Lounge is having a show with Alameda. The show is at 8 PM.

Berbati's Pan is having a show with The Growlers (Costa Mesa), Shannon & The Clams (Oakland), Little Teeth, and And And And. The show is $10 and starts at 8 PM.

You will not see me at any of these shows, but say "Hi" to someone anyway.


Nurses play Holocene on Thursday. You should see them.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Sunday, August 22nd

Hello Dear Readers,

Yesterday I ended up working a 12 hour day. After my super long day yesterday it kinda just did me in. I did not see any shows. I hope you guys did though. Anyway, today is the last day of the Portland Folk Fest and quite honestly it is by far the best day (in my opinion). On the website they have descriptions of every single act playing the festival and they are all written by people who can actually write about music articulately. See.

The Woods is having a show with Michael Hurley, Tara Jane O'Neil, Raymond Byron & The White Freighter (formerly Castanets, Rebecca Gates, and Amy Annelle. part of the Portland Folk Fest. This is the only part of the festival that I have seen has food built into the ticket price. Yes, this is a BBQ setting. It is sponsored by Kill Rock Stars & hosted by Stooping Bear, and will have produce from Groundwork Organics and other local organic growers. But what is really cool here is the music. Michael Hurley is an older guy that has been doing folk for a long time. I know him from singing on the last Alela Diane record. TJO is awesome she kinda blurs lines between folk and more experimental forms of music. Rebecca Gates was in that band The Spinanes. I saw her open up for Stereolab when I lived in Texas. Pretty good stuff. I am not familiar with Amy Annelle, but people have written positive things about her. The show is $10 and starts at 2:30 PM.

Bar Bar (the new part of Mississippi Studios) is having a show with Marty Marquis and Chris Robley. Marty Marquis, aside from having a pretty cool alliterate name, is probably best known for being in Blitzen Trapper. He is also a pretty good songwriter and his voice is really cool in that kind of gravely way. Chris Robely is usually backed by his band The Fear of Heights. It think today he might scale it back a bit. Or not. I don't know for sure. The show is FREE and starts at 3 PM.

Doug Fir is having a show with Sallie Ford & The Sounds Outside and Adam Shearer (of Weinland). This is part of Portland Folk Fest. I think that Doug Fir has been doing regular porch shows under the name Pickin' on Sundays for awhile now. I think that this just happens to be the folk fest one. I don't think that Sallie Ford and her band are particularly folk. They are good though. The upright bass makes it look folky. Adam Shearer on the other hand sounds pretty folk at times. I think it was Jeff Tweedy of Wilco who said that a lot of rocks songs were just folk if you took away most of the instruments. The show is FREE and starts at 3 PM.

Lola's Room is having a show with The Builders & The Butchers and Pancake Breakfast. Both of these bands "kill it" live. They both have an energy that is hard to fake. I believe that The Builders & The Butchers are making the rounds on the McMenamin's tour circuit. Which means that there will be several opportunities to see them play for FREE. The show is FREE and starts at 7 PM.

Doug Fir is having a later show (not on the porch) show with Loch Lomond, Myshkin's Ruby Warblers, and Mbilly. Loch Lomond is a band that I used to think of as kind of chamber pop. In recent times they have been changing into more of a traditional rock band. Though with the very distinct voice of Richey Young and his tendency to write lyrics that sound insane, I doubt they will ever be a traditional rock band. I have never heard of Myshkin or the Ruby Warlblers that are in Myshkin's possession. I have heard and seen Mbilly, he is kinda folky kinda country. I like his myspace headline, "appealing stage presence and glib onstage patter". Quite the boaster. The show is $10 and starts at 9 PM.

Holocene is having a show with Thao, Mirah, Laura Gibson, and Amy Annelle. This is part of the Portland Folk Fest. Man this show looks good. I was lucky enough to see the last time Mirah and Thao collaborated in Portland. It was pretty awesome. Both of them brought band members and learned each other's music. It was really cool. And really good. They are doing something similar tonight, except they are trying to make it minimal. Or "mostly acoustic". Given how big these two usually sound (especially Mirah), I am curious as to how minimal it will actually be. Then there is the lovely Laura Gibson. She has a gentleness the just seems to warm listeners over. She sometimes has cool arrangements but often doesn't need them. Her songs are pretty folky. I very good fit for the festival. And then there is Amy Annelle just in case you did not make it out to the BBQ at The Woods earlier. The show is $14 and starts at 9 PM.

Rontoms is having a show with Celilo, Lee Corey Oswald, Winterhaven, Future Historians, Ezza Rose, and Leonard Mynx. This is also part of the Portland Folk Fest. There are so many people playing this thing. With the exceptions of Future Historians I know them all personally. This is some good times. As you might expect from a folk festival, there will be some folkiness going one. But it there is a spectrum of the genre, so not all of these bands will sound similar. It takes the FREE Sunday show the next level. The show is FREE, of course, and starts at 7:30 PM.

Ella Street Social Club is having a show with Harlowe & The Great North Woods, Brittain Ashford, and Pat Hull (Connecticut, Brooklyn, Chico). I don't know the music of Harlowe & The Great North. I see that they are friends with Pat Hull, another person whose music I am unfamiliar with. I see also that Harlowe & Co. are friends with Brittain Ashford. I am friends with her. She has songs that, if my memory is correct, are filled to the brim with longing and heart ache. I guess that when you spend your time switching sides of the cost, that the other side always looks better and you develop chronic longings. Perfect for a musician. The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows please say "Hi"


Laura Gibson will be playing Holocene tonight as part of Portland Folk Fest. Nice.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Saturday, August 21st: part 2

Hello Dear Readers,

Last night I did double duty as a member of Tragos Amargos aka Y La Bamba then as a member of AristeiA. The Tragos show was at The Alberta Rose Theatre. It was my first time to go there. I liked it. It is essentially a baby Aladdin Theatre. The stage was pretty big and the audience was very respectful and for the most part, a little but older. Which is to say that it was seated and the sound was good. I have not seen many shows that I have been interested in, but I want to go there again. Then over at Dunes we played to a pretty full crowd. It was loud and fast and I had a really good time. Anyway, here are the shows that look good tonight:

Mississippi Studios is having a show with Damien Jurado, Dan Bern, Dolorean, and Duover. The show is part of the Portland Folk Festival. I have not seen Damien Jurado play in almost ten years. It is crazy. I got really into him my freshman year in college. He put out two great albums and then I felt his output started getting kinda spotty. I eventually stopped listening. So for all I know, he has gotten better. He probably has. Dan Bern writes kinda funny folk songs. Or at least I think he does. I remember when I first moved here, my first job was working for something called America Coming together or ACT. We had a strong anti-Bush agenda. We listened to the Dan Bern song "Bush Must Be Defeated" about a million times. Dolorean is a good Americana band. They are not the most exciting band live, but they are good. Duover is one of the best named duos I can think of. It is Nathan Jr. (he has played in many bands and you have probably seen him around) and Rebecca Rassmussen. It is acoustic folk with boy/girl harmonies at it's best. The show is $14 and starts at 8:30 PM.

Backspace is having a show with DoublePlusGood, Wishyunu, and Pocket Knife. I have been writing about DoublePlusGood for a while. I have not seen them in a long time. I met Eric from the band the other day at a BBQ. He was a really cool dude. Anyway his band is playing tonight and they should, if they don't (I really have no idea), rule the Portland electro-pop scene. The stuff is good and will undoubtedly get stuck in your head in no time. I saw Wishyunu for the first time recently. They are great. The duo ranges from kinda dreamy electro pop numbers to almost jammy looped kraut rock-esque numbers. You should see them live. I keep seeing the name Pocket Knife. I just listened to it. They too make the electro-pop. The ALL AGES show is $5 and starts at 8 PM.

Failing House is having a house show with Archers, Matthew And The Minervals, Mannequinhead and Duck Little Brother Duck. I wrote about Archers very recently and I liked the fresh sounded indie rock that seemed well versed in what I am now calling classic indie rock (Pavement etc...). I want to see them. I couldn't find anything on Matthew An The Minervals. Mannequinhead seems pretty interesting as most genre blenders are. But what initially caught my eye was Duck. I have not seen them in such a long time. I bet that they are even better than I remember them being which was awesome. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows please say "Hi". Or whatever. I am just saying be cool.


Wishyunu play Backspace tonight.

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Saturday, August 21: part 1

Hello Dear Readers,

I just wanted to say that The Alberta Street Fair is going on right now. ALL AGES and FREE! Here is the music schedule:


12:20pm Danny Caudle
2:20pm This Fair City
3:20pm The Light Band with Abdul Hall, Neo, Jeannie Moore, Richard Greer, and Friends!
6:20pm Intirhyme
7:20pm Vequinox


11:40am The Alphabeticians
1:40pm Bryan Minus and the Disconnect
2:40pm Meta Sound
3:40pm Gypsy Caravan
4:40pm The Dam Vans
5:40pm Slim Bacon
6:40pm Marca Luna
7:40pm Helical

1pm Pink Snowflakes
2pm Beautiful Lies
3pm Boy and Bean
4pm BOOM!
5pm Yo Momma on the Back Porch
6pm And And And
7pm Jared Mees and the Grown Children
8pm The Shaky Hands

I will be honest. I am not familiar with the majority of these bands, but that is kinda the fun of it. Plus the 11th and Alberta stage is pretty kick ass 6 pm on. And while I could not find out any info on Yo Momma on the Back Porch, they might be good too!

I will post later today with some other picks. See you then,


The Shaky Hands play Alberta and 11th at 8 PM. But a whole lot less acoustic

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Friday, August 20th

Hello Dear Readers,

I really want a lot of things. I want a computer to call my own. I want a bike to call my own. These are the two things that I suppose I want the most right now. Otherwise it makes it impossible to blog constantly. Boo. Anyway there are many shows that look good tonight (two of which I am playing). Also to give everyone fair warning the Portland Folk Festival is going on this weekend. In fact, it started last night. There will be a lot of acoustic guitars being played in the next few days. Here are the shows that interest me:

The Alberta Rose Theatre is having their part of the Portland Folk Festival with Celso Machado, Vagabond Opera, Natya Leela, and Tragos Amargos. This is usually not my sort of show, but as some of you may know Tragos Amargos sound and look and awful lot like this band(that I play bass and sing in). You might even say that it is "the same band". If you like folk music that has worldly flourishes, this is probably the show for you. The show is $16 and starts at 8 PM sharp.

Dunes is having a show with AristeiA, Cinder Cone (LA), and The I's. I play bass in AristeiA. I think that we are pretty darned good. If you like rock music, or if you like post-rock, perhaps if you just enjoy well put together music at loud volumes, then I highly recommend that you check this show out. Our friends in Palo Verde vouch for Cinder Cone. They like Palo Verde are a two piece rock band that push the limits of what a two piece of Drums and Guitar can do. There are no tricks of sampling or looping or anything like that. Just cool twists and turns and interesting song writing. The show is $2-$5 and starts at 9 PM.

The Woods is having a show with John Heart Jackie. This is the CD release for the band's new album "We are Gold Mounds". I do not see another band on the bill. Peculiar. I also do not see the show on The Woods' website. Very peculiar. What may be the most peculiar thing is why they are not playing the Portland Folk Festival. You would think they would be a shoe in for that kind of festival. Well regardless, you should check out this band. You should check out Jennie Wayne's solo stuff too, as long as you are checking stuff out. The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.

Backspace is having a show with The Rainy States, And And And, Social Studies (SF), and DJ Scott Oseth. I write about this show because I know that there are some of you who are fans of the the almost overwhelmingly diverse genre that is indie pop. The Rainy States have kinda been m.i.a. for a bit. I hear that they were making an album. I have not heard it, but I bet they will play songs from it tonight. And And And are pretty good in my opinion. There are some who disagree with me. But I am sticking to my gut feeling about these guys. The have written an impressive amount of good material in a short amount of time. I know not of "Social Studies". The ALL AGES show is $5 and starts at 8 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows you should say "Hi". That would be awfully sweet of you.


And And And will be playing at Backspace tonight.

Band Review : Bordeauxxx

England seems to be a haven for great pop right now, and Bordeauxxx are an excellent example of this.
Their songs are catchy and clever, interspersing sparse bass, drums and vocals with sparkling, thick instrumental chorsues and layered vocal harmonies. They're skilled musicians, and it shows; they also know how to balance complication and simplicity to make a really great pop song. I have two complaints about the band - they haven't put out a full album (though their recent EP, Mother's Ruin, is available for free download, or you can buy the CD for 2 pounds) and they claim they don't have enough money to come to the States and hang out with me.
Here's the video for their song "Heartstrings".


Monday, August 16, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Monday, August 16th

Hello Dear Readers,

Did you guys go to that bomb line up at Rontoms last night? I Didn't! I ended up working until 11:30 PM last night and then being too pooped to head out last night. I probably would have missed them anyway. The first bus I could get to wasn't until after midnight. I really hope you guys went though, it looked like such an awesome lineup. Hey guys, I was thinking; the way things are headed for me, I might not might not be able to afford a new computer for many months. Maybe even next year, assuming my things continue to get stolen from me at the rate they have been this year (my old land lords straight up robbing me of $400 did not help either). So I guess what I am getting at is this: if I did a kickstart thing to get a new computer do you think you guys would help out, or is this a stupid idea. Let me know in the comments section. Anyway, here are a couple shows that look good to me tonight:

Valentine's is having a show with Love Always, The Golden Hours, and Slang Chickens (LA). Love Always is Kathy Foster from The Thermals kicking it solo. I saw this once and she played several songs to backing tracks which makes sense. She is better know for playing bass and drums. Her guitar abilities are there though, check it out. It is like Kathy and Hutch. Except now Hutch and more electric guitar. The Golden Hours are a band that I want to see. I really like the music they have on their myspace page. Classic indie pop. Sometime led by male vocals, sometimes by female vocals. Very good. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM>

The Know is having a show with Songs for Moms (Oakland/SF), Street Eaters (East Bay), Best Supporting Actress, and Sex Hair. The show is FREE? and starts at 8 PM. I played a show with Songs for moms almost two years ago at that house venue called fuuuuuck what was it called. The Coop! It was kinda of a big deal for me. It was super hot and I played as Meyercord and in Y La Bamba. Super fun for me. Anyway, Songs for Moms were pretty fun. They have a load of influences which clearly shine through their songs. But they are a pop band overall. But in a punk way. They are from Oakland, so pop punk makes sense (not the shitty OC kinda pop punk, but the Lookout! kinda pop punk). Street Eaters are a boy girl two piece of drum and guitar. They are of the indie pop variety. Nothing like a good indie pop band from The Bay. This show is a classic two bands on tour, two bands from home show. Best Supporting Actress is a band that I remember wanting to see really badly a while back. I forgot what they sound like. Let me remind myself. Ah yes, they sound like noisy kinda crazy indie pop. Sexhair seem some where between rock and house punk. The show is probably free with donations accepted. The show starts at 8 PM.

If you see me at either of these shows please say "Hi". Also we can discuss kickstarter,


Best Supporting Actress are playing at the Know tonight. Just Sayin'

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music picks for Sunday August 15th

Hello Dear Readers,

I totally jacked my roommate's laptop and going to get you my picks today. I will be honest, I wrote the majority of this and yesterday's posts on Friday. I did end up playing that Chimp Fest thing as a part of Sean Flinn & The Royal We. It was fun. Here are the shows that look good today:

Rontoms is having a show with Ramona Falls, Monarques, Dirty Mittens, and Palmz. Ramona Falls is the band that Brent Knopf of Menomena created for all the songs he was writing between his other bands records. It is a bit different because you don't have the other guys filters on these songs. That being said Intuit their debut album last year was one of my favorites of 2009. I think the songs are very well crafted and arranged. My goodness are they arranged. You should totally see this show. Do you long for the days of sock hops and going to make out point and other things of yesteryear? Me either, yet as I listen to the music of Monarques I am oddly nostalgic for that which I have no right to be nostalgic for as a child of the 80's. It is a good feeling though. If you missed them yesterday at Chimp Fest, this is your second chance to see them. Dirty Mittens are a brilliant pop band that have a soul edge that many pop band cannot pull off. They also have a double sax thing going for them that helps with the soul feel as well. Palmz is a band that I have written about a couple time now, they also have a throw back pop sound to them. I love it. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Doug Fir is having a show with The Alialujah Choir, Mbilly, and John Vecchiarelli as part of the Pickin' on Sunday series. The Alialujah Choir is the project of Adam Selzer, Adam Shearer, and Alia Farah. You probably know Adam Selzer from fronting the band Norfolk and Western. You Probably know Adam Shearer from fronting the band Weinland. You probably don't know Alia Farah, but probably have some recording of her as she is all over the records of Portland. The project mostly consists of two acoustic guitars, piano, and three part harmonies. Mbilly is a guy who like many songwriters is torn between pop rock proper songs and more solo acoustic numbers. I bet that this will be more of the later. The show is FREE and starts at 3 PM.

Valentine's is having show with Orca Team, Karen, and Custody Battle (Flagstaff, AZ). Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I have a thing for Orca Team. Even though I have never seen them. I love their pop music. It is cut with some surf tendencies and it goes down so well. They are about to go on tour so, by the end of the month they will surely have won California over, so you should see them before they go. That way you can be like," Orca Team? Yeah I saw them they are pretty good" Instead of being like me and saying "I really love what I have heard of them but have not seen them live yet." Karen is a band that is influenced by some of the garage band revivalists that started packing the stadiums i.e. The Strokes and The Hives. They are poppy and catchy as cuss. They also claim to have a space guitar player instead a normal one. That's cool. Custody Battle is from Arizona. Myspace was acting all janky when I tried to check them out. I not a clue what they sound like. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Revival Drum Shop is having a Drum Fair all day from 10 am to 6 PM. There will be all kinds of cool vintage drum gear and performances by some of the best drummers in Portland. Bands/Drummers involved: STLS, Rachel Blumberg (M.Ward/Sean Flinn etc), Why I Must Be Careful, Neal Morgan (Joanna Newsom), Janet Weiss and Sara Lund (Unwound), Donny Ossborne (Buddy Rich Protege). There will also be DJ sets by Joe Plumber (Modest Mouse),and John Moen (Decemberists), and Joe Sherman. This sounds like a really cool event. I am not a drummer, but my drummer is. Actually Scott McPhearson (the current drummer of Meyercord) co runs Revival Drum Shop and had a huge part in putting this event together. Seems like a really cool time. The event is FREE and again starts at 10 AM.

If you see me at any of these shows please say "Hi". That would be nice,


Ramona Falls is playing at Rontoms for FREE (also at the very beginning of this video I am an extra in the background)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music picks for Saturday August 14th

Hello Dear Readers,

I totally jacked my roommate's laptop and going to get you my picks today, again. Hooray for him not being home! Anyway Here are the shows that look good to me today :

Laughing Planet on Woodstock is having a something called Chimp Fest a benefit for IDA Africa's Sanaga-Young Chimpanzee Rescue Center. The show has a lot of stuff that looks fun. Plus there are musical performances by Jared Mees & the Grown Children, Monarques, Sean Flinn & The Royal We, Alan Singley & Pants Machine, Nervous & The Kid, and Trash Can Joe. These are some darn good bands. Jared Mees and company put on one of the most fun shows in town. Monarques are a great retro-pop band. Sean Flinn is a great pop band (that I sometimes sing back ups in). His songs are all very well crafted and arranged. Alan Singley & Pants Machine are are a great orchestrated pop ensemble led by another really fun performer, um...Alan Singley. I am not familiar with Nervous & The Kid and Trash Can Joe. The ALL AGES show is $5 per family or person and starts at about noon.

Doug Fir is having a show with The Angry Orts, The Ascetic Junkies, and Nucular Aminals. Every so often Doug Fir puts together a local bill for cheap. Tonight The Angry Orts are putting out a new CD Staires! They put on a lively show and all will generally agree that good times aare to be had at their shows. The Ascetic Junkies are a pop update of folk sounds. I have not seen them before. Nucular Aminals are pop band that I have not seen, but they have a couple songs that sound pretty good. The show is $5 and and starts 9 PM.

Backspace is having a show with Your Rival, Wizard Rifle, and We Play Quiet. Your Rival only has one track on myspace and it sounds like a song that would be at the beginning of a Wes Anderson film. Wizard Rifle sound like a rock band that has a thing for metal riffs. We Play Quiet is the Vancouver band that plays pop music with a slight punk edge. The ALL AGES show is $5 and starts at 8 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows please say "Hi". That would be nice,


Jared Mees & The Grown Children will be playing Chimp Fest this evening at The Woodstock Laughing Planet.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music picks for Friday August 13th

Hello Dear Readers,

I totally jacked my roommate's laptop and going to get you my picks today. I played a Deschutes Brewery Event for the Morrison Kids benefit event. It was pretty rad. Some of my favorite Portland bands like Ages and Ages, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, and Loch Lomond played it. Y La Bamba was scaled back essentially to a three voices and one guitar (Sean Flinn joined us on the last two songs) we sang to a the crowd from the middle. We had a few people watch but, it was tough to get anyone's attention when there is essentially free food and beverages around (there was a $5 cover which essentially saying the thing was free). Ages and Ages and Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside both played great sets. I even ended up dancing for Sallie Ford inspired by an awkward old man who would not stop dancing and creeping out young ladies and children. He actually had some cool moves that I plan on incorporating in to my dance routines. Anyway, here are some shows that look good tonight:

Berbati's Pan is having a show with Nice Nice, Miracles Club, and Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt. I have I have seen Nice Nice a few times and I must say they are pretty great. It is totally mathy. But not really all that pop oriented. They are more groove oriented. Once you get in the zone, it is a great time. That being said I think you also must be in the mood for this music. Miracles Club remind me of 90's dance music. That is a type of music that I have not seen many people mine. The show is $8 and starts at 8 PM

The Know is having a show with XDS, Archers, and Astrology. XDS used to be called Experimental Dental School. Quite a mouth full. They shortened it to XDS. Good Call. They also changed from a duo to... actually I am not sure what the line is tonight. But according to the website there has been experiments in various line ups. Archers are a band that I have not seen before. I really like the recordings I have heard. Some one called psych power-pop. I think that it is a fairly accurate description. Astrology is the band that has Charlie Salas Humara (Panther, Ylang Ylang) and Marius Libman (Copy, Atole). It actually reminds me of what I remember Explode into Colors sounding like. The show is probably FREE and starts at 8 PM.

Holocene is having a show with Reporter, Wampire, and Soft Metals. Reporter played PDX Pop Now just recently. I heard it was awesome. I was taking a break from the music during that time and I missed their set. Tonight they are celebrating the release of their latest album, Time Incredible. They are more electro than ever before. It suits them well. They are very good at it and it is infectious. You will want to dance to this music. Wampire also played the PDX Pop festival. They debuted some new material that sounded very promising. There was new song that had something to do with a train. It was kinda 50's sounding. I really liked it. Soft Metals is a live electronics band that blend a wide array of electronic influences in to one. Also very danceable. The show is amazingly cheap $3 and starts at 8:30 PM.

The Woods is having a show with No Kind Of Rider, Manouk (San Diego), By Sunlight (Seattle), and El May (California) aka Lara May. No Kind Of Rider is a band that formed in Tulsa, OK but quickly relocated to Portland. They very vaguely remind me of Oh Captain My Captain. Manouk is the project of Scott Mercado who is a hired guitar player for many bands like Album Leaf, Black Heart Procession and many others. By Sunlight is a very poppy very mathy band. There are harmonies on the recordings that remind me of the Dodos and guitars that remind me of American Football. They have a split 7" out with one of my favorite Instrumental bands from the bay, Silian Rail. The show is $6 and starts at 9 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows please say "Hi". That would be nice,


Nice Nice will groove you tonight, assuming you go to Berbati's and let them.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Tuesday, August 10th

Hello Dear Readers,

It has been very rough on me not having a computer. I miss listening to music on it. I have the iPhone, but due to the whole Adobe vs, mac thing, I am unable to listen to most music on the Internet. At least the easy things like myspace. Anyway, I feel like it has been a long time. I have only been to two shows recently. I went to the Runonsentence tour kick off show which was great. And then I went to a show on Sunday with Wishyunu, Secret Codes, Rooftops, and Ocean Age. That line up was amazing. I finally got to see Wishyunu, but i missed a lot of their set because the Secret Codes guys convinced me to dine with them. I always wondered exactly what What Wishyunu was doing live. There was a lot of looping and it was awesome. I need to see them again to experience the full set. Also they seemed like really nice people (what's up guys). Then Secret Codes played. They were great. They have several vibes going for them. Not actual vibes like vibraphone but they probably should it would be a nice addition. They sometimes remind me of tortoise, sometimes like Stereolab. Which is to say they have a great sound. Then Rooftops from Bellingham played. They are an awesome math pop band that use a ridiculous amount of finger tapping. In a good way. Ocean Age closed out the night. They have gotten so good. When they do three part harmonies (sometimes four part harmonies?) it is gorgeous. Plus they debuted two new songs that sounded great. I have never seen a pop band use the Congo drum as effectively as Ocean Age does. Sadly I found out that two of the members recently relocated to Seattle (darn them and their "job opportunities") which means far less Ocean Age shows. But anyway, here are some Portland shows that showed up on my radar:

Pssst. I heard about this show here at this place. It has this band and this band for FREE. Just Sayin'.

The Artistery is having a show with Little Wings, Lee Baggett, and Sandy's. I will be totally honest. I have mixed feelings about Little Wings. Sometimes I like it. Sometimes I don't. he is a guy who I recall makes music that is not to far off from his old collaborator Phil Elvrum of Mt. Eeriee. He has a new collaborator now in the form of Lee Baggett. I have not heard his stuff. I could not find any information about Sandy's, but there is a good chance that this show will be good. The ALL AGES show is $6 and starts at 8 PM.

Ella Street is having a show with Singley (featuring Alan Singley), Tom Provost & the Guardians of The Future, and Shoot Guns And Fish. Singley is Alan Singley's songs stripped down to a two piece. This is actually how I first was aquainted with his songs. It was just him and a drummer. I like his songs an awful lot. They are fun and Alan is such a showman. Shoot Guns And Fish is known as Stoop Kid on myspace and sounds like lo-fi Indie music. I like most things with that tag. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows. please say "Hi",


Why am I posting this video? Mississippi Studios?