Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Tuesday, November 9th

Hello Dear Readers,

Last night I did not see any shows. I will be honest, I do not have a lot of funds right now. I just spent two days with out phone service because of that lack of funds. But guess what happens on Wednesday? It is my payday, whoooo! Tonight may be different, though. I mean there are a couple of freebies mixed in my picks. These are the shows that look good:

Valentine's is having a show with Kele Goodwin, Galveston, and Duover. Kele Goodwin doesn't play out that much. Perhaps now that he has put out a record, Hymns, out on Hush Records he will play out more often. I have always liked him from the frost time I saw him. Which incidentally was the first time I saw Luzelena of Y La Bamba at this very venue. His songs are delicately finger picked and sung beautifully. It is gentle as a lullaby. In a slightly different different way and often backed by a female voice, Chris Ashby plays folk as the project Galveston. I have not seen him play but have heard that it is wonderful. Duover is a more upbeat folk pop duo of Rebecca and Nathan Jr. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Rotture is having a benefit for a KARP documentary called KARP Lives. If you don't know about Karp, you should get with it. The wikipedia page is right here. Let me tell the short story. Karp was a kick ass band from a small town in Washington. Later members went on to form one of the best loud rock bands, Big Business. There will be all Karp covers by local heavy bands, Fist Fite, Lord Dying, Black Elk (LA), Rapids and Thrones (Salem). If you are a fan of loud and or heavy rock music, you must attend. If you are curious about loud and or heavy rock music, this is a nice introduction. The show is $7 and starts at 9 PM.

Ella Street is having a show with Wishyunu, The Harvey Girls, and Terwilliger Curves. I like Wishyunu. They are electro pop duo that has some musical chops. The breathy female vocals are provided by Bei. What you may not know is that she is doing all sorts of crazy feats and sometimes looping several keyboards. Also if you want to download their latest ep or prior album for free, check this out. That means that Tony the guy on drums and guitar (yeah, he does both) has to be super good. Which of course, he is. The Harvey Girls is a band that I have yet to see (and also one of the only bands I have heard Goldie admit to liking). They are a pop band for sure, but they are no afraid to use everything at their disposal to make good music. Their description of themselves, "a cross between Prince Paul's production work and the songs of the Shangri-Las". I am not sure about that, but whatever it is it sounds cool. Also I found out that Hiram from Harvey Girls actually interviewed Wishyunu for Circle into Square the online magazine/label (The Harvey Girl's ar on the label). You can read it here. Also a fun fact. That not only are both Wishyunu and The Harvey Girls both male/female duos, but they are both male/female married duos. Terwillger Curves is, to my knowledge, an unmarried male/male duo. They play kinda weird rock music. I really like the chorus of their song "Echo Valley Voices". You should listen to that song. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Holocene is having a show with Glass Candy, Reporter, Soft Metals, and Liger & Quiet. Okay so sometimes I have to give it up to the people who write for real websites. And sometimes I have to copy and paste their descriptions. Like if it is totally accurate, "Holocene and NIGHTCLUBBING are thrilled to welcome back NIGHTCLUBBING's very first guests. Four years ago murmurs traveled around the world about Glass Candy's new label, Italians Do It Better, and their forthcoming singles and full-length LP. What followed was an unprecedented level of cult, critical, and mass acclaim that put Glass Candy and Portland at the forefront of the discussion over the seemingly abrupt cultural swing away from sad indie rock and toward a heartfelt, thoughtful and inspired dance floor resurgence. At this same time Linger & Quiet had the idea for a party that couldn't easily be pinned down, that would break through the safety zone of the ho-hum top-40 dance nights all over town with a truly eclectic mix of great dance music in all its many forms. And what we've witnessed since is the rise of an undoubtedly new Portland. Glass Candy may have been the spark, but today in Portland the fire burns brighter than ever. So... who better to share this special night with than two torchbearers of the Nu-Portland sound. Reporter's new album on Holocene Music has set a new standard for what a traditionally rock lineup (guitar, bass, drums) can do to a dance floor. Their perfectly dark pop songs, disguised as four-on-the-floor dance floor fillers, have been on display at Portland's most talked about live shows all year long. They've also made a name for themselves as the undisputed queens of the West Coast house party and their infamously mobile sound system has had the cops called more times than Lindsey Lohan's ankle bracelet. Another top album of 2010 contender is Captured Tracks' Soft Metals. Along with label mates Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils, Soft Metals has added a perfect synth edge to the most talked about record label of the year. Their recent tours of the West Coast, Mexico and New York City have proved that they transcend the hype around 2010's synth craze and should be a strong contender for Portland's best new band in 2011." That was directly from the holocene website. Oh and if you get to Holocene earlier you can catch InFARMation for free at 6:30 PM. The show is $7 and starts at 9:30 PM.

Bunk Bar is having a show with Monarques and Yours. Last year Monarques put out a great little early 60's pop record (which you can get for free by signing up for their mailing list on their myspace). It was not long before people started paying attention. They are great. And even where on Prairie Home Companion. Crazy. They recently recorded with Paul Laxer (Typhoon) and I can't wait to hear what they produced. Yours is the band formed by Matthan Minster with Adam Trachsel. It is a pop purists dream. It is so good. I first saw Matthan play in Oh Captain My Captain (fun fact: Josh Spacek of Monarques also used to be in that band) on keys and backing vocals. I always thought to myself that he voice was so good that he deserved to front his own band. Well I am not let down. Also Lee Ellis of Monarques and Lee Corey Oswald's birthday. It will be a party. The show is FREE and starts at 10 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows please say, "Hi". I am not going to make you, but that would be something you could do. If you wanted.


Monarques at the bunk bar tonight!

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