Closet Friday: Bastidas! LIVE! (Live Friday 099)

Bastidas!, LIVE!

Bastidas!, LIVE!

Closet Friday: Bastidas! LIVE! (Live Friday 099)
(Featuring an in-studio performance by Bastidas!)

As someone who hosted Live Friday for quite some time, and has occasionally sat in on the show in the years since, it was nice to have my 99th Appearance on this program be with the band Bastidas!  Their new EP “Time Portal” is a very tangy slice of psyche-pop, mixed with a high-energy performance that is very much my style.

Bastidas!, LIVE!

Bastidas!, LIVE!

This episode couldn’t exist without the diligence of Tunacan Jones of the Firm Handshake Network, who did most of the legwork for the entire broadcast.  He convinced Miss Rikki of Closet Radio to host the program, wrangled me into running the sound, and even contacted PSU-TV in an effort to broadcast the entire performance, which you can see at the link below.  (The sound is cut out for the first 6o seconds, and there’s a commercial you have to sit through, first.  Patience.)  There will be more video of this performance eventually, but for now, enjoy this broadcast and relive the magic of their PDX adventure.

Bastidas!, LIVE!

Bastidas!, LIVE!

It was an extreme pleasure to meet Bastidas!, and I’ve already got their EP on heavy rotation at The Southernmost Outpost, my new home down south.  If you missed the show, then I urge you to check out this podcast, as they really are a lot of fun.  I took a million photos, most of which were turned into animated .gifs.  You can find them at the link below.

Enjoy!

MyFacester+ Photoset (Use the “Highlights” feature to filter for only the best images.)

Closet Friday: Bastidas!, LIVE!

Away Young Docteurs
Wyld Parrots Wounded Lion
A Severe Bout of Career Insecurity The Associates
Nothing Happened Today Boomtown Rats
In-Studio Performance Bastidas! KPSU Live
Setlist

Setlist

John Callahan

John Callahan

John Callahan

John Callahan (Live Friday 082)

John Callahan, guest hosted by Arya Imig.

Playlist:

01.) Summer Never Ends * John Callahan * Live at Music Millennium
02.) Purple Winos In The Rain * John Callahan * Live at Music Millennium
03.) Queen Of Sheba * John Callahan * Live at Music Millennium
04.) Suicide In The Fall * John Callahan * Live at Music Millenium
05.) Texas When You Go * John Callahan * Live at Music Millennium
06.) Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel * John Callahan * Live at Music Millennium

07.) Blind Willie McTell * Bob Dylan * The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991
08.) Dark Eyes * Bob Dylan * Empire Burlesque
09.) Tears From The Rain (Tom Waits version) * John Callahan * Purple Winos In The Rain
10.) You Can Never Hold Back Spring * Tom Waits * Brawlers, Bawlers, And Bastards
11.) Tell Me * Bob Dylan * The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991

KPSU Playlist

Hurah Hurah, LIVE!

Hurah Hurah

Hurah Hurah

Hurah Hurah, LIVE (Live Friday 078)

Hurah Hurah, Guest hosted by Arya Imig

Playlist:

01.) Dixylanerce * Hooliganship * Adventure
02.) Donald Trumpet * Hooliganship * Adventure

Live Performance

03.) Where I Stay * Revisions * Revisions
04.) Maggie’s Farm * Solomon Burke * Cry To Me

KPSU Playlist

Here Comes A Big Black Cloud, LIVE!

Here Comes A Big Black Cloud

Here Comes A Big Black Cloud

Here Comes A Big Black Cloud, LIVE! (Live Friday 077)

Here Comes A Big Black Cloud, Guest Hosted by Arya Imig

Playlist:

01.) Notion * Hurah Hurah * Love IP

(Band Performance)

02.) Purple Winos In The Rain * John Callahan * Purple Winos In The Rain
03.) Ignite, Ignite, Goodnight * Holy Ghost Revival * Bleeding Light
04.) Werewolves Of London * Mangolia Electric Co. * Hard To Love A Man

KPSU Playlist

Static Films, LIVE!

Static Films

Static Films

Static Films, LIVE! (Live Friday 075)

The music that Static Films plays could loosely be considered to reside in a kind of ‘indie’ scene, but that is not an adequate description of their genre, as they share more with John Coltrane than Conor Oberst. This is where the surprise arrives though – one expects a pop concert, a series of clichés, and instead is given a much more shocking sound-image. If music has been overtaken with a sense of non-communication, idle chatter, or redundant posturing, then the music of Static Films can provide a very good (and very modern) form of communication. By it’s very simplicity it frees perception to shock, and creates a kind of naked lunch of sound. But don’t take our word for it, tune in to Live Friday to hear for yourself.

Ginggang, LIVE!

Ginggang

Ginggang

Ginggang, LIVE! (Live Friday 074)

Guest hosted by Sascha.  Formed several years ago by Nissa Diamant, Portland’s Ginggang is a mix of metal, glam, and hard rock fused with Eastern European, Old English and American traditional styles. After much searching Nissa found Annamari Navratil to play violin, and Jason “The Barber” Repas to play drums, rounding out the line-up and giving Ginggang their current form. Like a folk band that has mutated through prolonged exposure to electricity, Ginggang features violin, guitar and concertina with a heavy rhythm section. Think Tom Waits meets Black Sabbath at a Gypsy camp, led by intense, soulful lyrics. The band lurches and grinds through metal riffs and sultry old world melodies, with dueling guitar and violin highwire solos, and slinking concertina vamps with thick, heavy basslines backing it up. But the only real way to experience Ginggang today is to listen here, now, on Live Friday.

 

 

 

Prize Country, LIVE!

Prize Country

Prize Country

Prize Country, LIVE! (Live Friday 073)

Consisting of ex-members of Glance Failed, Clarity Process, Shamelady and Union of the Snake, Prize Country borrows nothing from it’s past. Moving onward, these four gentlemen have decided to take music back to its basic and most inspirational form – ROCK AND ROLL. Big guitars and drums mixed with thick storming bass licks blaze through understandable compositions. Forget the math-rock, forget the jazz-improv-metal-fusion mixture, forget the emo-screamo, bleed-your-heart, cry-on-your-shoulder sentimentality. Rock is back. Prize Country blends influences from mid 90’s era stalwarts a la Failure and/or Barkmarket, with a serrated punk undercurrent of earlier era Dischord, like Fugazi. But make no mistake – this is point blank rock and roll, and you can here it here on Live Friday.

The Gilligan Fetixsh Band, LIVE!

The Gilligan Fetixsh Band

The Gilligan Fetixsh Band

The Gilligan Fetixsh Band, LIVE! (Live Friday 071)

The Gilligan Fetixsh Band is a modern rock / punk / psychobilly band that started in 1989 as a one man band, and has now grown to include Melissa Baker on drums & Adam Miller (The Snippet Birds, St Hubbins) on bass. Gilligan Fetixsh himself is on guitar, with his uniquely and deliciously grungy sound and sloppy “Flock Of Seagulls” guitar solos, with vocals and lyrics about the usual Portland elements: aliens, past lives and old ghosts. To find out more, why not tune in to Live Friday?

The New Bloods, LIVE!

The New Bloods

The New Bloods

The New Bloods, LIVE! (Live Friday 070)

The New Bloods are an all-girl art-punk trio, enamored with and influenced by a wide array of musical sounds and styles. Using violin, bass, guitar & drums, all three use their distinctive voices to produce a natural sound that makes you feel like you’ve shed your clothes are are enjoyably covering yourself in mud and leaves. Their music makes you want to dance, sing, and explore your dream life time and again. Fortunately you can have this experience by tuning in to hear them on Live Friday.

Playlist:

01.) You Can Touch * The A-Lines * You Can Touch
02.) Tax Dollar * Erase Errata * Nightlife
03.) The Breeze * Quix*O*Tic * Mortal Mirror
04.) Silver Snake Lump Of Pearls * Taigaa! * Taigaa!
05.) Buck Town Corner * The Jay Tees * Feel Like Jumping: The 06.) Best of Studio One Women
07.) Kung Fu on the Internet * Lung Leg * Made To Minx
08.) Capricornations * Mika Miko * C.Y.S.L.A.B.F.

KPSU Playlist

Va Va Voom, LIVE!

VaVa Voom

VaVa Voom

Va Va Voom, LIVE! (Live Friday 069)

When you’re walking down the street and you hear a sound that makes you stop and do a double take, you know you’re listening to VaVa Voom. This sexy sextet of PDX rock stars blend rock and pop to create a wonderful sound that’s been turning plenty of heads at clubs and house shows, telling stories of sex, drugs, booze, and the end of civilization as we know it. Their songwriting is top notch, and their stage show makes you want to shake it ’til they let you join the band. Until then, you’ll have to catch them here, tonight, on Live Friday.

Mustaphamond, LIVE!

Mustaphamond

Mustaphamond

Mustaphamond, LIVE! (Live Friday 068)

Mustaphamond are one of those bands that defy classification or comparison, and with good reason: their stage show actually lives up to their reputation. So often in the music world, bands fall short of the “amazing” or “phenomenal” hyperbole attributed to them. With Mustaphamond, everything is 100% true. This band rocks as well as emotes, tears through blazing riffs and stops on a dime to introduce a new time signature, all the while giving you a stage show that is worth muscling your way through the crowd to see. But don’t take my word for it, as you never should. Just tune in to Live Friday this week and find out for yourself.

Reverse Dotty And The Candy Cane Shivs, LIVE!

Reverse Dotty And The Candy Cane Shivs

Reverse Dotty And The Candy Cane Shivs

Reverse Dotty And The Candy Cane Shivs, LIVE! (Live Friday 067)

Portland sheet rock band Reverse Dotty And The Candy Cane Shivs started out with one simple mission: to make new dance music instead of listening to dance music that was already made. The band consists of five people but is occasionally referred to as a sextet, which they claim is because the kind of music they have been making so far is that kind of innuendo are ladled juicily over the quivering tremolo sound of stimulating heavy metal guitars, in rounds, through a Marshall half-stack. Their hope is that this approach will encourage or otherwise facilitate sexual intercourse between two or more parties who are listening to the music. Pretty lofty goals, but for those daring enough to pair off in their bedrooms, why not make Live Friday your sexy soundtrack?

Live Friday 066: Johnny Punchclock

Johnny Punchclock

Johnny Punchclock

Johnny Punchclock, LIVE! (Live Friday 066)

Punk roustabouts Johnny Punchclock scream hillbilly anthems like banshees in a whiskey fog, detonating any ideas about how much (or little) raw aggression you thought the string band idiom could possibly churn out. Really, that’s all you need to know to want to tune in this week. Won’t you?

If If, Was Was…, LIVE!

If If, Was Was...

If If, Was Was…

If If, Was Was…, LIVE! (Live Friday 065)

Backed by Vinh Nguyen on percussion (using several pieces of garbage, metal pipes, buckets, bamboo sticks, a giant wooden box), Megan Lockwood on Violin, and Rachael Wilson on a toy Xylophone and “Noise Machine,” If If, Was Was… (Chris Hoganson) writes a mixture of loud “Rock” songs, Crooning love ballads, and songs about dying. This, the newest incarnation of the band, will be going into the studio for the next few weeks to re-record the previously solo, “Another Word for Thesaurus,” which is currently out in another form and rockin’ the kids all over No. Po. The songs are strong enough to stand on their own with just Guitar and Vocals, but the wall of junky yet beautiful sound behind them makes them stand something much more impressive. They are a combination of heartfelt sentiment and bizarrely executed technical ability, and they are something that is worth listening to. While you can still locate the CD around town, the best way to hear them is to tune into Live Friday, this week, and check ’em out.

Starry Starry Starry, LIVE!

Starry Starry Starry

Starry Starry Starry

Starry Starry Starry, LIVE! (Live Friday 064)

Starry Starry Starry are a three person multi-instrumental pop group that play delicate music with guitars, piano, violin, mandolin, glockenspiel, percussion, voice and more. Although they consider themselves genre-less their sound ranges from country to Japanese punk rock. Probably the best way to get to know them is to attend a house party with their band carefully rockin’ out in the basement. The second best way is to tune in to Live Friday and give them a listen.

The Prids, LIVE!

The Prids

The Prids

The Prids, LIVE! (Live Friday 063)

The Prids‘ new album, “Until the World Is Beautiful” is a follow-up to the band’s 2003 debut, which successfully nails down the heart-bursting experience of a live Prids show. The album builds on the themes David and Mistina have found the most intriguing in music: drunk on sadness, letting go, keeping hope alive, and letting things fall apart. Their sound has been compared to obscure and mainstream groups alike, but their new album hits you so squarely in the chest that it begs you to put them in a category all their own. For best results, why not tune in tonight to hear a live set here on KPSU.  Hosted by Ranger Mike.

The Best of Live Friday

The Best Of Live Friday! (Live Friday 062)

For those of you who tuned in to listen to the Vulturines, the band did not show up for one reason or another. However, I stepped up to the challenge by playing some of my favorite performances on KPSU over the last year plus, and really dug deep into the archives to bring you music that you won’t hear anywhere else. Highlights include Dr. Frank Portman (of The Mr. T Experience), The BellRays, Courage, Jesse Ransom, Cassia Gammil, and The Headliners… in addition to other great music, too. This is a great episode to start with for those who want to know the kind of things you’ll hear on KPSU.

Playlist

01.) Thus Spake Zarathustra * Duckmandu * In-Studio Performance on 05/05/06
02.) Late For Soundcheck Blues * The KPSU Pledge Drive Request Band * In-Studio Performance on 05/16/06
03.) I Wanna Ramone You * Dr. Frank Portman * In-Studio Performance on 05/24/06
04.) The Difficulties Of Being A Brachiopod * The Mayonnaise vs. Venn * In-Studio Performance on 04/07/06
05.) Attraction / Distraction * Jesse Ransom * In-Studio Performance on 06/06/06
06.) Been Hiding (I Still Feel Like Dancing) * Cassia Gammil * In-Studio Performance on 05/23/06
07.) Dying At Your Job * If If, Was Was… * In-Studio Performance on 12/20/05
08.) Please Please Please * Thee Headliners * In-Studio Performance on 11/18/05
09.) Time Is Gone * The Bellrays * In-Studio Performance on 05/18/06
10.) Swank * Courage * In-Studio Performance on 12/10/04
11.) Wired For Sound * The Bugs Of Lightning * In-Studio Performance on 03/11/05
12.) Invisible City * Gordon Taylor * In-Studio Performance on 12/17/05
13.) Anchors & Pride * Dance Card * In-Studio Performance on 12/16/05
14.) Just A Minute… * The Black Noise Orchestra * In-Studio Performance on 06/25/06
15.) Moon Over Marin * Duckmandu * In-Studio Performance on 05/05/06

KPSU Playlist

Crack City Rockers, LIVE!

Crack City Rockers

Crack City Rockers

The Crack City Rockers, LIVE! (Live Friday 061)

Here’s The Crack City Rockers, straight from the horses mouth:

“Crack City Rockers bleed in regimented bursts of compulsion and articulation. At times, we’re the 13th Floor Elevators fronted by Allen Ginsberg. We smell like modernist punks and look like hip 40somethings attempting to hold the 21st century at bay. Speed argues with poetics and the present seduces the future. We’re immediate, literate, and refuse to admit that rock and roll is something stupid – though we know in our hearts it probably is. So what? Name a preferable alternative and you can have it. We’ll still be making records long after your band has split and you’re an investments analyst, web consultant, or HVAC repairman. The first record, Joyce Hotel, Paisely Pop, 2001, is an artefact: all NYC 77 rush and Dylan/Reed spewage. The second, an EP, New Myths, Paisley Pop, 2004, refines everything. Songs take on more hooks and spikes, words are edited to maximum minimalism. Rock Critics: see “literate punk” ie. Richard Hell and the Voidoids, the Only Ones, the Serpent Power.”

Tune in, if you dare.

Blue Skies For Black Hearts, LIVE!

Blue Skies For Black Hearts

Blue Skies For Black Hearts

Blue Skies For Black Hearts, LIVE! (Live Friday 060)

After the break up of his riotous garage band Big Jim, lead singer/songwriter and self-taught producer Pat Kearns left the roaring guitars, bloody fingers and drug hazed nights behind and holed up in his own Studio 13 to record what would become the critically lauded debut album This Black Heart is Gonna Break, a work lush with warm, layered guitars and keyboards and peppered with delicate yet brooding pop melodies. He then set about putting together Blue Skies For Black Hearts to interpret the new sound. While the band came together quickly, there was a period of instability that to a while to level out. Now, with a line-up that’s ready to rock and a new album under their belt (Love Is Not Enough) the band is ready to prove to everyone that it isn’t just buzz that’s carrying the band. To see for yourself, why not check them out here on Live Friday?

The Purrs, LIVE!

The Purrs

The Purrs

The Purrs, LIVE! (Live Friday 059)

Let me set the stage for you: you’ve grown up on late ’70’s and early ’80’s indie rock, you’re proficient with your instruments, and you’ve got a good group of friends you like to hang out with. What do you do? Well, if you live in the Seattle area, you start a band called The Purrs, mixing pop rock and those fun atmospheric textures that stoners love so much into a sound that is not only pleasing to the ear, but who’s album “The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of” rewards after repeated listens. The Purrs are not only fun to listen to, but also watch, as they tend to avoid the usual indie-rock trappings and instead just go for what makes them comfortable. This proves that, while many have claimed its on its way out, indie rock is still holding strong.

Miraflores, LIVE!

Miraflores

Miraflores

Miraflores, LIVE! (Live Friday 058)

Miraflores is one of the few bands that is in the KPSU two-time club, and listening to their new ablum “Nobody Knows” will instantly help you understand why we’ve asked them back. Their understanding of pop, rock, roots music and lyrical wordplay has made them a fun act that continues to get better with every passing year. This particular show caught them with their pants down: they had to load in for a big gig at the Doug Fir early that evening, and it was imperative we recorded their live set quickly in order for them to load in. This set and interview was recorded earlier today, put the drive and power of their performance is on par with anything else they’ve ever done. An excellent was to kick off your friday night.

William Holley, LIVE!

William Holley

William Holley & Emily Grau Silver

William Holley, LIVE! (Live Friday 057)

Drawing influences from the usual host of singer / songwriters that people the world of indie rock, William Holley combines focused musical structures and personal story telling to create beautiful textures that will appeal not just to the sensitive guy in the back of the coffee shop reading Kafka, but to the boisterous girls in the front jumping up and down with Pabst tallboys in their hands. While comparisons to others in the same line of work could be made, it detracts from the earnest vocal stylings and the simple fact that he’s putting himself out in an effort to connect with the world around him, and that alone makes his songwriting not only heartfelt, but very, very enjoyable. Today, William will be joined by Harpist Emily Grau Silver, marking the first ever Harp on KPSU.

The Undoing of David Wright & The Tijuana Homers

Two For One Deal!

Two For One Deal!

The Undoing of David Wright & The Tijuana Homers (Live Friday 056)

Another cancellation for Live Friday actually came at a somewhat fortuitous time: at 4 PM the Blue Bossa Lounge show featured a Jazz Duo, and Dave Cusick was featuring other Live artists on his own show AND the grab bag out.

So I opted to play two recordings that are near and dear to my heart in an effort to help make things more sane for those around me. The first half of the show is a recording I made of The Undoing Of David Wright, a band from Austin who were touring through PDX and wanted to get on the radio, and I was more than happy to oblige them on my Tuesday show.

The second half is a recording of The Tijuana Homers, a one-off band that comprised of a current and ex-member of Orange County’s The Flying Saucers. D.A., on Piano / Electric Guitar player, happened to be in town, and Revolting Earwig and he wanted a quick and spontaneous radio reunion, which I was happy to oblige (again on my Tuesday show).

While I have featured both these bands on “best of” Live Friday shows before, this was a chance to play their entire performances for you out in radioland.  Make sure to download this rare and wonderful (and quite impromptu) Live Friday show.

Duckmandu, LIVE!

Duckmandu

Duckmandu

Duckmandu, LIVE! (Live Friday 055)

Duckmandu is quite possibly one of the few punk-rock accordian players to sprout up since Polkacide in the ’80’s. But to say that also demeans the value of what he does, and who he is. As a founding member and arranger of the Punk Rock Orchestra (an orchestral group that does arrangements of punk songs), a member of the Romanian folk ensemble Fishtank Ensemble, and a modern composer in and of his own right, Aaron Seeman (Duckmandu’s alter ego) is anything but a campy Laurence Welk type, or a stereotypical punk artist either. That’s why listening to his album, Fresh Duck For Rotting Accordianists, is so amazing: a note-for-note rendition of the entire first Dead Kennedys album, even with Jello’s trademark warble. While it might seem like a gimmick, one listen draws you into the complex songs the Kennedys wrote, and how easily Duckmandu can churn them out.

Dead Air Fresheners, LIVE!

Dead Air Fresheners

Dead Air Fresheners

Dead Air Fresheners, LIVE! (Live Friday 054)

Formed around 1996, The Dead Air Fresheners are shrouded in mystery, doing strange multi-media presentations hidden in a variety of masks. Moog and tape samples mix sometimes, but not always, with drums, ambient vocals, distorted feedback, electric guitar, computers and digital toys, and even digeridoo. They have played around the northwest and toured Pittsburgh behind poet Chuck Swaim, and have put in sets at Olympia’s Experimental Music Festival for eight years straight. In addition to one album, “I Try To Show My Love,” on Plastic Duck Records in 1999, they have produced three self-released albums between 2001-2003, and provided soundtracks to Chuck Swaims poetry, too. The current direction of the group is once again an instrumental one, allowing for a handful of very special shows per year. Fortunately one of them will be right here, on KPSU’s Live Friday

Talkdemonic, LIVE!

Talkdemonic

Talkdemonic

Talkdemonic, LIVE! (Live Friday 053)

Local stars in the PDX music scene, Talkdemonic is Kevin O’Connor (drums, synths, pianos, programming, bass, accordion, banjo, guitar, rhodes, wurlitzer, etc.) and Lisa Molinaro (viola and synths). What began in 2002 as a recording project soon evolved into a full album, recorded over a year in basements, bedrooms, and at a real studio. A flurry of touring and playing out following, and another album surfaced last year. Their songs are beautifully crafted electro pop, combining the organic and synthetic, old and new, in ways that have really generated a big fan base, and not just in PDX. But the only way to really get a feel for what they do is to tune in, this Friday.   Special Guest Host: Patrick!

The Mayonnaise Vs. Venn, LIVE!

The Mayonnaise Vs. Venn

The Mayonnaise Vs. Venn

The Mayonnaise Vs. Venn, LIVE! (Live Friday 051)

“Eating Solid Foods Since 1981.”  Born on a napkin at the Alibi Family Restaurant and Tiki Lounge, The Mayonnaise has run rampant through the streets, stealing ears from our heads and dollars from our wallets with little or no repercussions.  But now, Radicchio and Arugula Venn have taken it upon themselves to wage unending battle against the omnipresent Mayonnaise to protect the rest of us from being emulsified into mediocrity. With love, support and musical contributions from the rest of Venn family, they labor day and night so that you may rest assured that the world is, and always will be, a safe and harmonious place to listen. And now, you can do so, here on Live Friday.

Speechless Brothers, LIVE!

Speechless Brothers

Speechless Brothers

Speechless Brothers, LIVE! (Live Friday 050)

Originating from the rainy city of Portland, Oregon, Speechless Brothers are anything but dreary, cloudy-headed music. Ranging from delicate to epic, this duo, Jacob Anderson and Aaron Reyna, formerly Yuma Nora, infuse the “playing like your momma just died” of Parliament with a back beat ranging from the simplicity of the Silver Apples to the intensity of Coltrane. (For some free .mp3s, follow this link.)

Themes are the name of the game for this two, picturing ideas from hospital visits to just plain bad weeks, then performing them musically. Simply put, listening to these two is like watching a German expressionist film. Imagine what watching them perform can do. Until then, catch them here on Live Friday.