Tag: Portland

Nick Jaina previews sixth LP with 'Don't Come to Me' mp3

When Nick Jaina isn’t busy composing ballets — three of them so far — or writing music for film and the dramatic stage, he’s making deft albums full of smart, catchy chamber-pop songs like “Don’t Come to Me.” It’s from Jaina’s forthcoming sixth album, “Primary Perception,” which is due April 16 on the evocatively named Fluff and Gravy records. “Don’t…

Album review: Denver's self-titled debut

Before there was Major League baseball, brewpubs and an unfortunate influx of people from California, New York and Texas, Colorado’s capital city embodied a certain scruffy Western air that felt a lot like the indie group Denver sounds on its self-titled debut (Mama Bird Recording Company). The band, which features members of Blitzen Trapper, is actually from Portland, Ore., at…

Portland's Gaytheist gives away riotous free song from debut LP

A gay, atheist punk-metal band sounds like the kind of thing that features in Rick Santorum’s nightmares, and you get the sense that Gaytheist would be happy to star in them. The Portland, Ore., trio plays terse, churning songs (“while hugging,” according to their Facebook page) that have drawn comparisons to the Jesus Lizard, Torche and Scratch Acid. Singer/guitarist Jason…

Electronic duo Golden Retriever makes video, offers coffee with album pre-orders

The words “Golden Retriever” more often call to mind the cheerful breed of dog than an experimental electronic duo that commissions a video for a new 9-minute song. And yet, Golden Retriever is also an experimental electronic duo that has commissioned a video for a new 9-minute song from a forthcoming album, “Occupied With the Unspoken.” The song, “Serene Velocity,”…

Castanets leader gives away song from new band, Raymond Byron & the White Freighter

After pursuing a hypnotic, fractured Americana sound on five albums as the Castanets (including 2009’s “Texas Rose, The Thaw & The Beasts”) Raymond Raposa shifts to a harrowing brand of deep blues as part of a new project, Raymond Byron & the White Freighter. We’re not talking blues à la Stevie Ray Vaughan, or even Muddy Waters: this is blues in a more…

New band Denver, featuring members of Blitzen Trapper, gives away song from debut

Sometimes a song brings you up short on the very first note, which is exactly what just happened with “The Way It Is” by Denver, a group featuring members of Blitzen Trapper and Alela Diane’s Wild Divine. Biographical information is sketchy, though Tom Bevitori, Mike Elias and Birgir Olson apparently started the group last year before expanding to include Blitzen…

Truckstop Darlin' gives away 'I See You' from second LP

Confession: Pitches that compare newer bands to Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, the Drive-By Truckers and Whiskeytown definitely get our attention. Could any one act actually sound like a mix of all those other groups we love? Well, no. But Truckstop Darlin’ definitely plays in the same raw-boned, whiskey-soaked roots-rock style as the bands on that list, particularly the Truckers. After releasing a…

Guantanamo Baywatch follows Cramps' path on free mp3

The Cramps were basically a genre unto themselves, merging lo-fi garage-rock with greasy rockabilly, b-movie horror schlock and a generous measure of gleeful sleaze so well that nobody else really even tried to keep up. Lux Interior is gone now, but you’ve got to think he’d be proud as hell of Guantanamo Baywatch, a Portland, Ore., band that  sounds nearly as unhinged…