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REVIEW: Pomplamoose @ Doug Fir (Portland, OR – 10/27/11)

31st Oct 11 (Mon) 1 comment

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I first heard Pomplamoose with their cover of the Lady Gaga/Beyonce tune “Telephone” and their video song concept: (1) what you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice), and (2) if you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds):

Pomplamoose kept coming out with more and more clever video songs… that video alone is at 7.8 million views as of 10/31/11 (69 million total views on their channel!).  The creativity from Nataly and Jack made me fall in love with their music – whether covers or originals.  They each have their own YouTube channels (Nataly’s / Jack’s) and there’s also a Nataly side project with Lauren O’Connell called My Terrible FriendYes, they’re busy people.  Go check them all out, you won’t be disappointed.

On to the show…

The opener was Louis and Genevieve

They played about a half hour of electronic pop.  A nice core sound, but it was difficult to hear the depth in the songs during the show.  I think L&G’s music is superb based on some videos they’ve posted on their YouTube channel.  I hate being negative, because hell if I could go up there and do what they’re doing… but I think their live show needed work… all said and done, they were a good warm-up act.

Pomplamoose came on and kicked right into their cover tune hit “Telephone”… and as expected, they were full of energy.  I honestly don’t know how Jack keeps up the energy, but he was pounding away on keys all night.  They had a full band; so Jack didn’t cover drum duties except for one song later in the set.  Both Nataly & Jack looked like they were truly having fun… they were playful, smiling, and even giddy when microphone cables got tangled in chairs or when they had cellphone reception issues with the monitors.

As expected, they played a great mix of covers and originals.  Since Pomplamoose is ubiquitous with YouTube, for songs below with a YouTube Video Song, click the “YT” link below.  This is a rare show where it’s truly difficult to pick some favorite songs from the set.  If I had to pick favorites, Telephone, Mr Sandman, River Shiver, and Bust Your Knee Caps would rise to the top, but in all seriousness – it’s hard to separate the creme de la creme.  The sold out Doug Fir Lounge crowd got a full set of glorious pop…

Setlist: ~1.5 to 2 hours

  • Telephone [Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce] {YT}
  • Hey, It’s Pomplamoose
  • Expiration Date {YT}
  • If You Think You Need Some Lovin’ {YT}
  • Hail Mary {YT}
  • Twice as Nice [with drum solo] {YT}
  • Beat the Horse {YT}
  • Makin’ Out [Mark Owen] {YT}
  • Nature Boy [Eden Ahbez] {YT}
  • Be Still {YT}
  • Jam
  • Mister Sandman [The Chordettes] {YT}
  • Things We Like In Hats
  • Things We Like In Hats
  • Things We Like In Hats [yes, they played it THREE times in a row]
  • Bust Your Knee Caps {YT}
  • River Shiver {YT}
  • Achin’ Heart {YT}
  • Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) [Beyoncé] {YT}
  • September [Earth, Wind & Fire] {YT}
  • Encore: Goodnight Song
  • Sexy Time [goofing around, impromptu song]
  • Centrifuge {YT}

The band had a special the album you bought at our show (thanks for that) CD that I picked up.  As far as those not lucky enough to catch their brief tour, you can find their video songs on the YouTube links above (I’d recommend subscribing to their channel).  You can also get their music via Amazon, iTunes or other e-tailers…

Their tour was very limited (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Portland & San Francisco), but hopefully they’ll head out again soon.

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Next show for me… Jason Webley & Mood Area 52 at WOW Hall (Eugene) tonight/Halloween…

~Dan – np: U2The Joshua Tree

POMPLAMOOSE PHOTOS
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you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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Pomplamoose in Portland (photos by the weekend)

28th Oct 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

Brilliant show by Pomplamoose last night at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon…

Busy week for me at work; so look for the Pomplamoose (Portland) and the John Scofield Quartet (Eugene) photos and a reviews by the weekend.

Cheers!
~Dan

REVIEW: Nels Cline Singers with Yuka Honda @ Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR – 1/30/11)

2nd Feb 11 (Wed) 3 comments

 FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I had heard of Nels Cline like many people… via Wilco.  I had even seen Wilco at some point on the A Ghost is Born tour (Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, 2000-and-something).  While I dig Wilco enough, more adventurous music is where it’s at for me nowadays.  I had heard of Nels and knew of his free jazz group, but I had only actually heard a little bit of his music – which gets me to my interest even being piqued in this show… enter Yuka C. Honda.

I dig Yuka’s Japanese/American sugar-pop of Cibo Matto (with fellow Japanese ex-pat Miho Hatori), but I also dig her experimental acoustic-electronic albums on Tzadik.  My love of Yuka’s solo work led to her Portland tour date popping up on my radar…and I saw “oh, and with Nels Cline, I’ve heard some of his stuff.”

Boy, was I in for a surprise.

I found out about a week before the show that Yuka was actually playing with the Nels Cline Singers (the next generation of his NC Trio).  I found out later that they’re married ; so the joint tour totally made sense to me now.

Then I found out that one of my favorite bassists, Trevor Dunn, was playing in the group for this short West Coast tour.  Trevor played/plays with Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Moonchild, Trio Convulsant, Electric Masada, et-fucking-cetera (tons upon tons of groups).

Then I found out that Scott Amendola was drumming with them… he’s the drummer for Mike Patton‘s fantastic Mondo Cane big-band.  Then, after seeing the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger* on Friday 1/28 in Portland, I thought… “hey, GOASTT is wrapping up their tour in Seattle on the 29th, and Nels Cline is starting their tour on the 29th in Seattle.  Sean Lennon (of GOASTT) & Yuka used to be together as a couple and still work in bands together, Sean & Nels are on the same label, I bet something’s up.”  Well, yeah, something was up…

*GOASTT is Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl‘s band (to the R of Nels).

As evidenced above, Sean & Charlotte watched from side of the stage during the first set, until Sean disappeared only to come up on stage to tambourine with the group for the last song in the first set.

So, now that my mind was thoroughly blown with all of the players on stage – let’s get on with the music.

Despite the “Singers” namesake, it’s an instrumental band.  Actually, it’s an instrumental force with which to reckon.  The first set started off with just the trio of Nels’ guitars and the battery of Trevor & Scott.  The first song “Forge” swooned and swelled before crashing down on our ears.

The group seemed to me to be a great mix of what I love about both free jazz and post-rock.  You don’t know what to expect, and you don’t want to know what to expect.  The wave-like rise and fall is part of the enjoyment.  If the wave doesn’t take you to where you wanted to go, well, you have to give in… it’s not your wave to control.

After the first few songs, Yuka came on and joined them on keyboards and percussion.  I think she evened out the sound a bit… less chaotic, but still adventurous.

1st Set: 60-70 minutes

  • Forge
  • A Mug Like Mine
  • Dedication
  • Thurston County
  • B86 (Inkblot Nebula)
  • Thoughts on Caetano [with Sean Lennon]

Brilliant wall of sound and magic coming from the Singers.  Alas, I had to call it a night.  They took about a 30-40 minute break before I threw in the towel (around 11pm).  They were going to come back on and do a 2nd full set.  Sunday night, long drive ahead of me… I headed back to Eugene.  I sooo very much wanted to stick around for the second set.  The cards were stacked against me; so I scurried to my car and hit the road… if any readers caught the second set – how was it? what did they play?

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

Next shows for me… Sir Elton John in Eugene on 2/17 and then Godspeed! You Black Emperor the next day in Portland.

~Dan – np: OpethOrchid

NELS CLINE SINGERS PHOTOS
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Winter 2011 West Coast Tour Dates

  • Jan 29 – Seattle, WA – Is That Jazz? Festival
  • Jan 30 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
  • Feb 2 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Playhouse
  • Feb 3 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
  • Feb 4 – Santa Cruz, CA – Don Quixote’s
  • Feb 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Getty Center

Nels Cline Singers – Portland (photos on Wednesday)

31st Jan 11 (Mon) 1 comment

Last night’s show at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland with the Nels Cline Singers (Nels, Trevor Dunn & Scott Amendola) with Yuka Honda was rad.  Due to my schedule, I won’t be able to post the review until late Tuesday Wednesday (Go Here for the Review/Photos).  Here are some teaser shots… one with Sean Lennon







More to come… check back Tuesday night Wednesday morning!  Sorry, utterly swamped at work…

~Dan

REVIEW: The Album Leaf @ Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR – 2/5/10)

6th Feb 10 (Sat) 7 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I got into The Album Leaf back in 2004 with In a Safe Place after hearing about the Sigur Rós collaborative songs (and Icelandic former-swimming pool studio).  I’ve been a fan of frontman Jimmy LaValle ever since In a Safe Place, which also spanned into a love of his prior band, Tristeza.  His mold of organically-infused electronic post-rock fits me well.  I missed him on his last time through (Jan 2009); so I vowed not to let it happen again… so this time, I’m hitting both Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

We got to the venue, got our tickets and ran off to grab some unfortunately salty grub (East End Bar must own stock in Morton’s).  After a speedy walk back, we arrived back at the Doug Fir shortly after Sea Wolf started .  They are an indie rock band from Los Angeles, and played a solid 45 minute set…

Sea Wolf’s Setlist:
(as per stage copy)

  • White Water
  • Winter Windows
  • Dew in the Grass
  • Black Leaf Falls
  • Middle Distance Runner
  • The Traitor
  • O’ Maria
  • Turn the Dirt Over
  • Wicked Blood
  • You’re a Wolf

Sea Wolf reminded me a lot of Wilco… maybe it was singer/guitarist Alex Church’s vocals.  They have a roots rock meets singer-songwriter vibe that hearkened to Wilco in my mind.  They busted out a harder rock tune (in comparison to The Album Leaf), but also had nice cello throughout their set.  Great opener… I’m looking forward to Eugene’s show to hear more.

After a short break (and a move to the front), The Album Leaf (aka TAL) came on.  The Portland show featured the Anomie Belle String Quartet (shown at the left), which presumably added nice textures to the already large, six piece band.  Where we were lopcated, we could barely hear them.

With this new album (see below), Jimmy opened up the recording to more than just himself as well.  Previous records were more in the “one man band” realm, with a band assembled for tours.  It was nice to the see the band that hit the studio with him on A Chorus of Storytellers play those same songs live.  The band was Jimmy LaValle, Matt Resovich, Drew Andrews, Gram LeBron, Tim Reece, and Andrew Pates – all on various instruments.

Being the first time seeing TAL, I honestly had no idea what to expect.  We lucked out in the placement department… as Jimmy’s gear was right in front of us.

I was skeptical if the studio lushness would translate to the stage.  Quite frankly, I think the electronic post-rock goodness, complete with drum machine and a regular drummer, worked out fantastically.  They played a lot of material from the new record, which fit in well with earlier songs…

The Album Leaf’s Setlist: about stellar 80 minutes

  • Perro
  • Blank Pages
  • There is a Wind
  • Within Dreams * fave of the night *
  • Falling from the Sun
  • Stand Still * fave of the night *
  • 2214 * fave of the night *
  • Outer Banks * fave of the night *
  • Shine
  • Until the Last
  • We Are
  • Almost There
  • Wherever I Go
  • Encore: Always For You
  • Red Eye * fave of the night *
  • Tied Knots

The band members switched around on instruments.  Jimmy played several different keyboards, including a Moog and a modulator of some sort.  Other members pitched in on keyboards when a violin, trumpet, small vibraphone, bass, or guitar weren’t in their hands.  While I still associate TAL as a primarily instrumental band in my mind, their last few albums have had increasingly more vocals.  I’d estimate a 1/3 to a 1/2 of the songs had vocals last night – covered by Jimmy, but with frequent backing vocals from various band members.  My friend who went along with me commented that the songs seemed fairly similar throughout the show.  Alas, I suppose that’s the rub with TAL, but I dug it fairly well.

many more live photos below

I’ll also be at the Eugene show on Tuesday; so check back for that review next week.  Oh, and definitely check out The Album Leaf’s new album, A Chorus of Storytellers.  I got it at the show, and it is fantastic!

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: The Album LeafA Chorus of Storytellers

THE ALBUM LEAF and SEA WOLF PHOTOS
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you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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The Album Leaf Spring 2010 World Tour Dates

  • Feb 3: Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
  • Feb 5: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 6: Seattle, WA @ Neumos (w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 7: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater(w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 8: Bellingham, WA @ Nightlight Lounge
  • Feb 9: Eugene , OR @ WOW Hall
  • Feb 11: Santa Cruz @ The Crepe Place
  • Feb 12: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (w/Magik*Magik String Quartet)
  • Feb 13: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (w/Magik*Magik String Quartet)
  • Feb 25: Lisbon, Portugal @ Lisbon Santiago Alquimista
  • Feb 26: Madrid, Spain @ Moby Dick
  • Feb 27: Bilboa, Spain @ 12 & Medio
  • Feb 28: Barcelona, Spain @ Apollo 2
  • Mar 2: Toulouse, France @ Le Phare
  • Mar 3: Milan, Italy @ Circolo Milano
  • Mar 4: Lucerne, Switzerland @ Sudpol Club
  • Mar 5: Dunidgen (Bern), Switzerland @ @ Bad Bonn
  • Mar 6: Sankt Gallen, Switzerland @ Theater Palace
  • Mar 7: Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
  • Mar 9: Vienna, Austria @ Szene
  • Mar 10: Dresden, Germany @ BeatPol
  • Mar 11: Berlin, Germany @ Lido
  • Mar 12: Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
  • Mar 13: Rotterdam, Holland @ Rotown
  • Mar 14: Koln, Germany @ Gebauude 9
  • Mar 16: Antwerp, Belgium @ Club Trix
  • Mar 17: Colmar, France @ Kraken
  • Mar 18: Heidelberg, Germany @ Karlstorbahnhof
  • Mar 19: Paris, France @ Maroquinerie
  • Mar 20: Lille, France @ L’ Aeronef
  • Mar 21: Bristol, UK @ The Thekla
  • Mar 22 Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
  • Mar 23: London, UK @ Bush Hall
  • Apr 2: Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya Ax
  • Apr 3: Nagoya, Japan @ Club Quatrro
  • Apr 4: Osaka, Japan @ Club Quattro
  • Apr 7: Hong Kong @ Grappa’s Cellar
  • Apr 9: Taipei, Taiwan @ The Wall Live House

And just announced on Feb 3rd (and from Pollstar; so a different format)…

  • Tue 04/20/10 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
  • Wed 04/21/10 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
  • Thu 04/22/10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
  • Fri 04/23/10 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
  • Sat 04/24/10 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Center For The Arts
  • Sun 04/25/10 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
  • Tue 04/27/10 – Grand Rapids, MI – Ladies Literary Club
  • Wed 04/28/10 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
  • Thu 04/29/10 – Montreal, QC – Music Hall
  • Fri 04/30/10 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
  • Sat 05/01/10 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
  • Sun 05/02/10 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
  • Tue 05/04/10 – Washington, DC – Rock And Roll Hotel
  • Wed 05/05/10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
  • Thu 05/06/10 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft At Center Stage
  • Fri 05/07/10 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
  • Sat 05/08/10 – Orlando, FL – The Social
  • Mon 05/10/10 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
  • Tue 05/11/10 – Austin, TX – The Parish Room
  • Fri 05/14/10 – San Diego, CA – Birch North Park Theatre

REVIEW: Bad Veins @ Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR – 9/8/09)

9th Sep 09 (Wed) Leave a comment

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Bad Veins were only one of the openers last night, but my main draw for the evening. The main band was Division Day, with additional support from Love Like Fire. I knew Bad Veins from kicking around the Cincinnati rock scene a few years ago. I’d seen them once prior in Cincinnati, then shortly thereafter that I moved to Oregon… but I’ve kept up with them on Woxy, Daytrotter, et cetera. This is their first trip out West.  They’re also coming back, and playing in my town (Eugene) on October 16th (Sam Bond’s Garage). Yay!

Bad Veins is a two man wrecking crew: Benjamin Davis on vocals & guitar and Sebastien Schultz on drums. They also employ a reel-to-reel for backup music. And by “employ,” I mean, they plug it in… I’m pretty sure a W-2 is not involved.  It’s part of the lo-fi charm of Bad Veins.  They were pretty true to form, and busted through a solid set from their debut album (out on Dangerbird Records).  It was a pretty good wall of sound coming from these two gents.  Here’s what they played…

Setlist:

  • Found
  • Gold and Warm
  • Crosseyed
  • Afraid
  • Dry Out
  • Falling Tide
  • The Lie

Sebastien cut his finger on the drumkit the last song of their set, and bled on the drums.  Oh, the joys of D.I.Y. rock!  Seeing as it was a “school night,” and I had two hours of driving to do, I bailed shortly after Bad Veins’ set.  (Sorry to both Love Like Fire who played before and Division Day who played after.)  I look forward to seeing Bad Veins play again when they’re in Eugene next month.

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Marty Ehrlich’s Dark Woods EnsembleSojourn

BAD VEINS PHOTOS
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you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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REVIEW: Holy Fuck @ Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR – 6/4/09)

5th Jun 09 (Fri) 4 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I love my job.  I get to be in towns that quite often host artists I like to see… so I don’t have to drive up to make a special trip.  Well, this time, it was for my second time seeing the instrumental, avant-groove, live electronic band from Toronto – – Holy Fuck.  While their name may be offensive to some, their music is delicious.  I tried to make the “gotta eat there while in Portland” stop at Blossoming Lotus, but downtown was PACKED – no parking to be found; so I crossed the River and checked out The Farm instead.  Then I scuttled off to the venue to meet some Eugene friends and take in some great music.

Crocodiles went on first, and they played about a half hour.  It was a singer & guitarist playing to a drum machine or tape.  It wasn’t too shabby.  Two man bands are usually more miss than hit, but these guys had some good songs and rocked out fairly well.

Holy Fuck took the stage around 10:15 and played a jam-packed hour or so.  I forget how infectious these guys are, even when not playing something all that melodic (though they had plenty of groove last night as well).  We got right up front, and I was able to snap some pics and a video or two (see below).  I was glad to see the audience show up, too… at first, it was looking grim, like a 10 person crowd.  By HF show time, the MFDF was filling up quite nicely.  Much groove, much film scratchin’, oft screamin’ and looping, with a thumping rhythm section…

Songs are harder to distinguish when there are no vocals (i.e.- no official “setlist” here).  I know they played The Pulse, Super Inuit, and Lovely Allen, and I’m pretty sure they played Milkshake, Safari, Frenchy’s, Jungle, maybe Royal Gregory.  Those last five are just a guess, though.  I do know that it was a bitchin’ show!!  It’s great to see them in progressively bigger venues.  First Newport, KY’s Southgate House “parlor” (i.e.- the very small room upstairs) to the real venue of Doug Fir Lounge as the headliner.  A+… and I hope it’s not another 2+ years until I get to see them again.

Holy Fuck “The Pulse” @ Doug Fir Lounge, 6/4/2009

Holy Fuck “Lovely Allen” @ Doug Fir Lounge, 6/4/2009

The videos are just “OK,” but not too shabby for a digital camera (not a digital video camera), if I do say so myself.  Regardless of the video quality, quite frankly, this show is probably one of my favorite shows this year so far.

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: John ZornAlhambra Love Songs

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CROCODILES / HOLY FUCK PHOTOS
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you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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