Upcoming albums: The winter of our deep content

The winter of our deep content
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 29, 2010

beat_lookahead_marie_main
There was a time when winter in Portland was pretty sleepy, with bands holing up to practice and write while the snowflakes flew. No longer. The album-release schedule is now equally robust year-round, and there are big shows just about every weekend through to spring.

Take the year's first weekend, for example. Without stealing too much thunder from "8 Days A Week," there are lots of Big shows on New Year's Eve: SPOSE and SIDECAR RADIO at Asylum; MALLETT BROTHERS, MARION GRACE, and HOLY BOYS DANGER CLUB at the Empire; the mammoth CLASH OF THE TITANS at the State Theatre, featuring ZACH JONES's band as the '60s, the LUCID (more about them later) as the '70s, and GRAND HOTEL (them, too) as the '80s; and the Big Easy has the hippy, improv show of the night with CYBORG TRIO and DREAMOSAIC (plus, it's free, peeps).

But Port City's New Year's show with RUSTIC OVERTONES and GYPSY TAILWIND will be especially bittersweet, as drummer TONY MCNABOE will be sitting in with both bands for one final last hurrah before he moves to Los Angeles.

Yes, both Rustic Overtones and PARANOID SOCIAL CLUB will have to find a replacement. "The bands will continue on," McNaboe told CHARLIE GAYLORD on this week's Greetings from Area Code 207 show on WBLM. "Ultimately, I've been a fan of both those bands, they existed before me . . . and whatever those guys all do will continue to be great stuff, and I'm looking forward to being a fan again."

Why LA? "I've had some people out there that have been trying to pull me out there for a while," he told Gaylord. "I don't particularly love it out there, but I'm going to see what's available and check some things out, and change my scenery for a while, at least for three or four months."

Ideally, he said, he'd like to get some work songwriting. McNaboe also debuted two songs with Gaylord on GFAC: a new solo piece he wrote on guitar and a new Rustic tune called "The Stranger," that sounds like Beach House and features Gypsy's ANNA LOMBARD MCGEACHEY.

It will be interesting to see who takes McNaboe's place in two of Portland's most prominent bands. There's already something of a drummer shortage in this town. Maybe they'll just wait him out?

One guy who's not waiting around any longer is Spose, who'll drop any day now (you can already stream the whole thing on Facebook and buy singles at iTunes, but the full album is not yet buyable as a package) an independent release that's basically all the material that his new label doesn't want. Called Happy Medium, and maybe more accurately called a "mixtape" in the parlance of modern hip-hop, it features the brilliant "Pop Song," plus "Can't Get There From Here," which is burning up YouTube with an excellent black-and-white video, and many more.

Now, onto the date-by-date stuff to watch out for as the winter sprawls out in front of us.

1  |  2  |  3  |   next >
  Topics: Music Features , Music, Clash of the Titans, Goodnight Process,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY SAM PFEIFLE
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   FIRST SECOND COMING  |  August 22, 2014
    Hey, look, I Discovered a Planet
  •   THE CRUNK WITCH THAT THEY ARE  |  August 14, 2014
    Three albums in, Crunk Witch are now far more than novelty. The all-digital, husband-wife duo of Brandon Miles and Hannah Collen have created enough material at this point to establish a clear method behind what can sometimes seem like madness.  
  •   FIRE ON FIRE  |  August 07, 2014
    From the varying deliveries and styles through the three fully instrumental tracks, there’s a lot to consider in Pyronauts , with equal attractions in playing it loud in the car with the windows down and in the headphones.
  •   HIP HOP SUMMER  |  July 31, 2014
    For pure output, it’s hard to argue Portland is anything but a hip hop city.
  •   SEVEN-MAN ARMY  |  July 24, 2014
    Lately, it’s been open season on “Wagon Wheel,” which has become the acoustic musician’s “Freebird,” one of the very few songs that people actually know well enough to find it funny to request.

 See all articles by: SAM PFEIFLE