The “Sibilance” staff continues to worry about THE STATE OF OUR LIVE MUSIC SCENE. Here’s one local musician’s take: “I find that in places like Bull Feeney’s, Boru, Gritty’s, RiRa, the clientele just wants to dance, and they really want to dance to songs they know. THEY WANT COVERS. . . I get in our original stuff as much as I can, but I notice that people tend to turn off when I even mention the word “original.” It’s disappointing, and from what I understand, things weren’t always like this in Portland.” They weren’t.
STEVE WOITASEK and his EYE9D PRODUCTIONS are doing a bang-up job of booking the Station right now, even if it is a little bit under the radar. Right now, you’d have to say it had the most-consistently good line-up in Portland. Look for the ATARIS, POWERMAN 5000, and JOHN BROWN’S BODY this spring, along with a steady line-up of high-quality local rock from the likes of LOST ON LIFTOFF, HEADSTART, ARE YOU A FOX?, CAMBIATA, SPARKS THE RESCUE, THE MINUS SCALE, TWISTED ROOTS, SIDECAR RADIO, DOMINIC AND THE LUCID, LOVERLESS, HOUR PAST, and A NEW VISION.
Yes, everybody has a blog now, but so does CHARLIE GAYLORD, who’s dropping random recommendations fromhttp://wclzcorner.blogspot.com. If you like his Greetings series, you’ll get some info here that’s worthwhile. The latest post was about WILCO’s new album, set to come out May 15, and to be called Sky Blue Sky. See, we didn’t know that.
RICK DALTON of THE HORROR is in a video short called “Criehaven,” made by BARRY DODD and STACY ANN STRANG. Anyway, it’s made the semi-finals of a contest sponsored by Soapnet and it needs your votes. Visithttp://soapnet.go.com/specials/soapu/index.html.
JAKE ROCHE, former bassist for JEREMIAH FREED, has announced the release of his debut full-length, Just Survivin’, for February 6, with a CD-release show with ROY DAVIS and MOSS MOUNTAIN PROJECT, February 10.