Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blue Skies For Black Hearts drops their first single “It’s Gone On Too Long” FOR FREE and releases the video never seen before RIGHT NOW.



“It's Gone On Too Long” was inspired by the songwriting of Smokey Robinson.  It was written around the idea of having call and response vocals between the lead and backups.  The video was born out of an idea that Kevin Hanzlik, the director, had about showing the day to day struggles of being in a band - getting your gear to a show, having an unenthusiastic audience, struggles between band members.  Kevin's story was similar in some ways to a short story I had written a year or two earlier.  I showed Kevin my short story about a group of musicians working a day job as painters.  They paint a house for a musician who has had some success but they end up not finishing the painting because of being distracted by the instruments in the house.  Eventually, the painters take on the successful musician's instruments.  They flourish while the home owner's creativity and abilities whither.  In my story, once the painters are successful, another musician comes along and plays the instruments they acquired, stealing their success.  Kevin combined both of our ideas into the video for It's Gone On Too Long.  Blue Skies engineer, Mark Brachmann, plays the record producer.  Chip Mabry, esteemed documentary producer, plays the record exec. And Peter Hughes, guitarist for Sons of Huns, plays the OSPIRG volunteer who steels the musical talent in the end from The Painters. – Pat Kearns

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Portland's Vortex Music Mag to Publish Issue #1

Vortex Music Magazine is raising $10,000 to print more than 10,000 copies of our first issue, which will hit Portland streets this May.

More Portlanders go out to see live music each night than anywhere else in the U.S.—according to Pollstar—which speaks volumes about our collective interest and investment in the Portland music scene.
When the eyes of the world are watching and consuming the craft and culture of Portland more than ever before, why is it that we don’t have a publication solely dedicated to our music scene?
This is why Chris Young (co-founder and Managing Editor of Oregon Music News) and David Mosher (musician and owner of Art Media retail stores for 37 years) have spent more than a year planning and building Vortex Music Magazine from the ground up. With a goal to publish a high-quality print magazine six times per year, Vortex Music Magazine will focus on thoughtfully exploring Portland’s music scene. Covering aspects and angles often untouched by other media outlets, we aim to tell the stories of the culture, creators, educators and businesses that support our thriving music scene as well as the history behind it all.
Our hard work is already visible on our recently launched websitevrtxmag.com, where you can find content created by our team of local writers, designers and staff.
Now, we need your help to print the debut issue of Vortex Music Magazine, which will hit streets this May.

We are asking for $10,000 to design, print and distribute our first issue.

Every dollar we raise beyond our goal will help ensure future issues of Vortex Music Magazine.
If you’re reading this, it’s obvious that music matters to you. We believe we are all in this together, and we will strive to make the Portland music scene more successful by making it more accessible. Because the vibrant music community and culture that is alive in Portland today deserves to prosper.
Having your support, as well as the support of the Portland musicians and businesses listed below, is what will make Vortex Music Magazine successful right from the start.
Plus, support is not without its rewards: Take a look at our rewards to find out how we can thank you for your backing.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

CD REVIEW: Rusty Boxx's EP "Scattered Keeses"



This may just be me, but listening to Rusty Boxx for the first time is sort of like when you hear a Bon Iver song for the first time and it feels like he is singing in a language that is foreign to you by definition but you completely feel for what his meaning is-- then as you listen again and get beyond the emotion of the music and you comprehend the lyrics, and the meaning behind those lyrics, it becomes even more beautiful and wonderful. (And even if you don't ever comprehend, or you don't like what you hear when you comprehend, you can just revert your ears to back to foreign language mode and simply enjoy the implied and musically created emotions.)



Rusty Boxx's EP, "Scattered Keeses," is full of both vocal and guitar harmonies that will squish your heart in a really great way. There is nothing I would love more than to hear these harmonies performed live, in an intimate venue, where everyone present feels wrapped in the the music and it's almost as if the audience has a part in creating the music too. If you're a fan of fantastic folk groups that perform with two guitars and swirling harmonies, I highly recommend The Milk Carton Kids-- they will squish your heart too. 



Start with Rusty, Ellen, and the two Chris' band, Rusty Boxx, first though. They are a tight little group, with tons of the aforementioned beautiful harmonies, wonderful stories rooted in Ellen's drawings, and a new EP "Scattered Keeses," releasing March 31, 2014 on Oh Mercy! Records. 

Anna Leuning

Saturday, February 22, 2014

NEW MUSIC: The Underscore Orkestra " Tales from the Road..."





The Underscore Orkestra " Tales from the Road..." makes sense considering the band has plenty of experience of the road. They are currently on tour in Australia and then head straight to Europe from April to July.  If you are a fan of Squirrel Nut Zippers, Gogo Bordello, Devotchka then yet another reason to go check them out.  

The Underscore Orkestra claims they plays a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy Jazzand Swing music both Original and Traditional. 


They often incorporate live Belly Dance and Cirkus Arts in their shows. Their Performance evokes the old world and the new, The eerily haunting air of sounds and movements from the east, with definite roots inthe west. Influences are far and wide but range from New Orleans Jazz, to Eastern European Roma and Klezmorim music, Manouche Swing, to acoustic Metal. Their live shows are something to remember for years to come, they are fond of selling many wares, including Underscore Underwear, Uncle Jerry's Magically Malicious Mustache Wax, CD's, Neck Ties, Nude Calendars, Music boxes, and Stand up tub Bass's. Come to a live show or give an email to see what we've got in store. 

The Band has their 4th Studio album ready for their fans. Where all their songs and arrangements came about during their time on the road. My favorite track off the new album is "American Jam" which the band says they came up with while waiting for a ferry between the South Island and North Island of New Zealand we were eating a gourmet dinner at a restaurant we were playing at in Picton. During dinner this tune came about. That night not having a place to stay a fisherman gave us his apartment that was above the bar, he slept on his boat. Crazy World! The songs and arrangements came about during our time on the Road.

The last time I went to a Gypsy Jazz and Swing show I left the venue sweating like a dog at Michael Vick's house AND didn't care. I plan on hitting these guys up when they decide to come back and grace Portland again with a welcome home show. I am sure i will leave again with all my cloths sticking to me once again!

http://www.theunderscoreorkestra.com


KAYTEA MORENO ELST

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SHERMAN BAKER releases new video and new album TODAY!!



"I wrote Oregon To Washington while driving to a gig in Tacoma. I stopped in Eugene and spent some time in Hendricks park. The song is about the calming affect nature has. I envy the way animals exist in the moment without the constant neurotic thought that humans are afflicted with. Director Andrew Hooper and I did our best to capture that in the video. The end of the video and song features the cat Norm Lopez purring. He is a local celebrity here in Sacramento due to his friendliness and large girth. It should be noted that he has a much larger fan base than I do!" – Sherman Baker
CD RELEASE SHOW: MARCH 22 @ OLD IRONSIDES in SACRAMENTO, CA

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SOMETHING TO CHECK OUT TODAY- "Letters" by Sean Roux

What an artist from Iceland brings to North Carolina.... IS WORTH CHECKING OUT...

If you are wanting to hear some R&B/Soul - Classic Soul, Jazz today then give Sean Roux a spin http://seanroux.bandcamp.com/album/letters

His Retro Soul style grooves recorded in true Motown/Stax fashion, live to tape. Horns, background singers and an arsenal of east coast special guest musicians make this vibe enjoyable over and over again.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TOP 13 ALBUMS OF 2013 ~Michael Ari

 
1.  Paul McCartney – NEW
(Hear Music/Virgin EMI)
Classic Maca yet New. Need I say more? Is there anything he puts out that isn’t an instant classic?





  
2.  Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (Matador Records)
The recipe of hard rock we’ve been waiting for. A record that could have come out anytime in the past three decades with sounds of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath.





3.  Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends
   (Atlantic Records) Producer Danger Mouse (Gorillaz, Beck) knighted this project with his special touch giving this indie rock band the edgy, polished sound to set it above the rest.


  



4.  Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Aftermath/Polydor/Interscope Records
Arguably the greatest rapper of all-time and certainly the greatest selling…Marshall Mathers does not disappoint with his lyrics, performance, and array of special guests to join the party: Rhianna, Kendrick Lamar, Sia, Skylar Grey, Jamie N Commons, and Nate Ruess of Fun. – Plus it’s enough music for two albums.


  

5. Deer Tick – Negativity
(Partisan Records)
Veteran musician/producer Steve Berlin of 20-year band Los Lobos jumped in to produce edgy, rustic, analog, garage-rock sounding indie band. Pop celeb Vanessa Carlton makes an appearance with a debut to her Americana ways. This is a must listen…easily one of the top albums of the decade.






6. Charles Bradley w/ the Menahan Street Band – Victim of Love
(Daptone Records)

Sweet funk, soul, and emotion pour out of the voice and music of Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band. Bradley is easily the James Brown of today and the label Daptone Records…the Motown Records of today. Bradley was discovered just a few years ago at a NYC club by label exec Gabe Roth. He’s 65 years old. He now tours the world playing to crowds in the thousands!




7.  Rhye – Woman  (Republic Records)
Polished electronic pop or electronic rock by Canadian/Danish soul duo. It’s slower moving, yet captivating. It’s more of a down-tempo Daft Punk…it even competes with Daft Punk’s new release, just less electronica. It feels romantic.



  

8.  Pokey LaFarge – Pokey LaFarge
(Third Man Records) Pokey may have the sound of an American Roots band from the 40s, but it’s truly authentic and original for 2013 with sounds of swing, jazz, and rag-time blues. Dressed in suits, wearing instruments like the harmonica, washboard, cornet, trombone, saxophone, and clarinet…this album is like no other. It’s through-and-through original, entertaining, and poetic, and, it didn’t hurt its success to put out the vinyl on Jack White’s Third Man Records.



9. Ewyn Collins – Understated
(AED Records)

A classic 70s rock sound from a Scottish alternative rock musician whose garnered all-star status in multiple decades of success including 4 Top 100 albums in the UK. This album hits home with its lyrics and simple folk rock…a sound that is timeless.



  
10. Aaron Neville – My True Story (Blue Note Records)

An autobiographical doo-wop album by a multi-platinum Grammy winning legend of New Orleans…an album that features other legends like Mick Jagger and Greg Leisez Produced by acclaimed The Rolling Stones producer/bassist Don Was. It’s perfect.





 11. White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade (Downtown Records) – a perfect album of garage rock, blues, psychedelic rock, and rock n’ roll. Produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.








 12. Mallu MagalhHighly Sensitive (Sony BMG) – A native of Brazil and singer of the world, Mallu Magalh√£es has catchy, up-beat indie rock/folk songs that remind you of other female singer/songwriters like Regina Spektor, Aimee Mann, and Fiona Apple. Her style is original and catchy. A refreshing album, perfect for the R&R of the holiday time.







 13. Hanni El Khatib – Head in the Dirt (Innovative Leisure) – dirty, raw, edgy, fun rock n’ roll that takes you on a rock journey from screamy moments to relaxed-yet-rocky times…an album and new artist that’s stirred up a lot of buzz this year with a record that is brilliant and makes you feel raw and dirty! Oh yah, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced it.




~Michael Ari