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Musicfest NW 2014: The good, the bad, and the ugly

For the four years that I’ve lived in Portland, I’ve attended Musicfest NW. It’s always been a long weekend of thought-out adventure and time management that culminates in too little sleep, ear ringing, and general euphoria of seeing dozens of bands across town in venues as small as Bunk Bar to big blow outs in Pioneer Square.

This year, things were different.

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A Weekend in the Life of PDX Pop Now!

Any music fan in Portland knows about PDX Pop Now! It is the vicarious dream of a music festival where everything is free, everything is all ages, and everything sounds amazing. A cluster of local bands that span genres come together, and it’s so exciting. This weekend’s PDX Pop Now! festival was the first time I’ve truly devoted my weekend to the whole shebang, and I figured I should document that in some way.

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Full disclosure: I was tweeting and instagramming for Rip City Review, and I was a PPN! volunteer.

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NEW TYPHOON!!! New Typhoon, everyone!

Thank you, thank you THANK YOU FINALLY–New music from Typhoon. Here are some fun facts about me and Typhoon:

-Typhoon were the first and last band I ever saw at Berbati’s Pan (and were one of the last bands to play there!).
-I have seen Typhoon too many times, many times were in the same night, but the best show of theirs I saw was in Boise, Idaho at TreeFort Festival.
-The first time I saw Typhoon, they opened for Avi Buffalo, and they were infinitely better.

This song, “Morton’s Fork,” is what one would expect from them: simple, orchestral, intoxicating. It’s sweet, in the sort of way that has you wanting to sit on your porch in the late sun drinking lemonade or something.

(Maybe that is just me projecting my desires onto this song.)

Enjoy!

Typhoon – The Honest Truth

THE HONEST TRUTH is that I’m really bad at maintaining my internet presence over the weekend. That, coupled with me leaving the state in a few days and planning super fun activities to do with my Mom and Aunt while they are here, has been keeping me from being the good little blogger y’all know me to be.

And that is the honest truth about blogging, and Zibby.

But this is The Honest Truth by Typhoon and it is much more interesting. Cheers!

A Weekend to Remember

Let me start by saying that nice baristas who take interest in your life and congratulate you on things like your internship and all of your “hard work” truly make the world go round. Thank you, pink-shirted barista in Stumptown. This blog post is for you.

This weekend was one I was anticipating for quite some time. It was my penultimate weekend in Portland before I head home for two weeks, away from the city and scene that I love. So it is only fitting that I crammed as much Portland-y musical crap into it that I possibly could.

Aren’t you excited?

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Blitzen Trapper – Girl in a Coat

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Here’s the latest video from Blitzen Trapper for “Girl in a Coat,” which is one of my favorite’s off of American Goldwing! The video stars Brian Koch, drummer, and was directed by Daniel Elkayam, who’s directed several Blitzen Trapper videos. The boys are wrapping up a tour before coming home to Oregon to play Pickathon.

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Eidolons CD Review and REAL LIFE BLOGGING

Hey y’all, as you may or may not know I am an intern at The Portland Mercury, a balls-out, arts-based, crazy as anything and also the best newsweekly in Portland. Anyway, I’ve been doing a pretty sad job of blogging for them (y’know I thought I’d be good at blogging), posting like one or two things, but I mainly write little blurbs about events and do mindless data entry/checking.

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By the end of the summer… who knows?

Anyway, I finally got my shit together and alerted the powers-that-be that I’d really like to write about music, since, y’know, I really like writing about music. My dreams have come true, ladies and gentlemen, and I would like to present to you my first blog post over on End Hits, the Merc’s music blog:

A review of Eidolons’ China EP

Eidolons are close to my heart, seeing as they just graduated from Lewis & Clark! And besides that, they are pretty decent. So read my stuff (because you love me) and listen to Eidolons (because you love good music) and have an excellent Monday.

As always, more to come!