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.
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.
Full disclosure: I was tweeting and instagramming for Rip City Review, and I was a PPN! volunteer.
Hello all! After painstaking negotiation with Spotify, Bandcamp, etc, I am finally ready to present this playlist I’ve made entitled, “Summer @ Whiskey Kiss.” Is it the first of many? Maybe!
I tried to stack this list with new/current music that will put you and keep you in the mood for summer fun. I threw in one summer standby that I’ve had ringing around in my head. Enjoy the YouTube playlist I’ve created, and let me know in the comments if you’d like me to share the Spotify playlist with you! I’ll be posting that on Facebook and Twitter shortly.
1.) The Way It Is – Denver (Denver, 2012)
2.) Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend (Modern Vampires of the City, 2013)
3.) Steady Rollin’ – Two Gallants (What the Toll Tells, 2006)
4.) Sand Talk – Akron/Family (Sub Verses, 2013)
5.) City – Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (We the Common, 2013)
6.) plamreader – Sonny & The Sunsets (Antenna To The Afterworld, 2013) [Note: This is the live at Pickathon version from KEXP. The album JUST came out, so I couldn’t find a video. The version here is really good, but be warned that the album version sounds a bit different!]
7.) Am I Wrong – Mikal Cronin (MCII, 2013)
8.) Dream Captain – Deerhunter (Monomania, 2013)
9.) Helicopter – Wooden Indian Burial Ground (Wooden Indian Burial Ground, 2012)
10.) In The Darkness – Foxygen (We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, 2012)
11.) Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster – Thee Oh Sees (Floating Coffin, 2013)
12.) Demon to Lean On – Wavves (Afraid of Heights, 2013)
13.) Where I Stand – The Thermals (Desperate Ground, 2013)
14.) Mayonnaise – The Woolen Men (The Woolen Men, 2013)
15.) It All Feels Right – Washed Out (Paracosm, 2013)
16.) Plastic Cup – Low (The Invisibile Way, 2013)
Coming up on Whiskey Kiss: This week, I want to review some albums that’ve just come out. Get ready for that and maybe a show calendar… oh, and some tips and tricks for being a music fan in the summer in Portland. Until then–cheers!
Beyond 94.7’s “December to Remember” there are a plethora of good tunes to take in in PDX this month. So here it is, your somewhat comprehensive, Zibby approved December show guide. Enjoy!
I know, I’ve been gone forever. Listen, between summer school, trying to be a good intern and employee, and enjoying everything Portland summer has to offer, I kind of
forgot neglected this little blog.
But no worries because I’m back, and I have a whole page of blog ideas to spill into your eyes soon.
Until then, enjoy this song, which I will listen to endlessly tomorrow while I… uh… celebrate America:
Okay, so the 2012 Music Fest Northwest lineup was released last week, and my initial reaction was disappointment. However, since talking to some people are reading over the participating bands again and again, I’m feeling okay about it… after all, it isn’t my festival…
The headliners are lame and annoying for the most part: Silversun Pickups, Passion Pit and Beirut. I mean Beirut is cool because he has that same kinda hipster appeal as Bon Iver but y’know from like five years ago. Girl Talk will be there which I think is going to be really fun, despite my disagreeing with his headliner status–this is probably the only headlining show I’ll go to.
Besides that, there’s a bevy of smaller but still high profile band shows that will probably be awesome. Including: Dinosaur Jr (and J. Mascis is playing solo also? Weird, but should be rad), The Tallest Man on Earth which I know everyone is excited about (even though I really dislike his newest single, “1904”), the unexpected reunion (?) of Menemena, folk favorites Trampled by Turtles, Lightning Bolt (should be fun), Tanlines, These United States, the kind-of-annoying-because-people-won’t-shut-up-about-them but cute nonetheless Hey Marseilles, and super cute French ex-pat Tender Forever.
So not all bad, but here’s the thing I’m confused about: why so many bands I could see any old day?
There are a plethora of Portland bands tacked to the lineup (which trust me, I love, I love all these bands), bands that play in town on the regular and just seem to be used as filler by our beloved festival organizers. Bands like: And And And, AAN, Blouse, White Fang, Grandparents, Hosannas, Brainstorm, Mean Jeans, Radiation City, Typhoon, and Starfucker.
So yeah, plenty to see and take in. Plenty more that I haven’t mention but you can read the full lineup HERE. Really though, when it comes to things like this, decide for yourself what you want to see! Create your own music destiny! Get drunk and enjoy the shit you thought you’d hate! Make out with a band member! Explore all the venues in Portland!
It may suck to have to put up with Passion Pit fans, but at least they aren’t playing in Pioneer Square.
Wristbands are on sale now, its $125 for guaranteed entry at any venue and ONE of the three headlining shows (SSP, Girl Talk, Beirut) ; $75 for full-access to clubs but not guaranteed entry and ONE headlining show; $250 for full access to clubs and guaranteed entry at any venue and ALL THREE headlining shows.
Tickets may be bought separately for each individual show and range in price. All headlining shows are $32. Other ticket listings for venues can be found here. But just so you know, they are all pretty pricey–do they think I am really going to pay $15 to see Typhoon and &&&???????