Archive for the 'Blanket Music' Category

Magic $3 Sale: Blanket Music, Toothfairy, Chad Crouch.

2009 05 02 11:40

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Total bargain alert! We’re having a special sale beginning today: That’s right: 3 albums (aged 3+ years) on sale for $3 each, for 3 weeks only! This will be a limited-time offer with rotating specials from our back catalog. Available in the HUSHshop.

I’m going to be the guinea pig and step up to the plate with a sampling from my own discography over the years. Beginning in 1997 we have my only canonical vocal solo release, entitled Portland, Or. Jumping ahead to 2004, my band Blanket Music released Cultural Norms, maybe the snappiest offering from Yours Truly, and has the footnote distinction of breaking into the CMJ top 20. Pitchfork spake thus:

Crouch understands the difference between getting in people’s faces, and inviting them to come to him… he easily could have erred in the other direction by pitching headlong into the cultural wars. Instead, he found a perfect balance, and this is his most compelling album.

Five years on, I’m not sure if I understand anything really, but I am inviting you to consider owning this artifact and judging for yourself.

Lastly, the short-lived Toothfairy mini album Formative is an interesting foray which looks back and forward simultaneously. The lyrics paint a detailed pastiche of adolescence while the electronic palette is certainly an antecedent to Podington Bear, my outlet for instrumental ditties.

So, have a listen and consider for your collection.

Blanket Music - "Cultural Norms"

Blanket Music – “Cultural Norms” Sampler Mix

Chad Crouch - "Portland, Or."

Chad Crouch – “Portland, Or.” Sampler Mix

Toothfairy - "Formative"
Toothfairy – “Formative” Sampler Mix

The Auteur to Premiere Friday Dec 5, Runs Dec 5 -11 @ Cinema 21

2008 12 04 10:27

After a year on the festival circuit, The Auteur finally makes it to a screen in Portland. Local film maker James Westby’s film has been drawing a lot of attention, and not simply because it’s riddled with nudity. The Willamette Week put it pretty well, saying, “The rigorous, ramshackle staging makes The Auteur the first titty movie that could have been produced by Rushmore’s Max Fischer. The Auteur may be just the latest movie to mock pornography, but it’s the first one since Boogie Nights to show a belief in movies.

The tight wire act of balancing raunchiness and earnestness was carried out with an adept and unique vision. Likewise the soundtrack features a compelling mix Portland music luminaries: Laura Gibson, Norfolk & Western, Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble, The Decemberists, The Shaky Hands, and Blanket Music, to name a few. Go see it. It is the quintessence of LOL.

Lastly check out a wildly popular IFCnews Segment (8 million views and counting!) that cuts together film clips in with actor insights.

THE AUTEUR: A comedy about love, life, and porn. You’ll be glad you came.

“Laugh out loud funny!” – Variety

PORTLAND PREMIERE! FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th at 8:30PM, with director James Westby Q&A to follow!!
Get your tickets right now by going here
(Afterparty to follow at SLABTOWN, sponsored by Amber Geiger and Porter Panther)
Playing Dec 5th-11th at 8:30PM & 10:15PM
More information: http://theauteurmovie.com

The Auteur: naughty, charming and resonant.

2008 02 24 19:28

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I’m pleased to announce the completion of a truly funny and endearing locally-shot film from director James Westby (Film Geek). I had the good fortune to screen a rough cut of The Auteur and I’m happy to report it’s got the makings of a cult classic. Not since Drugstore Cowboy have my expectations for a locally produced film been so exceeded. So, imagine my pleasure in announcing the soundtrack will feature Laura Gibson, Norfolk & Western, Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble, The Shaky Hands, and Blanket Music, to name a few.

The film follows the larger-than-life adult filmmaker Arturo Domingo (Melik Melkasian) as he navigates the nexus of a creative and personal midlife crisis. Watch the trailer, featuring Blanket Music’s “Stand to Love” here. (Contains blocked out nudity. Lots of it.)

Have a listen to Yours Truly on the demo for the original song from Blanket Music’s The Love.
I wish I could tell you where to see it, but that will have to wait for now.