The crew at The Penny Jam has filmed Laura Gibson performing a pair of songs (“Where Have All Your Good Words Gone” and “Come by Storm”) at OMSI inside their dinosaur exhibit. This may be one of their more inspired settings: The large exhibit space and dinosaur skelletons provide an interesting visual juxtapostion for Laura’s spare songs.
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Loch Lomond photo: Alicia Rose
The Portland weekly Willamette Week did their annual Best New Band cover story and we’re happy to see the efforts of two HUSH roster bands honored by their peers in their top 10 poll. Congratulations goes to Loch Lomond and Nick Jaina who have worked hard to get where they are. Loch Lomond was invited to play the top 3 billing showcase and represented themselves (and HUSH) well to say the least. In solidarity with the Builders and Butchers, who topped the list, the bands traded cameos on each other’s closing songs. It’s worth noting that the two also shared sides on a slab of wax recently, a spilit EP vinyl-only release on Bladen County Records. Highly recommended.
Nick Jaina photo: Melanie Brown
It’s a big year for Nick Jaina indeed, who has already traversed the country and is set to potentially release 3 records. Okay, The 7 Stations out this Tuesday May 13 is a reissue, but it’s aged like wine, we think. Many of the songs from this CD are live set favorites, and it’s rather refreshing to note their malleable melodies in the hands of the present stage troupe.
Tu Fawning photo: Alicia Rose
Special mention goes out to Tu Fawning, the inimitable musical convergence of minimal folk heroine Corrina Repp (HUSH solo performer and HUSHshop mistress extraordinaire!) and partner Joe Haege (31 Knots). They recently doubled in size with the addition of Liza Rietz and Toussaint Perrault and will celebrate the release of their gorgeous debut, the “Secession EP” May 17th at Rotture, Portland, OR. Visit their Myspace to hear a couple songs.
photo: Alicia Rose (If it’s not square, it’s not a Rose.)
Loch Lomond’s Ritchie Young has been speaking out recently. The always tasteful and popular Muzzle of Bees blog fired off some (five to be precise) questions and Young dished.
“I’m actually not very fond of Led Zeppelin.”
Ooh zinger! Intrigued? This controversial interview can be read in full at by clicking this magic asterisk: *We all know that being in Portland’s best orchestral folk ensemble is glamorous affair, but at the hard-working and not-actually-very-mainstream Mainsteam Isn’t So Bad, Is It? blog (sheesh, is this long title thing a modern life trend?) Ritche reveals what it’s like behind the scenes:
“When it is all over we open six bottles of wine and talk everything out and usually end up dancing to Stevie Wonder and dork out.”
All the juicy details are here behind this trademark sign which really stands for “transport me”: ß
photo: Alica Rose
What have Portland’s favorite indie-folk ensemble been up to lately? Well, for starters they’ve been Looking fine.
And sounding fine. Let’s recap shall we?
They recently played a gorgeously produced studio set (with interview) for OPB. And not long before that on the other coast they played another well-recorded seven song set for WFMU including “Bird and a Bear”, “Tick”, “Song in 3/4″, “Carl Sagan”, “Elephants and Little Girls”, “Stripe II” and “Witchy”, and Before you go thinking why purchase the album then? NPR’s Second Stage replies: “It’s a profoundly emotional and beautifully recorded album… The group makes brilliantly crafted chamber folk that’s lush and richly textured, but cozy.” They offer “A Field Report” as evidence.
Thankfully, all this attention hasn’t been lost on Portlanders, and they were happy to turn out in force, selling out The Doug Fir a few weeks back for a triumphant show. Catch them in April as they play shows up and down the west coast. As per usual keep it here for the latest. Or subscribe to our trés hi tech RSS Feed for your favorite RSS reader.