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Nick Jaina: Climbing The Beanstalks

Nick Jaina is at the top of his game.

In this reader’s opinion, Jaina’s produced some of the most compelling writing the Willamette Week music section (or any metro weekly paper or affiliated blog) has printed with his column Nick Jaina’s Little Box Of Lies.  The title is a miscue, as the writing is neither little, or the work of a liar.  Each installment is a full blown essay, and is brimming with the rare honesty of one who has calculated there’s really nothing to loose for not keeping up appearances, or probing prevailing notions.

There are a lot of words on the internet,  but if you have any interest in the topic of making a career in music, you’ll likely find Jaina’s writing touching, funny, insightful, well organized and occasionally contentious:

Nick Jaina’s Little Box Of Lies

While you’re reading, do yourself the favor of cuing up Jaina’s latest long-player The Beanstalks That Have Brought Us Here Are Gone.  It’s an edifying listen and noteworthy for Jaina’s decision to let an impressive and well-curated selection of women to sing on his behalf.  Get your own digital copy from bandcamp or wait a few weeks for a more tangible version.

Lastly, for the Portlanders that may be reading this, Nick is going to premiere his latest undertaking, music for The New York City Ballet this Thursday July 30th at The Alberta Rose Theatre.  (No dancing, just music.)  It’s safe to expect something great.

Laura Arkana met Peter Broderick – “Lentemuziek”, To Drop Sept 13

Peter Broderick-produced debut from Dutch Singer-songwriter shows the promise of a new voice.

It was late March in Paris when Peter Broderick was standing by the stage selling his music after an afternoon performance at an arts center. This is when Laura Arkana met Peter Broderick for the first time.

They became fast friends, strolling through the streets of Paris sharing stories and later,  passing a guitar back and forth, sharing songs. Broderick recounted: ” I was blown away by her songs. She sings in Dutch, these beautifully crafted haunting melodies, over the most steady and gorgeously fingerpicked guitar. I was in love with the music, but she was so shy about it, saying she’d hardly played the songs for anyone and had never recorded anything before.”

A fortnight later, Arkana flew to Berlin. They rode bikes, ate and cooked amazing food, watched movies, and in a very casual way, recorded eight of Arkana’s songs, six with guitar and voice, two for solo piano. Later, Broderick added his touch: “Since she left i have fallen in love with the songs more and more, listening to them on repeat all day and working on different arrangements with instruments around the house.” This is when Laura Arkana met Peter Broderick for the second time. In music.

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Hosannas: A Bigger Band, Tour, Video

Hosannas report: “We are putting together a bigger band! Over twice as big. Come see the new Hefty Hosannas of 2011 and the future.”

For what this bigger band might sound like, please refer to their newish video for “Be Careful”.

Hosannas – Be Careful from Emile Rosewater on Vimeo.

Tour dates:
7.10 Portland, OR @ Rontoms
7.11 Santa Rosa, CA @ The Arlene Francis
7.12 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
7.13 Santa Barbara, CA @ SOHO
7.14 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
7.15 Los Angeles, CA @ Lot 1
7.16 Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

The Free 500 Track Sound Of Picture Production Library

HUSH is pleased to announce a resource for creative work or entertainment: a 300 piece music collection dubbed The Sound Of Picture Production Library, from artist Podington Bear, also known as Chad Crouch.  The entire collection is free for NC-BY Creative Commons personal use and as a tool for producers, directors, game developers, etc.

Visit soundofpicture.com to search and audition individual tracks by mood or instrumentation category, and / or Download the entire 300 500 cue collection in four parts:

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Sound of Picture Production Library Part 1 (700mb zip folder)

Sound of Picture Production Library Part 2 (700mb zip folder)

Sound of Picture Production Library Part 3 (800mb zip folder)