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Hosannas – “Then & Now & Then” To Drop May 11

Hosannas has been the talk of the town in ’09 and early ’10, so it brings us great pleasure to announce their upcoming May release Then & Now & Then:

Then & Now & Then captures Hosannas at a defining moment.  Collecting the first fruits of brothers Richard and Brandon Laws songwriting with the mellifluous accompaniment of Cristof Hendrickson, this is a slightly warmer and more comprehensive introduction to the band (formerly known as Church) than their well-received Song Force Crystal, which in addition to their intense tour ethic and consistent presence in the Portland scene, helped Hosannas amass a sizable following.

At the center, the brothers vocals dovetail with a rare sensitivity and tenderness, floating over a shifting landscape of warm, distorted guitar figures, found sounds, electric piano, analog synth squalls and the occasional tribal percussion rave up.  It’s a complex tapestry that revels in willful discord, textural juxtapositions,  and arrangements with intense mood swings.  Hosannas is experimental in the same way that the Beach Boys were experimental in their day: challenging assumptions and conventions of pop songwriting, while honoring the fundamentals:  melody, ethos, harmony, golden ratios, modulation, surprise.

But, it may come as no surprise Then & Now & Then was recorded to analog 4 track tape in the living room of an old Portland house.  One can almost hear the freedom of time and space in these songs, as if they were discovered, explored and mapped in the same place. Culling from two short-run CDR EP releases and adding 3 previously unreleased songs, this collection has been wholly reinvigorated with a much-needed mastering from Carl Saff,  and a song sequence that takes the listener on a journey with a beginning, middle and end.

Tracklist:

The Sea (alternate)
Hugs
Bee Cave
Cloud
Happiness
King Crow
Seen You But See Through
Islands
Walrus
Asleep In The Weeds
Catch Up To You
Onward With Bravery
Right As Rain
Song Force Crystal

Upcoming Dates

  • 02/18/10 in Portland, Or at PSU – Parkway North, Smith Student Union (7pm)
  • 03/13/10 in Seattle, Wa at University of Seattle [at The Bistro]
  • 03/14/10 in Portland, Or at Knife Shop
  • 04/06/10 in Davis, Ca at UC Davis Quad (Noon)
  • 04/07/10 in Palo Alto, Ca at Stanford (at the Coho)
  • 04/09/10 in Ashland, Or at Alex’s Restaurant
  • 04/10/10 in Portland, Or at Sunburn Music Festival at Lewis and Clark

Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose – “Bridge Carols” Out Today, Dates.

Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose - Bridge Carols

Bridge Carols, the new project from Portland, OR friends Laura Gibson and Ethan Rose, takes the listener to a place that exists between the notes and behind the words of modern music. It’s music that feels intimately familiar, timeless; at its heart, quite natural and human.

Bridge Carols began as a conversation of mutual appreciation and curiosity – a shared desire to challenge old ways of working. Ethan had mostly distanced his music from words, while Laura had often felt bound by them.

Discover more, and stream the entire album at Holocene Music or the handsome micro-site bridgecarols.com.

See them live:
February 12, 2010
Portland, Oregon
CD Release at Holocene w/Benoit Pioulard **EARLY SHOW**
March 27, 2010
Boise, Idaho
Visual Arts Collective
March 28, 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah
Slowtrain Records
March 31, 2010
San Francisco, California
Rickshaw Stop
April 01, 2010
Valencia, California
Cal Arts
April 02, 2010
Los Angeles, California
Echo Curio

Rauelsson West Coast Tour

2/11 Portland OR, The Woods
2/12 Pendleton OR, Great Pacific
2/13 Spokane WA, Sunset Junction
2/14 Seattle WA, The Sunset
2/20 Sacramento CA, Luigi’s
2/21 San Francisco CA, Hemlock Tavern

Loch Lomond: Luxury Wafers Session

Hop on over to Luxury Wafers for the latest in live in-studio goodness from Loch Lomond and over the horizon.

Led by Ritchie Young, Loch Lomond from the Pacific Northwest (Portland), has grown from a solo brianchild enjoying contributions from a vast array of friends to a full-time family of six committed bandmembers. Small in stature and grand in humility, Young quietly yet boldy concocts fascinating traipses through forest, wide open spaces, dark alleys and worlds of critters, subtly making a deep hook with his prodigious musical pieces.

Listen to the Exclusive Live Tracks (option/click to download):

Blue Lead Fences [mp3]

Night Bats [mp3]

Spine [mp3]

Wax and Wire [mp3]

Check out a bunch of photos of Loch Lomond’s visit with us HERE.

Loch Lomond – Ghost Of An Earthworm – Luxury Wafers Sessions from Luxury Wafers on Vimeo.

Loch Lomond – Holiday – Luxury Wafers Sessions from Luxury Wafers on Vimeo.