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Nick Jaina – “Singing The Devil’s Tune”, on KEXP later this week.

Nick Jaina will be playing live this Thursday on KEXP at 1pm. Tune in at kexp.org or on the dial in Seattle. And if that leaves you curious for a visual, we’ve got you covered. Two new cuts of A Narrow Way (Oct 14) played at The Doug Fir Patio just yesterday:


Nick Jaina – “Singing The Devil’s Tune” from HUSH Records on Vimeo.


Nick Jaina – “Battleground” from HUSH Records on Vimeo.

Jeff London’s Progress

Jeff London is paying Portland a visit for the first time in a couple of years. Says End Hits: “London used to be a fixture in our local music scene. Evidently [he] grew tired of our cheap rent and easily livability, so he high-tailed it to New York a few years back.”

He played a cool, spare set on a hot Thursday night at Towne Lounge delivering the classics and songs off his ’07 release The Bane of Progress. Here’s the title track from the album, which Local Cut says “alternates between sounding a bit like Hush labelmate Kind of Like Spitting, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and, well, himself”:

“The Bane Of Progress”

In the following clips he blurs the lines between “33” and “The Bane of Progress with some harmonica.

Jeff London – “33” from HUSH Records on Vimeo.


Jeff London – “The Bane Of Progress” from HUSH Records on Vimeo.

Report from Pickathon

From field correspondent Davey D:

I just got back from Pickathon, and my brain is pudding right now, so I won’t even attempt to talk about it at the moment. But I’ll say that the sets with Loch Lomond and Jolie Holland (all four of them!) went amazingly well, and I never thought I’d have so much fun with thousands of hippies and folk musicians.

Laura Gibson and band!

Laura Gibson and band!

Stage! Hippies!

Stage! Hippies! [Cool shade web! – ed]

The first song of Loch Lomond’s second set of the day. I was feelin’ it, man.


Loch Lomond live in the Galaxy Barn, Pickathon 2008 from Dave Allen on Vimeo.

Podington Bear Vidz Booth

Podington Bear (now known to be Chad Crouch, and incidentally the author of this post) gave his first performance at the lovely PDXPOP! Festival just over a week ago. With little more than a couple of weeks to prepare, the initial urge to form a band was jettisoned for a fun-loving karaoke-styled Jam with P Bear-produced instrumentals and video Karaoke-styled accompaniment . It was an all-star event, with Nick Jaina, Greg Olin, Adam Shearer, Corrina Repp, Ritchie Young, Rachel Blumberg, Dave Depper, Scott Macgee, Matt Dabrowiak, PDXPOP’s own Ross Beech and others. Some snaps from the engagement thanks to Clara Ridabock:

podington bear by localcut.
podington bear by localcut.

podington bear by localcut.

The crash course in lightening-quick video production has since become a popular pastime. So, without further ado, I’m pleased to announce the launch of a Podington Bear Music Vidz “Channel” (which is just Vimeo-speak for a collection). View all ten (and more to come) at P Bear’s Vimeo Spot.

A few highlights from the present Vidz collection: