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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:

Laura Gibson – Penny Jam


Laura Gibson at OMSI from The Penny Jam on Vimeo

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.

Tu Fawning’s “Secession” / Repp’s “Other Side”

photo: Alica Rose
photo: Alica Rose

We mentioned that Corrina Repp’s new music vehicle Tu Fawning released a slab of wax a little over a month ago. Now, those of you who don’t rock the turntables can partake. Secession was released by Polyvinyl on CD and digital to finer retailers everywhere. Tu Fawning has some shows coming up in Portland, most notably next week, July 23 at The Doug Fir, and a couple days later on the 25th at the free PDXPop Fest. No excuse not to check them out.

FREE/VALUE? in the HUSHshop.

In other news, we have added Repp’s lost classic The Other Side Is Mud, originally a 1999 CDR release, as another FREE or “give it value” download. It was recently mentioned in a Portland Mercury HUSH Hit Parade retrospective as Ben Barnett’s (Kind of Like Spitting = Fun With Friends) catalog favorite. Perhaps Corrina’s fresh-from-the-oven track from DECA, “Space And All Dead Things” is indication she hasn’t given up her solo career. Only The Repp knows. Meanwhile we can marvel at the unfolding of her vision and voice spanning almost a decade.

Peter Broderick- “Card / Heart Games” Live

If you didn’t catch our introduction to Peter Broderick on the blog, you might have heard the short gem he turned in for track two of DECA, “Refining”. In this YouTube vid we find Peter earlier this year opening for his acoustic/electronic ensemble Efterklang. The song starts off slow, but try to imagine you’re there. At the crescendo visualize Peter running off stage in the wash of vocals, jingle bells, thick chords and tremelo violin whipping a whirly tube. Music enfolding.

Then imagine you’ll have an opportunity to see Peter perform next Spring when he revisits with Efterklang again. (In a year that seems to have gone by so fast, suddenly I want it to go faster.)

ps. And if you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Efterklang live, this 1 min. video approximates, figuratively, the feeling that will overtake you when bathing in their sound.