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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:

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.