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Velella Velella: Foxy on Woxy.

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Velella Velella have been promising some reports from the frontlines of their tour but it’s too AWESOME to be bothered too much about that. Lucky for us the fine folks at WOXY have left a bread crumb on the internet. Lay back and relax, because Velella Velella are playing now in your living room. But before you get too comfy, pay heed to their recommendation if you can:

“After you listen to this session, you should make it your mission to see this band live at any cost.”

WOXY Studio Sesh (25:33)

Laura Gibson on the Netwaves.

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Laura Gibson barnstormed the netwaves of NPR both nationally and regionally this week. The influential All Songs Considered put her version of “Freight Train” at the top of their broad/net/podcast, remarking “Her singing feels transported perhaps from the early days of sound recording.” If you didn’t catch her disarmingly unvarnished video of her singing in the desk of producer Bob Boilen in the NPR offices, it’s worth a peek. (I think the video clip has been reposted in its entirety.)

In our own fair state, the excellent OPBmusic aired a previously recorded studio performance and interview. These studio sessions really are gifts to the internet republic, so surf on over and listen a spell!

ps. You’ll find performances from Nick Jaina and Loch Lomond archived there as well. Shout outs go to Weinland, Laura Veirs, Portland Cello Project, and Pseudosix sessions too.

Water for the (Earth) Day.

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photo: Laurent Orseau

Yes it is the day after Earth Day, but I suppose we’re being fashionably late with a few announcements regarding the lovely Shelley Short.

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  • Water For The Day is out now. Available at finer retailers and via iTunes and others.
  • We just posted the FREE enhanced HUSHcast of Shelley Short’s Water For The Day available also via iTunes.
  • Water For The Day is the first of several releases to sport our new HUSH 100% recycled content packaging. It’s an eco, handsome and nice-to-touch packaging alternative. Consider a purchase at the HUSHshop.
  • Shelley shared a few words about her latest album with The indefatigable Large Hearted Boy blog for their Note Books series.
  • Lastly, here’s what the locals have to say about it:
  • “Shelley Short The sweet-voiced Short knows how to bring power to her vocals, with a broad emotional range that makes her folk songs sometimes fierce, sometimes gentle, sometimes both. “ – The Oregonian

    “Sounding like the gorgeous-voiced kid sister of Neko Case, Shelley Short treats folk music with a mere fleeting interest, liberally picking and choosing from the storied genre with great care on her third full-length, Water for the Day.” – Portland Mercury

    “She’s able to come across cute and wise all at once, which is no easy feat. On “How Grand,” she employs coos that might seem campy or twee in another songwriter’s hands, but Short comes across more like a gentle owl offering tidbits of worldly insight from high atop a gnarled, windswept tree.” – Willamette Week

    The Auteur at Tribeca Film Festival, NYC, this week.

    The Auteur is a hilarious indie film, made in Portland by writer / director James Westby, featuring HUSH artists on the majority of the soundtrack. It’s screening serveral times this weekend at The Tribeca Film Festival, which had the presence of mind to highlight its “great indie rock soundtrack”. Below is a making-of reel. (A brief warning: may not be suitable for work, etc. Features blocked out nudity and language.) If you are in the NYC area this weekend we implore you to go see it! It’s an original mix of raunchiness and sweetness that will have you rolling in the aisle. For showtimes and more go to theauteurmovie.com or make friends on myspace.