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Checking In With Loch Lomond

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photo: Alica Rose

What have Portland’s favorite indie-folk ensemble been up to lately? Well, for starters they’ve been Looking fine.

And sounding fine. Let’s recap shall we?

They recently played a gorgeously produced studio set (with interview) for OPB. And not long before that on the other coast they played another well-recorded seven song set for WFMU including “Bird and a Bear”, “Tick”, “Song in 3/4”, “Carl Sagan”, “Elephants and Little Girls”, “Stripe II” and “Witchy”, and Before you go thinking why purchase the album then? NPR’s Second Stage replies: “It’s a profoundly emotional and beautifully recorded album… The group makes brilliantly crafted chamber folk that’s lush and richly textured, but cozy.” They offer “A Field Report” as evidence.

Thankfully, all this attention hasn’t been lost on Portlanders, and they were happy to turn out in force, selling out The Doug Fir a few weeks back for a triumphant show. Catch them in April as they play shows up and down the west coast. As per usual keep it here for the latest. Or subscribe to our trés hi tech RSS Feed for your favorite RSS reader.

Laura Gibson Hinah Session

photo: Ramona Cordova

photo: Ramona Córdova

While in France a few months back Laura Gibson played a house show with her boyfriend and collaborator Sean Ogilvie which was recorded by the kind and industrious folks of Hinah and distributed freely via their site and lastFM. The recording itself has an audio cassette patina to it which probably wouldn’t paint a kind picture of most artists, but in Laura’s case the strength of the raw songs come through, and her voice radiates in the small room. I recommend lighting a candle and playing these eight tracks over laptop speakers some quiet evening.

1 – “A Good Word, An Honest Man”
2 – “Broken Bottle”
3 – “Nightwatch”
4 – “Sleeper”
5 – “Hands In Pockets”
6 – “Shake Sugaree”
7 – “Come By Storm”
8 – “This Is Not The End”

Any small speakers will do, really.

While were at it, we should re-post the link to the excellent (and a bit fuller-bodied) Daytrotter session, as well as the properly notify you of the If You Come To Greet Me vinyl LP issued late last year on Graveface.

Laura Gibson to tour, record with Colin Meloy.

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photo: Laurent OrseauÂ

Yes, you may have caught through the wire that our very own Laura Gibson will go out on the ‘big bus’ with Mr. Meloy (of HUSH roster alumnus The Decemberists) on a whirlwind national tour to commence in April. Pitchfork recently announced the tracklist for the third in a series of cover EPs from Colin, set to cover the immortal Sam Cooke, which will find release exclusively on that tour.

However, the cyber patriarch of the indie set was not made privy to the fact these tracks feature a liberal dose of the LG. (That’s what we call Laura round here.) These are no less than duets, and will surely carry her voice a little bit further than it has already travelled on the merits of the instant classic If You Come To Greet Me.

The Auteur: naughty, charming and resonant.

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I’m pleased to announce the completion of a truly funny and endearing locally-shot film from director James Westby (Film Geek). I had the good fortune to screen a rough cut of The Auteur and I’m happy to report it’s got the makings of a cult classic. Not since Drugstore Cowboy have my expectations for a locally produced film been so exceeded. So, imagine my pleasure in announcing the soundtrack will feature Laura Gibson, Norfolk & Western, Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble, The Shaky Hands, and Blanket Music, to name a few.

The film follows the larger-than-life adult filmmaker Arturo Domingo (Melik Melkasian) as he navigates the nexus of a creative and personal midlife crisis. Watch the trailer, featuring Blanket Music’s “Stand to Love” here. (Contains blocked out nudity. Lots of it.)

Have a listen to Yours Truly on the demo for the original song from Blanket Music’s The Love.
I wish I could tell you where to see it, but that will have to wait for now.