The CD Release Show is tonight! (Friday, April 2, at Doug Fir. 9 pm. $10. 21+.)
“A Bird in the Opera House” marks a significant development for Jaina and by extension the city’s music scene. Recorded by no less than a dozen Portland-based players, who serve in an equal number of projects, this stands as another example of a communal project by local musicians with worldwide potential.
More than any other local songwriter, Jaina songs beg to be read, labored over and deconstructed. On A Bird in the Opera House, his fourth full-length for Hush, his words are still the first thing you notice.
The latest “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” features solo singer and now Tu Fawningist Corrina Repp discussing her jobs working for Portland bands Pink Martini, The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, and HUSH Records.
Laura is about a week away from a short tour with Ethan Rose in support of the sublime Bridge Carols (out now on Holocene Music). The duo recently premiered a mesmerizing video for “Younger” from director Ryan Jeffries.
Not long ago the duo raised the bar about ten million notches for live ambient performance at their Portland album release show. Attendance at one of the upcoming shows is highly recommended, but since we don’t think they will be able to bring the additional ensemble in tow, here are some freshly uploaded videos that captured the surprise event from that show:
Watch all the videos from this performance in a playlist at YouTube.
Mar 26 Bird on the Wire Festival Pullman, Washington
Mar 27 Visual Arts Collective Boise, Idaho
Mar 28 Slowtrain Records Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 31 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, California
Apr 1 Cal Arts Valencia, California
Apr 2 Echo Curio Los Angeles, California
Check out this rather awesomely assembled mini-doc of Danish band Efterklang on tour, with them performing “The Soft Beating”—a highlight from their splendid new Magic Chairs album—in a variety of different places, with incredibly consistent results until the whole thing devolves into a pillow fight. Portland musicians (and siblings) Peter Broderick and Heather Woods Broderick have joined the Danish band Efterklang as auxiliary members, but due to unfortunate circumstances Peter had to drop out of the tour. (That’s Peter “softly beating” on his chest in the video.) You can read all about that in our article on Efterklang…
I asked Peter about the circumstances around his having to drop out of the tour, and he went above and beyond by writing me an incredibly detailed account of his injury and the subsequent events. I’m posting the entirety of Peter’s story; be sure to check it out. Peter is returning home later this month, ironically only a few short days after Efterklang plays their show here. It’s too bad Peter had to drop out of the tour, but it will be great to have him back home in Portland as he takes time to fully recuperate.