Author: Chad

Catching Up with Jaina, CD Release

Nick Jaina has been tirelessly touring (see sidebar for NW dates happening over the next week). This should ensure an effortless and rousing performance at the upcoming not-to-be-missed CD/LP release party.  You can catch up with the Bard of indie with his most recent diary entries presenting the polar opposite ups and downs of touring in only a way Jaina could:

“See You In Heaven If You Make The List”

“Misuse of The Bassoon”

But more than that, what we would like to impress upon you here, right now is that with A Narrow Way Nick Jaina and his band have created an incredible album that you simply must own.  Listen:

“Walking Into A Burning House”

“Nick Jaina is my kind of guy. He loves good melodies and carefully-crafted words, well-structured chord progressions and the clever turn-of-phrase.  Feel the energy in the recording [and] notice how wonderful and immediate a song can sound when captured all in one take (as every track on Nick’s upcoming record, A Narrow Way, supposedly was). Take notice of the bells, the hand claps, the added voices at the end. All of these things were placed there carefully, lovingly; they all want you to sing along…” – Everybody Cares Everybody Understands

“Were Nick Jaina to completely abandon melody and meter, his songs would still hold merit solely on his strength as a writer. Seven albums of exploration into love, sex, religion and death have already established Jaina as one of the Northwest’s foremost songsmiths and with A Narrow Way the troubadour moves dangerously close to matching the intensity of his musical arrangements to the heartbreaking momentum of his storytelling.” – Willamette Week

Sound of Picture Vol 1, Call For Pics

If you’ve been following this space, you know that Podington Bear was recently ‘unmasked’ as Chad Crouch, the owner/worker of HUSH records. Just before finishing his campaign of 156 songs as Podington Bear, he began working on another batch of music that was intentionally different: short, simple, atmospheric, moody instrumentals …. These compositions were intended to be “scores to single-frame films”. That is to say, Crouch’s photographs. Have a look at (click ‘pop-up player’ there for a quick dose).And try before you probably don’t buy (it’s offered free/value?) by subscribing to the podcast, or listening to this here sampler:

Sound of Picture Sampler

Sound Of Picture Vol 1 collects the first 20 compositions (with their corresponding photos embedded as album art).  A soothing and evocative accompaniment for a misty autumn drive/walk/ride/sit.

But that’s not all! Now you can submit your own picture to be immortalized in sound. Send Flickr links, Picasa links or attached jpegs (3mb or less) to soundofpic [at] for consideration. If chosen your picture will be translated to sound free of charge, and shared with all who care to listen.

Critical Acclaim for Peter Broderick

photo: Hanne Hvattum

photo: Hanne Hvattum

Peter Broderick woke up last Sunday to find his latest album Home praised in the pages of the Sunday London Times. 5 out of 5 stars:

Home has grown and grown on me, sitting in the CD player, refusing to be moved, demanding to be played again and again. This is a magical album. In reality, home for Peter Broderick is Portland, Oregon, but he hasn’t been living there. He was summoned to Denmark by the wondrous Efterklang, and has recently been touring with them. On Home, Broderick reveals not just his musical talent, but an unusual level of restraint. All we have here is voice and guitar. No needless virtuosity; no clever sonic treatments; no unusual instruments.”  – Mike Edwards

Peter was also recently featured on NPR’s Second Stage with no less lavish praise:

“Home, takes Broderick’s music in a new direction. He’s given up the piano and violin on Float for soothing acoustic guitar and ethereal folk melodies. Though there are many highlights on Home, one of the most notable is its second track, “And It’s Alright.” Broderick’s reassuring repetition of the song’s title, while backed by organ and lightly rattling percussion, makes it the sort of tune ideal for unwinding after a particularly stressful day. Actually, all of Home emits a delicate and calm mood, from its opener, “Games,” all the way to the revisited version, “Games Again,” that closes this masterful release. If this is what Broderick is capable of accomplishing at the age of 21, one can only imagine what’s in store. Based on Home, it’s bound to be lovely.” – Robin Hilton

Peter plays a special show Nov 2nd at London’s Union Chapel.

Loch Lomond offers up video tease for next album, tour.

Via Local Cut’s Michael Mannheimer:
“Just in time for a month-long trek across the country in support of the Decemberists, Loch Lomond have decided to premiere the lead single from its forthcoming album the best way they knew how: via a grainy, sepia-toned video. The first directing spot for Alicia J. Rose (Doug Fir booker and photographer du jour for most of our folk rock scene), “Blue Lead Fences” sees the seven member chamber folk outfit marching through the woods, following closely behind singer Ritchie Young as he plucks at his violin. The band has just finished recording its new, untitled record, and if this is any indication of what we can expect, then 2009 looks really promising.”

Podington Bear begins a “2nd Season”.

Taking a cue from television, Podington Bear is once again fiddling with different notions of packaging music. The bear has emerged from hibernation with this bipolar cut:

Jackie & Floyd

Starting today, a new surprising season of Podington Bear begins.  A new song will be posted every Friday, replacing the one for the week prior on the P Bear podcast.