1. Radio: Laura will play on NPR’s World Cafe on Tuesday June 9th. World Cafe can be heard on nearly 200 stations nationwide. Find your local station by scrolling to the bottom & choosing your state under “Find a Program Broadcast Time”. Failing that, you can listen online to the WXPN/Philadelphia stream.Â Lastly, if you’re unable to tune in, it will be archived at NPR.org
2. Video highlights from her recent Portland Performance, at The Doug Fir:
A couple months ago a made this batch of songs which I kinda liked. They are notable for being different from anything I’ve done before:Â Ambient.Â Now I’m thinking it’s time to set the audio free into the world, so voila, Sound of Picture Vol 3.
Download for free, or suggested donation in the HUSHshop.
Total bargain alert! We’re having a special sale beginning today: That’s right: 3 albums (aged 3+ years) on sale for $3 each, for 3 weeks only! This will be a limited-time offer with rotating specials from our back catalog. Available in the HUSHshop.
I’m going to be the guinea pig and step up to the plate with a sampling from my own discography over the years. Beginning in 1997 we have my only canonical vocal solo release, entitled Portland, Or. Jumping ahead to 2004, my band Blanket Music released Cultural Norms, maybe the snappiest offering from Yours Truly, and has the footnote distinction of breaking into the CMJ top 20. Pitchfork spake thus:
Crouch understands the difference between getting in people’s faces, and inviting them to come to him… he easily could have erred in the other direction by pitching headlong into the cultural wars. Instead, he found a perfect balance, and this is his most compelling album.
Five years on, I’m not sure if I understand anything really, but I am inviting you to consider owning this artifact and judging for yourself.
Lastly, the short-lived Toothfairy mini album Formative is an interesting foray which looks back and forward simultaneously. The lyrics paint a detailed pastiche of adolescence while the electronic palette is certainly an antecedent to Podington Bear, my outlet for instrumental ditties.
So, have a listen and consider for your collection.