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.”

Run On Sentence – “Wide Open Sky” (New)

Dustin Hamman resides in The Columbia Gorge, just outside of Lyle, Wa on an idyllic and rough-hewn 40 acre micro-winery. In this wild place he conjured up the songs which comprise Oh When The Wind Comes Down. The following video does a good job of relating the sense of place, backed by birdsong and breeze, that informs both the content of Dustin’s songs and character. Beyond enjoyment of the song, it’s worth watching to the end to catch Dustin’s remarks about glimpsing a rainbow while performing on camera; an endearing deflection which sums up Dustin’s unassuming point of view and gentle demeanor.

Oh When The Wind Comes Down (album sampler)

XLR8R: Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

The latest ish of XLR8R is on the stands. This year the “Annual City Issue” picked little ol’ Portland, OR. for a focal point–a departure from the megalopolises of past (Berlin, New York, Paris). HUSH is pleased to have merited a spread with a loose family tree illustration (above) that really only scrapes the surface of the wild and crazy creative cross-polinization that happens here in Stumptown. So pick it up at your local fresh culture dealer or download a digital copy for free via the PDFcast.