Matthew Modine, it's Music Monday!
This morning, Pure Bathing Culture dropped the second preview track from their upcoming debut full-length, Moon Tides, which comes out August 20. "Dream the Dare" is another gorgeous slice of lost-in-time electro pop, with a chorus that climbs a ladder of ascending chords and a tumbling, waves-crashing sound that's rich with longing and memory. Pure Bathing Culture are playing Pickathon weekend (August 2-4) and they've also got a date with Widowspeak at Bunk Bar on October 24 which I suspect is gonna sell the hell out. For more on Moon Tides and to hear the opening track "Pendulum," check this.
Tomorrow night, at a show at Bunk Bar with the We Shared Milk and Charts, Old Age releases their new EP and their new Live from the Banana Stand live recording. Here's a track from the second of those: "The Rain Won't Ever Come" is a 6/8 slab of soulful, classic rock recorded last October in the Banana Stand's basement lair. This track's a free download for now, and you can check out Old Age tomorrow night at Bunk Bar.
The new EP from Spookies presented me with a very enjoyable problem—I couldn't decide which of the five fabulous tracks from VCR to post here. So I'm gonna cop out and post the first track, but you can hear the remaining four over on Spookies' Bandcamp page. The VCR EP is a splendid power-pop/garage/lo-fi/rock 'n' roll effort from the Portland band, which on this recording features the Shaky Hands' Mayhaw Hoons on vocals and guitar, Alex Arrowsmith on guitar and keys, Mickey Rivers on bass, and Colin Anderson on drums. Meanwhile, Jeff Lehman has just joined the band on guitar, and the EP is available on Bandcamp and will hopefully soon be given a physical release by Space Cassette.
Music from Lunch and Portugal. The Man after the jump!
Portland punkers Lunch just released a 10-song tape on Resurrection Records and they're about to hop down the coast for a tour of California. Here's the opening track from Quinn Touched the Sun, 10 groovy tracks of sloppy garage punk-pop. "Johnny Pineapple" is a full-blast two-chorder that flips into turbo drive when guitarist/singer Prometheus Wolf starts hollering "Johnny!" as if his paycheck depended on it. Check out the new tape on Bandcamp, where it's streaming in full, or Resurrection's site.
We'll close today with another Portugal. The Man remix, this one from Passion Pit. Those famed poppers—who just announced a national tour today, with a Portland stop at Rose Garden's Theater of the Clouds on Saturday, October 19—definitely get their candy-coated fingerprints all over this one, shining day-glo colored lights into the dark corners of Portugal. The Man's original track of "Purple Yellow Red & Blue." This turns the minor-key mood-maker into a dance floor bumper with gospel overtones. Portugal. The Man play Portland this Thursday, July 18—their show at the Crystal Ballroom is their first hometown show since releasing their new Evil Friends album in June.