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• Laura Gibson! Hot on the heels of her incredible Deschutes River Recording, she's released a new song, which premiered on NPR this week and will soon be available as a download. "The Carob Trees" (listen to it here) didn't quite fit onto her La Grande album, Gibson says—it's a much quieter, more meditative piece than what appears on that record, although it's reminiscent of some of Gibson's earlier work—but it's an outstanding and beautiful song in its own right. Gibson embarks on a tour next month with Typhoon and Lost Lander (we hope to have lots more about that tour on End Hits in the coming weeks) which will dock back home for a show at the Crystal Ballroom on Friday, November 23, just in time for you to dance off all that turkey gravy. (Listen to "The Carob Trees" here.)
• Wooden Indian Burial Ground! Their excellent new self-titled album is streaming in full on East Village Radio. Earlier this month, I said about the album: "The Portland four-piece hammers out jumping-bean psychedelic garage boogie that's jam-packed with yips, rips, trips, flips, and more unnecessary feedback than an employee evaluation card." It's great. Go listen. WIBG plays a more-or-less-official release show for the self-titled album at the Doug Fir on Friday, November 2.
• Menomena! The opening track from their new album Moms got remixed by tourmates PVT—it sounds waaay different, to say the least. Check it out. Menomena plays the Crystal Ballroom on Friday, November 2. The opening acts for that show have just been officially announced: Radiation City and Parenthetical Girls.
Menomena - "Plumage (PVT RMX)" [DOWNLOAD HERE]
• Kasey Anderson! Just after previewing his new record Let the Bloody Moon Rise online for fans, the former Portland singer/songwriter (now Seattle-based) has announced he's quitting music. (While his site says he's playing December 4 at the Doug Fir, he's not scheduled on their calendar.) Let's just hope he never stops tweeting.
• Morrissey! He's not playing Portland on Sunday, November 11 anymore. He canceled a couple US dates when his mom got sick, and now he's gone and postponed the rest of them. Now you're sad, but admit it, you're happier when you're sad.
• The Shins! They're playing PBS live performance program Austin City Limits tomorrow. Looking through OPB's website, it seems ACL apparently no longer broadcasts on the regular OPB television channel, but you can see this episode (if you're in Portland) tomorrow at 9 pm on HD channel 10.2 or Comcast Cable channel 310. Good luck with that. Here's a preview of the show.