Martin Mull, it's Music Monday!
Laura Veirs has a new album coming out August 20, and the first song from Warp and Weft can be found in the various farflung corners of the internet. Listen to "Sun Song," a luscious bit of country-tinged folk, with Veirs' assured, calm singing holding down the pillars of a gorgeous production, complete with a string section and a guest vocal from Neko Case. This is absolutely lovely. Veirs will do an international tour following Warp and Weft's release, playing a hometown show at the Doug Fir on Saturday, October 5.
STRFKR recently remixed the fine Wampire track "Orchard," from Wampire's debut album Curiosity. It's a gorgeous remix, blurring the edges of the already wistful track, prettying it up with a pulsing synth sound and adding the very distinctive, danceable STRFKR element. It's a huge sounding track, a total hit in the making. Wampire play Holocene on Wednesday, July 3 with Onuinu before heading out on the road with Smith Westerns for a month-long national jaunt.
Beyondadoubt (AKA DJ Beyonda) has been a staple of the DJ scene here in Portland—she holds down the monthly I've Got a Hole in My Soul party, she's a resident DJ at Ecstasy, she's spun at everything from rock shows to bounce parties to the Mercury fashion show. Here's Beyonda's first single, "9Inch Heels," with vocals from Niyi and additional production from Miracle's Club's Rafael Fauria. It's a hard, metallic dance track evoking the era of classic Chicago house—the perfect comedown from an overloaded weekend of Pride festivities.
Click the jump for new music from Lord Dying, UMO, Melville, and Radiation City remixed by G_Force!
Another new Lord Dying song went up on Revolver last week—take a listen here to "Dreams of Mercy," a scorching, grease-stained mini-epic from the Portland metallurgists. Summon the Faithless comes out on July 9 on Relapse, and will engulf all it surrounds in unholy flames. Lord Dying plays a release show that night at the White Owl Social Club. They'll play there again for MFNW; Brian Posehn is also on the bill for that show, which will be awesome—heavy metal shows could always use a bit more comedy if you ask me.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is one of the only bands in the world that could pull this off: a cover of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." That overfamiliar chestnut was recorded by UMO at a BBC session in Manchester last year, and Ruban Nielson & Co. put Redding and Steve Cropper's classic through their patented wringer of inner-space psych. There's a sense of haze and gloom that works well with the resigned feel of the song, and the turmoil subtly builds over their performance. I don't know if this needed to exist, but I'm glad it does.
Here's a track from Portland band Melville, from their upcoming EP Maquette, due out in September. The band's Ryan Jacobs dropped us a line with the news, adding "We've heard Jason Molina to Father John Misty." I definitely hear those influences, but Melville has something entirely there own on "Forked Tongue," including a sense of involving drama among the rich weave of guitars. Melville play the Alhambra Theatre (in the Tebbetts Lounge area) on Wednesday, June 26 with Fanno Creek and the Bevelers as part of their new Wednesday night series of free shows organized by Theo Craig.
I'll end with a track from the new Radiation City remix album, in which G_Force dissected and reconstructed all the songs from Rad City's fine new full-length, Animals in the Median, and came up with A Different Animal, featuring lots of local guest rappers and emcees. Here's the "Food" remix, with appearances by Juicy J, Blimp, and Calvin Valentine (that's G_Force's alter ego). A Different Animal officially comes out tomorrow, but you can stream the whole thing here (I'll embed it below as well). Radiation City, meanwhile, are out on the road and will be back home to play the Wonder Ballroom on Friday, June 28.