Maureen McCormick, it's Music Monday!
The Memories could be called lots of things: weed-addled, retro, catchy, silly, funny, tuneful. Add "prolific" to that list, as they've got yet another tape on the way. The five-song Ripple EP explores the band's gentler, folkier side. Take a listen to "Knock on That Door" and hear the softer side of the Memories. Ripple comes out tomorrow on Gnar Tapes.
Can Reddit do for artists what MySpace did for them a few years ago? Local producer and electronic musician Wyatt Pearson—who goes under the name Electric Mantis—had this track posted on the front page of Reddit and it's already received 200,000 plays. The massive sounding track is a cotton candy-sweet bit of electro-groove that sounds ready to take over the world. This could fill the Paradiso Festival at the Gorge next summer, for example. Expect to hear a lot more from Electric Mantis.
Last week the Oregonian posted the latest track from TxE's upcoming project, TxE vs. Portland, the new project in which they take recordings from Portland rock and pop bands, adding their own rhymes and transforming the tracks into something entirely their own. Here, we get a taste of Monarques' original track for "Cold Cold Heart," from their 2009 EP, before producer G_Force takes the piano riff and singer Josh Spacek's opening hook into places unknown. TxE will perform a release show for TxE vs. Portland at Mississippi Studios on Sunday, December 29.
Here's the first track from the debut release from Heartburst. The Auto Pilot EP is due out on December 2; it's the project of a local 20-year-old musician named Nate Merchant, who's worked with Con Bro Chill. His songs as Heartburst are big and sugary, but noticeably more romantic and heartfelt. "Superman" is a brash pop song located somewhere in the space between Fun. and Passion Pit, with a catchy hook and a solid twist in the bridge.
DJ Tan't took some of John Bonham's isolated drum tracks from Led Zeppelin's In through the Out Door sessions—done in ABBA's Polar Studios in 1978—and added his own original synth melodies on top. The result is The Bonham Diaries, which Tan't releases it digitally as a free download tomorrow. Take a listen to the album opener, "Day One," which repurposes the very familiar drumbeat from "Fool in the Rain." The result sounds very little like Zeppelin, an admirable feat considering how dominant Bonham's drum style is.
Jennie Wayne is one half of John Heart Jackie, and her new solo album The Great Remembering is a lovely, heartfelt collection of delicate folk. Take a listen to "Come on Home," a simple but effective tune given backing by members of Blind Pilot. Wayne recorded the album during off-and-on sessions over the past two years, but it's complete and ready for the world, so she'll play a record release show at the Secret Society on Sunday, December 8.
BlackSleep makes very peculiar hiphop, as demonstrated on their newly released debut, Tales from the Cryptozoo. This track, "Fearful Symmetry," isn't interested in getting asses on the floor but rather zoning out with the possible aid of pharmaceuticals, adopting a noir-black sheen and a horror-movie thriller vibe. The rest of Tales from the Cryptozoo (available on Bandcamp) is equally unsettling. The band opens for Sir Mix-a-Lot (do they have a song about butts?) at the Analog Cafe on Thursday, December 5.