How could we put out a Portland/Brooklyn theme issue and not include a soundtrack? To that end, we invited Brooklyn-based feminist noise-rockers Amy Klein and Catherine Tung of Hilly Eye and, from the City of Roses, the ambient electro-acoustic musician Liz Harris, of Grouper, to curate an epic mix that captures the sonic landscape of our hometowns.
Here it is. Enjoy!
- Cloaks- “A New Mask” Cloaks (sometimes modified by adjectives like “Neon” or “Visible”) is Spencer D and Ryan C. Their work investigates both inverted pop structures and long-form collage in a fluid mix, often with vocoded or modulated voice, digital and analog mallet work, modular synths and other abstracted sound sources.
- Dan Friel- “Ghost Town Pt. 2” Dan Friel’s sophomore full-length, Total Folklore, was released by Thrill Jockey in February. As a founding member of Parts & Labor, Friel has crafted five albums and several singles and EPs that drew on noise rock, pop, and experimental electronic music. Concurrently with Parts & Labor’s ten year run, which ended this past February, Friel released numerous EPs on Night People, Green Age, Velocirecords, as well as a full-length on the venerable Important label.
- Fiasco- “It’s Like Fishing Without A Hook And Expecting To Catch A Fish” Fiasco is Jonathan Edelsten, Lucian Buscemi, and Julian Bennett Holmes. The trio formed in 2005 at the tender age of 14 and by 2007 they self-released-–and consequently sold-out two pressings of–their debut full-length, God Loves Fiasco, on their own imprint Beautiful Records. The band bid farewell this past July.
- Golden Retriever- “Luminous Blue Variable” Golden Retriever was formed in Portland, Oregon in 2008 by multi-instrumentalists Jonathan Sielaff & Matt Carlson. Focusing on the relationship of two primarily monophonic instruments (modular synth & bass clarinet), and utilizing layering with a deft balance of improvisation & composition, the duo has created an infinitely varied approach to their sound world. 2012 saw the release of their Thrill Jockey debut, Occupied with the Unspoken.
- Hilly Eye- “Jacob’s Ladder”Hilly Eye is a Brooklyn, NY based noise rock duo formed in 2009 by guitarist/vocalist Amy Klein (formerly of Titus Andronicus) and drummer/vocalist Catherine Tung.
- Ilyas Ahmed- “Blackout”Ilyas Ahmed is a musician and artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
- Indignant Senility- “Waking Extirpation”Indignant Senility is Pat Maher, who also releases records and tapes under the names Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting, Untrance, and Diamond Catalog. A body of visual art also exists.
- Magnetic Island- “Whatever You Wanted”Magnetic Island was formed in early 2010 by Lisa Liu and SMV, but it belongs to all the musicians who have and will participate in the project. To this point, that includes Jenny Johnson, Nikkie McLeod, TJ Richards, Justin Gonzales and Dominic Rubano.
- Mirrorring- “Mirror Of Our Sleeping” Mirrorring is Jesy Fortino, who has recorded under the Tiny Vipers moniker, and Liz Harris, better know as Grouper. Their debut on Kranky came out in March.
- Operative- “Arp”Operative explores “primary structures” in house and techno in Portland, Oregon. Jed Bindeman and Spencer Doran constitute the group’s binaural percussion corps while Scott Goodwin and Alex Neerman play a variety of home-built analog and digital electronic synthesizers. The resulting sound is somewhat akin to a rhythmically dense, phase-y assault on your autonomic nervous system. The group disbanded in mid-2012 but still has LP’s worth of material that is in the process of being released.
- Privacy- “Married”Privacy records and plays music in Portland, Oregon.
- Pulse Emitter- “Nebula”Pulse Emitter is the musical project of Daryl Groetsch, based in Portland, Oregon. The synthesizer is integral to his compositions which have been constantly developing through throbbing, harsh and desolate modular-synthesizer adventures, using a home-made system, towards a sound more composed, textual and intricately melodic, evoking microscopic and interstellar landscapes inspired by nature, science-fiction and the cosmos. His discography spans labels including Aguirre, NNA and Ultra Eczema, with new work imminent on Immune.
- Queening- “Strays”Queening is Jon Garcia and Tia Vincent.
- Shellshag- “Kiss Me Harder”Shellshag is Johnny “Shellhead” and Jen Shag. Together, they run and own Starcleaner Records. They released their most recent record, Rumors in Disguise, on Don Giovanni Records.
- TEEN- “Just Another”TEEN came together when Teeny Lieberson, formerly of Here We Go Magic, began to make music with her sisters Katherine and Lizzie and their longtime friends Jane Herships and former member Maia Ibar. Since releasing the EP, Little Doods, in April 2011, they have steadily honed their sound around New York and readied their first long-player, In Limbo, for Carpark Records.
- Zevious- “Where’s The Captain?”Zevious formed in 2006 as a straight ahead jazz trio consisting of guitarist Mike Eber, drummer Jeff Eber, and bassist John DeBlase. Soon after, Zevious began combining progressive rock grooves, tech metal, free improv, and complex song forms to create a unique compositional style. Equally influenced by vintage progressive acts such as Magma and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, polymetric metal like Meshuggah, and the improvisational approach of Vijay Iyer and Ben Monder, Zevious is a distinctive fusion band in the burgeoning punk-jazz movement whose recordings can be found on Cuneiform Records.