Toughboy is extremely relatable with new single “Sleeves”

Get your 2019 started off right and chill by checking out a new single by Toughboy titled “Sleeves”. Did you work way too hard in 2018? “Sleeves” has a great mood: it’s got a relaxed beat, but also feels determined and confused. As someone who cuts all of my clothes up and down in order to find a way to make them fit my body in a way that makes me feel gender-a-okay, I related to this song a lot. Musically it feels like a way better and more interesting version of Weezer, but if Weezer hadn’t turned terrible and had the epiphany to stop turning up places they weren’t wanted.

You can find this single, as well as a slew of other work by this artist, on their bandcamp page, and follow them more on instagram at @toughboy.online

JT Wise plays McMenamins Grand Lodge

When a band plays a combination of origials and covers, you get to learn a lot about them. What I learned recently about the the JT Wise Band is they have a lot of heart and talent. This quartet, made up of JT Wise on electric guitar, Margaret Wise on bass, Jim Stein on rhythm/slide guitar and Ken Woodside on drums, play Rock and Americana music by Townes Van Zant, Gram Parsons, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and Lucinda Williams. Probibly their biggest influence is The Grateful Dead, and you’ll likely hear one of those tunes in each set. While I’m not a huge Dead fan, this quartet captures that vibe better than anyone else I’ve heard, causing me to appreciate why their are so many Dead-heads out there!

It didn’t take long for this quartet to grow and captivate the basement venue of McMenamins Grand Lodge. Margaret is the songwriter, and in this clip, she describes how she came to write “Portland”.

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Pickathon Announces 2019 Lineup

This week Pickathon announced its initial lineup for the 2019 festival, to be held in the woods of Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, just outside of Portland, Oregon from August 2-4, 2019. Pickathon has built a reputation over the last twenty years as it has increasingly evolved its festival experience to include groundbreaking programming focused on discovery, sustainable ethics, and a lineup that pushes the boundaries of genre. This vision is clear in the diversity of Pickathon’s initial lineup, which brings together well-loved Americana, doom metal, North African desert blues, Congolese experimentalists, as well as local talent.

About Pickathon, Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats says “You’ll never see more musicians watching other musicians. I’ve always likened it to a dog park for bands. I love running around with the other pups at this thing. It creates a completely unique unfiltered atmosphere that anyone watching can feel, even if they can’t explain it.”

Start preparing for Pickathon now by listening to the Pickathon Spotify playlist and checking the Pickathon website for information and tickets.

Pickathon 2019 Lineup

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Khruangbin
Mandolin Orange
Nathaniel Rateliff
Tyler Childers
Lucius
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Fruit Bats
Mountain Man
Caamp
YOB
Damien Jurado
Lambchop
Laura Veirs
Julia Jacklin
The Marías
Miya Folick
Sudan Archives
Bonny Light Horseman
Mdou Moctar
Courtney Marie Andrews
Lido Pimienta
Cedric Burnside
Town Mountain
Jupiter & Okwess
The Beths
B Boys
Our Girl
JJUUJJUU
Sneaks
Young Jesus
Sam Evian
Black Belt Eagle Scout
Flasher
Mike and The Moonpies
Nap Eyes
Soft Kill
H.C. McEntire
Helena Deland
The Cordovas
Lauren Morrow
Bodega
David Nance Group
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Virginia Wing
Garrett T Capps
Martha Scanlan
Gold Star
Colton Turner
&more (Chill Moody & Donn T)
David Bragger & Susan Platz

The Sexbots Release The Powerful Cat-Lady Album “I Always Knew You Were A Bitch”

Some people will make the point about electronic music that anyone could make it, and I would agree: it is a span of genres that can be incredibly accessible to make music creation more available to more people so that we can have more awesome music in the world. However, I would argue that while it is, perhaps, “easier” to make electronic music, it takes a special kind of creative person to take it in a direction that is both boundary pushing and familiar at the same time. Sure, anyone can make a beat, a bassline, and slap vocals over it, but it takes someone with a real great set of visions to make a work of art that will be talked about for years. The Sexbots’ Ilima Considine is one of these minds, and “I Always Knew You Were A Bitch” is a one of a kind Album.

Vocally, she has the incredible ability to whisper with the power of seven tornados that have captured freight trains ‘Wizard of Oz’ style. Musically this album is a really interesting mix between hard hitting pop and mellow avant garde hip hop, and all dance party. The hooks are incredible, and lyrically really engaging, from the Sexbot bandcamp page:

Towards the end of 2017, The Sexbots’ Ilima Considine called her work as she walked out of the courthouse with a stalking order against a co-worker. The Sheriff’s Department was going to serve him during his shift the next day. Her workplace responded by cutting her schedule to 5 hours a week- virtually firing her, because, “You’re the one with the problem.” Ilima was so mad that she went home and wrote a rap album about losing all her fucks and becoming a cat lady. Recurring themes of violence, street harassment, choosing loneliness over sleeping with the enemy, and quietly watching one’s life disintegrate – The Sexbots’ seventh full-length album “I Always Knew You Were a Bitch” is titled after a common response to a sexually unavailable woman or one who protects other women.”

As someone who has the experience of being in art circles, music circles, or really any social scene, and being present and part of the quiet whispers & warnings between folks about dangerous men who do dangerous but “normalized” things to us, I felt a lot of things while listening to this album. It really hit home and reminded me of all those hushed conversations, all those times that I and others have tried but failed to hold someone accountable, and the times that I have entirely left music networks altogether. One would think that would make me feel bad, but instead these songs makes me feel really powerful, like screw it, I am doing my own things right now. I am not sure that is how everyone would react to it (everyone has their own reactions of trauma) but I loved this album.

Give a listen to “I Always Knew You Were A Bitch” today, buy it, and go see The Sexbots live at the CD release show on Feb 9th at Bit House Saloon!

When We Met’s New Single and Music Video are Oh So Relatable

The dynamic duo, When We Met, has been playing in Portland for several years now, and is well-known for their high energy live set. The duo, consisting of Melissa Dorres on bass and vocals and Bryan Casey on guitar and vocals, cite influences as diverse as Cyndi Lauper, Devo, and Ween. Recently Dorres became Portland-famous with an in depth article called “Getting Bass-ic” in She Shreds magazine on all the things to consider when buying a bass guitar.

Photo Credit: Roderick Allen Photography

The duo released a brand spanking new single and music video on January 13. It’s the third cartoon-style video that they’ve done with cartoonist/director/actor Zachary Whitmore. Melissa explained that the song, Falling Apart, was “inspired by depression, the hopelessness and acceptance of it all.” She described the song as “an ode to social anxiety.”

The song starts with their characteristic guitar riffs, blissed out vocals, and the lyrics “I don’t know. I don’t care”. The following verses become more driving and the lyrics describe what it’s like to be a recluse and hiding from reality- “I just live my life. I don’t go outside.” Whitmore’s interpretation and cartoon skills are a highlight of this new must-watch music video.

When We Met’s next gig is at the Hawthorne Hideaway on Saturday March 9. Check out their website for more info and links to their albums and videos. If you’re still enjoying this music review, please consider clicking on the sidebar to listen to the Portland Notes on-line stream and subscribing to the Portland Notes music blog so you can stay in tune with Portland’s amazing local music.

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