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Various Artists “PDX Pop Now! 2011″

August 28, 2011

Once again I get to review this compilation. Last year I reviewed it in June, which only means one thing: I’m way too behind. Since I didn’t comment on all 40 tracks last year, I won’t comment on all 41 this year. Thank goodness for precedent.
The Shivas do melodic indie pop the Portland way (how redundant is that) on “Gun in My Pocket.” The same style but with a fake Peter Murphy singing? O Bruxo does that on “De Colores.” I’m a fan. Or I guess now I just like it. Stupid Facebook.
“Alien Observer” by Grouper has haunting synths but isn’t depressing the way a traditional gothic song would be. Lovers fans rejoice: They’re well-represented here with “Boxer.” Yet another fine track from them. If you want traditional female-led R&B, “Baby What You Do to Me” by Reva DeVito is top notch.
Bright Archer sound better than Tasmin Archer on “Hidden Systems.” This one is a female-fronted ballad with a lot of piano.
The most fundamentally sound track is buried on the first disc. “Majoring in the Arts” by Blue Skies for Black Hearts has a strong chorus with backing vocals and guitar that connects the verses seamlessly. Very straightforward indie rock that hits on all cylinders.
“(Don’t) Panic” doesn’t sound like Portland to me, but regardless the Ascetic Junkies are in charge here. It’s got a Midwest female indie rock feel to it. The musical accompaniment is so strong that it’s easy to overlook the quality vocals that are also present.
The second disc leads off with Viva Voce. “Analog Woodland Song” sounds like Rilo Kiley. The chords aren’t the most inspired, just like Rilo Kiley, but the singing quality and mixing more than make up for it, just like — well, you see where I’m going with this.
If you want metal with a female singer, the comp even offers that. The appropriately named Witch Mountain sings the appropriately named “Veil of the Forgotten.” It’s exactly what you expect it to be.
Synthpop fans will appreciate “I Want You” by Sex Life. It’s modern in the sense that today’s synthpop is a bit of a throwback to 30 years ago. But it sounds like today’s renditions of the early ’80s, rather than the early ’80s themselves. Sort of like The Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network. You can tell.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra sound a lot like the Blue Skies for Black Hearts song, so if you liked that, you’ll like “Thought Ballune.” And not to be confused by the Viva Voce song, there is also a band called the Woodlands. “In the Dark on Monday” is to die for. It is more of a late-’80s synthpop song, and this indeed is my favorite era.
More of the haunting female vocals can be found on “Roan Wolf,” by Mojave Bird. This one doesn’t have the dark overtones of Grouper. Rather, it makes you think of Cocteau Twins. The following track is very similar as well. Blouse is a little more focused on the guitar, but “Into Black” still has a great sound.
Almost everything on the comp is fantastic. Once again the guys behind this have put the time into finding what truly deserves to be showcased.

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 112, 8 June 2011 Playlist

June 8, 2011

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, Erotolepsy
The Violettes, The Deep Blue Sea
Chuck Berry, My Ding-a-Ling
Velocette, Spoiled Children
Of Montreal, Black Lion Massacre
Veronica Lip Gloss and the Evil Eyes, Mars
Von Iva, Guise
Givers, Saw You First
Warpaint, Shadows
Anna Waronker, I Wish You Well
Cloud Nothings, Should Have
The Watson Twins, How Am I to Be
Martha Wainwright, Whither I Must Wander
Wolf Ram Heart, Girl on Tricycle
Webelos, Mating Season
Emily Jane White, The Ravens
Loch Lomond, I Love Me
Winterbrief, Chick Flick
Amy Winehouse, You Know I’m No Good
The Wilderness of Manitoba, In the Family
The Willowz, Meet Your Demise
The XX, Islands
Gaby Moreno, Mess a Good Thing
Jen Wood, Caught Halo
Wow & Flutter, Flat White
Snowblink, Green to Gone
X-Ray Spex, Warrior in Woolworths
The Woodlands, Day to Day
The Curious Mystery, Hear the Break
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kiss Kiss
You Say Party! We Say Die!, There is XXXX (Within My Heart)
The Well Wishers, Goodbye
Pete Yorn, Always
Zee Avi, Bitterheart
Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sleepless
The Aislers Set, Falling Buildings
A Camp, The Weed Had Got There First
Mages, Cold, Cold, Cold
Adele, Chasing Pavements
A Fine Frenzy, The Minnow & the Trout
Ellie Goulding, Salt Skin
A Girl Called Eddy, The Soundtrack of Your Life
Ah Holly Fam’ly, Rainstick
tUnE-yArDs, Bizness

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 37, September 9 2009 Playlist

September 9, 2009

Madness, Bingo
The Decks, DTC
The Del Toros, Can’t Be Yours
The Nocturnes, Back Curran
Dear Nora, This Is Not a Test
Dealership, All the Kids
Liam Finn & Eliza Jane, On Your Side
Dead Can Dance, Ariadne
Dance Hall Crashers, We Owe
Florence & the Machine, Dog Days Are Over
Damone, Tonight
Tom Waits, Goin’ Out West
Cub, My Flaming Red Bobsled
Amy Millan, Finish Line
Damn Handsome and the Birthday Suits, Tainted Love
Julee Cruise, Until the End of the World
The Jezabels, Unmarked Helicopters
Cranes, Don’t Wake Me Up
The Concretes, Tjyven (The Thief)
The Woodlands, Until the Day Dims
Concrete Blonde, God Is a Bullet
Coralie Clement, Sono Io
Regina Spektor, Two Birds
Cocktail Slippers, Anything You Want
Club 8, Say a Prayer
The New Up, Dear Life
Cocteau Twins, Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops
Cock and Swan, Morning’s Window
The Shortcuts, Nothing New
COCO, Much to Learn
CocoRosie, Bloody Twins
Falcao and Monashee, Teleportation
Cibo Matto, Beef Jerky
Civet, Extra
Lightning Dust, Honest Man
The Muffs, My Awful Dream
Chop Chop, Fed
Jenny Choi, Driving
Polynya, Fields
Book of Love, Getting Faster
Blake Babies, I’m Not Your Mother
Cinnamon, A Northwest Passage
Chicklet, Threshold
Suddenly, Tammy!, Bound Together
Talbot Tagora, Solar Puppets
Neko Case, Margaret vs. Pauline
Royalchord, Too Easy
Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard, Barbarian Horde
The Rocking Horse Winner, Tomorrow