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Liz Harris Helps Out with Indie Film Sputnik


Liz Harris of the solo project Grouper has done a fabulous job of writing and arranging a little score for Weston Currie's weird and eerily shot film, Sputnik. Grouper's last album, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, was met with great critical reviews, and was recognized on Pitchfork's Best 50 albums of 2008.

Harris' craft of spinning ethereal sounds continues to grow, as does her commercial success.

- Joel Sommer

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Wampire: Over the River and Into the Woods, a Free Holocene Gig

How can this town possibly afford to give away anymore free music?

On Wednesday, January 27th, Holocene introduces their first edition of Carpet Culture where you can "get warm n fuzzy in the front lounge room with some of Portland's greatest up-and-coming musical talents."

This week features electro-rock with Wampire, dark soundscapes from Tunnels, and some cozy and curly ambient like the fur of Golden Retriever Moody. Plus Wampire shows up again on the big screen in the premiere episode of Into the Woods, a new web series where Portland bands march out to a cabin in the wilderness of Mt. Hood to perform an intimate concert with their besties.

Check the trailer out here but show your face at Holocene at 8:30 p.m. for the real deal, for free!!! 21+

 

- Chris Young

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Explode Into Colors Voted the Deli Portland's Best Emerging Band of 2009: Part Deux!!

 

As evidenced by the composite points chart blogged just below this post, the voters of Portland have spoken, Facebooked, MySpaced, Tweeted, cold-called and badgered the general populace to come right and announce that, yes, Explode Into Colors was Portland's Best Emerging Band of 2009! Major huge congratulations go out to the all-girl, lo-fi, found-sound dance trio for their trailblazing 2009, and for making our ears tilt just a little more than usual this year.

Thanks, again, to everyone who voted on the Readers Poll, the Open Poll, and also to our amazing list of Jurors. The Deli Portland's stellar list of Jurors consisted of some amazing local bloggers, writers, and music people, and we couldn't have come to such a wide cross-section of bands without their valid input. Here they are, in no particular order:

DJ Gustav: DJ for 94.7 FM Alternative Portland;

Nick Mattos: Celebrated queer columnist, and arts writer for Portland's Just Out newspaper;

Chris Young: Contributor to the Deli Portland, Associate Editor and DJ/Electro Editor of Oregon Music News;

Michael Miller: Contributor to the Deli Portland;

Katrina Nattress: Assistant Editor for the Deli Portland, Music Editor of Button Magazine, and contributor to Willamette Week newspaper;

Ryan J. Prado: Associate Editor of the Deli Portland, staff writer for Just Out newspaper, contributor for Synthesis, Wonka Vision, and Alternative Press;

Mark Lore: Editor/founder of The Days of Lore music blog, contributor to Spin.com, Chico News and Review, and The Portland Mercury;

Joel Sommer: Contributor to the Deli Portland

 

And let's not forget the runners-up in the Best Emerging Band of 2009 poll: Nurses, and Deli Portland Readers Poll winner Bodhi! We can't say enough great things about these bands, but we'll try as soon as we catch our breath.

 

Stick around for our regular monthly Band of the Month polls, beginning February 1st. And keep reading The Deli Portland!

- The Deli Portland Staff

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Best of Portland Composite Chart: Explode into Colors Best Portland Band of 2009!

  Artist J W+C R Total  
1
Explode Into Colors
6
2
.02
8.02
2
Nurses
3
2
.05
5.05
3
Bodhi
1
1
3
5
4
Housefire
0
2
2
4

Ramona Falls
3
1
0
4
6
Soft Tags
3
0
.43
4.43
7
Church (hosannas)
2
1
.03
3.03
 
The Gentry
3
0
.03
3.03
9
May Ling
2
1
.02
3.02

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
3
0
.02
3.02
 
The Builders and the Butchers
1
2
.02
3.02
12
Eat Skull
2
1
.01
3.01
13
Congratulations
3
0
0
3

Hornet Leg
3
0
0
3

Starry Saints
2
0
1
3
16
Dr. Helicopter
0
2.5
.07
2.57
17
Kelli Schaefer
1
1
.30
2.30
18
Mimicking Birds
2
0
.25
2.25
 
Very International Love
1
1
.15
2.15
20
Agents of Future
2
0
.02
2.02
21
jGreeN
1
1
.02
2.02
22
Lovers
2
0
.02
2.02
23
 Kelly Blair Bauman
2
0
.01
2.01

Purple Rhinestone Eagle
2
0
.01
2.01
25
Parenthetical Girls
.75
1
0
1.75
26
Chris Margolin and the Dregs
1
0
.44
1.44
27
Y La Bamba
1
0
.16
1.16
28
Larry and his Flask
1
0
.09
1.09
29
Chervona
1
0
.01
1.01
30
Dropa
0
.50
.24
0.74
31
Bombs Into You
0
.50
.08
0.58
32
Mint Chicks
0
.50
.01
0.51
Legend: "J" = Jurors vote - "W+C" = Writers vote +
Open Contest Points - "R" = Readers vote

 

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Portugal. The Man: A New Tour, A New Release, A New Video

The ever-rising Portugal. The Man has recently announced a new headlining tour with popular supporting acts Port O’Brien and The Dig.

While out to promote their newest release The Satanic Satanist, the band will also be playing songs from their upcoming album, American Ghetto, which according to Portugal will be for the fans.

"We are not sending it to press and we are not sending it to radio. When all the finishing touches are complete we will make it available to everyone on the same day."

The band is also offering a tour sampler that you can check out here, along with a full list of tour dates and accompaniments. In the meantime, check out the latest video from the Wasilla, AK cum Portland, OR delinquents below:

 

- Michael Miller

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