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Parenthetical Girls: OMG the Best OMD Cover May 29, 2008

Posted by reidmix in Free MP3, Indie, Labels, Marriage Records, Music, Reviews, Song Reviews, States Rights, Tomlab.
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(((GIRLS)))) Blood PrintIn anticipation of their new Entanglements LP (to be released on Tomlab), one of my many favorite Portland-based bands, Parenthetical Girls, (pre-)released its first song on a David Horvitz 7″ picture disk from Aagoo Records.

Seriously, best OMD cover since Genetic Engineering by Eggs:

I’m happy to see Zac Pennington play with the (((GIRLS))) at the Troubadour LA, June 7th with Los Campesinos! (No parentheses or OMD covers, but also packed full of great fun).

While I’m in Portland I will get to see another Oregon mainstay: Y.A.C.H.T. at a Portland School Fundraiser (the No Swears Tour) at The Crystal Ballroom — Thanks Jona for letting me know on Twitter!

PS. I love the band photo! Why did you crop it Pitchfork? Why?

Where’ve you been? High Places! May 27, 2008

Posted by reidmix in Album Reviews, Free MP3, Indie, Labels, Music, States Rights.
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After the crazy year in review wrap-up posts, I tend to drop off the face of the blog. Since then I’ve seen a few shows (Born Ruffians, Bon Iver), gone to a music festival in the Coachella desert, and have continued to find and listen to great music.
High Places
Despite my Last.fm stats, one band in particular has captured my focus: High Places. I discovered them on the incredibly cool States Rights Record‘s Grown Zone / Groan Zone compilation. Thankfully, eMusic has (exclusively) released a set of songs scattered across 7″s and compilations on 03/07 – 09/07, named after the span of time in which the songs were collected.

Their MySpace blog describes themselves as “Hawaiian / Hardcore / Chinese pop”. Mmm’okay, I can buy that. Well, I might be a little late to the announcement but I wanted to replay my eMusic review:

A perfect Triangle between “Stars on ESP” era His Name is Alive and “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” Godzuki — Erika Hoffman I’m talking about you; Lucky Dragons’ “Widows”; and possibly but not definitely Animal Collective “Sung Tongs”. If you like any of that, ignore the rest of the low-grade reviews. They are addictive and hard to stop listening to.

Their lyrics are wonderfully catchy: don’t let their straightforwardness fool you into being simple or plain. They are far from it. And they are best heard with the organic-y, electronic-y music in by which they are supported:

And one more from Stereogum‘s Björk compilation Enjoyed: A Tribute to Björk’s Post: