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Guest post: Photographer Aaron Sharpsteen recalls the April 9th show at the Palace

*photo of San Lorenzo by Aaron Sharpsteen. Other photos from the night can be found on the Deli Portland Facebook page.

The string of beautiful days and nights stirred something, a desire to attend the basic foundation of local underground music: the word-of-mouth house show. There was a time when I was attending these on a regular basis in Portland, years ago...but as it always happens, people move, houses are sold to different people, and I didn’t keep up with the who/what/when/where of it all.

How lucky then was I to find out about one of these shows while attending another, and not only that, but right down the street (literally 6 blocks away) from my deep SouthEast apartment. Armed with a bottle of root-beer schnapps and some cheap beer, I made my way over to a stranger’s house to catch some tunes.

 

The first band of the evening was so called “Russian surf act” Kozyol. The project seems to be the brainchild of Davey Zilban, who plays guitar and sings in Russian, slinging a mash-up of vaguely folksy-sounding surf that was the perfect start to a party. Nothing too aggressive or abrasive, but certainly nothing too relaxed or laid-back, Kozyol hit the perfect tempo and got bodies moving immediately. I knew it was going to be a good night.

 

Next up was Dim Wit, in this iteration a two-piece with Zilban moving back to drums and Jeff Tuyay moving up to sing and play guitar. Dim Wit is obviously a play on words, as I found the lyrics quite witty and compelling, and Tuyay very charming and natural as a lead man. There’s something pleasing about a minimalist set-up that can crank out well-written but unconventional songs and keep it interesting, and Dim Wit did just that. They also somehow stirred the young folks (yes, I am old enough to say that) into some light moshing by the end.

 

Absolutely no offense to any of the other bands who played, but the night belonged to The Super Secret Hot Girls Club, who threw down what might have been one of the best house-show performances I’ve seen in quite a while. After two more traditional rock acts they turned up the noise and upped the tempo, with an energetic front-man who had the entire room in the palm of his hand.

 

Unfortunately there was a casualty, as it appeared one of the more energetic participants slammed into a wall and left a gigantic, body shaped hole. By this point the root beer schnapps and cheap beer was completely gone and so was I, and it was great.

 

Closers San Lorenzo were obviously the most polished, “professional” bands of the evening (check them out, they have shows coming up all over town in the next month or so) but the crowd was a little thinned out, possibly because of the relative age of the audience and perhaps because the people who slammed into the wall dipped the fuck out instead of doing the decent thing and sticking around to take responsibility for their mistakes. Seriously. My ears were still ringing from The Super Secret Hot Girls Club but San Lorenzo ended the night well with a solid performance.

 

After the quality that I witnessed on Saturday, it’s safe to say that I plan on attending many more of these soirees over the next few months. Hope to see you there, in the garden from which our underground music scene grows: the shady-looking house down the block with the music coming out of it.

 

Aaron Sharpsteen is a photographer and swell dude based in Portland, Or. 

 

 

 


Mo Troper debuts "Star Wars" and it's awesome

Whether you're a fan of the Star Wars movies or not, we've all at one point experienced the "screw you guys, I'm going home" feeling Mo Troper's new track, "Star Wars" is basically centered around. This clamoring, relatable song debuted on Consequence of Sound yesterday, and speaks of a desire to stay home and just watch Star Wars as opposed to partying with a bunch of bro douchebags. Well, same. 

Beloved drops at the end of the month and Troper will be kicking off a tour next month in support of it, including two release shows in Portland.

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Rentz Leinbach is your new favorite musician

 *photo by Calvin Chen

It's always nice to switch up your musical routine and add some fresh talent to your aresenal. Rentz Leinbach is exactly who I'm talking about when I say this. The recent Deli Artist of the Month is multi-instrumentalist, inspired by greats like Guided by Voices, Hasil Adkins and Elvis Costello. He's been a solo acoustic artist (under the names the Pink Leather Tats and Root Shocker) and part of a three-piece band (Neither v. Either), but his current incarnation is quite addiciting. Rentz has got a show coming up on the 18th with Moon By You and Dim Wit at the Liquor Store, and a cassette release show at Mother Foucault's Bookshop on June 18th. He may only be one person, but he can put on one hell of a performance.

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Saturday Night Sounds: The Dandy Warhols - "You Are Killing Me"

On tonight's Saturday Night Sounds, let's take some time to appreciate a band that has been a key influence to many of bands around town today. The Dandy Warhols are a Portland staple and a partial reminder of how the town used to be back before the Salt and Straw days. Yesterday, The Dandy Warhols released they're 10th album and first in four years, Distortland. A couple days prior to that, they shared their video for one of the tracks off the album, "You Are Killing Me," which features an appearance by Andy Warhol cohort Joe Dallesandro

Watch Dallesandro canoodle with some furries in the "You Are Killing Me" video below.

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Punk rock fundraiser for the NRO

Portland has never had an issue with rallying together and taking a stand for a cause...especially when that cause is seeks to benefit the freedoms of women and minority groups. Tonight, punk bar Black Water will be hosting a fundraiser for the Network for Reproductive Options, which is a member affiliate of the National Network of Abortion Funds. The NRO aids in finding ethical and qualified abortion providers for those in need.

This particular show, featuring Heavy Hands, Steel Chains, Macho Boys, Sweats and spinning by DJ Matty Buttcakes will also put money towards the NRO's annual bowl-a-thon teams She Bowls With Her Own Ovaries and Pick Your Kingpin.

A minimum donation of $6 is asked, but the scale slides all the way up to $1,984, according to the Facebook event page. The show starts at 8pm, so come out on time for a good cause.

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