Shaking the Neighborhood – The Wednesday People Find a Home Away from Home

 

The Wednesday People GroupHouse shows get rowdy. Things get broken. The cops get called. The liquor cabinet gets raided. Sketchy guys named Trevor show up and seem not to know anyone, yet proceed to grab an armful of beers and stash them in his van out front before coming back in and attempting to sell acid to all your friends claiming that it’s ‘really cool stuff’. House shows exhibit all the recklessness of a standard house party in addition to an elevated sense of enthusiasm influenced by the primal impetus of organic rhythm. Blood runs hot as a living room turned auditorium pulses with every drum kick and guitar wail, shaking the neighborhood with waves of vibration.

House shows are also iconic. People dance. Drunken friendships are discovered. New fans are planted. They’re the historical birthplaces of some of the world’s greatest musical careers, and Utah-based psych rock outfit The Wednesday People are no strangers to this phenomenon. In fact, they’re often the catalyst on such an occasion. On their third tour through the Pacific Northwest in the last 8 months, the Ogden locals stopped by a modest bungalow in the heart of SE Portland to shake things up on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Blurred Lines on Infringement Laws

robinthickepharrellThis one hurts. Despite the fact that I have literally zero regard for Douche of the Day Robin Thicke, I do greatly respect Pharrell. And regardless of my opinion of Thicke as a human being, I also greatly respect a musician’s right to draw upon their influences and deliver an individual take and style in a new interpretation of their heroes’ artistry. Unfortunately, it’s been reaffirmed that this is not to be tolerated in our ever so litigant society.

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m referencing the case of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams defending their song, “Blurred Lines” against the estate of Marvin Gaye prosecuting infringement of Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up”. Though originally decided in early 2015, the case has since been appealed, and the Federal Appeals Court recently upheld the original decision and determined that the song was in fact infringed upon.

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MusicfestNW Takes a Gap Year

musicfest-nwThere’s some sad news for Portland area festival goers. MusicfestNW and Project Pabst will not be kicking up dust and dishing out PBR’s this year in Portland’s iconic downtown Waterfront Park.

Citing the end of a partnership with Pabst and the budget beer’s decision to “go in a different direction,” MusicfestNW and it’s parent operator, Willamette Week, announced the cancellation earlier this week. This will be the first year without the festival since it’s inception 18 years ago. Event organizers promised that this would just be a gap year, and that the festival would return in some form or another the following summer. Continue reading “MusicfestNW Takes a Gap Year”

Happy Valentine’s Day! – The Cynic’s Sonic Celebration of Romantic Freedom

pixelheartHappy Valentine’s Day, music world! To kick such a special occasion off on a nauseating note, check out this car crash of a song, courtesy of Paris Hilton and your friends here at Coma Collective. We wish you well in celebrating the burden of love as you gorge yourselves with the pressures of consumerist adulation (you can’t tell I’m single, can you?).

Musicians have been singing about love basically since the inception of music. It’s widely understood by the world’s top historians that the first love song ever written echoed from the caves of none other than Homo Erectus Musicus in about 67,483 B.C.E. It was called “Oogh Ugh, Gerburghadug, Habooguh,” which, as you probably already know, roughly translates in modern terms to “Ode to my Beloved Club Smasher, and Thank You for the Trout.” But music has evolved immensely since such artistic and sophisticated millennia, and in these modern times it takes on many forms. Instead of regurgitating the novelty of today’s exploitative marketing, we’re reveling in the joys of single life with some songs celebrating such freedom. Continue reading “Happy Valentine’s Day! – The Cynic’s Sonic Celebration of Romantic Freedom”

A Savage Dichotomy – Conversation with The Autonomics’ Dan Pantenburg

The Autonomics.jpgIn a life of late nights, long tours, brown liquor, and empty pockets, it’s difficult to hang onto any conventional sense of normality. The transience of this feeble balance is intensified when combined with the trials of quarter life restlessness, encounters of new competition in a relentlessly developing industry, and a constant struggle to maintain wholesome relationships with friends and family amid the chaos of it all. This, however, is just a slice in the life of The Autonomics‘ Dan Pantenburg. It’s not all turbulence though, as I found out while sitting down with the front man last week to discuss these and a slew of other subjects, not excluding The Beach Boys, dinosaurs, and of course, The Autonomics’ new album, Debt Sounds.

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Wednesday’s for the Grooves

Wednesday's for the GrooveHappy hump day, music world! We’re in an especially groovy mood today, so obviously we had to put together our favorite jams showcasing some of the best hip hop and R&B artists running the show these days. Dig in below for smooth stylings from Ivy Sole, Anderson Paak., Isaiah Rashad, Noname, Smino, and plenty more. Track order is pretty arbitrary, listen as is or hit that shuffle button to change it up.

If you think there’s anyone missing from this playlist, make yourself heard!

60th Annual GRAMMY Awards – The Drinking Game!

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Well, another year has passed and it’s time for another year worth of music culture to be judged and dramatized. The Grammy’s have often displayed more gossip and scandal than grandeur sophistication, so this year we’ve decided to steer into the skid with an interactive drinking game! No matter the occasion, it’s always a good time to celebrate music and its effects on culture, and what a better way to do it than by getting a little tipsy (or a lot) on a Sunday night? Grab yourself a drink (or multiple) and check out the list below for an evening guaranteed to be packed with big wins, political nods, social justice praises, and of course, some great music. Continue reading “60th Annual GRAMMY Awards – The Drinking Game!”

Spotify Getting Sued for $1.6B – Why this is what’s ruining the music industry

Spotify LawsuitHey music world! Today I’m touching on one of my favorite nerdy music topics ever, so you’re in for both a hell of an argument and a long-winded one. DEAL WITH IT.

News broke last week that Spotify is being sued by Wixen Music Publishing for distributing their clients’ content without a proper license. They are seeking damages in the form of $150,000 per song for over 10,000 songs, totaling to a whopping $1.6 billion. Read the links for more background if you need it. In the meantime, I’m gonna’ jump right into the nitty-gritty details of the case, and more specifically the holes I want to poke in it. Continue reading “Spotify Getting Sued for $1.6B – Why this is what’s ruining the music industry”

It Wasn’t All Bad! Part I – Going into 2018 remembering the brighter side of a bad year

It wasn't all badIn a lot of ways, 2017 was a year of controversy, turmoil, destruction, and devastation. I don’t even need to add any links because I know you know what I’m talking about. Although there’s plenty of reason to drag your feet and hang your head as you enter a new year after one that brought pain almost every week, there were also plenty of events that redeemed society through encouraging acts of kindness, rising star power, and positive social change, and these were also exhibited in various ways through music. Today we’re focusing on the fuller half of the glass and reflecting on the great music events that lit up the stage instead of the land.

While there were some major events that brought people together and took the big issues of the day head-on, others were simply there to provide some small form of escapist joy in this recurringly depressing world, and we can use all these examples to spring ourselves forward into a better 2018. Scroll below and take a look through the year of hilarious stage antics, huge wins for underdogs, and more. Continue reading “It Wasn’t All Bad! Part I – Going into 2018 remembering the brighter side of a bad year”