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New Trash Knife EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Local imprint FDH Records recently issued the self-titled EP from hardcore quintet Trash Knife. Resonating with a snarly sense of immediacy, these songs continuously push the pace, while demonstrating a tacky-tongue-twisting lyricism. Aggressively grabbing the reins in a firsthand, contemporary commentary, the album drives its points home quickly. Directly hammering to the point, it's both fun, and gone in a flash.





Iris Lune brings alt-electronic to The Knit on 10.10

Brooklyn quartet Iris Lune seemingly transcends their indie-electronic sound in their new single, "Sewing Skylines to Shores" (streaming below), an engaging track built around a modern and rather dramatic pop production, featuring textural synths and intense soulful vocals. The song marks an electronic departure from their debut self-titled EP which sustained a calm and indie-pop vibe throughout. The quartet will play The Kniting Factory on October 10. - Tafari Lemma





Zula Releases Politically Poignant Single Ahead of Forthcoming EP

NYC’s minimalist, psychedelic pop outfit, Zula, released “Anything For You” last week, a politically relevant single from their forthcoming EP, 6 Passes. The track blends ethereal synths, atmospheric guitars, and poignant lyrics about the effects of white male domination on the collective psyche.

The structure of the track feels cyclical, with twinkling piano riffs and fuzzy bass runs sprinkled over a looped and textured beat that creates the sensation of running in place. Zula combines the emotional sentiment of cultural and political stagnation with the drudgery of modern life on this number: soul-molesting technology, environmental despair, nauseatingly ubiquitous convenience, and a general lack of human connection. In the larger indie music context, “Anything For You” proves unmistakably unique. At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be any group in the circuit that has managed to insert their own sense of sonic experimentation, atmospheric creepiness, and political insight into a single track as well as Zula has.

6 Passes is out via Forged Artifacts & Inflate Records on October 13th and is available in cassette tape and digital format. You can listen to “Anything For You” below: 

-Andrew Strader

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The Deli Philly’s October Record of the Month: Slacker Paint – The Mary Veils

The surf-psych brilliance of The Mary Veils is an answered prayer for Philly fans of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees. Fuzzed out and awash in reverb, Slacker Paint, the debut from Brian Von Uff’s solo project, tows the line between invention and pure nostalgia, reaffirming the blueprint of garage rock’s seemingly unending revival.

Opening with the atmospheric dissonance of “Alter Alone,” the album’s start mimics the sensation of being transported. Whirs and humming chords engulf the listener before dissipating into licks of guitar and Von Uff’s echoed croons of “She’s fever, she’s fever.” Recounting the decay of a romance, “Alter Alone” is seductively bittersweet. “Time” reveals itself as a thematically worthy successor to The Chamber Brothers’ iconic ‘67 single, exploring the temporal limitations of mortality with an urgency that makes each harmony and crash of cymbal immediate and nearly tangible.

The ironically titled “Carefully Carefree” is a less pensive alternative to fraught apprehension of Happy Birthday’s interiority and Kurt Vile’s, at times, somber introspection. An earworm with heart, the track accurately captures the ups and downs of everyday life, without feeling trite or cliché. The LP’s title track, “Slacker Paint (Summertime Jesus),” channels  the nonchalant aggression of No Bunny and the “Beach a Go-Go” swagger of Hunx and His Punx, a pairing that results in a catchy ballad bound to make listeners reminisce about warmer days. Its buzzing riffs alone are as memorable as its seasonal namesake.

Von Uff’s diction on “Who Are You” and “Lime” brings to mind Twins and Mikal Cronin, while “Believer” and “Emily” feel like a darker rendition of King Tuff’s moodiest cuts. The brooding pulse and electric shreds of “See You Run” and “Feel the Air” are dance-ready anthems for psych and garage lovers alike. As Slacker Paint nears the homestretch with a haunting ode to the West Coast and desire, the sparseness of “Cold As A Knife,” the closest Von Uff gets to acoustic, highlights his strength as a lyricist and storyteller.

With “Good Night,” the album shifts back to full throttle, each drumbeat and swirling riff re-energizing the audience, before giving way to the contemplative and delectably moody closer, “The Mope.” Familiar yet inventive, Slacker Paint will undoubtedly become a fall favorite that you’ll return to again and again. - Dianca London





Friends of Noise hosts music for everyone!

 *pictured: the Woolen Men, taken by Dino Matt

Advocates of all-age safe spaces and music venues, local organization Friends of Noise is doing yet another bit of good to bring music to community... for free. 

From 4pm-8-pm today, Friends of Noise is hosting their "Music For Everyone Day" at Portland City Hall. This is the nonprofit's second attempt at throwing this event, since the initial date had to be rescheduled due to poor air quality caused by the wildfires surrounding the city. Nevertheless, FoN have forged on to bring a wide range of artists to those around the downtown Portland area today.

Young artists are strongly supported by FoN and a couple of them will be taking the stage, like Daniel “D.J. Max” Lasuncet and 15-year-old singer/songwriter JoJo Scott. My Voice Music project BLK + IVY will also perform, along with poet Maurisa Destiny Golden and some of the bigger Portland names. Skull Diver's alternative psych rock is sure to make everyone swoon, while the raw energy of the Woolen Men should perfectly juxtapose the gloominess of today. 

Other youth-oriented organizations and programs were also a part of making this event possible, such as My Voice Music, Outside the Frame, Marrow PDX, Momentum Alliance, SMRYC, the Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls and the Bus Project. It should be noted that water and restrooms are available inside Portland City Hall, but that patrons will have to undergo a back check upon entry. 

If you're looking for something free, fun and inclusive of all-ages and people, Music For Everyone Day is definitely something worth checking out.

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