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Saturday, August 23

The Parson Red Heads present: Songs from Laurel Canyon

With special guests: Scott McCaughey (of The Minus 5)

Eric D Johnson

Brian Koch (of Blitzen Trapper)

Eric Early (also of Blitzen Trapper)

Eric Nordby (of Norman)

Alela Diane

Snowblind Traveler

Kyle Morton (of Typhoon)

Lewi Longmire

8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show

All ages welcome

$15 advance, $17 day of show

The Parson Red Heads present: Songs from Laurel Canyon

A multi-set performance featuring the bands favorite songs from the Laurel Canyon music scene in the 60's & 70's, along with songs from Parson's own catalog of original music

With special guests Scott McCaughey (of The Minus 5), Eric D. Johnson, Lewi Longmire, Brian Koch (of Blizten Trapper), Eric Nordby (of Norman), Snowblind Traveler, Kyle Morton (of Typhoon), and more!

While working on their third album, Orb Weaver, The Parson Red Heads weren't interested in taking their time. In fact, they were dead set against it. Having released a labored-upon LP in 2011's Yearling, the band had established a mode of meticulousness. On Orb Weaver, the focus on recreating the improvisational bombast of their live show was stage center, resulting in flashes of sun-stroked auditory maelstroms and expansive blotter-pop Americana previously missing from the band's recordings.

Over a nine-year career that's seen the band form in Oregon, then move to Los Angeles for nearly six years – where they were influential in a burgeoning music Silver Lake scene still seduced by the specters of Love and Buffalo Springfield – the now Portland-based Parsons have established a well-deserved reputation as an uninhibited live group. 

As vocalist/guitarist Evan Way explains, Orb Weaver was all about bottling that energy into one explosively off-the-cuff record. “We've always made records that were more thought-out,” says Way. “When we play live, we play more like a rock band. We wanted to show that more aggressive side of us, the more rock-oriented side.”

Producer Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) was all-too-happy to steer the ship when it came to capturing the album's spontaneity. 
“The band had a vision for the record before we started,” says McCaughey. “A few songs took some exciting and possibly unplanned turns, but it all fit into the whole that we'd imagined.”

“[Scott] was great about being very vocal and honest, saying, ‘Don't ditch that, it has character and that makes it way cooler,’ ” adds Way.

The song “Lost Again” was originally a demo Way had discarded for contention to make the album. McCaughey, struck by the tune, suggested a different angle and encouraged the group to record it right away with a new and still very foreign arrangement. With Brette Marie Way-Evan's wife and The Parsons' vocalist/ drummer-providing typically dynamic harmonies, the result speaks volumes of the immediacy of Orb Weaver. It's a gorgeously sprawling composition, replete with reverbed guitar squalls and a saccharine-sweet melody that's belied only by its sly psych fringes.

“Borrow Your Car,” a breakneck power-pop scorcher penned and sung by guitarist Sam Fowles, ushers in the kind of fiery tune expected from The Parsons' live show, Fowles and bassist Charlie Hester forming interlocking melodic runs that strike out toward Nick Lowe terrain. Interestingly, McCaughey and The Parsons' only other collaboration before Orb Weaver was recording Lowe's “Don't Lose your Grip on Love” for Lowe Country, a compilation of country-tinged Lowe covers released on Fiesta Red Records.

Times begins with all the minimalist groove of Fleetwood Mac's “Dreams,” opening up only after Way croons, “I try to turn my back on you/but I forget to tell my heart,” then moves into their oft-cited harmonic telepathy with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Despite the modest homage to their influences, The Parson Red Heads are a band forging their own musical identity with each new album.

“More and more of the personality of the band itself has come together because we're comfortable,” explains Way. “Everybody is settling into their roles; it's a natural result of playing a ton together.”

 

website:
http://www.theparsonredheads.com

With special guests: Scott McCaughey (of The Minus 5)

Legendary Seattle singer-songwriter (and leader of Young Fresh Fellows and The Minus 5).

From musicianguide.com:

Scott McCaughey has been at the center of Seattle's influential indie music scene for almost 20 years. McCaughey, with his dark curly hair, ever-present sunglasses, and eclectic musical taste, is a living and breathing expression of cool. Against the watery backdrop of Seattle with grunge rock about to explode onto the scene, McCaughey was standing on top of that city's alternative scene. McCaughey was almost ten years ahead of Seattle's grunge explosion that produced groups such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. McCaughey has played with members of Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth, NRBQ, Guided by Voices, the Posies, the Screaming Trees, Walkabouts, Presidents Of The United States Of America, the Smithereens, Robyn Hitchcock, and he has played with R.E.M. as their unofficial fifth member. Somehow, playing in the midst of grunge groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, McCaughey managed to emerge relatively unscathed from the angst-ridden whine that grunge spread across the world. McCaughey has always written music that he believed his friends would enjoy. He never made the mistake of taking himself too seriously like other hip and influential bands of the time.

Eric D Johnson

Eric D. Johnson is a music-making person. Best known as the longtime leader of Fruit Bats, as well as his work with the Shins, he now is the solo artist known as EDJ. He also has composed several film scores and produces records, and is available to do either of those things for you should you desire

Website:
http://www.ericdjohnsonmusic.com/

Brian Koch (of Blitzen Trapper)

Brian Adrian Koch (drums/vocals/harmonica) Portland, Oregon-based experimental country/folk band; Blitzen Trapper.

Eric Nordby (of Norman)

Norman is a collective of musicians from throughout Oregon's Willamette Valley. Formed initially as a solo act by Eric Nordby in 2004, Norman eventually became what it is today: a creative Northwest exploration in music, art, and culture.

In their three years as a band Norman has released one album (self titled/June 2007) and an EP (You Were The Sky/June 2008). After a long wait and a year's worth of tracking, editing, and arranging, album number two is on its way! "Hay, Hay, Make a Wish" is an inspiring 13 tracks of folk and rock styles. It is scheduled to be released by the Portland label, Timber Carnival Records, in the first half of 2010.

 

website:
http://normansongs.com/

MySpace page:
http://www.myspace.com/normansongs

Snowblind Traveler

Snowblind Traveler, Long Island born songwriter Matt Dorrien, plays the song of the common man. His music is inspired by the rolling expanse of middle America, the fog and lichen draped cathedral of redwoods of the northwest, the lulling whisper of a New England blizzard, the sorely disappointed, the dearly loved, the true and honest, those who are lost and forgotten, the living, dead and eternal.

For those who have ever slept under a blanket of Big Sur stars and drank whiskey until you forgot your own name: this is for you.

 

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/SnowblindTraveler

Website:
http://snowblindtraveler.com/

Lewi Longmire

Lewi Longmire has built a reputation as Portland's multi-instrumentalist "go to guy." In the years since relocating to Portland from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he's been included on shows and recordings by many of the Northwest's finest bands and songwriters. He's played with national acts Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams, Dolorean, AgesandAges, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Blue Giant/Viva Voce/The Robinsons, Dolorean, the Minus 5, Breathe Owl Breathe and Tara Jane O'Neill as well as local luminaries Denver, The Portland Country Underground, Midlo/Pancake Breakfast, Quiet Life, Fernando, James Low, Perhapst, Electric Ill, Little Sue, Casey Neill, Michael Jodell, the Freak Mountain Ramblers, and is an anchor member of Portland's all-star tribute to the Allman Brothers, Brothers and Sister. 

Recently, though, Lewi has taken all the things he learned from working with these fine performers and has been spending his time leading a roots rock/americana band of his own, singing his own compositions. This group owes much to the American tradition of good songs played with high energy, deep roots, and an unpretentious sense of fun. Their sound finds the connection between the basement feel of The Band, the raspy blue-eyed soul of Joe Cocker, the desert space of Giant Sand, the "without a net" deep space improvisations of the San Francisco ballrooms, the punk abandon of The Stooges and the quiet contemplation of Neil Young playing solo.

website:
http://www.lewilongmire.com/