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Party Photographers and Moon Women Catchin’ a Buzz at KFN Sept. 8

There looks like a seriously fun show tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. Local post-punkers Party Photographers and Moon Women will be sandwiched by ROIR’s Nashville garage-punk power trio Bad Cop and Fat Possum’s Alabama indie popsters Thomas Function. You’ve probably been hearing plenty of buzz around town lately about Party Photographers’ Jesus and Mary Chain-esque sound. Well, isn’t it time for you to check out the buzz from their amps for yourself? Newcomers on the local music scene Moon Women should be providing plenty of buzz on their own having already opened for Wavves and The Buzzcocks. And their video below for “Listen Closely” with its dark Cure-ish flare will grab some attention. BTW: If a spontaneous shot of childbirth is something that sounds unappealing to you, then watch out! It caught me off guard. Ha! - Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Party Photographers' Photo by Sam Levine) - H.M. Kauffman  

   

Spotlight: This Blue Heaven's "Spinning and Shining"

 

"Nova Love" could be the most aptly-titled opener of the month.  A short snare fill and This Blue Heaven's latest effort, "Spinning and Shining," explodes to life.  It's rowdy and dense, a lead piano line sparkling over tectonic guitar riffs and a powerful rhythm section.  There's even a little extra time tacked onto the introduction for a little synth freakout.  And when the floor is finally cleared for MacKenzie Outlund's vocals, it isn't long before the band bursts in again and the energy is kicked back into, well, supernovaic proportions.

It's clear as the EP progresses, though, that This Blue Heaven is finding new footing.  There's a nice sense of space and pace throughout; the instruments are thoughtful in their involvement, and background layers support the production without making themselves overly obvious.  The song structures are effective - the songs guide or push, tumble or flow, and each has its own character.

The hooks fly fast and frequent; the verse of "Generous Soul" flirts and winks, while "A Serious Mistake" is a dizzying waltz that falls into what almost sounds like a barroom anthem.  If the melodies occasionally have trouble keeping up with the music, it only adds to the energy.  (Surely, these songs will find themselves as comfortable on a stage as in headphones.)  And although "Slow Dance Slow" will have the crowd reaching to get their lighters in the air, step back and pay attention to the gentle build and the bittersweet chorus melody.  The swell and culmination may be the most gratifying moment the band has crafted yet.

You can hear This Blue Heaven perform on Thursday at TT the Bear's.  We should also mention that the rest of the bill is stellar!  See you there.

9pm Apollo Run (from Brooklyn)
10pm This Blue Heaven
11pm The Backup Factor
12pm Apple Betty

$8 cover charge

- Cullen Corley

   

Chappy's Dishes Vol 1.: Lovers is for Lovers

 

[Editor's Note: Starting this week, The Deli Portland will be presenting our first weekly (or bi-weekly, depending on life and liberty) column, "Chappy's Dishes." Chappy is a Portlander who likes to do dishes, listen to music, and wash dishes while listening to music (or vice-versa). He also likes to write about the music he's listening to while washing dishes - but not at the same time. When the Deli Portland learns more about Chappy, we will be sure to fill you in. Until then, enjoy this first installment of "Chappy's Dishes."]

About once a week, my wife and I fix a complex meal that involves a lot of dirty dishes, and on the following day, I take it upon myself to tackle the pile. It’s one of the few occasions when I’m forced to stand in one place for more than an hour and attend to some mindless work. It’s usually in this time that I really listen to music and am forced to confront what that music pulls out of me. Last night, I made pizzas from scratch and for some reason I dirtied every dish in the house along with most of our utensils and glasses. Today, while laboring away, rather than putting on some cacophonous black metal or meandering free jazz to occupy my mind and confront my demons, I threw on Lovers' Dark Light for something different.

While washing, my hands may have been immersed in scalding hot and soapy water, but my mind was reconstructing the first mixtape I made using my parents' tape player alarm clock. I was trying to be cool and find the most “new wave” stuff scaning the FM dial, when I stumbled across a college radio station playing an hour of New Romanticism. Of course, I had no idea then what I had stumbled on, but you better believe that mixtape was a hit and landed me my first girlfriend.

The bouncing '80s synth of Dark Light's "Figure 8" further immersed me into the fantasy of late elementary school. The best pop music then (and really, now) will attach itself to particular memories and live there forever. Lovers are on to this.

If I were in 7th grade algebra class, "Shepherd of Stray Hearts" would be just one of those pop songs. "Shepherd…" is where everything is leading to and falling from. “I wanted you” would be the chorus rolling in my head while watching the seagulls bank on the wind to scoop up half-eaten French fries and pizza pockets from the quad, me fantasizing about girls instead of understanding integers and formulation of functional relationships.

Don’t take this the wrong way - Lovers aren’t just some '80s revisionist dance band. They definitely seem to be forging their own territory, which is best exemplified on the last track "Cedar Falls." Here, the synths are still used whimsically, but there’s a certain maturity to this song that I didn’t catch on the rest of the record. Maybe it’s because I’m washing the wine glasses now and thinking of getting a little tipsy with my wife last night, or that this is the kind of music I imagine real adults listening to. Whatever the case, this closer had a distinctly different feel.

Just as I was cleaning the last surface, my wife walked in to a replaying of "Cedar Falls." The look on her face was astonishment, as it wasn’t mind peeling acid rock or reverb-drenched garage rock, but some new kind of adult music - Lovers for my lover.

"Figure 8":

 

- Chappy

Don't miss Lovers this Saturday, September 11 at Rotture as part of MFNW 2010! They'lll be sharing the stage with MEN (Le Tigre's JD Samson's side band), Boy Joy, Sista Fist, and Permanent Wave! 8:00 p.m. $10 at the door, or free with MFNW wristband.

   

Middlewest Fest Preview: Breathe Electric

Middlewest Fest takes place in Dekalb, IL on Sept. 10th and 11th and features some of the best Midwestern bands including Maps & Atlases, Russian Circles, Smoking Popes, Dr. Manhattan, Felix Culpa and many more. With such a large collection of talent we thought we would highlight a different band each day leading up to the fest.

Breathe Electric is primarily the work of Grant Harris who set put in 2007 to crafted listener friendly dance-pop and has done just that over four EPs. His most recent release is June's Lovestruck EP (Alliance Music Management). When Breathe Electric performs live the band expands into a full band. Musically, Lovestruck is filled with big hooks and catchy lyrics, and seems to have been tailored to make you dance. Breathe Electric spent the summer as part of the Vans Warped Tour, and will be traveling across country again this fall.

Breathe Electric will be performing at SMLTWN Skateshop (229 E. Lincoln Hwy) on Saturday (9/11) at 8:40pm as part of Middlewest Fest in Dekalb, IL.

   

Dirty Projector tour with Owen Pallett + give away free track

NYC's most prodigious experimental band Dirty Projectors just announced a September West Coast tour with Toronto based Owen Pallett. The band's label Domino has also made available a free track from the Newyorkers' upcoming Expanded Edition of Bitte Orca (out September 28), featuring previously unreleased live material and b sides. You can download "Temecula Sunrise (Live at Other Music)" here.