The Shaky Hands Prep Self-Titled Debut, Sign to Holocene Music

January 24th, 2007

Holocene Music has announced the signing of Portland-based jangly pop wonders The Shaky Hands. The announcement comes on the heels of a flurry of local excitement that’s seen Willamette Week’s Casey Jarman proclaiming The Shaky Hands “the best rock band in Portland” and Thermals’ front-man Hutch Harris dropping props on indie behemoth Holocene Music will release the The Shaky Hands’ self-titled debut on April 10th, and coinciding tour plans are currently being hashed out. A video for album track “Why & How Come,” to be directed by Whitey (Band of Horses, The Thermals, The Shins, Mudhoney, Panther), is currently in the works.

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Talkdemonic Announce West Coast Tour Dates

December 19th, 2006

Following a short break due to violist Lisa Molinaro’s new gig as a touring member of The Decemberists, Portland’s beloved instrumental duo Talkdemonic have scheduled a string of West Coast gigs to kick of the New Year. Currently at work on the follow-up to their acclaimed sophomore disc Beat Romantic, Talkdemonic are currently in prime form following a year spent touring in support of acts like The Walkmen, Quasi, The National, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

Here be those dates:

1/11: Crocodile Café, Seattle
1/12: Doug Fir, Portland
1/14: Spaceland, Los Angeles
1/15: Casbah, San Diego
1/17: Café du Nord, San Francisco
1/18: Sam Bonds Garage, Eugene

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Wet Confetti on

November 22nd, 2006

It’s a crazy SPIN-tastic news day here at the ol’ MWPR, as our other dudes, Wet Confetti, are totally ruling the webspace right this very minute! Yes, the fine people at SPIN have posted an MP3 and blurbage for the band’s epic “Donuts and Old People,” off their forthcoming sophomore album, Laughing, Gasping. Click this space here to check it out. Sweeeeet.

Alela Diane, Swan Isand in SPIN

November 22nd, 2006

It’s true, our girls Alela Diane and Swan Island have both received glowing reviews in the current issue of SPIN!

Barry Walters reviews Alela thusly:

“Accompanied mostly by her acoustic guitar, newcomer Alela Diane Menig sings stark, ghostly folk. And while her chords and picking may be beginner’s stuff, she’s already flaunting a large, lived-in growl flavored by antediluvian blues and jazz inflections. Far less girly than kindred spirit Joanna Newsom, and no less commanding, this Portland based siren shares with her pal a primitivism shaped by backward glances and backwoods living. Warning of nightmarish rural invaders in “The Rifle” and vowing to keep her eyes open on the showstopping sea chantey title track, Diane seems destined for grander endeavors.” [scan]

And Joe Gross drops these props on Swan Island:

“Sleater-Kinney changed these five Portland gals’ lives the way riot grrrl changed S-K’s. And initially, they seem to embody every surface description of feminist punk all at once - butch and femme, political and fanciful, arty and breathy. But on this debut album, the drums find real grooves and the guitars hook up and make out, while singer Brisa Gonzales misses old lovers (’Night Owl’) and passionately tries to mind meld with the earth (’Crumble’). Expect underground domination any day now.” [scan]

Way to go ladies, you totally deserve it! And if you’re looking for something to read on your Thanksgiving flight, it’s the issue with The Killers on the cover. So rad!

Matt Wright PR = Big in Japan!

November 21st, 2006

Well this is pretty much the most awesome thing ever. For those of you in Japan, make sure to pick up the latest issue of the really cool-looking (wish I could read Japanese!) music and culture zine Afterhours, as there’s a way comprehensive feature on little old Portland, Oregon. It’s so comprehensive in fact, that they even managed to get in a page on this here PR shoppe. Feast your eyes:


Yeah, I’m totally blushing. Many thanks to Kyoko and all at Afterhours!