In my immediately local area, I'm currently into The Underlings (http://www.myspace.com/theunderlings
). I missed the recent CD release shows, but Ed led the boys through a blistering headlining set at the last local Strummerville benefit (and I love guys who have the balls to cover The Clash, and actually do justice to the music!).
Elsewhere in Oregon, I like Wake Robin (http://www.myspace.com/wakerobinmusic
) who split time between Portland, Corvallis and Eugene. I especially like the live show. Oh and Casey Neill (http://www.caseyneill.org/
)! He's also PDX-based, he shares band members with the Decemberists (but I don't mind!
) and he did a mean selection of songs from Rock Art and the X-Ray Style
for Strummerville and the skate park!
In and around my other localities, I'm loving Hacienda (http://www.myspace.com/haciendaspace
) for the band's sexy slow burn; Dans La Lune (http://www.myspace.com/danslalunemusic
) for that 60s mod beat; Electric Touch (http://www.electrictouchmusic.com/
<--give this page a second, it's worth it!) for its garage-y goodness and Built By Snow (http://www.builtbysnow.com/mega
) for my dose of Weezer-esque, Devo-ish pop deliciousness.
And as ever, I adore Miss Jessie Lee Miller (http://www.myspace.com/jessieleemiller
Hmmm... That's enough for now. I've got to get hair and heels on and head downstairs to see if any secretly good opening bands have been slipped into the lineup (Last night, the description said "Jazz/Bluegrass" so I figured I'd listen out my window just in case the bluegrass was good... The unannounced second band was suddenly rocking a hot Hammond B3 thing and I almost took out a neighbor in my rush to the elevator! Tonight, I'm checking in first, so the projected rain doesn't ruin my attempt at Claudine Longet if I have to traipse across town.).
"Oh, here's your hat."
"Oh, look... you keep it."
"But you may need it."
"No, I'd like you to keep it."
"All right. If you think that you should want it or need it sometimes..."
"Well, if I need it... I could always come, perhaps, and pick it up."
"That would be very nice."
"When would you be available for me to pick up my hat?"
"Well... Maybe next week."
"I'll come and get it then."
"For I'd love to have my hat back."