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PDX Pop Now! CD Release Show and Track Listings Announced

pc-pdx May 21 2009 12:48P 13

pdx pop nowPDX Pop Now! -- Portland's premier DIY music festival, compilation and music advocacy organization - has announced the track listing for this year's compilation and plans for the CD Release Benefit Show.

PDX Pop Now!'s recent sold-out "Make It Pop!" fundraiser saw performances by James Mercer of the Shins, Brandon Summers of the Helio Sequence, Marty Marquis of Blitzen Trapper, Ryan Sollee of The Builders & The Butchers, Loch Lomond and live video DJing by Dantronix and raised $4,000 for PDX Pop Now! Tyler Kohlhoff has some pictures from the event here and you can download a yousendit file of Jason Quigley shots of the event here. Feel free to spread around these great pictures from the "Make It Pop!" fundraiser!

Portland music fans will be pleased to find out that PDX Pop Now! has announced the track listing for the sixth installment of their much heralded compilation. The 2-disc set is stacked with 40 tracks from some of Portland OR's finest musicians. Copy, Jared Mees & the Grown Children, What's Up?, the Taxpayers and DJ Beyonda have been tapped to perform at this year's CD Release Benefit which will be held June 4th at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison St.). The cover is $10 and that will include a copy of the 2009 PDX Pop Now! Compilation CD. PDX Pop Now! and Holocene have made special arrangements with the OLCC to allow minors into the benefit, so this show is ALL-AGES! The compilation and release show is brought to you in part by generous sponsorships from CD Baby, OPB Music, Button Magazine, Spectre Entertainment Group, Holocene, Cravedog Inc., Rotture, 230 Publicity and Performer Magazine.

As previously announced, the PDX Pop Now! all-ages festival will be held at Rotture (315 SE 3rd Ave.) July 24th through the 26th and will again feature free outdoor and indoor performances from some of Portland's best acts.

PDX Pop Now! 2009 Compilation

Disc 1
1. The Mint Chicks - Hot on Your Heels
2. At Dusk - For A Reason
3. Quiet Countries - Moving Day
4. M. Ward - For Beginners
5. Luck-One and Dekk - The Coolax
6. Dirty Mittens - The Dock
7. Ethan Rose & Laura Gibson - Sun
8. Third Angle New Music Ensemble - The Rat Catcher's Dance
9. The Thermals - You Dissolve
10. Thrones - Trmph Lfe
11. Mirah - Generosity
12. Magic Johnson - Las Malas
13. Chilly Willy - Grab and Glow
14. Ravishers - Keep You Around
15. Silentist - Hex
16. Dykeritz - Chasing the Wheel Away
17. Explode Into Colors - Paper (Hot Sax Version)
18. The Cysts - Human Garbage
19. Caleb Klauder - Can I Go Home with You
20. Plankton Wat - Dawn of the Golden Eternity
21. Chervona - Reality Show

Disc 2
1. Jared Mees And The Grown Children - The Tallest Building In Hell
2. What's Up? - Seasoning's Greeting
3. Blue Skies for Black Hearts - Jenny and Steve
4. Starfucker - Boy Toy
5. Lightheaded - HardRock
6. Grouper - Rising Height
7. Lovers - Igloos For Ojos
8. Sandpeople - Hate Aside
9. Blue Giant - Target Heart
10. Cootie Platoon - Divided
11. BenoƮt Pioulard - Idyll
12. Ah Holly Fam'ly - EIEIO
13. Breakfast Mountain - J Hollerday
14. Gejius - Let Down
15. Tara Jane O'Neil - Dig In (ft The Ecstatic Tambourine Orchestra)
MY-G - Take Back Our City (ft Liv Warfield)
17. Bird Announced Land - Sweet Dreams
18. Blue Cranes - Broken Windmills
19. The Taxpayers - Black Batons

About PDX Pop Now! PDX Pop Now! is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to celebrating and promoting Portland's vital music community. Begun in 2004 in true DIY fashion by a dozen or so members of a local indie-pop email list, the group has produced five previous music compilations and FREE, ALL AGES multi-day music festivals, to which scores of Portland artists both nationally-heralded (including The Decemberists, The Thermals, Lifesavas, Menomena, Blitzen Trapper and The Blow) and little known have contributed recordings or performances. The festivals, which allow the public to see up to 50 of Portland's finest bands in one central, accessible venue, have drawn audiences in the thousands. The compilations have generated considerable play from local and national FM radio and sold thousands of copies combined, mostly through local independent record stores, to help fund the yearly festival. Additionally, through outreach programs, PDX Pop Now! has worked successfully with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, local businesses, schools and the broader community to make more safe all-ages concerts possible and allow young Oregonians to participate more fully in the local arts community.

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13 Comments

  1. pc-pdx

    The Taxpayers and the Cysts for the win!

  2. Bad Times

    Out of forty tracks there looks like maybe five I could get down to. But I'll have to give it a listen before I dismiss it.

  3. Nathan Backous

    I definitely don't think its worth dismissing at all.

    12.5%+ approval by a single person on a as-genre-encompassing-as-possible 2XCD comp is pretty fucking good.

  4. Bad Times

    Yea. PDX Pop Now is pretty cool because it at least tries to encompass all genres, and hell the festival is free. How they can put on such a big festival for free is beyond me and I totally support it.

  5. Looks like nepotism and hipster politics round out this years lineup. BOO! Snoozefest. I will be avoiding this years free jazz thanks.

  6. Cary Clarke

    I'm one of the organizers of PDX Pop Now! and I wanted to make a few points relatively briefly:

    Bad Times: Thanks for being so open-minded. As far as how we are able to put on the free festival, we do it by raising funds with an awesome pool of volunteers working towards grants from organizations like the Regional Arts & Culture Council, sponsorships from local businesses, compilation sales, and people coming out to fundraising events like the release show at Holocene on June 4 where admission gets you a copy of the PPN! 09 compilation hot off the presses.

    Boo Radley: While you are more than entitled to your opinion regarding the PDX Pop Now! 2009 compilation - or anything else, for that matter - it's not very fair for you to jump to the conclusion that because the tracklist is one that you don't like, the reason must be politics and nepotism. These are things that PDX Pop Now! goes to great lengths to avoid. In deference to everyone's time I won't go into too much detail here (shotbox me if you want me to email you more), but this is basically how the tracklist of the compilation is determind every year:

    PDX Pop Now!'s curatorial process for the compilation involves a large pool of volunteers (60ish this year) who have disclose their conflicts of interest and listen to an anonymized pool of submissions (620ish this year) adjusted to nullify those conflicts. The most vote-getting tracks then go to the volunteer PPN! board of directors and go through another round of anonymized voting, again with conflicts of interest and abstentions accounted for. Lastly, we include somewhere between 7-10 tracks from more well-known, likewise outstanding artists from a variety of genres that bypass the voting process, as their presence on the comp will help bring listeners to the comp and, thus, the other bands. Lastly, before the tracklist is finalized, we look at the genre balance and try to make inclusions from extreme or otherwise unrepresented genres that fundamentally don't do as well in an "average" voter pool (e.g. noise, metal). Sure, people are bringing their own aesthetic judgement to the table, but that's sort of the point. Plus, anyone who signs up and is willing to put in the time can be involved. Meanwhile, there is an almost entirely separate system for curating the festival, stewarded by an almost entirely separate group of pool.

    Also, you are in luck, because the only track on the compilation this year that could conceivably be characterized as free jazz is the one by Blue Cranes. So there are 39 other tracks you might enjoy!

    Lastly, I just want to remind everyone that PDX Pop Now! is an open, all-volunteer organization. If you think we should be doing something different or better, get in touch or, better yet, get involved. PDX Pop Now! belongs to the community.

  7. I have the last 4 ppn cd's and they are always amazing. They help to restocks my ipod for the summer, and It feels good to know that I'm supporting local musicians and a great festival in the process. And to Boo Radley, do you really know all these bands? You must be very active in the Portland music scene to read over the the obscure list and conclude that ppn is going to be a Jazz festival this year. Maybe you should host a festival, it sounds like you know what is going on in this city.

  8. Notorious Kelly

    I heard Cary talk at the OLCC meetings and you do NOT wanna get in a war of words with that guy; his verbal karate is strong, like UFC!

    Check out Cary's reviews in the Mercury; you WILL believe.

  9. Bad Times

    I'm not really sure I understand the free jazz comment. Granted I've not been to every hour of every PDX Pop Now festival, but I don't ever remember hearing any free jazz troupes perform. In fact I think if there was some free jazz at PDX Pop Now that would be kinda cool.

  10. hipster pop is like free jazz in it's lack of real direction. seems like a pack of wolves running rampant. some decent bands, couple of snoozers. some gaps, not horrible though, save a few

  11. ezekial

    Voting comes from NW and Pearl. More metal would be cool, but it is a pop fest. Portland has so many scenes. I've never seen a flier for half of these bands. I'll be in SE.

  12. ezekial: "voting comes from nw and pearl!"

    ha.

    • Nick
    • 5/26/2009 1:26:00 PM
  13. Are you really going to say that Explode Into Colors or The Thermals are snooze worthy? That Grouper and Bird Announced Land are boring, sound too similar? C'mon, this compilation is awesome and PDX Pop Now! does fantastic stuff.

    • alex
    • 6/1/2009 11:06:00 AM
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