All posts by grittybirds

Bey has returned

Anyone who knows me for long enough knows my deep obsession with all things Beyonce.  I pretty much turn into a 16 year old girl belting out Destiny’s Child while “shagging the drag”of my midwest hometown in my friend Kelly’s Mustang Convertible.  

I was floored by the release of Formation, sharing with my pre teen students how important the release was historically, then bumming when I didn’t score tickets to her Seattle show.

  So, I’ve been closely watching the lead up to her most recent release “Lemonade”.  It came out yesterday, a follow up testimony to the famous “elevator scandal” associated with Rachel   Roy and Jay Z’s infidelities.

It’s up on streaming today and a must see for all true fans and ogglers alike. 

Catch it now on HBO for their free weekend, buy it on Tidal or on FB while you still can.  You won’t be disappointed 

Rest in Peace Prince

There are few icons that have inspired so much laud as Prince and deservedly.  Just watch this Hall of Fame performance of Guitar Gently Weeps.  The way he takes over and completely destroys, is one of my favorite live videos of all time.

The artist has a special place in Portland hearts, as he brought Liv Warfield to national attention while also taking Ashley Jay and Saeeda Wright into his band family.

Ashley Jayy just posted a response: “My am deeply saddened by the news I received this morning…. Thank you for all of those who called and checked on me. My heart aches, but I have been blessed to be a part of an Icons journey… It has been an extreme pleasure of singing with the incomparable Prince, and my heart goes out to everyone who has been touched by his music all around the world, people who has been inspired by the legacy of his music, family and loved ones… I am beyond blessed… Rest in Peace… Rest In Love, and Rest in Purple!!????”

Watch him shred, making mince meat of the other greats.  It gets too after the 3 minute mark.

Gritty Birds is back and coming to XRay FM!

The Gritty Birds Podcast is coming back and to your radio dial on XRay FM, Portland, Oregon’s premier new radio station.

With the help of a big social media push, and the support of sponsors such as the independent record label Tender Loving Empire and Vortex Magazine, Gritty Birds emerged last summer as a “Top 5 music podcast”(Willamette Week), picking up thousands of listeners around the world.

Produced by “music maven”(Secretly Rad Media) Jeni Wren Stottrup, this spring the podcast partnered with DIY label Self Group and photographer Ingrid Renan, working on location at  Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho to interview national and international artists about finding success without losing your ethic in today’s changing landscape.

The series, featuring Christopher Willits, Yacht, Sarah Bethe Nelson(Burger Records), Diarrhea Planet, Wimps, Radiation City and Tamar Aphek(Israel) will be airing on XRay starting this spring, along with original content in a 30 minute format.

Returning, the podcast is keeping to its mission of going being the scenes of the music industry with intimate conversations, profiling the personalities and insights of the grittiest artists, makers and key voices involved today, while seeking to expand beyond the West Coast to new markets.

Next Tuesday, the series will be previewing the new format on itunes and soundcloud, with an interview with native Oregonians, LA transplants and self described “pop-punks” Yacht, in anticipation of their return to Portland with two sold out shows April 25th and 26th at Roseland Theatre with M83.

Stay tuned for dates and times of the upcoming series by following @grittybirds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, itunes and by signing up for our mailing list.

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Video Debut: Shadowlands

There is an ominous haze cast by the electric buzz of Portland’s Shadowlands.  The dark wave outfit’s first album, 001, is out this weekend, a driving and concise hit that pivots between punk, psych and garage surf rock with equal measure.  Recorded in stolen moments between babysitters and band rehearsals at Destination Universe, the album toys with the theme of adulthood and escape, juxtaposing what-if fantasies with reality.  Perhaps this is where they find their escape, in the shadowy crevice’s of the dark bass.

Get lost along with them in their dark vision of Portland in their new video, Clean Life, debuting below.

Their album release is this Saturday at their Kenton club with Thanks and COMM.

The In: March 10-16

There has been a flurry of movement in the Gritty Birds World recently.  The website is back up and I’m furiously prepping for our upcoming trip to Treefort Music Festival, which will be the basis of a multi-episode arch of the coming return of the podcast.

Gritty Birds will be partnering with Self Group featuring artists and key industry players, giving a snapshot into what it looks like to be a successful artist in today’s changing market while touching aspects on how DIY influences may have shaped their success.  Featuring analog photography from photographer Ingrid Renan, it’s set to be a beautiful relaunch moving forward.

We’re also excited to share we’ll be hosting a showcase at St Lawrence Gridiron on Saturday of Treefort between 2-6 featuring Fog Father, And And And and more.  Details to come soon.

Picks of the week

Thursday 3/10</strong>
Holocene–The Flavr Blue, Blossom, 8 pm

Hollis Wong-Wear wears many hats. She’s the vocalist for the Flavr Blue, a video producer, poet, music advocate, and an outspoken social-justice activist who garnered national attention for her collaboration with Macklemore on The Heist. In December she made further headlines with her response to a controversial Seattle Times headline that called her Macklemore’s “sidekick.” Responding with a poignant essay on Medium, Wong-Wear ripped apart the systemic marginalization of Asian Americans in popular culture, and brought the story back to the community that drives her vision. She and her band are in town to support the release of the Flavr Blue’s Love Notes, a feel-good collection that’s ready for the sun. Silky, beautiful, and passionate, the Com Truise-reminiscent EP features blurry, smooth synth framed by rhythmically grounding R&B and Wong-Wear’s lilting, poignant poetry. See: Portland Mercury

Saturday 3/12
Mississippi Studios- Best New Band Showcase w/Chanti Darling, Cat Hoch and Mic Capes, 8 pm
Kenton Club- Shadowlands Rekkid Release(see exclusive video release) with Thanks, COMM

Sunday 3/13
Mississippi Studios–Fanno Creek // Ali Muhareb’s Mujahedeen // Ah God 9 pm
Moda Center–Justin Bieber, 7:30 pm
Rontoms–Sama Dams, No Kind of Rider, 8:30 pm

Monday 3/14
Al’s Den–Bevelers, Through March 19, 7 pm

Wednesday 3/16
Holocene–Dreamboat, WL and Hush Arbors, 8 pm