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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


Episode 11: Papi Fimbres

News around town is buzzing with the return of Mascaras, Orchestra Pacifica Tropical, Sun Angle ETC drummer Papi Fimbres.  Returning just in time for spring barbeques and Treefort in newly weed legal Portland, he couldn’t expect more of a warm homecoming.

Last season of The Gritty Birds podcast ended with an interview with the dynamic artist who has been playing and exploring over in Germany with his fab wife Shana Fimbres and their duo project Dreckig.

On a personal note, Gritty Birds is also coming back, partnering with local label Self Group, continuing the DIY focus of the first season while expanding to artists and industry professionals outside of Portland.  We’ve got some big things in store, just you wait.

Episode 9: Brandon Day
One of the questions faced by every artist is how to sustain yourself financially. Marmoset Music, based in Portland Oregon, has sought to answer this question, connecting artists and advertising through sync licensing. In this week’s episode, I interviewed Brandon Day, the company’s artist wrangler and talent scout. Brandon shared his insights on the ins and outs of licensing, some of his favorite artists today and where to find the best bike rides in the Portland area.

Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup
Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup
Sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine
Underscore “Disbelief” by The Papers

For all inquiries:

Episode 1: Stirling Myles

Myles has toured the US and Europe with his band Alameda while working as a social media manager for the boutique music licensing agency Marmoset and writing for publications such as Seattle Weekly and 1859. Most recently, he started the series Bus Talk, where he collaborates with artists to make drawings of things he overhears on his daily commute. And, he’s been mistaken for Dan Auerbach on more than one occasion.

I sat down with him last fall in our first-ever podcast to ask him about everything from his secret hidden talent to advice on social media and touring in the US and Europe. Listen below as we work our way through a myriad of questions and topics.

Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup

Featured music: “Summer Dharma” by Alameda

Special thanks to our sponsors at Vortex Music Magazine