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Episode 17 preview: Christopher Willits

In the penultimate episode of the Treefort series with DIY label Self Group, I settled in for an intimate conversation with electronic artist and creator Christopher Willits.

Taking a holistic approach to art, Willits first began exploring the tech side of music as student after getting introduced to real time processing in the nineties. ““If I can do that with a computer I will take the time to figure out all this stuff” Willits realized, and has been actively pioneering music technology since.

His current tech project, ENVELOP seeks to break the mold of how we have traditionally listened to music, with a mobile studio he is helping build in Salt Lake City and a permanent space in San Francisco.

Tune in Thursday at 1 pm PST to KXRY 107.1 and 91.1 in Portland, Oregon and streaming at

The episode will air online at Vortex Music Magazine on Friday.

Find out more about Christopher Willits and ENVELOP at:,, and
Photo credit: Alingo Loh

Episode 12: YACHT

Last week, Gritty Birds debuted as a radio show, but true to form, the podcast is still alive.  Check out the first episode of my Treefort series partnership with Self Group and photographer Ingrid Renan featuring native Oregonians, LA transplants and self described “pop-punks” YACHT currently on tour with M83, including two sold out nights, April 25th and 26th at Portland’s Roseland Theatre.

Check out the next episode with Radiation city this week on KXRY XRay FM Thursdays from 1-1:30.  Episodes are on iTunes Mondays.

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.