More on the Portland wins at life front

Caution: When visibility is low, biking is inadvisable.

Caution: When visibility is low, biking is inadvisable.

I love compilation albums. They remind me of prix fixe menus, because even though you don’t have a say in what you’re served, you’re sure to taste something delicious that you never would have ordered yourself. Of course, in a lot of restaurants the prix fixe menus are on the pricier end of the spectrum. In this troubling economic climate, I usually prefer to spend money on sure-fire pleasers. Luckily, PDX Pop Now!’s 2009 double-CD sampler is out and, in news that will surely lift your recession-heavy spirits, costs just $8. Best prix fixe ever, right?

Not that it would be extravagant to have paid the typical $15-and-upwards price for the forty-track compilation that highlights musicians scheduled to perform sometime during the three-day festival. PDX Pop Now!’s importance extends beyond the series of concerts. PDX Pop Now! is a non-profit organization that offers support for performers, both through its involvement in live shows as well as its partnership with groups that advocate to keep music programs in public schools. You know how I drool over all the bands that appear to be drawn to Portland? PDX Pop Now! ensures that the dribble shall continue to flow.

Among the performers who will grace stages across Portland from July 24 through July 26 are local sensations M. Ward and Explode into Colors. One featured band I’d heard about often but never actually heard is Starfucker and their dance-ready synth beats. Maybe I’m conservative or something, but it really pains me to say their name out loud. Jared Mees and the Grown Children can also be found in the lineup with an optimistic song about agony that includes a refrain that everyone can shout along with.

So while I will share a couple of my favorite songs on the roster, I super-encourage you to head to a local record store (or CD Baby, if you prefer to keep yourself parked at your compy) and pick up the compilation yourself. Think of it as an investment towards a future full of raucous, joyous, endless clamor and clangor. You didn’t want to rock out to the sound of corporate radio’s death knell, right?

Just so you know, it was this week’s mission to use the phrase “prix fixe” in a pertinent way. And I thank you all for sharing in my triumph.

Starfucker will play as part of the 3rd annual Music in the Schools Benefit Concert at Cleveland High on Thursday, June 11. Lifesavas, Starparty, and Don’t Hurt Miles! will also play.

  • Starfucker ~ Jupiter ~ Badman Recording Co.

Boy Toy

Jared Mees and the Grown Children will play at many venues over the next couple of weeks, including the Mississippi Studios on Friday, June 26 with the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International. Check their MySpace for other times and locations.

  • Jared Mees and the Grown Children ~ Caffeine, Alcohol, Sunshine, Money ~ Tender Loving Empire

The Tallest Building in Hell

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