1. Check out videos of Tweedy’s recent Sound Opinions session, recorded live at Lincoln Hall.

     
     
  2. Here’s a preview of our interview with Benjamin Booker from this week’s show. When you hear his amazing music just remember- he was a barista last November!

     
     

  3. The Sound Opinions Guide to Portland Music

    Jim and Greg are back from their expedition to the Northwest’s “weirdest city,” and they’ve returned with a guide for exploring the best in Portland’s expansive music scene. 

    Jim and Greg’s Top Portland Artists & Bands:

    1. The Kingsmen 

    2. The Decemberists 

    3. Wild Flag 

    4. Elliot Smith

    5. Greg Sage and the Wipers 

    6. Scott McCaughey

    7. The Chromatics

    + Check out this Sound Opinions “Oregon Desert Island Jukebox” Segment on OPB’s Think Out Loud.

    Jim and Greg’s Top 3 Portland Venues:

    1. The Crystal Ballroom

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    Although not originally intended to be a live music venue, this expansive ballroom makes up for its acoustic handicaps by offering performances by the most notable acts to pass through Portland—that and a bouncing wood floor, which gives you (and hundreds of your closest friends) the sensation of floating on air.

    2. Mississippi Studios

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    A renovated Baptist Church located on North Mississippi Avenue in the heart of Portland’s Historic Mississippi District, this two story live music hot spot boasts incredible acoustics, burgers, and a wealth of regularly performing “national-level talent.”

    3.  Doug Fir Lounge

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    Regarded by many as having the best roster of touring acts in Portland, the Doug Fir Lounge is located in Lower Burnside. This comforting venue draws in listeners with its roaring fire place, breakfast menu and musical guests such as Future Islands, The Dream Syndicate, and SO alumnus Benjamin Booker.

    Jim and Greg’s Top 3 Portland Record Stores:

    1. Exiled Records

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    2. Music Millennium

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    Watch Future Islands perform at Music Millennium:

    3. Crossroads Music 

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  4. Since Greg Kot was brave enough to admit his affection for Flock of Seagulls during our New Wave show, producer Robin Linn thought she should also fess up.

    1) Her 2nd vinyl single purchase ever was “Human” by Human League. (The 1st? “Solid As a Rock”)

    2) She once did a performance art piece to “Sowing the Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears for a summer school drama class.

    All part of one’s musical growth, right?

     
  5. For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.

    All week we’ve been posting her top five New Wave music videos. Now we’ve reached her top video.

    #1. “Rio” by Duran Duran

    Lori says she loves it “because the song, the album, the sleeve, and the video presented a totally cohesive vision. New Wave was a playground for art students who were interested in both sound and vision.”

     
     
  6. For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.

    Everyday this week we’ll be posting one of her top five New Wave music videos.

    #2. “Cars” by Gary Numan

    Lori says she loves it “because it was the first synth-pop hit to cross over to America and one of the first videos to make an impact via MTV.”

     
     
  7. For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.

    Everyday this week we’re posting one of her top five New Wave music videos.

    #3. “Don’t You Want Me,” The Human League

    Lori says she loves it “because it was the first example of an obscure underground band turning themselves into global pop stars.”

     
     
  8. For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.

    Everyday this week we’re posting one of her top five New Wave music videos.

    #4. “Whip It,” Devo

    Lori loves it “because it was an act of subversion that totally infiltrated the mainstream.”

     
     
  9. For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.

    Everyday this week we’ll be posting one of her top five New Wave music videos.

    #5. “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls

    Lori says she loves it because “at the time it looked and sounded like the future, but 30 years later, it’s the Ghost of New Wave Ridiculousness.”

     
     

  10. The next great duo: Gaga & Bennett?

    Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have announced a new collaboration, complete with an album and PBS special. 

    This got us thinking about other great duets. Check out Jim and Greg’s favorites

    http://www.soundopinions.org/show/296