Portland-based producer Blangblanglang, AKA Bryce Bowell Courtesy of Blangblanglang
By way of gardening, Might is blooming fairly properly right here in Portland. And when it comes to music, the brand new month has produced some glorious native music progress. We’re excited a couple of “Heat Up” hip-hop present on the newly reopened Church Bar, two new releases from Portland-based producers, in addition to Eyelids’ pivot from a document launch of their now-delayed A Colossal Waste of Gentle to a promising grand “weirdo” night of deep cuts and beforehand unheard reside tracks.
One can’t miss upcoming present.
After occurring a hiatus and shutting its doorways again in December 2021, Northeast Portland’s Church Bar not too long ago resurrected below new administration. The Southern- and church-themed ingesting and dancing spot is lastly again on its beloved “eat, drink, repent” bullshit. What higher method to rejoice Church’s return than by getting lit with an evening of reside music from Portland native rapper Kahlil Khalil. The Heat Up—a stellar hip-hop invoice he curated—will characteristic producer/rapper/singer Majik9, producer/songwriter/engineer Wavy Josef, and rapper/singer/songwriter Sotae. (Sat Might 14, 9 pm, Church Bar, 2600 NE Sandy, $10 on the door)
Two nice new releases from regionally related artists.
Blangtape Vol. 2, Blangblanglang
On Might 1, Portland-based producer Blangblanglang, AKA Bryce Bowell, dropped a brand new instrumental beats tape, Blangtape Vol. 2, through his unbiased label Large World Recordings. Clocking at round half-hour and spanning 13 tracks, the entire challenge is totally vibe-y, ethereal, at-times jazzy, and borderline hypnotic. The songs are referentially titled and can seemingly resonate with anybody who is aware of this space properly: “Buckman Heights” is called after an condo complicated in Northeast Portland. The suburban “Sundown Drive” is probably going named after a loop in SW Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood. Different highlights embody the boom-bap-ish “Romanov Estates,” the aptly titled “Lazy Tuesday,” and the sinister “Numerous Gunn Sounds,” which swaps in artificial strings to construct pressure and convey the sensation of atmospheric violence.
“Ball So Onerous,” Snugsworth
One other noteworthy Might Day launch got here from stalwart Portland producer/musician Snugsworth, who’s been on a roll the final couple months, having dropped his April single “Coup De Grâce,” and the beautiful Femboy EP this previous March, which noticed the artist including vocals atop his regular, unique productions. Snugsworth’s newest single—which he calls a “foolish little remix”—is “Ball So Onerous,” and it is centered on a pattern of “Niggas In Paris (Ball So Onerous)” from Jay Z and Kanye West’s 2011 studio album Watch the Throne. The upbeat remix is enjoyable and danceable, and must be performed within the downtime between acts at each native hip-hop present.
Eyelids’ Almost Record Release Party
There’s been quantity of buzz round Portland indie rock mainstay Eyelids’s forthcoming album, A Colossal Waste Of Gentle, and the group wished to debut the brand new document on June 10 at Mississippi Studios, taking part in a invoice with Herman Jolly (who’s additionally the frontman from Sundown Valley). Sadly the group not too long ago introduced that the document would not out there till October: “You recognize the drill. Delayed,” they wrote on the band’s social media web page. It is pretty well-known that the pandemic created an unexpected, increased demand for vinyl on the similar time that shutdowns and provide hiccups slowed down manufacturing. So now the renamed Virtually Report Launch Occasion, will as an alternative be a grand “weirdo” night time, filled with commemorative posters, reside variations of the brand new document, deep cuts they’ve by no means carried out earlier than, in addition to another surprises they’ve saved for the night time of the present. “Everybody in attendance may wish to put aside the next night time to partake of a really STRANGE, MYSTERIOUS reward from Eyelids as properly,” the group wrote. (Fri June 10, 9 pm, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, $15, tickets)