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Eugene Weekly : Music : 09.22.05

Coolsville for a Day

Rickie Lee Jones breezes into town.

BY MELISSA BEARNS

It's been a long time since we've heard anything new from Rickie Lee Jones. In the decade of grunge and the following trend toward hip hop, this '70s hipster is decidedly out of sync. But her newest three-disc release revisiting the highlights of her entire career, The Duchess of Coolsville, more than makes up for the long hiatus.

Rickie Lee Jones. 7:30 pm, Saturday, 9/24. The Jaqua Concert Hall, $21-$43 434-7000.

For decades Jones lived a restless and unrooted life full of passion and drama. She was recognized in Europe as a major force in music long before the American public caught on, but ultimately she altered the landscape of pop the way a lone tree juts up from a ridgeline.

Is it something about the blending of her sweet, feminine voice juxtaposed against the poetic brilliance of her powerful lyrics that has made her a legend? Or is it the enigmatic quality of her songs with their cool, luscious feel — like a tall drink of water on a steamy day? It is the mystery or the vague hints in her lyrics, the illusions wrapped in delicate prose that twist and curl around melodies thick with emotion? Or is it the brightness of her energy that pours out of every song, even, sparkling and warm?

As an anthology, The Duchess of Coolsville does more than simply reprise Jones' hits. Brilliantly remastered sound on earlier recordings breathes new life into tunes from the earlier part of her career. An alphabetical song order, rather than chronological, creates a collage of eras with songs from the '70s followed by songs from the following three decades and vice versa.

Deeply sensitive as an artist, interviews with Jones reveal a thoughtful, passionate woman who finally, now in her 50s, has found a sense of place and stability living in Tacoma, Wash., with her dogs and partner. Over the years, she's done her own thing, gone her own way, regardless of current trends or industry pressure. "I still do what I do regardless of whatever crap any other folks put out, so why should I compete with them?" she told writer Timothy White in 2000.

And as she continues to carve out her own path, she'll be making her way to Eugene on tour supporting Duchess. This week's show at the Jaqua Concert Hall is an extremely rare opportunity to see one of pop music's most influential female musicians in a setting that is, acoustically, a perfect match.

 

 

Side Project No More

Mac McCaughan's shiny Bright Ideas

BY MOLLY TEMPLETON

Raise your hand if you've heard of Portastatic before. OK. Hands down. All three of them.

 
Portastatic, The Rosebuds. 9 pm, Sunday, Sept. 25. WOW Hall, $8 adv/$10 dos

Raise your hand if you've heard of Superchunk. OK, a few more, not bad. What do you know about them? Yes, they're from Chapel Hill. Yes, the singer does kind of sound like a Muppet. And yes, their heyday was in the '90s, and they were a band confined chiefly to minor success in the grand scheme of things. The kind of band that you saw on "120 Minutes" sometimes or knew about if you lived in a city that was a hotbed of indie goodness.

Here's the thing about Portastatic: They've never been quite as much pure fun as Superchunk. In the past, Mac McCaughan, who sings for both bands and basically is Portastatic, let his demons out — at least the noisy ones — with Superchunk, and turned to other explorations with his side project. The album covers had birds and the songs were pretty — though they could sometimes rock, like "San Andreas," one of my favorite songs from either band.

But Superchunk's on hiatus now, and Portastatic's new album, Bright Ideas, shows it: From energetic guitars to vaguely tropical ballads, Mac's thrown in all his hats for this one. The second song, "White Wave," well, it's a Superchunk song, rumbling energetically forward, goofy lyrics ("'Yellow Brick Road' on the jukebox / That was cool") shaken together with a catchy chorus, crashing cymbals and a guitar melody that could have come from Superchunk's fantastic 1995 album Here's Where the Strings Come In.

"White Wave" is followed by the classic-rocky "I Wanna Know Girls," for which Mac pushes his voice into arena-rock registers that almost make me giggle, except that he does it so sincerely. That's the thing: Even when Mac's singing about sticking his bright ideas up his ass, or about loving a girl's feet and legs "And everything ... going up from there," he never sounds like a cynical, overly-ironic hipster. He sounds like a guy who's been doing this so long he's going to have some fun with it, dammit, and if that means turning his malleable former side project into a real rock band, catchy songs intact, he's just going to do it. And if that's not enough for you, how's this: The Bright Ideas press release was written by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, who claims that while there are few pleasant things a person can count on in the world, one of those things is "the relentless integrity and consistently stellar output of Mac McCaughan." He ain't wrong.

Portastatic plays with fellow Merge Records recording artists The Rosebuds, a husband-and-wife duo whose jaunty new album, Birds Make Good Neighbors, offers plenty of reasons to put off your own cynicism and actually get to the WOW Hall in time to see the opening band.   

 

 

Exploring the Tiny Universe

Karl Denson's broad based jazzism.

BY JEFF TRAINOR

As tiny ones go, Karl Denson's universe is pretty big. Yep, there's more to the amply-goateed sax player's world than meets the eye.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. 9 pm, Thursday, 9/22. The Jungle, $20 adv. / $22 dos.

Raised in southern California, the second youngest of six kids, Denson developed his love for various styles of music early on in his childhood. By the time he was 5 or 6, his oldest brother's preference for Motown, soul and funk records had mingled with another older brother's affinity for jazz.

The lil' Denson picked up the saxophone and started blowing notes that blew minds. By 1988 or so, his talent landed him in a studio with Lenny Kravitz. Denson left the Kravitz crew in the early '90s, embarking on a more jazz-focused path that led him to becoming one of the Greyboy Allstars' (GBA) founding members in 1994.

His latest CD, The Bridge, is an exercise in easygoing eclecticism, spinning the rock, jazz, funk, hip hop and soul threads of Denson's broad career into a colorful tapestry of horns, keys, guitars and dance-friendly drumbeats that's as apt to resemble the GBA or Parliament/Funkadelic as the old rockin' boss, Kravitz. But lyrics zoom out from contentious issues and seek a more universal angle.

"There's not that much about politics [in my lyrics]," Denson said, talking by phone. "I think people need to be studying politics instead of just being led by some guy whose music they like. I like to look at the whole political process as more of a give and take — we gain information from each other, and we're not so interested in being right that we miss what [someone] has to say." Reprinted with permission from the Source Weekly.

 

 

 

St. Patrick's Day in September

The Kissers

Even though it's almost autumn, you no longer need a lame excuse to get as drunk and rowdy as you do on St. Patrick's Day. You only need The Kissers. This Irish-steeped, punk-influenced band will have you downing pints of Guinness and dancing like mad with people you've never met before, but claim are "your best friends ever" in that drunken camaraderie common to pubs and rock shows.

Though The Kissers definitely bring the rock, they also know how to slow it down a bit with banjo and violin-tinged ballads that are reminiscent of a folk-based Decemberists show. While the slower songs are worth a listen, The Kissers' fast and rowdy songs will more than likely be the highlight of the show. With their eclectic sound that mixes authentic Irish folk with rocking rhythms and guitar, you won't know whether to do a jig or thrash around the floor á la Ramones. Some combination of the two would probably be most appropriate because while incredibly funny to watch, it would also best represent The Kissers' diverse and unique brand of whiskey-soaked rock. The Kissers play 9:30 at Sam Bond's, Saturday, Sept. 24. $7. Emily Freeman

 

Portland Band Makes Eugene Debut

You know a band with a glockenspiel is going to be an interesting one, and Heroes and Villains lives up to my hopes. The unique instrument lends a surreal carnival air to some of their tunes, but there's also an Eastern European feel thanks to the two guitarists, one of whom plays in a gypsy jazz way. The five-piece all share vocal duties and pack an amazing array of tones and textures into their newly finished but not yet packaged five-song EP.

The band uses its many talents producing warped but strangely enchanting pop tunes that could easily be the soundtrack for a modern-day silent movie. There's an inexplicable vaudevillian feel to the band, but they cover so much ground musically that it's more like a shifting sand than a shelter. It opens like a spooky sideshow carnival, then gains a dust-in-your-eye feeling like an old Clint Eastwood western. The third track's sultry and relaxed vocal style reminds me of Portishead. I can do without the plodding six-minute version of "Waltzing Matilda," but for a band with this aesthetic, a well-known waltz is an obvious choice. I look forward to more from this talented new band, which will be appearing with The Glorious Bride. Heroes and Villains plays 10 pm at Luckey's, Saturday, Sept. 24. $3-5. — Vanessa Salvia

 

 

A New Kind of Hip Hop Beat

Heiruspecs doesn't subject itself to the standards that dominate mainstream hip hop. This isn't a posse-backed 50 Cent MTV beach party act or some old-school turntablism straight off a Beastie Boys record. No, Heiruspecs takes the stage this week with a soul-filled aural assault straight out of Minneapolis that defies the traditions of the hip hop genre by delivering their music without any sort of DJ or sampler whatsoever. That's right; this group does everything with live instruments, as Twinkie Jiggles thumps the bass guitar, dVRG works the keyboards and Peter Leggett throws down on the drum set. MC Felix is the vocal anchor, spitting out venomous verses on each song while Muad'Dib backs him up with beat-boxing and ever-present lyrical support.

Heiruspecs

"We're influenced by sampler-based production, old-school rhyming and real life," says Felix, "but we do everything live. Nothing is sampled and we like to keep it song-oriented to give equal space to the lyrics and the music."

While their latest CD, A Tiger Dancing, has been out for nearly a year, its appeal has remained fresh and the style and presentation of the album as funky as ever. Songs like "Intro" and "First" feature a rap-battle lyrical format reminiscent of movies like 8 Mile and hardcore rap groups like Jedi Mind Tricks and the Wu-Tang Clan, while "Something For Nothing," "Two Fold," "Dollar" and "5ves" channel a more old-school beat with flickers of everything from early '80s rap to jazz, sounding like Run DMC, The Roots and even Jurassic 5. The sheer depth of the album allows for a wide-spectrum appeal to any type of rap fan, from those seeking an edgier beat for a cruise down a city block late at night to those who want to kick back on a sunny day, relax and feel the beat pulse through their entire body.

Heiruspecs is teaming up with Enzyme for the show, so grab your friends, get up as close to the stage as possible, put a fist in the air and get ready to nod your head over a thousand times, because this is one hip hop event that'll shake down the WOW Hall in style. Heiruspecs play with Enzyme 9:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 24. at the WOW Hall, $8 adv/$10 dos. — Dan Hoyt

 

Queerest of the Queer

The Queers

It's been a long time since The Queers were one of punk rock's most adored bands, the genre having morphed and split into countless popular styles during the past decade. But it's hard to forget the bubblegum punk band that pioneered pop-punk with its simple, almost childish love songs and smart-alecky rants.

Formed in 1982, the veteran New Hampshire trio kick-started the pop-punk genre by mixing '70s punk influences like the Ramones with slower, shiny, bright sounds like the Beach Boys. Their early albums were mostly cute songs about crushes that spoke and rhymed in the same simple, juvenile manner of a junior high love note.

The band's three 1993 releases, Love Songs for the Retarded, Beat Off and Grow Up, set the stage for over a decade of touring and recording success. Although the band hasn't released an album since 2002's Pleasant Screams, The Queers have toured regularly and still have an itch to get on stage and relive those lovesick years.

The band plans to record a new album this fall and is sure to preview some of the new material. The Queers play 9 pm Monday, Sept. 26 at the WOW Hall. $8 adv/ 10 dos. — Danny Cross

 

 




AX BILLY GRILL & SPORTS BAR

999 WILLAMETTE ST. 484-4011

SA: Group Therapy—8

BADA BING'S

440 COBURG RD. 338-9094

FR & SA: Rocket—9:30

TU: Blake Padilla, Scott Bossina & Friends—6:30

WE: Paul Biondi, Blake Padilla & Friends—6:30



SIMPLEMAN PLAY WEDNESDAY AT BLACK FOREST. BUT WILL THEY HAVE ALL THIS COOL STUFF WITH THEM?

BLACK FOREST

50 E. 11TH ST. 686-6619

TH: The Lovers Lost—9:30

WE: Simpleman, LaunchPad, Johnny Flash—9:30


BLUE LUNA CLUB

1280 WILLAMETTE ST., SUITE 206 484-BLUE

TH: DJ Pristine with Artical Infinity

FR: Sweet Island Thyme

SA: Reggae All-Stars w/ DJ Kal-El

SU: Jazz Matinee—2

MO: Eagle Park Slim—9; Blues

TU: Hurricane Benefit Night w/ DJ Pristine, MC Artical Infinity, 3 Blind Mics






CLUB ROCK

535 MAIN ST., SPFD. 726-5163

SU: Church of de Blues w/ Bobby 6 Crows & Bobby Jones—9; Open blues jam

CLUB TSUNAMI

2222 CENTENIAL BLVD.

SA: DJ Tekneek—10:30; Hip hop, R & B

CORNUCOPIA

295 W. 17TH ST. 485-2300

SA: Rob Tobias & Friends—6

WE: Beth Miriam Rose & Friends—6


COUNTRY SIDE BAR & GRILL

4740 MAIN ST., SPFD. 744-1594

TH: JC Rico, Paul Biondi, Peter Giri, Zulu Alliance Band—8:30; Blues

FR & SA: Roughstock—9

WE: Ladies' Nite w/ DJ Jeff Richey—9; Hip hop



COUNTRYSIDE PiZZA & GRILL

645 RIVER RD. 463-7632

FR: Music Alliance Showjam—9

SA: Coupe de Ville—9; Classic rock


COZMIC PIZZA@THE STRAND

8TH AVE. & CHARNELTON ST. 338-9333

TH: Cuchata—9:30; Latin

FR: I-Chele and the Circle of Light—9; Roots, rock, reggae

SA: Express Yourself w/ Moksha, Default, others—7; Art troupe and music

SU: An Evening of Art—4

MO: Rainy Day Blues Society meeting and jam—6

TU: Open mic—7

WE: A Peace of Anarchy—8; Film







DIABLO'S

959 PEARL ST. 683-3855

TH: L'80s night—10; '80s, ladies' night

FR: DJ Gen.Erik & Supa J—10; Hip hop

SA: The Vinyl Pimpz—10; House



DOWNTOWN LOUNGE

959 PEARL ST. 343-2346

TH: Open turntables—10; Funk, R&B, requests

FR: Oonie Egghen & His Band of Tricks—10; Blues rock

SA: Blue Moon Society, Earl Brothers—10; Blues rock, bluegrass

SU: Texas Hold 'em—3

MO: DJ Turbo & DJ Diablo

WE: Texas hold 'em—7

The Essentials—10







EMBERS SUPPER CLUB

1811 HWY. 99 N. 688-6564

FR & SA: Michael Anderson Trio feat. Diana Harris—9; Country, rock

GOOD TIMES

375 E. 7TH AVE. 484-7181

TU: Rooster's Blues Jam—8

JAXX

1010 OAK ST. 485-4695

TH: Echoes of the Underground w/ DJ Myron, DJ Scamp & Twitch—10

FR: Livin' Funky Fridays w/ DJ Myron & DJ Scamp—10; House, funk

TU: Drummers' Lounge—9



THE JAZZ STATION

68 W. BROADWAY

TH: John Crider's Singers' Showcase—7:30

FR: Paul Saffell Quintet feat. Tim Leopold—7:30

SA: Lori Fletcher & Jon Fiori—7:30; Vocal jazz

SU: Willamette Jazz Society Jam—5




JO FEDERIGO'S

259 E. 5TH AVE. 343-8488

TH: Jo Fed's All Star Jam Session—9

FR: Jake the Cat—9

SA: Ritmo de la Noche—9

SU: Mark Alan—8:30; Acoustic

MO: Skip Jones Hammond Organ Trio—8:30

TU: Adam Bro & Friends—8:30

WE: Kristen Chandler—8:30







JOE'S BAR & GRILLE

25 W. 6TH 221-3360

TU: VJ Justin-Michael—10; Hip hop, R&B videos

WE: VJ Justin-Michael—10; Club classic videos


 

JOGGER'S BAR & GRILL

710 WILLAMETTE ST. 343-0224

FR, SA & WE: Motion Nightclub—9:30; Hip hop, house, 80s disco

JOHN HENRY'S

77 W. BROADWAY 342-3358

TH: '80s Night w/ DJs Chris, Jenn & John—10

FR: Kristen Hoffman, The Ginger Hustlers, others—9

SA: Freaks in the House—10

SU: John Henry's Broadway Revue w/ musical guest James Whiton and the Downtown Apostles—10; Burlesque, variety

TU: Default—10

WE: DJ Kal El vs. DJ Tekneek—10; Reggae vs. hip hop






THE JUNGLE

23 W. 6TH AVE. 338-9000

TH: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe—9

HEROES AND VILLAINS PLAY SATURDAY AT LUCKEY'S.

LAVELLE'S WINE BAR & BISTRO

5TH ST. PUBLIC MARKET 338-9875

TH: Paul Biondi & Gus Russell—6; Jazz

FR: Lyn Burg & Gus Russell—6; Jazz

SA: Skip Jones & Gus Russell—6; Jazz



LUCKEY'S CLUB CIGAR

933 OLIVE ST. 687-4643

SA: The Glorious Bride, Heroes & Villains, Andrea Maxand—10; Indie

TU: C-4 Sound Complex—10; Hip hop

WE: The Quick and Easy Boys—10; Cowboy funk



LUNA

30 E. BROADWAY 434-5862

TH: Jay Collins Band—8:30; New Orleans-style funk, poetry, blues, jazz

FR: Ala Nar w/ bellydancer Astryd deMichele and international guest dancer Amel Tafsout—8

SA: Whirled Jazz feat. Tom Bergeron & Don Latarski—9; Jazz, Latin grooves



ALA NAR PERFORMS FRIDAY AT LUNA.

MAC'S AT THE VET'S

1626 WILLAMETTE ST. 344-8600

TH: Mac's & Mo's Jamm—9:30; Blues, funk, rock

FR & SA: The Party Kings—9:30; Rock & blues

WE: Christie & McCallum—8



MCDONALD THEATRE

1010 WILLAMETTE ST.

FR: George Thorogood & the Destroyers—9

MCSHANE'S BAR & GRILL

86495 COLLEGE VIEW ROAD 747-4031

FR: Jupiter Hollow—10; Funk, jam rock

MO: Bar Triathalon

TU: Tricycle Races—9



MULLIGAN'S PUB

2841 WILLAMETTE 484-1727

SU & WE: Music jam/open mic w/ Keith Harrison

O'DONNELL'S IRISH PUB

295 HWY. 99 N. 688-4902

TH-SU & TU: DJs-B-Us: Tim—9

OVERTIME GRILL

770 S. BERTELSEN 342-5028

TH: Blues Jam—8

FR: The Valley Boys—8:30


PEABODY'S

444 E. 3RD AVE. 484-2927

TU: Patrick & Giri—8; Acoustic variety

PERUGINO

767 WILLAMETTE ST. 687-9102

TH: Old-time jam—7:30; Appalachian

TU: Tango night w/ Andrew McCullough—7:30

WE: Irish jam—7:30; Celtic



QUACKER'S

2105 W. 7TH 485-5925

SA: Doc Bundy's London Rock Revue—9

WE: Blues Jam—8:30


RICK'S PUB

20 HWY. 99 N. 344-3074

SA: The Divers—8:30; '60s rock, blues

ROCK 'N' RODEO

44 E. 7TH AVE 344-1293

TH, FR & SA: DJs Jon Michael & Tony T—9; Country, rock, top 40

TU: DJ Tony T—10; Hip hop


SAM BOND'S GARAGE

407 BLAIR 431-6603

TH: Hammell on Trial—9; Acoustic

FR: The Waco Brothers Bloodshot Revue w/ Sally Timms, Jon Langford & The Dollar Store—9:30; Rock

SA: The Kissers—9:30; Irish rock

SU: Shelley Doty, Karney and Matt Vrba w/ Dan Neal—9; Singer-songwriters

MO: John Bollinger—9; Acoustic

TU: Sam Bond's Bluegrass Jam—9

WE: Deadwood Revival—9; Acoustic jam







SAM'S PLACE

825 WILSON ST. 484-4455

FR: Grateful Diva—10

SAMURAI DUCK

980 OAK ST. 345-6577

TH: Generation Lost w/ Yellow Jester—9

SA: Station Wag, Chain of Being, guests—10

MO: Industrial Night w/ Cinder Circus—10



STACY'S COVERED BRIDGE

401 E. MAIN ST., COTTAGE GROVE 767-0320

WE: Open Mic Night w/Ron O'Keefe—8:30

TAP 'N' KEG

1704 E. MAIN ST., COTTAGE GROVE 942-8713

TH: DJ Rick—9:30; Hip hop

FR: DJ Isaac—9:30; Retro

SA: DJ Dana—9:30; Hip hop

WE: Tricycle races—9

 





TAYLOR'S BAR AND GRILL

894 E. 13TH AVE. 344-6174

TH: Ladies' Night w/ DJ Tekneek & Friends

SA: Peter Bach & Friends

SU: Texas Hold 'em—5:30

MO: DJ Tekneek & Friends

WE: Lander





TINY TAVERN

394 BLAIR BLVD. 687-8383

TH: Open mic w/ Adam, Evil Eve & Jesse

FR: Diego Delorian—9; Acoustic, hip hop

SU: Minmae, Testface—9

TU: CD Club—7; Listen, share & discuss

WE: DJ Secret Hippie's Punk Rock Jukebox—10





VET'S CLUB BALLROOM

1626 WILLAMETTE ST.

FR: Salsa Dance w/ Caliente--9

WETLANDS

922 GARFIELD ST. 345-3606

SA: Hillstomp CD Release Party w/ The Whopner County Country All-Stars, The Ink Well Rhythm Makers—10; Hill country, punk, blues, ragtime

WORLD CAFÉ

4TH & BLAIR PHONE

FR: The Conjugal Visitors—7; Appalachian twang

THE ROSEBUDS PLAY SUNDAY AT THE WOW HALL.

WOW HALL •

291 W. 8TH AVE. 687-2746

SA: Heiruspecs, Enzyme—9:30; Hip hop

SU: Portastatic, The Rosebuds—9; Rock

MO: The Queers, The Independents, Handgun Bravado—8:30; Punk rock

WE: Toshi Reagon—8:30; Singer-songwriter




YUKON JACK'S

4TH & W. BROADWAY, VENETA 935-1921

FR & SA: The Survivors—9; Classic rock

 


CORVALLIS

BOMBS AWAY CAFE

2527 MONROE AVE. 757-7221

TH: Storyhill—8:30

WE: String Loaded—7:30; Bluegrass


INTERZONE CAFÉ

WHERE. PHONE

WE: This is a Process of a Still Life

IOVINO'S RISTORANTE

126 SW 1ST ST. 738-9015

SA: DJ Down—9; Ambient grooves

WE: Thriving Theatre!—9; Improv night


PLATINUM

126 SW 4TH ST.

FR: My Life in Black & White, Evelate—9

MO: Karaoke Night w/ Patches—9

TU: DJ Joeymeister—9

 




karaoke

TH: The Cooler, Countryside Pizza (River Rd.), Da Houze, Duck Inn, Joggers, Sam's Place

FR: Sher's Eldorado Club, Trackstirs

SA: Duck Inn, Lone Star

SU: Black Forest, Country Side

MO: Black Forest, Country Side, Joggers, Rock 'n' Rodeo

TU: Country Side, Joggers, O Bar, Quackers, Taylor's