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CHVRCHES, THE BASEBALL PROJECT, !!!
KEXP vs Music Fest Northwest 2013 [no label, 2CD]
Live at the Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, Oregon; September 5, 2013. Excellent FM broadcast (KEXP).
Portland’s Music Fest NW (September 3-8, 2013) might not be as well known as, say, South By Southwest or Glastonbury, but its lineup includes prominent “indie” acts such as Superchunk, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Neko Case, Animal Collective and older musicians such as Bonnie Prince Billy, Bob Mould and Shuggie Otis. Here then are the Chvrches, The Baseball Project and !!! [Chk Chk Chk].
However, on September 30, 2013, barely a week after they had released their debut album, Bones of What You Believe, Lauren Mayberry of the Chvrches caught fans’ attention when she commented ‘I will not accept online misogyny’ at The Guardian. She wrote:
Last week, I posted a screengrab of one of the many inappropriate messages sent to the band’s social networks every day. After making the post, I sat back and watched with an increasingly open mouth as more and more people commented on the statement. At the time of writing, Facebook stats tell me that the post had reached 581,376 people, over five times the number of people who subscribe to the page itself, with almost 1,000 comments underneath the image. Comments range from the disgusted and supportive to the offensively vile. My current favourites from the latter category include:
“This isn’t rape culture. You’ll know rape culture when I’m raping you, bitch”
“I have your address and I will come round to your house and give u anal and you will love it you twat lol”
“Act like a slut, getting treated like a sluy [sic]”
“It’s just one of those things you’ll need to learn to deal with. If you’re easily offended, then maybe the music industry isn’t for you”
But why should women “deal” with this? I am incredibly lucky to be doing the job I am doing at the moment – and painfully aware of the fact that I would not be able to make music for a living without people on the internet caring about our band. But does that mean that I need to accept that it’s OK for people to make comments like this, because that’s how women in my position are spoken to?…
What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from “a bit sexist but generally harmless” to openly sexually aggressive. That it is something that “just happens”. Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to “just deal with”…
Click here for the full write-up.
Meanwhile, back to the gig…
CHVRCHES: It’s a pretty impressive feat to pack out Portland’s Roseland Theater… and that is exactly what CHVRCHES did late Wednesday night. They are one of those acts that when performing they are equal parts concert and visual spectacle, featuring a really extensive lights show which featured a sort of pyramid that stood behind lead singer Lauren Mayberry. They exhibit a really foreboding yet oddly poppy brand of electronica with very piercing vocals yet beautiful vocals. Their set featured songs from this year’s Recover EP such as the title track as well as “Under the Tide” and “The Mother We Share”. - Jayson Berray, qromag.com
THE BASEBALL PROJECT: Scott McCaughey & company did a ridiculous-tight set of infectious, sunny melodies. (So blasted catchy that Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke was seen in the crowd, bouncing gamely along on his heels throughout the set.) McCaughey and Steve Wynn kept up that Joycean lyrical flow thing they do. Yes, my new drum hero is Linda Pitmon, and yes, it was great to see R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills added to the lineup. - April Baer, opbmusic.org
!!!: Famous for its off the hinges live shows and relentless touring schedule… ‘If you’ve seen one cathedral/then baby you’ve seen ‘em all’/I asked her what they were like/she told me they were tall/she said ‘if there’s a god and he’s a heard one prayer/then baby, he’s heard ‘em all” (Except Death). - musicfestnw.com
Thanks to terrapin5000 for sharing the tracks at Dime.
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Chvrches (30 mins)
Track 101. [Intro] (903k)
Track 102. We Sink (8.1MB)
Track 103. Lies (6.5MB)
Track 104. [Helpful Chat] (1.3MB)
Track 105. Gun (6.9MB)
Track 106. Recover (6.7MB)
Track 107. [Voices] (2.1MB)
Track 108. Under The Tide (7.9MB)
Track 109. [Jawas] (1.9MB)
Track 110. The Mother We Share (5.6MB)
Track 111. [Outro] (1.2MB)
The Baseball Project (32 mins)
Unfortunately, dropouts and skips inherent in the source
Track 201. [Intro] (734k)
Track 202. Past Time (5.1MB)
Track 203. 1976 (6.1MB)
Track 204. Doc (7.7MB)
Track 205. Jackie’s Lament (7.3MB)
Track 206. Ichiro Goes To The Moon (4.0MB)
Track 207. Harvey Haddix (8.1MB)
Track 208. Monument Park (7.4MB)
Track 209. Panda And The Freak (4.9MB)
Track 210. [Outro] (927k)
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