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the sound of your morning: portland love

by Grace Bonney

Image above: Portland print by Nathan Trivette at Etsy

Today, Amy and I are hopping on a plane to San Francisco to work on a special summer project with our DIY queen, Kate Pruitt. After we cram in a few days of fast-paced work, we’re heading to Portland to finish the project, visit some of our friends and take a few classes at The Ace. In honor of our trip to the Pacific Northwest, I thought I’d dedicate this morning’s music roundup to some of my favorite bands from Portland. It seems like every band or artist I love is from (or moving to) Portland these days, so this could easily turn into a 20-song list. So I tried to keep it short and sweet at 6 songs. But because I’m always looking for fantastic new bands, please feel free to leave your Portland favorites in the comment section below. Until then, I hope we’ll see some of you around town. xo, grace

Quasi, “Bye Bye Blackbird” — I love the way Sam and Janet’s voices work together. I could listen to this album over and over (and have a lot recently) and never get tired of it.

The Decemberists, “Sixteen Military Wives” — AC and I went back and forth trying to pick which video would be best for this post. The Rushmore-styling of this video won out in the end. It makes me miss Margaret Yang and Magnus Buchan.

The rest of the list continues after the jump . . .

The Gossip, “Listen Up” — To say that Beth Ditto is an amazing live performer is a massive understatement. She’s a one-woman tornado of awesomeness. This also happens to be one of my favorite songs to sing at karaoke.

Sleater-Kinney, “Jumpers” — It’s impossible for me to think of Portland and not think of Sleater-Kinney (even if they started in Olympia). Picking just one video was the hardest part of writing this post. So I chose to go with the one that has a DIY-wing project in it. Okay, so it’s not a real project, but she does cut them out of envelope windows and make them by hand.

The Thermals, “I Don’t Believe You”— I’ve got tickets to a Thermals show in two weeks, and I can hardly wait. This song always makes me happy, and the fact that I can see a Jill Bliss poster in the video makes me even happier.

Modest Mouse, “Dashboard” — AC feels this album didn’t receive the appreciation and accolades it deserved. While I definitely played the previous album more than this one, this song is fantastic.

The Minders “Yeah Yeah Yeah” – This band didn’t form in Portland but eventually settled there before breaking up in 2008. I sadly only found them way after the fact after falling for Rebecca’s adorable side-to-side head turning while playing keyboards for Wild Flag. Now I plan to make up for lost time by listening to their music on repeat on the flight out to SF today.

Hockey “Too Fake”- This is the sort of head bopping fun music that’s perfect for cleaning the house, long work stretches or an afternoon dance break.

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