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Check Out: A Weather – “Giant Stairs” (CoS Premiere)

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    Festivals are a business. You pay them X amount of dollars and they give you a weekend of bands you love (along with sore feet and a sunburn). But one such festival is expanding on the model and going for more altruistic means of taking your cash. In addition putting an annual music festival that touts the always-incredible Portland music scene, PDX Pop Now! also serves as a non-profit organization that conducts a series of out reach programs (getting musicians to speak/perform at schools, free concerts on the steps of the City Hall, etc) around the community. Now, you can help the cause and, in turn, receive some quality music by purchasing a copy of the PDX Pop Now! Compilation. Not convinced? Let us break you off with a track from the 40-track effort.

    A Weather and its track “Giant Stairs” is not exactly what a lot of people expect from the Portland scene, but then again, that’s what makes the scene so dynamic. Along with the likes of The Thermals, Stephen Malkmus, and YACHT, the indie folk rock of A Weather is as equally at home in the confines of the Rose City. “Giant Stairs” is something like a more down home and quainter version of Viva Voce. The boy-girl dynamic adds a sweeter edge to their methodic, damaged pace. It’s something only Portland could’ve brewed up, that’s for sure.

    The compilation is now available and can be purchased here. Other artists appearing on the effort include Menomena, Talkdemonic, Dharma Bums, and Blitzen Trapper. Also, for those in the Portland area, there is a CD release show tonight at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison St.). Deelay Ceelay, Tope, The Angry Orts, and The Great Mundane will be performing.

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    PDX Pop Now!’s 2010 festival takes place from July 30th – August 1st. Stay tuned to their official site for news and a schedule.

    Check Out:
    “Giant Stairs”

    PDX Pop Now! Compilation Tracklist:
    Disc 1:
    01. The Basics – Tope & Epp ft. Illmaculate
    02. No Nostalgia – AgesandAges **
    03. Oooh Kill Ooooh – Nucular Aminals
    04. Tange Rine – Deelay Ceelay **
    05. City Morgue – Kelli Schaefer
    06. Five Little Rooms – Menomena **
    07. El Ranchero Tejano – paper/upper/cuts **
    08. The Letters – Light for Fire **
    09. The Upheaval on Titan – JonnyX & the Groadies
    10. Never Again – Fruition
    11. My Hip Hop Is Breathing – Beyoung, Empire, Lost Poet, Mr. Flea
    12. Starting Over (Bad Habits) – Typhoon
    13. bodyblood – the angry orts **
    14. Bombast – Trio Subtonic
    15. Let This Body Go – Death Songs
    16. Steve Don’t Party No More – Mean Jeans
    17. Flatlands – Mike Coykendall
    18. Bad Buzz – The Mint Chicks
    19. Wet & Dripping – Aan
    20. Patient Heart – Sean Flinn & the Royal We

    Disc 2:
    01. Mercenary Days – Hockey
    02. Boxcar Children – ioa
    03. Dalvik Tide – Ocean Age
    04. Hoop & Wire – Boy Eats Drum Machine
    05. Tramm – Breakfast Mountain **
    06. Sleep, Child – Nick Jaina
    07. Marianne – Strength **
    08. Only A Quality Lime for Eric Gruber – Andrew Oliver Sextet
    09. Look My Way – Blitzen Trapper **
    10. Don’t Look Down on Me – MY-G
    11. Pythia Misunderstood – Transient
    12. Battling Giants – Brainstorm
    13. Too Many Days Gone – Dharma Bums **
    14. Wide-Eyed, Legless – Laura Veirs
    15. Midcentury Motion – Talkdemonic **
    16. Pulling Weeds – The Great Mundane **
    17. Juniper – Y La Bamba**
    18. Peacock Dreams – Peacock Dreams
    19. See Waves – Nice Nice
    20. Giant Stairs – A Weather

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    ** = Previously unreleased tracks

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