Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Local Band Showcase-Tu Fawning















For those of you who don't know, I am located in Portland Oregon. Portland is one of the best places for a musician to get their feet off the ground. You could practically throw a rock anywhere within the confines of Portland and you'd most likely hit a musician. Of course, I'm not literally suggesting that you should throw a rock at a musician, but you get the picture.

Every night there are at least 20-30 venues featuring all kinds of music from avant garde, electronic, folk, bluegrass, pop, indie-rock, blues, experimental. I have really been interested in finding out more about what's going on in the local scene, so this series will continue until I run out of bands to rave about. This is the first installment of the series, so I hope you enjoy it.

Tu Fawning

Tu Fawning are a duo from Portland Oregon who have both been fixtures in the local music scene for many years. Corinna Repp has two albums available on Hush Records that are in the confessional singer/songwriter vein with Corrina's sweet voice layered over the top of electronic drumbeats. Joe Haege is the lead singer/guitar slasher from Portland's prolific math rock/prog trio who have recorded 5 full-lengths and 3 ep's since 2000.

Joe Haege and Corrina Repp decided to put their respective bands on temporary hiatus to record the yet to be released debut ep for Tu Fawning. From the two songs I've heard on their Myspace page, I would say that this album has the potential to be one of the best of 2008. "I'm Gone" sounds like a contemporary film noir soundtrack mixed with trip-hop. "Out Like Bats" is an exquisite song with soaring vocal melodies and chiming guitars that recall Zach Condon's Beirut without the marching band sound. Keep an eye out for their debut EP!

Here is a link to their Myspace page with the two songs they have available to preview.
Here is a link to 31 Knots homepage.
Here is a link to Hush Records Website.

9 comments:

Nawel said...

wasn't a band called Oregon? I guess that explains it all!

hehe. nice blog. cheers

Dgrador said...

Check out the Shiny Things.

wetconfetticansuckmyass said...

i don't mean to sound like a prick, but which portland oregon are you talking about? There are hardly 20 to 30 venues in portland that have decent shows, let alone every night of the week. Satyricon has awful sound, Tube is full of assholes, they shut Foodhole down, Dante's is where good taste went to die, Valentine's isn't consistently open and often has the same boring folk act playing to their five friends, Berbati's Pan is basically a sports bar disaster... I could go on. I love Portland to death. But it's hardly the musical melting pot everyone claims it to be.

reptilianciviliantoo said...

and the number of venues you claim there are is really just a bold faced lie.

Kevin said...

Well, like the old saying goes, opinions are just like assholes- everyone's got one. You are entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to mine. I feel that Portland offers a wide variety of music. I'm talking about the music, not the specific venues. However, I feel that the Doug Fir Lounge, Holocene, Rotture, Wonder Ballroom and the Aladdin are great places to see live music.

Also, if you don't think there are 30 venues to see shows, then just take a look at the Willamette's weekly music calendar. There are about 30 bands playing every night except Sunday. Whether or not you like the bands is irrelevant.

Kevin

Cschenked said...

I know nothing of the Portland scene so cant contribute to that thread... but I like what Ive heard. "I'm gone" is hitting the spot at the moment. You asked in an earlier post where Im located, not portland... good ol music city america, Nashville, Tn... keep the recommendations coming... especially enjoy hearing these little slices of the local scene... though Im looking forward to hearing the Ornette!

Anonymous said...

wet confetti hater is talking about a two block radius as well, i wonder what he thinks about reporter?, 30 venues is about right, though you probably won't want to see shows at all 30.

Kevin said...

cschenked:
Thanks for your comment. I am happy to keep the recommendations coming, and I hope you continue to visit my blog. A new local showcase is on the horizon. What did you think of the Ornette show from New Orleans?

anon: thanks for backing me up, and I agree that you won't want to see shows at all 30 venues. It's the variety of options that makes Portland such a great city.

Cheers to all of you!

Kevin

Dianne said...

People should read this.