How to play KMHD, Portland on your Computer

This is a guide that explains how to get KMHD jazz radio: Portland, on your computer at home. KMHD is publicly funded, meaning it has no adds. This station has many brilliant broadcasters who play a wide variety of jazz from classic orchestral big band swing to modern alternative ambitious jazz. This wide variety can serenade a wide audience of people who appreciate music for music’s sake, and who know how to interpret the sounds in a tangible, meaningful way.

Click here, or use the link bellow, to go to the KMHD webpage to download the kmhd.pls file.

http://www.opb.org/kmhd/listen/player/

To the right is what you will see when you click on the link above. KMHD Jazz

Click on the “Itunes & other common players (PLS)” link to download the KMHD.pls file. You can use this PLS file to stream KMHD through reliable web applications such iTunes and VLC media player (for Windows).

Review this support documentation to stream the PLS in iTunes:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1924391?tstart=0

and this support documentation to stream PLS using VLC media player (for windows):

Stream Online Radio to your PC using VLC Media Player

The message, played from 9pm to 10pm Pacific (Sunday), and the beat parlor, from 10pm to 11pm are good stations that I would highly recommend. A few tracks from these stations can be reviewed bellow. Go here to see the KMHD playlist so you don’t miss out on what is playing!

http://www.opb.org/kmhd/playlist/

 

Daytrip: Oregon – produced by Andrew Curtis & music by Zachary Neumann

What is a daytrip like in Oregon? If this video feels like a tease, well… it is! Music tease from my upcoming record accompanies some amazing video tease of Portland, Oregon taken by the illustrious Andrew Curtis. Check out some of his other amazing work here. Andrew will be in Germany for the next 2 years and will have plenty of amazing work to add to his already spectacular portfolio. I cannot wait to work with Andrew again in the near future. Enjoy!

Daytrip: Oregon from Andrew Curtis on Vimeo.

The Dead Woods @ Twilight Cafe: Portland, Oregon on March 26, 2016

IMAG1936I was lucky to catch The Dead Woods (from Chicago, IL) on their 7 week tour, with Portland marking the 2nd week along their journey. They just released How to Entertain Your Friends which was recorded and produced largely by themselves at The Cemetery in Chicago. After their set at Twilight Cafe in Portland (a relatively deceiving name for how underground/punk rock of a club this was), I caught Mark (pictured on the left) sitting at the bar. He told me that back in January of 2014 they opened for Deftones at House of Blues in Chicago and that’s how they found their start as a band. Their next big step, after this tour, is that they plan on recording their next record with Steve Albini — something I am eagerly anticipating. I was admiring Mark’s tattoos after he mentioned he had just gotten his fingers done in Seattle. Unfortunately, some of the amazing art on his arms you can’t really see in this photo such as a detailed figure of the world, complete with graticule and flames, with a caption that says something like “f*ck the world”. He also pointed out a piece of art on the other arm, a man with hundreds of balloons for a head, mentioning that it reminds himself that he can be a big airhead at times. Influenced by the Pixies and Nirvana these guys know how to rock. I myself couldn’t help but groove to their music. They’re composed of three members including Mark Wendell (guitar/vocals), Sean Fagan (bass), and Austin Getz (drums). At times I really admired when Fagan and Getz would rock out together with some powerful and catchy riffs followed by some shredding from Wendell on the guitar.

Take Irresponsible for example, one of my favorites from Seventy Ceader (2014), and imagine the 3:05 maker but live and in your face. Yea… give that a second to sink in. These guys remind me of the music I enjoyed in the 90’s with a 21st century spin. They have very eclectic mix of tunes that make me think that young Brand New, post-hardcore Thrice, and catchy Turnover all had a brain child. You are definitely going to have to decide what you think for yourself because I can also see them as being, what Wendell says is, “sonically unique” and “unpolished”. You will definitely have to catch these guys when they stop by your town, and will have to listen to more of them on Spotify — my favorite of their records being Seventy Ceader — or Soundcloud. Definitely don’t forget to follow them on Instagram and Facebook to get some really sick photos from their tour.

Jack Garratt @ Doug Fir Lounge on March 8, 2016

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Jack Garratt, british artist-producer, came out with his debut record this year which was written, performed, recorded, and largely produced by himself. His music can be both powerful and soft and both sides get at my emotions in such a brilliant way. Mixing heavy electronica grooves with soulful RnB vocal melodies, epic guitar riffs, and a mixture of piano styles that make this record very unique in its qualities. I think Jack could fall into a similar category of artists as Alina Baraz and Galamitas, Frank Ocean, and Sohn, yet I also think that he falls into his own category of music that is unique and fresh.

When I saw Jack, and only Jack walk onto stage I honestly was blown away because I was not expecting his complex record to be performed solo. Jack did not disappoint, his extreme talent as a solo performer poured out in front of my very eyes and I was amazed and wowed to say the least. He was extremely versatile in his performance playing a mixture of midi drums, keyboard, electric guitar all while maintaining such beautifully crafted vocal melodies. At times he would loop a guitar riff and a vocal melody and then jam on his Roland drum pads with drum sticks. Other times he would just play guitar guitar and sing showing off his true talent as a musician.

Not only was Jack extremely talented musically, he was also a very personable performer who spoke to the audience with such confidence. He really knew how to make the crowd laugh and feel like they were as much a part of the performance as he was. If you haven’t listened to his record yet I would highly recommend giving it a listen, I would also recommend putting him on your list of musicians to see.

Jack Garratt plays guitar, keyboard, and drums for his performance of Worry.

A must see “acoustic” performance of Surprise Yourself.

Alabama Shakes @ Les Schwab Theater: Bend, Oregon on May 27, 2016

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Alabama Shakes are so full of soul that after seeing their live performance I don’t feel the need to go to my local baptist church this Sunday. Alabama Shakes are a timeless entity that employ power and confidence and inspire all who witness their brilliance. When they performed I could understand why each song was pieced together the way it was, and could almost get a taste of their true meaning. Each instrument had its own context and purpose, yet they could blend together so well that at times they were indistinguishable. Each track had its purpose and delivered its message in a way that made each a new and unique experience.

Brittany Howard is not only a powerful singer, but she is also a very talented instrumentalist. She can play complex rhythms and maintain her vocal brilliance that cuts deep into your heart. The Shakes opened with Future People where Brittany plays an arpeggiated chord with a syncopated rhythm. Over this already seemingly complex melody she adds a new dimension of vocal fluidity and maintains her impeccable timing. Zac Cockrell (bass) and Brittany Howard started their chemistry in highschool psychology in Athens, Alabama (read more about their history at La Bella Strings). Gemini and Guess Who — not my favorite songs off Sound and Color, but deffinitly some of my favorite performed at the Les Schwab — liven up immensely with Cockrell’s tone and groove which demand the audiences attention.

Not only was the bass stunning in this performance of Gemini, but so was the backing vocal performance which gave this already erie track a new unsettling edge. The backup singers truly gave the band a new dimension of sound, transforming tracks such as You Aint Alone into the gospel sound that these songs deserve. Once again, another song that cannot give quite the same satisfaction when listening to the record.

Most of these tracks were quite a different experience live than they were on the record, and neither these videos nor this short review quite do the experience justice. so, If you like powerful soul rock and good ol’ southern cookin’ and hospitality then Alabama Shakes should deffinitly be on your list of live performances to see. At the end of the day Alabama Shakes will always be true to my heart and will continue to satisfy with music that is pleasing to the heart and soul.