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TIMBRE

APRIL 2012. Vol. 1.

SPOTLIGHT CALEB GROH MEIKO

ADVENTURE GALLEY These up and coming Synth-Rockers are taking Portland by storm.

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tim·bre [tam-ber, tim-; Fr. tan-bruh] The characteristic quality of sound produced by a particular instrument or voice; tone color.

TABLE OF CONTENTS DESIGN & WRITING ATIANA KURIYAMA THANKS MEIKO and CALEB GROH for taking the time to answer questions for the spotlight articles.

APRIL

Who's In Town?

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SPOTLIGHT: Meiko

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SPOTLIGHT: Caleb Groh

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2012

ADVENTURE GALLEY for meeting with TIMBRE for an interview. pdxtimbre.tumblr.com

Feature: Adventure Galley

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WHO'S IN TOWN: SUNDAY April 1st Alberta Rose: Tell Mama: A Tribute To Etta James. 8pm, $ 15–18. Doug Fir: Hot Snakes, Corin Tucker Band, Bangs. 8pm, $10.

MONDAY April 2nd Aladdin Theatre: Kathleen Edwards, Hannah Georgas. 8pm, $20. Doug Fir: John K. Samson and The Povincial Band, Shotgun Jimmie. 9pm, $6–8.

TUESDAY April 3rd Hawthorne Theatre: The Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch, Hour of Penance. 8pm, $15–18.

WEDNESDAY April 4th Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall: Rodrigo Y Gabriela and C.U.B.A. 8pm, $35–42. Doug Fir: Bowerbirds, Dry The River. 9pm, $6–8.

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THURSDAY April 5th Backspace: Brainstorm, Twin Steps, Onuinu.7pm, $6. Doug Fir: Swervedriver, Hawkeye. 9pm, $16–18. Mississippi Studios: Viva Voce, 1939 Ensemble, Battleme. 9pm, $10‑12. Roseland Theatre: Young The Giant, Group Love. 8pm, $20. Wonder Ballroom: The Polyphonic Spree, New Fumes. 9pm, $18.

FRIDAY April 6th Doug Fir: Firehose, Tera Melos. 9pm, $22. Mississippi Studios: Mike Doughty. 9pm, $20. Roseland Theatre: Young The Giant, Group Love. 8pm, $20. Wonder Ballroom: Cults, Spectrals. 9pm, $14–16.


THURSDAY April 12th Doug Fir: Meiko. 8pm, $12. Mississippi Studios: Bear In Heaven, Blouse, Doldrums. 9pm, $10–12. Wonder Ballroom: First Aid Kit, Peggy Sue. 8pm, $15–18.

MONDAY April 9th

FRIDAY April 13th

Crystal Ballroom: Gotye, Kimbra. 9pm, $25. Doug Fir: Hanni ElKhatib, Tijuana Panthers, Sundelles. 9pm, $10–12. Mississippi Studios: Oberhofer, Pond. 9pm, $9–11. Roseland Theatre: James, Thomas Dolby, Elizaveta. 9pm, $25–35.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall: Elvis Costello and The Imposters. 8pm, $35. Doug Fir: Soul'd Out Music Festival; Portland Cello Project, DJ Cooky Parker. 9pm, $15–20.

TUESDAY April 10th

SATURDAY April 7th Doug Fir: Fanfarlo, Gardens & Villa. 9pm, $13–15. Roseland Theatre: Sleigh Bells, Javelin, Elite Gymnastics. 9pm, $25. Mississippi Studios: The Wedding Present, Pinky Piglets. 9pm, $15.

SUNDAY April 8th Aladdin Theatre: Heartless Bastards, David Vandervelde, Brian Lopez. 8pm, $18. Doug Fir: Chairlift, Nite Jewel. 9pm, $12–14.

SATURDAY April 14th

Doug Fir: Soul'd Out Music Festival; Portland Cello Project, DJ Cooky Parker. Doug Fir: Yards, Grandparents, 9pm, $6. 9pm, $15–20. Hawthorne Theatre: Michael Dean, SUNDAY Damnon, David Lipkind. 6pm, $6. April 15th Roseland Theatre: Social Distortion, Toadies. 8pm, $30–45. Doug Fir: Porcelain Raft, Purse Candy.

WEDNESDAY April 11th Aladdin Theatre: Arlo Guthrie. 8pm, $39.50–42. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall: Andrew Bird, Laura Marling. 8pm, $37.50–48.50. Doug Fir: Left Coast Country, The Bottle Cap Boys, Bitterroot, Poor Boy's Soul. 9pm, $6–8. Mississippi Studios: Magic Mouth, Stay Calm, Roy G Biv. 9pm, $5–7. Roseland Theatre: Miike Snow, Penguin Prison. 8pm, $25. Wonder Ballroom: Kasabian, Hacienda. 8pm, $17–20.

9pm, $10–12. Hawthorne Theatre: Guitar Wolf, The Transistors, The Mean Jeans. 8pm, $10. Mississippi Studios: Ed and The Red Reds, Country Mice, Melville. 9pm, $10.

MONDAY April 16th Doug Fir: Lambchop, Alina Hardin. 8pm, $15–17. Mississippi Studios: Rocky Votolato, Kevin Long. 8pm, $12–14. Wonder Ballroom: Delta Sprit, Waters, Tijuana Panthers. 9pm, $14–16.

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THURSDAY April 19th Aladdin Theatre: Tuck and Patti, Adlai Alexander. 8pm, $12–15. Backspace: Lunge, Industrial Park, Slaugh. 9pm, $5–7. Crystal Ballroom: Jeff Magnum. 8:30pm, $32–35. Doug Fir: HotPanda. 9pm, $6–8. Mississippi Studios: Pontiak, Etrnal Tapestry, Mike Scheidt. 9pm, $10–12

FRIDAY April 20th

TUESDAY April 17th Doug Fir: Blitzen Trapper, Yours. 9pm, $18. Mississippi Studios: Perfume Genius, Parenthetical Girls. 9pm, $10.

WEDNESDAY April 18th Backspace: A La Mode, Ramune Rocket 3, Scott Brockett; 7pm. $5. Crystal Ballroom: Jeff Magnum, Andrew Scott and Laura. 8pm, $35. Wonder Ballroom: Soul'd Out Music Festival; Sbtrkt, Machinedrum, Celoso. 8pm, $15–18.

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Aladdin Theatre: Dar Williams, Alex Dezen.8pm, $27.50–30. Backspace: Tigress, The Hoons, The Autonomics. 8pm, $5–7. Hawthorne Theatre: Eve 6, The Audition, Namesake. 7pm, $16–20. Mississippi Studios: Yob, Nether Regions, Diesto, Norska, White Orange. 9pm, $10–12.

SATURDAY April 21st Aladdin Theatre: Horse Feathers, Weinland, Petosky. 8pm, $15–18. Doug Fir: Y La Bamba, Ravenna Woods, Death Songs. 9pm, $10–12. Mississippi Studios: Stephen Ashbrook, 7:30pm, $10–15. Wonder Ballroom: The Infamous Stringdusters. 9pm, $16–28.

SUNDAY April 22nd Doug Fir: School of Seven Bells, Exitmusic. 9pm, $8–10.

Mississippi Studios: Caveman, Aan, Pure Bathing Culture. 9pm, $10–12. Wonder Ballroom: Soul'd Out Music Festival; Allen Stone, Snarky Puppy, Worth. 9pm, $18–22.

MONDAY April 23rd Backspace: Tragedy, The Estranged, Arctic Flowers 7:30pm, $8–10. Crystal Ballroom: The Naked Famous. Vacationer, Now Now. 7pm, $25. Doug Fir: April Smith & The Great Picture Show, Adam Brock & The Magit Beets. 9pm, $10–12. Roseland Theatre: Ingrid Michaelson, Harper Blynn. 8pm, $20.

TUESDAY April 24th Aladdin Theatre: Matthew Sweet, Summer Twins. 8pm, $20–22. Doug Fir: Spirit Lake, A Happy Death, Wilkinson Blades. 9pm, $5. Mississippi Studios: Bright Light Social Hour, Otis Heat, Beisbol. 9pm, $6–8. Rose Garden: Coldplay, The Pierces.

WEDNESDAY April 25th Backspace: Ask You In Gray, Little Rascalz, Suckerforlife. 8:30, $6. Crystal Ballroom: Soul'd Out Music Festival; Esperanza Spalding. 9pm, $35. Doug Fir: Tanlines, Rewards. 9pm, $10–12. Misissippi Studios: Rosie Thomas, Ivan & Alyosha. 9pm, $12–14.


WHO'S IN TOWN

THURSDAY April 26th

SAURDAY April 28th

MONDAY April 30th

Doug Fir: Neon Indian, Lemonade. 9pm, $16–18. Mississippi Studios: Chain & the Gang, Guantanamo Baywatch, Reynosa. 8pm $8–10. Wonder Ballroom: Soul'd Out Music Festival; DJ Shadow, Nerve. 9pm, $26.50–30.

Doug Fir: Tennis, Wild Belle. 9pm, $11–13. Mississippi Studios: Dolorean, The Parson Red Heads, Aaron Embry. 8pm, $10–12. Wonder Ballroom: LIL B The Based God. 9pm, $20.

Aladdin Theatre: James Morrison, Honey Honey. 8pm, $20–25. Doug Fir: Washed Out, Memoryhouse. 9pm, $15. Mississippi Studios: Brave Chandeliers, Josh and Mer. 8pm, $5–7.

FRIDAY April 27th Mississippi Studios: Michelle Shocked, Jimmy Cabeza Devaca (of Dios Malos). 8pm, $22–25. Wonder Ballroom: Ben Kweller, Sleeper Agent, Noah Gundersen. 9pm, $18–20.

SUNDAY April 29th Doug Fir: Yellow Dubmarine, Five Alarm Funk. 9pm, $10–12. Mississippi Studios: Yellow Boyz, Lyricks, Smokes. 8pm, $8–10.

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SPOTLIGHT MEIKO

Where are you from, and how did you get your start in music?

What do you enjoy most about playing live shows?

I'm from a really small town in Georgia, called Roberta. I started playing music around 12 because my dad played guitar and I asked him to teach me. He bought me a guitar for Christmas and have been playing ever since.

The connection you get to have with the audience. I love it!!

What was your favorite part recording your upcoming album The Bright Side? My favorite part was having a lot of creative control. I was able to experiment a little with beats and sounds. It was very empowering. Do you have any memorable or funny stories about the making of the album?

What is your favorite song to play live? Leave the Lights On! Do you prefer preforming solo acoustic shows, or playing with a band? Both have their perks... I like solo shows cause I can try out random songs that the band may not know, and playing with a band is fun because we have lots of inside jokes and we have a lot of fun on stage.

Meiko's sophomore album The Bright Side will be released on May 15th.

sites and I was really hurt by some of the things people said. Now窶的 don't read any of that stuff and I'm happier because of it. If you could have a jam session with any musician, who would it be and why? Lil' Jon. I would love to play guitar and sing to his dirty south beats.

What has been the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome since you've started playing and recording music professionally?

One day, the sound engineer didn't wear socks with his shoes and his feet were really stinky and stunk up Learning to ignore negative commthe entire studio all day. We were all ents. I made the mistake of reading miserable, even him. I made him pro- every comment on youtube and other mise to wear socks from then on.

MEIKO'S MUST HAVE ROAD TRIP SONGS:

What I am - Edie Brickell Low Rider - War Get Low - Lil' Jon and the Eastside Boyz Fireheads - Emiliana Torrini Happy Together - The Turtles

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SPOTLIGHT Where are you from, and how did you get your start in music? I've lived coast to coast my whole life, but I'm in Arizona now and for the first time, I'm landlocked. I always feel that home is wherever I am currently. I moved here from Boston, moved to Boston from Florida, to Florida from New York, to New York from California, to California from Connecticut. I'm not sure how I got my start. There was no clear start to any of it, I start-ed writing songs around 8 years old, playing them on guitar closer to 13, and then I released a record at 16 without my family or friends knowing I was making music. What did you enjoy most about recording Bottomless Coffee? Bottomless Coffee was fun because I didn't play all the instruments. All my friends over in Ohio and Kentucky played as session musicians, and made everything up on the spot. Chad Wahlbrink recorded and engineered it all, and we did it all in his space, which was a house that had been converted into an office building.

CALEB'S MUST HAVE ROAD TRIP SONGS:

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CALEB GROH How does Bottomless Coffee differ from the previous Happiest Lion albums? This record doesn't really relate to any of the Happiest Lion work, it's completely different to me. Despite changing the band name to just my name, more people are involved in these recordings. It was the first record I didn't make in my house, the first record I've released with a label, it's all different.

What are your hopes for the future regarding your music? My only hope is that I can support myself like this, just make enough for food and rent, you know? If you could have a jam session with any musician, who would it be and why? I'd like to jam with young Bob Dylan, because DUH.

How do you think your music has evolved from the first album you made? All evolution and growth in the music is rooted in personal growth. What has been the most rewarding aspect of recording and distributing your music? Writing songs on busses and trains is fulfilling enough, but the fact that people listen to those songs and feel good things about them blows my mind. Music makes way for really beautiful friendships, too.

Bottomless Coffee is availible now on iTunes and Bandcamp.

The Swimming Song - Loudon Wainwright III Stuck Inside of Mobile - Bob Dylan If I Don’t See You Tonight - The Deep Vibration Jambalaya - Hank Williams Mama’s Eyes - Justin Townes Earle The Last Thing I Needed - (NUMBER 6) Phosphorescent


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FEATURE

ADVEN TURE


GALLEY


FEATURE

Adventure Galley have created an authentic, and unique sound that is impossible to forget. This six piece ensemble have been ambitiously making music for years and show no signs of slowing down now. Interview and photos by: Atiana Kuriyama

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet and form a band? GEORGE: These guys (Forrest and Brock) are brothers, I met them at a party a few years ago, a house party, but they're all from Bend. BROCK: David, Aaron and I know each other from a long time ago. We met in high school, Forrest and I met a couple years ago, when we traced back our lineage, and we met George in Eugene.

How long have you guys been a band? AARON: Three years? BROCK: Three-ish years we've had some line up changes, some costume changes... AARON: Current line up, two years.

Adventure Galley; how did you get that name? AARON: I was flipping though a book, and I saw it and I liked it. FORREST: A book about pirates.

When you first started as a band, how did you go about getting your name out there and gaining a fanbase? AARON: So many stickers... GEORGE: We just tried to leave an impression one way or another in every place we played. BROCK: Yeah, we were in Eugene for a while, and we played a lot of parties, played some shows. A lot of people loved us, a lot of people hated us.

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How do you think your lives and your music has evolved from when you first started making music together till now? AARON: I think we're getting more professional, slightly. We're trying to be more professional. GEORGE: We're figuring out how the band dynamic works. What each of our roles are, and then figuring out how to put together a good tour and how to meet the right people. FORREST: Spending lots and lots of time together and learning how to deal with that. BROCK: Learning how to function in the music industry in general which I think the reality of it is a lot different than what any of us expected. GEORGE: But songwriting wise, we've always functioned well toge-ther but now it really feels like we're hitting our stride and things are more fluid, we're coming up with louder, more powerful, and beautiful music.

What's your song writting process like? BROCK: Every song comes together differnetly but nearly everyone in the band will contribute to songs someway or another. Sometimes Aaron or David will come in with more or less a complete song and we'll just learn it, and other times it'll be less of a formed idea, or just a jam. AARON: There are a couple jams we've made and then added lyrics to. BROCK: Sometimes songs will come together in a day and it'll pretty much stay the way we made it that day forever, and other times it takes us months and months of tweaking, years even, before it's more or less a finished thing. Some songs are never finished.

How about rehersals, what do those look like? GEORGE: We're living in two different cities right now but we're just spliting time between them...it's a lot of driving on the 5, but it's worth it.

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COMING UP WITH “ WE’RE LOUDER, MORE POWERFUL, AND BEAUTIFUL MUSIC.” FORREST: We have a space in Portland now, which helps. For a long time it was just wherever we could play, whether it was a warehouse, basement, where ever really... BROCK: We rent a studio now, so it's nice to have an actual spot where we can just chill and play at four o'clock in the morning if we want to.

How would you guys describe your sound, without a comparison? BROCK: What did you say last time? Something about how our sound is like how the song Born To Be Wild makes you feel? or something like that? AARON: That's pretty true.

In a lot of reviews about your music there is the comparison to Arcade Fire and The Killers that come up a lot. What do you guys think about this comparison?

BROCK: David said theatrical in one interview.

GEORGE: To be honest it's getting old, but those are great bands that we like and listen to, so we'll take it.

BROCK: It's hard to describe our sound.

AARON: I think a lot of people who are saying that dont have the right refrence points, and those are really popular bands.

BROCK: Electric.

BROCK: The thing aobut comparisons with music in general, its like, people need to be able to asociate new things with things they already know, and as soon as people started using The Killers/Arcade Fire comparison I think other publications would read that and be like, "oh yeah, you're right" and it would get repeated again and again. I think there are plenty of other artists you could compare us to. It's just sort of like once people latch on to the idea, "Oh yeah, this is kind of similar," it's the easiest comparison to make. I don't really dislike it. It's fine. People need to be able to associate things they're not familiar with yet, with things that they are. AARON: They should be creative, it just seems like a fall back when your writting something or talking about a band to say "Oh, they sound like this." BROCK: But we're not the only band that is a victim of being frequently compared to other bands. It happens all the time.

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AARON: We don't want to regertitate the same answers though, that's a copout!

FORREST: Lots of synthesisers.

GEORGE: Electronic Rock and Roll. FORREST: Eclectic Electric. AARON: Yeah, that's a good way to put it. We're 21st Century Rock and Roll.

What is your ultimate direction and goal for the future of your band? AARON: Stadium shows. BROCK: The first show in space. AARON: Underwater shows... BROCK: Show in submarines, shows on the moon...


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AARON: Submarine studio. BROCK: Take the Titanic, fill it up with air, foat it, play a show. AARON: And then go down with the ship. BROCK: And then go down with the ship, still playing. AARON: There's no answer too big to that question.

How was your experience shooting the music video for Weekend Lovers? BROCK: It was super awesome, everything was glowing in the dark and looked so cool and there were lots of beautiful people on set. AARON: I'm pretty optimistic about what will come of our awesome video that we just filmed. GEORGE: It was really exciting to watch the footage that was being filmed get put together. We'd shoot a take and then everyone would croud around the camera and look at it, and it all looked really cool. We're really excited to see how it comes out. We worked with really great people on it. BROCK: We were all suprised by how professional the crew was. AARON: I didn't realize the work that went into it and the man power, and the organization needed and I'm glad that we had other people helping us for that part because we wouldn't have acheived the same level of professionalism if we hadn't had them.

What is your upcoming tour going to be like? BROCK: We're touring in May. FORREST: The Going to the Beach Tour, 2012. BROCK: We're going to San Diego and back, making stops in Fresno, Oakland, San Francisco, LA and San Diego, maybe Sacramento and Eugene also.

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WANT A NEVER“ WE ENDING FLOW OF OUR

MUSIC BEING PUT OUT.�

Plans for a new album? BROCK: The album we have nearly finished recorded will hopefully becoming out this year and then we're going to start working on new material. AARON: We're also demoing BROCK: Yeah, demoing new material and figuring out what that will turn into. It might turn into an EP, or we might just start putting together material for the next album, can't really say exactly how that will turn out yet, but we're definitely working on new material now and some of that will start coming out at our future shows. AARON: We want a neverending flow of our music being put out. BROCK: Every six months, something new. AARON: Every two days! I'm very optimistic.

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2012 Compilation Release! Thursday June 7 / 7:30 / Holocene / ALL AGES $10 admission includes a copy of the comp!

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