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ELEVEN PDX MAGAZINE ISSUE NO. 9

THE USUAL 3 Letter from the Editor 3 Staff Credits Columns

VOLUME 3

FEATURES Local Feature 13 Holiday Friends

Cover Feature 15 Pixies

5 Aural Fix Augustines Courtney Barnett The Casket Girls

FILM Watch Me Now 19 new music 7 Short List

Film Editorial Instant Queue Review February Film Events

7 Album Reviews Aan Xiu Xiu Sun Kil Moon

COMMUNITY Neighborhood of the Month 22 NE Broadway

LIVE MUSIC 9 Musicalendar An encompassing overview of concerts in PDX for the upcoming month. But that’s not all - the Musicalendar is complete with a venue map to help get you around town.

11 Previews

Visual Arts 23 Portland artist Rebekah Long

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HELLO PORTLAND! It's my cake month, so I would like to shamelessly plug, *ahem* I mean, courteously invite you all to come party with us at the first official ELEVEN showcase of the year! We have many great events planned for 2014, and this is your opportunity to experience, in person, what ELEVEN is all about. The date is Wednesday February 12 at Holocene (aka the hotness). We've curated top notch entertainment AND you'll have a chance to win 4-day passes to Treefort Music Fest 2014 in Boise! Did I mention the showcase is a Treefort kickoff party? Bashtastic. Of course, there will be a gajillion other awesome shows this month, including our cover feature, the Pixies [p.15], who are playing the Schnitz on February 19. Check out our extensive "Musicalendar" [p.9] for a gently filtered listing of the musical goings-on this month. Lastly, if you'd like to win tickets to some upcoming music and comedy shows, head over to our website and social media pages. @elevenpdx See you there! Âť

- Ryan Dornfeld, Editor in Chief

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AURAL FIX

(Every month, our expert team seeks out the newest and most exciting musicians in the world. After searching high and low, we’re proud to bring you the result of our concentrated efforts.)

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AUGUSTINES

Following their move from Brooklyn to Seattle as well as two name changes, I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if you haven’t heard of Augustines yet. However, if you’re singing the same tune in another year, you must be doing a good job of avoiding your local new rock alternative radio stations and dramatic cinema soundtracks. Augustines pack an epic sonic punch. They're elementally resemblant to balladic rock classics you might have grown up on, like the sexy slow stylings of U2 or Peter Gabriel. But their sound is far from outdated, offering equal parts of likeness to modern popular favorites such as The National and Arcade Fire. Leaving behind the moniker of Pela following strife with their record label and the suicide of the brother of a member, Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson and Rob Allen released their 2011 album Rise Ye Sunken Ships as We Are Augustines. The boys are back with a new self-titled record out February 4, but have shortened their name to simply Augustines. The band will be at the Doug Fir Lounge on February 8, and will hopefully understand why they shouldn’t skip playing Portland when on tour like they did last fall. In the meantime, they have a video you can check out for the single "Cruel City" off their upcoming album. » - Travis Leipzig

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COURTNEY BARNETT

There are worse things than being known for clever lyrics— just ask Isle-of-Wighter-turned-Seattlite Robyn Hitchcock. One can make a nice career for oneself with some smart words and a guitar. Courtney Barnett is more than a wit, however. By now everyone's heard and marveled at her breakthrough single "Avant Gardener." The storytelling gets all the attention, but listen to the music: a low-mixed echo of a guitar reminiscent of Jesus & Mary Chain or, dare I say, Loaded-era Velvet Underground over a tambourine and bass groove. And her singing. . . it's like Lou Reed and Hope Sandoval had a voice baby without the former's technical limitations or the latter's faux solemnity. She's droll enough to not be too amused by herself, but engaged enough to avoid being a female Momus. This is smart, idiosyncratic music. Growing up in Melbourne listening to The Triffids and Nirvana, it's no surprise that Barnett's songs showcase smart pop structures as well as a shameless autobiographical streak. She cites Kurt Cobain as a major influence, and it's easy to hear in the casual references to masturbation ("Lance Jr") or the social lives of high school students ("History Eraser"). Really, you can cue up any track on The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas and hear it: a combination of passionate inquiry and sardonic reserve over clean, jangly pseudo-psych. Barnett makes a marvelous first impression. » - Eric Evans

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THE CASKET GIRLS

The Casket Girls sort of came out of nowhere with their 2012 LP Sleepwalking, which isn't surprising when you consider that the band is, in a sense, a spinoff project of Ryan Graveface's (of Black Moth Super Rainbow)—a group notorious for its self-imposed mystique. Resumés aside, however, the real stars here are and have always been vocalists/sisters Elsa and Phaedra Greene, whose performances elevate Graveface's occasionally pedestrian soundscapes to a significant and

otherworldly plane. The Greene sisters' vocal work also suggests a deep and intuitive appreciation for pop of the past, with musical references that vary from the hip and obvious (girl group stuff, with Graveface playing Spector, naturally) to the uncool and slightly obscure (Around the World in a Day-era Prince). The first half of the Casket Girls' latest effort, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale, is comprised of immaculate, bullet-proof pop music—the sort that cursively transcends aesthetic fads. Particular standouts are opening cut "Same Side," with its cathartic and surprisingly heavy build-up that lasts the whole song—frustratingly never with completely satisfying discharges. Peerlessly ebullient are "Ashes and Embers" and "True Love Kills the Fairy Tale," the song the record is deservingly named for (gotta love that weird yacht-rock solo at the end). That's why it's doubly disappointing that, towards the end of the record, The Casket Girls compromise an artistic integrity that so obviously exists: the aimless "Perfect Little Soul" features that hackneyed sputtering electro-pop beat (you know the one), and evokes visions of shopping for pants at Urban Outfitters. "The Chase" is an underwhelming top 40-pastiche (although it's still superior to a present-day Weezer top-40 pastiche). All in all, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale might trail off into predictable territory towards the end of its run time, but it's still a pretty damn great pop record. Besides, it can only get better from here. » - Morgan Troper

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NEW MUSIC This Month’s best R Reissue

L Local release

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Short List

Amor Ad Nauseum Party Damage Records

Bombay Bicycle Club So Long, See You Tomorrow Tinariwen Emmaar Cibo Matto Hotel Valentine Guided By Voices Motivational Jumpsuit Phantogram Voices

Some bands have swagger. Some bands have sway. The Portlandbased, experimental pop quartet AAN definitely fall into the latter category. "Experimental" can sometimes be an intimidating genre for some folks, as there are a lot of bands out there that

Schoolboy Q Oxymoron

back with a catchy riff. This seems to be Jamie Stewart’s M.O., but this time

The Fray Helios

around he may have gone too far. The album starts with what

The Casket Girls True Love Kills The Fairy Tale

sounds like a mini spacecraft stalling while trying to take off. . . which is

Beck Morning Phase

just the way the album goes. "Black Dick" would be a good song if the

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of the content. This contrast makes for a far more listenable sound than I think most bands dealing with this type of subject matter would have the restraint to pull off. What is really great about this album is that it is upbeat enough to hipster dance to, and at the same time chill enough to lounge to. A great album from a great band. » - Aaron Mills

point of pain. Then they bring you

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take this distinction a little too close to the edge for the average listener. On their debut album, AAN has found a way to skirt that edge while remaining grounded in the realm of the real. As the title may suggest, the themes of this album are based in the poignant realization of the bittersweet qualities of romance and relationships in general. The haunting quavering of frontman Bud Wilson embodies the sense of desperate yearning contained in his lyrics perfectly. In a somewhat ironic contrast, the music has a twinkling, futuristic, velvet loungelike quality to it which takes a little bit of the edge off of the seriousness

lyrics weren't so obnoxious. It’s hard to figure out what Jamie Stewart is

Toss it

trying to convey here besides smut.

Xiu Xiu Angel Guts: Red Classroom Polyvinyl Records

I guess if you listen to it enough, the word “dick” becomes meaningless– just another instrument. "El Naco" shows early promise where there is an intriguing use of church bells behind dark keys on the synthesizer,

If you enjoy discord mixed with

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but yet again the lyrics are so absurd

your music, you would probably

that it’s distracting. "Botanica de Los

like Xiu Xiu. Similar to avant-garde

Angeles" is actually a beautiful song,

acts like The Residents, they are so

rich with textures and heavy emotion.

out there that it eventually grows

The single, "Stupid in the Dark,"

on you. There are elements of rock

represents what’s good about Xiu Xiu,

deconstructed into strange melodies,

and should stand the test of time. »

and sounds that are abrasive to the

- Scott McHale


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Sun Kil Moon Benji Caldo Verde Records

The last time Mark Kozelek—Sun Kil Moon—poked his head up in 2012, he released Among the Leaves, a 17-track ramble that is best described as quintessential Sun Kil Moon. This is not a bad thing, of course. When you know who you are as an artist, you go with it. That said, Benji, due out in February, is about the best case scenario for a “change of pace” album. Again, as the first track queues, it is clearly a SKM record. But from the opening notes, it is clear that things are going to be a little heavier—and a little darker. And it works. Yes, it does. Kozelek has always been a story teller. Benji works because he approaches it almost autobiographically, spinning recurring tones and weaving thematic strings into a loose conceptual sketch. Death by exploding aerosol can pops up more than once—first on “Carissa,” a familial introspection: “an aerosol can exploded in the trash / what were the odds.” And here it is again on “Truck Driver,” a doleful tale about the death of an uncle: “and onto the fire he threw a can of aerosol spray / and that’s how he died in the fire that day.” On most tracks, the instrumentation is sparse. But rather than easy, finger picked tones, Kozelek introduces twangy strings and unlimited minor chords, lending everything a dark, pensive timbre. Occasionally he’ll drop in a non-chordal tone that sets everything on edge. “Ben’s My Friend,” by far the most rollicking piece, introduces drums and, weirdly enough, a strumming pattern and vocal echo that is almost Jack Johnson-esque. By the time the saxophone drops in, you’re wondering if you’re still listening to the same album. When you’ve been around making good music for as long as Kozelek, it isn’t really necessary to take chances. With an established audience that likes what it likes, it’d be easy to sit back, be comfortable, and go with what has always worked. Fortunately, he pushed himself into another space, made the music a little bit more robust, and blew away any previous peak he may have hit. » - Charles Trowbridge

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Emerging from Austin, this band is a showcasing artist of SXSW. Their songs carry hope over antipathy, expressed through citations from classic films and by covering everyone from Neil Young to Beyoncé. They can come across lurid with such a mixture of sounds. These include live brass and bopping hooks within dreamy-pop, but vocals soften edges and provide fresh change-ups on each track between Jared Boulanger and the four female counterparts who currently fill out the quintet. The hefty doses of slow, instrumental vastness full of emotion and wonder are actually pretty sweet. » - Brandy Crowe

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FEBRUARY 18 | CRYSTAL BALLROOM If you hanker for some straightforward, blues-based rock n’ roll, then swiftly get thee to a Little Hurricane show. The already high energy band is sure to bring even more excitement on their Portland tour stop, with their new album Gold Fever on the horizon in March 2014. The band's hallmark boy/girl vocals shout and sing tightly spun lyrics that are as direct as the spare guitar (Anthony Catalano) and drums (Celeste Spina). Make sure to catch them in Portland to see them prove that dancing with the devil can be fun. » - Kela Parker

FEBRUARY 21 | ALHAMBRA THEATRE In 1999, Art Alexakis would have needed zero words to introduce who he is or what he had been up to. It was splattered all across MTV and top 40 radio stations due to the pop-rock success of Everclear’s songs at the time. In Portland, even less would have needed to be said about the band, having found its origins here. A city who is still enamored with things from the '90s (and for good reason), they should be excited about the solo show where the lead singer will be playing his old band’s diddies. » - Billy Dye

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Nathan Michel and Brian Betancourt of the Brooklyn-based indie pop band Hospitality to our wonderful city this month. On tour promoting their second album, Trouble, from Merge Records (Arcade Fire, She & Him), you will hear more spaced-out, reflective new wavetype tracks that show a bit of a departure from 2012’s self-titled album. If you like the sounds of Pavement, Feist or The Weepies, you’ll love Hospitality. Papini laments about everyday situations that cause havoc in our lives, but in a very Yale-grad kind of way: smart. » - Kelly Kovl

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Cibo Matto (“crazy food” in Italian) indulged us with 1996’s Viva! La Woman, a ferocious, opulent Shibuya-kei ode to gastronomy—winning hearts with “Know your Chicken.” The NYC-based Japanese duo is back after a fifteen-year hiatus following the psychedelic hip-hop success Stereo * Type A. On tour now for Hotel Valentine, they’re as charming and phantasmagoric as ever, weaving their bizarre rap ballads and a panoply of genres into high-caliber beats. Check out the new video for “MFN” (mother fucking nature!) to get a taste. » - Megan Freshley


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then you just kind of find the songs—not necessarily that were written to be together, but that seem to make the most sense together. So those are the ones you end up focusing on the most. 11: “Astral Observations” was your first single released, and some say it’s the most powerful song on the album. What song on the new album is its equivalent? ALL: “Astral Observations!” [laughter] 11: Is it? Really? I thought it was on Chicks?!! Scott: It is! We’re re-recording it. 11: Man, I was gonna say—I thought I did my homework! Scott: We decided to re-record it because we don’t feel that Chicks has gotten out to as many people as we would have liked. That song was kind of recorded by


features Jesse in his bedroom with him and a keyboard—which is rad. We all love the way it sounds, but we’ve revamped it into more of a band feel. What’s your guys’ favorite song? Mine, on the new album, is “Spirit Girl.” Zack: There are two that—at least to me—stand out as singles. I would say that “Spirit Girl” and “Night Vision Mode” do. 11: At the band’s core, would you say that Holiday Friends is more of a live band or more of a recording band? Jon: So far, just by default we’re more of a live band. Scott: With this album, we’re writing and recording to enhance the live performance. We’re not holding anything back in the studio that we don’t think we can do live. We’re pressing ahead— making the best record we can, and planning to work really hard to replicate that sound live. Zack: The last six months especially, we’ve seen more energy put into both recording and producing our live show than ever before—by a huge margin. It’s kind of exciting. Once this album comes out, we’re going to find which one sort of pushes ahead. Meanwhile we’ve just been really digging into both processes and kind of waging war on two fronts. It’s been really fun—exhausting, but really fun. 11: What’s it like being a musician in Astoria? Scott: My answer to that is that I don’t really know what it’s like to be a musician in Astoria yet, because we have full-time jobs! We haven’t played since we started recording the album, but we have a good group of friends and good support there. 11: Do you think it’s better to be a little disconnected from a bigger scene like Portland? Jon: I think it’s easier—I

don’t want to say better. For just practicality and being comfortable—it’s just a lot easier. I like the smaller atmosphere. It’s cheaper to live there. There’s less going on, and we can rent a big house and practice in it. We don’t have to worry about renting a practice space. 11: What were your New Year’s resolutions, and how are they working out so far? Jon: I was gonna drink more beer. Joey: I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. There’s no way that I’m actually going to do it, so I don’t even bother thinking about it. Jon: That’s why I gave myself a realistic one! I thought I was allergic to beer for a while, and I found out that I’m not. . . so I’m gonna drink more!

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Hindsight is a beautiful and profound part of the human condition. Examining the past helps us learn from our mistakes, and in retrospect events fraught with tension seem placid and reasons for turmoil become clear. In 1986 Joey Santiago and Black Francis (Charles Thompson) were just two students in Massachusetts who decided to form a band. Kim Deal was just a girl on a train who didn’t know how to play bass and was the only person who responded to an ad requesting a bassist that liked Peter, Paul and Mary and Hüsker Dü. After the addition of David Lovering, the Pixies were born. Fast forward to 1993 and five albums later. The Pixies enjoyed critical acclaim but never the major success of Nirvana, Pearl Jam or Radiohead — who all drove the roads paved by the Pixies. Unbeknownst to the band or anyone at the time, the Pixies and their raucous brand of melodic punk rock set the stage for the alternative rock boom of the 1990s. Amidst their importance in the alt-rock scene, internal tensions became too much to deal with (no pun intended). The band split after Thompson called Joey Santiago and notified Deal and Lovering by fax. By 2003, Kim Deal and Charles Thompson hadn’t spoken in ten years. But the Pixies were reuniting. What seemed completed by the ink of time was reopened, and for many fans the impossible fantasy of seeing the Pixies became reality. What began as a promise for one tour turned into another ten years, and soon enough the Pixies had been reunited longer than they were originally a band. After multiple soldout world tours, the band was finally ready to re-enter the studio. They exited one bassist short of a full deck and released their first song in 20 years in June 2013—without any warning and weeks after Deal left the band. All of a sudden the Pixies were back. To many the reestablishment of the band felt disjointed and incomplete without Kim Deal. In the six months that join this brief timeline with the present, the Pixies have released EP1 and EP2, and no one really knows how they feel about it. For the average, sentimental fan it’s a complicated situation. The original Pixies discography feels so complete, and in some ways sacred to many. Reopening and adding

to it can be construed as defiling the beauty of the primary catalog and insincere. When stacked next to Come On, Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa, Dolittle, Bossanova, and Trompe Le Monde, EP1 and Ep2 are dwarfed in comparison. The EP’s don’t possess the same raw beauty so reflective of the scene and time period in their earlier works, or carry the internal feeling of the edge that Black Francis so clearly dealt with in every moment for many years. Simply put, EP1 and EP2 feel mature. Not like a coming of age story, but like a full time job. They got the haircut, the suit, and polished shoes to go with the studio-fresh new tracks. The Pixies are all grown up and they have the songs to prove it. Whether or not they stand the test of time the way their preeminent work has already affirmed is not for us to say in this moment, but is reserved for hindsight. Either way, perhaps the most important band of the last twentyfive years has returned, and they don’t plan on breaking up anytime soon.

ELEVEN: The band has been reunited since 2004, so why did you choose to record and release new music this year? Joey Santiago: We did try this three times and we have been talking about it. I’ll tell you why we hadn’t done it first. Three years ago, into the tour, it wasn’t time yet. People were still going gaga over the old stuff. We thought they weren’t really ready for anything yet. They were ready after a while but we weren’t. We finally set aside time to do it, and it was finally just time. We started to be a real band again; we got in the studio to record. David Lovering: It was just the way things were going. When we originally decided to get back together in 2004, we were only planning on just one tour. It just kept going, and people wanted to see us. After a while we realized that, holy jeez, this is longer than we were initially a band that we’ve been reunited. That was quite surprising. It was almost surreal. Then the Dolittle tour came, and that was going to be just one month abroad. And that turned into two years where everyone wanted to see us all over the world. Around this time, about four years ago, is when we started talking about new material. It took us four years to get to the point where we are right now.

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features national scene 11: How much has the creative process changed? What’s changed in the studio? How are the dynamics different? JS: It’s changed a little bit. It’s been changing since Trompe Le Monde. We’re geographically and family challenged. It was hard initially for the four of us to get together. DL: There is no difference in the way that we were writing stuff or in the studio. The main thing was always that Charles would present his songs on acoustic guitar and then we would rehearse the songs. When we were thinking about doing new material, we said let’s go back to Boston. Let’s get a rehearsal space and do it like we did when we were younger. We tried that; it didn’t work. It was an experience but it didn’t work along those lines. We stuck with Charles on acoustic guitar and he went and did some demos with Gil Norton. The songs got a little more polished and we were able to work with them. In the studio nothing had changed. It was like riding a bike. The only difference is we use digital recorders now. It was the same atmosphere, the same way we did things. The only difference was on my end. I hated recording. I used to hate recording Pixies albums just because after Come On, Pilgrim, these albums got quicker and quicker as they came out. I like to get my drums perfect. I like them to sound the way I want them to sound, and at least have my parts played out correctly. As the albums came out quicker and quicker, it became very hard and frustrating for me in the

studio to do exactly what I wanted to do with that limited amount of time. It put a bad impression of studios on me. When we were going to get back together in Wales for this process, we had worked on the demos for such a long time and I felt confident. I had a renewed attitude and another opportunity to do it again, just like this whole reunion. I feel really fortunate and I really appreciate it a lot more. I went in with a renewed aspect on it. It was wonderful to record and I had a blast doing it. 11: I almost hate to say it but when I listen to EP1 and EP2 I feel like I’m listening to Frank Black material with the Pixies playing it. Do you feel like Charles is drawing from his solo career and bringing that material to the band? DL: I don’t know how you’d interpret that. I don’t know how anyone would interpret that and apply it to songwriting. I’ve heard those comments, though. People change with their songwriting and stuff like that. A lot of people complain that it’s not traditional Pixies. But then again, Come On, Pilgrim doesn’t sound like Trompe Le Monde, and Tromp Le Monde doesn’t sound like Surfer Rosa. There is a difference in EP1 and EP2. Some people may like it, some people don’t. We’re very happy with it. 11: How do you see this new music fitting into the overall Pixies canon? DL: Gosh. We still feel like we’re a viable band by playing live and doing new stuff. It’s nonstop. This can go on. There can be more new stuff and we’ll try new stuff. It’s just the Pixies and this is the track that we’re on. We have a lot of fans and hopefully they’ll come see shows. We’re happy with what we’re doing and we’ll continue on. JS: It’s a linear progression of our career. We took off after Trompe Le Monde and we also took off after every record. Every record has been different anyways. We never copied a record—that’s ludicrous. It’s a natural leap. Time will either prove itself or not. Some fans are stoked, and others are like, “why did you change?” I wonder, did they get every record or just embrace Dolittle the whole time. 11: To me it feels like a new trajectory. JS: That’s fair enough. In that 20 years between, each of us has grown a little bit I suppose. The sonic signature is still there. At times it’s there but it’s used more sparingly. We can’t do it every song. I see what people are getting at; the production is a little cleaner, and it’s more polished. Dolittle is a hodgepodge, too. Older songs like “Anna” and “Havelina” are pretty polished. Here we’ve got “What Goes Boom,” which is not too polished and definitely hardhitting. 11: Joey, you’ve been doing scoring for films and TV shows. Has that changed your approach to guitar and arrangement within the Pixies? JS: The reason I got into scoring is because people thought I would go into that world easily—because the stuff I did with the Pixies is almost a score. It’s atmospheric

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features national scene and bare at times. I went into that world and I thought it wouldn’t change, but it has. You’re writing to a subject. Time to get sad, or time to get suspenseful. The moments I’m hitting with the Pixies are the same. It’s changed in the way that Gil has made me approach it. He put it more in the forefront of my mind. 11: Did Kim Deal record on both the new demos? DL: She recorded five songs with us. After the five songs she decided to leave. It was a tough thing. At that time we enlisted a friend of ours from Manchester and he came down to finish the bass parts with us.

“there is a younger generation of fans, which is cool. But 20 years has passed. There is a demand out there and we are the suppliers. We can feel the energy.” 11: Can you walk me through that conversation with Kim when she decided to split with the band? DL: Basically we were all having coffee, and she came and we were talking and all she said was “I’m flying home tomorrow.” It was a shock. Everyone was just like, “what?” She just said, “I’m done. I’m done with the Pixies.” We couldn’t question it; it was just what she wanted to do. We did beg her later that day. We all called her and pleaded with her to come back. It was a tough night. We didn’t know what to do. Do we break up the band or go forward? But we were at the point where we had a lot of recording done and had a lot of recording booked with the studio. We just took the adversity and turned it around. The three of us bonded and moved forward. I took up double duties on vocals to take up where Kim wasn’t there and we forged ahead on it. We made it through. We’re lucky we’re still here today. JS: There is always a void there. I look to stage left and she’s not there. But it’s dissipated over time. It’s just business as usual. I don’t have time to reminisce about it now. Jeez, last night I saw girls in the crowd inspired to be like Paz with the same emotion they got from Kim. These young fans didn’t seem to be attached to the “No Kim No Deal” mantra that I’ve been seeing. Fucking hell, we don’t want to see those banners! It’s hilarious, but it’s like get over it, and let us go on. It’s not like it’s the first time a band member has left. It’s stronger than any random thing though. This is Kim Deal, the darling; the strongest presence on stage has left the building. But at the end of the day it’s about wooing the young fans that don’t necessarily adhere to the original lineup. 11: To my knowledge the Pixies have never been much of a close band. Has this experience of adversity changed the relationship between the remaining three members? JS: It remained the same. We’ve always had some kind

of weird bond. There is always the bond of music. We didn’t start hanging out like The Monkees. We just went in and did the work. Nothing really has changed. DL: It’s interesting, people think we’re a noncommunicative and very un-close band. It’s not the case. We’re all friends, and we hang with each other. We’re all portrayed differently in the ways things have gone down, but we’re not as dark and deep and heavy as far as those aspects. I’ve got to tell you, it did create a stronger bond between Joey, Charles, and I. 11: If the Pixies aren’t that dark image that is consistently portrayed, what are you? DL: We’re a very boring band. Incredibly boring. We just do our things. We’ve known each other for years. Nothing goes down really. Of course there is drama and dysfunction, but we’re pretty boring people. When the documentary crew for LoudQuietLoud followed us around for two years, they had nothing because we’re so boring. With editing and reconstructing and timelines they made it into a drama of something. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been a film. JS: We’re socially retarded. We can’t even make a restaurant reservation correctly. We’re just a fucking basket case. We can’t help it. Sue us. Our families still love us. 11: Charles is quoted as saying, “The only honest way to continue and make new music was to do it under a new name and start fresh.” Why continue as the Pixies? DL: We did talk about using a different name or something like that. We stuck with it because we are 3/4ths of the band. We are the Pixies. Charles is primarily the songwriter and stuff like that, so it’s us. We have a different flavoring on bass now, and that’s it. JS: Charles is very bravado. He shoots from the hip sometimes. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. That idea was not going to fly with anyone anyway. It wouldn’t fly with him either. That’s more representative of the time and place that he said it than anything. Why copy ourselves? When we get together we can’t help but sound like the Pixies. People would have said, “why the fuck did you change your name? You still sound like the Pixies.” That name, whatever it was—people would have said it sounds like the Pixies. 11: David, you gave up drums after the initial breakup, correct? DL: Yeah. I completely stopped drumming. When the Pixies broke up I did some session work and played with other bands, but I gave it up completely because I really loved the Pixies and it was the highlight of everything I had done with drums. Back in ’93, just before we broke up, I bought a new drum set for the Pixies. It was a gorgeous set. I never played it. It was in its case waiting for the next tour, and then the band broke up. It sat in storage until 2004. I used those drums for the reunion. It’s the same kit I’m using now. When I initially sat down to rehearse, it was

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features national scene really sad for me because I had given up something I love so much and have a lot of respect for. It was kinda tough. I say to myself I’ll never give it up again. I appreciate and love drums a lot more now. I never thought of myself as an expert player, but now I love it so much more. I’ve also finally figured out ergonomics. It took me 40 years to learn how to set up my drums correctly. 11: How have the shows been so far? JS: The first official one was last night. We did a warmup in North Hampton. Last night was Toronto. It was good to be back on stage. It was nerve-wracking for me as always. So it’s been the same in that aspect. I missed it, so it’s good to be back. It’s pretty overwhelming. I try to play each show perfectly, but there are always a few songs on the set I get nervous about. Most of them make me nervous. 11: What are some of your favorite songs to play live on tour? DL: I always like playing “Tame” and “Vamos.” The new songs I like are “Magdelena” and “Indie Cindy.” Those are the high points. Maybe “Wave of Mutilation” as well. I like all the Pixies songs, but these are the fun ones to play live. “Vamos” has a nice steady groove going ahead and then it rocks out. The only thing about it that makes it hard is either Charles doesn’t start the vocals for a while or Joey does a guitar solo that is ten minutes long. Then I start panting a bit. JS: “Blue-Eyed Hexe” comes around really good, and so do “Boom” and “Indie Cindy.” “Indie Cindy” is my favorite new one to play. “Vamos” is a beast. Some nights I like it and some nights it’s tough. I’ve just got to commit to it. It depends on how I did on the rest of the set. If I do badly on the rest of the set, I get to prove myself on that one. And if I did great, “Vamos” is a no-brainer. It’s got to be genuine. People can feel it. If I don’t feel it then neither will they. 11: That’s great. You still have the genuine aspect of spontaneity in each show. It’s not just a reunion playing the songs straight through. JS: Exactly. We know the material so well. When I hit a different note on the old stuff, and I do it on purpose sometimes, Charles will look over and be like “yeah!” That’s always fun. 11: What are you most proud of since the Pixies reunion? JS: That we still have fans. That’s really it. And there is a younger generation of fans, which is cool. But 20 years has passed. There is a demand out there and we are the suppliers. We can feel the energy. People are saying, “oh my god I’m finally going to see them!” Another thing that I see at the shows in the front of the crowd are a father and a son. The question that pops into my mind is, “who decided to take who?”»

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The crowning glory of seasons past: Sharon Needles, Alaska ThunderF**k, Willam, Ivy Winters, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Detox, and Carmen Carrera will be led in a three-ring circus of comedy and lip sync by none other than RuPaul's Drag Race co-host, Michelle Visage. For the full royal treatment consider a VIP Ticket (limited quantity @ $50 a head) to get you into the pre-show meet and greet where you can fulfill your fantasy of being gal pals with the likes of Drag Royalty.

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 6-22 | VARIOUS LOCATIONS

FEBRUARY 2014

2.2 • SUPER BOWL SUNDAY 2.3 • “AVA HELEN PAULING: PARTNER, ACTIVIST, VISIONARY” OREGON ENCYCLOPEDIA HISTORY NIGHT

2.6 • “LONDON TO LONDON VIA THE WORLD A GLOBAL MISSION BY BIKE, BOAT, AND KAYAK

2.11 • SAY ANYTHING 2.12 • PLANNED PARENTHOOD ADVOCATES OF OREGON PRESENTS “IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU: STORIES FROM THE DARK SIDE OF DATING”

For the 37th annual PIFF, The NW Film Center has once again programmed an amazing lineup of international cinema in genres ranging from documentary to animation. The spotlight of the February 6 opening party will be shown on legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The highly anticipated final film from the visionary, The Wind Rises, will be shown at Cinema 21 and the new Empirical Theater at OMSI. This is a fantastic chance to get see The Wind Rises before it's general US release on February 21. Full festival listings as well as pass information can be found at nwfilm.org.

HOLLYWOOD THEATER RESIDENCY THE RE-DO SERIES: I'M YOUR DENSITY FEBRUARY 11 | HOLOCENE

HOSTED BY MOVIEBOOZER AT THE MISSION

2.13 - 2.15 • MORTIFIED PORTLAND! 2.16 • LUNASA KATHRYN CLAIRE 2.26 • MOONFACE 2.28 • PDX JAZZ See mcmenamins.com for complete schedule of events

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What is a redo series? In a word: fan-fiction (of the film variety). I'm Your Density is artists Dave Ewing and Robbie Augspurger's labor of love: a full re-editing of Back to the Future I, II & III, in chronological order. Taking years to meticulously put these films through the proverbial splicer, Ewing and Augspurger have reinvented a classic series with a whole new story arc that must be seen to comprehend. » - Bex Silver


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3. PATTIES STACKED HIGH

1. BUZZING COCKTAILS

Skyline Burgers - 2200 NE Broadway

2. ONE INK AT A TIME

Black List Tattoo - 2307 NE Broadway

BEST OF NE BROADWAY

Swift - 1832 NE Broadway

4. TOTES TAQUERIA

Aztec Willies -1501 NE Broadway

5. SCOTTISH PUB'N

Rose and Thistle - 2314 NE Broadway

6. ARTISANAL COFFEE

Cafe Darte - 1615 NE 15TH

7. TIME FOR THAI

Chai Yo - 1411 NE Broadway

8. HAPPY HOUR HUNGER CURE

Broadway Brew Pub - 1700 NE Broadway

9. RAW VEGAN REVIVAL

Blossoming Lotus - 1713 NE 15TH

10. TREAT YO-SELF!

Massage Envy - 1517 NE Broadway

11. LITERARY LOCALE

Broadway Books - 1714 NE Broadway

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community visual arts your trash and someone loved this.” I remember thinking, oh my god I am never throwing art away again, which is funny because I still do it.

Photo by Mercy McNab

11: If you knew you could only paint one more thing, then never create another piece of art again, what would you paint? RL: Blue. I would paint every shade of blue imaginable. 11: Is that your favorite color? RL: Right now, yeah. It wouldn’t be anything then. It would just be blue, as many ways as I could make it.

VISUAL ARTS Portland artist Rebekah Long

ELEVEN: Does all art have meaning? Rebekah Long: I can answer that from the viewpoint of how I feel. I can’t obviously speak for anybody else. I feel like all of the good art I have made has had meaning, but I have made a lot of art that has meant nothing to me. At least nothing good [laughs]. I suppose all art means something. It’s a hard one. How could you sit down and put any amount of energy into something and it have zero meaning? For me, when I am inspired is the only time I create anything worthwhile—worth keeping for me. 11: What about for the observer? Or can art have a pure aesthetic value? RL: It is so hard to say. I remember when I was little, I would create art and throw it away, like, “I don’t want to see this, I don’t want to see this.” Then my mom would go through the trash and take out all my art. And it's funny because I remember she did it one time without me knowing, then came up to me later and handed me an envelope. I asked, “What is this?” I opened it and it was like four hundred bucks—and I was fourteen! She said one of the pieces of art I threw away, she sold for me. She said, “This is

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11: What has it been like balancing work and being an artist? RL: Oh god. I work always. It is really hard. It is the deepest struggle I have, I think. I am not the type of person who wants to live the starving artist life. I like nice things. I do. So I work my ass off. This is the first time in six years I haven’t worked two jobs, and I am still working 50 hours a week. So it is a struggle, but I have been really good at creating during that time. Then there will be months where I will go without feeling like I even have time to start something. And I am not the type of person that is good at sitting down and then leaving a piece. I have sat down and started a piece at like seven in the morning and haven’t finished until four the next morning. I won’t stop. So, it is hard knowing that I have to be at work at three, and granted its only 11:00 a.m., but the last thing I am going to want to do is have to get up and walk away from it and walk to work. 11: Do you think you spend so much time sitting with one piece because you appreciate that time more from working so much? RL: I think more for me it is because I am so obsessive over color. Like, I make all my colors and I spend a lot of time making that perfect color. I know when I sit down that I need this much of this color and this much of that color, but if I walk away from it for a couple days or so I won’t be able to recreate that exact color. That’s the hardest part for me. 11: What role does creating art play in your life? RL: For me, I have never created art for money. I have usually always created art to give away to people. I feel like a lot of artists are influenced by other artists, or are influenced by other things. But for me, I am influenced by people more than anything else. I meet someone, I spend time around them, and that is what inspires me to create. I am thinking. I am thinking about a person. By the time I finish a piece of art, I usually know exactly who I want to have it go to. I love giving art away. I don’t need it anymore, and there is something about giving art away—in that moment—that is the reason why I create it. 11: What’s your creative process like, and where do your images originate from?


community visual arts RL: I have two very different styles of art. Sometimes I am really, really abstract and put zero thought into what I am going to paint. I’ll create a color and build from there; I’m rarely ever painting something specific. I also do artwork that has tons of tape work—so I will lay down sheets of tape then go over it with an Exacto knife to carve out the images. From there I will paint over it—let the paint dry and peel off the tape. When I do that, a lot of it is really geometric. That takes a significant amount of timing to plan out. So I guess there are two types of methods I really use in creating my art. 11: Are the white lines—the tape—symbolic, or for purely aesthetic reasons? RL: Aesthetic reasons. 11: When manipulating water and paint, is it difficult to manage so many strong colors? RL: No. I love it. It’s my favorite thing. 11: How do you do it? RL: I am color crazy. When I go on walks, I will pick up leaves or sticks and I will be like, “I love this color. I am going to create this color.” I will geek out for hours trying to create the exact same color. I find it interesting when people are afraid of color. To me, I love big and bright things and am not afraid to put a billion of them in the same piece.

11: It seems to me that would take a lot of bravery. RL: Yeah, I don’t know. I am not afraid of art—of just doing whatever I want because I am not afraid of things being too bold. 11: What’s the process like for you when collaborating with other artists? For instance, the pieces you created with Eatcho? RL: It’s really great actually. Eatcho is one of the most brilliant people I have ever met. [He has] a very different process. It’s really interesting actually working with someone who is an illustrator because I suck so much [laughs] at illustrating. Man, I can’t draw for the life of me. It’s cool. Especially with Eatcho, because we had a really good way of communicating. We gave each other space to work on things separate, too. We have a couple pieces together. I would start the first section, then he would do the next section, then I would do a section and kind of go like that. There were instances where he would create a whole half of a piece of art, then give it to me and say, “Do what you do.” He’s the only person in Portland I have ever collaborated with on a piece of art, actually. 11: Did you ever find that you had competing visions when working with another artist? RL: Not really. Honestly, the first piece we did together I am dying to show. It was six feet by five feet; it was huge.

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community visual arts I said I wanted to collaborate with him and he said, “Okay you tell me what to do. This is your piece.” For that one, I felt like I had more control of how I wanted it to go. Then he would start pieces and tell me what he wanted me to do as far as what colors to use and stuff. 11: Some of your paintings seem to take on a nebulous shape and have astronomical names—is there a connection? RL: I don’t think there is a connection per se. One of the beautiful things about working with water colors is it is so hard to contain, and does whatever it wants. Sometimes I feel like I am only picking the color and it is doing all of the magic. I think those nebulas you speak of have nothing to do with me. I think it is just the magic of water color. 11: Do you have any shout-outs to other artists? RL: Yes! I have been so about this one artist that I found at the Pie Spot—I think at 28th and Glisan. I believe her name is Laura Jane Walker. She does these—oh my god, I am infatuated with this woman—pieces on wood. She uses all these tiny little nails to make shapes, then uses string and different pieces of thread. I don’t know. Google her. I would love to do something with this woman. I don’t know how, but it would be amazing. » - Billy Dye Please enjoy Rebekah's piece entitled "Mr. Lonely" (watercolor, 2013) decorating our back inside cover this month

"Untitled" (watercolor, 2013)

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