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Visual Vices: Mattress - "Looking For My People"

 A present wrapped in gold that we were able to open early, Mattress's video for "Looking For My People" is another visual gift from director Jay Winebrenner and of course, another aural goodie from Mattress.

The "Looking For My People" video takes a voyeuristic turn, veering the "long winded performance shot" course most music videos typically take by swerving towards mild semblances of David Lynch's Lost Highway. It's everything to be expected and loved from a Mattress and Winebrenner collaboration - awkwardly funny and definitely a little strange.

Have a Mattress Christmas and enjoy the weirdness below. 

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LOCAL PREMIERE: The Pacing Party - "NOTHINGTOSAY"

Alternative music has been a genre placed on the backburner during this era, with lo-fi taking the lead on what's currently most offered in the market. With a wealth of modern artists now taking to outsider genres for elements of difference, a few find themselves somewhat accidentally recreating alternative in ways that are fresh but still properly representing. Newer local solo artist The Pacing Party does alternative in a fairly experimental way. 

Daniel Gardner, the man behind The Pacing Party, blends industrial electronics, 80's style goth pop and indie rock for sound that's fetching to the ear and strangely catchy. The first to come off his debut album Fine, "NOTHINGTOSAY" is satisfyingly reminiscent of both Depeche Mode and Dishwalla - a mix that might sound disjointed but actually works.

"NOTHINGTOSAY" first gained traction through its original downloadable debut on Loud Geek a couple of weeks ago, but is premiering itself locally today.

Fine is due out around February 2017. 

Spreading that Good Holiday Cheer

Good Cheer Records has essentially taken over Portland. The somewhat new label has already given us damn near all of the most poppin acts in the scene right now and thank goodness the label will be giving us the gift of seeing a handful of them live for the holidays.

Originally planned for last week but moved to tomorrow due to weather, Good Cheer's takeover of Holocene consists of two stages and six bands worth of all ages action. Turtlenecked is doing a solo set, current Artist of the Month nominees Alien Boy will take to the stage like they're "At Goth Easter," and Cool American will make our ears dusty with their Dorito pop. A dark heaviness comes our way from Two Moons, but the ultimate noisiness will be coming from the label's breakout stars of the year drowse (who is subbing in for Mayhaw Hoons and the Outsiders) and Floating Room.

Just $7 gets you into the bash, with proceeds going to Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington, an arts-in-education organization.

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Mood Music: Rio Grands - "Beverly"

Now that the flurries have stopped falling and the ice has melted away, it's time to start planning how we're going to celebrate the ending of the last immensely shitty 365 days. To help us get in the mood for what will most likely be a heavier than normal night of boozed debauchery, we've got some Rio Grands coming out of the speakers in preparation for their blowout bash.

They'll be taking over Alberta Street Pub on the 31st, playing two sets that are sure to get the party started. Their first one, starting around 9:30pm, will be all original songs. The second goes from 11:30pm through the arrival of the new year, with them honoring our fallen heroes David Bowie and Prince, as well as taking on some songs by the Cars, the Police and other 80's hit stars. 

Laser beams, helium filled inflatable animals, fog machines and DJ Toggle Beats will all most definitely be in full effect, so stop by. It's free and will be a lovely addition to your night's plans.

Dr. Something Writes the Folky Prescriptions We Need

Atmospheric in every sense of the word, Dr. Something's minimalist chamber folk pop takes on strange artistic sensibilities with aural novelty mixed with a slight cat-crazy Tumblr aesthetic. Clarinet, keys and accordian are the gold, silver and bronze winners of her instrumental outfit. Yet it's the eclectically toned pitch of Miss Dr. Something herself, Alison Dennis, that elevates its sapid qualities.

Since Dennis is well versed in all things musically weird (previously coming from the strange Dr. Something & the Pipin’ Hot Love Engines and Coney Island Cartel), the ways in which Dr. Something satiates this oft empty hole left in the market make sense. Her self described "sad bastard piano pop" could very well inspire some bummer feelings if you're in the headspace for such, but it's tracks like the indelilble "Imperfect Skull" off of 2015's Tomorrow's Just Fiction, to the hauntingly fun filled "Here Comes Count Dracula" from October of this year, that make it hard to be sad.

Having a sound unlike that of run-of-the-mill folk pop, Dr. Something holds high regard in local odd sounds, making music integral to keeping Portland weird.

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