Hullo and welcome!
I feared it would never be cold or even chilly again, here in disturbingly ever-morphing (even the climate, agh!) Portland. I can promise you; I will never complain about the cold. Or the wind. Or the rain.
I owe a long overdue thank you to the talented Christian B. Carey for featuring my 7 Small Winter Songs on his site. I am sometimes slow to see these nice things--when I do, I'm so delighted. :)
I had a lovely Skype chat w/ Finland's Ripple Rock Radio a little while back and I'll get a link up for that soon. I may have complained about Portland (what a shocker). Also, That Mag ran an interview I did with them months ago--something else I'll get up here. I managed to curb my Portland complaints somewhat, but you can find the bile. Did I mention I loathe New Portland? I was of course asked about our vaunted music scene. Never a good source, being a hermit and a misanthrope and all. Yet...gloomy, caustic introvert Portland used to match the likes of me, before it was stormed by hordes of starry-eyed, donut-eating selfie-takin'zealots in search of their tabula rasa. Portland: the Blank Slate. I think it should be our new city motto. Everyone comes here to remake themselves.
What I've learned in this whole weird evolution of Portland from "Where's that?" to "OMG OMG OMG I HAVE TO MOVE THERE NOW IT WILL CHANGE MY LIFE!!!!!" is that it sucks to be the place people come to reinvent themselves. Lots and lots and lots of people. One or two would be manageable. We may get a few good food carts or ice creameries out of the deal, but it's like living with francium, the most unstable element. Worse, a bunch of franciums swarm you, with only a sprinkling of stable, noble gases (good folk who don't invest the place with unicorn magic saving qualities).
Ideally, you want the noble gases to outnumber the franciums, providing a good stable base around which the crazy, volatile franciums can play ukuleles, shout and twirl at inappropriate times. Too many franciums and too few noble gases is a problem. And Portland of today is way francium-heavy. Franciums LOVE it here, and franciums beget franciums, which begets the giant clusterfuck Portland has become.
In the end, stable or unstable, being subsumed by a lot of over-eager self-styled pioneer elements is unnerving. In truth, it has changed my city so much, I don't recognize it. I used to be a nice person. Now, I'm so aggravated and depressed all the time, I'm horrid. But, now--what was I saying? ....
Re: my most recent album, Falimy: I'm still devoting some of this page to some thank yous for the time being, as I have a lot more to be thankful for than I ever thought I would with this album. I really thought everyone would hate it. So the response has been a nice surprise.
I'm thrilled that the marvelous DJ Ola played Falimy on her radio show, Ola's Kool Kitchen, and that Utne Reader featured one of my songs (Robin) in their Utne Monthly Music Sampler! Also, I recently had a delightful conversation with Wicked Spins Radio in the UK--about a lot of things.
Popdose just reviewed the album most kindly and they have my gratitude. I played Estate Sale on guitar (!) for their video series, Parlour to Parlour w/ Michael Fortes in 2009 (Michael played gourd). My first two albums were guitar based. Shocking!
A big thank you to The Big Takeover, Wondering Sound, Caught in the Carousel, babysue.com, East Bay Express, Ghettoblaster, Innocent Words, Pittsburgh in Tune and Jersey Beat for saying such nice things about my "Falimy." Big thanks too to Willamette Week, Oregon Music News, The Portland Mercury and The Portland Tribune, and to KBOO, KZME, KNRK, In Memory of John Peel and Hello Cruel World for playing Falimy things and getting the word out.
A special thanks to S.P. Clarke for the first review of Falimy on The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly/Buko Magazine. S.P. gave me my very first album review ever, ten years or so ago. And thanks to John B. Jones, host of Hello Cruel World on KZME, for the fun interview.
'Falimy' and individual songs are available for purchase exclusively on Bandcamp. Please go visit! And thank you so much to all of you who are buying the album via Bandcamp.
p.s.... My sister Katie made this beautiful video for my song "Sitka/Seward's Folly" (from 'Ormolu'). Thank you, Katie.
Cover Kitty: Olive Martini Paladeni! Follow her to the music! Photo by artist (and friend)
Tammy Paladeni, Olive's loving family.
p.s....some radio shows and podcasts i like:
Hello Cruel World on KZME with John B. Jones
The Outside World on KBOO with Daniel Flessas
Radio Lost and Found on KBOO with Rich Lindsay
Kill Ugly Radio with Rich Lindsay
In Memory of John Peel on Radio23 with Zaph Mann
On The One on Portland Radio Project with Tom D'Antoni
Ola's Kool Kitchen on Radio23 with DJ Ola
Trixie Pop on KZME with Denise Kowalczyk
p.s...My friend Zakk of the Nunnery made me a fan page on the FB: the
"Rachel Taylor Brown Fan Page for Musical Enlightenment." Please believe me that I didn't name it that.
p.s...Was surprised and delighted when I heard one of my songs had been included in Loud Family/Game Theory legend Scott Miller's book, "Music: What Happened?" (He named Stagg Field #5 for 2008). Was floored to learn he'd included another of my songs, Modesto Waltz, in his third edition. I was very sad to learn Scott Miller died, Monday, April 15, 2013. I will always be grateful to him and to Sue Trowbridge for sharing my music with him.
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