Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sufjan Stevens has released a new EP titled All Delighted People. The EP contains 8 songs and clocks in at nearly an hour. The album won't be released in stores until this fall but is available for digital download now for only $5 at Sufjan's bandcamp website. You can also stream the EP for free at Paste Magazine.
Stevens also announced the release of his next full length album The Age of Adz which will hit stores on October 12. Don't forget that Sufjan is playing Portland at the Schnitz on October 29th. Tickets are on sale now. See my previous post for more details.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
My daughter helping out at Lucky Lab's Hop Harvest 2009
Another great event during fresh hops season is Belmont Station's Fresh Hops Beer Week. Some of the best fresh hops beer from the NW take over the taps at Belmont Station's bier cafe. A great way to catch up on some of the brews you have missed. As you can see, fresh hops season has a lot to offer. Get ready!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
A pretty good crowd was present at 4 o'clock, including one of my neighbors and his Friday afternoon pub crew. They usual meet at the Green Dragon but had switched venues for the opening of HOTD. The highlight of my visit was a magnum bottle of 16 year old Adam from the Wood which was generously passed around the room for free samples. This was the first batch of barrel aged beer owner and brewer Adam Sprints ever brewed. It was still fantastic with that sharp barrel aged, bourbon flavor. Make sure you get on down to the new tasting room. It is located at 61 SE Yamhill St. and is open Wed-Sunday from 2-8 pm.
Since the kitchen was not running yet at Hair of the Dog, my wife and I walked across the street to grab some happy hour grub at Clarklewis. I had recently read an article about using squash blossoms in a salad. Clarklewis happened to have fried squash blossoms on the menu, which were pretty damn good. We had several great plates of food, which were highlighted by an awesome ice cream sandwich. Perfect for a hot summer day. I passed on the happy hour beer - Old German Lager.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Langhorne Slim and Chris Funk busk the Street Fare
We did not stay long enough for any of the music acts on the main stage. We did get to enjoy some of the other musicians busking, most notably Langhorne Slim and Chris Funk. It was really cool to watch them perform literally standing next to the small crowd. Langhorne Slim just moved to Portland. After rocking Pickathon last weekend and then hitting the Street Fare, hopefully he has a good impression of Portland. I know I do.
Seeing the buskers made me long to see some live music. So, I went digging around the internets to see what was coming our way. The fall music schedule is starting to shape up very nicely. To not overwhelm, I decided to list some interesting shows in the in August and early September leading up to MusicFest NW:
8/14 Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Edgefield
One fall show on the horizon I want to draw attention to is Sufjan Stevens is playing Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Friday, October 29th. General tickets went on sale this morning.
Sufjan Stevens (photo courtesy madelien)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
1. Vieux Farka Toure @ Aladdin Theater: The son of great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure brings his brand of world music to Portland tonight. While his dad was known for an African style of blues, Vieux has more variety and plays everything from rock to dub to noodle happy jam band songs. His 2009 album Fondo is critically acclaimed and he released a live album this year. He also rocked the house in front of the world at the recent World Cup in South Africa. 8:00 pm. $15.
2. The "Beervana" episode of the OPB series Oregon Experience airs tonight on OPB at 9:00 pm. This short 30 minute documentary touches on the history of brewing in Portland. Always worth a viewing if you have not seen it (or even if you have).
So, set you DVR to record "Beervana" and head out to see Vieux Farka Toure tonight.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
In fact, brewer Eric Surface was in attendance at the party but I unfortunately missed out on talking to him before he left. What a treat though. I had not had the chance to try their beers yet and here I stumble upon 3 of their beers on tap at a house party for a bunch of radiologists. I will make it a point to seek out more Mt. Tabor brews soon.