Favorite Albums of 2015

01/23/2016 17:20:53 PM

2015 was a long, strange year. Throughout the year, I experienced many hardships, while at the same time being the recipient of great fortune. I purchased and listened to more music in 2015 than any other year since starting this blog, but a ...

Future Queens Redux- Vol.12

08/23/2015 18:56:15 PM

It's hard to fathom that I've been kicking around this mortal coil called the blogosphere since 2006. In the current social media addicted world, a music blog seems to be about as relevant to current times as parachute pants and jean jackets. ...

Summer Mix 2015

06/22/2015 23:23:31 PM

I had planned on getting this year's summer mix completed before Summer Solstice.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Multi-Love

05/24/2015 16:44:53 PM

Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Multi Love The trajectory of Ruban Nielsen's career has never been predictable. After becoming completely disenchanted with the record industry when he was playing in the punk band The Mint Chicks, Ruban was really ...

Jeremiah Jae and L-Orange- Cinematic Noir Rap

04/21/2015 17:23:11 PM

L'Orange and Jeremiah Jae- The Night Took Us in Like Family If you are the kind of person who has a difficult time when an artist you like releases an album that is a little different than what you expected, then you probably don't understand ...

Rediscoveries of Lost Gems- Larry Coryell

04/04/2015 17:00:59 PM

Larry Coryell- Coryell When I was searching my brain for a record that deserved to be rediscovered, I came up with Larry Coryell's self-titled album from 1969 entitled simply Coryell. While Coryell's official recording debut was on Chico ...

UMO: Unveil Multi-Love Operation

02/06/2015 00:13:58 AM

Today, while sifting through my Twitter feed, I noticed a Pitchfork news item that was retweeted by UMO.

Hallelujah for Hail Mary

01/21/2015 18:27:04 PM

If you live in Portland OR, you have no excuse for missing the Hail Mary Mallon show tonight at the Hawthorne Theatre. Hail Mary Mallon is the culmination of two top-tier MC's from the Rhymesayers stable: Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic. The duo's ...

A Little Taste of Fuzz

01/21/2015 00:15:31 AM

A couple weeks ago I was talking to a friend while we waited for our pizza when a song from the short-lived 90's band Filter played on the restaurant's PA. This lead us into a discussion where I admitted to liking them at one point, but going ...

Favorite Albums of 2014

12/21/2014 16:09:06 PM

Once again, it's that time of year again where I dedicate my listening to records that were released or reissued during the calendar year, and compile a list of my favorites. From the looks of things that I have read so far on the Best Music ...

All Hallows Eve

10/20/2014 00:38:37 AM

The 2014 Halloween edition of the I Hear a New World Podcast is available

On the Horizon

10/01/2014 00:53:46 AM

Before I let the month of September slip through my fingers, I wanted to let you all know about that projects that I will be working on in the near future. Some of these, I hope to complete in the next several weeks, while others may take a ...

OCD- Obsessive Coincidental Discovery

09/29/2014 23:37:52 PM

Before my already fading memory fails to recall the details, I wanted to share my recent experience of a coincidental music discovery. I was at two concerts in the past month that both referenced the music of a particular band in two very distinct ...

Choice Cuts Vol.7

09/07/2014 14:01:30 PM

It is once again time for me to reach back in the refrigerator for some "choice cuts". Each time, I will be featuring sizzling and succulent morsels that are grabbing my ear right now that range from funk to country, from afro-beat to garage ...

Summer Mix 2014

07/24/2014 01:19:40 AM

It's once again time for the annual summer mix on Eclectic Grooves. This time around, the tracks were compiled from various sources:

I Hear a New World Vol.22

05/31/2014 21:41:51 PM

The latest edition of I Hear a New World is available to listen to here, and to listendownload at http://ihearanewworld.podomatic.com/. After a long period of silence, I am happy to say that I am back again. Sadly, events beyond my control ...

I Hear a New World Vol.21

02/16/2014 12:52:09 PM

The latest edition of I Hear a New World is available to listen to here, and to listendownload at http://ihearanewworld.podomatic.com/. It's been a long time since I posted a new podcast on here, but this one has been in the works for ...

Honorable mentions, Compilations, Reissues and Ep's of 2013

12/31/2013 20:31:51 PM

As promised, here is my list of favorite records that barely missed the cut, compilations, reissues and ep's. I hope that you find some things on here that are to your liking. Happy New Year! Honorable Mentions 1) Bill Callahan- Dream River 2) ...

Favorite Albums of 2013

12/30/2013 03:20:08 AM

It's once again that time of year where I listen solely to records that I have bought or downloaded that were released in 2013. This year, it was going to be different. I already had been working on a list several months ago, and I had planned ...

Blood Curdling Sounds of the Night

10/27/2013 22:17:51 PM


MusicFest NW 2013- Recap- Fri-Sat-Sun

10/14/2013 18:42:33 PM

With the Halloween season creeping up on me once again, I will be presenting a more concise overview of my last three nights of Music Fest NW 201 to focus my energy on compiling a new Halloween mix over the next week. My hope is to have this ...

MusicFest NW 2013- Recap- Wed- Thurs

10/14/2013 10:18:04 AM

Ideally this post would have been up shortly after Music Fest NW was over, but I have been fighting a cold for almost a month now. Due to this, I will be providing a much shorter breakdown of the shows to allow time for a new podcast and some ...

MusicFest NW 2013 Recap- Tuesday

09/14/2013 23:48:19 PM

In my last post I had alluded to a forthcoming post detailing my experiences at MusicFest NW. While I would have liked to get this post up sooner, time and energy have not been on my side this past week. In fact, it's even an understatement ...

Music Fest NW 2013 Guide

09/02/2013 12:19:57 PM

Every year around the first week of September, thousands of fanatic music lovers hit the streets of Portland, anxiously scanning their Music Fest schedules to determine how to see the best cross-section of bands in a finite period of time. While ...

Summertime Rolls On By

08/25/2013 14:49:11 PM

Before the last vestiges of summer slip through my fingers, I wanted to share this incredibly catchy tune from

The Fall of Google Reader and the Rise of Braen's Machine

08/16/2013 22:56:02 PM

On July 1st of this year, Google had decided to suspend it's Google Reader service after 8 years due to a ongoing decline in usage, and most likely because they wanted to focus their energy on new services like Google Plus.

Cambodian Grooves

07/29/2013 23:08:50 PM

Recently, I checked out the latest full-length movie from Portland filmmaker James Westby entitled Rid of Me. While I had been trepidatious about wasting my time on seeing a movie with Storm Large (kitschy lounge singer from Portland) in it ...