Salem, Oregon's Chance Wiesner is a talented singer and creative songwriter with a flexible, oft-versatile vocal presence which meanders in tone and vibrato from dust-covered Leonard Cohen swagger, to world-weary country lilt, to rainbow-hued Golden Gate Park folk fallout. His debut album Takin' a Chance on Love was released May 4, 2013, and his sophomore solo effort More Sauce For The Lady dropped on Halloween 2019.
Portland-based singer/songwriter Mariya May's third solo full-length Kiki & Mel's Drive-Time Circus arrives in stores and on your streams January 7th, 2021. Despite the downturn in just about everything over the past year, 2020 was a busy year musically speaking for May, seeing her releasing an EP of deconstructed songs (Strictly A Cappella) and a new co-release with band-and-labelmate Mo Douglas (Prepare the Sauce) in addition to ongoing band work with What in Your Heart Can Put You in a Trance, all on Portland's Ten Dollar Recording Company label. A prolific singer, songwriter, and collaborator, May's presence can be found all over numerous other projects from labelmates across the TDRCo back catalogue, in addition to her own predilections towards penning intimate, sprawling, and dramatic indie-folk. With the playful, hummable, and at times wistfully melancholic Kiki & Mel's Drive-Time Circus, May adds yet another feather to her cap and another album to her steadily growing canon that's sure to be a shaft of sunlight through your winter window.
Paying homage to a wide variety of influences, from 80's/90's shoegaze and new wave, earthy 60's/70's pop and soul, late 90's trip hop, and all manner of psych and world musics, May's songcraft is unique and textured, gently referencing while remaining a sound apart from just about anything else you may have happened across. Holding it together is her top-shelf voice, which she deftly stretches from soft, sweet, and mellow, to dramatic, full-bodied, and soulful, channeling as much from Hope Sandoval as she does from Adele. And lucky for you dear listener, May's vocal presence is the anchoring point for Kiki & Mel's Drive-Time Circus, doing some serious work on finely-produced covers like "Pack Up Your Sorrows" (Mimi and Richard Fariña), "New House of The Pope" (Frank Black and the Catholics), and "Nearly Lost My Mind" (from TDRCo labelmate Ryan Massad), nestled alongside well-crafted originals like "On Your Heels", "Oh No! Oh No! Oh No!", and the 2020-apt "Christmas at the Broken Hearts Inn". Throughout, May's inner muse shines bright, and you'll be finding yourself wanting to give this one a second listen before heading out to dive further into her extended catalogue of quality releases.
Salem, Oregon area band Nodding Tree Remedies has a magic bag of sounds emanating from all four corners of the past four or five decades of the psych-pop underground. The often large live group has many moving parts, a rotating cast of characters that come and go with the whims of the ocean tides, and like an amoeba, the ensemble constantly changes shape, picking up particles of sound as it moves along. Their albums Ultra Violet Tots and The 45th Parallel are out now on TDRCO. Best to lay back and enjoy the ride, and keep your hands and arms safely inside the windows of the Magic Bus.
Portland, Oregon musician and producer Prince Joely (Joel Rasmussen) released his debut solo album Future Smells early in 2019. Rasmussen has also co-produced albums like Lonely Melting Iceberg by The Red Channels, and We Got a Lot of Love by What in Your Heart Can Put You in a Trance, and he's appeared as a session player on recordings by TDRCO label-mates.
Reed Burnam is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and solo artist currently involved in numerous working bands (Khali Haat, Ouiness, Many Birthdays). Originally from East Texas, Reed has been in Austin for nearly 20 years, with short stints living in Southern California and Northern India. Reed is also a writer and certified permaculture consultant. His solo album Another Switchback was his 2017 TDRCO debut, and the single "Collected Summer" followed later that year.
Silvertron Youth Choir isn’t short on inanity, assembling what could at times be described as children’s music made for (and seemingly by) mightily stoned adults; a pinwheeling, day- tripping, hipping and hopping, skipping and jumping ramble through the worm hole into a range of delightfully visual and guffaw-inducing ditties tackling all manner of subjects, such as: pies made of whiskey and bacon, soda pop downloading computer programs for rednecks, water spider birds on the tundra, philosophical mayonnaise, peanut butter trains, cosmic hybrid creatures riding forklifts, pamplemooses, and, as a lyrical coup-de-grace of sorts, Justin Bieber mounted triumphantly atop a giant rodent.
Silverton, Oregon's Thomas Mudrick is the real deal: talented, unique of vision, and able to go the distance. Mudrick has certainly got a swelling back catalogue to contend with, and his zany tongue in cheek lyrics are interspersed with more introspective moments that strike a zen balance of goofiness and world-weary wisdom. To suggest that Mudrick refuses to be boxed in to any rote and well-trod genres or categories should be pretty well established at this point for anyone paying attention, but new listener be warned: the musical temperature can change pretty quick ‘round these here parts, so keep yer listening ears on and enjoy the ride.
Tobias Berblinger is a Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter with a 2018 solo album in the cosmic country tradition out now on TDRCO (The Luckiest Hippie Alive). Moreover, Tobias leads his retro-psych-rock band The Verner Pantons, plays bass for Roselit Bone, and plays keyboards for Kassi Valazza and Nate Wey. Additionally he is a professional graphic designer and a live DJ, hosting genre-themed nights in Portland such as "Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love", "Death Trip", "Black Acid", and more.
Ten Dollar Recording Co. has released 6 various artists compilation CDs: That T-D-R-Co Sound: Breakfast By The Beach Collection; The T-D-R-Co Sound: Cool and West Coast Cruising Collection; The T-D-R-Co Sound: Cascadian Groove, Roots, and Psych Collection; The T-D-R-Co Sound: Cascadian Christmas Collection; The T-D-R-Co Sound: Cascadian Dub and Reggae Collection; and The T-D-R-Co Sound: Cascadian Folk and Soul Collection
A band that utilizes sub-folk soundscapes, 70's style dub and reggae, classic soul and pop, and is perhaps best described as one or two steps off the Medieval landscaping of "Greensleeves", perforated with a nearly gossamer, old world fragility, though dosed with a liberal dollop of paisley fallout and ganja fumigation to taste.