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Hair Rocket Calls for “Hair Hit” on Xiu Xiu

Multi-instrumentalist and Berklee dropout Chris Blasucci, the warped-mind behind Hair Rocket, is calling for a “hair hit” on art-poppers Xiu Xiu. Below is a strange statement posted on his website.

Yesterday I heard on Pitchfork the band Xiu Xiu began collecting locks of hair at shows in which they will later burn and inhale the smoke. This media stunt has no history and is well overshadowed by a true musical hair sacrificing art.

Over 2 years ago the band and hair rocket movement came into existence when I made a cathartic music video about collecting hair from ex-lovers, making a wig from it and launching it on a rocket in hopes of closure. I’m not sure if it worked but it made me think a lot and I thought others might enjoy doing it and possibly learning something about themselves in a ridiculous ritual. I formed a band, Hair Rocket and recorded an EP, “Novelty” and began collecting hair at shows that I later put on rocket and launched as a union between myself and the audience sacrificers. I’ve done 2 group hair rocket launchings, with over 3o collections of follicles. 2 other bands Aderbat and Mi Head Ur Head have done hair rocket rituals and I have begun taking requests from fans for personal hair rocket dedications.

So I say “BRING ME THE LOCKS OF XIU XIU”. This media stunt needs backbone!

Above is the video that started it all! I love it. And so should you. You can be part of the Hair Rocket Movement at The Khyber tonight or just enjoy Blasucci leaving it all on stage. - Q.D. Tran

Save the mustache, save The Parlour!


The Parlour, Southeast Portland’s All-Ages Mustachioed Venue, only burst forth in late October, but the venue needs your help to stay open or it may be forced to close its doors before the end of May.

Here's a Facebook note from the hosts:

The Parlour crew has been hanging on as tightly as we could since the very beginning, but recent unfortunate developments with the property have made it impossible for us to continue as what we are. It weighs very heavily in our minds to have to notify our patrons and acts of this drastic change, but we will be unable to keep our doors open after a short while, most likely the end of May, if not sooner. We just might be able to save this, though!

This Thursday, come down to The Parlour to try to save southeast Portland's all ages venue! Felecia & The Dinosaur, Your Canvas and Soap Collectors will be playing deliciously awesome sets for you splendid little ears in hopes that we might stick around! All the proceeds from the door will be going to The Parlour to help us batten our doors and keep this thing afloat!

7pm, donations at the door, all ages!

- Chris Young

Live Review: Spiro Agnew, Sirly, The Stormtroopers @ Kimo's 4/28

There was a three-band show last Wednesday at Kimos, though the word didn't get out very well -- they played to an audience of about ten, and I'm including the mascaraed door guy.

An evening of two-piece bands, the first was synth-and-guitar duo Spiro Agnew, my favorite act of the evening (and the band that brought at least eight of the ten folks in attendance). Layered on top of an upbeat drum machine (running off a lap-top) were vocals that ranged from despondent to angsty, accompanied by distorted, droning guitar and synthetic tones and chimes throughout. Lyrically, Spiro Agnew eschews a distaste for modern culture and sympathy for the helpless individual trapped within.

Take their song "Desert of the Real," named after the most famous line in Simulacra and Simulation, a philosophical treatise by Jean Baudrillard. In a nutshell, Baudrillard claims that human society is a simulation of reality, not reality itself. That's the kind of angst that drips from Spiro Agnew, a beat you can dance to but lyrics that make you feel lonely (e.g. "there's something dead inside me, but I know it's alright") and dissonant chords and keys that make you feel lost. I can really get behind pretentious music like that, and so I had a blast. You should check them out for yourself on June 16th, again at Kimos.

Sirly took the stage next; one musician handled the vocals and guitar, and the other had the drums. There were huge differences in the styles of the two band members - the drummer was laying down incredible and complex jazz beats while the guitarist/vocalist was mired in a simpler indie-rock jam vibe. When those two styles came together it worked out really well, but they didn't come together in every song. Occasionally the singing and guitar became a distraction from the consistently amazing drumming, but all-in-all Sirly was a compelling fusion of styles that you don't hear together all that often, offering a sound that has a lot of potential for further development.

The Stormtroopers came last in the line-up, and they were hands-down the hardest to take seriously. The bassist and singer had on white long-johns, and both he and his drummer sported cardboard masks painted to look like certain culturally relevant bleached imperial foot soldiers - a subtle choice. I can't imagine how long it took them to come up with a name.

Indistinguishable yelping vocals, competent drumming, the occasional interesting bass line, and a whole lot of energy was what The Stormtroopers had to offer. Their music was loud and rough and seemed at odds with their I'm-trying-really-hard-to-look-silly vibe. if the crowd was much, much bigger I might have been able to get around their costumes and jump around with some smelly head-bangers, but as it was I just giggled at them for a few songs, finished my beer, and jumped on the 49 to head home.


-Words Kyle Wheat

Photos Desiree Mervau

Hood Internet vs Skybox

If though that “In A Dream” by Skybox had the potential to be the jam of the summer The Hood Internet left no doubts. The original version of “In A Dream” comes from the band’s latest album Morning Cuts.

You can catch Skybox next in Chicago at Lollapalooza in August. The Hood Internet will be performing at MoCA on May 7th as part of Inside/Out.

Old Mare

Despite the weird and cheesy intro the new video from Blane Fonda is actually pretty nice. The song, “Old Mare” is taken from their EP which you can purchase directly from their website.

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