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Obviously, this week’s best music video wasn’t a music video at all: It was the one where Gunplay goes fishing. I could’ve watched that for at least two hours. But if you insist on actual music videos, there were some good examples of that this week, as well. We’ve got five below. More »

A lot has happened to Menomena since they released Mines back in 2010.  Last year they lost member Brent Knopf amid a flurry of stories about just how much the band members couldn’t seem to stand each other (stories they have shot down, by the way) and opted to carry on as a duo. Later… More »

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

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Pfarmers – “The Ol’ River Gang”

Pfarmers are an amalgamation of a few bands and sounds. Danny Seim (Menomena, Lackthereof), Bryan Devendorf (the National), and horn player Dave Nelson (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens) convene to conjure a style that is all together distinctive. Along with announcing their new album, Gunnera, due later this spring, the trio shares a… More »

By: Collin Robinson / March 26, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Sasquatch! 2013 Monday: The Postal Service, Ariel Pink, Death Grips, & More

If there was one constant during the Monday at Sasquatch! it might as well have been “failure.” The rainy final day, riddled with many sound problems, cancellations, and absences, brought that word to mind in some context with nearly every set. Yet, in spite of this, band after band delivered their all and by the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 28, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Menomena – “Toomer”

Last year, the tricky Portland indie-poppers Menomena released Moms, their first album as a duo, and handily showed off that they’d be just as able to crank out melodically dizzy tunes with just two dudes. But there’s more where that came from. The dizzy and ephemeral new song “Toomer” comes from the Moms sessions, but… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 18, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Menomena – “Plumage (PVT Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

In remixing Menomena’s jittery tune “Plumage,” the Australian dance trio and onetime BTW PVT have more or less completely overhauled the song, turning it into a bleepy electro banger. Download PVT’s version of the song below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 25, 2012 - 11:29 am

Menomena – “Plumage” Video

Menomena’s new clip features a long-developing bandmate standoff that comes complete with dozens of costume changes. The description on YouTube reads “Menomena share their various forms of plumage,” which I totally hadn’t put together! Now it all — and by that I mean everything — makes sense. Trevor McMahan directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 3, 2012 - 2:50 pm

MusicfestNW 2012 In Photos

Yesterday, Portland’s MusicFestNW wrapped up five days of concerts at over a dozen venues throughout the city. Among the acts who performed were Passion Pit, Beirut, Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Flying Lotus, Swans, Fucked Up, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Wild Nothing, Purity Ring, and DIIV. Autumn Andel was on hand to capture… More »

By: Stereogum / September 10, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Menomena – “Pique”

Moms, the new album from shifty, adventurous Pacific Northwestern indie duo, arrives in a couple of weeks, and we’ve already heard the early tracks “Heavy Is As Heavy Does” and “Capsule.” Now, here’s another one: A slow-pounding, regretful song called “Pique,” which eventually builds toward something resembling funk. It’s below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 6, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Menomena – “Capsule”

Here’s another new one from Menomena’s forthcoming Moms, an uptempo groove called “Capsule.” It’s a crowded slate of rock, stuffed with horns, guitars and a prominent backbeat, but it’s smartly paced and never overwhelms. Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 22, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Menomena – “Heavy Is As Heavy Does”

We got the details for Menomena’s new album, Moms (their first since 2010’s Mines), last month, and now, the lead single from that album has emerged. The Albarn-esque “Heavy Is As Heavy Does” may be a relatively straightforward number for the now-duo, but what it lacks in eclecticism, it makes up for in crushing portent… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 18, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Ramona Falls – “Fingerhold” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Ramona Falls, a.k.a. former Menomena member Brent Knopf, released his Prophet album a couple of months ago. And in his new video for “Fingerhold,” a girl uses a mysterious scientific experiment to connect with a lost love from her past. For a low-budget indie-pop video, it’s surprisingly slick-looking and emotionally resonant. Check it out below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 13, 2012 - 11:30 am

Menomena Moms Details

Adventurous Portland indie duo Menomena have just announced the details for their new album Moms, the follow-up to 2010’s Mines. Moms finds the band’s two multi-instrumentalists carrying on as a tight unit after the departure of Ramona Falls’ Brent Knopf. They’ve also announced fall touring plans. Check out a teaser trailer for the album, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Stream Ramona Falls Prophet (Stereogum Premiere)

Brent Knopf (formerly of Menomena) has kept things spinning with his Ramona Falls project, an outfit that produces intricate indie pop. He’s got a new LP coming out, Prophet, from which we’ve heard a couple of tracks, “Spore” and “Sqworm.” Now, we’ve got the whole LP streaming below, so head there to scope it. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 23, 2012 - 12:01 pm

Ramona Falls – “Sqworm”

Ramona Falls, the band led by former Menomena member Brent Knopf, has a new album called Prophet arriving soon, and we’ve already posted their song “Spore.” The weirdly but appropriately titled “Sqworm,” a jittery guitar-rocker, is the next of the album’s songs to hit the internet. Use the widget below to download it. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2012 - 11:28 am

Ramona Falls – “Spore”

Ex-Menomena dude Brent Knopf has been maintaining his Ramona Falls project since he was still in that band, and he’ll soon release the new Ramona Falls LP Prophet. “Spore,” the album’s first single, is a piece of graceful, fluid indie-pop, and you can use the widget below to stream it or download it. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Menomena Bring “Killemall” To Fallon

Menomena made their late night television debut on Fallon last night. They did “Killemall,” the third track from Mines. Note drummer Danny Seim’s Blazers shirt, as well as the extra guitarist. Anyone recognize him? His guitarface seems familiar:… More »

By: jessica / August 10, 2010 - 12:56 pm

Menomena – “TAOS” (Stereogum Premiere)

We’ve been anxiously awaiting Menomena’s Mines since Kathy from the Thermals dropped us some knowledge in January of last year. The Portland trio’s perfectionism comes across in the new album’s fanciful production and in the subtle ways its densely orchestrated loops deconstruct across eleven songs (most around five minutes long). “Taos” is one of the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 19, 2010 - 2:03 pm

Menomena – “Five Little Rooms”

The hunt for new Menomena’s taken awhile, though it’s had its moments: last year the band started playing a song called “Queen Black Acid”; this past Record Store Day they released “Pilgrim’s Progress” on a split 7″, billed as a b-side to the upcoming album Mines. This morning, Menomena man Danny Seim posted a note… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 19, 2010 - 11:35 am
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