Portland’s Breakfast Mountain is kinda blowing my mind

I’m realizing now I probably should have counted my pennies last year and hit up that DAT Politics show when I lived in Portland. I’ve been meaning to see what the fuck they do live with their live set, but it’s hard to convince folks that the spastic electro they make is awesome. Had I gone, I would have gotten a sense of the equally awesome weirdness that is Breakfast Mountain, as they opened up the show. Instead, a year later I had to find out via the PDX Pop Now comp that is released in honor of the long weekend of music. Among them, Breakfast Mountain is my favorite and they’ll be of the 40+ bands playing the festival, which showcases the fertile & eccentric scene that Portland is home to.

Go download Hooooded Plus+, which is Breakfast Mountain’s debut-ish, for free by clicking on the cover above. It’s a collection of tracks, edits, remixes and live stuff that is hard to really put a single genre tag on, as it’s an explosion of styles assembled with a Jackson Pollock precision. The smashed together, sound collage element of Breakfast Mountain feels like it’s a mixtape made for someone you love that was left in a shoebox full of liquid acid for a few months. Heavily influenced by beat driven electronic music, cheeseball hip-hop & at times, noisy shoegaze, it’s incredibly enjoyable without slotting it under any single group.

His myspace page says he’s off recording, so keep an eye out for new material hopefully soon.

Here’s two of my favorites, both available on Hooooded Plus+:



Portland Social Scene: 2/20 – 2/22 (Kool Keith, Andrew Bird, Broken Spindles)

Another edition of Portland Social Scene, something I’ll try to be putting up on Thursday or Friday, sometime after I get the Lifeisaparty list. Man, coding all the links was a bit task intensive, so this week, I’ll leave it up to you, the good readers of Taking Tiger Mountain to google it yourself…or just know where it is.

As for me, I’ll be doing the uncool thing and watching the free screening of Battlestar Galactica at the Baghdad. Nerdy and free.

Remember, his list is a truncated version of the Life Is A Party list, provided weekly by Leigh Friedman, which keeps you updated on all the weekend madness that Portland, OR has to offer.

Drop an email here to get the full list!

Enjoy your weekend!

From Leigh:


Townbombing w/ Dr. Adam & Automaton @ Tube

Ludachrist w/ Tyler Tastemaker and J Roby @ Crown Room (mashup, bass and live electro party)

Decadence Debauchery @ Hawthorne Theater (burlesque dancers and cabaret show)

Rock Box @ Holocene (dance party!)

East Infection @ East (a great place to start or end the night)

Fuckbadmusic Party @ Branx (tech house dance party)

R9 @ Groove Suite (minimal techno and electro with a live visual artist)

Visions of Venice Masquerade Ball @ Rose Room in the Rose Garden (cocktails, costumes, dancing and a Frank Sinatra tribute group)

Fall of the House @ Theater! Theater! (it’s theater!)

Padam Padam @ Dharma Rain Center (cabaret of Edith Piaf and Tom Waits songs)

Hard Times @ Rotture (a dance party for the working stiff)

Ben Darwish Album Release Party @ Jimmy Mak’s (awesome jazz and recreations of popular songs)

Portland Int’l Film Fest @ NW Film Center (movies!)

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 80’s Party @ Mt. Hood (free gifts for people on the mountain in 80’s outfits)

Me, Chi & Bruce Lee @ Powell’s on Hawthorne (a book reading about martial arts and then a viewing of Kung Fu Panda)

Roots Reggae Dancehall @ Calabash (roots, reggae and dancehall – the title kinda says it all)

Panther @ Backspace (electro dance funk)

Ralphie May @ Crystal Ballroom (holy shit this dude is hilarious – you’ve probably seen him on Comedy Central)

Hip Hop Fest w/ Cool Nutz, Mikey Vegaz and Luck1 @ Ash Street (local hip hop)

Melao de Cuba @ Mississippi Pizza (cool Cuban jazz)

Jackie-O Mutherfucker and E*Rock @ Slabtown (this will be a party rock show)


Andrew Bird @ The Roseland

PDX Jazz Fest @ Crystal Ballroom (Afro Cuban All-stars, Lou Donaldson and Bobby Hutcherson… bring a date and impress her/him with your seductive dance moves)

Sweet FA Rock & Roll Fashion Show @ Fez (awesome event with some awesome local designers)

Electric Feel @ Fez (a fun dance party immediately after the fashion show)

Kool Keith @ Berbati’s (I am 100% sure that this will be an interesting show)

DJ Wicked @ Bar XV (this place always gets crowded on Saturday’s)

Tin House Book Event @ Disjecta (live bands and books! … that actually doesn’t sound anywhere near as fun as this will actually be)

Nicolle Shops PDX Party @ NW 21st & Wilson (for the uber fashionable of PDX)

Harlem Globetrotters @ Rose Garden (ahh, such memories of being a kid and wishing I could dunk)

Love Sick @ Branx (a crazy costume party with dancing)

Broadway Affair Party @ Escape (live cabaret show)

Saturday Night Heat @ Crown Room (hip hop, dub, dancehall and funk dj’s)

Polar Bear Plunge @ Clumbia River (you’re kidding right? You want me to jump in the river?)

Dinocore Dance Party @ Lucky’s on 28th and Glisan (a dinosaur themed electro dance party .. only in PDX, or ok, maybe in Brooklyn too)

Erotic City @ Tiger Bar (Prince cover band)

Drum Club @ Dunes (cool minimal electro in this cool little space)

White Light Dance Party @ Valentines (fun dance party with brother/sister dj duo)

Icarus Comedy Group @ Brody Theater (live improv comedy)

Fall of the House @ Theater! Theater! (it’s theater!)

Roots Reggae Dancehall @ Calabash (roots, reggae and dancehall – the title kinda says it all)

Night of 1000 Masks @ Rotture (one big Mardi Gras party)

Portland Int’l Film Fest @ NW Film Center (movies!)

Fujinami-Kai Dance Performance @ NW Library (a performance of the traditional dance Buyo)

Balkan Mardi Gras @ Paradise (Eastern European folk music and vodka!)

Pop Rocks: A Bite Sized Festival @ Someday (5 awesome bands, 1 awesome venue)

The Music Tapes w/ Julian from Neutral Milk Hotel @ Backspace (indie rock madness)

Antiques Improv Show @ Brody Theater (bring in an antique, they will make up a funny story)

80’s vs 90’s Party @ Pala (4 dj’s playing classics from both decades)

Beaux Arts Ball @ Portland Art Museum (dinner, dancing and costumes)

Johnny Cash Tribute Band @ Ash St. (I imagine 90% of the people here will be drinking whiskey)

Twilight Rummage Sale @ Eagles Lodge (tons of goods!)

Hillsdale Brew Fest @ Hillsdale Public House (20 brewers, 20 new beers)


Sapient of Sandpeople, Illmaculate, Diezel P, Dain and DJ Flip Flop @ Berbati’s (local hip hop showcase and freestyle battle)

Nealie Neal @ Moloko Plus (rare funk and soul)

Fall of the House @ Theater! Theater! (it’s theater!)

Local 4 @ Secret Society (poetry)

Sinferno Cabaret @ Dante’s (fire dancing!)

Bryan Wolfe Photo Exhibit @ Blue Sky Gallery (a showcase of each piece the artist made each day for a full year)

Virginia Café 95th Anniversary Party @ Virginia Café (beer prices from the ’80’s!!)

Dent May @ Doug Fir (this guy is awesome, really fun and creative songs … oh, and there is a guy from the New Pornographers)

Cuba Ache @ Mississippi Pizza (Cuban jazz)

Broken Spindles @ Rotture (hey, it’s the dude from The Faint making cool music)

Jules Boykoff Poetry Reading @ Powell’s on Hawthorne (poetry in big in Portland)

Autopilot is For Lovers @ Valentines (sweet and soft folk, a good way to prepare for Monday)

Dub & Doom @ Tube (ridiculous drink specials and two ridiculous dj’s)

PDX Poetry Slam @ Hawthorne Theater (poems and maybe people snapping after other people’s poems)

Portland Social Scene: 2/13 – 2/15 (Talkdemonic, Explode Into Colors, Albino & more!)

In an effort to get better settled in my new home of Portland, I’m going to start publishing some more local-centric articles. It helps me get better acquainted with some of the many bands and venues around the city. There’s always something going on in this city

So, here’s a selection of what’s going on this weekend in Portland:


Vagabond Opera and Chervona @ Someday Lounge – 125 NW 5th Avenue

Fall of the House @ Theatre! Theatre! – 3430 SE Belmont.

Shake Speake, Best Supporting Actress and New Centruy Schoolbook @ Dunes – 1905 NE MLK

Atole & Breakfast Mountain @ Dekum Manor – 422 NE Dekum St

Livewire! w/ Talkdemomic & Point Juncture, WA @ Aladdin Theater – 3017 SE Milwaukee Ave.

Potluck & House Show w/ Autopilot Is For Lovers @ NE 80th & Couch

Zoobombers Mini Bike Winter Fest @ various locations (check out http://zoobomb.net/minibikewinter/ for info

Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Roseland – 8 NW 6th Ave

That 1 Guy @ Doug Fir – 830 E. Burnside


Atlas @ Holocene – 1001 SE Morrison

Cover Your Hearts Benefit Party w/ Charmparticles, Jonah, Crosstides, Derby and Tango Alpha Tango @ Someday Lounge – 125 NW 5th Avenue

P:ear Benefit Party featuring Strength, Explode Into Colors, and The Dirty Mittens @ Wonder Ballroom – 128 NE Russell St

Zoobombers Mini Bike Winter Fest @ various locations (check out http://zoobomb.net/minibikewinter/ for info

Free Vegan Desserts @ Hungry Tiger Too – 207 SE 12th Portland

Albino @ Goodfoot Lounge – 2845 SE Stark St.

Fleshtone and Fist Fite @ Rotture – 315 SE 3rd Ave


Verb: A Dance Party Action Benefit Event @ Zaytoon – 2236 NE Alberta

Queens Girl @ Someday Lounge – 125 NW 5th Avenue

Alela Diane (CD Release Show) @ Holocene – 1001 SE Morrison
Horse Feathers @ Doug Fir (beautiful folk music from local stars)

Greyboy Allstars @ Crystal Ballroom – 1332 W. Burnside

Zoobombers Mini Bike Winter Fest @ various locations (check out http://zoobomb.net/minibikewinter/ for info

This list is a truncated version of the Life Is A Party list, provided weekly by Leigh Friedman, which keeps you updated on all the weekend madness that Portland, OR has to offer.

Drop an email to get the full list!

Portland Post-Folk-Electro-Rock-ish – Talkdemonic

I’m a sucker for anything that puts the focus on stringed instruments. Just like how I discovered Dirty Three years too late, I don’t know how Talkdemonic slipped by me for as long as they did.

The music the Portland duo creates is a brooding, deep-woods symphony, reflecting well the terrain of the Northwest. Without lyrics, the instruments do the job of emoting, with Lisa Molinaro’s violin and cello playing working to convey the heart of the music. Kevin O’Connor handles the drums and electronics sequencing and the result is something that broodingly straddles the genres of indie rock, electronica, and post rock to a pleasant end.

The duo released their third album, Eyes At Half Mast in late 2008 and will be playing a show this Saturday February 5th at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge. Lucky Madison labelmates Ah Holly Fam’ly and local dark folkies Nurses and will be opening up the evening.

Talkdemonic – March Movement