Portland, Oregon is a great place for musicians. There is a creative culture here that seems to sprout bands like the ubiquitous blackberry vines that crop up in every yard in town. And we’re just far enough left of Utah to attract a lot of really talented LDS musicians.
At the very top of that heap is the amazing acoustic, folk-rock band, Canoe. Recently Matt Hoiland, the creative force behind Canoe, and lead guitarist Cameron Steineckert, were kind enough to answer a few questions about the band, their music, their faith and aliens. Continue Reading →
Recommended if you like: Sufjan Stevens, Nick Drake Recommended tracks: “The Stone”, “The Planet”, “The Sea of Glass”
It has been a while since I received The Goldminer from Canoe’s Carl Hoiland, but it takes me a while to fully digest albums like this. However, Canoe has just released their newest album, The Ship, on iTunes, and I felt like it was time. Though perhaps it borders too much on the philosophical, this album is a dreamy, crystalline journey that definitely gives back what you put into it. It’s a beautiful, mystical album that deserves far more attention than it has gotten, particularly now that their next album threatens to overtake it in popularity. Continue Reading →
Portland is blossoming like a rose with LDS talent. It takes a special place to be able to support great LDS artists like Lindsey Pool, Canoe, KaRyn Daley, and the very retro and impeccably stylish Fossil Fools, and one need look no further than the 5th Friday Open Mic to see that Portland isn’t your ordinary LDS community. Mark Simnitt is responsible for both Fossil Fools and the 5th Friday Open Mic, but don’t worry- just because he’s smarter and more talented than everyone doesn’t mean he’s not humble, because he is. He said so himself.
I just received word about an amazing show going down that I’m incredibly excited about. It’s called The 5th Friday Open Mic. Started three years ago at a stake center in Portland, it’s an open mic for Latter-day Saints in the Portland area to play secular, but wholesome, music. I was floored! How did I find out about this show, you might ask? Well, I ran into its creator, Mark Simnitt (of the Fossil Fools), at my sister’s sealing in the Portland Temple. Another great reason to attend the temple!
Videos are available on YouTube and from the site. It’s a great time for musicians and listeners, and the word is, they’ve been getting around 100 people on some nights, including local performer and Linescratcher KaRyn Daley. Check it out! There’s a gold mine of good new LDS music in Portland!