May 7, 2015
These shirts evolved from a question. How to remember? I drive, I ride, I walk, I run and every time my mode is my perspective. Cars, motorcycles, bicycles, e-bikes, skateboarders, joggers, runners, walkers, strollers, so many different paces, speeds and viewpoints. I wanted a simple singsong phrase to keep in mind. And I wanted to insert a pause. It’s those little moments that get us, the look down, the high speed, “Defensive driving”, my father always said. Being considerate and vigilant is a good way to roll forward and to remind everyone, including our fellow cyclists, as well as pedestrians and drivers, to take a little extra time. Designed in collaboration with Studio JGT/Barcelona.
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May 1, 2015
You’ll find me at the back of Bicycling Magazine’s June Issue, responding to their monthly “This Way” questionnaire. It was a pleasure to talk with Molly Hurford and thanks to photographer Matthew D’Annunzio for being cool with me noodling on my Guild + Benson Amp combo. I’m working with Sediment Arts and The Athletic (other fellow travelers announced soon) on a sound, oral history, and interview project around UCI Worlds in Richmond, VA this fall. After a great conversation at SXSW, offering what I can to the incredible Cyclofemme initiative, and planning Richmond, there’s a big dose of cycling and those who care about it in my days, which is fantastic.
*a brief note…I mentioned “L’Equipe” the French newspaper that has long been an HQ of Euro-cycling news, somehow it was transcribed and printed as “The Keep”. There’s a project in their somewhere…..
April 23, 2015
I’ll be playing solo as part of the Quiet Music Festival in Portland in June.
Details soon. Other shows and many projects in process.
Thank you for visiting here.
March 3, 2015
I’ve just returned from a quick visit to celebrate the FCC Decision to classify broadband internet as a common carrier. Victory! Now to slog through the next period of legal and legislative challenges to the decision. Are the previous two sentences opaque? I’ve been working offering an independent musician’s experience and stories in order to convey the importance of keeping basic communication and artistic avenues free from corporate control. #StewardWhatYouLove #StewardWhatYouNeed.
Not enough music? It’s lurking, as are various sound projects. And I will be playing shows this year. Sign up for the newsletter for the occasional news.
January 12, 2015
Austin, TX : Writing songs, essays, project proposals; watching USA Cyclocross championships, and visiting Laguna Gloria, where I was treated to a visit with this Ursula Von Rydingsvard sculpture, “Luna”, 2007.
November 5, 2014
This is Charlie. He’s been my host in NYC over many trips, for many years. I’m in the city for a few days, on a trip I’m calling a walkabout. I started in Joshua Tree and still have a few weeks left before I return home to Portland. November 22 the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls will throw and honors dinner, and I’m one of a group of ladies to be celebrated. It is an honor. The evening is open to the public, (I’m hoping maybe it’s in the style of a Dean Martin roast?) and tickets are available here.
There’s some sort of website recalibration approaching, so that updating will be easier….it’s a mystery as of yet what it will look like….
September 24, 2014
NEWS for October
PDX : 10/7 : Notes, Signs, and Waves / Performance, Discussion / Portland Design Week
PDX : 10/9 : Panel Organizer and Moderator: “Sound Designed” / Portland Design Week
PDX : 10/12 : Celebrating the release of Bruce Springsteen Album by Album, info at ryanwwhite.com
CA : Artist Residency : A to Z / Joshua Tree, CA
CA : 10/22 : Joshua Tree : “ROCKS! ROCKS! ROCKS!” vocal performance with field recordings
CA : Mentor : (Nomadic / Site-Specific / Sound) PNCA Applied Design MFA Program
DC : 10/27 : Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit : Interviewing FCC General Counsel Jonathan Sallet
DC : 10/27 : Future of Music Coalition Honors performance
August 11, 2014
FOCAS 2014 : Forum on Communications and Society
A gathering sponsored by the Knight Foundation and The Aspen Institute.
This years theme: “Strengthening the Internet for Free Expression and Innovation”
For more info see twitter: @rebeccagates or #FOCAS14
There’s also a benefit for Xray-FM at Alberta Rose Theater on June 21.
Pickin’ berries, reading, writing, working, dreaming,
June 2, 2014
If I’m quiet here, you can find me on Twitter.
Recalibrating and writing, working on Net Neutrality, getting caught up after months of traveling and freelance work.
April 13, 2014
Parcematone Presents launches the inaugural edition of our 2014 limited edition artist t-shirt series. Over the course of the summer season, we will be offering a variety of t-shirt designs courtesy of some of our talented friends.
Artist Bruce Collin Paulson is the visionary and hands-on magician at Fortress Letterpress. We are so pleased to collaborate with him. Also, check out his beautiful work on the cover of the new Golden Retriever album.
Thank you to Golden Rule Design for the printing.
Summertime’s heading your way, get fresh! Buy now in our store!
March 12, 2014
A quick update:
March 13: 4 pm solo Breakaway Records Austin, TX FREE
March 14: 12:30 pm SXSW Panel “New Punk Strategies: Your Values = Your Biz” with Mac McCaughan (Superchunk, Merge), and Joe Voss (conference badge required)
March 15: 2 pm: solo End of An Ear Records Austin, TX FREE
April 5: Backfence PDX Portland, OR
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January 9, 2014
I’m giving an artist talk at the Portland Art Museum this evening. It’s focused on an artwork called “Linear Construction (No. 1 Variation)” by Naum Gabo.
Afterwards, I’m going to Mississippi Studios sing a few songs with Califone.
November 19, 2013
Ah, the archives. Kendall found this recently and forwarded it to me. The Spinanes 1998 edition at Southgate House in Newport, KY. Kendall Meade, RG, Jerry Busher, Steve Girton (sound engineer) and Ted Leo. I’ve got a knack for putting together a good combo, if I do say so myself.
November 12, 2013
I’m traveling these days, on tour without playing. It’s related to ongoing work around musicians and culture policy, civic engagement, responding to challenges of our homes and business, and thinking about who we are in the world. I was in DC for the Future of Music Summit and while there was fortunate to sit in on a STEAM caucus policy meeting with Representative Bonamici and John Maeda, plus visit and rabble rouse with old and new friends:
(Josh Kun, Stephen Brackett, Alec Ounsworth, Erin McKeown – photo by Erin)
Tomorrow I’m in Detroit to discuss “The Internet Must Go” with filmmaker Gena Konstantinakos and lawyer Joe Voss. Next week I’ll be attending the Denver Music Summit, as well as speaking to Arts for Colorado. Inbetween is Techraking4 – audio and journalism.
Music work continues, and a new album is shaping up, which is encouraging. This one is unfolding as much as asking to be made, that’s a little different.
Today, on my way to Detroit, we flew between the Tetons and Yellowstone. The earth is extraordinary.
Last day of the exhibition today. Thanks to all who listened, who read, and who made a space for sound over the last few weeks.
More pics and sounds to come…
August 20, 2013
Working on “ROOMTONE: variation” with Lucy Raven for PICA’s TBA13. September 12-25
August 12, 2013
Three Portland group shows/benefits over the last seven days.
1. Britt Daniel soundchecks at the No Name #1 Benefit for Outside In
2. A section of the audience at Sara Jaffe’s Pool Party, Readings + Tunes
3. Dancers (+ Nate Query) performing in FRONT MAGAZINE’s COLLISION SERIES
July 14, 2013
There are a couple things coming up in early August….
August 4th I’ll be participating in No Name #1, a series of benefit concerts to celebrate Elliott Smith. August 10th I’m singing at the Peninsula Park pool to celebrate Sara Jaffe’s new novel. And August 11th I’m participating in a benefit for the amazing dance magazine FRONT, details soon.
May 31, 2013
The Consortium will be opening for Come at Mississippi Studios Friday, June 21. The wonderful Sad Horse is also on the bill. As the Blue Cranes are out on tour supporting their new album, Mr. Jake Morris “unlicensed therapist, certified life coach” (Street Nights, The Jicks) will be stepping in for Ji, providing drum savvy and entertainment.
This season is busy, freelance non-music work, a few small music projects here and there, and song-writing.
March 31, 2013
March 15, 2013
My friend Jeremy Dunn kindly posted on Instagram (@JeremyDDunn) abut the “Be Nice Looks Twice” Tees safe-tees recently. We have a few sizes and colors left, and a very few of the left-side driving versions remain. They are available here. We will be stocking new versions later this year. If you’ve questions or would like to receive info when we release new product, send an email to info (at) parcematone.com.
Jeremy was given a ticket for not coming to a full stop at a red light, and subsequently attended a share the road class. After one session he relayed this story: “Judge “Tell me some things cyclists do wrong on the road…” Tough-guy shouts: “they ride bikes!” Laughter ensues.”
Another friend, Dylan VanWheelen is in long recovery after being hit by a truck that was too impatient to wait for him to make a (legal and signaled) left turn. He’s a seasoned rider who works at Chris King, and it’s a sad spring for him to be off his bicycle for two or three months, though he, and we, recognize his injuries could’ve been much worse and are thankful they are not.
All this to say, we do what we can and we continue to ride. Living in fear is no way to live, but being considerate and vigilant is a good way to roll forward and to remind everyone, including our fellow cyclists, as well as pedestrians and drivers, to take a little extra time.
January 22, 2012
December 7, 2012
Everything’s on hold for a few weeks…..
October 5, 2012
Thanks to La Castanya and Ted Leo for a lovely tour.
RECENT news, news NEWS, words, etc: the bllloggg.
NEW ALBUM THE FLOAT : A digital download version is available directly from us HERE: DIGITALFLOAT. VINYL is at 12XU. CD via Parcematone Presents. A select group of articles and reviews of The Float are HERE.
Oregon and Seattle band shows. See Concerts for details.
Thanks to everyone for all the lovely comments about the album and for coming to hear us play.
It’s a nice way to start the touring season….Austin Statesman-Journal May 15, 2012
April 3, 2012
Martin Luther King Junior church fan, Memphis. Found inside a folder along with the original Arches and Aisles cover layouts.
March 17, 2012:
SXSW starts to become psychedelic about now, pure force carrying folks onward, occasionally downward. After a solid week of absorbing information and running into/running with friends and colleagues, it’s time for a few days of quiet.
March 9, 2012:
We are pleased to announce we will be in Paris to participate in “Keep Portland Weird” (though, with much gratitude, I gently protest the name of the event) at the Gâité Lyrique. Playing with The Jicks and Street Nights on April 24th. We will be touring the SW in May, heading east in the summer. All confirmed dates on the shows listing. Portlanders: come to Bunk Bar 4/17 and Revival Drum Shop 4/18.
February 22, 2012:
We have a few copies of “La Piscine”, an EP with a new track by Rebecca along with new songs by Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Richard Swift (The Shins) and Superbravo (Holden) available in the store. Full disclosure: The new Rebecca track will also be on her new album.
We are fans of the wonderful Jackpot Recording Studio. I had a little it to do with encouraging Larry to start it up and he was kind enough to give a good home to a massive Leslie speaker that I couldn’t take with me when I moved from Portland. Joanna in-house engineered off and on for years.
Larry and Kendra are launching a series called Jackpot Covers Portland. We recorded our version of a 1980’s Portland R & B jam last month. More on that when it’s posted next week…..
January 12, 2012: New bllloggg post. Booking shows. Making plans, etc.
October 27, 2011: This weekend (Oct 28-30) I’m pleased to be attending WFMU’s Radiovision conference.
Summer 2011: Head down and hard at work. Except for the river days (see below).
There’s always some kind of current chatter under the journal, shows, or the twitz. Have a question? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 26, 2011:
I was fortunate to speak with Sam Gould for Bartleby’s Pen at MASS MoCA in June. We’re working on a Publication Studio book considering artist’s economic cultures that will include a transcript of our discussion. Night Market will be taking place throughout the summer.
Venue change: Saturday’s show has been moved to Europa
May 28, 2011:
April 12, 2011: