Station Top 30 – Week of 11/16

1. Marissa Nadler – The Path of the Clouds (Sacred Bones)
2. Nation of Language – A Way Forward (PIAS)
3. Parquet Courts – Sympathy for Life (Rough Trade)
4. Mia Doi Todd – Ten Views of Music Life (City Zen)
5. Emma Ruth Rundle – Engine of Hell (Sargent House)
6. Helado Negro – Far In (4AD)
7. Black Marble – Fast Idol (Sacred Bones)
8. Curtis Harding – If Words Were Flowers (Anti-/Epitaph)
9. Fire-Toolz – Eternal Home (Hausu Mountain)
10. Colleen Green – Cool (Hardly Art)
11. Patrick Shiroishi – Hidemi (American Dreams)
12. Longboat – Basically Blue, Vol. 2 (AchduliebeZeit!)
13. Valida – Mixed Signals EP (HRMNX / Create Music Group)
14. Mo Douglas – Fry The Onion Gently (Ten Dollar Recording Co.)
15. illuminati hotties – Let Me Do One More (Snack Shack Tracks / Hopeless Records)
16. Said the Whale – Dandelion (Everything Forever)
17. Margo Cilker – Pohorylle (Fluff & Gravy)
18. Pepe Deluxé – Phantom Cabinet Vol. 1 (Catskills)
19. Dark Leaves – Laid under leaf, under branches (Ramble)
20. SPECTRES – Hindsight (Artoffact)
21. Dummy – Mandatory Enjoyment (Trouble in Mind)
22. Extinction AD – Chaos, Collusion, Carnage & Propaganda EP (Unique Leader)
23. Myriam Gendron – Ma délire – Songs of love, lost & found (s/r)
24. Roy Montgomery – Rhymes of Chance (Grapefruit)
25. Geese – Projector (Partisan / Play It Again Sam)
26. Alda – A Distant Fire (Eisenwald)
27. Hand Habits – Clean Air (Saddle Creek)
28. Amyl and The Sniffers – Comfort to Me (ATO)
29. Gustaf – Audio Drag for Ego Slobs (Royal Mountain)
30. RÜFÜS DU SOL – Surrender (Rose Avenue/Reprise)

Station Top 30 – Week of 11/9

1. Black Marble – Fast Idol (Sacred Bones)
2. Fire-Toolz – Eternal Home (Hausu Mountain)
3. Marissa Nadler – The Path of the Clouds (Sacred Bones)
4. Anz – All Hours EP (Ninja Tune)
5. Parquet Courts – Sympathy for Life (Rough Trade)
6. Amon Tobin – How Do You Live (NOMARK)
7. Clinic – Fantasy Island (Domino)
8. The Pop Group – Y in Dub (Mute)
9. Mia Doi Todd – Ten Views of Music Life (City Zen)
10. Lala Lala – I Want the Door to Open (Hardly Art)
11. Mo Douglas – Fry The Onion Gently (Ten Dollar Recording Co.)
12. Patrick Shiroishi – Hidemi (American Dreams)
13. Low – HEY WHAT (Sub Pop)
14. Deerhoof – Actually, You Can (Joyful Noise)
15. Pepe Deluxé – Phantom Cabinet Vol. 1 (Catskills)
16. Ronan – Reflections on Intrinsic Value (Eternal Ocean)
17. MONO – Pilgrimage of the Soul (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
18. Said the Whale – Dandelion (Everything Forever)
19. La Luz – S/T (Hardly Art)
20. Space Afrika – Honest Labour (Dais)
21. Roy Montgomery – Rhymes of Chance (Grapefruit)
22. Valida – Mixed Signals EP (HRMNX / Create Music Group)
23. Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Age 101)
24. Syl Johnson – Foxy Brown (Numero Group)
25. Raja Kirik – Rampokan (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
26. Xenia Rubinos – Una Rosa (Anti/Epitaph)
27. Colleen Green – Cool (Hardly Art)
28. Bryan Rahija – Timber (Ramseur)
29. d’Eon – Rhododendron (Hausu Mountain)
30. Ross Goldstein – Chutes and Ladders (Odd Cat)

Station Top 30 – Week of 11/2

1. Fire-Toolz – Eternal Home (Hausu Mountain)
2. Lala Lala – I Want the Door to Open (Hardly Art)
3. Clinic – Fantasy Island (Domino)
4. Black Marble – Fast Idol (Sacred Bones)
5. ONETWOTHREE – s/t (Kill Rock Stars)
6. Dummy – Mandatory Enjoyment (Trouble In Mind)
7. V/A – Sound Wonders: A Series of Epics (Touchtheplants)
8. Amon Tobin – How Do You Live (NOMARK)
9. Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Age 101)
10. MONO – Pilgrimage of the Soul (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
11. Explosions In The Sky – Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack For Public Television) (‎Temporary Residence)
12. Reb Fountain – Iris (Flying Nun)
13. La Luz – S/T (Hardly Art)
14. Colleen Green – Cool (Hardly Art)
15. Suss – Night Suite [EP] (Northern Spy)
16. Deerhoof – Actually, You Can (Joyful Noise)
17. Mega Bog – Life, and Another (Paradise of Bachelors)
18. Snapped Ankles – Forest of Your Problems (Leaf)
19. Jordana & TV Girl – Summer’s Over (Grand Jury)
20. Yola – Stand For Myself (Easy Eye Sound)
21. My Morning Jacket – S/T (ATO)
22. Low – HEY WHAT (Sub Pop)
23. King Woman – Celestial Blues (Relapse)
24. HearThuG – Planet Rhythm X (Banofee Pies)
25. SiP/Prezzano – S/T (Moon Glyph)
26. Disimperium – Malefic Obliteration (Sentient Ruin)
27. Darkthrone – Eternal Hails…… (Peaceville)
28. Cando – Clutch EP (Le Chatroom) 
29. Church Girls – Still Blooms (Anchor Eighty Four)
30. Aquaserge – The Possibility Of A New Work For Aquaserge (Crammed Discs)

Station Top 30 – Week of 10/26

1. Fire-Toolz – Eternal Home (Hausu Mountain)
2. Lala Lala – I Want the Door to Open (Hardly Art)
3. Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Age 101)
4. V/A – Sound Wonders: A Series of Epics (Touchtheplants)
5. Amon Tobin – How Do You Live (NOMARK)
6. ONETWOTHREE – s/t (Kill Rock Stars)
7. Deerhoof – Actually, You Can (Joyful Noise)
8. Ada Lea – One Hand On The Steering Wheel The Other Sewing A Garden (Saddle Creek)
9. Explosions In The Sky – Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack For Public Television) (‎Temporary Residence)
10. Reb Fountain – Iris (Flying Nun)
11. Colleen Green – Cool (Hardly Art)
12. Angel Olsen – Aisles (Jagjaguwar)
13. Suss – Night Suite [EP] (Northern Spy)
14. Yola – Stand For Myself (Easy Eye Sound)
15. Bria – Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 (Sub Pop)
16. Catbells – Wilderness EP (SQFT)
17. Wavves – Hideaway (Fat Possum)
18. King Woman – Celestial Blues (Relapse)
19. The Lyonz – Change in Colour (E. 47 Records)
20. Aquaserge – The Possibility Of A New Work For Aquaserge (Crammed Discs)
21. Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine (Asthmatic Kitty)
22. Disimperium – Malefic Obliteration (Sentient Ruin)
23. HearThuG – Planet Rhythm X (Banofee Pies)
24. SiP/Prezzano – S/T (Moon Glyph)
25. Low – HEY WHAT (Sub Pop)
26. Other – Sacred & Profane (s/r)
27. Syz – Du Rong EP (Bokhari Records)
28. Snapped Ankles – Forest of Your Problems (Leaf)
29. Laura Jane Grace – At War with the Silverfish (Polyvinyl)
30. The Shivas – Feels So Good // Feels So Bad (Tender Loving Empire)

Station Top 30 – Week of 10/19

1. Amon Tobin – How Do You Live (NOMARK)
2. Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Age 101)
3. Xi – Xi (Riot Material)
4. Tirzah – Colourgrade (Domino)
5. Brett Naucke – Mirror Ensemble (American Dreams)
6. Ducks, Ltd. – Modern Fiction (Carpark)
7. Efterklang – Windflowers (City Slang)
8. Jose Gonzalez – Local Valley (Mute)
9. Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine (Asthmatic Kitty)
10. 박혜진 Park Hye Jin – Before I Die (Ninja Tune)
11. Maurice Louca – Saet El-Hazz (The Luck Hour) (Sub Rosa/Northern Spy)
12. Illuminati Hotties – Let Me Do One More (Snack Shack Tracks/Hopeless)
13. Myriam Gendron – Ma Délire – Songs of Love Lost & Found (Feeding Tube)
14. Moor Mother – Black Encyclopedia of The Air (Anti-)
15. Devin Hoff – Voices From The Empty Moor (Songs Of Anne Briggs) (Kill Rock Stars)
16. V/A – Sound Wonders (Touchtheplants)
17. Baligh Hamdi – Modal Instrumental Pop of 1970s Egypt (Sublime Frequencies)
18. The Shivas – Feels So Good // Feels So Bad (Tender Loving Empire)
19. The Body & BIG|BRAVE – Leaving None But Small Birds (Thrill Jockey)
20. Full Of Hell – Garden Of Burning Apparitions (Relapse)
21. Nala Sinephro – Space 1.8 (Warp)
22. Film School – We Weren’t Here (Sonic Ritual)
23. Machinedrum – Psyconia EP (Ninja Tune)
24. Maston with L’eclair – Souvenir (Innovative Leisure)
25. Cindy – 1:2 (Mtn.St.Mtn.)
26. Ashley Shadow – Only The End (Felte)
27. Blod – Missväxt (Grapefruit)
28. Buffalo Daughter – We Are The Times (Anniversary)
29. Low – HEY WHAT (Sub Pop)
30. Astrid Sonne – outside of your lifetime (Escho)

Station Top 30 – Week of 9/28

1. Low – Hey What (Sub Pop)
2. Buffalo Daughter – We Are the Times (Buffalo Ranch/Anniversary)
3. Marisa Anderson & William Tyler – Lost Futures (Thrill Jockey)
4. Turnstile – GLOW ON (Roadrunner)
5. Brian Rahija – Timber (Ramseur/Thirty Tigers)
6. Dot Allison – Heart-Shaped Scars (SA Recordings)
7. Native Soul – Teenage Dreams (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
8. Moor Mother – Black Encyclopedia of the Air (Anti-)
9. Durand Jones & The Indications – Private Space (Dead Oceans)
10. Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Age 101)
11. Jesse Marchant – Antelope Running (AntiFragile)
12. Negativland – NO BRAIN (Seeland)
13. V/A – Anthology of Exploratory Music from India (Unexplained Sounds)
14. Norman W. Long – BLACK BROWN GRAY GREEN (Hausu Mountain)
15. Botany – Portal Orphanage (Western Vinyl)
16. Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg (4AD)
17. ToiToiToi – Vaganten (Ghost Box)
18. black midi – Cavalcade (Rough Trade)
19. Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee (Dead Oceans)
20. Shannon & the Clams – Year of the Spider (Easy Eye Sound/Concord)
21. Connor Kissel – The Forest Of Things Lost And Found (Somewherecold)
22. Mark Tester – Oblivion Rhythms Revisited (Moon Glyph)
23. Brett Ratliff – Whitesburg, KY (June Appal)
24. TRAKA – Maktub (YUKU)
25. Charles Brown – Circles (Numero)
26. The Muslims – Fuck These Fuckin Fascists (Epitaph)
27. Sermon of Flames – I Have Seen the Light, and It Was Repulsive (I, Voidhanger)
28. Nueen – Circular Sequence (Quiet Time)
29. Space Afrika – Honest Labour (Dias)
30. Cando – Clutch EP (Le Chatroom)

Why We Listen

This summer, our Freeform Portland DJs took time to reflect on what the radio station has meant to them. Here’s what they said (and drew)…

Sweet Jane
Every day we find ourselves just inundated with noise, and FreeForm Portland has become my haven from the static. The DJs here put so much time and thought into the music they bring to our community, and their love for the station can be felt on every show. We are so lucky to have this station to tune into rather than yet another thing to tune out.

Random Citizen (she/her)
This image was created not long after putting together songs I wanted to play on a future show. It also shows the accessibility of hearing Freeform Portland from your laptop. While technology changes, there’s still something awesome about coming across a song you didn’t know you needed to hear. It’s one of the reasons I love being part of the Freeform Portland fam. There’s no must-play list from a corporate headquarters — the songs you hear on different shows are selected by that DJ. Every time you tune in to Freeform Portland, you increase the chance of hearing your new favorite song.

Dj Aquatina  
I love listening to Freeform because there is always something on that’s new and funky! Discovering new music and not the same old 50 songs from 2007. Thanks for helping me discover and grow my love of music! Keep bringing the jams!

Some music inspires active listening. It may make you want to burst grin giggle bliss skip jump and sing and shout. It could be provocative, unsettling, unnerving, or challenging. It might make you think and feel. It isn’t always easy. Other music is more passive. You’ll put it on in the background as a pleasant hum during your busy day. It doesn’t distract. It lets you focus. Comforting. Present. Some music is immersive. You want to sink into it like a warm bath, a cozy bed, a luxurious rug. Freeform surprises with the unexpected. You’ll hear things you didn’t know you wanted to hear, that you didn’t know existed. You’ll discover new songs, new artists, new genres. You’ll hear strange and familiar voices, like your own, a new friend, or a long-lost love. Freeform isn’t formulaic. We’re for you. We’re here for your many moods, interests, passions, and curiosities. Kick off your shoes. Stretch out on the rug. Put on those headphones and tune in. We got you.

Dr. Axolotl
Freeform is a warm, welcoming brain-bath I always turn to when I want to swim in ideas. In my car or the hammock, when the mix gets especially good, the air thickens, the light turns to wine, and my secret gills unfurl to breathe in the weird, wondrous sounds. Since I found Freeform Portland, I can’t imagine going back to water… 

Noah Fence
When I was very young, Radio was music. Completely. All music came from the radio. To my post-infant brain, the radio was magic. All the sounds and the noises and the voices combined to create this incredible feeling of joy and happiness. Without knowing why I would crack a smile and involuntarily tap my foot. I made no distinctions between what I heard, all the songs just came from the radio and I absorbed them all. But growing older, we develop opinions, likes and dislikes, we learn to separate one thing from other things, we put things into genres, types, label things as “happy”, “sad”, “good’’, “Bad”, etc onto a near-endless number of possible of categories and boxes into which we can organize our overtaxed little brains. We lose some of our best infantile qualities, and we lie to ourselves calling it “growing up”, pretending it is okay. I listen to Freeform Portland because it has returned to me the magic of radio. Switching it on at any time of day or night, you can never know exactly what sort of music you are going to hear, and what exactly the DJ might play next. But it seems to always be good, well-selected and driven by a human element, the DJ. Even though there are a limited number of notes and chords, music seems to offer up an infinite number of possible combinations of sounds, and Freeform Portland seems to make a concerted effort to play as many of them as possible. When I listen to Freeform Portland I can let my guard down, and listen with a child’s mind frame. I can envelop myself in the security blanket of sound that is the magic of radio.

Odd Monster
Music is an escape for when we are trapped in our houses, our cars, our jobs, our bodies.  Music is an energy, passed between us in song and dance, and fuels our lives. Music was one of the earliest things invented by humans, and it is the most fluid form of communication there is.  When music is shared with honesty it can change and save lives.  Help support the love of music by supporting Freeform Portland.  We have no advertisements, no talk radio, just blissful music, 24/7/365. Enrich your life and maybe help share the love with others.

dj lonelygirl15
for me, listening to music is a combination of escaping reality and a re-imagining of my lived experience. freeform is a place where i can sonically express all of the things i’ve always wanted to be without fear. this little ipod is a remembered past – the things that i loved to blast into my ears, the intimacy between my heart and a bumping track, and the beginning of a freeform dj’s story.

Matt Mount 
Each and every show on Freeform Portland has at least one new discovery. There are mysterious seashells to find in the endless span of sand, there are new birds that no ornithologist has ever seen, there are moments and memories that come rushing back like a brand new past. The sounds seem familiar, but what is happening is that we’re discovering it together for the 1st time. Freeform Portland invites vulnerable egoless ears to really listen, to be curious, to fall in love, and to be heartbroken in the healthiest way.

DJ Alice Wonder 
Music can come into your life from unlikely places. I’ve found my favorite bands from my older sister, best friends, total enemies, math teachers, convenience store cashiers and of course community radio! Freeform has great tracks day and night, things I’ve never heard anywhere else, even after my many years of obsessively searching out the most obscure music. You never know where you’re going to find the next song you’ll fall in love with- sometimes squirrels have the best tunes!!

Station Top 30 – Week of 9/7

1. Marisa Anderson & William Tyler – Lost Futures (Thrill Jockey)

2. Brian Rahija – Timber (Ramseur/Thirty Tigers)

3. ToiToiToi – Vaganten (Ghost Box)

4. Cameron Knowler – Places Of Consequence (American Dreams)

5. Various Artists – Amethyst (Moon Glyph)

6. Joy Orbison – Still Slipping Vol. 1 (XL)

7. KUNZITE – Visuals (Lowly/Wilder)

8. Various Artists – Source: The Independent Project Records Collection (Independent Project)

9. Guy Buttery – One Morning In Gurgaon (Riverboat)

10. John Glacier – SHILOH: Lost for Words (PLZ Make It Ruins)

11. Liars – The Apple Drop (Mute)

12. Lingua Ignota – SINNER GET READY (Sargent House)

13. quickly, quickly – The Long and Short of It (Ghostly International)

14. Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant (Brainfeeder/Ninja)

15. Arushi Jain – Under The Lilac Sky (Leaving)

16. Piroshka – Love Drips And Gathers (Bella Union)

17. Colin Linden – bLOW (Highway 20)

18. Wolves In the Throne Room – Primordial Arcana (Relapse)

19. Mega Bog – Life, And Another (Paradise of Bachelors)

20. Noveller – Aphantasia (s/r)

21. Warp Trio – Warp Trio’s Pandemic Disco Fantasy (People Places Records)

22. The Poets of Rhythm – Discern / Define (Daptone)

23. Gaspard Augé – Escapades (Genesis / Ed Banger / Because)

24. Sonny and the Sunsets – New Day With New Possibilities (Rocks In Your Head Records)

25. Brian Jackson, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge – Brian Jackson JID008 (Jazz Is Dead)

26. The Catenary Wires – Birling Gap (Shelflife)

27. Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime (Matador)

28. Death Valley Girls – Street Venom (Suicide Squeeze)

29. Dolphin Midwives – Body of Water (Beacon Sound)

30. Blod – Missväxt (Grapefruit)

Des Demonas “Cure For Love” E.P. – Review by Noah Fence

With a surprising lack of hoopla or fanfare, the new E.P. “Cure for Love” by Des Demonas was put up for presale on the In The Red Records website, followed by a few discreet mentions on social media sites. 

This is a record for which I have been long waiting, not just because their debut album is an instant classic, its urgent performance demands repeated listening, but because the release of this new E.P. has been delayed by the global pandemic.

With seven songs the new E.P. might be mistaken for being a full length LP, but the songs all clock in at less than 3 minutes each, making the total running time squarely & accurately designated as an E.P.

The sound of the band might by some be described as “Garage Punk”. Instrumentally the band consists of Guitar, Organ, bass, drums, with vocals sloganistically shouted or spoken. One might cite influences such as Question mark & The Mysterions, The Monks, Lyres, The Stooges, The Fall, The Scientists and Jonathan Fire eater. And while that might work as a casual referral from one person to another, to peak the other person’s interest, I think it falls short of what makes the band unique.

To my ears what separates Des Demonas from other garage rock or garage punk bands is their rhythmic approach to their music. All the instruments feel lockstepped to the rhythm of each song. The band feels like five drummers who happen to be playing organ, guitar, bass and singing. 

There is a scene in the James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman, when his character halts a practice session when one of the musicians does not understand the rhythm that James Brown is attempting to achieve, and he goes around the room, pointing to each instrument, asking the name of the instrument, and every time, James Brown corrects the musician and states that the instrument to which he is pointing is a drum, no matter what the instrument might in fact be. 

I think that same mentality might be at work in the band, Des Demonas. They charge through their songs on this E.P. with names like “Immigaration Song”, “Control”, “Forest Fire” “Black Orpheus Blues” & “Ballad Of Ike & Tina” with a pounding fury and extremely pleasing punctuated vocals. 

I’m not a musician myself, and I can not emphatically state that the band hits on the “one”, but they do seem to hit that pocket that makes you want to listen to this E.P. “Cure For Love” over and over, and seek out other music by Des Demonas. They are that good. Rock n’ roll, noise with a beat. 

Noah Fence is the host of “It’s a nice world to visit” which broadcasts every Friday from noon to 2 PM on Freeform Portland.