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An XRAY.FM radio show and podcast all about the grit behind successful artists and creatives, from artist and producer Jeni Wren.

Sep 2, 2015

Papi Fimbres is nothing less than a local legend. The ever positive drummer and dreamer of dreams, who is no less than 10 bands depending on the day, lives his life honestly and to the point. Before leaving in late August for a year long sabbatical with his wife Shana to her home country of Germany to perform as their new duo Dreckig, Papi sat down with me for a candid conversation about everything from naming his bands to his out of body experiences playing drums. Just like we aren’t saying goodbye but see you later to Papi as he heads to Germany, I say “see you later” as Gritty Birds end our season format and starts airing monthly. Thanks everybody for a great season and see you next month! Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Underscore "Bruxo" by Glass Knees http://www.grittybirds.com http://www.vrtxmag.com/grittybirds http://www.facebook.com/grittybirds For all inquiries: grittybirds@gmail.com

Aug 26, 2015

"Everyone should have a chance to make their art and tell their story" according to Mac Smiff, editor of online hip hop magazine We Out Here. Starting his first journal at 4, after his older sister taught him to read, Smiff has always had a way with words. Inspired by the narrative in hip hop, his time as editor in chief has seen a burst in the ongoing growth in the scene in Portland, despite racial and police issues surrounding the community. As a vocal advocate for change, he has experienced as the forefront racism at his front door, regularly putting the spotlight on issues around the cities. These experiences are bringing forward the stories that Mac states claims are important for our history, stories that are bringing Portland increasingly hip hop to the center stage. In the penultimate episode of season one, we sit down with Smiff about his story, talk his favorite artists and influences in hip hop through the decades and about what is going on with Portland Hip Hop today and going forward. Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Underscore "Razor Tongue Saltine" by Mic Capes http://www.grittybirds.com http://www.vrtxmag.com/grittybirds http://www.facebook.com/grittybirds For all inquiries: grittybirds@gmail.com

Jul 28, 2015

One of the questions faced by every artist is how to sustain yourself financially. Marmoset Music, based in Portland Oregon, has sought to answer this question, connecting artists and advertising through sync licensing. In this week’s episode, I interviewed Brandon Day, the company’s artist wrangler and talent scout. Brandon shared his insights on the ins and outs of licensing, some of his favorite artists today and where to find the best bike rides in the Portland area. Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Underscore "Disbelief" by The Papers http://www.grittybirds.com http://www.vrtxmag.com/grittybirds http://www.facebook.com/grittybirds For all inquiries: grittybirds@gmail.com

Jul 20, 2015

At 25, Alicia J Rose owned San Francisco. Moving there on a film scholarship and finding her legs as a DJ at KUSP, talent buyer at The Chameleon bringing in iconic bands such as The Jesus Lizard, Neil Hamburger and Courtney Love and touring as an artist under the name Miss Murgatroid, she was living the rockstar life. But, the question remained: “Did I do this or fall into a funny zeitgeist?” Thus at 25, Rose left her California roots and moved to Oregon for a fresh start. Now in her 20th year as a “Bornegonian”, Rose has proven herself to be the ultimate renaissance woman. From working as a founding partner for Nail Distribution, Doug Fir Lounge and Mississippi Studios to becoming an acclaimed music video director, she is just now finding her true voice as a film director with her upcoming web series “The Benefits of Gusbandry”, which is currently raising funds on Seed and Spark. The Gritty Birds Podcast sat down with Rose, to hear the ultimate story of new beginnings, talk about her upcoming show and listen to a preview from her new band “Moon Tiger”. Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Underscore "Killer Hips" by Shadowland from the PDX Pop Now! 2015 compilation Photo by Lake James Perriguey http://www.grittybirds.com http://www.vrtxmag.com/grittybirds http://www.facebook.com/grittybirds For all inquiries: grittybirds@gmail.com

Jul 14, 2015

In 2006, Jared Mees launched a record label with his wife Brianne to put out his first record, If You Wanna Swim With The Sharks..., by his band Jared Mees & The Grown Children. The two fine arts majors originally met at Oxford, fell in love and dreamed of creating a space where they could help their artistic friends. After launching the label, shortly thereafter came a store under the same name, which today features goods and crafts made by local artists. Working in restaurants during the night and at the shop and label during the day, the couple learned as they went along, becoming one of the most recognizable labels and brands in the Northwest: Tender Loving Empire—now with two boutique storefronts and a third one announced last week. Continuously innovative, Mees recently launched a new merchandising company, Generous, which connects a pay-what-you-want system to the sale of items like artisan goods and music, while giving a portion back to charity. (Vortex even uses the technology to collect subscriptions and gives 5 percent back to The Jeremy Wilson Foundation.) The Gritty Birds sat down with Mees to talk about the ins and outs of running a label, his experiences as a musician, how the evolving industry has opened up new opportunities, and the joys of doing music for the art of it because "music enhances life." Recorded at Mountain Air Studios by Mike Woodman Johnson Mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Underscore "It Came to Me" by The Domestics http://www.grittybirds.com http://www.vrtxmag.com/grittybirds http://www.facebook.com/grittybirds For all inquiries: grittybirds@gmail.com

Jul 7, 2015

2 1/2 years ago, Brandon Nikola, an underground house show promoter and musician, heard of an opportunity to run the bar and events at Habesha. "I needed a spot for a show because we were having too many and our neighbors were gonna kill us", Nikola said. Nikola became Habesha itself, the sole employee, producing hundreds of shows while acting as the bartender, booker, sound tech and janitor. A year and a half ago Anthony Lusk came on board as well, a role Brandon describes as "door guy/sound tech/savior". As other smaller underground venues in the SE and around the city started closing: Langano Lounge, Blue Monk, Slabtown and recently Alhambra, to name a few, Habesha's small space took up the slack with a fury. On any given Friday night, you could catch some of the hippest bands in Portland playing to a very packed and sweaty room. Mascaras, Grammies Old Light, Minden, Talkative, Ah God, Souvenier Driver, Grandparents, Johanna Warren, Consumer, Hollow Sidewalk, Havania Whaal, Sister Mamie Foreskin amongst hundreds of others. The emotion of the room, which was named as one of the top bars in Portland by WW this spring, was always one of safety. You could see Holland Andrew's Like a Villain to a packed room and hear a pin drop or dance with abandon to frantic light displays with Talkative and Ah God. Through it all, Brandon was always there, with a hug and a PBR, the dollar brushed aside. I sat down with Brandon the Sunday after Habesha closed for an emotional interview to talk about his years at the venue, it's highs and lows, favorite shows, what can be done to keep our small venues open and the incident the final night of Karaoke that closed the venue early. Featuring music by some of Brandon's favorite bands and voicemails from listeners telling their favorite Habesha memory. Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Photo by Todd Walberg Underscore, in order: "Work Better" by Consumer "Follow" by Joanna Warren "What's More Than Appropriate" by Minden "Whiskey Shakes" by And And And "Pink and Black" by Old Light "RBK" by Grammies Photo by Todd Walberg www.grittybirds.com www.vrtxmag.com/grittybirds www.facebook.com For all inquiries: grittybirds@gmail.com

Jun 28, 2015

Talent buyer, artistic director, curator bassist and radio DJ are just a few of the titles that Portland tastemaker and self described "gate keeper" Theo Craig claims to his name. After a particularly spicy breakup, Craig set his bass down for years, until one fateful night at Pickathon, a washboard, Pendleton blanket and late night jam reconnected him to the passion he thought he's lost as an artist. Hardly keeping to himself while he wasn't playing, Craig made a name for himself as the man behind Rontoms Sunday Sessions, XRay FM's Take it the Bridge and as artistic director for PDX Pop Now!, after moving here from Seattle, where he was the sponsorship director for KEXP. Today, he continues to be a vital piece of the Portland community, breaking out not only new bands, but breaking out in his own bands, psych trio Mascaras and backing psych pop chantreuse Cat Hoch. We sat down to talk about his projects, finding lost things, our favorite festivals and his advice for artists. Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Underscore "Desert Masks" by Mascaras http://www.mascaras.com http://www.grittybirds.com http://www.vrtxmag.com/grittybirds http://www.facebook.com For all inquiries: grittybirds@gmail.com

Jun 28, 2015

With more than 30 years in the Portland music scene as a seminal artist, activist and, most recently, head of the healthcare nonprofit The Jeremy Wilson Foundation, Wilson’s experiences move from the mythic—like the first time he met Kurt Cobain after the release ofBleach—to the humbling, with the diagnosis of his congenital heart condition. His story and experiences are a testament to the artist’s journey, from past to present and moving onward. After the mic was turned off, Wilson told the story of his band, Dharma Bums, in East Berlin. One of the first Western bands to ever play after the fall of the Berlin Wall, they performed to a packed, silent theater. Wilson said that he could hear a pin drop as the audience stood transfixed. As the night ended, the last sound was the buzzing of an amp, lethargically echoing through the room. A slow clap began, which swelled into a thunderous applause. The fervor of a world expanded, in a time of huge change. Today, Wilson continues to move forward and create change in the music world with his foundation, one that provides support for musicians in times of medical emergencies. Recorded at Mountain Air Studios by Mike Woodman Johnson Mixed by Mike Woodman Johnson Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Featured Music: "Rushing Out" by Jeremy Wilson http://jeremywilson.bandcamp.com/ Special thanks to our sponsors at Vortex Music Magazine Follow the podcast at: http://www.grittybirds.com http://vrtxmag.com/grittybirds Support at http://www.patreon.com/grittybirds Follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram at @grittybirds

Jun 21, 2015

A life time lover of music, Peter Vaughan Shaver found his release through the challenges of youth listening to records. Today, he is the top arts and entertainment lawyer in Portland, offering advice to the artistic world. "Let them do the music and I'll do the business". Through preventive dentistry, Peter helps artists do what they do best, be artists. We sat down with Peter to discuss the ins and outs of law and music, talk about some of his favorite artists and find out what exactly a "glass harmonica" is. Recorded by Mike Woodman Johnson at Mountain Air Studios and Jeni Wren Stottrup at Open Road Studios Mixed and produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Featured Music: "White Flight" by Catherine Feeny and Chris Johnedis Special thanks to our sponsor Vortex Music Magazine Follow the podcast at: http://www.grittybirds.com http://vrtxmag.com/grittybirds Support at http://www.patreon.com/grittybirds Follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram at @grittybirds

Jun 16, 2015

Shortly after having her now 11 year old daughter, Ingrid Renan was itching to get back into the music scene, coming on as the production manager for Kill Rock Stars and eventually a day manager for the label. Nearly a decade later, after leaving KRS, she has forged a lasting legacy in the Portland scene as a manager for some of the most recognizable artists out of Portland including Starfucker, Typhoon, Blitzen Trapper, And And And and Y La Bamba, After taking a nearly year long break from managing, Ingrid has come back into the forefront as the manager for the newly revived Y La Bamba and Kill Rock Stars Red Bull Sound Select Curator. Ingrid came in and chatted with us about management, photography, music and why she thinks there should be equal objectification between the sexes. Recorded and Mixed by Jeni Wren Stottrup at Open Roads Studios at the Independent Print Resource Center Featured music: "Crystallize" by Coco Columbia http://www.cococolumbia.com/ Special thanks to our sponsor Vortex Music Magazine: Follow the podcast at: http://www.grittybirds.com http://vrtxmag.com/grittybirds Support at http://www.patreon.com/grittybirds Follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram at @grittybirds

Jun 9, 2015

Myles has toured the US and Europe with his band Alameda while working as a social media manager for the boutique music licensing agency Marmoset and writing for publications such as Seattle Weekly and 1859. Most recently, he started the series Bus Talk, where he collaborates with artists to make drawings of things he overhears on his daily commute. And, he's been mistaken for Dan Auerbach on more than one occasion. I sat down with him last fall in our first-ever podcast to ask him about everything from his secret hidden talent to advice on social media and touring in the US and Europe. Listen below as we work our way through a myriad of questions and topics. Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Featured music: "Summer Dharma" by Alameda Special thanks to our sponsors at Vortex Music Magazine Follow the podcast at: http://www.grittybirds.com http://vrtxmag.com/grittybirds Support at http://www.patreon.com/grittybirds Follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram at @grittybirds

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