World Cafe Session


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Port­land, Oregon’s experimental-rock trio Menom­ena is always full of sur­prises. Since self-releasing its debut, I Am The Fun Blame Mon­ster!, in 2000, it’s been a solid 10-year career full of inno­v­a­tive music. Over the past decade, the per­fec­tion­ists fuse gui­tar, glock­en­spiel, bass, bari­tone and alto sax, keys, per­cus­sion and vocals, play­ing sev­eral instru­ments at once and swap­ping between songs. At their aid is their very own home­made com­puter pro­gram, which loops their instru­men­tal riffs together, allow­ing Menom­ena to del­i­cately mix punk and funk rhythms with eerie, deep melodies, and gor­geous vocal har­monies. Clearly their process is an intri­cate one, but it makes for quite a spec­tac­u­lar live experience.

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