Live: Orquestra Pacifico Tropical / Candace / Ah God

While the crowds were away at Pickathon, half decade old favorites; Ah God, Candace and Orquestra Pacifico Tropical played Doug Fir Friday Aug 4. Ah God always gives a great show with focused deliberate sets full of just the perfect amount of lo-fi, pop, and psych.


This photo sums up their sound. Weird and retro up front with poppy guitars fading into the background.


Catch them again on Tuesday Aug 15th at Mississippi Studios with the Ghost Ease and Jo Passed.


Candace sounds like a sinuous floral Mucha painting.


Check out Candace live with The Wild Body, Monster Treasure, and Squishies on Friday Aug 25th at the Know. It’s going to be great.


Orquestra Pacifico Tropical shows are a journey through space and style. They are miracle workers, making psych music temptingly danceable. They’re playing again Sunday Sept 3 with Edna Vasquez at Mississippi Studios. Don’t miss it.

Major thanks to Chris Bigalke for organizing the lineup AND for supplying a long steady flow of superfresh show posters to cover the walls and streets.

Ah God

New music from Portland’s Ah God. The self-titled album is a mesh of groovy rock and roll tunes. Ah God has an awesome psychedelic DIY sound to them. The album starts of with “Acid Genes,” a dizzingly psych-pop track with big drums, heavily modified vocals, and a catchy guitar riff. Then the sound goes to an acoustic guitar accompanied by falsetto vocals with “Sun Down on Fertile Ground.” This whole album by Ah God has that aesthetically pleasing, recorded in a basement, feel to it. Ah God sounds sort of like building your own spaced-themed fort, then tripping acid in it, but just the right amount of acid where things get a little weird and you end up making out with one of your best childhood friends, then in the morning you’re confused because you’ve always thought of her as your friend, but you’re also proud of yourself for making a move. I think that’s what they were going for. My favorite track on the album is “Don’t Know How That’ll Blossom.” Buy it on cassette here!