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Bridge & Burn

Beats & Burn Volume 22 - DJ Jordan Rasmussen

Cover art by Haley Ann Bradley

It’s raining, it’s chilly, and we’re knee deep in the busiest time of the year. While you’re cooped up inside (possibly with a brood of extended relatives), blast this mix to keep the energy high and the bad vibes at bay. We guarantee this will be the most unique Thanksgiving soundtrack your family has ever heard.

Cover art by Haley Ann Bradley.

This is the 22nd volume of our monthly Beats & Burn series, a collaboration with Portland's local, independent radio station


Playlist by DJ Jordan Rasmussen / Host of Cascadio

These songs soundtrack the rain sliding into the feelings that wane then feel again, the thoughts that form amidst a rare moment of silence, and the sound of rain falling once more. This playlist was made for Bridge & Burn with the intent of mirroring the sounds and transitory feelings of Fall. Beginning with the slow-building ambient techno of Suzanne Kraft, the playlist ventures into lo-fi club soundscapes, viscerally earnest pop, and everything else in between. The playlist features songs by Portland-based artists Stranger Ranger and Portland Compressor, as well as a song by Choir Boy from Salt Lake City, Jordan's hometown.”

More about Jordan:

"Jordan is one of the newer DJs at XRAY.FM and host of Cascadio, which is broadcasted live on XRAY at 2 PM every Tuesday. Since transitioning from KSPU to XRAY, Jordan has been delving deeper into the experimental side of electronic music while continuing with the theme of intimate bedroom pop that was prominent during Jordan's tenure at KPSU. Jordan has been listening to Show Me The Body, Dreamcrusher, Lee Gamble, Princess Nokia, and Strange Ranger on-repeat for the past few weeks.”
Jordan believes that social media is the biggest threat to personal autonomy and privacy right now, but nonetheless you can like Cascadio on Facebook, just don't message him.


Cover art by Haley Ann Bradley / / @studio.hecha

About the art: “Lately, I've been experimenting with quick 5 minute, what I call "brain blurts" either on the computer or with construction paper. The exercise has been super beneficial and in letting my mind wander and go where it needs to go, but also ends up becoming something really great with zero pressure attached to it. A lot of times I'm able to take these quick sketches and expand on them for certain projects (such as this one). It's a great way to get what's in my head out, and I love the spontaneity of it.”

More about Haley:

“Studio Hecha is a namesake of the design realm of Haley Ann Bradley (formally Robinson). By instilling pragmatic beauty into functional objects, Bradley's work embodies a modern, clean sophistication with hints of playful, organic moments. Studies in Graphic Design and color theory influence her artistic choices in both execution and direction. Use of pattern brings a gentle cheekiness, revealing Bradley's humor and passion for shape. Surrendering to color, she allows each object to guide her through her process, providing a crucial dialogue between object and artist.”
Haley’s full-time gig is creating textile patterns for a local company, but she can also be found directing photoshoots, perfecting her ceramics line (Hecha), and collaborating with other creatives.


Click to stream past Beats & Burn playlists on mixcloud.

Beats & Burn Volume 21 - PDX Mandem

Cover Art By Amanda Franz

Change is in the air. We’re not only welcoming a new season but also our Fall 2017 collection and a new retail location in Downtown Los Angeles. Things are feeling fresh and bright, with just the right amount of unknown. You’ll find these themes reflected in this month’s Beats & Burn playlist; let it propel you straight into the newness that is Fall.

Cover art by Amanda Franz.

This is the 21st volume of our monthly Beats & Burn series, a collaboration with Portland's local, independent radio station


Playlist by DJ's EmVKush and Skelli Skel / PDX Mandem

“This mix represents the changing of the seasons with the fall equinox.  From obvious things like songs named 'Fall' or 'September' to tracks that just fit the weather, this mix is the perfect thing to listen to to transition into Autumn.  Packed with exclusives from Grape God, Slick Devious, Bukkha, Blind Prophet and more.”

More about PDX Mandem:

“The PDX Mandem are a collective of DJ's, MC's and musicians founded by XRAY FM DJ's EmVKush and Skelli Skel.  The collective includes PDX MC's Grape God, Slick Devious and producers like Dan O and Party on Marz, all native Portlanders.  With roots in everything from Jazz Fusion to Hip Hop to Dub Reggae, the PDX Mandem cover a wide range music from different time periods and continents.”
Check out PDX Mandem on Facebook or follow along on Instagram: @PDXMandem @skelliskel @EmVKush


Cover art by Amanda Franz / / @wideeyespaperco

“Ahh, Sweet September.  The leaves are changing and a new season is upon us.  Life feels unpredictable and exciting all at the same time. The design for the September playlist cover is inspired by the nostalgic feeling of the changing of the seasons. The design reminds me of an undiscovered path and a sudden shift of perspective.”

More about Amanda:

Amanda’s ever-evolving design style is inspired by her carefree upbringing in sunny Southern California, educational background in graphic design, and love for the outdoors. With the goal to tell an authentic story with each design, she pushes the boundaries using wild patterns and does not allow herself to become constrained by trends. Amanda’s unique style is ever present in her paper company, Wide Eyes Paper Co, where she specializes in creating custom wedding stationary.

When she’s not taking an improv class or seeking design inspiration from her surroundings, Amanda is growing her brand by integrating a lifestyle blog into her website, collaborating with other local businesses, and creating content for a future podcast.


Click to stream past Beats & Burn playlists on Mixcloud.


Beats & Burn Vol. 20 - Hot Fudge Sundazzze

Cover art by Chris Hornbecker

August’s Beats & Burn mix encapsulates everything we’re feeling in the dog days of Summer. With the bounty of sunshine and lazy days, we’re reminded of the imminent changing season when darkness falls earlier in the evenings and a there’s a nip in the air. This weekend’s solar eclipse exemplifies this theme of light and dark, so whether you're luxuriating in the last moments of Summer sun or knee-deep in preparation for a busy Fall, stream this mix and remember that light and dark really can exist in harmony.

Cover Art by Chris Hornbecker.

This is the 20th volume of our monthly Beats & Burn series, a collaboration with Portland's local, independent radio station


Playlist by Tanya Smith / Hot Fudge Sundazzze

“August to me is summertime heat, easy tunes and lazy livin'. This playlist was inspired by "Lazy Livin", a track by the band 'The New Tweedy Brothers' from 1966.  I wanted a playlist that would be easy on the ears, playful, and all around great music. You will hear lightness, psych-ness, and a touch of darkness throughout.”

More about Tanya:

Tanya Smith is the host of Hot Fudge Sundazzze on Sundays from 2-4pm on XRAY.FM. She is a proud founding XRAY DJ who uses this awesome outlet to explore new and old music - then share it with other lovers of music. She was a college DJ back in the day, worked at record stores, played in a bunch of bands, and now she is a mama who's world is in film and animation. She also highly respects weirdness and individuality. 

Cover art by Chris Hornbecker / / @hornbecker

“This image reminds me of the youthful excitement of adventure. The discovery when you finally get summer in full swing and get to explore and get the most of the long days. This was a great scene, watching young kids cautiously surveying the different rocks to jump off of as they build the courage to go for it. Watching my own kids pick their routes to get the top of the biggest rocks they can find. The growth in all these little steps forward in the constant progression of life and how to enjoy it.”

More about Chris:

“Growing up in Portland (and) obsessed with skateboarding, I began shooting photos with my dad’s camera, capturing my friends skateboarding. I studied photography in a largely organic way, working on set with award winning photographers around the world before launching my own career as a commercial and editorial photographer. I like to find the moments that feel natural and let the viewer connect with the subject in a way that feels like you know them; a small glimpse into their personality.  I like to look for the expected angle then go the opposite direction, find the rough edges, and figure out how to show those in good light.

I've been working on some ongoing personal photo projects, updating images on my site, some fun commercial projects, welding, sewing, building out my van and lots of mountain biking. (I’m most excited about) trying to see old places with new eyes. I think we all have an inherent intuition to go to places that satisfy our curious nature… remember that you need to stop and put the camera down and just enjoy the moment you are in.”

Follow along with Chris’ van adventures on Instagram @maxheadr00m

Click to stream past Beats & Burn playlists.