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Beats & Burn Vol. 33 - Jevan Lautz

 If you live in Portland, you'll know that this October has brought some remarkably dry and sunny weather, paired with the type of vibrant foliage that draws in tourists from all corners of the country. Our Beats & Burn Vol. 33 playlist was made with that dreamy fall weather in mind, as well as a quintessential fall activity. Enjoy listening as you cruise to a nearby farm to find some pumpkins, or stroll through a peaceful tree-covered street, or simply relax on your back porch and drink a pumpkin-flavored beer in the privacy of your own home (because you're slightly embarrassed about it, but goddamn it's a tasty beverage and you get to make the rules around here). So, our fellow fall-enthusiast, this one's for you.​

Cover art by Austin Rossborough

This is the 33rd volume of our monthly Beats & Burn series, a collaboration with various musical and visual artists in Portland and beyond.

 Playlist by Jevan Lautz / @jevanlautz 

About the mix
"When Erik asked me to put together a mix for the October Beats & Burn, I anxiously said yes, knowing my Libra indecisiveness was about to go full throttle considering my eclectic taste in music. The mood of this playlist was inspired by the amazing October weather we have been experiencing paired with crisp mornings reminding us of what’s around the corner. Get outside, enjoy the last bits of sun, or sink into your favorite chair with something poured neat."

About the DJ
A native of Portland, co-founder of Tanner Goods, and A Fairly Decent DJ. You are most likely to catch him at a Timbers match–or chasing his 2 year old son, Quincy, around with his wife, Julie, somewhere deep in the woods.

Cover art by Austin Rossborough / /  @austinrossborough

About the art
“October has been my favorite month of the year for as long as I can remember. The changing leaves and rich colors of the season are a reminder of nature’s circular pattern and the beauty that can be found in decay. I am also inspired greatly by the printmaking techniques of Japanese artists during the Edo period. This playlist made me think of sitting on the front porch listening to the psychedelic & surreal. I wanted to combine these things to create a piece that is both peaceful and mysterious."

About the Artist
Austin is an illustrator and photographer living in Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in Ohio, his work explores a search for peace and beauty in the midst of a changing world.

Check out Austin's site to see more of his work and contact him for commissions, and be sure to follow Austin's artistic endeavors on Instagram  @austinrossborough.



Beats & Burn Volume 32 - DJ Kyle Reese

As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder, there's nothing better than hunkering down in your favorite chair, or hopping on your bicycle for a relaxing cruise with some fresh tunes playing in your ears. In this month’s Beats & Burn playlist, DJ Kyle Reese enlightens our eardrums with a wave of synth-heavy sounds that channel some dark 1980's movie-soundtrack vibes.

Cover art by Phoebe Low

This is the 32nd volume of our monthly Beats & Burn series, a collaboration with Portland's local, independent radio station

 Playlist by DJ Kyle Reese of VCR TVc

About the mix
“The overall mood I try to create when I’m doing a radio show is usually a mix of three things; style, mystery and fun. I like to do everything live in the studio and have the format be a continuous flow, with one song blending into the next whenever possible. The music and process feel much more organic and energized to me this way, not unlike if you were actually out at a venue.

That feeling is what I have tried to present with this mix; it was recorded in one take. The music itself is a combination of old and new songs that I feel have come to represent the vibe of VCR TV. If I had to describe what that is, it would surely be italo disco from the early 80’s, synth-wave artists of today, movie soundtracks that are dark and timeless, noir new-romantic oddities, and always at least one unclassifiable curveball. This is generally the music I’m thinking about most of the time, but considering we are edging ever closer to Autumn and October, I think this mix feels timely and appropriate. It’s unintentionally divided into two sections; the first is more dance-oriented, while second is almost all soundtrack picks.

I want to mix the idea of music and movies together, because I think the two are very important to each other. The main genres I usually pull from are 1980’s sci-fi, fantasy and action movies, because I believe these are some of the most creative & imaginative films, in all aspects. Inversely, if I hear a song that reminds me of one of these movies or sounds like it could be part of one, its going to be a perfect fit for me. This is the main concept I always try to go for and hope this mix is an enjoyable sample into the realm of video music!”

About the DJ
Reese is likely to be found in any number of places; installing exhibits at the Portland art museum or in a private collector’s house, hanging out at the Hollywood theater or Movie Madness (both essential), DJing around town at different venues, or deep in a thrift store, searching for electronic junk and VHS tapes.

VCR TV is broadcast LIVE on XRAY FM from 2am-3am on Thursday Nites/Friday
Mornings. Kyle Reese is your DJ, host, & curator of movie soundtracks, heavy synth, and dark dance music.

Cover art by Phoebe Low / /  @phoebehlow

About the art
"When I first listened to this playlist, I was really drawn to the full-on 80s synth-wave sounds, with some really fantastic nods to 80s movie soundtracks. I knew that my color scheme needed to reflect these sounds, and – as I am an artist obsessed with portraits – I wanted to create a character who personified the dark yet glamorous feeling that builds throughout the tracks. When I think about some of the most iconic and culture-shaping movies from the 80s, I always fall on John Hughes, who was truly an expert at depicting the awkward and shitty experiences of being a teenager. As troubling as they were, I was always very intrigued by the stereotypes and characterizations of each high school "clique" portrayed in those movies, and I found it inspiring when characters would break the mold and do something totally unlike themselves.

About the Artist
Phoebe Low is a graphic designer, illustrator, and painter in Portland, OR. She is deeply curious about people, particularly what their faces say about themselves- or what they hide about themselves. The style of her work is inspired by artists that span from Egon Schiele to Chuck Jones, and continues to get a little bit more political with every terrifying, passing day.

Check out Phoebe's site to see more of her work and contact her for commissions, and be sure to follow Phoebe's artistic endeavors on Instagram @phoebehlow.



Beats & Burn Volume 31 - DJ Bob Ham

Cover art by Douglas Lazenby

Easing into the end of Summer feels a lot nicer with a soundtrack of smooth jazz in the background. DJ Bob Ham curated a mix of mellow, winding tunes that will have you reminiscing about this wild, smokey, sunny season while also preparing you for chiller days ahead. So grab of mug of coffee, sit back, and enjoy some easy, late-August listening.

Cover art by Douglas Lazenby.

This is the 31st volume of our monthly Beats & Burn series, a collaboration with Portland's local, independent radio station


Playlist by DJ Bob Ham  / Host of Double Bummer

About the mix:

"As we start heading towards Autumn and some blessedly cooler temperatures, my listening habits start following suit. I seek out albums and artists that play with either a reserved energy or that leave a lot of open space in their music for me to nestle into. That's the world that German jazz/classical label ECM Records has called home for nearly 50 years. Everything about their releases, from the carefully considered artwork to the austere quality of the recordings speaks to me of cloudier skies, open expanses, and deep, soothing breaths. Even when the music gets farther out or takes on a hurried pace, I somehow still find solace in it. For this month's mix, I chose from some of the best recent releases from ECM, offering up a hopeful soundtrack for the changing of the seasons."

More about DJ Bob Ham:

DJ Bob Ham spends most of his hours working as a freelance arts journalist and critic. You can find his work most regularly in Pitchfork, DownBeat, and Portland Mercury.

Every Monday from 4-5pm, you can hear him on XRAY-FM where he produces the show Double Bummer, which features music of all stripes, including in-studio interviews or performances from both local and international artists. 


Cover art by Douglas Lazenby / / @doug_firr

About the art:

"The August cover was inspired by Portland and its busy summer season. When the weather heats up, the streets become full and the city comes alive. Hot days and recent smokey skies have led to blood orange suns and beautiful sunsets. I chose the color palette to reflect the vibrant colors and energy of Portland in the summer. I wanted the pattern to have a fun playful feel that reminds me of these long hot days."

More about Douglas:

"I enjoy working in different mediums including digital, illustration, and painting. I primarily work digitally but draw inspiration from all of these mediums. My work tends to be bright and playful but is also always changing as my interests do. I am currently working on the design and illustration of menus for a pop-up dinner series in Portland. Moving forward I would love to get involved in package design and brand identity." 

Keep up with Douglas' work on Instagram  @doug_firr and check out his site to get in touch.