Josh and Mer
- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Sunday, December 2, 2012
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- 21 and over
About Josh and Mer
Songwriter Josh Schroeder and actress Meredith Adelaide met one cold and very early fall morning at the Little Nestucca River, in Oregon 2010. The two were on set as actors for a Levi's spec ad that featured the backdrop of the beautiful NW and were called to action in a scene where Josh serenades Meredith in a tree. Trying to keep their minds off the cold between takes, Josh and Mer began talking about art, life, music and their love of Portland, OR. They soon discovered that their common interests and ideas were a match, and shortly after began their artistic collaboration.
Josh has always had a deep love for the music of The Beatles, Jeff Buckley, and Elliott Smith. Meredith's musical tastes span from the influences of Simon & Garfunkel, Daft Punk, and Ella Fitzgerald. And so, the two went about conjuring up their own music while filming and photographing the entire process of creation.
"We're always trying to one-up each other with concepts, visuals, and sounds," says Meredith of their creative process. "We each bring something to the table that the other couldn't do alone, and that's why it works," says Josh.
Blending their love of music with film, photography, and the Portland lifestyle, Josh and Meredith developed a concept to showcase their collaborative efforts and their work as individual artists. They joked at themselves being "hipsters" and created a blog they call "Hipster Decadence." They keep fans, friends, and colleagues up to date on their creations of music, low budget recipes, and personal experiences.
The duo released their full-length album, "Planet Music" on Oct. 4th 2011. It is available through their website, iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and Music Millennium in Portland, Oregon. Josh and Mer recently composed the network theme song for the BBC Kids Channel in Canada and they lent their voices, instrumental talents, and production style to the recording of the theme song.
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M. William Helfrich, better known as the Portland, Oregon-based mbilly, is a folk-pop songwriter with a knack for crafting time-proven melodies with aged wisdom.
His newly released album malheur is a work that shines with its late-night starkness and airy, less-is-more instrumentation choices; however, that is not to say the instrumentation feels short, because the full-sounding compositions compliment the space beautifully.
The Portland Mercury has written that, "... he has a voice that flexes and ripples like Jack LaLanne's pectorals - classic and classy, despite the nakedness," while The Oregonian wrote, "... a sly sense of humor and a potent darkness," about his previous album. The same rings true with malheur, as does Willamette Week's quote that, "...songs that contain both a plainspoken charm and a knack for communicating some deeper truth," a style that will instantly have you recognizing mbilly.
malheur may have been conceived from the idea of death and memory, but the forward-thinking album doesn't dwell in the past. It questions what really makes us who we are as adults and if we can ever really understand their influence. It's simplicity, yet depth, will stun those that pay attention; meanwhile, the well-crafted melodies and spacious songwriting will have you mesmerized by every note.