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PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby n.c. on Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:40 pm

i've lived in Maine for most of my life. I left when i was in my twenties and returned in my late 30's. i've been back a little over eight years. shit's a bit different here. there is a lot of wilderness and insane access to wide open space. the top two thirds of the state is barely inhabited and we're only at about 1.3 million people state-wide. nothing is really 'close' to you here. everything is a half hour drive. but there's hardly ever any traffic. sometimes there's traffic in summer when we're overrun by tourists. we're an old state and the second whitest state in the us. there is an extreme labor shortage here. statewide we're under 3% unemployment and there are restaurants that are cutting operating hours due to staffing shortages. as such everyone ends up working 3 jobs in the summer. saving up for winter, which can be pretty rough. i've got a cousin that refers to the five 'hell months' - november through march. but really it's december through april, because november usually isn't that bad and april can be a soul sucking slog. also, medical marijuana (now recreational as well) is an enormous, no seriously enormous cottage industry. the music scene is expectedly small and spread out, except for grateful dead covers, or covers in general. i know plenty of people who make good money doing several hour-long sets of covers at oyster bars or whatever. but for original music, it's pretty sparse.
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby WeStartToDrift on Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:02 pm

I moved to Portland 4 years ago and love it. Tons of great bands, lots of great food, though pretty much every place is impossible to get into June-August.

Bands to check out:
$300: https://300dollarmusic.bandcamp.com
An Anderson: https://ananderson.bandcamp.com
Big Blood: https://dontrustheruin.bandcamp.com
FCC: https://ferrantecohencunnane.bandcamp.com/album/fcc
Wedding Camp: https://weddingcamp.bandcamp.com
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby n.c. on Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:00 pm

these guys were pretty cool, but short lived.

https://northatlantic.bandcamp.com

there is a new project that i think might be called jalms.

it's mike hutchins who was in a band called lynx a long time ago.
http://feckingbahamas.com/math-rock-ret ... -1997-2001
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby WeStartToDrift on Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:57 pm

n.c. wrote:these guys were pretty cool, but short lived.

https://northatlantic.bandcamp.com

there is a new project that i think might be called jalms.

it's mike hutchins who was in a band called lynx a long time ago.
http://feckingbahamas.com/math-rock-ret ... -1997-2001


Oh damn, forgot about them, Cushing's guitar player was in North Atlantic and the new Hutchins family project. Way different vibes than Lynx, but Mike is such a rad guitar player.
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby Dave N. on Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:00 pm

Cuss was great. Dudes from An Anderson and FCC.

https://cussptldmaine.bandcamp.com/
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby n.c. on Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:10 pm

i played a new-ish all ages place last night. it's called sun tiki studios. it was a tanning place/salon, so the new owner turned the tanning booths into small practice spaces to be rented by the hour. each space has a drum set, and there are selections of amps and guitars that can also be rented. i only know that rates 'start' at $10/hour. the main space has a stage with an adequate p.a. the room sounds pretty good. it's a 'suggested donation' bowl at the door kind of deal.

the owner was really cool. turnout was not as horrible on a tuesday night as i'd have imagined it would be.
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby projectMalamute on Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:14 pm

id m theft able is bonkers, and from Maine.

https://idmtheftable.bandcamp.com/
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby Incandenza on Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:05 pm

Mentions of FCC made me think of previous bands:

Rattlesnakes are Mike and Brian : https://therattlesnakes.bandcamp.com/

And Mike was in HUAK: https://huak.bandcamp.com/
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby landspeednyc on Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:07 pm

Inside Portland, Maine’s Wildly Ambitious Music Scene
The smaller Portland is being flooded with exciting venues and artists taking big risks — “They might not be killing it financially,” says one venue manager. “You live here because you love it”
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/musi ... ne-938214/

Kinda ironic that a "beatles night" is a centerpiece of a "wildly ambitious music scene," but nice to see attention given to my home state....

I'd totally missed this thread. Interesting to see that sun tiki has been doing shows for a while now. The first I'd seen it mentioned was the Thalia Zedek/ Hallelujah the Hills show last night:
https://www.facebook.com/events/552280461999533/
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby placeholder on Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:22 am

projectMalamute wrote:id m theft able is bonkers, and from Maine.

https://idmtheftable.bandcamp.com/


I played a show with id m theft able a couple months back and his set was incredible.
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby travelin_pete on Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:12 pm

I lived in Maine for fours in college, on MDI. Being all the way up there wasn't easy, but every time I've gone back to visit, I love it more and more. I'm not sure if I could hack it full time, tbh. The winters were brutal. Other than that, its a beautiful, special place.
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Re: PRF Guide To The United States: Maine

Postby WeStartToDrift on Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:59 pm

landspeednyc wrote: Inside Portland, Maine’s Wildly Ambitious Music Scene
The smaller Portland is being flooded with exciting venues and artists taking big risks — “They might not be killing it financially,” says one venue manager. “You live here because you love it”
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/musi ... ne-938214/

Kinda ironic that a "beatles night" is a centerpiece of a "wildly ambitious music scene," but nice to see attention given to my home state....

I'd totally missed this thread. Interesting to see that sun tiki has been doing shows for a while now. The first I'd seen it mentioned was the Thalia Zedek/ Hallelujah the Hills show last night:
https://www.facebook.com/events/552280461999533/


That article was awful... but anything like that is always going to focus on a tiny part of the whole picture. We have a ton of great bands and focusing on Rustic Overtones and the bands in that orbit as representative of our state is just... awful.
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