October 6: An Evening with Robert Scott (The Clean) & Friends @ Bunk Bar | Free

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An Evening with Robert Scott & friends
Wednesday October 6th, 2010
at Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water St., Portland
9pm, FREE

Acclaimed music critic Mike McGonigal sits down with Robert Scott of legendary New Zealand bands The Clean and The Bats for an evening of conversation on Scott's own work and involvement in the internationally-known music scene coming out of New Zealand's Flying Nun record label in the early 1980s.

After the discussion, several Portland musicians will present covers of their favorite Flying Nun songs and Scott will perform a handful of his own songs.

An Evening with Robert Scott and Friends is the first in a series of encounters between musicians and critics presented by the Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University, with support from the Northwest Film Center.  The series brings together the creators of and commentators on music to explore how we talk about music and why we like it.

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Robert Scott emerged into the early 1980's New Zealand indie scene as the bassist for The Clean and founding member of The Bats, two of the Flying Nun bands whose music has become a major influence on the lo-fi sound of such bands as Pavement and Olivia Tremor Control.

Mike McGonigal is the publisher of Yeti magazine, author of the Continuum 33 1/3 series book on My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, and a contributor to such publications as Pitchfork.  Most recently he curated Fire in my Bones, a collection of rare and raw gospel music.

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The event is free and open to the public, with a sliding scale of $0 and up for donations to assist the New Zealand musician Chris Knox recover from a stroke he suffered a year ago.  In addition to releasing music as The Enemy, Toy Love, Tall Dwarfs, and The Nothing, Knox has served as a key producer and theorist of the lo-fi, DIY aesthetic of many Flying Nun bands.