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We’ve been lucky to have several media outlets write about Banana Stand. Here’s what they’ve said.

 

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“I always keep tabs on the goings on at local clubs, yet I’d never heard of this venue. I looked it up online and found out that Live From The Banana Stand was a video and recording series some folks were putting on in a local residence and making available on the web. It looked interesting, and the set by Blue Skies for Black Hearts sounded pretty damn good…”

Larry Crane, Reaching Out
Tape Op: The Creative Recording Magazine

 

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“…the best document of Portland’s thriving underground that I’m aware of.”

David Greenwald
The Oregonian/OregonLive

 

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“Banana Stand Media knows a thing or two about all of this, and after spending most of the past year in stealth mode, they’re ready to brag about the amazing behind-the-scenes work they’ve been doing for Portland’s vibrant music community. … With an emphasis placed squarely on the music and the musicians, the underground mentality of the Stand has appealed to a wide swath of Portland bands. Since late 2007, when a group of Indiana transplants conceived the Stand’s mission, there have been more than 90 live sets recorded at their private hideout, and nearly 40 live albums released via the Stand’s website on a pay-what-you-want basis.”

Ryan J Prado, The Peel Sessions – Banana Stand Media Comes Above Ground
The Portland Mercury

 

“The Banana Stand is more than just a house venue here in town. (And no, we can’t tell you where it is.) It’s an impressive, fully loaded recording facility that captures bands in that most spontaneous of settings: the live performance. Banana Stand Media has been kicking out really solid live recordings of local bands for some time now…”

Ned Lannamann, Banana Stand’s Towering Trees Live Session
The Portland Mercury

 

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“In the past five years, more than 50 bands have played the Banana Stand, the Indiana transplants’ recording studio, label headquarters and “all-ages pseudo venue,” housed in their rental home’s 1,000-square-foot basement. Initially, their only aspiration for the space was using it to throw “kick-ass house shows.” And that’s basically what they do. Except their shows live on past the single, glorious night in which they occur. Each one is recorded and made available to the public, through their website and a short run of CDs. Their shows kick ass in perpetuity. In a music scene as ephemeral as Portland’s, that serves a crucial purpose.”

Matt Singer, The Basement Tapers
Willamette Week

 

“But with nearly half the songs on the set list running eight minutes or longer, many of the album’s gems surface when Trueb cracks them open with his guitar. In lengthy tracks like the trippy “In My Time of Dying” and the driving rock jam “Mona Lisa’s Death,” the frontman disassembles ideas, draws out phrases and slowly builds them up again. Although the album doesn’t quite hit with the impact of experiencing the band in the flesh, it comes pretty damn close.”

Emilee Booher, Album Review: Tango Alpha Tango – Live From the Banana Stand
Willamette Week

 

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“Whether releasing hotly anticipated live sets from rising bands or memoirs from now-defunct acts, Banana Stand Media may possess Portland’s greatest underground archive of our present-day live music scene.”

Chris YoungFour Portland Record Labels to Watch
Vortex Music Magazine

 

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“In the basement of a garden-variety two-story house in Southeast, magic is happening. Midwestern transplants Louie Herr and Aaron Colter have spent the bulk of the past four years cultivating an idea: capture and bottle up the Portland house show experience, and give it away for free (or donation). They invite bands and friends to their now-secret shows to participate in the gleaning. There might not always be money in this Banana Stand, but the magic and the music is there in a big way.”

Ryan Dornfeld, Local Hero: Banana Stand Media
ElevenPDX Magazine

 

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“Graham is the star of a new video, the first in a series by Banana Stand Media, a Portland production company created by music masterminds Aaron Colter and Louie Herr. The duo has been on the go since 2007 when the best friends moved to Portland together and started recording bands in their basement. Since then they’ve worked with over 70 bands and put out 80 live albums through Banana Stand Media. And all for free. … They don’t charge the artist—they say it’s a way for them to support the local music scene.”

Rachel Davidson, Check Out This Awesome Video Series of Portland Craftsmen
Portland Monthly Magazine

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“Banana Stand Media is a really interesting project that focuses on making live recordings by Portland bands for a small audience in what they claim is a “secret venue.” Since it’s apparently in someone’s house, I’m assuming that after four years of activity it’s not as secret as it once was. But the cool thing is that they don’t charge the bands and they release recordings on a “pay-what-you-want” basis while documenting their local scene.”

Clyde Smith, Banana Stand Media Documents Live Shows From Their Secret Venue In Portland
Hypebot

 

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“And a few years after that banana stand burned down, some Midwest transplants decided to build their own banana stand in Portland. Since 2007, it’s evolved into a record label and a secret venue located in SE Portland where a team of music aficionados strive to document Portland’s music scene through live recordings. Their efforts can be accessed on Banana Stand Media, which serves as a portal to their work and mission as well as an outlet for the crew to share photos, interviews (often conducted with the bands that perform at the ‘Stand), and comments on new musical discoveries, local and otherwise.”

Chris Young, ‘Live from The Banana Stand’: A Q/A with ‘Stand founders
Oregon Music News

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