We’ve been fortunate to partner with many other local and not local organizations on a variety of projects.
Our friends at CD Baby sponsor placement of our records to iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, and all other major online retailers, and also pay for production of short runs of CDs and download cards for each release. They’re swell, and have been key to getting bands greater reach and recognition.
Red Bull Sound Select
We were pumped to be one of the first Portland curators for Red Bull Sound Select. Banana Stand engineering staff also record all opener and support sets at Sound Select events in Portland. Red Bull has been a terrific partner to Banana Stand, and Sound Select is doing neat things for deserving Portland artists. #breakmusic
Portland State University
We’re proud to have an ongoing partnership with Portland State University for the annual Portland State of Mind concert, which in 2014 featured Radiation City, DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid, Hustle and Drone, and TxE. PSU is a great institution that several Banana Standers have productively attended (and still attend), and we’re honored to be a part of the PSOM concert team.
We’re excited to be able to offer performers, production staff, and show attendees delicious, nutritious bars and granola courtesy of KIND Snacks. We already ate too many KIND bars. Now we eat way too many. Thanks, KIND!
Montucky Cold Snacks
The awesome folks at Montucky drop off a few racks of their delicious tallboys before every Banana Stand show. So, performers, staff, and members of the audience get to sample the best-tasting, best-looking tallboys in the Northwest. If you haven’t tried Montucky, you should pick up a six-pack. It’s the official unofficial beer of Montana.
With deftness and patience, WEINLAND Creative worked with us to create the website on which you’re now reading this. We think WLCR delivers the best-looking websites in town. We feel lucky that they took us on as a client and are extremely appreciative of their work. We strongly recommend them for online or other design services.
Sound Advice Art and Entertainment Law
Peter Vaughan Shaver, proprietor of Sound Advice, was one of Banana Stand’s earliest and strongest supporters. He has provided us invaluable legal advice and encouragement. Peter also educates and advises many in Portland on copyright and other legal matters. We highly recommend Peter to anyone seeking advice on entertainment law.
Jackpot! Recording Studio
Larry Crane opened his fabulous Jackpot! Recording Studio to us on several occasions, mixed our record for Gaytheist, and served as a consulting engineer on our records for The We Shared Milk (2012), Grandparents, and Radiation City. Larry has been extremely generous to us with both time and expertise, and we are lucky to count him as a mentor. We highly recommend Larry and his studio.
PermaPress Recording Studio
Pat Kearns mixed Banana Stand’s records for Blue Skies for Black Hearts and Sons of Huns at PermaPress and also opened his studio for The No Tomorrow Boys (mixed by Mark Brachmann and mastered by Pat). Pat’s live Blue Skies for Black Hearts record was one of our earliest successes, and Pat has long been a key advocate for our work. Pat’s the best, and is also highly recommended for engineering of all kinds.
Ear Trumpet Labs
Produced in Portland by bricoleur Philip Graham, Ear Trumpet Labs microphones don’t just sound terrific, they’re each beautiful, hand-made art pieces. We’ve been lucky to have an Edwina and a Chantelle on loan to us and they’ve quickly become favorites of our engineers, making Philip and Ear Trumpet favorites of Banana Stand.
Since 2011, Banana Stand has been lucky to pass many of its live records through Vita Mastering. We found Chris Vita’s straightforward, highly-professional approach to finishing a record quite refreshing, and he immediately brought our recordings to a whole new level. His Northeast Portland mastering studio is serene, comfortable, acoustically sound, and is one of our favorite places on earth to listen to a record. We strongly recommend Chris for mastering work at all levels.
Pitchfork selected Banana Stand to record audio of Future Islands and Operators at a Doug Fir MFNW aftershow. The recordings were used in videos for Pitchfork’s Nightcap series.
Whether it’s a benefit show, an Arrested Development party, or a compilation release, the Merc has always offered us advertising and other support for our public events.
Double Dragon Bar & Restaurant
Double Dragon hosted our run of secret shows in Summer 2014. They’re a terrific choice for phenomenal cocktails, delicious sandwiches and snacks, and Baby Ketten Karaoke (every Saturday!). Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.
In addition to the brands listed above, Banana Stand has also been privileged to benefit from the support of many others, including Cravedog, Dig A Pony, Eleven PDX, Floating World Comics, Hawthorne Theater, Holocene, Lonesome’s Pizza, Mississippi Studios, SoHiTek, and Stumptown Printers.