Dr. Something and the Pipin’ Hot Love Engines are a great example of Portland’s eclectic music scene. A traditional folk band whose songs often center around the idea that alien robots will someday come to Earth and guide humanity into the next stage of evolution, the band is a clever juxtaposition of old music with modern ideas. Banana Stand Media is proud to bring their live sound to you as Dr. Something and the Pipin’ Hot Love Engines – Live from the Banana Stand — our latest pay-what-you-want live release!
Alison Dennis, lead-singer, is the genius behind the project that includes a stand-up bass, banjo, and more. Imagine wondering into the hills of Red River Gorge, Kentucky just after the singularity takes effect in 2060; Dr. Something and the Pipin’ Hot Love Engines would be the sounds coming from the moonshine tavern down the dirt road from the only electric fueling station within 80 miles.
Dr. Something and the Pipin’ Fresh Love Engines played alongside Constantina on February 27th, 2010. The band had previously played at The Banana Stand under the name Dr. Something and the Poppin’ Fresh Love Engines in the fall of 2008 with the band Mr. Frederick, but only a few tracks from that night’s set were released.
Playing a variety of instruments and singing, Alison Dennis is the anchor of the group which includes David Percy on banjo, Matt Matchelder on upright bass, Sean Welsh on drums, and Erika Garlock on back-up vocals and percussion. The sum of the different instruments is surprisingly focused, rarely, if ever, does one sound overpower another, and each member plays their part without a shred of arrogance.
The group doesn’t play many shows anymore, and may not ever again. Such is the life of bands in Portland. So, it’s a great opportunity to hear Dr. Something on this album. Not a bad song in the set, the band’s live performance is subtly serious despite the bizarre nature of the tunes. Recording Dr. Something and the Pipin’ Hot Love Engines was truly a pleasure, and being able to listen to them whenever the sky seems just a little too gray is a welcome comfort.
As always, Dr. Something and the Pipin’ Hot Love Engines – Live from the Banana Stand can be downloaded for the low low price of pay-what-you-want, but we hope you’ll support the independent artists by donating $5 (which will also help the future sustainability of our documentation project). If nothing else, please share the news about the release of this album to your friends to help spread the love of live music.
Dr. Something and the Pipin’ Hot Love Engines – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded in front of a live audience on February 27th, 2010 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was mixed and mastered Vic Lund. Tony Ong handled design and layout for album art, which features photography by Jott Robertson and the August 29th show poster, which was designed by Alison Dennis (Dr. Something herself). The Banana Stand would like to thank Dr. Something, her Pipin’ Hot Love Engines, all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.