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Shapes of Life

by Asterick

Pieces of rock songs celebrating nature of our time. We respect our skiff, and if you keep your ears better. New definition of outreach as rehabilitation and less serious fraud in the only way. Now, start the voices of our time!
Genre: Rock: American Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Slow Children
3:51 $0.99
2. Apple of My Eye
3:04 $0.99
3. Hey June
4:25 $0.99
4. Marilyn Warhol
2:17 $0.99
5. Pretty (Sunshine in the Winter in Portland)
5:32 $0.99
6. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
5:11 $0.99
7. Princess
3:56 $0.99
8. Stay
4:27 $0.99
9. Mary Richards
2:22 $0.99
10. Farmer Reynolds
2:39 $0.99
11. Study
2:52 $0.99
12. Miserable Indie Pop Song
5:34 $0.99
13. Nadine
3:38 $0.99
14. God's Only Son
4:15 $0.99
15. 42
2:23 $0.99
16. Albert Hoffman
5:30 $0.99
17. Android
3:49 $0.99
18. Anna Nicole
3:39 $0.99
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* (AKA asterick) has a long history, dating back to Neolithic times when the Romans ruled Portland and before the Babbleonian Captivity. But what concerns us now is its trio format, consisting of Jeff Koehler, Jordan Weiss, and Wilson Zorn.

In 2006 Jordan and Wilson reinvented *, having met and played together in the trio Meddle Men, with renowned sitarist Brian Crowl. *'s music is perhaps best characterized as unapologetically askew, noisy indie pop-rock that never forgets about melody and accessibility. At least that's what Greil Marcus said (no, not THAT Greil Marcus, the Greil Marcus who lives under the bridge near the PDX Pop Now Festival and heard them playing outside).

The two played guitars and sang in live shows while in the studio utilizing everything at their avail, including the kitchen sink, on their recorded CDs. * was honored to play the Midsummers Green Festival in 2011 and the Surrender Benefit in 2013, as well as the usual assortment of clubs, workhouses, and coops.

In 2014 Jordan met Jeff at the Garcia Hoffman Freedom Riot. Jeff, Jordan, and Wilson soon formed the freely structured improvisation trio Koehler-Weiss-Zorn, which played in support of * at the historic Manifestation Birthday Bash of 2015. Then and there Jeff was inspired to join *, bringing his deep musical skills and innovative flair.

The trio, inside and outside of *, is ever-sharpening its unconventionally beautiful noise. A little on our intrepid troubadours:

Wilson founded the modern incarnation of * with Steve Harriman and Bruce Patterson (known for his heavy metal show Whiplash TV) way back, establishing the fundamentals that more or less persist today . He is best known for his work with Portland free improvisation and performance art legend Peevish. Shortly before the Meddle Men he played briefly in a trio with Bryan Eubanks and Doug Therriault, and also collaborated with Craig Burk on his 2004 Five Got Purpose recording and played a KBOO show in support of that recording. Wilson also helped out Ezra Reece with recording Uneasy's Facial Distress and was in a duo with Ezra named It. Some artists which have most inspired and informed his work include the Monkees, the (New Hampshire) Shaggs, the Velvet Underground, Mission of Burma, Throbbing Gristle, Psychedelic Furs, and Half Japanese.

Jordan has been interested in music ever since he heard "Meet the Beatles.” As a self-described "artist who plays music," he is fond of noise, psychedelia, and low-fi indie pop. "For many years, I was writing poetry and fiction and sharing it at open-mic readings in Kansas City, MO, Glenwood Springs, CO, and Portland, OR, and after a while the words and phrasing started to resemble (mimic?) some of my favorite bands, which include, but are not limited to, Guided By Voices, Pavement, the Yardbirds, Sonic Youth, Wild Flag, and Tom Waits."

Jeff began his listening years trying to decode the military lingo common to the airwaves of Wyoming in the early '60's: references to faraway lands and generals and global politics opened a new sonic world of strange meanings. As he encountered Country Western, Hillbilly, traditional folk, religious music, and Hollywood and TV music, he, like Frodo, began a journey which crosses many thresholds and reveals new horizons constantly. At college he began composing under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Wienhorst, a distant cousin of Gandalf’s at Valparaiso University; he also studied drumming there with Jeff Brown who toured extensively with Gino Vanelli, among others. The musical world of Chicago in the early '80's drew him in, despite the very inhospitable bouncers. Big Black Pile of Cows, The Clox, and too many others to count began to add their maps to his musical Middle Earth. He began to experience the abstract worlds of visual and audio art during that time as well, delving into the Dada movement extensively, as well as Cubism and Surrealism, and playing music in bands ranging from Trad. Country, to hard rock, to indie rock, and jazz. The saga continued in Phoenix where he worked with The West Maui Beach Band, co-founded the Carvin Jones Band, toured in Radical Mix, a roots reggae regional touring band, and opened for Yellow Man and Lucky Dube at the Hopi Sunsplash festival, among numerous other gigs. Also opened shows for The Ventures, Eek-A-Mouse and others. He has a Myspace page or two, one called Dadslittlevacation, and the other called Robot Coupe, which offer tracks composed on guitar and computer, respectively. Jeff continues to write, compose, and appreciate the universe that is music.

After some seven years, six CDs, uncounted busking sessions, and six or so occasional live performances later, * would like to deliver their refreshing, inviting artistry to your indie pop hoe-down, rock show, appropriate benefit, art gallery, or coffee shop.


Shapes of Life takes *'s live arrangement of some of their current best songs and sweetens lightly in the studio.

Generally speaking:
Jeff Koehler - Percussion, Bass, Synth, Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jordan Weiss - Vocals, Guitar
Wilson Zorn - Vocals, Guitar, Synth



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