24 Fri – Cleveland at Music Saves Record Store
19 Wed – Santa Cruz at the Crepe Place
21 Fri – Los Angeles at the El Rey w/ Los Campesinos!
22 Sat – San Diego at Bar Pink
23 Sun – Costa Mesa at Detroit Bar w/ Los Campesinos!
25 Tue – San Francisco at Café DuNord
26 Wed – Ashland at The Where? House
28 Fri – Seattle at the Crocodile
29 Sat – Portland at the Doug Fir Lounge
09 Wed – Minneapolis at the 7th Street Entry
10 Thu – Madison at the High Noon Saloon
11 Fri – Chicago at the Chopin
12 Sat – Cleveland at the Beachland Tavern
15 Tue – Boston at Great Scott
17 Thu – NYC at Piano’s
18 Fri – Brooklyn at Bruar Falls
19 Sat – Philadelphia at Kung Fu Necktie
26 Sat – Hamburg, Germany at Reeperbahn Festival
27 Sun – Münster, Germany at Gleis 22 w/Dear Reader
28 Mon – Düsseldorf, Germany at ZAKK Club w/Dear Reader
29 Tue – Berlin, Germany at Cafe Zapata
30 Wed – Dresden, Germany at Scheune w/Dear Reader
01 Thu – Bremen, Germany at Lagerhaus w/Dear Reader
02 Fri – Hannover, Germany at Café Glocksee w/Dear Reader
03 Sat – Leipzig, Germany at Schaubühne w/Dear Reader
04 Sun – Weinheim, Germany at Cafe Central w/Dear Reader
05 Mon – Freiburg, Germany at Kamikaze w/Dear Reader
06 Tue – Marburg, Germany at KFZ w/Dear Reader
08 Thu – Vienna, Austria at Chelsea w/Dear Reader
09 Fri – Zagreb, Croatia at Teatar &TD w/Dear Reader
11 Sun – Aarau, Switzerland at Kiff w/Dear Reader
12 Mon – Paris, France at Pop In w/Dear Reader
13 Tue – Amsterdam, Netherlands at Paradiso w/Dear Reader
14 Wed – London, England at Garage Upstairs w/Dear Reader
21 – Portland at BackSpace : Charity Event for Pdx Homeless
28 – Portland at Crystal Ballroom w/Helio Sequence
15 Sat – Portland at Mississippi Studios
16 Sun – Seattle at The Crocodile
19 Wed – Santa Cruz at The Crepe Place
21 Fri – Los Angeles at The Wiltern w/The National
22 Sat – Los Angeles at The Wiltern w/The National
23 Sun – San Diego at Spreckles Theatre w/The National
26 Wed – Oakland at Fox Theatre w/The National
27 Thu – Oakland at Fox Theatre w/The National
28 Fri – Eugene at Sam Bonds Garage
15 Sun - Portland at Rontoms w/Dirty Mittens
31 Fri – Portland at Mississippi Studios w/The Helio Sequence
12 Wed – Portland at Bunk Bar w/Wild Flag
26 Sat – Portland at Alberta Rose Theater w/Loch Lomond
03 Fri - Portland at Alberta Rose Theater for LiveWire! Radio.
12 Sun – Seattle at The Vera Project for Noise for the Needy.
15 Fri – Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square for Sand in the City
31 Sun – Portland at The Eastbank of Hawthorne Bridge for The Big Float.
14 Wed - Austin for SXSW : PDX Showcase at The Grackle
15 Thu - Austin for SXSW : Barsuk Showcase at Red Eyed Fly
16 Fri - Austin for SXSW : Noise Pop Showcase at Red Eyed Fly
17 Sat - Austin for SXSW : Baeble Showcase at Peckerheads
08 - San Diego at Casbah w/ Social Studies
10 - Los Angeles at Echo w/ Lotus Plaza & Social Studies
11 - San Francisco at Cafe du Nord w/ Social Studies
12 - Davis at Sophia's Thai Kitchen w/ Social Studies
17 - Seattle at Sunset Tavern
18 - Portland at Doug Fir Lounge
06 - Chicago at Schubas w/ The Darcys
07 - Cleveland at Beachland Tavern w/ The Darcys
08 - Toronto at Drake Hotel w/Emay
09 - Montreal at Petit Campus w/ The Darcys
12 - Allston at Great Scott w/ The Darcys
13 - Brooklyn at Glasslands w/ The Darcys
14 - NYC at Mercury Lounge w/ The Darcys
15 - Philadelphia at Kung Fu Necktie w/ The Darcys
16 - Washington, DC at Red Palace w/ The Darcys
20 - Denver at Hi-Dive
22 - Salt Lake City at Urban Lounge
27 - Boise at Neurolux
28 - Salt Lake City at Kilby Court
30 - Fort Collins at Aggie Theatre
01 - Wichita at Rock Island Live
02 - Denton at Dan's Silverleaf
03 - Austin at Club De Ville for FunFunFest
05 - Norman at University of Oklahoma
06 - Columbia at Mojo's
07 - Iowa City at The Mill
08 - St. Paul at Turf Club
09 - Milwaukee at Shank Hall
10 - Chicago at Lincoln Hall
12 - Toronto at Horseshoe Tavern
13 - Montreal at Il Motore
14 - Boston at Brighton Music Hall
15 - NYC at Bowery Ballroom
16 - Washington, DC at Black Cat
17 - Philadelphia at Underground Arts
23 - MINNEAPOLIS at 7th Street Entry
24 - MADISON at FRZN FEST at High Noon Saloon
25 - IOWA CITY at Gabe's
26 - CHAMPAIGN at Mike N Molly's
27 - GRAND RAPIDS at Pyramid Scheme
29 - PITTSBURGH at Brillobox
31 - HAMDEN at The Outer Space
01 - NORTHAMPTON at Iron Horse Music Hall
02 - BROOKLYN at Glasslands Gallery
06 - BALTIMORE at Golden West Cafe
07 - HOBOKEN at Maxwell's
09 - PHILADELPHIA at Johnny Brenda's
10 - RICHMOND at The Camel
12 - CHAPEL HILL at Local 506
13 - CHARLOTTE at Snug Harbor
14 - ASHEVILLE at Emerald Lounge
15 - ATLANTA at Masquerade: Purgatory Stage
16 - NASHVILLE at High Watt
18 - DALLAS at Club Dada
19 - HOUSTON at Fitzgerald's: Upstairs
20 - AUSTIN at The Mohawk: Indoors
22 - EL PASO at Lowbrow Palace
23 - PHOENIX at Crescent Ballroom
24 - SAN DIEGO at Kensington Club
25 - SANTA ANA at The Constellation Room
26 - LOS ANGELES at Bootleg Bar
27 - SAN FRANCISCO at Brick & Mortar Music Hall for NOISE POP
01 - PORTLAND at Doug Fir Lounge
02 - SEATTLE at Tractor Tavern
20 - Istanbul, Turkey at Roxy
23 - Kazan, Russia at China Town Cafe
24 - Moscow at 16 Tons Club
25 - St. Petersburg at da:da Club
27 - Yekaterinburg, Russia at Dom Pechati
19 Fri - Portland at PDX Pop Now! Festival
01 Sun - Seattle at Bumbershoot Festival
21 Sat - Portland at Alberta Rose Theater for LiveWire! Radio
Ramona Falls is named after a childhood memory of Brent Knopf. As a boy, he and his family would hike the three-mile loop on Mount Hood. Knopf drank it in: the proportions of space, sunlight and shade, an ideal of what woods should be. Years later, that memory remains with him, now represented in music: Ramona Falls, both a refuge from the world and a gathering place within it, blending acoustic and electronic elements into songs that feel at once surreal and real, both strange and familiar. Debut LP "Intuit" was released in 2009. Sophomore effort "Prophet" followed in 2012, a year after Knopf's departure from Menomena. The recording of a third LP is underway.
Brent Knopf also co-created these records :
- 2014 - Modern Knowledge by The Ambience Affair. (co-producer)
- 2012 - DRRT by Lost Lander. (producer)
- 2011 - Idealistic Animals by Dear Reader (producer)
- 2010 - Mines by Menomena. (member)
- 2009 - Replace Why With Funny by Dear Reader (producer)
- 2007 - Friend and Foe by Menomena. (member)
- 2006 - Wet and Rusting by Menomena. (member)
- 2005 - Under an Hour by Menomena. (member)
- 2003 - I am the Fun Blame Monster! by Menomena (member)
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Deeler (or "DLR" for "Digital Looping Recorder") is a homemade computer program that Brent invented in 1999 using Max/MSP. Originally intended as a tool for live performance, Deeler was too unstable to be used onstage. Instead, it was used as a way to capture improvised loops and musical ideas, first with Menomena and later with Ramona Falls. Tape-Op magazine interviewed Menomena and asked a few questions about Deeler, which you can read here. Recently, Brent re-designed Deeler for use within Ableton Live (with the help of the ingenious scripting add-on ClyphX).
"Ramona Falls is Specific"
(a poem by Scott Poole)
Ramona Falls is pretty sure they are fairly
close to discovering a way
to predict the future.
Don’t believe me?
Their first album, Intuit, successfully predicted
The future is an impressive goal for a band from
Portland, Oregon. The only problem
with Ramona Falls is they like to be specific.
That's the problem with prophecy,
the more specific it is, the less likely
it is to be believed.
The more general it is, the more
useless it becomes.
Ramona Falls likes to be specific.
For instance, if Prophet One told you
when you die your head would become
twice its normal size
and sparkle like a giant purple bowling ball
you might not believe Prophet One
and if Prophet Two
said "You'll experience much joy
and much pain before you die,"
you would believe him but find his
information quite useless.
If later, your head is pinched off
in a industrial accident
in a glitter factory, then Prophet One
becomes suddenly a lot more credible.
Ramona Falls isn't afraid to tell you
through its music that you might die
in a rhinoceros goring while wearing
a hello kitty t-shirt ironically.
Ramona Falls isn't afraid to make you
deathly afraid of hello kitty t-shirts.
Like a bed with 700 sheets on it,
each song of Ramona Falls
is a prediction with 700 layers to it.
If you begin kicking the sheets off in
the middle of the night
it will take you so long you will
begin to question the very motives of your dreams.
You don't want to be caught sleeping
while Ramona Falls is predicting
that the steamroller will become
the most popular car of the future.
Slow power will be very popular.
People will erect keyboards and coffee pots
on pine shelving about their steamrollers.
Because you will be able to be accessed
at any time, the slower you are
the more distinct advantage you will have.
If someone car jacks you, they will simply
push you off your steamroller and
you can watch them trying to escape
for several minutes. Then you catch up
and push them off. It will be great fun.
A favorite pastime will be writing
a note or a story and then smashing it
into the pavement. So you will simply
travel on top of words to wherever
you want to go. Highways will be stories.
If you don’t know what to do with yourself
you can simply cut a square from
the top layer of the road, ask a question
and follow the suggestion below.
Ramona Falls is getting a head start
by playing you the music people will
listen to on their steamrollers. The
music of layers. They are pretty sure
they are on the bleeding
edge of this development.
Ramona Falls is your future
already predicted in the past.
Ramona Falls is a fortune
with a cookie on the inside.
You don’t have to crack anything open,
you don’t have to eat a bad meal
to get there.