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Thomas Lauderdale’s Favorite Holiday Tunes

Our bandleader Thomas Lauderdale is a connoisseur of many a curiosity — ask him about snow globes, paint-by-numbers, View-Masters or Oregon history and you’re sure to learn more than you bargained for. Holiday music is no exception.  When asked to curate a holiday playlist for our fans, Thomas sprung into action like a devoted elf on North Pole deadlines, yanking vinyl off shelves and unearthing boxes of old CDs and cassettes. After his initial selections were made, there were several rowdy hours of  ”Jingle Bells” dance offs and “Ave Maria” showdowns here at Pink Martini Headquarters. The result: a beautifully-balanced festive playlist from Thomas’s collection to yours.

If there is one thing Thomas loves even more than music, it’s good company. So find some jolly good fellas and bellas, and have yourselves a holly jolly holiday sing-a-long.

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Announcing Our First-Ever 7″ Vinyl!

“Zundoko-bushi” Single / 7″ Vinyl

We are delighted to announce the release of our first-ever 7″ vinyl, and you have a say in the price!

Meet Generous, our new partner in pay-what-you-will merchandise sales. The Generous slider gives you the opportunity to decide how much you want to pay for certain items. The more you choose to spend, the more great Pink Martini stuff you get! And to encourage generosity, 10% of every purchase goes to the Derek Rieth Foundation, created in loving memory of our late percussionist Derek Rieth and dedicated to empowering youth through music and dance.

Our first Generous slider features a one-of-a-kind Pink Martini offering: The first single from 2013′s Get Happy is our first vinyl 7″ ever! Originally made famous by the Japanese band The Drifters in 1969, “Zundoku-bushi” is a water-skiing samurai-spy lounge-surf mega-hit, featuring exotic instruments like the sitar and flexatone. Watch a live performance of the single here.

We rarely dip into our vaults to present unreleased tracks, but we happily did for this project. Introducing the B-side “Foxy Strut,” a joyous horn-driven Herb Alpert-inspired piece of instrumental candy named after China Forbes’ dog Foxy. Read More…

Follow Us On Spotify For Pink Martini Playlists!

Have you heard? Pink Martini is on Spotify!

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That’s right — there’s now an official Pink Martini Spotify profile! This means we can create playlists and share our favorite music with the world. Over the course of the next few months we’ll be releasing a variety of different types of playlists for you to enjoy. There’s the “Thomas M. Lauderdale Playlist” series, in which you’ll hear some favorites from the collection of our beloved bandleader; “Heinz Secret Recipes”, in which we will showcase the vast musical tastes of members of our label, Heinz Records; and as a very special treat, “Pink Martini Original Inspirations”, in which we’ll list the original songs that acted as inspiration for some of the band’s top hits!

Here’s a sample of the musical magic that’s to come:

So what are you waiting for? Go follow Pink Martini on Spotify and subscribe to our playlists! We’ll release a new one about once a month — you won’t want to miss a single one! Read More…

Derek Rieth Memorial Drum Parade

There will be a public memorial service for Derek Rieth this Sunday, September 7, 2014, at 7:00 PM in Pioneer Square in Portland, OR.

Please come join Derek’s family, friends, Pink Martini, The Lions of Batucada, Jorge Alabe, and the region’s sambistas as we play in tribute and share a moment to bid a fond farewell to our son, brother, colleague, and beloved friend. Please meet in the northwest corner of the Square, near Starbucks.

The service will include a samba batucada procession as we walk from Pioneer Square to the riverfront. Feel free to bring percussion instruments and join in the celebration. We will help you find a part to play.

If you are a sambista, please wear all white.

The service will also include an opportunity for you to learn more about the Derek Rieth Foundation, a memorial organization founded by Derek’s family to provide musical instruments and music education to underprivileged young people.

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From the Family of Derek Rieth and Pink Martini

With deepest sorrow we announce the passing of Derek Rieth, whose long struggle with bipolar disorder ended when he took his own life on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Derek was a beloved son, brother, friend and colleague whose beautiful heart and passion for music touched thousands of lives. He will be deeply missed. A private memorial service for friends and family is planned for early September. Public tributes will be ongoing, and the family has also announced the creation of the Derek Rieth Foundation, to provide musical instruments and music education to underprivileged young people. Donations to the Derek Rieth Foundation can be sent care of Pink Martini.

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Basquiat in Hawaii: Paige Powell Polaroid Prints

Special Alert: Paige Powell, a fifth-generation Oregonian and longtime supporter of Pink Martini, first caused a sensational stir in Portland, Oregon in the mid 1970s when she stood outside the Multnomah Athletic Club and demanded that women be given full voting membership. As Public Information Director of the Washington Park Zoo, she taught chimpanzees sign language and ran the innovative and wildly successful “Zoo Doo” campaign, selling cans of elephant poop as garden fertilizer by the truckload.

In 1980, she moved to New York City and became Andy Warhol’s best friend and right-hand person at Interview Magazine.  She worked closely with Warhol on commissioned art projects and ran the magazine’s advertising, marketing, media and public relations departments.  She was instrumental in the careers of numerous artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julio Galan and Stephen Sprouse, among others.

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Paige Powell with Jean-Michel Basquiat – courtesy of Paige Powell

Paige began taking photographs and videos of her friends in 1981.  As a result, she has the best photo documentation of Andy Warhol’s final seven years, and arguably the best collection of photo documentation of the New York art world from 1982 to 1994. Read More…