Photo above Fritz’ On a High Hill


The bountiful harvest is in, the light is changing fast and in an ode to the change of the season, two Portland musicians have brought in a new crop of albums, worth hearing and celebrating and spinning in the car for a road trip. They’re playing the music live in town this month too.

Jaina’s Brutal Lives

Jaina’s Brutal Lives

Portland songwriter, musician and author Nick Jaina’s new album, Brutal Lives (left), has just been released on Fluff & Gravy Records. The 14-songs are work originally composed for a contemporary dance piece, all rejected by the choreographer with the explanation that they were “too sad.”

He performs with a full-band at The Liquor Store 3341 SE Belmont, Thursday, October 6 beginning at 9 pm. Jaina’s live band this time around consists of Daniel Hunt, Zach Domer and Ethan Demarest. Stream the new disc at

Songwriting Cellist Anna Fritz is a sought-after Portland cellist and founding member of Portland Cello Project. Her new CD, On a High Hill is Fritz solo, singing with her cello and exploring themes of colonization, climate change, racial justice, and our connection to the natural world. A complex storyteller Fritz moves and informs us with patient observation and passion. These are simple, elegant, evocative songs that move right into the heart of the matter. See more at

Her CD release is October 16 with King Roy Wing and Hollis Peach at The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St. beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show, at