Lindsay Clark
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Lindsay Clark

Portland, Oregon, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Portland, Oregon, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
Solo Folk Americana

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""Review of Yo Comprendo LP""

"As one listens, it is hard to ignore the power of the declarative simplicity on every track. Songs like “Cherry Blossoms� suggest a female Jeff Mangum singing over a Joni Mitchell piano track. Tender and thoughtful, leaving just enough space between musical ideas for a listener to consider what’s happening, Vandemark knows how to exploit simple song structures for her benefit, resulting in music that is deceptively easy to swallow." - Northeast Performer Mag.


""JP-Centric Collective Comes Up for Air.""

"For nearly a year it's started the same way—lights out, conversations hushed to a reverent silence. And then someone, it could be anyone, it could be you, takes the floor. Last year, after a poetry reading was prematurely cut short in an abandoned opera house, residents of a Jamaica Plain apartment opened their home so that the festivities could continue. Thus began the weekly Friday night "Hootenanny," an event that encourages anyone and everyone to sing, read, rap, juggle—to share whatever they want with an audience of open ears and snapping fingers. While the participants have grown in number over the past 12 months and the hoots now take place in the living room of a much larger house (named "The Whitehaus" in honor of out-jazz godhead Sun Ra), the sense of community remains the same. It's a space for local art that isn't competing for attention with bar noise or the din of an Allston house show.

More recently, the group has begun to exhibit some of their exceptional acts on their own record label, The Whitehaus Family Record, now with nearly 12 releases. The psychedelic, DIY collective will be sponsoring their first public show at the Cambridge YMCA this Friday. The lineup includes The Life Adventure, Prince Rama Of Ayodhya and slam-veteran and Cantab legend Brian S. Ellis. Also, those in attendance will get a chance to hear the orchestral pop of The Woodrow Wilsons and the ethereal dance beats of Many Mansions. This is just a fraction of the 16-plus billed acts and for $5 you can bear witness to nearly six hours of music, dinner included. "We are aching to give back to the city that has given so much to us," the group said via its web site. Get ready for the onslaught of Whitehaus talent as they start to surface all over town like so many dormant plants."

- Boston Dig


""JP Label Keeps it in the Family""

Independent record labels spring up everyday, but few are as close knit as Jamaica Plain’s, The Whitehaus Family Record. From its humble beginnings as a simple place for friends to share their art and talents, the Whitehaus label has evolved into its own community.

Starting in the fall of 2006, a group of people would gather at an abandoned opera house in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston to hold late- night poetry readings. Once the police caught on to the group’s activities, they were forced back to their apartment in Hyde Square, which had been dubbed “The Treehaus.� The group comprised of Kate Lee, Brian S. Ellis, Morgan Shaker, Adam Ryan Kohl McCarthy Foam, Brian Lawlor, Shane Myrbeck, Shane Donnelly and Casey Rochteau. These poetry readings had expanded and solidified into Friday night hootenannies. These parties, say Whitehaus’ staff, were inspired by the American tradition of using music to rally a community.

In 2007, “the hoots� moved to an eight-bedroom home (The Whitehaus) and the weekly event grew in popularity as a place where local and traveling artists could express themselves freely in front of eager audiences. As the event gained notoriety The Whitehaus Family says they found themselves hosting sing-alongs, poets, jugglers, fire-breathers and just about anything else you could imagine.

“We wanted to provide alternative ways for people to hear music and create a self-sustaining process for people to tell their stories to the community,� a member of the label said.

The Whitehaus Family Record label now calls Jamaica Plain home, where they have opened up their doors to poets and musicians of the neighborhood. In spring of 2007, they created the label, which consists of a family of acts that play the house every week.

Categorizing the type of music they release as “Yes-Wave,� they say, “It encompasses all forms of art-mediums.� Releasing their music directly to locally-owned record stores in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain, the Whitehaus gang uses word of mouth as their main means of promotion. The albums themselves are produced entirely in “The Whitehaus� itself, include one-of-a-kind artwork and are packaged exclusively in 100 percent recycled cardboard. Artists on The Whitehaus label include The Popsicles, Lindsay Clark, The Cups and Debbie and the Bullets.

This list is expanding rapidly. In an effort to expand their horizons and provide exposure for their burgeoning talent, Whitehaus put on an all out variety show called “Blastfest,� at the Cambridge YMCA. The six-hour show featured 18 Whitehaus- associated acts, performing both music and poetry. The show was a strong reminder that Whitehaus has come a long way from their days as Mission Hill squatters. Happily ensconced in their new JP digs, the creators and artists of The Whitehaus Family have distributed over twenty different records, multiple books of poetry and even issues of a literary magazine.

With these accomplishments under their belt and a bright future ahead, the Whitehaus Family hopes to continue to provide a solid center for a flourishing artistic community. - Northeast Performer


Discography

Yo Comprendo LP (cdbaby.com/lindsayvandemark)
thistles ep (out of print, whitehausfamilyrecord.com)
Thistle the Maker LP (cdbaby.com/lindsayclark)

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Bio

Lindsay draws much of her inspiration for her writing from her youth, spent in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in Nevada County, California (home to poet Gary Snyder, Joanna Newsom, and Utah Phillips). Captivated by music at a young age, she studied classical piano and violin, and has memories of listening to bluegrass, folk, and her parents collection of LPs (Joni Mitchell, Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Bach were among the notable) - long days were spent in the forest and by the river.  

After a brief pursuit of creative writing and film, Lindsay moved east to attend Berklee College of Music and study composition.  After some deliberation about her life path, she made the move to Portland, OR in 2009 to reconnect with family and to continue creating music and art.  Since 2005 she has shared the stage with musicians such as Casey Dienel (White Hinterland), Alela Diane, Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors), Ryan Francesconi (Joanna Newsom), Laura Gibson, and The Lumineers. 

All of her music has so far been self-released.  She is currently preparing to release her third full length solo record, titled ‘Begin’ and to be released in late 2014.  Lindsay plans to tour after it’s release and to continue to work on new material in as many cabins and places of solace as she can, and to then make another record.  Her music can be described as sparse yet complex, open, direct; nostalgic and forward-looking, weaving together subjects of nature and love.