Heather Woods Broderick's Top Ten Portland Spots

Heather Woods Broderick's new album, Glider, may be informed by her life on the road, but she hasn't lost her ties to Portland. Here, she picks the ten local haunts—from coffee shops to record stores—that bring her back to Stumptown.

By Fiona McCann July 9, 2015

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Heather Woods Broderick has spent much of the past seven years on the road and away from Portland, working with musicians from Brooklyn-based Sharon Van Etten to Danish rockers Efterklang. Now she's releasing a new solo album, Glider—a layered, at times orchestral record that still feels intimate and deeply personal—informed by life on the road. Yet despite her peripatetic existence, she still has strong ties to Stumptown. She picked her favorite Portland haunts for Portland Monthly, from coffee shops to record stores, including the studio where much of Glider was recorded.  


Type Foundry recording studio: "A huge portion of Glider was recorded here by Adam Selzer. I absolutely love this space, and have done a lot of recordings there over the years. I look forward to working there more in the future, and would highly recommend the studio to any artist."

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Beacon Sound. Photo Cervante Pope

Beacon Sound: "A record store, label, and in-store performance space run by Andrew Neerman, now located on Mississippi. This space is also home to FISK gallery, run by Bijan Berahimi, who works in collaboration with Beacon sound on label release designs and curates FISK gallery space in the backside of Beacon Sound."

Mississippi Records: "Another one of my favorite spots to hunt for vinyl and cassettes in Portland. Also a label that consistently releases amazing music on vinyl and cassette. I love their cassette compilations."

Control Voltage: "A great keyboard/synth/gear shop on Mississippi. I bought a great organ synth here that I plan on using for many recordings to come." 

Old Town Music: "This shop has been my go-to music store for over a decade in Portland. They are always really friendly and you can find some real gems in the store. I always stop in there for purchases small and large and recommend any touring band to check it out. They carry Devine Noise cables- a local cable company that makes the most reliable cable I’ve come across, and also Strymon pedals—my favorites hands down."

Food and drink 

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Extracto Coffee: "My favorite local spot to get coffee in Northeast Portland, and also my current favorite bean to have at home."

P’s & Q’s market: A "no-hassle spot to grab coffee, lunch, dinner, wine, and any home essentials I might need. They have great food, casual and charming atmosphere, and have a selective grocery section that offers tasteful essentials. This place holds a special place in my heart." 

Sweedeedee: "I am an early riser, so I can still make it in here for brunch before the crowds, however I’d argue it’s worth the wait. Amazing food and bakery, very friendly staff, and great records spinning." 


Una: A "very well-curated collection of clothing and jewelry and a beautiful space to enjoy shopping in. I always visit Una when in Portland." 

Worth a Trip

The Oregon coast: "Much of Glider was recorded in a small home studio, run by my brother Peter Broderick, on the Oregon Coast. I have spent so much time here throughout the years. Not only did it undoubtedly play a huge part in the creation of the songs on this record, but has shaped many memories over the years. I find it one of the most beautiful and inspiring parts of the world I’ve spent time in. I also shot my video for ‘Wyoming’ here with two very talented Portland based filmmakers: Jeff Rowles and Edward P. Davee."

Glider is out July 10 on Western Vinyl. Beacon Sound will release a cassette edition of the album, also available July 10.

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