“I’m the Man to Be” by EL VY // Return to the Moon (Out 10.30.15 via 4AD)

Here’s another sample of the new project from Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Menomena, Ramona Falls). “I’m the Man to Be” is the band’s second single, following the infectious indie pop gem, “Return to the Moon”. The new track is a bit more of an experimental sound than the first, trading in catchy electro pop for for chunky beats, distorted vocals, and warped guitars. Of course, it still manages to be catchy as all hell and even presents a pretty great lyric video courtesy of Tom Berninger (Mistaken for Strangers). 


Adventure Post No. 001 - Ramona Falls Trail

Location: Ramona Falls - Mt Hood National Forest

Date: October 13th/25th 2013

With all the possibilities of Oregon’s great outdoors open before me, one of the first hikes I ventured out on after moving to Portland was also one of the Northwest’s most popular: the Ramona Falls Trail. Located 50 miles outside of the city in the Mount Hood National Forest, this 8-mile loop takes you on moss-covered trails along the Sandy River up to one of the most photogenic waterfalls the Northwest has to offer. After hiking the trail for the first time with primary adventure partner/girlfriend Danica, I enjoyed it so much that I had to come back a week and a half later with my good friend Rafe who was in town visiting for the weekend. I made sure to bring my camera along the second time around to document some of the pure awesomeness of this hike. See the dappled light through the trees, the lush moss growing along the trail, and the carved signs and bridges leading up to the immense falls. As Rafe and I made our progress along the trail, we stopped every so often to examine the undergrowth, climb mounds of fallen boulders, and dip our heads under spouts of icy and refreshing mountain water coming off of the cliffs above. All told, the trek only took us about 3 hours, and we found ourselves back at the beginning of the trail just as the sun was casting it’s last golden rays over the horizon. Truly a perfect hike to introduce anyone to the Oregon wilderness, and an adventure I’ll never forget.



EL VY is the musical collaboration between Matt Berninger, vocalist and lyricist of The National, and Brent Knopf, the Portland musician and producer best known for his work in Menomena and his more recent band, Ramona Falls.

Debut album ‘Return To The Moon’ is released 30th October.


Dear Reader - Bend

Dear Reader and Ramona Falls go well together.

Ramona Falls - “Spore”

I’ve been a huge fan of Menomena for ages, so naturally Brent Knopf’s departure saddened me to an extent. However, I became quite curious about the projects he decided to pursue, particularly Ramona Falls. “Spore” is a track off of the upcoming album Prophet. It’s simultaneously new and familiar. Hey, everyone! My birthday’s coming up soon. Would it be inappropriate to ask the internet for this album as a gift? Thanks in advance, y'all.


Ramona Falls | Rhododendron, OR by Trail The Sun

We decided, since it was a nice day, to head out to a new place and agreed on Ramona Falls. Nestled in Mt. Hood National Forrest this 6.2 mile loop is full of stunning views. 

Since our little pup Nami is a year old now, we decided that this would be her first longer hike. It took us about 2-3 hours to finish the loop, including stopping for lunch and rests for Nami. 

The Ramona Falls Trail is well marked and groomed. At some points in the trail you actually intersect with the Pacific Crest Trail. The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,663 miles long and runs from near the Mexico boarder to the Canada boarder. It is my dream to hike this trail one day. Ramona Falls is somewhat crowded but considering I hiked it on a Monday the weekends are probably very busy. However, it is great for people at all levels given that there are no major inclines.

Overall: A beautiful hike with lovely landscapes and features but somewhat crowded.

  • Clover
  • Ramona Falls
  • Intuit

Clover | Ramona Falls

If I’m dreaming you, and you’re dreaming me
Then why don’t we choose a different story?

I honestly recommend that everyone download this album. So fucking inspiring. It’s the only way I’m getting my work done right now.