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Adrian Orange
Adrian Orange, performing live, under the moniker, Thanksgiving, January 2005
Background information
Birth name Adrian Orange
Born (1986-03-20) March 20, 1986 (age 28)
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Indie rock, Experimental rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Singing, Guitar, Drums
Years active 1999–present
Labels Marriage Records, K Records, Gnar Tapes
Associated acts Thanksgiving, The Watery Graves of Portland, Adrian Orange and her Band, The Microphones, Mount Eerie, Peace the Band, L.A.K.E.

Thanksgiving, AOK, and A.O., are the names under which Portland, Oregon singer/songwriter Adrian Orange (born March 20, 1986)[1] performs. Officially adopting the "Thanksgiving" moniker around 1999–2000, Orange played experimental folk music, often accompanying himself on electric guitar. While Thanksgiving is essentially a solo act, Adrian Orange often collaborates with other musicians in his recordings and performances.


Thanksgiving is commonly associated with Phil Elverum (The Microphones, Mount Eerie), who produced Welcome Nowhere and has stated that "the best songs ever written are being written right now by Adrian Orange."[citation needed] Orange is also a member of the instrumental band The Watery Graves of Portland and co-founded Marriage Records.

He became known as an avant-garde folk songwriter in the vein of artists such as Phil Elverum, Will Oldham, (Smog), and Jandek. However, since mid-2006, Adrian Orange has played many of his live shows with a nine-piece backing band, the Child Slave Rebellion (LAKE). By their doing, older Thanksgiving songs are recreated with rock and reggae textures, and as a songwriter, Orange has seemingly been influenced by these styles.

After performing throughout 2007 under the monikers "Lyllyy's Adrian Orange" and, briefly, "Drone Boner", with members of the greater Portland, OR experimental music scene (including members of Rob Walmart, Valet, Jackie-O Motherfucker and White Rainbow), Orange released the more experimentally leaning CDR "AJO" in early 2008. It featured much more wild sound effects, long free-form jams and strange song fragments than heard on previous Thanksgiving or Adrian Orange albums.

Orange is currently working on an experimental electronic hip-hop album under the moniker AOK with producer/musician Adam Forkner, tentatively titled "ZONE OUT", a preview of which was sold as a CDR on tours in the fall and winter of 2008.



  • We Could Be Each Other's Evidence (2001)
  • Nothing (2003)
  • The River (2004)
  • Welcome Nowhere (2004) (Re-released with bonus material by PW Elverum & Sun in 2007)
  • Cave Days And Moments (2005)
  • Thanksgiving (2005)
  • Bitches Is Lord (2006) (This release is under the moniker Adrian Orange)
  • Adrian Orange & Her Band (September 11, 2007, On K Records under the moniker "Adrian Orange & Her Band")
  • "AJO" (2007 - tour only/web only limited edition CDR featuring a text document insert in spraypainted and paint penned cases under the moniker LYLLYYS)
  • "ZONE OUT: THE PREQUEL" (2008 - tour only/web only limited CDR preview of forthcoming material under the moniker "AOK")

EPs, singles[edit]

  • Now It Is All Over Like The Birds EP (2004)
  • "The Lake At Night"/ "In The Lake" 7" (2004)
  • The Ghost & The Eyes w/ Trees in the Ground, Outside the Window EP (2004)
  • The "In The World" Or Six New Songs of Thanksgiving EP (2005)
  • 'Twenty-Six Examples / Thanksgiving' split cassette with Thee Moths (2006)
  • "Adrian Orange & Her Band" 7" (2007)
  • "Deep Stain Doublest Dubba Dope Duba Stank Dank Tape" (2011 - released by Gnar Tapes under name Adrian Orange)
  • "Four Songs* (2012 - released by Gnar Tapes under name Adrian Orange)


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