Just Relax at South By Southwest-You`re Already There!

March 18, 2010 by  
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It`s mind boggling, all the hundreds of bands that are playing at South By Southwest. Unless you actually catch their act it`s hard to say which ones will appeal to you, or which ones you may care to forget about. Or maybe you could get a tip from a friend, or maybe you`ve  heard a fraction of one of their records one time.

And it`s hard to wrap your mind around these events by reading the Austin Chronicle. There`s just too much information in there-your mind goes White Lightening-head is fried from the teeny print. Let`s see, The Goosebumps from New Zealand, with electric banjo that do Men At Work covers in their pajamas while standing on their heads. Just funning…The bottom line is there are some terrific acts out there, if you know where to find them?

A few that I know for sure that I would recommend are: Danny Barnes (Pizza Box is a masterpiece!), The Ruby Suns and Olof Arnalds. I`ll let you find the time and place. The best thing to do is just relax and have fun and experience new bands. Open yourself up to what they are offerings, a primo band already in your face FRIENDO! Forget about the next cool scene, your already here with me! Get Eastern for a change…

Are The Ruby Suns the rightful heirs of Psychedelia?

February 22, 2010 by  
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What ever became of psychedelic sounds anyway? One plausible theory is that they are reborn again in a New Zealand band, The Ruby Sons. Critics have claimed that Ryan McPhun is able to channel Brian Wilson ala the Pet Sounds and Smile period. From the handful of songs I`ve heard, I`m hearing a bit of the dearly departed Pink Floyd`s Syd Barrett in there too.

The Ruby Suns third album was just released on Feb. 15th on Sub Pop with the title: Fight Softly. I couldn`t find it on itunes yet, so I`ll look for it over at Waterloo Records. Cool cover, though! In the meantime, I`m scoping out some earlier cuts from Sea Lion, and am amazed at what I`m finding.

I have Tane Mahuta, Kenya Dig It? And Morning Sun so far from Sea Lion. Tane Mahuta has polyrhythmic drums and chanting vocals with a King Sunny Ade jamboree-guitar improvisation. Cross cultural, African and Polynesian possibly? Kenya Dig It? Has lots of keyboards and thumpy bass dripping in reverb. Western psychedelic, if you get my drift? The ending is reminiscent of Beach BoysMorning Sun is atonal and loops  like Steve Reich…Can`t wait for Fight Softly!