And what a time it was. I overheard people in aisle 12 at Kroger talking about it the following day.
Thanks to everyone who came out to what is already being reported as, “the most sensational event of the March” (see: Gwam). We raised fat stax of cash for the ex-Mansfield girls, “fight[ing] fire with fire,” as it were (see: D. Burn). Many thanks are due to all parties involved, implicitly or explicitly, especially everyone who came early/stayed late, as well as all the bands that played (Chicken Little, Square People Jazz Maturity, Fly Golden Eagle, Majestico).
One for the books, and now it’s on to the next (thanks to Mary Nell Jr. for the photographs).
1 is 2 is 1.
Here’s a new Eagle tune for the ears. More to come.
On March 25th, James Wallace will unveil his latest freak-whatever-tunes to the known and unknown world(s) in tape. Let me be the first to say that you all should go to the greatest heights, swim the deepest oceans, transverse ravines, whatever it takes, to hear More Strange News From Another Star. It’s coherent, thoughtful, careful, and most of all a joy to listen to. There are moments where a song will make your spirits soar, and then comes pure pensiveness, where you follow the song – in the words of James – ”like a new toy, pulled down the road by a string.”
Here’s a song from the tape, “Colored Lights”. I could have posted any of them, honestly, this one just got to me first. It’s enthusiasm is enviable. Are the colored lights neon city signs? Ladies with copious amount of Tammy-Fay-make-up on their faces? Who knows, but you quickly start to spin around with them. James Wallace and the Naked Light – Colored Lights
James asks the impossible question of how he is to pick up all these stars on More Strange News, and if you want to see him attempt to answer it, go here:
The Basement, 3/25 with Dawn Kinnard and Fly Golden Eagle
Last time he had a record release there were self-help lectures, power point presentations, and free hot tubs. This is a show that is not to be missed.
Someone took the winter off and made a sneaky good album, didn’t they?
Tyler is on the right, having a good time.
Chrome Pony plays the songs that Tyler Davis writes. If you know anything about the man, you know that if there was anyone in the world who could stand the insular nature of winter and still be so infectiously happy and spirited, and then take that spirit and channel it into a record that is best served warm and with the windows down, it would be him.
Just in time, Tyler has brought us all the summer tunes we knew we needed. Hopelessly in love (both with life and the ladies), gritty and fast.
Chrome Pony is new, but not for long. Kyle, Caleb, Ben and Tyler will be playing these songs around Nashville soon. If you’ve never seen the Davis brothers play together, your missing a part of your soul.
Chrome Pony live:
3/23 at Mercy Lounge w/ Majestico and Diarrhea Planet.
3/31 at Little Hamilton w/ Look Like a Snake and Pineapple Explode
Here’s a track that should tease you and is already an instant classic. Be on the look out for more over at their bandcamp.
We can hear, of course, but people need a good yelling at every once and a while. Chris Murray, SPJM’s founder and co-owner, yells at everything: The whole jazz world, punk world, underground world, you, your dog, and your show laces. He despises your shoe laces, honestly. Nashville’s finest. Keep a tight ear to these boys, for they are insanely prolific, and Murray seems to put out something like 28 records a year (I have them all).
Moodscapes is out now on High Density Headache and is available for purchase and consumption by clicking here: <click!>
Here is a post-Moodscape track called “Rat Me Out” – It sounds like Talking Heads if David Byrne didn’t give a shit: