Archive for January, 2012

  • The Muddy Moneys Sundown Sessions EP I’ve got to admit it was difficult during the last half of 2011 to go to a great show in Tempe without somehow tripping over The Muddy Moneys, and I think I ran into their sets at very nearly every one of my favorite venues at one time or another. By the end of the year they were hosting their own FBOM Fridays at Long Wong’s and I was heading there to catch the action on purpose. Admittedly, though it was released in May, I didn’t trip over their debut EP, “Sundown Sessions” until the...

    The Muddy Moneys’ Sundown Sessions

    The Muddy Moneys Sundown Sessions EP I’ve got to admit it was difficult during the last half of 2011 to go to a great show in Tempe without somehow tripping over The Muddy Moneys, and I think I ran into their sets at very nearly every one of my favorite venues at one time or another. By the end of the year they were hosting their own FBOM Fridays at Long Wong’s and I was heading there to catch the action on purpose. Admittedly, though it was released in May, I didn’t trip over their debut EP, “Sundown Sessions” until the...

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  • The Oxford Coma Infrastatic EP Do not be confused by the name, The Oxford Coma is not a Vampire Weekend cover band, not even close in fact. No, The Oxford Coma have a sound that delves into metal at all the right spots, holds to a progressive aesthetic and somehow creates songs that wouldn’t be out of place on alternative radio. On their facebook page they call their style “progressive psych-grunge” which is close to the truth, but doesn’t really touch on what they are that isn’t included in that little descriptor. They made their live debut last month closing...

    The Oxford Coma Goes Infrastatic

    The Oxford Coma Infrastatic EP Do not be confused by the name, The Oxford Coma is not a Vampire Weekend cover band, not even close in fact. No, The Oxford Coma have a sound that delves into metal at all the right spots, holds to a progressive aesthetic and somehow creates songs that wouldn’t be out of place on alternative radio. On their facebook page they call their style “progressive psych-grunge” which is close to the truth, but doesn’t really touch on what they are that isn’t included in that little descriptor. They made their live debut last month closing...

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  • Japhy’s Descent Feedback EP Japhy’s Descent has been a staple of the Tempe live music community for some time now, but it is only been recently, I have to say that the band has really come into their own—they’ve only just now defined their sound, or better yet, refined their sound. This was never more apparent than at the CD release party for their new five song Feedback EP, where they gave what was arguably the best performance of their lives and Travis, in particular, looked as though he was simply possessed. “Answer 42” blows the roof off the house...

    The Rise Of Japhy’s Descent

    Japhy’s Descent Feedback EP Japhy’s Descent has been a staple of the Tempe live music community for some time now, but it is only been recently, I have to say that the band has really come into their own—they’ve only just now defined their sound, or better yet, refined their sound. This was never more apparent than at the CD release party for their new five song Feedback EP, where they gave what was arguably the best performance of their lives and Travis, in particular, looked as though he was simply possessed. “Answer 42” blows the roof off the house...

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  • (Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of articles about some of my favorite local music of last year posted to my blog in extended formats, this article originally appeared in an edited form in the June 2011 issue of JAVA Magazine.) Sun Ghost Ascends This Atmosphere The Joy of Love, Hurt & Paradox The very name Sun Ghost evokes imagery of a soul haunted by memories in a heat blasted landscape of sun, fun, thorns and poison and somehow, the band who carries that moniker conveys all of those things in a slick thirty-six minute package called Love, Hurt...

    Looking Back: Sun Ghost’s Love, Hurt And Paradox

    (Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of articles about some of my favorite local music of last year posted to my blog in extended formats, this article originally appeared in an edited form in the June 2011 issue of JAVA Magazine.) Sun Ghost Ascends This Atmosphere The Joy of Love, Hurt & Paradox The very name Sun Ghost evokes imagery of a soul haunted by memories in a heat blasted landscape of sun, fun, thorns and poison and somehow, the band who carries that moniker conveys all of those things in a slick thirty-six minute package called Love, Hurt...

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  • (Editor’s Note: This will be an ongoing series this week as I bring articles about some of my favorite local music of last year to my blog in extended formats, this first article originally appeared in an edited form in the May 2011 issue of JAVA Magazine.)   KNESSET : Coming Of Age Bring On The Beautiful Noise There is something great about when a sound comes around again and it is done right, there’s something even greater when it doesn’t at all sound dated. KNESSET achieves just that on their debut album Coming Of Age. Released in Japan on CD...

    Looking Back: KNESSET’s Coming Of Age

    (Editor’s Note: This will be an ongoing series this week as I bring articles about some of my favorite local music of last year to my blog in extended formats, this first article originally appeared in an edited form in the May 2011 issue of JAVA Magazine.)   KNESSET : Coming Of Age Bring On The Beautiful Noise There is something great about when a sound comes around again and it is done right, there’s something even greater when it doesn’t at all sound dated. KNESSET achieves just that on their debut album Coming Of Age. Released in Japan on CD...

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  • (Editor’s Note: This will be an ongoing series this week as I bring articles about some of my favorite local music of last year to my blog in extended formats, this first article originally appeared in an edited form in the March 2011 issue of JAVA Magazine.) Family Portraits: Calm Mutiny Dry River Yacht Club Return Let’s face it, in the years since their inception, Dry River Yacht Club have become a local live staple—renowned for their drawing power no matter what venue they choose to bless with their presence.  If you are asking why, then it’s clear that you’ve never...

    Looking Back: Dry River Yacht Club’s Family Portraits: Calm Mutiny

    (Editor’s Note: This will be an ongoing series this week as I bring articles about some of my favorite local music of last year to my blog in extended formats, this first article originally appeared in an edited form in the March 2011 issue of JAVA Magazine.) Family Portraits: Calm Mutiny Dry River Yacht Club Return Let’s face it, in the years since their inception, Dry River Yacht Club have become a local live staple—renowned for their drawing power no matter what venue they choose to bless with their presence.  If you are asking why, then it’s clear that you’ve never...

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  • (Editor’s Note: This will be an ongoing series this week as I bring articles about some of my favorite local music of last yearto my blog in extended formats, this first article originally appeared in an edited form in the January 2011 issue of JAVA Magazine.) No Time To Burn Out Lisa Savidge Drive On To Another Day “All great art comes from a sense of outrage.” Reportedly actress Glenn Close once said that and she’s not wrong. This quote sprang to mind after spending nearly a week listening to the new Lisa Savidge album, first and foremost because it...

    Looking Back: Lisa Savidge’s Lisa Savidge

    (Editor’s Note: This will be an ongoing series this week as I bring articles about some of my favorite local music of last yearto my blog in extended formats, this first article originally appeared in an edited form in the January 2011 issue of JAVA Magazine.) No Time To Burn Out Lisa Savidge Drive On To Another Day “All great art comes from a sense of outrage.” Reportedly actress Glenn Close once said that and she’s not wrong. This quote sprang to mind after spending nearly a week listening to the new Lisa Savidge album, first and foremost because it...

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