Archive for September, 2012

  • I had very nearly forgotten about Amen Cowboy, in fact, I wasn’t sure of their existence anymore to tell the truth. At moments, I thought I may have imagined them. It turns out, that Amen Cowboy is very much alive, in existence beyond my imagining and apparently setting about live gigs and a tour–it also turns out that they need a new drummer. For those interested, especially after hearing their music, you should probably let them know that you would like to drum and tour with them. What’s funny is that I had already pulled their EP out of the...

    Amen Cowboy’s Chevy Belt Buckle

    I had very nearly forgotten about Amen Cowboy, in fact, I wasn’t sure of their existence anymore to tell the truth. At moments, I thought I may have imagined them. It turns out, that Amen Cowboy is very much alive, in existence beyond my imagining and apparently setting about live gigs and a tour–it also turns out that they need a new drummer. For those interested, especially after hearing their music, you should probably let them know that you would like to drum and tour with them. What’s funny is that I had already pulled their EP out of the...

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  • If you have enjoyed the music of Tempe in the last couple of years, and specifically in the last year, the presence, music and art of one Deon Doughty has certainly come to your attention. Aside from being a musician himself, Doughty is a magnificent artist and has been spending a lot of time over the last year documenting the musicians he admires most in brilliant paintings that are literally done on a gold base layer. If you don’t know Deon or ever had the pleasure of encountering him painting a portrait of an artist as they play, you may...

    The Tempe Rockstar Gold Festival

    If you have enjoyed the music of Tempe in the last couple of years, and specifically in the last year, the presence, music and art of one Deon Doughty has certainly come to your attention. Aside from being a musician himself, Doughty is a magnificent artist and has been spending a lot of time over the last year documenting the musicians he admires most in brilliant paintings that are literally done on a gold base layer. If you don’t know Deon or ever had the pleasure of encountering him painting a portrait of an artist as they play, you may...

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  •   Perhaps this seems like I’m beating a dead horse and though I’ve got some beats on my mind, the horse is very much alive. Yesterday, I wrote about today and the release of the long awaited album Unbelievable Souls by Peachcake, but what I didn’t know is at the exact moment  the album would be released, the new video for their recent single “The World Is Our Platform To Mean Something” would also be released. Today I thought this was worthy of further mention, not only because I love Peachcake’s music, I  love Unbelievable Souls, I totally dig this...

    Peachcake Debuts New Video!

      Perhaps this seems like I’m beating a dead horse and though I’ve got some beats on my mind, the horse is very much alive. Yesterday, I wrote about today and the release of the long awaited album Unbelievable Souls by Peachcake, but what I didn’t know is at the exact moment  the album would be released, the new video for their recent single “The World Is Our Platform To Mean Something” would also be released. Today I thought this was worthy of further mention, not only because I love Peachcake’s music, I  love Unbelievable Souls, I totally dig this...

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  • Tomorrow, September 25 Peachcake will release their long awaited and highly anticipated new album Unbelievable Souls. It’s hard to believe that it was nearly a year and a half ago that the EP teaser for the album This Wasn’t Our Plan was released, it’s also impressive that since that time they’ve been able to ride the crest of the wave found in those five songs alone. So how long will Peachcake be able to surf the waves caused by Unbelievable Souls? With fourteen songs, eleven of them new and all of them brilliant, it’s difficult to say, but this could...

    Peachcake’s Unbelievable Souls Is Almost Here…

    Tomorrow, September 25 Peachcake will release their long awaited and highly anticipated new album Unbelievable Souls. It’s hard to believe that it was nearly a year and a half ago that the EP teaser for the album This Wasn’t Our Plan was released, it’s also impressive that since that time they’ve been able to ride the crest of the wave found in those five songs alone. So how long will Peachcake be able to surf the waves caused by Unbelievable Souls? With fourteen songs, eleven of them new and all of them brilliant, it’s difficult to say, but this could...

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  • It’s no secret that this year I’ve been paying a fair amount of attention to the production work of Curtis Grippe and the work he’s been doing at STEM Recording. His work has really come to shine in 2012 and with releases to his credit by Japhy’s Descent, Banana Gun and Doctor Bones (all who have appeared in these pages) his work has joined the ranks of other local production geniuses such as Jalipaz and Bob Hoag. I don’t in anyway think this is an exaggeration and if  anyone examines my writings over the course of the last four years,...

    STEM Family Night at Crescent Ballroom

    It’s no secret that this year I’ve been paying a fair amount of attention to the production work of Curtis Grippe and the work he’s been doing at STEM Recording. His work has really come to shine in 2012 and with releases to his credit by Japhy’s Descent, Banana Gun and Doctor Bones (all who have appeared in these pages) his work has joined the ranks of other local production geniuses such as Jalipaz and Bob Hoag. I don’t in anyway think this is an exaggeration and if  anyone examines my writings over the course of the last four years,...

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  • Quick on the heels of their debut EP released last December, Instructions have released yet another brilliant two song EP. Admittedly, re: sleep is quite a bit more accessible than the ETAOIN SHRDLU release, but no less math rock intensive, no less amazing. There is a touch more pop rationale found here, but the arrangements are every bit as complex, the music every bit as unique and engaging as their debut. Instructions are quickly becoming one of my favorite bands to keep track of and track down when possible, because their live performances are easily as rewarding as their recorded...

    Instructions-re: sleep EP

    Quick on the heels of their debut EP released last December, Instructions have released yet another brilliant two song EP. Admittedly, re: sleep is quite a bit more accessible than the ETAOIN SHRDLU release, but no less math rock intensive, no less amazing. There is a touch more pop rationale found here, but the arrangements are every bit as complex, the music every bit as unique and engaging as their debut. Instructions are quickly becoming one of my favorite bands to keep track of and track down when possible, because their live performances are easily as rewarding as their recorded...

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  • There are some memories that are simply burned permanently in your mind, often incidental happenings that you don’t think are important at the time. Sometimes events that seem major at the time slip away with the years, but these little moments in time that somehow changed your life forever are engrained there forever. It’s one of the mysteries of the mind. I think we all have these moments. That one time you went to a party instead of staying at home and met the love of your life because of a last minute random decision, you can’t remember the party...

    Remembering Mark Erickson

    There are some memories that are simply burned permanently in your mind, often incidental happenings that you don’t think are important at the time. Sometimes events that seem major at the time slip away with the years, but these little moments in time that somehow changed your life forever are engrained there forever. It’s one of the mysteries of the mind. I think we all have these moments. That one time you went to a party instead of staying at home and met the love of your life because of a last minute random decision, you can’t remember the party...

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  • While most of my choices when I put the spotlight on a single song are based around bands with upcoming performances, this week’s musing is for a song I heard three weekends ago that has been playing on my mental sound system ever since. There were many, many great things going on across the two days of Los Dias De La Crescent—Future Loves past kicking off things, ROAR brilliantly showcasing the talents of Mark Erickson, Mergence with guest James Cameron allowing Adam Bruce to concentrate solely on vocal during the keyboard numbers (and with great effect), Source Victoria blowing the roof off...

    Reflections on The Whisperlights “Ulna Habenaha”

    While most of my choices when I put the spotlight on a single song are based around bands with upcoming performances, this week’s musing is for a song I heard three weekends ago that has been playing on my mental sound system ever since. There were many, many great things going on across the two days of Los Dias De La Crescent—Future Loves past kicking off things, ROAR brilliantly showcasing the talents of Mark Erickson, Mergence with guest James Cameron allowing Adam Bruce to concentrate solely on vocal during the keyboard numbers (and with great effect), Source Victoria blowing the roof off...

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  •   (Editor’s Note: This past weekend Phoenix lost an amazing artist in the death of Mark Erickson. His band, Colorstore, was the first local band in Phoenix that I wrote about in the pages of JAVA magazine. If it wasn’t for Erickson hand delivering BONEfish: The Legend of Mahogany Cass to my door one Saturday afternoon in February 2008, I would not have known about the amazing music scene I have watched develop over the last four years. The moment Erickson handed that album to me, though I didn’t know it at the time, he changed my life forever. I...

    In Memory Of Mark Erickson: This Album Wants To Sleep With You Tonight

      (Editor’s Note: This past weekend Phoenix lost an amazing artist in the death of Mark Erickson. His band, Colorstore, was the first local band in Phoenix that I wrote about in the pages of JAVA magazine. If it wasn’t for Erickson hand delivering BONEfish: The Legend of Mahogany Cass to my door one Saturday afternoon in February 2008, I would not have known about the amazing music scene I have watched develop over the last four years. The moment Erickson handed that album to me, though I didn’t know it at the time, he changed my life forever. I...

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