The Sail Inn Archive

  • As some of you may or may not know, I became freed of my day job on May 1st–the news of which I greeted with, at worst, ambivalence and at best a fair amount of happiness. Honestly, I’ve been missing out on a lot of killer shows during the week and the opportunity to spend a few weeks checking out what’s happening between Sunday and Friday, kind of thrilled me. This time has not gone wasted, though, I’ve not spent every night at a show–I’ve certainly tried to make the most of it. I would like to say that first...

    Shows Around Town: The First Half of May

    As some of you may or may not know, I became freed of my day job on May 1st–the news of which I greeted with, at worst, ambivalence and at best a fair amount of happiness. Honestly, I’ve been missing out on a lot of killer shows during the week and the opportunity to spend a few weeks checking out what’s happening between Sunday and Friday, kind of thrilled me. This time has not gone wasted, though, I’ve not spent every night at a show–I’ve certainly tried to make the most of it. I would like to say that first...

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  • Rising from the ashes of The Analog Society, The Echo Bombs appear to have emerged triumphant with an engaging sound that is both unique yet right in line with some growing local trends. In the last year or so there has been a wonderful emerging group of fierce, electrically charged pop/rock bands throughout this scene fronted  by amazing women of vision. In my mind The Echo Bombs join the ranks of Zero Zero, Russian Arms and Optics, Therapist, PALMS, The Madera Strand, Factories, Fairy Bones and a few others where a brilliant feminine vision is combined with amazing gutsy music...

    The Echo Bombs-Awkward Summer

    Rising from the ashes of The Analog Society, The Echo Bombs appear to have emerged triumphant with an engaging sound that is both unique yet right in line with some growing local trends. In the last year or so there has been a wonderful emerging group of fierce, electrically charged pop/rock bands throughout this scene fronted  by amazing women of vision. In my mind The Echo Bombs join the ranks of Zero Zero, Russian Arms and Optics, Therapist, PALMS, The Madera Strand, Factories, Fairy Bones and a few others where a brilliant feminine vision is combined with amazing gutsy music...

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  • I’ve written about this cause before in the pages in this blog and I really do think it’s a very cool cause. This time it is a little different from the spaghetti dinner at the school with an amazing lineup. The  8th grade band from Pueblo Del Sol Middle School is going on a field trip to perform at a concert festival in Anaheim and go to Disneyland. The trip will cost $11,000 for the whole band to go and $300 per student. They are trying hard to raise money, so their students can go. This is a huge honor...

    Benefits From A Musical Benefit!

    I’ve written about this cause before in the pages in this blog and I really do think it’s a very cool cause. This time it is a little different from the spaghetti dinner at the school with an amazing lineup. The  8th grade band from Pueblo Del Sol Middle School is going on a field trip to perform at a concert festival in Anaheim and go to Disneyland. The trip will cost $11,000 for the whole band to go and $300 per student. They are trying hard to raise money, so their students can go. This is a huge honor...

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  • It came with some surprise last month when I heard during the same evening that one of my favorite emerging groups, All My Friends, would be systematically releasing their second record and subsequently breaking up…possibly in the same night. I was dashed, mostly because I had just watch them slay everyone else in the lineup that evening and was truly glad I had brought spare jeans. Mostly, though I was dashed because I knew they had spent countless hours, days, weeks recording their new release and they appeared to be at the top of their game and gaining some ground....

    The Death of All My Friends!

    It came with some surprise last month when I heard during the same evening that one of my favorite emerging groups, All My Friends, would be systematically releasing their second record and subsequently breaking up…possibly in the same night. I was dashed, mostly because I had just watch them slay everyone else in the lineup that evening and was truly glad I had brought spare jeans. Mostly, though I was dashed because I knew they had spent countless hours, days, weeks recording their new release and they appeared to be at the top of their game and gaining some ground....

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  • Many years ago, when I was coming to terms with my musical illness and my compulsion to write about everything I heard that turned me on, I was just starting to get published outside the realm of my college newspaper, underground  publications and philosophy magazines. When I began writing, I had never intended to become a music journalist of any sort–I was way into politics and social issues, but as time would have it, the two loves of my life became entwined and  when my writing started to concern the music I loved there was no stopping it. It also...

    The International Pop Overthrow Phoenix!!!

    Many years ago, when I was coming to terms with my musical illness and my compulsion to write about everything I heard that turned me on, I was just starting to get published outside the realm of my college newspaper, underground  publications and philosophy magazines. When I began writing, I had never intended to become a music journalist of any sort–I was way into politics and social issues, but as time would have it, the two loves of my life became entwined and  when my writing started to concern the music I loved there was no stopping it. It also...

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  • It was over three years ago that Brandon Decker decided to leave the hustle and bustle of Phoenix in search of inspiration to find himself relocated in Sedona, Arizona—since that time his quest has served him well, not only in terms of the music that he and his band decker.  produces, but in the  sheer amount he has released and the fervor of the crowds they attract no matter where they play. The music is clearly drawn from the very land of the southwest itself, from all that is comforting, eerie, haunting, healing, harsh and beautiful about it at once,...

    decker. Harnesses the Soul of the Southwest on Slider

    It was over three years ago that Brandon Decker decided to leave the hustle and bustle of Phoenix in search of inspiration to find himself relocated in Sedona, Arizona—since that time his quest has served him well, not only in terms of the music that he and his band decker.  produces, but in the  sheer amount he has released and the fervor of the crowds they attract no matter where they play. The music is clearly drawn from the very land of the southwest itself, from all that is comforting, eerie, haunting, healing, harsh and beautiful about it at once,...

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  • Somewhere late last year I was looking for something new, some different  kind of sound around town and this  led to me, literally walking and light railing constantly across Phoenix and Tempe in search of something I simply hadn’t heard or something that was unlike anything else I was witnessing. Around that same time Billy Tegethoff contacted me and let me know about his band The Oxford Coma, he sent me the early tracks for their debut EP and invited to their debut show. The tracks were cool, like nothing else going on, dancing that thin line between heavy alternative and metal–I...

    The Oxford Coma present Adonis

    Somewhere late last year I was looking for something new, some different  kind of sound around town and this  led to me, literally walking and light railing constantly across Phoenix and Tempe in search of something I simply hadn’t heard or something that was unlike anything else I was witnessing. Around that same time Billy Tegethoff contacted me and let me know about his band The Oxford Coma, he sent me the early tracks for their debut EP and invited to their debut show. The tracks were cool, like nothing else going on, dancing that thin line between heavy alternative and metal–I...

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  • For the entire time I’ve known them, I  have wondered (in much the same way I spend nights staring up at the stars) what the debut album would from Future Loves Past would hold in store for its loyal listeners. This past Spring musical architect and late night home studio whiz Eric Palmer began sending me tracks that he had just completed at 4am and I was stunned—this raised the ante even  more, but I had no idea what it could all be possibly be leading toward. Then some weeks ago, bassist Sean Wintrow made it clear when he sent...

    Future Loves Past present Our Solar System

    For the entire time I’ve known them, I  have wondered (in much the same way I spend nights staring up at the stars) what the debut album would from Future Loves Past would hold in store for its loyal listeners. This past Spring musical architect and late night home studio whiz Eric Palmer began sending me tracks that he had just completed at 4am and I was stunned—this raised the ante even  more, but I had no idea what it could all be possibly be leading toward. Then some weeks ago, bassist Sean Wintrow made it clear when he sent...

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  • Earlier this year Arizona musicians made a definite impact at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Largely through the efforts or echocloud.tv and the many benefit shows they held to get the artists there, some of the bands they helped send there got national press attention for their attendance. This year there are a few collective groups heading to this nexus of indie music in the only hip city of Lone Star State. One of these groups is the locally rocking radio crew surrounding The Morning Infidelity show on KWSS 106.7, which has become, in my world and in...

    ALL AZ TMI RADIO SHOWCASE for SXSW at Sail Inn Tonight!

    Earlier this year Arizona musicians made a definite impact at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Largely through the efforts or echocloud.tv and the many benefit shows they held to get the artists there, some of the bands they helped send there got national press attention for their attendance. This year there are a few collective groups heading to this nexus of indie music in the only hip city of Lone Star State. One of these groups is the locally rocking radio crew surrounding The Morning Infidelity show on KWSS 106.7, which has become, in my world and in...

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  • Future Loves Past have definitely been one of the more fascinating bands to watch evolve over the last two years of their official existence. They have also been a band whose recent decisions and new directions have been more surprising than ever. Here is a band who essentially had an entire albums worth of songs that would drive a crowd absolutely insane for more than an hour at every gig they played. Granted four of these songs were already released on their debut EP, but still they had added enough like-minded songs  to their repertoire (“Seekers” for instance) that it seemed...

    Future Loves Past: Mercury and Saturn Double Single

    Future Loves Past have definitely been one of the more fascinating bands to watch evolve over the last two years of their official existence. They have also been a band whose recent decisions and new directions have been more surprising than ever. Here is a band who essentially had an entire albums worth of songs that would drive a crowd absolutely insane for more than an hour at every gig they played. Granted four of these songs were already released on their debut EP, but still they had added enough like-minded songs  to their repertoire (“Seekers” for instance) that it seemed...

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