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Glen Phillips & Sean Watkins / WPA – “4×4” EP (2011)

6th Mar 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

Glen Phillips & Sean Watkins project Works Progress Administration just put out a new EP, entitled 4×4, with buddies Sebastian Steinberg and Jerry Roe.

http://wpamusic.bandcamp.com/

1. Solar Flare 04:13

2. Don’t Say You Love Me 03:22

3. It’s Over Now 02:47

4. Wild Side 02:40

Four friends, four songs, most of a day, many tacos.
released 05 March 2011
Made by WPA
Mixed by Jerry Roe at Ed.

Glen Phillips – vocals, guitar
Jerry Roe – drums, vocals
Sebastian Steinberg – bass, vocals
Sean Watkins – vocals, guitar

$4, that’s all.  http://wpamusic.bandcamp.com/

~Dan – np: Kaki KingJunior

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Ty Tabor’s Trip Magnet & Wally Farkas solo

28th Jun 10 (Mon) Leave a comment

Two new digital releases showed up yesterday (thanks to Facebook status updates from both gents), both related and both excellent…

Wally Farkas, guitarist of the late great Galactic Cowboys, is putting the final touches on his debut solo album.  He’s released the single “Better Than Before” from his forthcoming debut, Past Due (due later this year).  This self-penned track shows just one side of what will be a diverse debut album. Also included is the song “Loving Kind,” which was originally recorded by the Peter Green-era of the original Fleetwood Mac and written by one of their brilliant and extremely overlooked guitarists, Danny Kirwan.  On these tracks… Wally Farkas – Vocals/Guitar, Ty Tabor (King’s X) – Guitar, Alan Doss (Galactic Cowboys) – Bass, and Darwin Keys (Pushmonkey) – Drums. It’s available on 320 kbps mp3 at Molken Music for only $2.50.

And while you’re there at Molken… Ty Tabor, of King’s X and many side projects, just put out a five-song EP from the upcoming Trip Magnet release.  This is a different side of Ty Tabor…somewhere between Xenuphobe (his ambient project with Wally Farkas) and his regular rockin’ studio/solo albums. For a melancholy trip into freakatude, check out Ty’s seventh solo release. An unusual outing for Ty Tabor, this release contains over fourteen minutes of instrumental music, as well as some Ty’s rock vocal numbers.  Ty Tabor – Vocals, Guitars, Bass and Randy St. John – Drums.  It’s available on 320 kbps mp3 at Molken Music for $7.99.

For just slightly over $10… some great new music!

~Dan – np: Ty TaborTrip Magnet EP

Puscifer EP (Nov 10)

13th Oct 09 (Tue) Leave a comment

As reported on TOOL‘s website, Maynard James Keenan is releasing a digital only Puscifer EP on November 10, 2009…

~Dan –  np: McTuff on Jazz NW 10/11/09

Puscifer Tour Dates:

  • 10/29, Las Vegas, NV (The Pearl, Palms Casino)
  • 10/31, San Diego, CA (Spreckels Theatre)
  • 11/1, San Diego, CA (Spreckels Theatre)
  • 11/4, Oakland, CA (Fox Oakland Theater)
  • 11/5, Oakland, CA (Fox Oakland Theater)
  • 11/7, Stockton, CA (Bob Hope Theatre)
  • 11/10, Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre)
  • 11/11, Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre)
  • 11/13, Vancouver, BC (Centre For the Performing Arts)
  • 11/14, Portland, OR (Roseland Ballroom) *I’ll be at this one*
  • 11/16, Portland, OR (Roseland Ballroom) *and this one*
    check back in mid-November for my reviews with photos
  • 11/17, Salt Lake City, UT (Capitol Theatre)
  • 11/18, Salt Lake City, UT (Capitol Theatre)
  • 11/20, Denver, CO (Paramount Theatre)
  • 11/21, Denver, CO (Paramount Theatre)
  • 11/24, Dallas, TX (McFarlin Memorial Auditorium)
  • 11/25, Dallas, TX (McFarlin Memorial Auditorium)
  • 11/27, Houston, TX (Jones Hall for the Performing Arts)
  • 11/28, San Antonio, TX (Majestic Theatre)
  • 12/1, El Paso, TX (Abraham Chavez Theatre)
  • 12/3, Phoenix, AZ (Orpheum Theatre)
  • 12/4, Phoenix, AZ (Orpheum Theatre)

* Favorite EPs / Vinyl / Live Albums & more of 2008 *

21st Dec 08 (Sun) 9 comments

Before I start… happy 68th birthday to Frank Zappa.  You are missed.  Ya Hozna!

This is sort of a precursor to my “official” Favorites of 2008 blog.  Up later this coming week or two, I’ll post my favorite vocal and favorite instrumental albums of 2008.  I’m still making my way through the re-listening phase.  Yeah, I know, I’m slow (or dedicated? or certifiable?).  I was waiting on a few to show up in my mailbox.  Anyway, on with the music pimping

My Other Favorites of 2008 Recaps:

  • Fave Concerts of ‘08 are recapped *HERE*

Favorite EPs of 2008 (coincidentally all indie artists)
1 Ellery You Did Everything Righthttp://www.ellerymusic.com/
2 Estradasphere The Pegasus Vaulthttp://www.estradasphere.com/
3 Glen Phillips Secrets of the New Explorershttp://www.glenphillips.com/
4 Kim Taylor The Greatest Storyhttp://www.kim-taylor.net/
5 Wussy Rigor Mortishttp://www.wussymusic.com/

Favorite Vinyl of 2008
1 Holy Fuck Lovely Allen 19″ single (7″+12″) – http://www.holyfuckmusic.com/
2 God of Shamisen The Science Fiction of Ray Bradbury Attack! 7″ single – http://www.godofshamisen.com/
3 Puscifer Dozo 7″ single – http://www.puscifer.com/
4 David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion) Jingle Bells / All I Want for Christmas (Christmas 7″) – http://www.davidbazan.com/
5 Puscifer Queen B 7″ single

Favorite Live Albums of 2008
1 Dave Douglas & Keystone Live at the Jazz Standard, April 2008http://www.greenleafmusic.com/ (this was 4 nights, 2 sets each night, 8 hours of music released as “instant live” within 24 hours of each performance… and fantastic)
2 Porcupine Tree We Lost the Skyline EPhttp://www.porcupinetree.com/
3 David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd) Live in Gdańskhttp://www.davidgilmour.com/
4 Ani DiFranco Hamburg Germany, 10.18.07http://www.righteousbabe.com/
5 Tori Amos Live at Montreux 1991 & 1992http://www.toriamos.com/


Favorite Comedy Albums of 2008
1 Flight of the Conchords Flight of the Conchords
2 George Carlin It’s Bad For Ya
3 Mitch Hedberg Do You Believe in Gosh?


Favorite Reissues in 2008
1 Jurassic 5Jurassic 5 11th Anniversary
2 John Zorn, Bill Frisell & George Lewis News for Lulu
3 John Coltrane The Impulse Albums, Vol 2 (including John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Impressions, Live at Birdland, Crescent, and A Love Supreme)
4 Ahleuchatistas The Same and the Other
5 Beck Odelay (deluxe edition)


Favorite Debut of 2008
God of Shamisen‘s Dragon String Attack! -and- Ashes Divide‘s Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright

Favorite Internet Only Releases in 2008
Glen Phillips had his hand in both of them… and they’re both free
PloverPlover -and- RemoteTreeChildrenVeteran of the Loudness Wars

Favorite Internet Leaks in 2008
Ben FoldsWay to Normal (fake version of the album leaked by Ben himself) -and-
Sufjan StevensSongs for Christmas, Vol VIII: Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage (he made it for family & friends… luckily one of those also let it loose for the rest of us)

Favorite Artwork in 2008
NINGhosts I-IV each song in the download version had it’s own unique artwork attached to it.  Whether studio or nature or electronic, it worked well with this release.

Favorite Packaging / Design in 2008

  • Sigur RósMeð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (deluxe edition)
    Steven Wilson Insurgentes (deluxe edition) – Both Sigur Rós and Steven Wilson came out with lush coffee table-sized books that housed the music. Call it an incentive to somewhat combat the illegal downloaders.  I call it great art.
  • Ani DiFranco Red Letter Year – Always a packaging visionary, this one was more subtle than recent efforts… the glow in the dark moon was a nice touch.
  • Metallica Death Magnetic – Not necessarily breaking new ground musically, their packaging for the return to form metal album evokes digging through 6 feet of fresh dirt to see if Lars Ulrich’s drumming sounds better than beating on a metal folding chair.  Thankfully it does… this time.
  • Secret Chiefs 3 plays John Zorn‘s Masada Book Two: Xaphan – I love what Chippy does for Tzadik Records.  The Masada Book Two series artwork and die-cut Star of David with offset colors that poke through is some of her best work.

Favorite “Local” Album of 2008
OK, they’re from Cincinnati and Portland (respectively)… but local enough for me… I’ve got my ears in two locales (the Cincinnati/Dayton scene will probably always have a shot at winning in this category).
Noctaluca‘s Still the Wicked Rest -and- Talkdemonic‘s Eyes at Half Mast

Favorite Soundtrack or Score
Joss Whedon‘s Dr Horrible’s Sing-along Blog -and- Mike Patton‘s A Perfect Place

Favorite Concept Album
Noctaluca‘s Still the Wicked Rest -and- Zakarya‘s The True Story Concerning Martin Behaim

That’s all for now… more coming in the next week…

~Dan – np: CelldwellerSoundtrack for the Voices in My Head

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