Sunday, June 25, 2006

Don't throw Eggs

Eggstock came and went yesterday. It was a blast. Black Carrot, James Green (Big Eyes), George, Super Bompers Band (ex Need New Body) Volcano the Bear, Now, Nalle, and Zukanican. Their was also an exclusive screening of The Devil and Daniel Johnston. The documentary was great but I was left with mixed feelings - he seems to have taken control of things over the last couple of years, but the guy still heavily dependent on people around him. For someone who knows absolutely NOTHING about the guy, it was definitely an eye opener. The bands though; the bands were great. Speaking to Nigel (Turner) briefly yesterday, he was even was even talking about making it a weekend event next time around. Why not? It's ambitious - maybe even a red herring - but judging by the turnout today, there is definitely the interest.

Another band that played yesterday, were Dragon or Emperor. DorE are the two-piece side-project of Aaron Moore (Volcano the Bear, Songs of Norway) on Drums/vocals, and Stewart Brackley (Black Carrot, Songs of Norway) on bass guitar/vocals. They've been compared to the bastard offspring of Pere Ubu and Lightning Bolt, but you have your Krautrock and some primal Rockabilly skronk in there too - I'm talking >Howlin Wolf here people. I've seen them countless times over the past year and they've yet to disapoint. In fact, they're getting better all the time. And despite their limitation as crude, lo-fi, drum and bass duo, they have an enourmous sound that marries their intense mixture of fun and chaos; Or at least, Aaron's take on that. I hear there is a album prepped and ready, but it's yet to see the life of day - yet.

Dragon or Emperor - Baby Gravy

And now for something completely different: South Brazilian artist Flávio Basso was born in Porto Alegre City and was in a number of bands before the inception of Júpiter Maçã (Jupiter, as a homage to the planet Jupiter; and Apple, after The Beatles record company). The music itself is heavily influenced by sixties Psychedelia, Krautrock, Tropicália and Bossa Nova and seventies Moog's. But more than that, the band seemlessly reference bands as far and wide at The Kinks, Syd Barret (Pink Floyd), Os Mutantes, The Soft Machine - and of course, The Beatles. The following song is taken from their second album: a self-titled release. Alas, this is one of only and handful of tracks i've heard from various compilations.

Júpiter Maçã - Síndrome De Pânico.mp3


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