We like shorts because we have great legs
And we can’t do splits in our pants
We like shorts because it gets too hot
And we can’t express ourselves
Forget all this “May the 4th be with you” stuff. Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, and to celebrate, here’s a song about shorts called “No Me Gustan Pantalones” written by students at Grizzell Middle School and performed by James Allison’s Blastronauts.
The partnership is a result of the Dick & Jane Project, which I wrote about in The Other Paper recently. This track comes from the new CD Momentum, on which Grizzell students also partner with Columbus musicians Glenn Davis, Andrew Graham, Joseph Anthony Camerlengo and others.
Not really sure of the genesis of this show but it could be the end of a weeklong celebration for The George Elliot Underground who released a new EP, Summer of Weird, earlier this week and played multiple shows in the last week or so with bands such as American Bang and The Wildbirds.
For the price (FREE … download NOW), Summer of Weird, recorded at Electraplay Studio by James Allison (Blastronauts) and Tony Stewart, is worthy of space on the iPod. At times, Summer of Weird recalls the lower NYC lower East Side hipster rock of The Strokes (“I.N.K.”), at other times there’s a retro Detroit-style garage rock sound (“Attack of the Lightening Bird Pt. 11″). My favorite, though, is the 5-minute jam “January One”, heavy with a mid-70’s Southern Rock swagger (if all the songs sounded like this, I’d love to see G.E.U. open a Skynryd/Govt Mule/Black Crowes triple bill).
Oh hey, remember this thingie? I know, it’s been a minute. Don’t wanna hear it. I bet you can only imagine that a ton of cool shit has happened since we last got up. For example, a weekend camping excursion with a bunch of dudes, guns and fireworks(in the streets) O.K. enough will the small talk. Oh man where do I even start, the older I get the less I remember.
In this issue of “How long is Robert Duffy gonna keep letting that jackass write this crap”, I saw some sicccckkkk psych rock via Subarachnoid Space, some weirdo noise band in luchador masks, some weirdo dude in a giant hamster ball, some weirdo dude hula hooping for a really long time and I went to that thingie down town that a bunch of bands played at.
If you’re not headed down to Nelsonville for Yo La Tengo on Thursday night, you’d do well to check out Blastronauts‘ release show at Oldfield’s on High, a venue that’s had some better shows recently thanks to Blastronauts main man James Allison, who started booking a Thursday night lineup under the name Outer Sounds (and now occasionally records some of those bands and posts songs to stream at the Outer Sounds website).
The new EP, Galileo, is the first in a series of four mini-albums about astronomers. So there’s obviously some spacey stuff on there, but as you’ll hear in the above mp3 of “Even the Score,” everything is grounded with some love for a good hook. …Also, that album cover up there is 3D when viewed with the appropriate anaglyph eyewear, and Thursday night Oldfield’s will boast a 3D photography exhibition.
Also on the bill:
– The Rosewood Thieves, from NYC, who recently released their own EP called Heartaches By The Pound: The Rosewood Thieves Sing Solomon Burke. Burke actually wrote the liner notes for the project, going so far as to say, “I thought the Rolling Stones did me a favor but you have taken it to another level.” Judge for yourself with this mp3 from the EP:
Columbus’ Blastronauts have been keeping busy. Besides all of the shows and recordings surrounding their own band, they’ve also been hosting a lot of events around town under the Outer Sounds name. To expand their small empire, they’ve partnered with EP Studios to record bands and release recordings on their new website.
Couch Forts have been with the outer sounds since the beginning, being once of the first bands we had play at the concert series when we started up last year. Since then they have become a mainstay on the Columbus music scene and were recognized as one of Columbus Alive’s band’s to watch in January, 2009. The three man band, consisting of Owen Kelley on guitar, vocals and stomping duties, Matt Owen on fiddle, and Tyler Evans on Banjo, create a very industrial take on folk music that manages to meet somewhere in between Sufjan Stevens and The Books.