CANTALOUPER – REPRODUCTION
CANTALOUPER – REPRODUCTION
From the new record, Reproduction out May 8th
Release show in Columbia, MO at Cafe Berlin – May 8th
When: Fri., April 24, 9:30 p.m.
I have a short list of fun and fulfilling records I have been listening to this past year. There are many more notable mentions, but we don’t have all the time in the world do we?
David Bazan’s Monthly: Volume 1 release is really great and continues to show his versatility as time goes on. If you’re looking for Pedro the Lion lyrics with Headphones beats, look no further.
Then you have Weezer’s Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Fun record, Fun guys. 1990’s, here we come.
68’s In Humor and Sadness returns Josh Scogin, from Norma Jean and The Chariot, to rock n roll. If you loved hardcore or loud rock n roll this is the record for you.
The Raw Boys self titled release is fun and energetic. Reminds me of Clutch and late 70s noise bands. Check it out here. http://therawboys.bandcamp.com/
Spoken Nerd’s WE ARE PROBABLY GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD AFTER ALL is probably the best release I’ve heard this year. Nathan Conrad’s style has evolved from hip hop to a much broader mix of styles ranging from pop to shoegaze. So much fun; so little time.
Looking for Straight Hip Hop. Look no further than kidDEAD’s Rap and Destroy. Lyrics like, “It keeps the peace, but it keeps me beat,” are fun and reminiscent of past times.
2014 was busy for legend Ryan Adams who had multiple releases, and it was all great! He put out a self titled record and an EP that is sure to please.
Promos released as well:
I am really excited about Cantalouper’s record coming soon as well.
Til next time,
I’ve always loved The Simpsons. When I was just a kid I used to see them on the Tracy Ullman show and I just couldn’t get enough of them. One of my favorite episodes is one called ‘When Flanders failed’, which aired on the third season. On this episode Ned Flanders quits his day job and opens a store called The Leftorium, a store that caters to the left handed populous. Things don’t go so well for Ned in this new endeavor and Homer seems to delight in his neighbor’s failure until he sees that the store is going out of business and has a change of heart. Homer then calls everyone he knows, spreading the word about the store and consequently saves the day. This episode demonstrates a fine point of capitalism as the community comes together and supports a local citizen’s business above and beyond as he faces trial. I recently faced an interesting situation and experienced one of those beautiful embraces of capitalism.
Back in 2012 I set out to do a tour with one of my favorite bands, Children of Spy. At the time I didn’t know the frontman, Nicholas Naioti very well but I always caught a pretty good vibe from him. When we were planning the tour Nicholas said something to me that I didn’t really take very seriously at the time but will now stick with me for the rest of my life. He said, “Nathan, I want this tour to be the best time of our lives. I mean it. I don’t want just a great tour. I seriously want us to look back on this and remember at as possibly the best time of our lives”. The tour went above and beyond my expectations as I had a real blast on the road with 3 of my new best friends. We forged a real bond and friendship that year and I am proud to know Nicholas and everyone involved with House Pride Records. Soon after the tour Nicholas moved away and ended up in Fairfield, Iowa where he opened his own restaurant and venue. Being the revolutionary that he is, Nicholas started a music festival called Gathering of the Dudes. Last year it was in Fairfield and this year it will be on the outskirts of Columbia, MO at THE DOME. The festival is full of bands that have created a unique bond of friendship that bless this festival as not only an expression of art but a reunion of sorts.
IL: Who is your favorite big bearded fat rapper from Nashville, TN?
CR: c’mon man – don’t call KidDead fat or bearded
IL: I’ve been listening to a lot of Beach Boys lately on my drives down to our local lake. I notice some similarities in your music. Would you say that you were a big influence on them? You seem to shout out Brian Wilson in some of your work. Are you dissing him for copying you?
CR: Well we used to do LSD with Charles Manson, then surf with Dennis. I was in tip top shape back in the 60s. Brian hired me as his life coach. Some say that I wrote Heroes and Villains back then. Others say Brian Wilson invented hip hop. I’m not saying he’s a biter or nothing but…..
CR: That’s the ultimate question huh? It’s a tough one. My instinct is to say no, But a million dollars is probably worth 48 hours of vomiting and diarrhea.
IL: Do you get your haircut at Supercuts?
CR: I used to! I always got the same shitty haircut at super cuts which accentuated my egg head. now I go to the Puerto Rican spot – Rays in east haven. I like hearing them talk emotionally about Boricua rap & they shave you with straight razor.
IL: Are you excited about any summer blockbusters?
CR: I’ve wanted to see XMen but nobody wants to go with me. I think it’s already gone from the theaters now.
IL: When we were on that WORLD TOUR we went to see Pain and Gain. What a great film, do you now own the DVD?
CR: It won the Oscar for best director & best supporting actor (the rock) that year. Yes I remember it well. Unfortunately I only own the BLU RAY MUFUCKA!
CR: Walt Jr. – I’m always ready to cry
IL: Remember that time that I came to visit you and you were sick and I drank that Jalapeno Margarita after you?
CR: Was that in Waterbury? Yeah. shouts to the dirty water!
IL: How long were you sick after that?
CR: If i recall – It was a 24 hour burst of pure fire from the ol culo & mouth. Spitting that hot lava. Pretty brutal.
IL: Here’s a series of one liners:
IL: Country or Western?
IL: Vomiting or Diarrhea?
CR: A lot of people make the mistake and call it that. It’s actually “they hate Francisco false”. My middle name is Francisco and its basically a character based on who I was at that time. Loosely.
IL: If you were to die tonight what would you leave your friends here at Invisible Library in your will?
CR: To my friends at Invisible Library – I leave you a vile of my tears, my favorite espresso cup from France & 2 small biscotti.
If you have ever flirted with Christian Influenced music you have probably heard of Cornerstone. Cornerstone was a Carnival of much of what is right in Christian Pop Culture. I’ve had the opportunity of going 3 times and I always had a blast. From coffee shop style stages to an amazing lake to swim in this festival provided a real good time for the Church at large to come and have a real deal hoe-down. 2012 was a sad year for many of us as the festival came to end.
In 2012 we were invited to play a Cornerstone pre-party with a lot our friends. It was a hog roast in ‘Mama Linda’s’ back yard. Imagine about 200 people eating barbecue and watching bands like The Skies Revolt, Children of Spy, Listener, Hushpad, Spoken Nerd, The Homeless Gospel Choir and many more!!! It was a pretty amazing experience to say the least. Mama Linda said that she was going to continue with the hog roast even if there wasn’t a Cornerstone in 2013. She did!!!