Here’s what you missed at last night’s Listening Room with Lobo Marino and Zac Hryciak and the Jungle Beat.
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Lobo Marino‘s newest album “Kite Festival,” which was recorded in front of a live studio audience in Richmond last month, will be packaged and ready to go with a free CD release show at Gallery 5 on Thursday, July 19, which will be their last Richmond show until December. Antlers and Dave Watkins will also be joining them. The next day will begin Lobo Marino’s long tour back to the West Coast.
If you’ve ever had the chance to see Dave Watkins perform, then you know that it’s an experience that’s unlike anything else you’ve experienced. His music is a collection of psychedelic imagery mixed with a sensory overload of instrumental music. Words can’t do it justice. It’s something that needs to be experienced. Trust me on this one.
Dave Watkins – Whiskey Butter Sauce
When we last left Lobo Marino, they were hot off the success of “Keep Your Head Up” and now, the group is saying “so long” to RVA to explore more of the world, but before they say bon voyage, they have one more gift to share.
Their newest release, “The Reincarnation EP,” is actually two longer tracks that intertwines instrumental segments and vocal harmonies. It’s a nice 14-minute sessions as Lobo Marino plays the only way they know how – amazingly.
Lobo Marino plans to say goodbye with a farewell / CD release show tonight at Sprout. You can listen and buy The Reincarnation EP here. After the show, they go on tour for two months and Jameson and Laney will be exploring the west coast for a while.
Come and say goodbye to an amazing band as they head out for more adventure.
This Saturday in Monroe Park, All The Saints Theater Company will present Party In The Park, an event to support the Monroe Park Campaign to celebrate the park’s many years of existence as well as its 1000th petition signature to keep the park open during renovations.
There will be tons of live music- 3 separate stages around the park as well as several “mobile” stages, a parade from All the Saints and No BS! Brass Band, face painting, plenty of hot, yummy food and beverages from local restaurants, a market offering tons of free clothing, toys and books and definitely a surprise or two. So, make sure to come out and support the Monroe Park Campaign as well as spend a nice afternoon in the park.
Local bands include:
No BS! Brass Band
Pedals On Our Pirate Ships
Better Not Makeouts
Cmilk and Reeverb Collective
Just Plain Sounds Hip Hop Collective
2010 may be over, but things are already moving along in the Richmond music scene. Here are a bunch of artsits and bands who I expect to see big things from in 2011
THE LOW BRANCHES
The soft, hushed sounds of the Low Branches were always welcome music to my ears. And next year, they will be releasing their first ever album “Sinking, Rising” (Preview the intro track here) in January and I know people will start noticing this amazing group.
The Low Branches – Louisville Lake
Radioblitz, also known as simply Radio B, is a nice, refreshing look at urban hip-hop. Their latest album “Exceeding Expectations” features a smorgasboard oh hip-hop talent all on one collection. You can download the entire album for free here. “My Moment” is extremely catching and I keep finding an excuse to listen to it. Expect to hear more from these guys in the new year.
Radio B – My Moment
I saw No Dice briefly perform at a Canal Club show earlier this year and I knew there was something I liked about them. Slowly they’ve been playing more shows and next year, the group will be working on a new album with producer Rich Stine (who was responible for amazing releases from Against Grace, Long Arms and The Greater The Risk just in the past year). I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s next for this group.
No Dice – Going Home
Although Fuzzy Baby has been playing a lot of shows this year, they do not have any releases yet. That’s something they will be working on in 2011 and I will definitely make sure to get a copy. Hopefully they will put some of the ridiculously awesome banter from their shows on it. There’s so much talent here and the rest of Richmond (and beyond) need to hear it.
Fuzzy Baby – Sigh
Stephen Frost recently moved back to Richmond after writing music for theater and is currently breaking back into the music scene. He recently formed the Led Zeppelin tribute band Led Zepplica and his cover of The Naked and Famous’ “Young Blood” was catchy as hell. He’s working on new material and it will be interesting to see what develops.
Stephen Frost – Young Blood
After hearing the chaotic, yet harmonious sounds of Lobo Marino at various times throughout the year, I know that they will be doing something amazing in the new year. They plan on recording a new album and if it involves accordions and flying animals, I’m there.
Lobo Marino – Animal Hands
Richmond had so many amazing albums come out this year, there was no way I could lump them in with national releases and narrow them down to 10. So I made a completely separate list. And it was still hard to do. Here are the best albums Richmond musicians had to offer for 2010.
LONG ARMS – TO HOLD YOU
If there was one Richmond album that I listened to over and over again, it was Long Arms. These guys know how to make a rock song that leave you begging for more. Hands down, my favorite Richmond album.
Long Arms – Downtown Dreams
JONATHAN VASSAR & THE SPECKLED BIRD – SIGNS & WONDERS
Always a favorite of mine, I knew folk artists Jonathan Vassar & the Speckled Bird would be on this list. And after hearing it, I’m reminded why. The group spent over a year putting this thing together and built on what they do so well and make it even better to create a stand out album.
Jonathan Vassar & the Speckled Bird – Turn To Face The Wind
NICK COWARD & THE LAST BATTLE – KINGS
Nick Coward and the Last Battle hadn’t been heard from in a good while and then out of the blue, they release “Kings,” a soothing-folk-rock-meets-dramatic-art kind of album. I listened to this and was so caught up in it that I had it on repeat without realizing it. Perfect album for a dreary day.
Nick Coward & the Last Battle – Funeral
SAMSON TRINH & THE UPPER EAST SIDE BIG BAND – THE ABBEY ROAD PROJECT
Everyone seems to think they can cover Beatles songs. However, Samson Trinh & the Upper East Side Big Band do it in a way that makes it fresh and exciting. Trinh and the 19-plus members of the Big Band covered the Beatles’ classic in its entirely, reconfigured in their big band sound. With all the talent put into something like this, I won’t have to worry about these Beatles songs.
Samson Trinh & the Upper East Side Big Band – Come Together
AGAINST GRACE – SHOUT IT OUT
The boys in Against Grace (finally) released some new material this year and “Shout It Out” quickly became a constant listen. They expanded their punk style with synth and well-thought-out melodies. And recording with hip-hop act Doethepaperboy for the single “Monday” (awesome song, released separately) brought a new crowd to their shows. Listen to these guys.
Against Grace – The Music’s Back
Jonathan Vassar and David Shultz teamed up to create some music and came up with something different altogether. When you put music powerhouses together on a project like this, you’re going to get gold. This album is one track after another of well-crafted folk songs that will leave you warm on a cold winter’s night.
Ophelia – Hunter’s Bow
SAFETY WORD ORANGE – ON YOUR MARK, GET SET
The pop punk of Safety Word Orange was a welcome surprise this year and I found myself listening to their release “On Your Mark, Get Set” constantly over the past few months. I’m eager to see what else these guys have up their sleeves.
Safety Word Orange – Fiending
HORSEHEAD – BEFORE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS
I had heard Horsehead for such a long time before giving them the chance they deserved. Then I heard “Before the Bright Lights” and smacked myself for not listening to them sooner. This album is a fun collection of tracks I want to keep listening to.
Horsehead – Blood From a Stone
LYDIA OOGHE – LOVE THAT GLOW
Lydia Ooghe has the voice of an angel and sings about pina coladas, small yellow birds and ice cream. “Love That Glow” features her band Lux Vacancy and it shows off her endearing qualities and immense talent.
Lydia Ooghe – Girlfriend
DAVID KARSTEN DANIELS & FIGHT THE BIG BULL – I MEAN TO LIVE HERE STILL
Fight the Big Bull is certainly a jazz favorite. But they took it to another level when they teamed up with San Francisco-based artist David Karsten Daniels and the music of both parties fuses together seamlessly but stands apart from each artists’ works. More collaborations should be like this.
David Karsten Daniels & Fight the Big Bull – The Funeral Bell
ALBUMS ALSO WORTH CHECKING OUT
These were too good not to mention.
Lobo Marino – Keep Your Head Up
Alex Enggist – Carpetbagger’s Cabaret
Prabir/Goldrush – An Introduction to Prabir/Goldrush
No BS Brass Band – No BS!!
Andy Moore – 5 in Common
Doethepaperboy – Doe Nation
The Greater The Risk
The Listening Room is tonight.
This music series is possibly the best thing ever.
This is what you’ll be hearing.
Fuzzy Baby – Sigh
Lobo Marino – Pope’s Nose
Josh Quarles – The Sky and Country
Watch this hilarious video with all the performers.
On Friday, Nov. 19, many in the Richmond music community will gather at Sprout to remember their friend Nathan Joyce.
For those unfamiliar, Nathan was a very talented musician who was very involved in the Richmond music scene. You couldn’t go far without hearing about him. Sadly, Nathan recently passed away from cancer and the music community, who were all friends with him, were left reeling.
The free show at Sprout will celebrate Nathan’s life and will feature short films by Dave Odell, starring Nathan as well as half sets by Ophelia, Lobo Marino, Now Sleepyhead, Shannon Cleary and Double Rainbow. At the last show for Nathan, everyone had a story to share before performing. They were all funny stories about how Nathan impacted their lives. You could that he was loved by many. It almost brought a tear to my eye.
I never knew Nathan Joyce. Honestly, I didn’t even know who he was. I really wish I did. Not only was his music amazing to listen to, but hearing all the stories made me see what a funny, kind, talented individual he was. Richmond was lucky to have someone like that.
Watch a video of Wil Loyal, Jonathan Vassar and Anousheh Khalili perform “Battle Hymn of the Commonwealth” at the last benefit for Nathan.