In a recent email, Lee said he first started writing brassy dramatic single "Octopoda" in 2009 after the death of Masterati's Jerry Fuchs, and messed with it for a few years before bringing it to the band, "around the time we were doing the Sabbath record, which is pretty prevalent with the ending that Nowicki wrote. We debuted this at SxSW in 2010 to about a dozen people (half WMNF'ers) and this version features the new lineup with Alex on trombone and our engineer/producer Owen Meats on güiro."
Album art for "Octopada" above by Kelley Barry. Listen to the single after the jump and find out how you can help PNL speed up the recording process for album No. 2...
So, it's with a heavy heart and lingering feelings of futility (and pissed-off frustration) that I say goodbye to Ryan Fujiki-Hastings, 34, drummer for Candy Bars, a Tampa band on the New Granada label (contemporaries of Sleepy Vikings, Rec Center) and before that Michael Furey, his older brother, Shawn's band.
Posted by friend and label boss Keith Ulrey: "We are saddened today to report that last night we lost a good friend and member of the New Granada family. Ryan Hastings was unfortunately killed in a motorcycle accident in Ybor City. Some of you may know Ryan from the band Candy Bars, we knew him as a friend. Please take some time today to remember Ryan's wife, child & family (musical & otherwise). We also ask that you please respect their privacy (ie. FB comments, messages, etc on their respective pages), in the meantime, while they adjust to this tragic news. We will report more as we know more."
Now, we present Florida Night Heat. The three-piece instrumental outfit (guitarist Jensen Kistler, bassist Andre Jones and drummer Chris Wood) has grown by leaps and bounds in the three years since they first got together and started jamming their loose, groove-oriented Southern grimy stoner rock. As newbie musicians Jones and Wood learned better command of their respective instruments, Kistler expanded on his fret maneuvers and pedal technique, the trio has gotten progressively tighter, incorporating more measured arrangements and drawing on electro, funk, psychedelic and spaghetti western sonic flavors.
The trio are currently putting the finishing touches on their four-song Omegas EP; check out them performing "Ice Station Larc" after the jump.
The band began as the solo project of singer-songwriter Mark Etherington (who also drums in instrumental post rock outfit set and setting), and eventually evolved into a band with musician couple Jaqueline Titus (keys, vocals) and Doug Gialluca (bass), and drummer Todd C. Smith. They exhibit some pastoral qualities reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, CSNY and My Morning Jacket, their brand of alt folk rock balancing pretty subdued melodies with reverb and raw intensity, Etherington's ethereal vocal calls complemented by Titus' dulcet-haunting harmonies and keyboard arrangements. Read more about the band in Andrew Silverstein's story presented as part of the festival-themed Music Issue, out July 26. For now, check out the RedFeather Antiwarpt III Must-See Video after the jump.
The series kicked off last week with Jensen Serf Co.. The next band to get the CL Antiwarpt Must-See Video Spotlight is Permanent Makeup, their sound a churning a mix of dark-tinged late'70s/early '80s-styled post-punk and churning, dissonant avant rock. For their Ryan Zarra-produced Antiwarpt video spotlight, Julie G. interviewed the band right here in the CL Space [still above], where they also performed a few tracks. Check out the vid after the jump.