Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Kingfisher Call Me - THE RUBY SUNS - from the album Christopher
The Ruby Suns combine psychedelic indie pop with world music influences, drawing inspiration from the travels of the group's only permanent member, Ryan McPhun.
Although born and raised in California, McPhun's thirst for adventure eventually drew him halfway across the globe, where he ventured into Africa and Thailand before settling in New Zealand. Auckland's music scene was rich, and the multi-instrumentalist spent time in various pop groups (the Tokey Tones, the Reduction Agents, and the Brunettes) while fronting his own act, Ryan McPhun & the Ruby Suns. After releasing a self-titled debut under that moniker, the band shortened its name to the Ruby Suns
The Queen Bee Is Dead - THE GREEN PAJAMAS - from the album Death By Misadventure
The neo-psychedelic band the Green Pajamas were founded in Seattle in 1984 by Jeff Kelly and Joe Ross. A lifelong music fan, Kelly began composing his first songs at the age of 11, forming a group called the Electric Garbage Cans; after his parents purchased him a reel-to-reel tape recorder, he spent his teenage years compiling literally hundreds of cassettes of original material.
After graduating college, Kelly briefly joined a new wave band dubbed the Larch; he met Ross at a party soon after, and formed the Green Pajamas, informed by their mutual love of the Beatles and inspired by the Los Angeles "paisley underground" community.
This is from their ... wait for it .... thirtieth album. Not heard them all ... not heard any others, actually ... but if they are half as good as this one, they'll by just damn fine!
The English Blues - MATTHEW EDWARDS & THE UNFORTUNATES - from the album The Fates
Now, I've brought you some fairly obscure music in the past, and several that were not available on either iTunes nor Amazon, but few have been as good as this album.
Matthew is no stranger to the music scene, having relocated from the UK to San Francsisco. Formerly with a band called The Music Lovers, he put together The Unfortunates and recorded this album, which he describes thus:
The Fates is post-divorce, post-car crash and post-dreams: A love song to the listless. A black-humored chronicle of a place and a time not so long ago in my past. Of nights spent walking and drinking alone
Whatver! ... its a pretty ace album!