SXSW Song Of The Day: Cut Worms – Till Tomorrow Goes Away

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In his guise as Cut Worms, Brooklyn’s Max Clarke has shown that he knows his way around a catchy tune. “Till Tomorrow Goes Away” is one such tune – a seriously Harry Nilsson-esque tune that inspires toe-tapping and head-bopping, at least in this writer.

Along with his official and unofficial appearances in Austin during SXSW, Clarke will also be taking Cut Worms out to Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas Ranch as one of the acts at this year’s Luck Reunion, the side festival outside of Austin that has occurred concurrently with SouthBy for the last few years (and which just announced it’s lineup today).

Cut Worms plays Barracuda on Thursday, March 15.

SXSW Song of the Day: Silibrina, Ponteado

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I have always found instrumental music much more cerebral than lyrical pieces. Having something said aloud appears to drain most of the energy, fun, and originality from it. It’s like having David Attenborough detail, in the Queen’s English, how a sensible fellow should emote as penguins take the plunge down a 50 ft cliff amidst titanic waves to begin a week-long journey in order to provide for the next generation. And some of them don’t make it. How is one supposed to scavenge that second-hand emotion and still stand tall as a human being? Has that merry-morning slammed the door on you?

Jolly good. Here’s some up-beat jazz to parley with the newly settled gloom. As usual, my familiarity with jazz in particular is rather limited to superficial bouts. I seem to write of this every time. Yet it has never stopped me from following that boiler-plate with some protracted analysis using said facile expertise.

Silibrina is a septet from Brazil, fronted by Gabriel Nóbrega, who arrange/compose most of the numbers on their new album O Raio. “Ponteado” is one of them. The theme running through the whole set is at once exciting, catchy, and familiar. I find it hard not to quantum-entangle this track with sunny beaches (“entangle with boggy quagmires” would technically be more accurate if you think about it, but those are scientific facts that we don’t have time for). Those of you better educated might immediately recognize it as a part of some standard – but it’s eluding my identification. Regardless, it’s a center point worth revisiting throughout the 5 minutes, though still a bit on the brash side for me. This is less a track for quiet contemplation, more something that I would use at Halcyon to tune out the common masses as they drink their cafe latte, too poor to spare a thought for those penguins. Heartless bastards.

Concert Review: Ezra Mae and the Gypsy Moon, Chappo, February 9, DC9

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Walking into DC9 on Friday night was like walking into a time portal where all the best parts of the ’70s collected and condensed into the cozy little second story stage for one last time. Gracing the stage was Ezra Mae and the Gypsy Moon, a local psych rock outfit who brought their potent mix of indie-psych-blues to fill the small venue. An auditory and visual delight, lead singer Sandy crooned in her smoky tenor and coaxed matching sultry sounds from her guitar, while wearing the most amazing blue upholstery paisley dress over velvet tights. Her right hand woman also wore a matching red upholstery dress with puffy sleeves and red tights – the visual was awesome and the music was even better. Moving their way through a cover of James Browns’ “It’s a Man’s Man’s World”, and their originals “Summer Skies”, “Bad Company”, and finishing with “Hitchhikers by the Sea” the foursome blew the crowd away with their mix of sultry and smokey mixed with a joyfulness and stage presence that made for great viewing and dancing. Five stars.

And now we take a quick break from the music to report the best sights seen during the intermission. A man, who I really want to be my best friend now, pulled out his kindle and started reading (what better way to use a fifteen minute break than to catch up on your book? I was so jealous I hadn’t brought mine too.) And another guy had a bottle drop from his back pocket. I turned around thinking that he had maybe snuck some booze into the show. Nope! He’d brought his own bottle of bbq sauce. I felt like maybe he knew something I didn’t about the venue. Or life in general.

And now back to the music! Chappo took to the stage. And continuing with our theme of amazing ’70s style, lead singer Alex Chappo was sporting another upholstery item in a floral yellow blazer that complimented his flowing blond curls perfectly. Swinging and swaggering his way around the stage, he called out to the audience with a sense of joy, and not just a little bit of mischief, “Come a little closer, what’re we getting ourselves into tonight??” And looking like he might not have been to sure himself what he was getting us all into, finishing it of with a “whoo!” and a wink. He looked honestly delighted. Playing songs from their new album “DO IT” coming out in late February, the group continued the psych-rock vibe that started the night. Chappo explained to the crowd, “the new album’s called DO IT because we just want you to do it! You decide what it is! Ball’s in your court!” My DO IT is going to be seeing both of these bands again.

SXSW Song of the Day: Shopping – The Hype

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Some bands just don’t want to be found on the internet. I suspect Shopping is one of them. Who else would name themselves Shopping? Nevertheless, through the power of PR emails, I happened upon the wildly energetic track “The Hype.” Sounding like an ’80s tiki bar party, this three piece band has been gaining some hype in the old land on the other shores of the Atlantic and will be playing the ever popular British Music Embassy at SXSW on Thursday March 15th at Latitude 30. I’ve been to that venue so many times the bouncer recognizes me.

Anyways, I honestly can’t find more information about this and I can’t really google them so I leave you with this.