Monday, October 30, 2006

Day Of The Dead - Duprat Etc

Dark Days, White Lines

Honeycut - Dark Days, White Lines Instrumental

This is the name of a new instrumental track I thought I'd share from Honeycut...

These guys are in New York to hob nob at CMJ this week, and have a showcase the day after Halloween at the KCRW party at 168 Delancey at 10pm...check em out if ya gota few minutes to kill...

They are a relatively new band that I've posted a track from previously. The new album is out on Quanuum called The Day I Turned To Glass and live they offer a crisp , funky and frisky lil' sound. Last week I happenend to stumble in and catch a live set by 'em the other night at The Rickshaw Stop here in Frisco, the Disco town. I ordered up a gin drink by the name of "Fancy Lad" got in the mood, and moved through the crowd towards the stage...

The band was pretty decent live, which should be hard for me to admit considering they ain't even got a guitarist & one of the guys just sorta taps at a drum pad with his fingers like he's typing a college essay.

However despite this handi-capable electronic drum thing going on, and no guitar solos to blister my aged hearing...it wasn't that bad. They are "So Fresh & so Clean" with that club's generally good soundman helping keep it so...

The keyboardist is the main musical genius, and was avoiding clickhes, and even grinding a bit of that durrrrty electronic organ sound to keep the groove going down & back around. The singer Bart is a local rock vet with mic technique that's not for the weak & knows how to work a room. He climbs the monitors at the right moments & stays interested in a sorta non-threatening sassy school boy way. The boy be clowning, preening, posing like a nine year old orphan for middle class couples during open house at the state run orphanage...

of course, forgot my camera...so no goofy pics of Bart's sleeveless turtleneck ensemble.


They threw in a lil harmonica flavored funky closing 60's jam invoking the audience to "impeach the president", and i coulda swore i saw the ghost of Deep Throat dancing in the rafters...

I mean just the thought of "impeaching" is an easy crowd pleaser sentiment at least out here on the left coast...but as impractical as living in yer usual stacked to the gills fire zone/earthquake/landslide landia eco-disaster zona rosa as we do...



their latest single "Shadows" seemingly went over the best, as people seemed to recognize it, or at least it's heavy groove thang...

here's the hard to find instrumental ...

Honeycut Shadows Instrumental

& at least most in the Weds nite hizzo were paying attention,

That's not to say everyone loved em, some guys tended to stay in the back and chat each other up reassuringly, while the hipster ladies gathered round to dance by the stage. Maybe that's just cuz the dudes can't compete with the charismatic all too cute front man thing going on...oh and not too mention the guy can sing in that little high voice like Prince too. Nothing likely ruins a rocker dude's evening faster than watching some other dude in a sleeveless vest thang yodeling his heart out to the chickadees in a fey way.

Damn Them Lady Killers!!!


I'd tell all you tv talent scouts get 'em on a chat show... the guy's got late night lens appeal...

they're ripe for that tepid talkshow closing gig...



almost like two seperate events going down...

not sure if world's totally ready for a band with a guy that just stands there & taps electric pads...but hey... easy to clean up and pack I suppose...




I read today on Pitchfork that experimental Brazilian Tropicalia composer, Rogério Duprat (1932-2006) died last week after a battle with cancer at age 74. Duprat, who had trained under Karlheinz Stockhausen in Germany (where he was even a classmate with a young pre-Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa), was sometimes referred to as "the Brazilian George Martin" for his 60's production work and arrrangements with Os Mutantes. He continued working as a musician in Brazil, scoring dozens of films & television programmes throughout his career before mostly retiring in the 1980's...

Duprat's involvement as a mentor to Os Mutantes came after a period of political tumult and an ugly mid 60's military coup in Brazil. The worldly Duprat had aligned himself artistically with a number of human rights movements opposed to the dictatorship. Duprat having studied pop & classical music in Europe, was up to date on the recording technologies of the times, all this made him an essential member of the Tropicalia movement. By 1968, he eventually hooked up with other musicians like Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Os Mutantes (essentially discovered by Duprat), as well as Gal Costa, Torquato Neto, Tom Zé, Jorge Ben and Nara Leão--creating the musical masterpiece "Tropicália: Ou Panis et Circencis".

His 1968 solo album, which showed a strange & eclectic psychedelic pop sensibility featured tracks like Judy In Disguise ( with glasses) from John Fred & His Playboy Band, as well composisitions from Gilberto Gil & Caetano Veloso. Os Mutantes joined in on the backing of four songs including this interpretation of a fave Beatles tune of the era and a Cowsills tune. The album is still available as a CD from the UK's eclectic Cherry Red label, who sold me some of my first UK punk LPs back in the day.



Rogerio Duprat - Lady Madonna

Here's two more Duprat tracks from his more sophisticated instrumental thematic arranging side taken from a more formal sorta collection called "Os Maestros Premiados"...

the second is a Gilbert Gil composistion...

Rogério Duprat -Maria, Carnavhal E Cinzes

Rogério Duprat - Domingo No Parque

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