A pair of songs for your listening enjoyment:
Sean Fitzpatrick, known as “The Fitz” to friends and frenemies alike, is the director of interactive marketing for Canyon Ranch. He’s a veteran of the UA Science Center, the UA Athletics Department, AzStarnet.com and the Tucson Weekly’s parent company, Wick Communications. When he’s in musician mode, he plays guitar, harmonica and sings. He’s played with The Modeens and “Tom Walbank a few times,” and is working on getting a band together for the Great Cover-Up.
What was the first concert you attended?
It was Huey Lewis and the News at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix. I was a deprived child. Wait … actually, I was in college. I wasn’t allowed to do stuff like that in high school. Musically, I was very stunted.
What are you listening to these days?
I am addicted to RadioParadise.com, an Internet radio station. One moment, they’re playing the latest indie band; the next moment, they’re playing Miles Davis; the next, Led Zeppelin. I like musical casserole.
What was the first album you owned?
Michael Jackson, Thriller.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?
One word: Bieber
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Stevie Ray Vaughan with guest harmonica-player James Cotton.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
The Glee Karaoke app.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
“One” by U2. It’s representative of what I can only call a musical religious experience.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Johnny Cash. He showed me that country music could be contemporary and edgy,
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Wow, you’re gonna have to pull the trigger. I am going to have to go with Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon. It’s such a clichéd answer, but I can’t think of an album that’s better and more groundbreaking.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.
With no other goal but to play acoustic music that was fun to see live, Pete Bernhard and Cooper McBean dropped the punk rock.
In those first days, The Devil Makes Three was somewhat directionless, mildly reformed hellions who simply wanted to put on an energetic show. The Devil Makes Three returns to Tucson for an early show on Thursday night at Club Congress (18+, 7 p.m., with Jonny Corndawg opening).
“In a sense it happened by accident,” Bernhard says. “I was always into acoustic music and so was Cooper. We’d been in other bands and they were mostly punk bands or louder bands. When we started paying together, only real intention we had was playing acoustic music. I don’t think we knew what we wanted to sound like then, but we do now.”
Bernhard and McBean met in junior high in southern Vermont and moved out West afterwards, settling for a while in Olympia, Wash. Visiting Lucia Turino, another old Vermont friend in Santa Cruz, Calif., they found not only a new home but recruited Turino to join the band on upright bass.
It’s no surprise that the band started out with little in the way of a specific plan drew on a long string of largely bygone influences: country, blues, ragtime jazz and bluegrass, all stitched together with a strong sense of get-up-and-dance rhythm. But The Devil Makes Three plays neither strictly old-timey music nor the sort of revival folk that’s taken bands like Mumford & Sons to platinum sales.
“Even with a lot of acoustic bands out there now and the big surge of folk music, our band is unique,” Bernhard says.
If you're up for some great electro music to dance to, SSION is the show you need to catch this evening. The band's discography dates back more than 10 years, and in that time they've become known as much for their sound as they have their live performances, as you can see below.
Their show begins tonight at 8 p.m. They'll be accompanied by House of Iadosha, Jamie J and Maus Haus. Tickets are still for sale online and at the door for $10.
Give them a look tonight, folks. If the next video is any indication, you'll have an interesting time, at the very least.
But lately he's been getting loads of Internet love for his brilliant short film Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?, a spot-on parody of "classroom drug educational film(s)" that was selected to screen at the American Film Institute's AFI Fest, which takes place from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, in Los Angeles.
The video above is his latest creation, a stop-motion music video (his first attempt!) for the song "Can't Play Dead" by British rockers The Heavy.
According to a post on Entertainment Weekly's Music Mix blog, which premiered the video yesterday, the band commissioned the video after coming across a video he made last year for the classic song "Halloween" by Kay Lande Selmer and Wade Denning:
”This video is really all about the genius and dedication of animator Jason Willis from Arizona,” guitarist Dan Taylor says. “We stumbled across a beautiful film of his called 'Halloween on YouTube' made on his iPhone and immediately fell in love. We just had to track him down.”
Yes, you read that correctly. He made the thing on his iPhone. Prepare to have your mind further blown.
With its latest efforts, which include an album, tour and a film documenting said tour, the Los Angeles-based psychedelic Western band Spindrift is burrowing more deeply into the lore and music of the American West.
On the new CD Songs Born of the West, Spindrift evolves from playing music inspired by spaghetti Westerns to playing traditional Western standards, many of them still derived from classics of the silver screen. Bandleader Kirpatrick Thomas spoke about it recently by phone from a tour stop in Joshua Tree, Calif.
Thomas said the new album is “More straight-forward, more broken-down, more folk-driven, more intricate in the storytelling aspect. For some of it, we’ve had to re-arrange music from our albums for a more acoustic setting.”
Still, even while playing such tunes as “Cool Water,” “The Ballad of Paladin,” “Navajo Trail” and “Blood on the Saddle,” the band sounds cinematic, expansive and eerie. And anyone who has seen the band perform live — they’ve performed in Tucson at least twice before — knows the trademark Spindrift sound is trippy, chill-inducing and rattlingly loud.
Thomas says Spindrift began in Newark, Del., in 1992, but six years later moved to Los Angeles to be closer to the music and film industries. Most of the band’s albums have been oriented toward movies. The motion picture The Legend of God’s Gun was inspired by their 2002 album of the same name. The band also has provided the score for such films as Treasure of the Black Jaguar and Legend of the Widower Colby Wallace. The new “neo-Western” indie film Dust Up also features Spindrift on the bulk of its soundtrack.
Their 2011 CD, Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1 featured theme songs for short films, music videos, and movies by eight independent directors, and the results were premiered on cable channel IFC. The music on the record touched on music genres as diverse as Bollywood, science fiction, exploitation films and film noir.
Spindrift is on its fall Ghost Town Tour, tracing the history of Western music and cinema through Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. Before the band gets to Tucson, Thomas said, it will have played in Elmont, Nev., at the Salton Sea, and in Yuma. After leaving the Old Pueblo, dates are scheduled in Tombstone and Bisbee. Naturally, a film crew is shooting the trip for a music documentary to follow.
The band is set to play this Thursday, Nov. 1, at La Cocina in downtown’s Old Town Artisans plaza, 201 N. Court Ave. Also on the bill will be Tucson groups Sunny Italy and Connor Gallagher & Louise Le Hir. The music starts at 10 p.m. Admission is free, although donations will be gratefully accepted.
Seriously, this song title is a mouthful.
Sure, the video may run counter to the ideas that most people have for Halloween costumes...but who cares? I'm not saying that I'm against scantily clad ladies on Halloween, but you can only have so many variations on the same thing.
Though to be honest, this post exists solely so you may see women dressed as Unsexy Louis C.K. and Unsexy Bill Cosby.
If you still need ideas, I recommend colorful balaclavas and/or dressing as a vagina.
Unfortunately, I'm not as familiar with old, old blues as I should be, having a background as a somewhat-okay high school jazz musician. But I know when I hear something great...like this tune, "I'm Lost Without You," from the great bluesman Memphis Slim.