Mar 16, 2009

Day 2 Nashville Pussy

Today started out with an ad-hoc trip to the thrift store where we met our first fan. After some cross dressing and the discovery of some good old fashion “Nashville Pussy” it was off to the house party.























Jason Gentile and 40’s played great sets despite the freezing temperatures and party crashing neighbors. However, the party quickly moved indoors and within seconds Keith had a PBS worthy sing-along session in full effect.






























After warming up we headed to after-party at Bristol Bar where all in attendance were witness to the phenomenal dancing skills of Will, Keith and Andrew.  Thanks for the killer party Colby!


Mar 14, 2009

Day 1 Kelly’s Diner

To prelude a 2,000 mile road trip from NYC to SXSW is redundant. However, a recap of all things that transpired on day 1 alone is a novel in itself.

9am:Trailer hitch breaks off on FDR. If you are unfamiliar with FDR drive, it is the “highway” that runs adjacent to Manhattan along the East River.  As we enthusiastically examined the extensive damage to our vehicle, we all met god through a barrage of drive-by profanity and near misses.

10am: We camp out in a gas station parking lot in Harlem that ironically rents U-Hauls. However, they were unable to repair our hitch due to company protocol to send roadside assistance professionals. Upon the conclusion of a 45 minute phone call with said assistance, we are informed that someone will “fix us up” shortly.

Noon: As we continue to wait oblivious to the obstruction that the RethinkPopMusic  caravan is imposing on potential customers we are approached with an ad-hoc solution. Basically, the guys in the garage will fix our hitch if we “get the fuck out of the way.” The benevolence of a Manhattan mechanic still bewilders me.

2:30pm: As I am driving and everyone else is fast asleep Will saunters from the bowels of the van to bring me a cookie. Quite the gesture in my opinion.

Will: “They’re good right?”

Me: “Delicious”

Will: “Please don’t get mad… but I think I locked the keys to the trailer… inside the trailer.”

9:00pm: We pick up Jose from Cleveland and search out the equipment necessary to unlock the trailer. Although the kind employees of Walmart refuse to remove the lock from the trailer they did offer to call the police after my “critique” of their customer service skills. Nevertheless we acquired Dude, our chocolate god of awesome, at Walmart, so all appeared well.























1:00am: With the keys to the trailer residing inside the trailer, we pull into Canton to load the PA system into said trailer. Sparks! That’s what results when you use a bandsaw to break into your own vehicle in the middle of the night.

5:00am: We arrive in Columbus 23 hours after we left the recording studio in Queens. Mom had fried chicken, mac and cheese, chili and beer our awaiting our arrival. Kelly’s Diner!     

Mar 14, 2009

RethinkPopMusic SXSW Road Documentary

RethinkPopMusic is on route to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest 2009 (SXSW). Starting in NYC and stopping in Columbus, Ohio and Nashville, Tennessee for exclusive performances, RethinkPopMusic has provided its artists with multiple showcases at the premier indie music festival. Visit ReelPM to find information about the crew and the documentary.

RethinkPopMusic artists, 40’s and The Vanguard will soon be posting to the blog with updates from the trip.  Check out the 2009 SXSW RethinkPopMusic Showcase Schedule.

SXSW Documentary featuring...u-haul, cocaine energy drinks, yak-pak, 40s

Mar 2, 2009

The Vanguard are ready to “POP”

I once wore a homemade, form-fitting, pink t-shirt proclaiming “I have potential.” And when I say “once” I mean I wore it to my college graduation ceremony. Not only did I pose for pictures in front of Old Glory holding my diploma in the braggadocios couture, now that picture resides on my sister’s desk. Now this wouldn’t of much concern, but this desk is located in the catholic high school where she teaches. Regardless, I wish I still had the shirt because, unlike myself, The Vanguard could wear it with sincerity.











Friday night I ventured out to Williamsburg to see The Vanguard, who just so happen to be the newest member of the RethinkPopMusic family, at Cameo. Despite resembling an art gallery more than a music venue, Cameo provided The Vanguard with an intimate setting to showcase their new material, which is currently being recorded.











The Vanguard’s sound focuses on Aaron Barr’s voice, which has as much range as the band has diversity (each hails from a different country Serbia, U.S., Poland and Argentina). Every song is a potential sing-along as well as a dance-off and with a “Carpe Diem” decree his lyrics, it doesn’t seem like that will be changing anytime soon. Each song seems to be scattered with harmonies, complicated bridges and big choruses with one picky audience member expressing Hall and Oates comparisons between songs. While the musicianship and songwriting aren’t necessarily at the level of Hall and Oates… The Vanguard certainly has potential.










Check out the video for Rio and be on the lookout for the new tracks.


Feb 24, 2009

Darling Cait and her band of boys on toys









Friday night I had the privilege to see a dear friend of mine, Darling Cait, perform a short set with her band of boys on toys. While I am always somewhat hesitant to recommend a musician whose appeal is based on a novelty, I must admit I was presently surprised. Darling Cait’s voice is something to be envied by the wannabe pseudo retro throwback poptarts. Yeah, Ms. Perry that was a toss to your lack of talent.  Indeed, I am biased, but only because I know Cait and her aspirations and influences. She is one of the few whose soulful voice actually resonates the reminiscent roaring 20’s. While her stage show is an act of sorts, it is also creative and refreshing. Don’t be surprised when you can’t escape Darling Cait and those boys on toys.   














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