Drink Up Buttercup was one of the first band’s we raved about when the Impound started up this year. Luckily, our Senior Eastern Seaboard Correspondent Jake Krolick was at last week’s DUB free concert for the Philly Weekly in their hometown of Philadelphia and brings us this footage. Seriously, kids, you gotta check out their debut, Born And Thrown On A Hook, asap.
We like the contrast in styles in this nifty shot. The Mother Hips’ Tim Bluhm (currently on tour with the latest incarnation of The Rhythm Devils) offers bared-teeth intensity and Tea Leaf Green’s Josh Clark gives us a more relaxed, “Yeah, you can go fuck yourself” vibe. Both work for us and we welcome them to our ongoing celebration of the single-finger salute.
Are you interested in giving Dirty Impound the finger? Are you in a band? Well, we wanna see whatcha you got, cowboys (and cowgirls)! Send us your birdie pics and we’ll add them to our archive and make sure folks know you cared enough to raise a middle finger for rock! Send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
No one plays bass like Reed Mathis. Or perhaps more accurately, Mathis plays bass like no one else. His DNA is unique, and unlike many practitioners of the four-string arts, he’s a duck in any water he’s thrown into – an image whose physicality captures some of the rippled muscle and action charge he brings to his instrument and those he plays alongside. Most of the time these days, Mathis can be found rockin’ proper in Tea Leaf Green (and he co-produced their latest album, too). However, he spent 15 years keeping jazz malleable and fresh in the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and puts in time in numerous projects these days, including a much-anticipated collection of Beethoven re-imaginings that will see the light of day after years of carving with pals like The Slip’s Andrew Barr and Phish’s Mike Gordon and Page McConnell.
Being in a day-to-day environment 100% dedicated to music reminds me of a summer music camp. Everyone talks music, shares ideas, practices together, and then performs a concert at the end of the day. There are jam sessions on tour buses, songs shared and licks traded.
In honor of the mighty Devo’s triumphant return to form with the recent release of Something For Everybody, their best studio album in over 25 years (and first in 20), it seems appropriate that we revisit their underrated debut, which is largely considered to be their masterpiece.