The first time I met Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band, I gave him a couple of mix CDs as a friendly how-do-you-do over drinks at a great SF watering hole called The Connecticut Yankee. He mulled the track listings over for a minute and then said, “I’m going to listen to these in my car and think of you erotically.” Keep in mind that we’d just met a few minutes earlier, but this kind of thing seems par for the course with a natural born jester like Austin. His mischievousness comes through loud and clear in this shot from Chad Smith.
Props to Butch Walker And The Black Widows for getting Matthew McConaughey to reprise his legendary Dazed and Confused character David Wooderson for this video, where apparently the girls do stay the same age as he gets older.
In this edition: Jay Gonzalez, Wino & Conny Oches, Spielgusher, Cardinal and John K. Samson.
A couple things these shots, expertly captured last weekend at the Catalyst Club by pro lensman and DI regular Jay Blakesberg, make clear: 1) Jackie Greene is a very photogenic dude, and 2) One doesn’t need to hear a note to smell the rock ‘n’ roll funk wafting off this band. Greene and his talented, ever-more-in-tune with their leader band offer up a classic, rib-sticking sort of music, something akin to what the early 70s Dead accomplished or Little Feat in the time of Lowell George, but devoid of nostalgia, in love with something more enduring and bedrock that ties what Greene does to a larger, happy tradition without actually reproducing it in his own music. We’re gonna chat with Jackie on the Impound this year, but for now y’all can drink in the fun that went down last Saturday (and check out Jackie’s tour schedule in February and March to see if you can catch the real deal in the flesh).
Not every band should make videos. A few minutes trolling the abyss on MTV/VH1/CMT will affirm this truth. But motherflucking Red Fang has the touch. Not only do they rock your balls into a firestorm, they’ve got a shameless, do-anything-it-takes attitude in their videos that’s goddamn charming. Case in point, this new one that starts with an awkward shower scene worthy of an 80s teen flick and culminates in an air guitar competition they judged in their hometown of Portland, OR. And if you haven’t already checked out their latest album, Murder The Mountains, well, we’re a little disappointed in you. It was one of DI’s 20 Favorite Albums of 2011 – pure hard rock mightiness.
Gypsy Pirate Polka. It’s as intriguing a soundbite for a band as we’ve ever encountered, and Bay Area-based Diego’s Umbrella live up to the descriptor with a cavorting, scoop-em-all-up energy that compares well with kindred spirits Gogol Bordello. The band is currently on tour, hitting Santa Barbara and Solano Beach in their native California this weekend and picking up the trail again in early February. Here’s their live schedule, and do yourself a favor and check these guys out. Anyone who flips us off with this much flair is fully worthy of DI’s support!
Indulging a classic rock jones this week with an assemblage designed to make you feel like you’re tooling down a sunlit highway in an American muscle car, a warm hand on your thigh with comely good times grinning at you from the passenger seat. But first, a dirty blues rumble from our favorite Johnny Otis obscurity…
If you experience playback problems, pop over to the 8tracks mix page and it should play fine.