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The first time I had ever heard of Matisyahu was when he toured with The Flaming Lips a few years back. He puts on an excellent live performance. Though I really enjoy his vocal stylings, I was amazed at how tight his band was. I remember writing down the name of his backing band, but for the life of me I can’t seem to find the piece of paper much less remember their name. I’m hoping to find one of their albums to add to my collection.
Cityview is one of Fort Worth’s best bands, and I’m not just saying that because I’m friends with guitarist John Robinson. Their sound is fresh with elements of Smoking Popes, The Weakerthans and Little Brazil. Most of their songs tell stories that are outside of the realm of the typical heartbreak and addiction themes that seem to permeate all genres of music. I bring this up because it’s nice to pull inspiration from the story of a murderer versus trying to illustrate another way to show a broken heart.
I decided to make another speed sketch. This drawing took 32 minutes, and as always there was no reference other than my imagination and the CD to make sure that I spelled the title correctly. Yes, I’ve misspelled and put the wrong titles on some previous sketches which I will be highlighting in the book.
Cityview’s CD release party is July 9th at the Moon Bar in Fort Worth. Come out and see them. Better yet, buy their CD. A portion of the proceeds goes to Operation Kindness. I’ll be there with my knives sharpened.
Cityview “Sarah’s Knives”
Tijuana No! is awesome, but when you add Kim Deal and The Pietasters to the already energetic mix you get a frenetic blend of energy that is bound to get stuck in your head. I’ve been meaning to pick up more Tijuano No! albums, and doing this sketch is a great reminder that I need to quit talking and start doing.
Whitey is an old Denton band that had that funky, soulful groove that made you want to get up and shake your booty. (Or someone else’s.) They were active from the late 80’s to the late 90’s though their music sounded like it was the 70’s with influences like George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic and Sly & The Family Stone.
Max Roach has always been one of my favorite jazz drummers. Tonight’s sketch is inspired by “Speak, Brother, Speak” which I have equated to the civil rights movement of the 60’s. the album contains an alternate version of the song that is equally as spectacular.
I love the deadpan delivery of the chorus for “Boom!” Honestly, I had forgotten about the song since I only have it on a compilation. I’m glad that I came across it again, because it’s a wonderful little tune.
I can’t believe it’s taken me 331 sketches to finally get to the Sex Pistols. Like many people, the Sex Pistols were my first introduction to punk. I’ve remained a fan ever since. Though I do listen to the different versions of punk, I find that I always have a tendency to drift back toward the raw sounds of bands like the Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Minor Threat and Bad Brains. I friend of mine refers to my taste as “gutter punk.” On a side note, John Lydon has reunited with Public Image Limited, so that’s exciting news.
Papa M is David Pajo, the godfather of post-rock. After the break up of Slint, David has lent his talents to Tortoise, Zwan, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Stereolab and many other great indie bands. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist though he is most known for his sparce and experimental guitar work. This song comes off the album “Hole of Burning Alms” which is a collection of B-sides and rareties including my favorite interpretation of The Misfits “Last Caress.”
Joey Ramone recorded this song which featured on his final album while undergoing cancer treatment. His interpretation of the song seems reflective and optimistic at the same time. The album is fantastic, and seems to show a much more upbeat side of Joey Ramone especially in comparison to hits like “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Sadly, he didn’t make it through treatment despite his assurance that “I got knocked down, but I’ll get up.” Joey Ramone is deeply missed, but his impact on the punk music scene will always remain.
Joey Ramone “What A Wonderful World”
Laura Cantrell has an enchantingly beautiful voice which is absolutely heartbreaking in her version of “Sam Stone”. She tells the story of a soldier returning from battle with shattered nerves and an addiction. He loses his family and eventually his life. The song was originally written by John Prine though I think Laura Cantrell really brings an innocence to the song that makes it that much more powerful.