Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Killer Horns, Man!!!

Just reading up on the great Herbie Hancock in the studio, studying the contours of his amazing fro. No big deal.
A view of the gents from my perch
A little band photo action in front of the house of Slack's Ranch

So what have we been up to since last post? Well there have been a few journey's into the studio, the album is so close to being recorded in it's entirety that it hurts a little; but as they say, you can't start once you've started, it stings, so with that in mind we will finish this thing up pretty soon. That's not the end though, as many of you know, there is still mixing to be done, which will take at least a week to get done. The dates I predict are always wrong, but with that disclaimer, I'm going to say mid to late June for this puppy being in the bag, musically speaking. Art and distribution is quite another thing. That will most likely take another 7 years.

So while recording is almost wrapped up (studio activities pictured) there are other activities in our life. Some upcoming show, one being a fairly large one at Rickshaw Stop which should be a lot of fun. Hopefully I won't be incredibly sick this time around. One of the coolest venues we've played, so keep an eye out for posted details.

This last Friday we played at Slack's Ranch, which was great on so many levels. 1) Paul Slack is a badass for letting so many bands use his property for shows featuring such a diversity of musical styles. Cutting's Wharf may be one of the very few places you could get away with activities of such volume without a bunch of complaints (and subsequent shutting down from the police). The looks of the place are deceiving, and that is a glorious thing. 2) The turn out exceeded my expectations, having seen a good amount of sparsely attended local music events. Maybe I just haven't gone to the right shows. Thank you Napans/strangers/friends for coming and moving and sweating and singing and just being loose. 3) spontaneity is a glorious thing that can only be compared in this case to a tiny, unexpected miracle. The addition of horns at the last minute to a few of our songs was amazing and gave me the feeling of being part of something much bigger than 3 guys playing music together (both literally and "spiritually"). 4) it gave us reason to play Napa more often in the future.

Stay tuned for more album III (aka Tropical Goofballs) news, and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check out the mix I've compiled below and let me know what you think so that I can find reason to keep compulsively making these mixes and posting them. Adios till next time


1. Clapping Music (1972) - Steve Reich & Russ Hartenberger
2. New York Is Killing Me (featuring Nas) - Gil Scott-Heron
3. Bra - Cymande
4. Walking On Sunshine - Eddy Grant
5. Darkroom - Paul McCartney
6. Don't Bring Me Down - Eric Burdon & The Animals
7. You Are Here - John Lennon
8. Carmensita - Devendra Banhart
9. Death Cream - Sonny & the Sunsets
10. No Place Like the West Indies - Lord Invader


  1. maybe some new lcd soundsystem on that next mix?
    i hope you've been listening to that pete.

  2. I haven't actually, but I heard a little this weekend, definitely requires further investigation. I've been too poor/have not had enough room on my computer to get as much new music as I would like. Deleting things all the time to make more room, which is kind of lame. sorry for the delayed response, I just tonight realized that people might actually comment on these things, haha. In the future I'll be better. comment away