Thursday, July 17, 2014

TAUK set to release their second LP Collisions. Record Release Party in BK Saturday Night!!

One of my favorite records of 2013 was TAUK's Homunculus. After my boy Stevez gave it the full review treatment, they were even nice enough to sit for an #EDAS Interview. Welp, just in time for you to get your summer instrumental jam-prog fix, those melodic maestros are back again with their sophomore album, Collisions. These guys play so tight together that even a novice ear will notice the chemistry. Turns out you can't fake it as most of the band has been playing together since Middle School. Now they are mainstays on the festival circuit, sharing stages with #EDAS faves The Allman Brothers, Dr. Dog, The Black Crowes and Lotus.

I was super psyched when I got my advance copy and I can tell you, it's already been battle-tested this under the following conditions and it is perfect for: 
  • Long rides on the subway
  • Urban hiking (rain and shine!)
  • Killing a day's tedious work in an hour
  • Playing video games in the dark
  • Walking an angry Chihuahua
  • Epic exercise bike sessions
  • Writing this very blog post
I can't imagine many situations that wouldn't be improved by listening to this album. Matt Jalbert's mind blowing guitar playing toes the line between virtuoso and madman. Just about the only problem I had with their debut was NOT ENOUGH LASERS!!! I can assure you, on Collisions, AC on the keys has this problem fixed! The soundscapes remind me a little bit of the sounds my first computer made but the rhythm section of Charlie Dolan (bass) and Isaac Teel on drums will have you tapping your feet before you can hit Caps Lock. Here is the first single off the album, Friction.

If you live in the NYC Area, come out to their Record Release Show at The Knitting Factory (I heard advanced tix get you a copy of the album). If you don't live within the travel distance to my urban oasis, fear not, TAUK is always touring and likely coming to a city near you. Check out their current schedule of shows below. Pre-order the album before July 22nd, or just buy it normal if you are reading this from the future! Enjoy your lasers future guy! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Hope everyone is ready to enjoy their July 4th Weekend. Get out the flip flops and tank tops, grill your meanest burgers and dogs and listen to one of America's greatest treasures, Allen Toussaint.

God Bless Music and God Bless America!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Still Spinnin'

Caught my favorite childhood band, The Spin Doctors, last night at Brooklyn Bowl. I can barely explain how much these guys still have it. 20 Years after my brother and I spent our days singing along to Jimmy Olson's Blues in the back seat of our families Chevy Caprice, there we were being serenaded by Spin Doctors themselves, running through the greatest hits off their hit album Pocket Full of Kryptonite. Despite a lengthy hiatus due to lead singer's Chris Barron's bout with throat cancer, these guys played an immaculate show without a touch of rust.

The show was out of this world and left me without a question that I would pay good money to see these guys rock out again. The only question that mattered was "What Time Is It?"