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Legendary New York Jazz band SEX MOB

Cozmic Pizza was blessed with Steven Bernstein, Kenny Wollensen, Tony Sherr and Briggan Krauss: AKA SEX MOB.

 

This band plays sloppy drunken New Orleans funeral march style, but works in familiar melodies and plays them loosely, as if soaked in booze and squeezed out a slide trumpet. Sometimes they resemble an instrumental Tom Waits track. Kenny (drums) plays some wild stuff, melodically playing sputtered phrases, sometimes making his drum set squeak and rattle, sometimes picking up gongs and soundmakers, and sometimes just hitting hard fast like its punk rock. (He’s played with Norah Jones, John Zorn, and TOM WAITS among many others). The bass player Tony just grooved the whole time, without any piano or guitarist, he is prominent on every song, sometimes playing implied chords and always subtly dancing by himself and smiling. Steven and Briggan play around each other and around the melodies, lurching, swamping, blasting, bellowing. Some songs are dissonant, but all are satisfying in the grand whole: like a complex mix of sour sweet and umami tastes in a complex dish.  I caught a lick from “Adir Adirim” (Balkan Beat Box) and “Clint Eastwood” by The Gorillaz was mixed up with “oh when the saints go marchin in” and sometimes they flirted with maybe almost playing the standard “I Got Rhythm.” In their final medley they whipped out the James Bond theme. I’m sure there were many other in-jokes from jazz and pop music that went over my head.  They also played their own take on songs from Fellini films. This was a beautiful and wild concert and the crowd was satisfied. Most of them relaxed and watched the band’s every move, but a few brave souls danced. Catch them live if you can! Steven said they played Oregon Country Fair in 1984! Wow thats a long time ago. I was 2!

 

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Termination Dust

Termination Dust play honest rock and roll pop songs. I am reminded of so many of my favorite bands, a bit of the raw human emotion but sparse simplicity of The White Stripes and The Moldy Peaches. My favorite songs are “Funeral Bells” and “Haunting Bells.”

Stephanie and Jaybird’s voices circle around each other while Jacob and Chubbz pound away at the bass and the drums.

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Termination Dust

“Familiar Eyes”

released May 20, 2016

Recorded by Chad Reynvaan at Wattage Studios

Proximity describes a relationship that’s lost its fun and drags on. “This isn’t love its just proximity.” I would like more syntheziers in the mix but there are shining omnichords on  “Funeral Bells” and “Proximity.” The creepy echoed vocals and driving rhythm on Summit Lake recall songs by Ladytron or the Gran Turismo record from the Cardigans. Many songs are about the existential angst of being a young adult in the modern wasteland, kind of an alternate soundtrack to Dan Clowes’ “Ghostworld.” My review may sound gloomy, but really this album is a charm and hits a wide number of emotional places and moods. 9/10

Shivas: The GIF

It wasn’t hard to make this gif of one of my drawings.

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I Really should try and make one with arms going up and down and mouths opening and closing.  Maybe I’ll convert a bunch of other old drawings into gifs like this.

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Manchino

Manchino play heavy classic sounding rock and roll. I half expected their riffs to turn into the familiar”crazy train,” and sometimes they cover Cream,  but they played originals for us at Sam Bonds. manchino2

Earthquake Hurricane

This talented bunch of portland comics graced us with a hilarious show on valentines day. Marnie was a guest and Cailin Wolff hosted. Katie asked me to draw her tall (so she’s taller than Cailin) and Anthony asked me to make him a dragon. Learn more about them here.DSC_0411.JPGDSC_0409.JPGDSC_0410.JPGDSC_0406.JPG

Trio Subtronic

This wonderful band creates beautiful grooves. They are a trio, i just drew the bass player twice 🙂 check them out here DSC_0412.JPGDSC_0404.JPG