Jennifer ellen Cook turned me on to this majesty of musical mayhem. 3-piece punk band, but the lead singer plays hardcore cello and like to climb around and hang from things while playing and singing!
Soothing and poetic, Neil Gaiman reads his book Instructions.
I don't get out to shows as much as I want to, and often it's my friends' bands who command my loyalty, but last night i went without napping to catch Conquistador Incorporated, a band WRS really enjoyed when we caught half of their set at Headhunters last fall.
I just managed to duck out the rain in time to chat with keyboardist Frank about our upcoming show on April 9 at the Rockin Tomato before Fatback Circus started to play. Based on their high-energy demo CD, Fatback Circus is usually an electric explosion, but they made the best of their bass player's pneumonia by playing a beautiful acoustic set, filled with flowing 3-part harmonies.
Then it was time for Conquistador Incorporated to take the stage. With their first number, a high-energy and none-too-subtle celebration of blowjobs, their presence, humor, sheer charisma blew me away.
And the hits just kept coming. Three of the four band members sing lead vocals at one time or another, sometimes trading off lines during songs, and once again, the harmonizing was marvelous. One of my favorite bands of the 80s was Trip Shakespeare, and although Conquistador Incorporated has less operatic vocals, the way their voices intermingled brought songs like "Lulu" and "Reception" to mind.
I'll have to get copies of their two EPs in order to get all the lyrics down, but what I could hear at the Lucky Lounge had me riveted, for more cleverness, humor, or just to follow the complex stories told in their songs.
I've found my new favorite local band, and I can't wait to play with them at the Rockin Tomato. Don't miss any chance to see Conquistador Incorporated in action!
In case you haven't heard, one of the founding fathers of Rock and Roll, Mr. Chuck Berry himself, asked Darla if she would marry Isaac from the stage last night.
Not surprisingly, given the executive classiness of the presentation, Darla accepted and is now wearing her hard rockin (and shiny rock-o-rific) engagement ring. No word on twitter or facebook about any wedding dates yet, and we don't check normal news sources anyway.
The Squad is thrilled on behalf of both of these fine folks (one of whom is also part of the Squad, so it's probably dangerously recursive) and Bruce and Reed cannot wait to meet cool single ladies at various engagement parties, showers, and receptions.
Once again, congratulations Isaac and Darla!
I just love having videos posted again, so I thought I'd blog on our site to make it obvious.
As you may know, I'm a certified high school English teacher in the great state of Texas. (The chip in my brain makes me add "the great state of")
Watching this video, I realized I might have missed my calling more narrowly than I thought.