Thursday, June 30, 2011

Devin, Gary, and Ross Out NOW!!!

best album cover of the month in Vice (click it and see)

Devin Gary & Ross is a mind melting three- man music making machine. Four Corners Bounce is their first record. The six tunes on it are full spectrum serving of psychedelia that includes washed out wanderings over well- worn terrain, bold ventures into a candy-col- ored abyss and a snappy title track that you will end up signing in the shower.

Don’t just take it from us. Here’s Father Yod himself, Byron Coley, on the record about the record:

Gary Panter is a bad penny. If he were German, the phrase might be, schlechter pfennig, which is much less euphonimous. So it’s a good thing Gary is no Kraut. But what the fuck is he? A Texan. A famous artist. A writer of songs, poetry and prose. As well as a gifted primitve musician. Thus, in this instance, bad means good, and penny means rennaisance man.

Panter first burst into the public gut in the 1970s with his Jimbo strip in Slash magazine, his design work for Ralph Records, and some really goddamn UGLY commercial art. A few people were also aware he was a musician, although many who discovered him through his first single— “Colahaus”—would deny the word actually applies to what he does.

After his next record, a collaboration with the Residents entitled “Tornader to the Tater,” people began to take his roistering a bit more seri- ously. A Japanese company even let him do a gorgeous bizarro-world country-and-acid LP called Pray for Smurph. That one was so good, people started to realize—hey, he actually is a musician!.

Moving from L.A to Brooklyn, he eventually fell in with the evil genius, Devin Flynn, who widened Panter’s aural palette and also to got him playing somwhere besides closets full of pot smoke. The duo cut a dandy album, Go Outside, then managed to corral the wildly talented Ross Gold- stein into their conspiracy. The results are this new record, and brother, it is a treat. They create miniature brain-damaged nuggets ranging from fake jazz to sloth psych with a nimble touch that’ll make your head squeal with pleasure. Marty Robbins might toss around in his velvet-lined grave

when he hears it, but screw him. All four of your corners will bounce like crazy. Guaranteed.

—Byron Coley, Victoriaville QC 2011

Side B

El Paso Peppermint Patty Meets the

Phantom of the Opera Cat Swim

Side A

4 Corners Loin Green After Donk

About the band

Devin is Devin Flynn, best known as the creator and illustrator behind the very insane Y’all So Stupid, a cartoon that once ran on Super Deluxe. In DGR, he does the drumming and a lot of the singing and more or less plays just about everything. About the same goes for Ross Goldstein—the Ross of the band—except he plays a lot more piano than percussion and in the art zone he does more photography and sign painting than crazy animation. The G in DGR is for guitar, played by Gary Panter, who also blows a little trumpet on this record. Gary’s been blowing minds with his art—paintings, album covers, illustration, comics, set design, light shows—since the late seventies.

For more information, to order records, or just chat about how awesome DGR is, contact Arbitrary honcho


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Northside blogothon


Click picture to hear the Markers Set at S. Cecilia's

So... played a couple of gigs at the Northside festival and it felt like a tour so I'm gonna write about it here. My folks came in for the weekend coincidentally adding to the jumble of hectic moving gear, people, vibes to different locations in search of that 20 minute blast of otherness. Brought folks from LGA for a pizza party at chez moi aka Pete's Pizzaz Pizza Parlour. Super fun usual spinach, mushroom, shallot pie and another with some fancy cured spicy meat on it too... the rain and upstairs neighbor spoiled the BBQ style but the oven worked good too. Then I brought the folks over to their holding pen aka Aaron Rosenblooms pad, just 4 blocks away. There waiting for us were the Magik Markers, fresh from their journey down offa Mt. Tom. After a hectic loud out/Violet Ray reunion, we got to St. Cecilias house of God, also 4 blocks away from chez moi. Don't know how I missed this spot, maybe cuz I never go to church, but wow! St. Cecilia's rivals some of the cathedrals of northern france... well maybe it's not that big.. but it seemed like it! We set up right in the pulpit under the very intimidating watchful eyes of Jesus and played some totally free form MM(usik). This place had some serious echo and it was a great spot to innaugurate my new drum kit, the rocket. Ed Askew was great with piano accompanyment and some cool songs about getting stoned with beautiful Tom. Totally weird scene. The woods got into some jammed out zones too and the kids lined up to buy their new cassette which looks great. The Markers did the midnight load up and money changing the Markers were off to MA.

Don't remember what happened Saturday. I think it involved sitting around, drinking coffee, and mall shopping. Went over to the gig at Europa. Another hectic settup where nothing seemed to work right.. oh man ... fret fret.. Then as the bell struck 7 the Spectre Folk band played a short electrified set for the after dinner crowd of the N'side. B Meds and 2 new tunes from our forthcoming Vampire Blues record.. super fun and easy once we got going... Also a chill break down and hang. After the gig Meehan and I rolled out for some research on an insanely killer restaurant in E. Williamsburg called Brooklyn Star for an Australian tourist magazine. When homeboy's in research mode he orders everything on the damn menu and holy moly... this was the best meal of recent memory. Super super good California oysters, Raw Kale salad, Romaine wedge, Pig Tails(!) with hush puppies, and for desert some succulent Bone Marrow on Texas Toast. The memory of that last one still sends my brain reeling into some altered zone of savory oblivion.

This ain't really northside anymore.. but on Father's Day we took the folks to the MOMO milk bar in W burg for pork buns and then off to Coney island for some real brooklyn times. Super fun new swing rides at Luna Park and a sweet stroll on the boardwalk. I just don't feel like a New York man unless I get an annual pummeling from the cyclone.. so I went for a spin on that hellride too... A super end to a really fun weekend.

Don't forget to check out the Spectre Folk band this Friday with the Sic Alps at DBA!!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rich Daddy

Monday, June 13, 2011

Markers Gig Friday with Woods.. Spectre Saturday


DGR gig this Thursday! EP to be released V.V.Soon!!!!

(Y'all so stupid vid by Devin Flynn of DGR fame!!)

Devin, Gary, and Ross, creators of the most exciting psychedelic music of our time, will be performing this Thursday at the Silent Barn in Ridgewood, Queens along with members of Smegma, C Spencer Yeh, Bill Nace and the Jooklo Duo. Their amazing record is set to release very soon on Arbitrary Signs. Stay tuned for more details.

Thursday June 16th
Silent Barn
915 Wyckoff Ave
8 PM doors / 9 PM show
All Ages
Jooklo Duo + Bill Nace (presented by Northern Spy)
Ju Suk Reet Meate + Jackie Oblivia + C. Spencer Yeh (members of The Tenses, Smegma, BxC)
Devin, Gary, & Ross
Color Bük