WYNW: Bruce Oatway
Posted by: Viva Jossh 10/27/2010 10:00:00 AM
This edition of
What You Need Wednesdays
is magical and the subject matter was well-received at that. With an American Apparel connection occasionally helping hip us to
more regional and curiously isolated talent
, this is no exception.
's son holds the manager position at the Santa Monica store and that was enough of a foot in the door for Bruce to send over some music.
Oatway is an experienced musician as
his Tunecore site
will tell you. Initially an East Coaster, after settling on the West Coast some decades ago, the environment seemed to latch onto him. Hitting his stride in Malibu, his music was infused with
the sounds of Zuma Beach and Trancas Canyon.
Writing from Hawaii, it seems as if he's only further embraced the habitat and immersed himself in its culture.
Check this video for
, a cosmic ethereal bluesy tune with touches of P-Floyd, and visit his
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New Contributor(s) Alert: J Montag & Eug of FACE
Posted by: Viva Jossh 10/20/2010 12:28:00 PM
new Viva show
, expertly programmed by two fellows by the name of
... Simply J. Simply Eug.
Hailing from San Francisco, this couplet didn't just come from out of nowhere - no no, we were well aware of their highly reputable monthly party of the same name. Having featured headlining DJs like bhuddies
Jacques Renault & Tim Sweeney
, it was clear to us that these guys were doing the friend dance. As a matter of fact, Eug is such a top dawg, he
put out highly stimulating picture discs of edits by both of those DJs on his formidable
This week they are featuring the infamous
, half of that duo being UK/NY/SF'er
who you'all might know from various miraculous projects.
We are thrilled
, because Viva works well as an outlet for busybodies who already have multiple channels of artistic expression but might want to find a place for all of the jams keeping them on their toes. Who knows,
perhaps this will be the place to get exclusive first listens to upcoming Public Release trax.
What you can expect for sure is
a tasteful series of darker disco cuts, slightly more occult house and all that kinda goodshit.
Get psychee'd for
Wednesdays @ 10 PM.
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Me + You 93: Darlings
Posted by: Viva Jossh 10/11/2010 11:47:00 AM
- what a delight it was to have you'all in the studio for
Me + You 93
! A very pleasant situation, encountering
an NYC band who take time making their music and understand a nice, modest approach to writing a pop song.
A decade or two ago, Darlings' strain of American indie pop would've been more likely to pop up somewhere a little less metropolitan and street-beat than this city e.g. D.C. or... anywhere else(?); this type of
comfortable sound in NYC 2010
is most likely
the product of an environment softened by the influx of nice young people that really want this place to be a fun setting to make music without having to jerk the hype machine or compete with fellow musicians.
How many of those young folks actually retain that initial purity is questionable, but Darlings are holding on just fine.
As implied above, Darlings' style does owe a little to the smaller city/town vibe of
, although it's as if they're
shaking off the slumber and going for a jog around Washington Sq.
(the group's roots are in the W. Village after all...) or chasing a babe in the rain. The subject matter and melodies are relatively harmless and innocent but not naive or too saccharine.
The songs do rock
and in this session, the Dar's are at ease enough to let their strings hang loose as
the chords bounce buoyantly
like your crush's pert breasts on the day that she comes to class sans bra. OK, for diplomacy's sake and the fact that there is a lovely young woman in this group, perhaps the analogous situation for a male would be the day he comes to class in gym shorts and is going commando? Hey, NYU is a sporty place these days - hence their adoption of feral mascot "The Bobcat", which is one of many subjects that this interview touches upon.
It's quite enjoyable to hear the Darlings enjoying each others' company as friends and musicians as
they riff, in conversation and in song.
Somewhat fitting that they delve into the subject of seeing Pavement later in the evening (as part of their run of shows @ Central Park) and it's endearing to
hear frontman Peter Rynsky ruminate on the few groups that they've taken from their high school days into their current lives
, which is indeed a strange notion to entertain from time to time, isn't it? Entertaining for sure, as they close their set on
a *cover* of The Vaselines' "Monsterpussy"
, wrapping up an all-around cheeky yet enchanting encounter with this group, whose other, original material performed that day includes songs like
"I Don't Wanna Hang Out Tonight"
"If This Is Love"
Get to know
Joe, Maura, Matt, and Peter
and expect some
new material from Darlings in the near future
, but for now treat yourself to
Me + You 93
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