Saturday, September 25, 2010

the greencards.


this past weekend i went home for my mom's birthday. now, most moms would want to celebrate their birthdays out being wined and dined, getting fancy gifts, and relaxing. not my momma. she wanted to go to a folk and bluegrass festival. the walnut valley festival in winfield, kansas, to be exact. this music festival has been going on for 39 years and have artists from ALL over the world. not just musical artists but clothing designers, photography, metal work, pottery, etc...ALL ART! it was awesome. it was basically a modern day hippy fest. anyway, i had the opportunity to check out some great bluegrass/contemporary folk bands. so, for the next week days i will showcase a new group that i saw out in winfield. the first one's called, the greencards.


the greencards were originally only 2 people, kym warner and carol young, from australia. they moved to austin, tx, capitol of not only texas (duh) but the capitol, no let's call it the mecca for underground artists (i.e. south by southwest...which i'm going to in 2011!)

in their new album, fascination, their ultimate goal was to create music that stays true to the bluegrass roots but at the same time add a little of their own twist on things. check out rivertown (which has a a definite bluegrass roots feel), the avenue (which almost has a eastern european gypsy flair to it), and fascination (which, as i've said before, is one of the songs with their own twist)

i took some video not so much on the songs themselves, but it was more specifically on 2 of the band member's solos.

#1 mandolin magic.


video


#2 fantastic fiddle.


video





Monday, September 13, 2010

oscar wilde.

no. this post is not about one of the best poets/playwrights/authors...named oscar wilde. who wouldn't love someone who has said things like, "everything popular is wrong." or my absolute favorite, "to live is the rarest thing in the world. most people exist, that's all."..love it.

No, no, i'm talking about, what i think is the best song from a group called company of thieves. my friend, weinel, got me going on this little threesome from chi town. now, what i think is their best song, is also their most popular; and it's called, 'oscar wilde', from their album, 'ordinary riches'.




sidenote:
the music video for 'oscar wilde' was made to look like a segment from a fantastic wes anderson film, 'rushmore'...which funny enough, i think one of the best parts of the movie (on this clip the part comes around at 4:30..be patient).











another funny thing numero dos...one of oscar wilde's famous quotes started with the words, 'ordinary riches'...i'm wondering if there is a connection here. by golly, i think there is...way to go company of thieves. so witty.