Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds' fourth and strongest album yet for In The Red Records, “La Araña Es La Vida”, summons the Mexican muse of The Great Spider Goddess of Teoticuhan, who sprouts hallucinogenic morning glories and protects the underworld, or in Kid’s eyes, the world of underground music. Recorded at The Harveyville High School gym in Kansas, Guitar slinger and singer, the legendary Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds), bassist Kiki Solis (Baby Baby Dance With Me, Knife in The Water, Rhythm of Black Lines), drummerRon Miller (Switch Hitter, Up The Academy) are joined by Chicano, Mosrite playing guitarist Mark Cisneros(Medications, Deathfix) on this self-produced ball of wax.
“La Araña Es La Vida” rocks n rolls it’s way thru a planet of Glamazons (Psychic Future), blisters with the tricks of a “Magic Machine” then gets to work out a low rider groove on “Chicano Studies”. Tales of gender bending, disembodied heads, gente from La Puente and even a TCB-era, Elvis-inspired rave up on “Karate Monkey” is merely a smatter of the magic on this platter.
A limited number of colored vinyl comes with a flexi disc; a cover of the Psychedelic Furs' “We Love You”, plus an original tune; “Anything To Say", with the CD featuring a bonus track; “Nasty Hat”, as well as completely different artwork from the vinyl.
The world is a wild and woolly place and with “La Araña”, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds will continue to mirror it.
The Tet Offensive
The Tet Offensive are a string quartet-powered rock band led by singer and composer Brian Robinson, featuring musicians trained at some of the top music schools in the country, from the Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School, and Mannes College of Music. Formed in New York City, the Tet Offensive played to audiences at CBGBs and the Knitting Factory covering bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and the Bee Gees. Now based in New Haven, CT, the Tet Offensive has become a formidable ensemble, performing original songs that dig deep into the uncomfortable tracts of the human condition, strongly influenced by bands like Radiohead, and Nick Cave. It’s the Tet Offensive’s mission to show that traditionally “classical” instruments have just as much bite and visceral energy as the standard rock quartet, and can send audiences into the same energetic throes as guitar, bass and drum-fueled ensembles.
Mr. Airplane Man
Margaret Garrett on guitar and vocals and Tara McManus on drums, vocals, (and occasional keyboards) make a sound which blends hypnotic blues, haunting slide guitar, and idiosyncratic rock and roll with dreamy, yearning pop.
The band started in the late 90s. Almost immediately, they joined Morphine for a US tour and recorded a self-titled EP with Mark Sandman of Morphine. They went on to tour the US extensively, playing with The Reigning Sound, White Stripes, Detroit Cobras, Holly GoLightly, Hot Snakes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blues Explosion, Dirtbombs and many more.
During the 90s and 00s, Mr. Airplane Man released three albums and an EP on Sympathy for the Record Industry. They successfully toured Europe and played two Peel Sessions on John Peel’s BBC radio show.
Their music has also been featured in a variety of TV shows and films, including multiple episodes of The L Word and the film Crazy Eyes. Margaret has also created an original score for a scene in The L Word and the soundtrack for an indie film scheduled for release in the spring of 2015.
Now Mr. Airplane Man is happy to be playing and recording again, after taking a break to have babies, live in the desert, and generally shake up their lives.
In December 2014, Mr. Airplane Man released “Lost Tapes.” This album was recorded at The Money Shot (with Bruce Watson of Fat Possum Records) in 1999 and has not been previously released. Music journalist Jeffrey Morgan put it in his Top 10 of 2014 in The Village Voice. http://www.villagevoice.com/pazznjop/critics/2014/686117/
Mr. Airplane Man – “Lost Tapes! The Unreleased Bruce Watson Sessions (Moanin’ Records)” :: Wherein my two favorite blues-beltin’ babes are back with a forty minute ten tracker that should’ve come out eons ago but is well worth the wait. If you only listen to one snaky slide guitar session while waiting for your midnight crossroads appointment to arrive, make sure it’s this one.”
-Jeffrey Morgan, authorized biographer of Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop & The Stooges.
Mr. Airplane Man has recently played a series of reunion shows on both the East and West Coasts, including live radio appearances on WFMU (New Jersey) and KXLU (Los Angeles). They will be touring Europe in May 2015 and recording a new album in the fall.