a good june to all. we’ve got plenty lined up this month again - tucker’s kozy korner aka the soul spot, salute international bar, the local bboy practice spot, and other gigs. this week at salute, i have the privilege of playing percussion alongside pop pistol, nicolas of los nahuatlatos, and azul. we’re ready to play some cumbias and afro-beat and we definitely want to get the people dancing. especially with myself and jj lopez on the 1s and 2s. now i know that most out there who frequent salute have their qualms about the small space that it is. we’re going to try and work something out with the bar to move the tables and create some space for all the groovers in attendance. and if you’re feeling so, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to Azneth(bar owner) and talk it out. she’d love to thank you for coming out and would love to hear from you.
so check the flyer. spread the word. we’d love to see all of you out on the dancefloor.
flyer by Alex Scheel.
Lead Guitar/Vocals: Alex Scheel
Bass Guitar: George Garza Jr.
Drums(Acoustic and Digital): Jorge Gonzalez
Disappearing Edges EP
Being involved in the san antonio underground night life scene, you would think that one would be listening to more local indie rock, rock, rock ‘n’ roll groups. every time dance like robots takes the stage, you might here rob amador or marc contreras shout those immortal words..”ROCK ‘N’ ROLL”. and that’s just what Pop Pistol is bringing back in today’s scene. they’re putting some of the ROLL back into their brand of ROCK. and they do so making full use of the tracks on their EP. so let’s get into them..
Larry Graham & Greg Errico
Jerry Jemmott & Bernard Purdie
Bootsy Collins & Jabo Starks
What do George and Jorge have in common with these legendary bass and drum teams? one word: groove. “groove” can be loosely defined as a “swing” feel with heavy accents on the backbeat. groove can be heard as early as the blues and jazz groups that were coming together in the early 20th century. and you best believe that groove was for dancing! a strong connection between the bassist and drummer can truly bring the band to life. few feelings compare to funky fills on the drums in between the pounding pulse of deep bass notes. “Skyscrape the World” is just right for that.
with a strong rhythm section behind him, Alex takes it to an ethereal level with bugged out effects on vocals and guitar. you might have heard the expression, “losing yourself on the dancefloor.” well, you certainly can lose yourself while feeling the vibes of the first track on the EP.
“Center Asleep” takes a cool-out approach with Jorge utilizing the digital drum kit. with crisp hi-hats and rimshots, the tune is an excellent composition of digital and eletric. Alex definitely takes the forefront on this track. again, using effects on the guitar/vocals that gives it an eerie feel. you can listen to the lyrics, but it’s much deeper than that. it’s almost as if you’re reaching out to touch the message that Alex is conveying. and watch out for that bridge! it gets heavy! not implying that it is boring, but most definitely a nice tune to play at a low volume level while dozing off.
The word “Mitote” comes from the ancient Toltec society which roughly translates to “fog” or “cluttered chaos”. again, pop pistol on a spiritual trip. so the lyrics, “i see through you” are very fitting. let the groove set in for this one. take a step outside and take a barefoot walk through the grass. the groove will take you there. then get ready to thrash around at the 3minute mark! jorge gets relentless on the traps, then effortlessly brings it back to the head arrangement. the echo of the vocals is so damn creepy..and i can’t get enough. if you practice meditation, “Mitote” is the right tune for the experience.
“Who Needs Forever”. when fate allows a choice of now or never..who needs forever? imagine yourself at the show..jorge counts off the opening beat with his sticks..1..2..3..4..then BAM! the groove sets in immediately and you’re off your seat and dancing. an excellent take on the thievery corporation remix of the astrud gilberto tune found on the “verve remixed” compilation series. “instant groove” is how i would like to describe it. i’m sure you’ll be humming the bassline before the song is over. again, pop pistol gets heavy on the bridge. they really throw it at you. i just hope you’re ready to handle it.
i was lucky to receive a promo copy of the EP from the band. so i hope you enjoyed this review. pop pistol gigs heavily. so be sure to get a hold of them out in the scene and ask for a copy. they’ve toured the midwest once and they’ll be back for more this summer. support your local DIY bands that are making a solid effort to get the people aware of the movement. facebook, t-shirts, pins, buttons, flyers, you name it. pop pistol brings you the total package.
getting back to the ep: it’s a classic example of “less is more”. again, take a listen to how the music is moving you. each member of the group doesn’t have to say too much to leave a lasting impression. and that, readers, is the essence of communication. in this case, the language is music. (if i had) to describe this EP release in one word: epic.
you can stream the EP here: DISAPPEARING EDGES
stay tuned for tour dates of pop pistol’s midwest summer tour and other events coming soon.
p.s. the jazz critic Nat Hentoff once said, “critics are sometimes extraordinarily obtuse. they claim to want to hear new things, but new things bother them because they can’t categorize them.” “disappearing edges” is a most fitting title as the band blurs the lines between the typical genres in which this sound might be classified. i would ask that you listen to this EP, and all music, with open ears and an open mind. it is truly rewarding and will set your soul free.
funny how one artform can lead to an amalgamation of many. music is most definitely prime for that. taking the trip from dancing to playing records to playing instruments. it all seems so spiritual and the underlying spirit is the power of the music itself.
“music is the message/that sings/universal love/for one and all. a message for all seasons/winter, summer, spring, and fall..y’all.”
- kool and the gang
and it most certainly is. this mix was recorded during spring break week, earlier this year. we dubbed it “SXSE”, standing for “South by South East”. like SXSW in austin, but we’re on the east side of town. ha! anyways, i opened up for JJ Lopez and we always get busy. apologies for the distorted levels. i recorded the entire night, but the levels were a bit distorted. modern technology is a trip. takes some getting used to.
and on that note..stay tuned! we’ll be recording the soul spot nights in the future and posting them up on here. so if you can’t make it out to check the live action, make sure to click that download button. thank all you people for reading. que ten un buen dia!
Pearl Farmer’s Market. 200 e. grayson. 78215.
wed: 4pm-7pm. sat: 9am-1pm.
from onion flowers to spiced peach butter to pate maison to danish pastries to arugula, you can get some of the freshest foods in south texas at the pearl market. still continuing to grow in its 3rd year, new vendors and smiling faces are out there now more than ever. it’s a thrill seeing so many people making a return to mother earth in this day and age. it’s what she needs!
wednesdays are rather laid back and take up half the parking lot. but you still get your live music from artists all over south texas. stop by the sol y luna bakery stand to pick up a loaf of bread for the week. helen palmer of palmer farms is certainly not shy and would love to chat it up with you over the purchase of some onions, garlic, tomatoes, or carrots, and that’s not all she’s got. the hartman farms stand carries fresh vegetables AND farm raised eggs. the marrs garden stand carries a variety of potted herbs including some amazing thai and lemon basil. all of this and more every wednesday afternoon. so stop on by to wind down your day.
confirmed produce for the day(5/11): eggplant, peppers, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, radishes, beets, tomatoes, garlic, onions, swiss chard, carrots, okra.
short interviews with the vendors coming soon! get out there and return to natural/seasonal food!
*photos taken from Pearl Farmers Market facebook site.
STAY GOLD. May 5th-6thhosted by the Stellahaus art space @ Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. 116 Blue Star. 78210.
recently had the chance to check out Wendi K’s art exhibit at Blue Star.
reminds me a bit of dalek’s art. and that, i am fond of. first show she’s presented in a while. very refreshing to see. support local art! if you’re feeling what the artists are putting down, then let them know what’s good.
stay gold, people. you are beautiful.
*photos by wendi kimura. she has quite the eye.
salute international bar. 2801 n. St. Mary’s St.
tucker’s kozy korner. 1338 Houston St.
summer of 2011.
and we’re just getting started..