Ok…this one’s got some rough spots but it also has some fine moments. Here’s a little glimpse into our writing process. Nick finds a funky line, Bill and Kevin coalesce around it, then the horns find the key and start blurting out ideas. Keep an ear out for some of these horn lines in “The Morph.” Coming soon to a stage near you.
Rehearsing a song you haven’t played in a while can lead to great improvising. This version of “24 Miles” turned into some dark, effects heavy funk. How can you not listen with a description like that.
We’ll be back at Club Helsinki in Hudson this Friday. If you’ve never been there be sure to come out and enjoy what is probably the best venue north of NYC. Great food, great drinks, great people, great music. Enjoy the spring weather with a stroll down Warren street. Then come inside for some dancing.
And while your here check out the this killer breakdown from the last Valentines show.
Our contribution to the RPM challenge is in! Rise & Shine
is a-day-in-the-life-of concept album, that is, a-day-in-the-life-of Oobleck. Get up, go to work, get through the day, party like a rock-star and do it all over again the next day. All while keeping it funky. The album is an 90% improvised with a sneak peak at some new tunes that are in the infancy stages.
For those who don’t know, the RPM Challenge
asks musicians to record an album in the month of February with either 10 songs or 35 minutes of previously unreleased material. Ours was recorded almost completely in one session, straight from the heads of the Oobleck crew.
released 28 February 2013
Audrey Van Genechten – trumpet
Scott Vorwald – tenor sax
Bill Murray – guitar
Nick Wallas – bass
Kevin Van Genechten – kit
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Kevin Van Genechten. Design by Audrey Van Genechten.
Bring an instrument and get down for the “RPM Challenge” hosted by the Albany Music Coalition. Be there are 8 to be part of an impromptu recording session. Stick around and keep it going for a funkified set of Oobleck.
This could also be the premier of the new effects set-up. The attempt at Radio Bean was… well, it was a kick ass acoustic set for the horns. Here’s a taste from our first practice of the year. If the sound gods are willing you can check it live on Friday.
Always a blast at the Bean! Check out our recent visit on Archives.org. Thanks to analog_universe for the great photo. Follow the link for some phenomenal photography. (for you literary scholars that’s alliteration)
Keep posted for a new round of dates including including our first trip to Connecticut for “Black Rock Rock’s Mardi Gras Party” on 2/9. Proceeds from the show are going to provide music lessons to K.E.Y.S. (Kids Empowered by Your Support), which provides music lessons to under-served students in Bridgeport, CT. It’s going to be a funky February….more alliteration. This post has an educational theme.
Get your friday night Ska fix at Red Square. We’re opening up for The Big Takeover and it’s guaranteed to make you shake your tuchas. (It’s almost Chanukah) This post is dedicated to great Ska bands.
Had a tough day at work? Feeling stressed? Well enjoy a nice sarsaparilla and let it all melt away with this slow jam from a rehearsal a few weeks ago. Brought to you by the magic of delay pedals.
Friday night was a good night for live music in the Capital Region. John Medeski sat in with the Moroccan funk group Club D’Elf at Club Helsinki in Hudson, Red Square hosted Timbre Coup and Pigeons Playing Ping-Pong, School Bus Yellow was at Dino BBQ in Troy, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was throwing down the swing at the Troy Savings Band Music Hall. Every night should have options like this!
In case you missed all the live music here’s a tasty nugget from Oobleck’s archives to hold you over till December 7th when we’re back at Red Square with The Big Takeover.
Big Sam can blow! Not sure he even needed a mic for his horn. Friday was a funky good time. Thanks everyone for coming out and dancing your asses off. If you didn’t make it out here’s a taste of what you missed. Click on the photo above for more sights and below is a portion of our set.