The Journey + You!

24 11 2009

***new blog to check out: Deeyay’s DEAD DRONE***

Alright, so I got a couple more downloads to share this week that I’ve been meaning to post for this month. In case anyone was aware, I’ve been posting ‘Sarasota + Other’ related music projects as of lately. Sooooo…. to keep up with the drill, you should check out Lazy Magnet’s blog Adventure Hippies for new material by Providence RI’s SHV, Maine’s Caethua, and Ant Parade. The best things come in threes, which is why I’m posting the 2nd of 3 Deluxin’ albums on here. If you don’t want to wait for the third you should know what to do.

-Deluxin, photo from Emily Quirk 2009

DELUXIN’

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Talk about colossal youth! Nathan spent his early days kicking out the jams and recorded this baby fresh into high-school.  I’d say compared to the mid to recent versions of Deluxin’, this may very well be the dirtiest rock version of it, and I love every raw bit of it. Call your mom for a ride back home if you can’t handle the party. The evolution of punk from proto to post can be traced throughout, with equal parts MC5, The Fugs, The Fall, Swell Maps and other herky jerky, cacophonous art punks that could  never settle on one style. Pop songs like ‘Leather + Celebration” shimmer with good vibes only to be followed by collaged, disembodied voices buried in crackling sounds in ‘#2 Combo + Acid.’ My favorite track is definitely ‘Brick Robot – The Bible,’ in which the song itself shifts from highs to lows only to lead into pure cynicism in ‘Zeba + Paton.’ Some songs have different versions on this CDR as well, so there’s something for both the bedroom pop lovers and the ones that somehow always find themselves in a live bar fight. So, whether you want to heal that gash in your head or receive another, take the journey next time with Deluxin.

IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, THERE IS PIZZA

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Deluxin’ – Black/White

5 11 2009

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DELUXIN’

Black/White

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Fellow video-gamer and hang-out connoisseur Nathan Vasquez with dude duo Max Peebles and John Eatherly have perfected the sound of the most excellent vibe. These angular guitar riffs and sporadic drumming are shimmering with simplicity, added by Nathan’s lyricism that are pretty much straight to the point that will remind you to just shut the fuck up and order a pizza. The world needs less whining, more partying, ya know? And…well… maybe a rad lover to listen to favorite records with.

I first heard Black/White at my buddy Sean’s house. He popped on a record, asked me ‘Hey do you know Be Your Own Pet?’ and I told him I really dug the record and its feel and from that point on I had to hear more. The main force behind Deluxin’ is Nathan, who got his first kick writing songs and playing guitar with Be Your Own Pet, who started young and mutually broke up going separate ways but kept rocking. When constant hype, tours and interviewers started to fade back into the glamor world, Nathan as Deluxin’ was able to once again play at smaller venues, play with friends’ bands that didn’t have to sound alike, and overall just have fun kicking off to a new start. The garage rock meets discordance sound from BYOP I feel has carried onto this album, but there’s something really special on B/W. It is a punk, crazy, poppy, weird, and abrasive sound that clashes very well together, and I can’t imagine how fun a live Deluxin’ show and after party would be. For now, this record will keep me dreaming!

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What Nathan said about B/W: “Max Peebles played bass and John Eatherly was on drums. They now both play with Jemina’s (singer of BYOP) band and are making money for their hardwork and touring dedication. I am very proud of both of them as young humble dudes and I had the honor of sharing a collaborative musical adolescence with.”

If you enjoy this you can find more Deluxin’ downloads on Nathan’s Offensive Blogging. I’ll post these other releases later too over the month!

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-both photos by Krisan