In our never-ending quest to dig up great bands whose tickets cost less than a corned
beef sandwich at your local deli, we bring you our latest round of Blips here on JamBase.
The idea behind Blips is to form a lasting relationship with acts we believe to have
bright futures and stick with them as they develop and grow. We view Blips as a
progression that begins with a mention in a Blips segment, then leads to a Blips Update,
and ultimately culminates in a feature length interview. In this edition, we have some
really cool new music, so take a sec, poke around the bands' various websites and see what
you think of these two under-the- radar acts...
Check out songs from this edition of Blips and previous featured acts through
these handy RDIO and Spotify
playlists as part
of the new JamBase channels for each.
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You pronounce it “less racket” and the band’s motto is “Les Racquet, more music” which
works just fine for this
Brooklyn trio. At first glance, this is just another guitar-bass-drums indie rock band,
with some nice harmonies and
great songs. But the more you listen, the more you hear the wide range of influences: some
off-meter jazz rhythms
here, some weird Zappa prog excursions there… next thing you know, you’re mired in a long,
instrumental jam that seemed to come out of nowhere.
Les Racquet is Patrick Carroll on guitar/vocals, Kenny Murphy on bass/vocals and
Daniel Malone on
very much a greater-than-its-parts band, each member bringing a load of talent and energy
to the music. Besides the
great music, the stellar musicianship and killer jams, Les Racquet is just plain old fun.
They pull out some great covers,
ranging from Zappa’s "Peaches En Regalia" to a punked out take on Dave Brubeck’s "Take Five" . When I saw them at the
Mercury Lounge last month,
Malone lead a one-two punch of “Tom Sawyer” and “Enter Sandman” that was one of those
jokey things that also kicked
some serious ass.
Here is a pro-shot video of their set-maker instrumental "Bruce Li," but all the tracks
this Bing Lounge session are
worth a listen:
Although Les Racquet is a band best enjoyed live, their new album, Whale Hail is
pretty darn good as well,
so check it
and Easy Boys
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Like some mirror image of Les Racquet, The Quick & Easy Boys are a trio from
Portland, OR. With a name like
that, you might think they’re some country rock outfit and based on their Portland mailing
address, you might expect
some baroque pop type sound. Well, wrong and… wrong, although maybe not 100% wrong. These
guys are a wild-eyed,
visceral rock and roll band that’s best experienced loud and with a beer in your hand. But
they’re more than that, once
they got you a-rockin’, they’ll surprise you with extended guitar jams and unexpected
covers. Also, there’s a good
chance they’ll play with their shirts off. What’s not to love?
The band is Sean Badders on bass/vocals, Jimmy Russell on guitar/vocals and Michael Goetz
on drums/vocals and the
sound, as described by Badders, is “Jimi Hendrix meets The Police playing at a hosue party
hosted by the Minutemen.”
They’ve got just enough energy and talent to pull that description off. Check out their
album from last year, Make
It Easy, or better yet, check ‘em out live. You might see something like this medley
sandwiched around a sweet
take on “Willie The Pimp.”
Maybe we can get The Quick & Easy Boys and Les Racquet to tour together and double up to
jam some Zappa.
Written By: Aaron Stein