The store opens at 7am to begin selling the limited releases which can be perused at https://recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases
DJs and bands begin at 11am.
Good Records "Live From The Astroturf" Schedule:
11am Charlie J Memphis
Noon Scarlet Cimillo Music (featuring Liza Kaye)
1pm Friday's Foolery
2pm The Bralettes
3pm Jade Bird
7pm American Werewolf Academy
8pm David Morgan
9pm Rosegarden Funeral Party
10pm Brainiac Tribute by School of Rock Southlake/Keller
11pm Acid Carousel
Good Records Warehouse DJ Schedule:
11am DJ Bryan C
Noon Samma Lone
1pm Mr. Rid
2pm Flash 45s
3pm Wanz Dover
4pm Gabriel Mendoza
5pm DJ Spinderella
6pm Josh Kynd
7pm Joey Scandalous
Good Records Parking Lot:
5pm Gringo Soul
Resident Taqueria will be selling delicious tacos in the parking lot.
Johnny Cupcakes, "The World's First T-Shirt Bakery," will be baking up apparel and accessories dripping with sweet pop-culture references, often replacing iconic symbols with cupcakes from 2-6pm! *FREE GIFT FOR ALL AND RAFFLE!* WANT TO KNOW HOW TO EARN TICKETS FOR THE JOHNNY CUPCAKES RAFFLE?
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The store opens at 7am to begin selling the limited releases which can be perused at https://recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases
We will be listening to the new record and giving away a Loser edition of Beach House's "7" LP. There will also be some high quality limited posters we will be giving away along with some other Sub Pop Records goodies. While you listen enjoy a cold #ZomerPils courtesy of our friends at Lakewood Brewing Company.
Dualtone Music Group has given us a test pressing to give away at the event via an enter to win box. In addition to that while you are listening enjoy a FREE Lakewood Brewing Company beer.
AEG Presents has given us a pair of tickets to the Shakey Graves 6/30 The Bomb Factory show to giveaway at the listening party as well.
I am sure you will like what you hear and pick up the album before you leave.
Shakey Graves’s forthcoming album "Can’t Wake Up" is described as “an evolution” from And the War Came, and comprises 13 songs written from Rose-Garcia’s own personal life lessons and experiences from as far back as high school. In regards to what life lessons will be shared in the album.
"The beautiful lesson of all this is having to trust yourself, to be willing to start something that you don’t know the outcome of. Or to lean toward something just because it feels right, even though it may not be what you originally put down on paper. Those are the kind of stories in this record. They’re not so much about specific people, or even myself per se. They’re different shades of every person’s life." - Alejandro Rose-Garcia
Cigarettes After Sex is an American ambient pop band from El Paso, Texas (now based in Brooklyn), formed in 2008 by Greg Gonzalez. The band's debut EP, I., was released in 2012 with the singles "Affection" and "K." following in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Their first full-length record, Cigarettes After Sex, was released on June 9, 2017.
They have been gracious to treat us to an a brief afternoon set at Good Records on Sunday March 25, 2018 at 2pm.
Make sure to catch them at the Granada Theater for their full performance later that night. Tickets are available at:
Stop by Good Records on Saturday afternoon 3/24 at 3pm to catch Caroline Rose play some songs from her New West Records release "LONER" (read a bit about it below) Also make sure to catch her with The Weeks at Club Dada later that night.
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death... This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER ––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty popburrito. Because, as Rose puts it, “Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail.”
LONER captures the cheeky satire, comical musings, and often jarring mood swings––sometimes goofy, sometimes emotional––that make up much of Rose’s personality. “I call it Schizodrift ,” she says sipping on a martini with her pinky out. “I want to make music that sounds as manic as I feel.” Filled with catchy synth hooks, Ray Manzarek-esque Farfisa, surf guitar, depth of thought and a punk attitude, LONER captures the energy of bands like Le Tigre and The Cramps, and nods to the styles of Blondie and DEVO, the pop hooks of icons like Justin Timberlake, all the while being inspired by the artistry of Kate Bush. “I’d say this album was as much inspired by Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as it was late 70s punk.” How did she get here? According to Rose, the transition was natural.
LONER began about three years ago. “I was 24, lonely, and realizing life might actually be as hard as people said it was. Gandalf had yet to raise his staff and part the seas for me,” she says with a straight face. “I felt a bit disillusioned with my music; it didn’t sound like my personality. I hadn’t dated in years, I was going to lose health care. I felt detached from the modern world.” So what did she do about it? “I joined Tinder. I turned 25 and rented my first real apartment and painted it bright colors. I started socializing more and little by little, weeded out all my clothes that weren’t red. I embraced my queerdom. I had a girlfriend, we traveled the country, we broke up. I discussed politics, capitalism and Rihanna. For better or worse, I became a member of the modern world. Turns out the modern world is terrifying,” she says attempting to pluck an olive out of her glass.
When it came to writing about all of it, what followed marked the beginning of a fully formed Caroline Rose. “ I needed to get more personal, more aggressive. more humorous and more sonically diverse than my older material,” referring to 2014's slinky indie-folk-rockabilly-tinged album I Will Not Be Afraid . The record was penned over four years ago while Rose was living in a van traveling the country, and received critical acclaim from national press outlets like NPR and Rolling Stone . LONER , however, marks a significant leap forward both sonically and emotionally,
unleashing a burgeoning confidence teeming with character. Asked how she’d describe the transition, Rose responds, “It just felt like a bubble inside me that had been growing and was about to pop.” In a burst of creative energy, she penned and produced a slew of songs that began circulating among labels and press, resulting in a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music .
Over the next year and a half, Rose “got super into production and mixing––I was working 10-hour days creating new sounds, finessing EQ, blending tones, sampling basically everything. Having an apartment [rather than living in a van] gave me the space to have more instruments than just a guitar. I started collecting synths and recording equipment and tracking my material. I signed with a label that gave me a lot of creative control and resources.” After sessions and meetings with over a dozen producers, Rose chose to co-produce alongside Paul Butler (Devendra Banhart, Michael Kiwanuka, Hurray For The Riff Raff) at Panoramic Studio in Stinson Beach, California and the studios of Butler and Rose. A multi-instrumentalist and producer herself, Rose brought to the sessions pre-recorded work the two used as a foundation off which to build, having written and arranged strings, played and recorded keys, guitar and bass, sampled layers of found and recorded sounds, and programmed synths and drums. “The rest was a lot of experimentation in the studio, trying out different sounds and getting weird,” She adds. “Paul added a lot in that way. Neither of us are afraid to try things and throw a bunch of sounds at the wall.”
Another thing that drove Rose to pursue production more seriously was the blatant lack of gender diversity in the music industry. “I noticed over the course of all these meetings there was not a single female or nonbinary producer. Then the more I read up on why, the more I realized there actually are a lot of us, we just aren’t taken as seriously and either don’t receive or don’t demand the credit that we deserve.” In response, Rose stepped up across the board, having a hand in mixing as well as directing creative control over all aesthetics regarding the album. “I wanted to make sure everything was as me as it could possibly be.”
According to Rose, the visuals and aesthetics of LONER are an important vehicle in bringing out her personality, as well as a lot of the more sarcastic elements within the music. “I’ve gotten really interested in the visuals over the years, from producing videos and creatively crafting the images to how I express myself via what I wear.” The video for “Money,” for example, written and directed by Rose and Horatio Baltz, depicts Rose playing all of the parts––a sort of maniacal, Coen Brothers-meets-David Lynch two-minute story involving three people (perhaps the same person?) that leaves viewers asking...What just happened? Not too different a feeling after listening to LONER , in fact. And this, is precisely how Caroline Rose wants you to feel.
Antiphons began in 2011 as the solo project of songwriter, Brian Dove, and has since evolved into a 4-piece rock band. After spending a year on a farm in rural Oregon, Brian returned to Richmond, Virginia with some fresh wounds and the workings of what would become their debut album, "Groan". Upon releasing Groan in January 2017, the band set out to make something more visceral, resulting in their new EP, "Fine". Where “Groan” wrestled feverishly with the bruises of lost love, “Fine”, is the cathartic release of that weight. With these 5 new tracks, Antiphons stride confidently into the realm of guitar-driven rock music which they had flirted with on their debut.
John Pedigo, Chad Stockslager, Trey Pendergrass , and Rocky Garza will be performing at Good Records to celebrate the release of John's album on State Fair Records.
From the mouth of John Pedigo about Pedigo's Magic Pilsner:
"The History of PM Pilsner
My name is John Pedigo. I was born a while ago in Dallas TX – November 27 1978 to be exact. I’m a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer whose been lucky to be a part of many bands and collaborations over the years – The O’s, Slick 57, Rose County Fair, Boys Named Sue, Vandoliers, Party Police, and more. I’ve also had roles in commercials, films, videos, and other random nonsensical artistic endeavors. I went to Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas and have a BA from Emerson College in Boston, MA. if you’re interested in that sort of trivia.
Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner is an ode to my Dad, and the name has its own story: When I was a kid, he made nearly undrinkable beer and called it Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner. He’d make it in the kitchen sink which in the end was where it all ended up anyway, because no one would drink it; arguably more successful was the bowling team he named after the beer – PM Pilsners. (Which I was lucky enough to sub for on many occasions and got a sturdy learning on the sport.) While I don’t make my own beer, I do feel that the music is a brew of styles and years I’ve put into music; at some points it is straight forward singer-songmaker-upper and at others is straight-up rock and roll. From rockabilly onward I’ve played most styles and have seen a good chunk of the world doing so.
It’s 2017 – a year that starts with as much trepidation as it does intrepid hope; a hope that we can forge an unfeigned path through any timorous landscape with our footprints firmly fossilized in the ground. We all create our own fate. We all have power to change and fix what we don’t like. But mostly, we are not helpless when we are hopeful.
My wife told me 9 years ago, “Every year gets better.” A mantra that I’ve adopted. Each year, we learn more and more about ourselves. There’s new discovery that leads us towards the knowledge of what we hold within ourselves. Obviously, most of this is personal and self serving – things as simple as which foods or music we love to each and every one of our choices and beliefs. However, either way, we become more and more who we are each year; solidifying our person.
In 2008, Taylor Young and I started the group The O’s, a challenge to get ourselves on the road as easily as possible; a two ‘One-man-band’ onslaught. If we could keep overhead low with just two dudes, there was nothing stopping us from hopping in a van or on a plane and playing a show. Which we did and still do. Nine years strong and four albums, countless touring and hazy mishaps, the band has played from 10-10000 people on every stage from trailer beds to the Hammersmith Odeon in London. We’ve ventured further than some, but shorter than many playing over 150 shows a year.
Before The O’s, I spent my wayfaring nights with Slick 57, Boys Named Sue, and Rose County Fair. Slick was lucky enough to sign with an Australian label called Laughing Outlaw Records. Because of them, we did a ton of US touring, a bunch of European touring, and an Australian/New Zealand tour. It was fantastically disastrous and made us all who we are today. And I mean that emotionally and physically as my liver would attest. The Sues have had a raucous run of fun delivering dated country music and good times with the largest of winks. Rose County Fair gave me the indie deluge I needed at the time between Slick 57 and The O’s.
Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner continues a personal path; a continuation of a musical journey. But mostly it’s an homage to my Dad who has always been my number one fan. He got sick recently and it brought with it a true sense of mortality. In remission now, we’ve bought more time. And during this, I plan to make him proud. As it has always been, my goal is to deliver music from the heart, art from the soul, truth from whichever medium necessary. From developing one’s craft to sacred friendships and family, not much else matters on the journey. Other than bowling."
GOOD RECORDS & WISHON PROMOTIONS PRESENTS A BRIEF INSTORE PERFORMANCE AND MEET & GREET WITH
ENGLISH SINGER/SONGWRITER JOHN WAITE ON Feb 24th, 1pm – 3pm
Internationally celebrated singer/songwriter John Waite , formerly of The Babys and best known for his #1 hit “Missing You”
comes to Good Records for a special meet & greet on Feb 24th at 1pm-3pm!
40 years later and he’s still leaving them wanting more! Playing to standing room only crowds everywhere he goes, John Waite has just finished the Western and Midwestern swings of his “Wooden
Heart” tour. Just in time to hit the South, he presents his latest album, “Wooden Heart” and a greatnew collection of his “Best” songs. This includes a stop at Good Records for a special appearance and meet & greet!
Meet John, hear his latest releases, get an autograph- and it’s all ages and free admission!
John Waite , England-born rock star/balladeer/storyteller, is best known for his #1 hit "Missing You" and as a member of The Babys and Bad English. The legacy of John Waite is a beautiful monster of sound and vision, the chronicle of an authentic artist, a superstar, a seeker of truth and a soother of hearts. He
walks and rocks among us.
After the signing at Good Records , John will be performing live at The Sanctuary Music & Events in McKinnery presented by Wishon Promotionslater that evening.for a sold out crowd
“The new CD is more extensive and includes some major hits, alongside some songs that are popular at Wooden Heart shows” Waite remarked. “There’s a Dylan song as well as Donavan's Try and Catch The Wind. The Babys’ ‘Isn't It Time’ and ‘Missing You’ really stand out and the band and I are looking forward to an extensive tour in support of the new ‘Wooden Heart’ CD!”
We are excited to be hosting They Might Be Giants for a very special instore performance.
Make sure to grab a copy of "I Like Fun" which comes out 1/19 at Good Records.
The show later that night at the The Kessler is SOLD OUT so this is another opportunity to catch John Flansburgh and John Linnell + co. while they are in Dallas.
Peticolas Brewing Company will be bringing a keg of Golden Opportunity and Velvet Hammer for you to sample for FREE while you listen to MOTORCADE rock out.
Hosted by DeeJay CeePee Christopher Todd Penn & Good Records come celebrate the long awaited release of MOTORCADE's debut album on Idol Records on Sat the 20th, 2018. Cheap admission $5 free drinks and DJ CeePee will be providing the jams prior and post show. Come grab our debut album on vinyl and let's toast this occasion together at the GOOD RECORDS Warehouse 1808 Lower Greenville Ave, located just behind GOOD RECORDS.
MARGARET CHAVEZ (Marcus Striplin of Pleasant Grove) & Scott Danbom (Centromatic/Sarah Jaffe) will be gracing the astroturf with their golden tones January 19th. Stop by for a lovely evening of music.
Come on down to Lowest Greenville for yet another super fun event! We will be lighting up the block for the Holidays this year! From 4pm-8pm, enjoy drink samples, then the block will light up at 7pm!
Meet in front of Blind Butcher to purchase your 7oz. collectible mug for $10. This will get you free samples at participating businesses. Santa will be near GAPCo with a reindeer and his sleigh from 6pm-8pm for photo opportunities!
HUGE Thanks to Tim DeLaughter and The Polyphonic Spree for being our Official Honorary Tree Lighters at 7pm!
More details to come!
Thanks to Christmas Lights by Veterans for wrapping our trees in lights! The block is going to look beautiful!
GAPCo- Saint Arnold's Christmas Ale
Single Wide- $5 HOT Yoohoo Yeehaw (regular $8)
What a better way to kick off the first official shopping day of the year for Santa's big day than with a slew of killer limited releases. We open at 7am so arrive early for best selection.
You can see the full list at:
Record Store Day Black Friday items are limited to stock on hand and available on a first come, first served basis. No holds, no phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer on the day.
Ronnie Fauss returns with his third album Last Of The True on October 27, 2017 via New West’s imprint, Normaltown Records.
The 13-track set is the strongest, widest-reaching album of Fauss’ career, with ten new original songs and three updated takes on covers that include tunes popularized by Uncle Tupelo (“New Madrid”) and Okkervil River (“The Velocity Of Saul At The Time Of His Conversion”), as well as a piano-fueled version of Bob Dylan's “Don't Think Twice (It's All Right).”
For Last Of The True, the Dallas, TX-native also teamed up with indie-folk rocker Ben Kweller for the album’s single “Saginaw Paper Mill.” The Black Balloon-directed video for the track previously premiered at American Songwriter, who calls it “a crunchy, devil-may-care rocker with honky-tonk piano and some hazy, road-trip ready visuals to boot.”
Following the album’s release, Fauss will perform at the annual Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase on December 2, for which he has been honored with a nomination in the “Best Country Act” category. He has also announced a Fall Texas tour that includes dates with Hayes Carll and Rhett Miller (of Old 97’s). Please see below for full tour details with more shows to be announced soon.
Last Of The True includes instrumental backing from members of Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle, Rodney Crowell, and Emmylou Harris' touring bands and was produced by Fauss himself, who worked alongside engineer and former Centro-Matic drummer Matt Pence (Jason Isbell, Sarah Jaffe, Nikki Lane) at Pence’s Echo Lab Studio. “I didn't want to leave anything on the table when I was recording this album,” Fauss comments, “I wanted to empty my notebook.” A genuine fan of the Americana catalog, he looked to his own record collection for inspiration and nods to those influences throughout Last Of The True. The final product is something quite rare: a modern-day Americana gem, as well as a celebration of the older sounds that influenced the genre.
Last Of The True follows Fauss’ 2014 LP Built To Break, which included a collaboration with Old 97’s Rhett Miller and gained praise from CMT, Country Weekly, American Songwriter, The Boot, No Depression, Texas Monthly, and more. Of the sophomore effort, Texas Monthly applauded, “Fauss’s supercharged country rock will ring a bell for any Old 97’s fan. But lines like ‘I got a lot of love inside me / And that’s where it’s gonna stay’ prove that he has smarts and attitude all his own;” and Chris Hillman (of The Byrds, Desert Rose Band, Flying Burrito Brothers) exclaimed, “This young man has the goods and then some." Built To Break was preceded by Fauss’ Normaltown Records debut I Am The Man You Know I’m Not (2012) that The New York Times deemed “memorable” and “clever,” and American Songwriter added, “...we think he hit the mark.”
Elaborating on his direction behind the new material, Fauss comments, “I stretched myself in new ways. I sat down and played piano on a Bob Dylan cover. I wrote a polka song and a back-porch bluegrass number. I explored the Laurel Canyon sound, and I tried to shine a light on some of the artists who've influenced me, too. I cast a wider net this time because I wanted to capture more sounds I like." The result is an album that fires twin barrels of Texas twang and Nashville nuance. There are no borders here. No rules or restrictions. Instead, Fauss has made a cross-country Americana record for bars, listening rooms, pool halls, and car stereos. From the dobro arpeggios and bluegrass-worthy stomp of "No One To Blame But Yourself" to the guitar-based heartland rock of "Twenty Two Years," Last Of The True is everything its title promises: a blast of something real and authentic, delivered right when we need it most.
Last Of The True Track Listing:
1. Big Leagues
2. Twenty-Two Years
3. New Madrid
4. Being Alone
5. I Think We’re Going To Be Okay
6. Saginaw Paper Mill (featuring Ben Kweller)
7. There Is An Irrigation Problem In Gilroy
8. Big Umbrella
9. It’s A Choice
10. The Velocity Of Saul At The Time Of His Conversion
11. Bright Lights Of L.A.
12. No One To Blame But Yourself
13. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Ronnie Fauss On Tour:
October 17 – Denton, TX @ Dan's Silverleaf*
October 21 – Goldthwaite, TX @ Goldthwaite Music Festival
October 28 – Dallas TX @ Good Records
November 10 – San Antonio, TX @ Sam's Burger Joint^
November 28 – Richardson, TX @ Main Street Tavern
December 2 – Dallas, TX @ Dallas Observer Music Awards
*with Hayes Carll
^with Rhett Miller (of Old 97’s)
We will gather at GOOD RECORDS October 28th to celebrate the release of NHD's ‘And The Devil Went Up To Portland,’ the trio’s riotous debut record. Born out of a series of freewheeling and collaborative live tours between Salim Nourallah, Billy Harvey & Alex Dezen, the album showcases a band built on equal parts humor and heart, one blessed with an embarrassment of artistic riches.
Nourallah Harvey Dezen
Saturday October 28, 2017 3pm
1808 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
Come on down to our 4th Annual "Trick or Treat on Lowest Greenville". From 11AM-1PM on Saturday, October 28th, we will be handing out candy at participating locations from Belmont, south past Ross!... Don't forget Haymaker & Toasted!
Look for an orange balloon & that's how you know where to find the candy... and other surprises! Kiddos can wear their Halloween costumes!! It is always SUCH a fun event for families!!
Special early show on Oct. 27 to let out some copies of my new album a little early. Special treat for Dallas, Texas. I’ll have hand poured vinyl and some cds for sale and I’ll do a very special performance. Will will be doing his @bl_ank___bl_ank with his buddy Ada Babar and @the_good_dr_no_no will be doing a short set as well. Starting at 7:00 and finishing quick so you can get to all the other parties. Costumes encouraged! All ages and free admission at the Warehouse behind @goodrecords
The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow, Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper, and Midlake’s Jesse Chandler will be touring together as Tears of Silver, playing selections from their different catalogs, plus a few covers and maybe a new song or two.
Much like The Posies’ tour last year, Tears of Silver will be playing unconventional, intimate venues in the cities they’re visiting, and the venue locations will only be revealed the day before the show.
*A SHARE OF OUR PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF.*
Pegi Young and The Survivors featuring Spooner Oldham (Neil Young), Kelvin Holly (Little Richard), Phil Jones (Tom Petty/Joe Walsh/Traveling Wilburys) and Shonna Tucker (Drive-By Truckers) have quite the impressive resume.
Come see Pegi and her wonderful band at a special afternoon instore performance on the pink astroturf Sunday 9/17/17 at 3pm.
Join us on Wednesday, September 13th for a sneak peak at Ariel Pink's new album "Dedicated to Bobby Jameson". We'll be playing the album and giving away freebies like stickers, enamel pins, and a t-shirt. Plus, one lucky person will win a Deluxe LP copy of the record featuring a bonus 12″ with 4 tracks not on the standard album!
We'll also have free drinks courtesy of Austin Eastciders for those 21 & up. Be there!
Morgan Taylor aka Gustafer Yellowgold makes his bi-annual visit to Dallas to entertain young and old alike. He is also a part of The Polyphonic Spree 15th Annual Holiday Extravaganza as he is almost every year December 9th at the Majestic Theatre. Come catch him in a special peformance at Good Records Saturday June 3rd at noon. He will have plenty of his award winning dvd/cd combos, plush friends, and shirts for folks of all sizes.
Conor Oberst will be performing an acoustic mini set at Good Records prior to his full blown performance later that night at the Granada Theater. You can get tickets via:
Purchase his new album "Salutations" on CD or LP and receive an autographed poster while supplies last. In order to make his soundcheck on time at the Granada he will not be doing a signing.
Pueblo - Band will be performing prior to Conor and Vandoliers will be closing things out.
Vandoliers will be celebrating the release of their new album "The Native" with a special instore performance with Pueblo - Band kicking things off at 3pm on May 20th. Vandoliers will play at 4pm followed by Conor Oberst at 5:30pm.
There will be a Crosley Deluxe Turntable giveaway that afternoon. Automatic entry for the drawing with purchase of the new release.
We will be celebrating the reissue of Tom's highly sought after private press LP (comes out 4/14/17 on Tompkins Square on CD & LP) with a special performance by Tom Armstrong as he currently resides in Dallas. Tom will play a brief set and sign copies of the release after his performance.
D.L. Nailling & Derek Rogers will be kicking things off on this special evening.
Tompkins Square's recent double-LP, Imaginational Anthem vol 8 : The Private Press shed light on forgotten, impossibly rare guitar recordings spanning several decades. Tom Armstrong's The Sky Is An Empty Eye is the first of several reissues planned by Tompkins Square of full albums by artists featured on IA8.
Armstrong's self-released LP from 1987 sports blissed out acoustic numbers like the one featured on IA8, along with some electric workouts and even a deep psych vocal tune. Tom's main mode of distribution for the album was handing the LP to drunken patrons at a bar in Pinos Altos, NM. Now Tompkins Square makes it a bit easier to acquire.
In his own words, today:
I was born in Elmhurst IL, lived there 29 years. Had a brief career playing open mikes and bars for tips, drinks and nominal cash payments, even gave some guitar lessons.
In 1984 I was offered a half partnership in an engineering firm in Dallas, so I moved to Texas. Made a big pile of money. My wife bought me a Tascam 4 track recorder for my birthday, I went crazy with it. Recorded a bunch of melodies that had been rattling around my brain since I was 8 years old. Liked what I heard, decided to make an LP.
It wasn't too hard to track down a studio to master my 4 tracks. By this time I was an old hand at graphic design for promotional material, so I designed the cover myself.
Handed the albums out to business associates, as promotional material for other business interests, at a drunken open mike at a bar in Pinos Altos, NM.
I continued to record for about another 10 years, blues rock, pop. Really refined my recording skills. Still play once in while, but I'm an old fart now, with all the baggage that entails.
The son of Ecuadorean immigrants, Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida.
Helado Negro has an expanded edition of his latest album "Private Energy" on RVNG Intl. coming out May 5th so this is the perfect time to catch him at Good Records and grab a copy on Sunday May 7th and then catch his full show at Club Dada the next night.
We (Starfruit) are releasing our debut 7" vinyl record at this show and we will be playing an extra special, extra long set, for u
((Live from the Astroturf))
we will be joined by:
Rat Rios - (heart string synth pop)
Yells At Eels - (Gonzalez family free jazz)
music STARTS AT *6pm* and ends at 9pm, for real!
Family Friendly (if ur ok with ur kids hearing like two bad words)
BYOB if u want B
buy un record and see a SHOW