Thursday, February 25, 2010

Finale Friday - Feb. 26 in Webster Groves

Sunday, February 21, 2010

We Won't Let You Miss Troubadour Dali

St. Louis’s dreamy psych-pop masters Troubadour Dali are continuing their weekly climb into local music fans hearts with a series of free concerts at the Halo Bar beginning this Sunday night, Feb. 21. Troubadour Dali released their debut self-titled CD late last year as the inaugural CD release on the Euclid Records label. After several weeks in residency at Off Broadway, the band is ready to shift to the Loop for the next five weeks. Sunday nights, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, Mar. 7, Mar. 14. Troubadour Dali will be performing at 10 pm in the Halo Bar, 6161 Delmar in the Pageant building. Then on Tuesday, Mar. 23, they will wind out their time at the Halo with an 11 pm show after Black Rebel Motorcycle Club finishes their show at the Pageant.

It is a truism in music that the best way to get better and better is to play regularly, and these weekly concert appearances by Troubadour Dali have whipped them into a well-oiled machine of intense and powerful rock. Annie Zaleski of the Riverfront Times said that their album “captures the band's dreamy psych-pop live sound to a tee. Lysergic guitars stretch out lazily, like a kite wending in the wind or a good morning stretch; stacks of harmonies and hints of distortion further add to the blissed-out psychedelic atmosphere.” Imagine what they sound like now!

But wait! That's not all. They'll also be playing live right here at Euclid Records on Friday night, Feb. 26 at 7 pm, and again live in Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar, on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3 pm. You can't say these guys aren't giving you a chance to catch them.

After completing the Halo Bar residency, Troubadour Dali will begin venturing out of St. Louis, spreading a wider and wider regional net with their spacy, ambient noise-pop rock music. Get in on the ground floor now, and you can say you saw these guys when they were growing richer and deeper inside their sound.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Heaven and Earth

by Joe Schwab

The best perk of working in a record store is weeding through and exploring the tens of thousands of old vinyl gems we get every year. While working in the bowels of the basement I get to explore the obscure and overlooked. After all this is why we love the hobby, right?

So the other day I ran across what looked like a potentially interesting suspect by a vocal duo called Heaven and Earth. The record, from 1973 is called Refuge and was released on the Ovation label, produced by legendary percussionist and lounge music giant Dick Schory. The band features two singers Jo D. Andrews and Pat Gefell and a handful of Chicago's finest studio personnel. Although All Music Guide lists this as a "Quiet Storm/Urban Contemporary" record, it's really very far removed from that. It's very much a Baroque-Pop recording and I'm sure it was marketed for a middle of the road, easy listening audience. My best description would be Jimmy Webb meets The Paris Sisters. Silky with beautiful "little girl" harmonies, nice arrangements and occasional string quartet arrangements. Andrews and Gefell write the majority of the music but it does feature a couple of (then) current songs such as Elton John and Bernie Taupin's "Sixty Years On" and Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow is a Long Time".

Here is a third cover song, Stephen Still's "To a Flame" a song he recorded on his first solo record. A beautiful tune but better suited to the female voice than Stills'. Note the beautiful string arrangement by veteran producer-arranger George Andrews.