Happy Spring! At least it is in the Old Pueblo - just had a high of 87 yesterday (!) so in our hood that means summer heat's not that far away. Wildflowers are sproinging up in the desert with a vengeance after so much winter rain this year. Look at this kaleidescopic fairy land!
Picacho Peak State Park by Arizona Illustrated
So here's just a quick update on a couple of Tucson shows coming up so ya'll can go back outside!
Friday, March 8th
St. Charles Tavern
10:30pm - show starts at 8:30 with Saint Augustine and prog-rockers Still Life Telescope. In tribute to Peter Tork (RIP), we'll be covering (at least) one of the songs he wrote for The Monkees.
Friday, April 26th
The 4th Annual PSYCH OUT! - Benefit for Downtown Radio Tucson 99.1 FM
Awesome collection of regional psych rock goodness with Desert Beats, Tropical Beach, The Psychedelephants and headliner Sugar Candy Mountain!
Check out the poster by Jimi Giannatti of POP NARKOTIC!
It's time for another episode of Psych Circus, Jamie and Cristina's occasional party where we can all expand our minds AND shake our booty together! Pulling together some awesome Desert psych/rock/pop compadres and arranging for some trippy ass images for an immersive experience of love, peace and OOOOOH!
Jamie and I used to do nights like this in our old Venice Beach dayz with stilt walkers and bands like Golden Buddha and the Aliens that Ate Hollywood. Oh yeah and The Shivas back before most of them were even old enough to be in a club! And a VJ with three different AV booths with overlapping video streams - it was crazy man!
We may not have stilt walkers on Friday but these bands will stilt walk all over your MIND! And at a great club like 191 Toole it's all for $5. You can't afford NOT to go!
191 Toole - at 191 E Toole Ave
Friday, January 18th - Doors open at 7pm
The Desert Beats - 11pm
Silver Cloud Express - 10pm
Birds and Arrows - 9pm
Grand Voodoo Band - 8pm
We'll be beaming out our next transmission from the astronomy-themed, 100% solar powered downtown hangout, Sky Bar, this Friday, Nov 16th. We have some good buddies to warm up your rockets before we blast you into outer space!
No cover, great drinks (voted "Best Cocktails" in Tucson Weekly's Best Of for 2018!) and lots of fun. See you there!
ALSO: 10pm & Midnight, you get $1 Wells and Shots and the telescopes will be out for your viewing pleasure from 9pm - Midnight!
Friday, November 16th
9pm - 1am
536 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ
Image from NASA
We just had a couple of great shows and now there's a bit of a backlog of new songs to record until we play again. So here's a lil tour of the place where the magic happens...
In a cave deep under the rocky caliche of Tucson, an orange glow emanates from the laboratory where Silver Cloud Express songs are brought to life.
The Magician's table - where hundreds of jams felt the first sparks of Creation.
You can see here the phosphorescent glow emitted by the birth waves...
Just a taste of some of the implements and devices used for the genesis.
Then you bake it up with the Trinity orbs of Love, Truth and Rock...
...and there you have a new song. Lather, rinse, repeat!
You can now find our debut songs from the Colors EP in a whole lot more places on the interwebs and your favorite platform, app and other webby doo-hicky!
Photo by tombarta
Had a blast at CANS Deli with Still Life Telescope and OTHERS! The sound did not disappoint as sound man extraordinaire, Frank Bair, dialed in each element and worked hard through the night to make sure everyone sounded great. And they did! SLT brought the prog with some excellent guitar work and thundering drums melding tight rock songwriting with freaked up jazz time and rhythm switchups. And OTHERS were otherworldly indeed - large ranging experimental band that included dulcimers and digeridoo to offset dangerous guitars and synths.
Had our dinner there in the front Deli (as their motto says "deli in the front, party in the back!") and have to say, CANS know their way around a pastrami sandwich too!
Had our first audio release party as Silver Cloud Express in June - which was also one of the last shows at The Flycatcher (formerly PLUSH, both RIP). It was a helluva night with the Psychedelephants and Tropical Beach. Lots of colors, friends, great music and of course love. It was bittersweet as last time on the stage of a venue that felt like a second home since our time as The Modeens - for almost 10 years (whoa, that made me pause for a second!)
So fare thee well all the great folks at PLUSH/Flycatcher - the memories will surely stick around.