Beautiful Harmonies, Alt-Country that Rocks The Day…Meet, New American Farmers
Saturday morning, the sun is already starting to bake, my wife and son are still fast asleep and I’m sitting here surrounded by my books and albums, headphones on listening to some very cool music from New American Farmers. Saturday and Sunday mornings are my time for Folk and Alt-Country because both are a big part of what I listen to. The Byrds, Petty, Dylan, Gram Parsons, Neil Young and that list could go on for a long time but the point being , it’s a part of who I am and what I love so it is my pleasure to be sitting here listening to this fantastic duo, with beautiful harmonies, I’m way in front of you and as I write they are doing a alt-country version of ELOs’ “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” just gorgeous, I’m so impressed by New American Farmers that I want all of this on Vinyl so I can sit here without headphones on , blasting this out of my speakers. Let us add Soul Asylum to the list of Bands that are part of this history, always loved them and when I hear just a dash of Soul Asylum, I’m hooked. I haven’t read any reviews or what the critics are saying, who needs that hanging around your neck while your trying to capture why you like what your listening to. What I am saying is simple…buy the new album, buy the old albums, listen to New American Farmers if you have any time to spare as you go through your days, their music will make you smile and sing along and it doesn’t get much better than that…..
Hi our name is….
New American Farmers. We don’t have a farm. Yet. We do grow veggies and lemons, and songs.
We want a small farm some day. In Oregon or Vermont.
People say we sound like…..
Tom Petty, The Byrds, The Rolling Stones, and that other band… what’s the name of that band?
Paul Knowles and Nicole Storto
We are originally from….
Mars, Arizona — but we moved to California, then changed our name after 10 years.
Who are some that have an influence on your sound??
The Monkees, The 70s Rolling Stones, 1970s Neil Young, Patti Smith, George Harrison, The Band, and Traveling Wiburys (all the current hip bands, you see).
The first time we met was…..
In a record store in Tempe, AZ., in the summer. Man was it hot.
We knew we were going to be a Band…
When we played our first show at Double Door in Chicago as duo.
Books we recommend …
The One-Straw Revolution
Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
After The Quake by Murakami
The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature
Tarnoff, Ben *
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
Our craziest gig ever was….
At a sports bar up by the Russian River. We opened for another band. We played a few originals while 3 baseball games were playing on the TV. The crowd wanted to hear covers — we played a bunch of Neil Young, CSNY, and Concrete Blonde, and The Doors. We got tips and people started listening. We’re not sure how we got booked into that place.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
Right here in California – 1973-1974. Such a good time for singer/songwriters, and that’s around the time that Neil Young made On The Beach and Tonight’s The Night.
Growing up ,at home we listened to…..
Our dad’s records at first – Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, The Jordanaires, Nancy Sinatra, Harper Valley PTA by Jeanie C. Riley, then graduated to Beatles, ELO, Stones, Tom Petty, Television, The Monkees (all the hipster bands at the time).
What tunes are on heavy rotation for you…
Mother by Pink Floyd and Natalie Maines’ cover of Mother. Tom Heyman’s In The Nighttime World and Chickenhawks and Jesus Freaks, All Things Must Pass and Brainwashed by George Harrison, Anything by Coyote Oldman to help us relax and sleep.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
The original Wilco band, The Clarence White era Byrds, or did you mean a current band? Then, Zoe Muth and the High Rollers or Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah. We’ve actually worked with Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah before. We should do it again. It was a good match.
When you are touring and have some time off , where could we find you..,.,
Reading, exploring the local vibe, catching the local bands, hiking
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us
We’re on your side. We want you to be happy, and we want you to think.
the new album…not yet released…
Pre-order of The Farmacology Sessions. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
releases 14 October 2014
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EatKS Reno and Demos no.3
Yes folks. It’s that time to assault your ears with another Reno and Demo edition of Everything and the Kitchen Sink. This one originally aired December 12th 2012. I gotta say I am very thankful I don’t have to do two hour fuckin slots anymore. Holy shit my shows were fucking long! Can you imagine me talking and track listing? I must have bored the listeners to tears!
If you listen carefully there’s a skip on a track, maybe two. I couldn’t fix it, so I kept the fumbling in there. While I thought I was pretty damn clever of keeping the recordings of the actual live shows, I never made a playlist. I have to say this is a good way to keep me on my toes in “name that tune” trivia. (Not really) What the hell was played? Your guess is as good as mine
1. David Bowie – Jean Genie
2. Elvis Costello- Dust …2
3. The Cramps – It Thang Hard On
4. East End Radicals –Carry On
5. The Copyrights – Current Event
6. Crass – The Immortal Death
7. Guitar Wolf – Taxi Driver
8. Suture –Falling
9. Mudhoney – Who Is Who
10. St.Alvia – The Commute
11. The Enemy – You’re Not Alone
12. The Flys – Love and a Molotov Cocktail
13. The Corin Tucker Band – I Don’t Wanna Go
14. The Black Keys – I Got Mine
15. Wreckless Eric – The Whole Wide World
16. Billy Bragg – To Have and To Have Not
17. The Charltans – Time For Livin’
18. Gotye – Coming Back
19. The Phantoms – The Equalizer
20. Dubmatix – Burning Fire Dub
21. The Clash – Are You Ready For War
22. The Clash – The Last Gang In Town
23. The 101ers –Motor Boys Motor
24. Dirty Revolution – Dirty Revolution
25. King Apparatus –Hospital Waiting Room
26. The Barrymores – By The Way I’m Not Your Girl
27. The Jellycats – When I Do
28. X-Ray Spex – I Can’t Do Anything
29. It’s indie band. hey indie bands label your music eh?
30. Stiff Little Fingers – Fly The Flag
31. The Shindys – Know About It
32. The Bruised Arcade – Calling You
33. The End Tree – Where Is She
Took a few days …
The LOve Me Nots..
Marvelous Mark – A Rock and Roll Love Letter To You
Mark Fosco – (Marvelous Mark if you don’t mind), to my ears is an old soul. His music is perfect power pop; we’re talking Big Star, Shoes, The Raspberries, The Records and Badfinger. As a musician he’s been around – most notably with Toronto’s The Marvelous Darlings (more on them in a minute), Roommates, and Rad Habits. Each of those bands played rock and roll with melody, harmony and pop hooks sharp enough to reel in the biggest fish. Even then, Mark’s new solo material is special. Not unlike revered song-smith Ron Sexsmith, Mark writes exceptional, effortless, melodies – even if he’s writing about bed bugs – you’ll be hooked. The guy is talented.
I don’t want to take the focus away from the music of Marvelous Mark, but I’d be negligent if I didn’t give some background on his previous band the enigmatic and catchy-as-hell Toronto outfit the Marvelous Darlings.
There’s not a lot of info out there about the MDs but it is beyond me why they weren’t raised up on the shoulders of anyone who has ever liked The Undertones, The Exploding Hearts, New York Dolls and whoever else you can think of that plays perfect earworm power pop infused rock and roll. Maybe it’s because the MDs were essentially a side-project of Mark’s friend – singer Ben Cook (aka Young Governor) who juggled his musical forays between the MDs, hardcore punks No Warning and punk champs Fucked Up to mention a few. The MDs sure put out some immaculate music but recently faded to black. They are worth checking out though.
Anyway we’re here to talk about the new music of MDs guitarist Marvelous Mark.
Let’s let Mark fill us in.
50third: Tell us a bit about yourself, your history as a musician, where you’re from originally.
I’m originally from Toronto, spent my teenage years playing in punk bands and in 2007 started Marvelous Darlings with Matt Delong and Ben Cook. Marvy Darlings had a relatively short active period, but continued for a few years mostly as a recording project. We put out eight or nine 7”s on a bunch of smallish independent labels, a live LP and a singles compilation LP before calling it quits with that. While that was going on I also worked on a project with Ben called Roommates. We did two cassette singles which later came out as a 7” on Slumberland Records. Then I lost my mind and started acting weird(er) and locking myself in my room and learning to record, which is pretty much how I started my solo project. I take really long walks and generally dislike the company of others.
50third: How did the Marvelous Darlings come about?
I don’t even know the whole story, but here’s my side of it: I met Matt (who is in No Warning and Yacht Club and has a bunch of other things going on these days which you can check at www.sugarcityroller.com) pretty randomly drinking beer on a warm night, we talked for a few minutes and he asked if I wanted to start a band with him, to which I’m pretty sure I said “I dunno”, which was most definitely me politely trying to say no because he mentioned Motley Crue which wasn’t really my thing. But we started hanging out after that, and I’m pretty sure I said “I dunno” a few more times. One afternoon he called asking if he could send me some demos to record bass parts over, so I said “Sure”, or something along those lines, and he sent ‘The Swords, The Streets’ and ‘Careerist’ demos, which Ben (who is in No Warning and Yacht Club with Matt and also plays with Fucked Up and has a solo project called Young Guv) had already done vocals on. I listened and thought they were pretty cool and not at all what I was expecting, so I actually made the effort and spent that evening learning the songs and writing/recording bass parts, and I was PSYCHED. I sent them back, he liked what I’d done, and a few days later there were a couple more demos in my inbox. This went on for another week or two til there were six songs written and demoed via email. So we got together to jam them a couple times, which was when I actually met Ben and spoke to him for the first time, and after I think two rehearsals we recorded them “properly” and made tapes, played a few shows etc. All the vinyl releases followed shortly after that. So it kinda just started in this funny and painless way. Apparently it was only supposed to be a “summer band” and not be “too serious”, but I wasn’t around for that conversation.
50third: How did the song-writing process work with the MDs?
Most of those songs started with Matt writing and arranging the music, he’d demo that just with guitar and drum machine, send to Ben who would write and record vocal parts and then send to me for bass. There were some that we all came up with together, and I think Ben wrote a couple by himself that we kind of messed around with. Usually started with Matt, but was a group effort to some degree.
50third: Now that you’re stepping out on your own do you collaborate or write with others?
I have a little bit. I wrote a couple cool ones getting stoned with Matt at his studio this summer. One of those is going to be on a 7” coming out on Drunken Sailor Records from the UK. Besides my project, I’ve been helping out/collaborating on a couple others. Ben and I wrote a bunch of songs together which are going to be on his upcoming Young Guv LP, and I’ve been recording and playing guitar in a new band called Bad Zeppelin which is the brainchild of my good buddy Dylan Bowden who is also an amazing artist and does the best album art Skulls Bowden Tumblr. So far we’ve done one 4 song tape for that, and going to get started on recording another batch any day now.
50third: What record would you say pushed you over the edge to do the rock and roll thing?
Probably Green Day ‘Dookie’ when I was ten years old.
50third: What artist’s career trajectory would you like to follow?
50third:What’s the story behind the video for “Paralyzed”?
Not much of a story, but still a good one: the ‘Paralyzed’ video features my half brother Ramón, who lives in Caracas, Colombia (he also starred in my video for ‘Bite Me’). He was living here in Toronto for about a year and had managed to get himself a couple serving/bar tending/bussing jobs in the east end, all under the table (he was here illegally). While he was here, he was sleeping in the spare room of my apartment, which is only slightly larger than a nice walk-in closet. One Friday night, he came home from work very late and started ranting about the “fucking bag heads” he had to serve for a living (I WISH I could do the accent for you). Of course, I had no idea what the hell he meant by “bag heads” (he was incredibly drunk and is super ESL), but it gave me the idea for the video, in which he literally serves a diner full of actual “bag heads”. It all came together quite beautifully, in my opinion.
50third: What do you think of the current Canadian music scene?
I have no idea. I generally don’t really pay attention to what’s going on around me, but also Canada is a very big country and I don’t keep up with what’s happening elsewhere. Large groups of people and “scenes” weird me out, so I don’t go to many shows and most of what I listen to isn’t Canadian. Though I will say, it seems that there are a lot of independent Canadian bands and labels who are doing very well for themselves these days, and Toronto in particular seems to be having a bit of a moment lately, so that’s probably a good sign.
50third: If you were to make a mix tape to help someone discover Canadian artists, what would be on it?
Limblifter, Sloan, The Killjoys, Gob ’Too Late No Friends’, a couple Doughboys tracks, Rusty ‘Fluke’, Forgotten Rebels ‘In Love With The System’, Hayden…there’s probably more but I can’t think right now.
50third: What are you listening to these days?
The Ramones always, Dinosaur Jr., Flaming Lips, Beach Boys, lots of random 60’s pop, Buddy Holly, 7Seconds…
50third: If you were making a sandwich – Peanut Butter and…….?
OK, get ready for this: club sandwich, two layers. Toasted wonder bread. Bottom layer: peanut butter and jam (any kind). Top layer: jam and nutella. Slather the bottom bread with peanut butter, the middle bread with jam (on both sides), top bread with nutella. If you really want to impress yourself/whoever you’re serving this to, do it French Toast style. Whatever you do, it MUST be called a “Marvelous Club Sandwich”. I invented it stoned.
50third: What’s coming up for you in 2014/2015?
I have a 4 song EP coming out on Burger Records (http://www.burgerrecords.org) very soon and a 7” coming out on Drunken Sailor Records which I mentioned earlier. Also a new Bad Zeppelin EP, probably some shows and tons of recording. Check www.marvelousmark.sexy for new releases, videos, songs, demos and any other things I feel like posting. Thanks!!
Cool Noise Pop Band from Saint Paul, Minnesota . Meet .. The Persian Leaps
Drew Johnson Photography
Official music video for Pretty Boy by the Persian Leaps. Pretty Boy appears on the Drive Drive Delay EP, released Sept 2014, Land Ski Records. Created by Kobamm Productions
If you dig on the cleverness of Guided By Voices or maybe the vibe of REM before the big boys got to them, here is a Band from Saint Paul Minnesota that takes all of that and more into this Century. Yes , you still can sing along and understand the lyrics and it’s still okay to rock out with your air guitar, I haven’t checked in with any kind of Hipster Rules Committee but I’m pretty sure it is still okay to pick up your guitar and play just like yesterday, sorry I digress….The Persian Leaps are the kind of band that should get played on heavy rotation on independently owned radio stations like WYEP in Pittsburgh and they ought to be included on podcasts
from all you groovy kids that help spread the love of cool and not yet discovered by the in-crowd kick ass bands…so give a listen, sing along, dance, have a blast, tell your friends , tell you Mom, and don’t forget to tell your Dad about this really cool band you discovered at 50thirdand3rd.com…The Persian Leaps
Hi our name is:
- The Persian Leaps
People say we sound like:
- Guided By Voices, Teenage Fanclub, The Smiths
- Adam Brunner (bass, vocals), Drew Forsberg (vocals, guitars), Michael McCloskey (drums, vocals). Adam’s a recent addition to the band. Brad Hendrickson played bass on our new EP but left the band a few months back to focus on his guitar repair business.
We are originally from:
- Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN
Who are some bands that have an influence on your sound??
- Guided By Voices, Teenage Fanclub, The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, The Stone Roses, House of Love, The Chameleons UK, Pavement, Echo & the Bunnymen, Joy Division, The Posies, Big Star
The first time we met was:
- Drew: High school detention. No, that’s an outright lie. Michael and I played together in a proto-version of this band in 2011. We met Adam last fall when we played a show with his band at the time.
We knew we were going to be a band:
- Drew: When Colonel Tom Parker and Malcolm McClaren got in a bidding war over managing us. That’s another outright lie, of course. The honest truth is, we’ve had a few different line-ups in the last two years. We’ve got families and careers and stuff, and real life happens, like it or not. Every line-up has had some incredibly fun, positive aspects. So far, Michael and I have been the constants. We have a shared love of harmonies, which is a big part of our sound.
Books we recommend …
- Adam: Pure Slaughter Value by Robert Bingham
- Drew: Anything by Jane Austen. I used to read a lot of literary fiction but honestly, I’m sick of it. These days, I mostly just read the latest comics from Marvel and DC. That’s not a lie at all; it’s the sad, sad truth.
- Michael: 1984 by George Orwell
Our craziest gig ever was:
- A Halloween house party in 2012
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be:
- Adam: Probably New York in the early-mid 1990s. But I’d just be stalking Stephen Malkmus or David Berman.
- Drew: England in the late 1970s/early 1980s for the heyday of post-punk bands like Joy Division, Wire, Gang of Four, Chameleons UK, etc. Or England (again with the England!) in the mid-to-late 1980s for the C86 bands, Creation Records, Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and the House of Love.
- Michael: San Francisco, 1967-Great music and even better clothes
Growing up, at home we listened to:
- Drew: Simon & Garfunkel. Seriously. I wore out our copies of “Bookends” and “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme.”
- Michael: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Allman Brothers
What tunes are you currently jamming to:
- Adam: I love the latest Sun Kil Moon record, and I’ve been listening to a lot of early Silkworm as well. Also this band from here in Minneapolis, Queen of France.
- Drew: I’ve enjoyed recent stuff from Cheap Girls and Eternal Summers. Hollow Boys (from Minneapolis) just released a stellar album.
- Michael: Currently jamming to The Jam, ironically.
If you could open for any band right now who should that be and why?
- Drew: Guided By Voices, because Uncle Bob is my spirit animal.
- Michael: I’d love to open for 12 Rods, because that would mean they were back making more music.
When you are touring and have some time off , where could we find you:
- Drew: Biking, cross-country skiing
- Michael: Sleeping, 9 hours a day is a must!
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us
- Michael: It’s OK to tap your foot along with the song.
Listen to some tunes……
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