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Black Keys Boston Show Print – Dan McCarthy

If you have followed this blog in the past you are well aware of HiFi Centrals obsession with limited edition art created for rock bands.  Last year I ran a month long posting about “The Art of the Music Business” and highlighted several of my favorite prints and also the artists who have mastered and re-defined this medium.  Granted, rock art posters are nothing new we can thank the legendary Bill Graham for much of the popularity even today.

I’m a huge fan of The Black Keys and so is fellow blogger NYMike (read the prior post about his show review at Madision Square Garden).  One of my favorite artists is the guy out of Massachussetts named Dan McCarthy; my wife and I have several of his prints and he always seems to come up with fun and imaginitive designs consistently.  I happened to check out his website this morning and noticed that he created a print for a recent show (March 7th) at the TD Garden in Boston; apparently they were also on sale at the event as well.  Dan posted that he will have a limited amount available on his site later this month.

His prints usually sell around $40 and go quick, so check out to and see ifyou can snag yourself one when released.  Let us know if you get one too!


Southern Culture on the Skids – On tour now!

I saw these guys a couple of years ago in a now defunct local dive (Revolution Hall – Troy, NY) and really enjoyed the show.  Southern Culture On The Skids (or SCOTS for short) is basically rockabilly meets country meets  B-52’s meets something entirely unique unto itself.

The band has announced some new tour dates and sadly they are not coming to Albany once again this year.  I find it amazing that so many bands overlook Albany (the capital city of  New York for God’s sake!), then again most people outside of the state think New York City is the capital.  The band Midlake, who’s album I reviewed a few months back, just got back from a tour of Europe and played a few cities in the US.  They only local appearance was 1.5 hours away in Syracuse …and they jumped right over Albany and went to Boston for the next gig, gee thanks!  To be fair, Albany does get its share of good shows but many of the bands that I would like to see often jump right over my beloved city, bummer.

If you are curious about seeing SCOTS on the road now’s the time; check the following dates and git’ yer’ tickets!

10/8       Richmond, VA  —  Plaza Duckpin Bowl
10/9       Washington DC  — 9:30 Club
10/10     Harrisburg, PA  —  The Abbey Bar
10/12     Marietta, OH  —  The Adelphia (At The Gallery)
10/13     Pittsburgh, PA  —  Diesel Club
10/14     Philadelphia, PA  —  World Cafe Live
10/15     Brooklyn, NY  —  The Bell House
10/16     Hoboken, NJ  —  Maxwell’s
10/29     Johnson City, TN  —  Casbah 
10/30     Buford, GA  —  Hell On Wheels Beerfest
10/31     Birmingham, AL  —  Zydeco
11/3       New Orleans, LA  —  One Eyed Jacks
11/4       Mobile, AL  —  Soul Kitchen
11/6       Tampa, FL  —  Skipper’s Smokehouse
11/7       Jacksonville, FL  — Jack Rabbits Live
11/26     Kill Devil Hills, NC  —  Port O’ Call
11/27     Kill Devil Hills, NC  —  Port O’ Call
12/3       Charlotte, NC  —  Visulite Theatre
12/4       Carrboro, NC  —  Cat’s Cradle
12/18    Raleigh, NC  —  The Berkeley Cafe


the Aquabats 2010 Tour!

Yes, it’s true The Aquabats are on tour and hopefully coming to a venue near you!  I saw these guys years ago in Boston and loved the show; fun surf rock with a corny stageshow and worth every penny.  With band members with names like MC Bat Commander, Crash McLarson, Eagle “Bones” Falconhawk, Jimmy The Robot, and Ricky Fitness you’ve got to expect it’s going to be at the very least entertaining, right?

They’ve been hiding out for a year or more not touring so I’m sure they will be full of energy on stage with each gig they will play.  I don’t see New York on their tour as of yet, but I’m hopeful.   If you have kids and have had a chance to watch the show Yo Gabba Gabba they’ve been on quite a bit. 

If you dig ska/surf rock bands like Los Straitjackets, you’ll like these guys too. If you get a chance to see these guys please do and tell us about it.  Here is the link of where they are currently touring for 2010, click here.

If you’ve seen them before, let us know what you have thought of their shows.


Strunz and Farah – True “Guitar Hero’s”

Although this album was released in 1997 I felt it important to inform the masses about and hopefully you will take the time to learn more about Jorge Strunz (Costa Rica) and Ardeshir Farah (Iran); two exceptional musicians in the world today. 

As a college student in Boston in the mid-90’s it was not uncommon for me to begin my afternoon studying to background music.  At the time Emerson College had a fantastic radio show called Jazz Oasis that was a 2-hour program immediately following a World music show called something I cannot recall, but it was a great prelude to the jazz show.  One day whilst listening and working on a paper I remember that I stopped writing to listen more closely to what was playing.   After the song was over I was introduced to Strunz and Farah; I recall that the song was off their (at the time) newly released Live album and it was a must to run out and get (I just was so eager to hear more!). After that one song and numerous albums afterwards…I am still hooked.

Musicians like The Gypsy Kings and Ottmar Liebert are household names in guitar,Flemenco, and world music circles but sadly not for Strunz and Farah; however, they should be.  The Live album was the first album I ever bought and it remains among one of the most cherished, prized, and continuously played in my collection.  I’ve turned more friends on them by just randomly putting them on; most say “Jesus, who is that?” and I politely reply “oh, it’s just Strunz and Farah, I’m sure you’ve heard of them”, usually the reply is  no, but “can you burn that for me?”. 

As live albums go, this is the probably the most precise, entertaining, and well-rounded album I have ever heard.  There are zero dull spots in this album and often the listener has to wonder if these guys are really that good live.  The album is so well recorded and produced, you have to think there is some studio magic in there, I mean, can these guys really play that fast and clean?  The answser is yes! I’ve seen them do it.

Strunz and Farah have recently wrapped up a U.S. tour and already have a date set for June 11, 2010 at the One World Theatre in Austin, TX; if you live in the Austin area do yourself a favor and grab a seat.  I would suggest that if you are a fan of Al Dimeola, Strunz and Farah are among the same caliber of talent.  Granted that DiMeola might be a bit more well-rounded since he plays all different types of guitar styles, Strunz and Farah offer their own corner on the guitar market and will not dissapoint even the most critical of guitar fans.

I saw these guys in 2002 at The Regatta Bar in Boston and it was a show I will never forget.  Check them out and a sample of their music (and latest album Fantaseo) by clicking here.

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