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Awesome show

Electric Dirt killed it last night to a small but enthusiastic crowd.  The -5 degree weather may have been a significant factor in the attendance. They’ll be back at Simons on February 26th.   Go! You’ll be glad I sent you.  Also don’t miss the Okee Dokee Brothers this Sunday at 11am at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  That is all.electric dirt

Songs you might not have heard.

I got a couple  songs for folks to check out this week.

First up is a song by a band that I heard a few years ago called Llama. The song is Too Much To Soon off the CD Close to the Silence.  Starts with a a powerful drum shuffle, clean acoustic accompany and then into the chorus and BAM!  Power chords rock into the refrain. I can hear a banjo plunking down as well.  It’s quite a smart song and totally rocks out. What’s really impressive about this song is they wrote it when they were in high school!  The song did get featured in the movie Swimfan but the CD is well worth a purchase as well.  They did break up in 2003. You can read about the history of the band here on wikipedia.  Have a listen and wonder why this song didn’t get more play as I do


The other is by one of my favorite local bands called Strain Busy Sky. Not only are they friends of mine the music they put out is off the charts. They won the Lucky Strike Band to Band competition and have toured coast to coast with a really strong Chicago following. It’s been awhile since they recorded.   The song I suggest you give a listen is Racing the Sun which was also the title of their last CD.  Have a listen to this great song and wonder as I do how it didn’t get more radio play



Getting ready for the BIG SHOW

chicagomusicsummit2013clrwgooglewebIf you follow this page or the band your aware that on September 29th, 2013 at 2pm we have a CD release party at Schubas!!!  October 8th is the official release date.  At the Show we’re gonna have free posters, CD giveaways and lots and lots of FUN!!!  Koo Koo Kangaroo gets the party started and then followed by the ever rocking Poochamungas.  To prepare I have been doing interviews and calling friends and inviting the press and all that other stuff to get the word out!  Tonight I am headed to the first ever Chicago Music Summit at the Hard Rock Hotel to further spread the word of the Poochamungas.  Taking a few business cards and a couple CD’s. Who knows it may be the BIG BREAK for the band.  More likely I meet some neat people and word of Poocahmungas gets spread a little further.

Some of the Music I have been listening to… Baze and His Silly Friends, Josh and the Jamtones, Francis England (reviewed), Justin Roberts (song review), Story Laurie (song review), Lori Henriques (cd review), Okee Dokee Brothers (wife’s request), Dirty Sock Funtime Band, Alistair Moock and others .   I gotta run and go get some brakes fixed. Hope to see you at the big show!

Lori Henriques vs The Boogers? Oh yes I did!

KindievskindieOne of the best things about being a kindie music artist is that I get lots of music in exchange for my Poochumungas music.  I trade a lot of CD’s with fellow musicians and get to grow my library.  Well in the last two weeks I have received Lori Henriques and The Boogers!  Talk about completely different styles of music.  One is a cool jazz pianist with great vocals and the other is a hard rockin three-piece power punk machine!  The musical styles couldn’t be more different.  So what to do here when two great CD’s arrive at Poochamungas Blog?  Death Match!  Yeah…. Uh no.  Kids say music is about creativity and life (skipping death metal) so it’s a battle to control the CD player!… Uh no kids say CD player is for old folks they are the iTunes,mp3 generation… sheeesh!   Let’s open with…

LoriHenriquesCDcoverLori Henriques!  Her second effort The World Is A Curious Place To Live doesn’t disappoint.  Her brilliant vocals and jazz piano styling are unique.  No one else does what she’s doing in the kindie world.  She mixes original songs with traditional music played with original lyrics.  What really gets me in her music is the enthusiasm and joy.  When she sings about Everlovin’ Water I had to go get a glass and appreciate where it came from. Ahhhh Refreshing!  Just like the entire CD.  My favorite song on the CD is the opening Curiosity but the remaking of St. James Infirmary into When I look into the Night Sky is ethereal.  She takes a well-known tune and transforms it. I failed to recognize it the first time and it was one of the first songs I ever learned on harmonica.  Have a listen and check out the video link here.  The Album is educational as well which really matters not to me and the kids if the music doesn’t hold.  This one does.  Like a cool breeze though a open window while reading your favorite book. This CD is that good.

The Boogers come out rockin’ one again with Extractum Victoris which isCover_-_Extractum_small_hires_RBG-343x311 a latin title.  Extractum means to extract which is evident but victoris means a couple thing. To be victorious which it lends itself to, but also means conquering which is appropriate. Because The Boogers latest effort is kickin’ ass and conquering the world of punk rock once again.  From covers to originals the CD brings the power, insight and comedy expected from a Boogers album and sees them get better at their craft at the same time.  The opening song It’s a Sunny Day sets the tone with a big electric guitar opening then rolling right into the demand of Gimme Some Pancakes which ends in the ever appropriate and comical… What’s the magic word?  Please.  My favorite is the Pandas are Dangerous. A Lyrically strong, insightful and properly rockin love song.  That right I said it!  You can check out that video hereWith the Boogers it always goes to 11!

So the winner is… The listener.  If you want winners go watch sports!  Music is about creativity and craft and both these artist are great at what they do.  Feel like rocking out with the kids go play The Boogers!  Want to mellow a bit and listen to some jazz piano with one of my favorite vocalists go check out Lori.  No losers here! Go support you local artist and buy their CD’s available on the links below so they can continue making great music.