June 8- Haraway Brothers at Oakland Cemetery, Tunes From The Tombs
First of all, hello! It’s been a minute! Where have we been? Well, we’ve been playing some private stuff here and there, and of course at home base Trader Vic’s, but we had to give our man Lee some time off for paternity leave. That’s right, there’s another Sunpuppy in the mix, Madeline Ann Haraway, born 2/1/19. In her short time on the earth, she’s been really productive, having already started a wicked three-piece power pop trio with Malone Shanks and Bowie Niespodziani. They’re called The Fugues and their debut album will be released in 2036.
ANYWAY. Our triumphant return to public rocking is at TUNES FROM THE TOMBS, at historic Oakland Cemetery on Saturday, June 8. The Haraway Brothers will close out the Larkin Underground Stage at 5 PM. One of our very favorite bands Futurebirds (also rocking the pedal steel), are the festival headliner, and several other cool bands like Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics and Mike Killeen are all on the bill bringing the fun.
Get your tickets here and make a day of it, we certainly will. Food trucks, kid-friendly, the whole deal. Happy Summer to us all.
View from Stage Left
- There’s been SO MUCH, folks. But we’ll start with Hayes Carll. His “What it Is” album is his best ever, following his previous best ever “Lovers and Leavers.” There are so many ridiculously clever and wonderful songs like “Jesus and Elvis” and “Things You Don’t Want to Know” (co-write w/ Charlie Mars), but it’s “Wild Pointy Finger” and “Fragile Men” that take the cake here, two of the best political songs you’ll hear in these…challenging?….times. And he just got married the other day. Cheers to Hayes Carll!
- Other great records—Josh Ritter’s “Fever Breaks”
(produced by Jason Isbell and backed by the 400 Unit), The National’s “I Am Easy to Find” (Gorgeous. Can’t stop listening to it.), Anderson Paak’s “Ventura”, Steve Gunn’s “The Unseen Inbetween”, The Felice Brothers’ “Undress”, SUSTO’s “Ever Since I Lost My Mind”, “White Denim’s “Side Effects”, Craig Finn’s “I Need a New War”, Kevin Morby’s “Oh My God”, Shovels & Rope’s “By Blood”, Jenny Lewis’ “On The Line” (she was fantastic at Variety), Michael McDermott’s “Orphans” and Steve Earle’s “Guy” (tribute to The Legend Guy Clark. Holy shit is this good.)
- Shows! Saw Panic at 420 and Duane
keeps giving those legends a jolt…
Isbell played before them for a killer set and then smoked some ZZ Top w/ WSP…nobody does what Jenny Lewis does, one-of-a-kind…our pals from Yacht Rock continue to amaze with their Stop Making Sense show, Nick (father of the very famous Bowie Niespodziani) deserves a medal for his effort and performance, and as much as we enjoy G Lee, we always love seeing Pete play the bass.
- A more serious congrats to Lee, Benji and Nick for the birth of their children, and condolences to Erin Haraway for the passing of her father Russell Kelly, who once told a crowd of 200 people that I wrote Into the Mystic. God Bless You, Russ.