Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Soulful Funk of Tristan Clopet

There is a lot of blue-eyed soul in Tristan Clopet.  

Blue-eyed soul wrapped around an infectious, hardcore funk. 

Toronto-born, Miami-based Clopet and his band, the Juice, often get compared to Red Hot Chili Peppers, circa 1991, and justifiably so.  On his latest EP, Purple, Clopet spits out his lyrical rap over that wonderfully nasty rock/funk groove that the Peppers did so well.

But there is more going on here than emulation. Clopet's soaring vocals and searing guitar sets him apart. 

His voice is not as gritty as Anthony Keidis of the aforementioned Peppers. It contains the soulfulness that Steve Winwood and Robert Palmer perfected.  Listening to the EP, one will also be briefly reminded of Faith No MoreArrested Development, John Legend and even U2 The funk/rock blaster, Superficiality Is A Sin, has joyfully kept with me for the past month. 

And the man can play guitar.  Just like ringing a bell. 

Clopet, who is currently in the studio working on new material, is selling his EP online with the internet-friendly "pay your own price" policy.  It is also available at iTunes and Amazon. Give a working musician so love and treat yourself to some badass funk.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Family. Redefined. Again.

A South Florida homage to the The Sopranos.

Because every family needs an intro theme....

Monday, July 5, 2010

West Palm's Surfer Blood Heads Out To World's Festivals

The fresh-faced local music heroes, Surfer Blood, is about to embark on the summer of their lives. 

The lo-fi, indie-pop group will soon head north to NYC to begins its six-week sprint around the globe playing mid-afternoon sets at all the best festivals.  West Palm's Surfer Blood is hitting the big time. 

Most often compared to Weezer, Pavement and Japandroids, Surfer Blood cranks out a laid-back, guitar-driven rock that employs liberal use of reverb in its lo-fi production.  Formed just over a year ago, the band's first single, "Swim," drove the blogs crazy last fall.  Their initial album Astro Coast is classic indie pop and was well received - an 8.2 and Best New Music tag from Pitchfork. 

The band starts its festival run at NYC's Siren Festival and then onto Chicago for the Pitchfork Festival. After stops in Australia and Japan, the Florida Boys hit the European summer music festivals before closing out August at the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals. 

Unless you caught Surfer Blood's raucous show at Lake Worth's Propaganda club last week, it will be awhile before the boys head back into to town.  Until then, oh the sights they will see.

Swim” by Surfer Blood (mp3)(iTunes)(Amazon)