Yet another cool show in a week crammed ridiculously full of cool shows (have you seen what all's going on this weekend? yeesh...), tonight -- Wed., February 23rd -- is a pretty damn special deal for local '60s-pop re-envisioner Chase Hamblin, who got tapped to open for none other than Texas-bred psych legend and real-live '60s icon Roky Erickson up at The Continental Club.
Now, while I can't claim to be a huge Erickson fan by any stretch of the imagination -- I'm generally fairly ignorant when it comes to most '60s-era psychedelic music, beyond the easy touchstones like Pink Floyd or Hendrix -- I can still recognize that this guy's a freaking giant, and it's amazing to see the man back to releasing new music. I'm especially intrigued by this spring's collaboration between Erickson and fellow Austinites/perennial musical loves of my life Okkervil River, True Love Cast Out All Evil, particularly after hearing/seeing this little taste:
Roky Erickson and Will Sheff of Okkervil River at Toy Joy, Austin TX from Roky Erickson w/ Okkervil River on Vimeo.
(You can snag an MP3 of "Goodbye Sweet Dreams," the song from the video, right on over here. It's quite a haunting little song...)
I shouldn't give short shrift to Chase Hamblin, btw, because he's a hell of a talented guy in his own right. 2009's A Fine Time is a damn good, warm-and-bright (yet actually sneakily bleak, lyrics-wise) EP, well worth checking out. Plus, Chase tells us his next effort's now underway, and promises it'll be less paisley and more roots-rock, now that he's pretty much fully integrated the live band into the recording thing. Keep your eyes out for it, folks.
Last I heard, tickets for tonight are/were still available, so grab 'em now while you can (see the Continental's site for how to do that) -- show starts at 8PM.
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