Buzzed Bands Podcast, Ep. 2 w/ Cold Blood Club

Friday, April 01, 2011

Tummy Touch Records Showcase Was Cool

This comes a little late but on Monday we went over to Rockwood Music Hall for the Tummy Touch Records showcase. It started nice and early and featured a full open bar the whole night. The show consisted of short performances by their artists in rapid succession. Each artist was rather unique from the other so I'm just going to go through them one by one, in order of appearance.

  • The Bandana Splits are an all girl vocal group. The three girls in the group wear matching outfits and have a great stage presence. The vocals are impressive. It's very doubtful I would ever listen to this group on my iPod but I would certainly see them live, they're lots of fun. 
  • Bing Ji Ling looks and sounds like a coke fueled 70's porno. It's hard to tell if this is all supposed to be tongue-in-cheek or not. Bing Ji Ling is just one dude singing 70's acoustic rock and he looks like a caricature of Walter Becker (Steely Dan). It's really weird.
  • Project Trio is a three piece jazz type of band. It's an upright bass, cello and flute. The music was jumping and even when it mellowed out it had a soul to it you usually don't get from these types of groups. They were very impressive and the crowd was totally into their set. Apparently they play around NYC so it would be well worth checking them out. 
  • Kyan Kuatois is British pop singer who played solo with piano. At first he came off as kind of bland but as he loosened up a bit (it was his first NYC show ever, after all) his voice really stood out. This kid can sing! Most of the songs are pure pop but the few times he touched on soul he reminded me of Stevie Wonder. I think we'll be hearing a lot from this kid.
  • Twi The Humble Feather is just fucking weird shit. They sound like the soundtrack to some nerdy role-playing game. There's weird chanting and medieval sounds and it's just odd. It kinda creeped me out a bit. 
  • Turner Cody is a guy with a guitar and he sure knows how to use it. His voice immediately reminded me of Mountain Goats but his guitar style is more Jack White. The first song sounded so much like Mountain Goats that I dismissed this guy as a rip off but he won me back with the rest of the sets which was bluesy and bad ass. Check this guy out for sure. 
  • Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players were the headliners and as always they were both awesome and hilarious. If you're not familiar with the band well you should change that. It's a top notch comedy set combined with rather awesome music. But hey, Trachtenburg is already a big deal (they were on Conan, after all) so I don't need to tell you what you already know. 

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