I miss playing music with this guy.
Extremely talented, extremely positive.
Me onstage with Lucky Pineapple from a couple of years back. This was some weird festival we played. The headliner was KC and the Sunshine Band. Seriously.
Fun night. I got heroically drunk.
I wrote this song the evening after my younger brother (and Lucky Pineapple bassist) was hit by a truck while biking. I went to the emergency room and he was on a bed with his head covered in a heaping, bloody turban. Being the low-key guy he is, he simply said “Oh, hi guys.”
I was driving that night, very emotional about the whole thing. It was night and I was going up and down the streets in downtown Louisville and the main riff came to mind. I wanted it to sound like the “Taxi Driver” soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann but not too jazzy. I think it accomplished what I wanted it to, a combination of something pleasant and beautiful yet recognizing and respecting an omnipresent sadness. It’s one of the few times a song ended up pretty much exactly the way I wanted it to. I am very happy with this one.
The rainy day traffic noise was recorded in front of my workplace at 21c Museum Hotel when I was still a valet driver. I ran a microphone down the street one way, then another one in the opposite direction, capturing the stereo-effect of the vehicles driving down Main Street.
This track was recorded by our keyboard player, Brian Sweeney at his place in rural Indiana, The Red and Brown Audio Lounge.
I have been asked up New York way about Lucky Pineapple a few times of late- so i’ll post a few songs from our second full-length over the next few days.
This is one that was recorded at Electrical Audio. During the “second act”, the super distorted guitar solo I did was on Steve Albini’s guitar that was used in Big Black….which was no small thing to a simple Okie like myself. I was totally uncomfortable with the guitar, physically, but I think it helped with an “appropriate” solo for this weirdo song…..
Most of these songs are super fast on the record- that’s funny to me.
I get asked about this album more than I would care to acknowledge- but here is the link to how/where you may buy it digitally (for only $5).
I am rather proud of at least 75% of this music. It was a strange band with some of my favorite people ever. It never quire accomplished what any of us had hoped it would musically………..but that’s OK.
Many thanks to Noise Pollution Records for always supporting every single band that I was a part of and for keeping such oddities such as this band available for public consumption.
(Cover art by my ex-wife, Jessica Faulkner.)
If you know of anybody in the Brooklyn/New York City area that needs a guitarist or bassist, I have returned from tour homeless and I am not making enough money at my “real” job to pay rent on anything at the moment. So I’d rather play music.
I am available to tour, practice, yadda yadda. The Phantom Family Halo have a CMJ gig coming up and another show on November 25th. Nothing else until our album comes out on/around Valentines Day 2012.
I grew up playing bass but have played guitar primarily over the past 12-15 years…? Influences are jazz, noise, country, surf/garage, but I came about via punk rock.
Feel free to pass my name along if you hear of anybody or anything. I don’t have a price or anything- just wanna stay fed and stay moving.
catcasual at gmail dot com
Come see me if you are anywhere near any of this:
Lucky Pineapple @ SXSW in Austin, Texas: We’ll be there Friday, 3/19, spreading the word and hanging out and then we’ll be playing twice on Saturday, 3/20- one being a show that I am short on the details for and the other, later show is our showcase at The Amsterdam Cafe at 9pm.
Then, I am flying off to resume touring w/ Phantom Family Halo:
My Disco, Phantom Family Halo
3/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Charleston
3/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Neck Tie
3/23 Washington, DC @ DC 9
Young Widows, My Disco, Phantom Family Halo
3/24 Charlotte, NC @ Milestone
3/25 Athens, GA @ 40watt
3/26 Atlanta, GA @ 529
3/27 Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse
Hope to see some cool folks out there.
I’m super happy to hear that Man or Astroman will be down at SXSW this year doing a few different shows. I surely hope to catch one while we’re down that way. They were/are the nicest, hardest working guys and a huge influence on me.
Put out the word, if possible: know of anything going on Friday, March 19th, that Lucky Pineapple can be added to while we’re in Austin, Texas for SXSW? We’ll do about anything: in-stores (pffft), house party, a Brit milah, play in a park…whatever. Thanks!
“Jersey Shore” sure likes the Lucky Pineapple. They used two more songs: