This makes me happy for several reasons. Mainly, I fucking love of Montreal, and seeing them in my own neck of the woods will be amazing, as I’m sure watching your favorite band in your home town must feel for anyone in that situation. However, this means something for the Rio Grande Valley. Allow me to elaborate.
These are the posters that I’ve seen around UTPA promoting Galax Z Fair. Each poster has a ‘quote’ on it that reads “The valley never gets kewl bands”.
There was once truth to those words. I must admit I’ve said them myself before. However, that grim veil of obscurity has not touched down in the Rio Grande Valley for quite some time. This is because people took initiative; people who believe in this place and it’s potential. These people made efforts to push away the dark cloud of doubt that made this place seem so very desolate and thanks to them, things began happening here; things we hadn’t experienced yet; special things. Before we knew it, bands we’ve grown to know and love as fans and friends began sharing stages with their influences. The ‘unthinkable’ was now very much thinkable. Our world is growing ever larger. To use a Legend of Zelda reference, bit by bit, our world map is slowly being lured out from under the clouds.
Citizens of the Rio Grande Valley, we are in an age of enlightenment. At the current pinnacle of that enlightenment is the Galax Z Fair with of Montreal at the forefront. This is the beginning of something great. I can feel it in my bones. I can’t wait to see how this all comes together. I can’t wait to see who else is playing this event. I can’t wait to get my ticket tomorrow at the early bird pre-sale. I can’t miss this for the life of me.
There’s a fantastic show going down tonight in McAllen, Texas at Cine El Rey.
Moi Je Joue
I’m personally very excited for this show. I hope to see you all there!
Thinking back over my 21 years of life, I can’t recall ever perusing the pages of or let alone holding a copy of Playgirl. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a copy in person, come to think of it. But I remember many a reference to it being made in various films and conversations and through that discovered it’s existence. Given that I am a male, I learned of Playboy quite early in life and of it’s purpose. I understood what it was for and acknowledged it’s influence on the world and just how widely appreciated it was. So when I learned about Playgirl, I figured it too served a purpose for a large group of people of comparable if not at least equal size to that of Playboy’s reader/beatership.
In French, Playgirl translates to Moi Je Joue. Which is both a song by Brigitte Bardot (drool) and the name of the band that I want to talk about today.
Moi Je Joue is a four-piece from my neck of the woods, the Rio Grande Valley; Harlingen to be exact. They have a very familiar and yet refreshing sound that leads me to believe that they have a tremendous amount of promise. So far, they have two tracks up on their Facebook page; one of which you will find posted below.
Moi Je Joue – Solutions
I’m really digging this track. It reminds me a lot of the Smiths for some reason. I can’t wait to hear what they record next.
If you live in the Rio Grande Valley, I highly recommend that you take the opportunity to see this band in action this Tuesday when they play Cine El Rey alongside Dignan and Twin Sister. It’s going to be one hell of a show; definitely not one to miss. Also, word seems to be spreading that Dignan is going to be playing new material along with a cover, which I find pretty damn exciting.
I don’t know about you, but I’m totally putting my money on Toto’s “Africa”.
What do you think they will/should cover?
I love learning about the origins of things. Predecessors are where it’s at for me. So, I recently learned that my neck of the woods, the Rio Grande Valley, was touched upon by the British Invasion of rock and roll in the 60s. Of course, it’s not completely unheard of, it’s a really surprising and comforting thing to learn. I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley with a strong interest in music. I picked up a guitar just like many others in this area and one way or another, we were all inspired to play music somehow, so we do. We like it. We have fun. It’s incredibly comforting to learn that 40 years ago, the same thing happened the same way to people just like us. There was a music scene then as there is now, and there were bands then as there are now. They had some pretty great names, too: Thee Kavaliers, The Headstones, The Playboys of Edinburg, and The Souls.
That last band released a 7″ single for a track called “Diamonds, Rats and Gum” on a local label at the time called Pharaoh Records. Listen to that track below.
Christopher and the Souls – Diamonds, Rats, and Gum
This past Monday, I was drinking my usual ‘too much’ tea at Ambrosia Coffee and hanging out with friends. Around 10 o’ clock that night, two young and hairy fellows walk into the shop carrying a guitar and a cajón (box drum) and begin to set up at one side of the shop next to my table. I’m always eager to hear a new band, especially from this area, and these were some very fresh faces. Naturally, I paid attention.
Wouldn’t you know it, I’m glad I did. These two guys (named Cristian and Alan) kicked out some pretty good jams by the end of the night. I, being the technological creep that I am, set my laptop at a decent angle and shot some video of their performance from my table with my Macbook Pro. Enjoy the show.
As of right now, the band doesn’t have any recordings available. I hope they get some soon, this are the kind of jams that are worth listening to. Keep your eyes peeled, World.
This band is from Austin, Texas. Two of the members used to play in two of the greatest local bands ever to hit a note in the Rio Grande Valley, Ennui Jolt and Gallows Holier Than The Cross.
They’re called The Young and just had their debut LP, Voyagers of Legend, released on Mexican Summer this past May.
This song is called “Birds In The Bush”.
This song brings up thoughts of several bands that have long since been shaken off the mortal coil. Visions of The Clash and The Cars flash before me. It’s kind of incredible. Beyond the fact that this song appeals to the way I feel right now, this is just a great song. The simple songwriting leaves plenty of room for listeners to dive in and lose themselves amongst it’s humble chords.
I honestly can’t say that I don’t mean it when I sing along to the contemplatively-concrete hook of a lyric, “maybe I’ll just fade away”.
(From L-R: Davíd, Violeta, Joaquín, Rafael)
I kind of feel like this post should be written in Spanish for some reason. The four people you see sitting on a couch above are a punk band from Monterrey, Nuevo León, México called Ratas Del Vaticano. This past weekend they played a house in McAllen, Texas and I haven’t the faintest idea how they did because I missed the performance. However, I’ve been listening to their album, Mocosos Pateticos, and I’m kind of kicking myself for not getting to the party earlier to see them.
The band recently released their second album, Tiempos de Austeridad, on CAPTCHA Records.
Ratas Del Vaticano – Puneta Con Frenesi
(Mocosos Pateticos, Siltbreeze 2009)