Addison Groove Project

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Addison Groove Project

By terri sapp

I was encouraged to check out the Addison Groove Project, and once I heard them, I understood why.  I checked out their 2002 allophone and Archive Cuts Volume 3, Rob’s Picks – Fall 2003.  In the two albums, I found several enjoyable moments that make me move.  I really LOVE the funky jazz vibe that these guys give.  The saxophone wails.  Not only are the instrumentals fun to listen to, and make wonderful background music, but the songs with lyrics are noteworthy as well.  The second song on allophone, “Carpal Tunnel,” has a comical undertone, telling about a beautiful woman and “what you’re doing to me.”  I couldn’t help but wonder why they named the song carpal tunnel…guys…fantasizing about a hot chick…singing about wrist pain…hhhmmmmm.  The song really moves, though.  The harmonies on the sax are great.  I danced when I heard “Turning Points” thanks to the horn and guitar mix.  “Breathe” has a super dreamy scratching sequence that reminds me of a toned down psychedelic DJ Shadow.  The deeply soulful vocals also caught me in a flashback to a show where G Love meets Michael Franti.  Very impressive. Archive Cuts Volume 3, Rob’s Picks – Fall 2003 came up with some exciting covers and originals.  Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar” is musically right on.  The vocals on this one were a little over the top, in my opinion, in this recording, but the singer did put his own spin on the cover, not just carbon copying the original.  “Brown Sunlight” has a real funky groove.  Songs like this one make me understand where the band name comes from.  Their cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” was much more fitting for the singer, and the band really brought a mellow mood to this rock ’n’ roll song.  The last of my favorite covers on this live cd is “Fame.”  Addison Groove Project brings a little bit of P-Funk to this David Bowie/John Lennon classic collaboration.  The vocals are totally on point on this one!  “Wolfgang,” another of the band’s instrumentals, shows the emotional side of the Groove Project, and leads me to think that these guys could make a pretty good living just composing movie soundtracks!  Visit the Addison Groove Projects’ website, www.addisongroove.com, for more information on the band, their music, and when you can catch them in your area!

Concert Sutra “Suckin’” on Primus

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Concert Sutra “Suckin’” on Primus

by terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter

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            The anticipation of a night with three original members of Primus, one of the best rock bands in this countries’ history was enough to drive a woman like me to a high-pitched giggly schoolgirl squeal fest every time it crossed my mind.  Even more, there is no better venue in at least the southeastern United States than the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Les Claypool

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            From the very beginning of March 8, 2004, it was obvious that Primus still has a most dedicated fan base, even after all these years!  Upon arrival, (several hours early, due to the general admission setup) we came across a solid Primus crew.  After they FINALLY let us in, we didn’t have to wait through an opening act…nothing but Primus, baby!  On one side of us was a fourteen year old that was three years old the last time I saw these three guys play together when they headlined Lollapalooza in 1993, and on the other side was a young boy who told us all just before show time, “I have waited my whole life to see Primus!”

            As soon as Larry LaLonde (on guitar) and Tim Alexander (on drums) appeared, it hit me that my favorite bass player in the WORLD was about to be within feet of the front and left of center spot I claimed just minutes earlier. Read More »