The charms of New Times contributor Courtney Hambright go well beyond her abilities to pen a clever phrase. We were particularly pleased with her recent profile of local singer-songwriter-goofball Mike Mineo because the reportage included plenty of passages like this:
In the spring of 2006, Mineo, who plays acoustic guitar without a pick
so that he can "articulate bass lines," apparently soiled his instrument
during a pretty wild gig. "When I started playing, people went
apeshit," he says. "I was playing so hard that I cut my finger and
didn't even know it. Mountain men were freaking out, and mountain women
dragged me home. I let a few of them."
Yep. So anyhow, Hambright's blog is a great read too. After you read Travis Newbill's review of the Mike Mineo album release party, follow it up with her thoughts on the show over at Mood Vane.
Also of interest in Hambright's entry is some of the first scratchings about Boca Raton indie pop upstarts Goolsby. We can gather that the guys used to call themselves Quiet River, and the lineup includes
singer/guitarist Paul Simundich, guitarist Matt Salcito, bassist Oz Del
Castillo, and drummer Jeff Rose. These guys have past ties to area groups the Marchen, Stonefox, It's Latin, and Alaska.
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They're loud and rocking, but it's not one big blurry sound. The music
is dramatic and they're composed and jokey in a way that makes me
wonder, what is it the kids are into now? Paul Simundich (sigh!) played
barefoot -- again, what are the kids into now? -- and even rolled his
guitar back over his head to botch up a little behind-the-neck action.
Judging by the songs posted on Goolsby's MySpace, including the playful "Wild Once," the kids will get some more attention in this space soon.