MOKB Exclusive + Tour Dates : Brent Amaker and the Rodeo : Pocket Calculator (Kraftwerk cover)

If you’re not familiar with Seattle’s Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, I dare say you oughta be. Personally, I can’t decide if they’re cowboys first and showmen second, or vice-versa. Then, there’s that third option, which is that they’re nothing more than a bunch of beer drinkers and Hell raisers who happen to play just enough gratuitously sex and violence-flavored country music to legitimize themselves. If I were I betting man…

Anyway, as a music-making machine, Amaker and crew succeeded in grafting the head and heart of Johnny Cash on the body of Devo, and weening the little monster on spaghetti westerns and the soundtrack of Convoy. Sound like a blue plate special mess? You bet yer sweet bippy it is, but it’s one you’ll gladly wade into, perhaps wearing little more  than a shit-eating grin. Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Amaker is nothing less than a superhero in black, leading his charges through a succession of hell bent for leather high-octane country anthems designed to put a beer in your hand and a burr in your saddle. But don’t take my word for it. Check out Man In Charge from the band’s newest full-length, Please Stand By.

Please Stand By, drops on October 19, 2010 on Spark & Shine, and will be available digitally, on CD and in limited-edition vinyl. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking up the limited-edition vinyl version of Please Stand By, if for no other reason than it will score you a copy of Mescal De La Muerte, a comic written by Jay Cynik and starring who else but Brent Amaker and the Rodeo. You’ll probably want to hide Mescal De La Muerte under your mattress, though, less you parents, brother or roommate discover it. To minimize chances of room invasion, I recommend playing the band’s words-can’t-describe cover of Kraftwerk’s classic Pocket Calculator early and often.

MP3 : Brent Amaker and the Rodeo – Pocket Calculator (Kraftwerk cover)
MP3 : Brent Amaker and the Rodeo – Man In Charge

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo on Tour
10/22 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
10/27 Yakima Sports Center @ The Haunted Bordello, Yakima WA
10/28 The Filling Station, Bozeman MT
10/29 Signature’s, Mitchell, SD
10/30 5th Annual Sioux Falls Zombie Walk
10/31 Nomad World Pub, Minneapolis MN
11/1 Elbo Room, Chicago IL
11/2 Off Broadway, St. Louis MO
11/4 Crystal Pistol Saloon, Tulsa OK
11/5 Flamingo Cantina, Austin TX
11/6 Continental Club, Houston TX
11/7 The Mix, San Antonio TX
11/9 Low Spirits, Albuquerque NM
11/10 Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff AZ
11/11 Double Down Saloon, Las Vegas NV
11/12 Doll Hut, Anaheim CA
11/14 Mt. Arbor Theater, Portland OR
12/4 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA

  • Harb

    October 11, 2010 [ 2:16 pm ]

    Wow! Great stuff! thanks!

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