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Vishnu’s Bicycle

Last track on the album, and probably the easiest one to mix. Things just seemed to fall into place for this track, and I love the breezy feel it has. We also managed a pretty good breakdown in the middle, considering we couldn't all have eye contact in the studio. Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoyed the album (and might even purchase it 🙂 ).


Good Neighbors

Somehow, gathering with a bunch of great people involved in New Orleans music and seeing Victor Wooten at the Howlin' Wolf yesterday got me down a little bit. Not that there wasn't talent, energy, and vibrancy in either place - it was obvious there was a ton of history and passion in what everybody did. But the gathering was the result of club owners and musicians trying to figure out how they can continue playing and performing in a city where labyrinthine zoning and permit regulations make it impossible to successfully manage a live music venue without a grandfather clause. In a place that gave (and continues to give) the world so much great music, it's technically illegal to rehearse in a home or have a poetry reading in a coffeeshop without a live music permit. It's just staggering. And unfortunately, there's a ton of legal work to perform in order to remedy this situation - although I'm an outsider at this point with no knowledge of the system here, I'm assuming this will be a monumental task. But we're talking about laws designed (in the words of one legal expert) to keep rock and roll out of the city - that ship has sailed. This city needs a full revision of zoning and permit laws to at least make it possible to work out live venue and performance rules.

At the end of the Victor Wooten show (which was a typically wonderful affair), he made a plea to just keep the video clips short when the audience inevitably posts on YouTube or other service and not give away the music. Obviously, there's differing schools of thought on how posting the video really affects sales and such (I point you to Steve Lawson for the extremely well-stated counterpoint to this). But it was a sad punctuation on an otherwise fine performance.

Through the whole day, the phrase "good neighbor" kept popping up in several contexts:

  • Bar owners making sure to reduce the amount of trash, noise, and parking issues in their neighborhoods
  • Neighborhood residents respecting the culture and history of neighborhoods they may have just moved into and not working to "Disneyfy" the place
  • Working with neighborhoods to make sure your voice is heard and understood
  • Respecting the wishes and needs of everybody in a neighborhood and being easy to live with

One of the lawyers at the meeting acknowledged her tendency to Pollyanna-ism, and I'm afraid this blog post tends to that as well. But wouldn't being a good musical neighbor go a long way here? Understanding that music is a part of culture everywhere, that it needs to be given room to grow and develop, and that both sides need to foster good relationships here to build on what we have (no need to review the RIAA and the textbook case of how they did EVERYTHING wrong).

Just a thought.


Buddy’s Lament

This is the only Playboy Psychonauts track with vocals. Live, I think it sometimes took the audience by surprise when we yelled something during the song - we even tried to avoid talking while on stage. Enjoy!


Bosoms of Kali

This is what happens when a psychedelic surf band decides to get a little funky. We included some funk numbers in the set (most notably "I Feel Good" and "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf)"), and this one sprung from a jam. It's also the longest song we ever wrote. Otherwise, you just get a taste and it's on to the next one.


Playboy Psychonauts Theme and Ravi’s Rancor

'Cause Bandcamp makes it easy to embed tracks, and to help draw attention to the new Playboy Psychonauts EP, here's a change to listen to a couple of the tracks with some comments:

Every band needs a theme song, and this one was ours. First song we ever wrote, and for a long time we opened and closed every show with it (until "Tears of a Clown" won the closing spot).

Ravi's Rancor is another uptempo rocker, complete with Buddy's surprisingly menacing whispering. Plus, it's got a brief bass solo, so there's nothing wrong with that.


Playboy Psychonauts EP!

The band may not be performing anymore, but you can finally take the soul and spirit of the Playboy Psychonauts (in the form of 5 original songs) along with you wherever you go. The EP's Bandcamp page went live this morning, and I encourage you all to go visit and consider purchasing that music. It represents all of the original songs we put together during our time together (sorry, no "Tears of a Clown" - that's just between you and us, babies).

The recording sessions just took one afternoon to complete, but time and event conspired to make the mixing and mastering take a little longer. We explored a vinyl release as well (suitable for the spirit of the music), but in the end we decided to embrace the digital age and fully commit to Bandcamp for this release. Hope you enjoy, and please let us know what you think. All hail Casanovia one last time.