Wednesday, June 11, 2008

This weekend in Austin & Houston: EXTRA GOLDEN!!!

Man it's really 'bout to go down this weekend!

Saturday night June 14th at The Orange Show in Houston (HoustonSoReal alumnus know that this is hands down my favorite venue in Houston. Kid friendly so take the kids!) and Sunday June 15th at Club DeVille in Austin (Also a damn fine venue) EXTRA GOLDEN hit's Texas with that Kenyan Benga cum American Indie Rockish Type Melange of Beautiful Sounds that well, don't come round these here parts every other day.

I'm not the most well versed on these dudes, I just know that I like them and will be spending Fathers Day Night up in that Club DeVille. Wish I could bring the kids to see these dudes. Could do it in Houston, but won't be able to make the Orange Show. You really should, especially if you have never been to the Orange Show. You need to experience it.

Check out this piece on Extra Golden from NPR

From their bio on

Extra Golden was formed rather casually in May of 2004 when Ian Eagleson, Alex Minoff and Otieno Jagwasi began fiddling with each other’s compositions in an apartment in the Buru Buru neighborhood of Nairobi. For rhythmic inspiration, the trio used isolated drum tracks by Onyango Wuod Omari that Eagleson had recorded earlier that year. After several song ideas were hashed out, Omari came by the apartment and, tapping pencils on a table, familiarized himself with them. The next afternoon, the four musicians met at the Annex Club and Restaurant in Kariobangi South Estate. Positioning themselves on a concrete slab between the tables and the restrooms, they set up a laptop and mixing board, a broken-down drumset, a couple of amplifiers and several microphones. Three hours later they packed up and left, the majority of Ok-Oyot System completed.

A year after this initial recording session, Otieno Jagwasi succumbed to his long struggle with liver disease. Besides causing great sadness, Otieno’s passing spurred Eagleson and Minoff to bring these recordings to the public. Chicago’s Thrill Jockey Records agreed to release the album and, in May 2006 – exactly two years after the group’s formation – Extra Golden was introduced to the world.

Ok-Oyot System’s unique blend of Kenyan Benga music with American Rock and other, assorted African guitar stylings met with widespread critical praise. The immediate demand for Extra Golden concerts was deafening. After months of hard work and determination, that demand was finally met, as the group (now featuring popular Benga star Opiyo Bilongo) arrived at the 2006 Chicago World Music Festival. Many weeks of engagements followed, after which Extra Golden holed up in a house in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains to tackle the task of recording a follow-up to their beloved debut. Five days later the group emerged with twenty new tracks, eight of which constitute Hera Ma Nono.

At first, Extra Golden seems an unlikely entity. However, this project that was birthed on a whim, a crazy “what if…” scenario between friends, has steadily grown into a fully-realized, musical dynamo. It remains to be seen where Extra Golden will go next, but with more touring and recording undoubtedly ahead, the future sounds good.

Anyway, I'd love to see you out Sunday night.

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