MP3 The World Palestine - Let's See Star B
A complete masterwork. An eclectic mix of progressive rock, psychedelia, indie pop, R&B, and experimental noise. Love, drugs, sci-fi sex, fruit juice and circus animals. A surreal journey thru the mind of Jasper Aerospace aka Let''s See Star B.
10 MP3 Songs in this album (53:42) !
Related styles: ROCK: Progressive Rock, POP: Pop Underground
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Live Review from F5 Wichita Issue 1, Vol 3 (April 2005)
"The World Palestine is otherworldly divine"
by Jedd Beaudoin
One of the many failings- moral or otherwise- of rock writers is that we are often too quick to pronounce something "genius" when it''s merely slightly above OK.
You get caught up in the moment, do a little hoola dance in the living room and voila you''ve got The Next Big Thing until the next Next Big Thing comes along.
So it''s not a mild pronouncement when I say that I witnessed genius at work just last Thursday, March 31, at the Eagles Lodge in the earthly body that, when it comes together, is known as The World Palestine.
Featuring members of Scenery, And Academy, Someone Fell and the Paper Airplanes, this sprawling collective is headed by And Academy''s Les Easterby and performs music that combines the best elements of ''60s pop and psychedelia with plenty of contemporary sensibilities. It''s not that you always "get" the songs- they''re often enigmatic, never quite resolving in the familiar way that you might expect, say, an early Beatles tune might, but the memory of the musical tastiness lingers long, long, long.
Although the band took the stage last on Thursday night, to a crowd that had thinned somewhat in the wake of a set of hot hot heat from the Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, you wouldn''t have known that there was a smallish crowd near the stage as once Easterby and the boys plugged in the audience became this communal mass of love- of the music, of the musicians and of life itself.
Multi-instrumentalist Adam Phillips threw down some tasty guitar licks that caused an almost synesthesic from this writer- simply put, although I don''t condone the use of drugs such as LSD, watching this dude throw down made me, for once, wish that I were tripping to feel the warm bathing lash of pick against strings deipping down my spine. The same might be said for keyboardists Ryan Rodine (he also of guitar) and Marcus Stoesz (he also of vocals), or the one-two whomp of drummer Nathan Easterby and percussionist Chris Gifford.
As for songs, some of the highlights included the big sonic something of "Ten Reasons Christina" and the Syd Barret-on-Rubber Soul-on-Zoot Allures-era Zappa of "Talking About The Weather" and the closing "Photographs That Burn Thru." The music challenges the intellect, stimulates the soul and makes you long for more while still fulfilling your musical jones. If you''re looking for a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted, all-star band, you could do far worse than checking out The World Palestine.
(Side note: I serendipitously checked out an acoustic show from the band on Wednesday at the Cedar and really dug on the Rolling Stones'' Rock ''n'' Roll Circus of the whole thing- ''twas like watching that part in said film where John Lennon''s backed by Keith Richards and Eric Clapton. Simply put, amazing.)
As for the others? Allison Research brought back memories of Kraftwerk and Air and maybe even dashes of Ultravox and Saga. While it''s not exactly mein cup of tea (having grown up in an age when keytars and banks of Korg and Yamaha synthesizers seemed like the death of rock ''n'' roll, such keyboard-driven outfits provide as many goose bumps as frightening flashbacks) these three boys did pretty well- perhaps one or two more "hooky" songs and we''ll be a little more eager to embrace them.
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band (both on Wednesday and Thursday) played sets that made the Cedar and the Lodge feel like much larger venues. It''s good to let loose and be free and feel as good as can be and this collective brings that feeling to life.
And Solagget, naturally, was amazing enough to make more than one soul at the venue blush with a swelling of musical love in their heart.....