With the upcoming Pixies tour in mind I was reminiscing of those middle and high school days when I first discovered “alternative” (as it was referred to then) music. My first introduction into this vein of music was through skateboarding. In 1986 my mom bought me a video called the Vision Pro Skate Escape.
Last winter I got a backstage pass to an Oatmeal Conspiracy practice session. Once I got past the swarm of raging women who were trying to beat the doors down I was able to get my camera out and shoot a little. It’s pretty cool to hear the song writing process and pieces of what could be a real song one day. Maybe one of the jingles in the video will be their next hit.
Cruising the interstates in rush hour traffic, I heard the music of Dirty Tactics for the first time. Their new album, It Is What It Is, caught my attention right off the back with catchy indy riffs mixed with classic punk rock sounds.