For a ramshackle band with no website, recording for a small label (Antenna Farm, May 28), and a My Space page with next to no info on it, The Donkeys aren’t doing half bad. They’re on tour with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and were championed by the man himself in a Said The Guest feature on StG.
I contacted Antenna Farm for more info and despite being swamped (that’s the reason for the lack of info up on their site) they immmediately got me the first song on the record. It’s a Byrdesque mid tempo rocker called “Come On Virginia”. It’s a song I could listen to all day long (think Ox, Neal Casal, Jayhawks, Wilco).
I have featured so little instrumental music that I really haven’t developed the vocabulary to eloquently describe it. The song “Lower The Heavens” has me stumped. There’s a 60′s vibe to the guitar leads (like the doors?) and a sprinkling of vibraphone giving the song the sound of a classic 50′s Blue Note disc (say by someone like Cal Tjader). From the little I’ve heard this is a record to get, so far it can only be preordered through Amazon here.
P.S. I was also going to write a very involved and breathtakingly great post about the music of Elvis Perkins when after doing a little research I foud out that Yeti Don’t Dance had already done not one but two posts on this Boston band. I implore you to read this and this.