Posts Tagged ‘Giant Princess’

GIANT PRINCESS Music Video for “Gunplay”

Giant Princess – Mexican Easter: The Movie “Part 1″ Gunplay from Ella Egg Films on Vimeo.

Giant Princess Music Video featuring the song Gun Play off their latest album, Mexican Easter – Released only on Cassette


Giant Princess Live Playing Lucien Walk off of Mexican Easter EP


Giant Princess Live playing unreleased song + Adventure from Zip Zop Wow (first release)

Giant Princess’s New EP, Mexican Easter, and their first release, Zip Zop Wow, is now on sale at Cactus Music!

Cactus is located at 2110 Portsmouth

For those that don’t already know, we helped Giant Princess put their first album, Zip Zop Wow, on to vinyl (It was previously released only on CD-R in 2008). We did so because it was and still is our favorite album to play. We hope to continue to support more artists in Houston via this website, community projects, and anyway we can. If you haven’t already done so, pick up a copy at Cactus Music or online.

Also special thanks to Joel Harris and Carlos Ramirez for their help with the filming and editing the live performance of Lucien Walk at Ghoulsfest. Some of the members are dressed in Halloween costumes because it was on October 30th. The guitar solo from Lucien Walk on the album and their live shows kills me every time.

Currently Giant Princess is finishing the touches on a third release and just finished working on an official music video for a single from their Mexican Easter EP, called Gun Play the Movie Part 1.

Contact Giant Princess at giantprincessmusic@gmail.com – Find out more about them at Giantprincess.com or from this Giant Princess Interview with 29-95.com

 

New Music from Baby Showers – Jay from Woozyhelmet’s secret suprise CD Release

New Band in Houston! Baby Showers playing at Paperstamp Record's 24hr recording series. Photos courtesy of Pam Cantu pamcantu.com

Jay of Woozyhelmet rehearsed/recorded for the first time with newly formed super band, Baby Showers, tonight at the IH Headquarters with Paper Stamp Records and friends. And guess What? There EP Release is coming out the next day!  Super Group Members include Joe Mathlete – The Mathletes, Jaime Nava – Giant Princess, Andrew Lee - The Wild Moccasins, Brett Taylor – Sings, Cameron of Ghormeh Sabzi Pam Cantu The Piano Vines
There music is about having fun, getting drunk, and having more fun. Is it accessible for the general masses or music enthusiast? Who really cares. Rock n roll doesn’t really make me want to care about my dayjob, nor long for epic meaning of it all. I see this band at live shows and there music makes me want to get off my ass and dance.

Dance with them tonight at Mango’s 7pm $8. They are playing with So Many Dynamos (on tour with Cast Spells) July 22nd 7pm

Paper Stamp Recording: Baby Showers – Barriers

Paper Stamp Recording: Baby Showers – Woman

Paper Stamp Recording: Baby Showers – Elaine

Paper Stamp Recording: Baby Showers – Parts

Paper Stamp Recording: Baby Showers – Lets Get These Hipsters Dancing

 

Free Press Summer Fest 2010 Lineup June 5th-6th Flaming Lips, Slim Thug, Giant Princess, Ra Ra Riot, & More!

Get Ready Houston, Texas because the Flaming Lips are coming to town. Kudos to the Free Press team and Pegstar for pulling this together and sharing the love. I don’t know how the mainstream media can avoid this festival as its sure to be even more packed than anything we’ve previously seen. Slim Thug, Flaming Lips, Stars, RaRa Riot, Lympic System, Wild Moccasins, Fat Tony, Giant Princess, 30 foot fall, Young Mammals, Buxton, Black Congress, Ghost Mountain, B L A C K I E, Muhammad Ali, scroll down – Shit! Houston we’ve got a lot of badass bands ready to make a dent in this city. Houston, a city of millions of people are going to know somethings going on. Surely Houston’s Fox News, WB39, TheBuzz, 104 K.R.B.E., should want to spread the word. Right?

I hope so, because it only makes sense that when people begin to see a moderate amounts of success from these types of festivals – That more will come? Or someone is going to see that there is money in our scene and if so is that a good thing? Who knows, maybe we’ll start to hear Do You Realize on the Buzz, or get a few more venues opened up that aren’t doing covers of  Papa Roach songs. I mean I heard the Pixies at Home Depot and everyone was still shopping the same.  There’s a hell of a lot of uncertainty in this post. Obama Change? -Naaaah – This festival will do just fine.

And 4 months should be enough time for all Houston bands to start their screen printing, CD burning, Posters, Videos, websites, etc., if they haven’t already done so for SXSW. Also, by way of email -we got the news to spread the word For a limited time the first 500 passes for the weekend are ONLY $15 if you go to pegstar.net and buy your tickets now! This is a good deal as the price is sure to double- Anyone who stood in line last year should remember what a pain in the ass it was.

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Show Reviews: Toys for Tots. Music for Me -Watch out for Giant Princess!

by Frank Soto

Was it worth it? Was my Skeletor action figure worth giving up for Toy Drive this past friday? Most definitely! Not only did the kiddos get an awesome toy, the kind that taught me to be man, but I got a show that was much more than I expected. Ok, so the one drawback was the setup. Shows were lined up back to back– one downstairs immediately followed by one upstairs. Me not being in the best of shape and a smoker, it kinda sucked. Plus, the downstairs room at the Mink has about the same acoustics as the inside of a metal shoebox. But that aside, the show was a very merry feast of rock n’ roll, and by the end, even the most reserved indiehoustonians were gyrating and sweating buckets to Buxton.

A name to suit the sound, Giant Princess was just that, GIANT! The room was packed, and there’s something about being blasted with 110 decibels of “Fun Machine” as you inhale the bouquet of deodorants and lack thereof that really really gets me going. Watch out for these guys; I am making the prediction now. They will be the new big thing in 2010.

Quickly upstairs! Death By Texas is a band I had never heard before Friday night, but was one of the reasons I was more-than-ok with having parted with my dear friend Skeletor. Melodic yet dirty music with spazmatically sexual vocals. Simply put, Death By Texas impregnated me with their music baby.

Onto what we have now confirmed to be Baby Jesus’ favorite band, The American Sharks. With the true spirit of the season, singer and guitarist Mike Hardin made sure to point out their set list of all Christmas music was written by them for Baby Jesus and Santa. Then they proceeded to play their brand of post-punk that’s like mainlining adrenaline into your cochlear nerve.

If your arms and legs lacked the abitlity to move what would you do? Well… if you were B L A C K I E you would put on a show with so much bass and so much energy that you wouldn’t need no stinkin arms and legs, because the audience would be both. B L A C K I E never had to move a muscle as the crowd took him from the floor to pressed against the ceiling and from one side of the room to the other as he pounded the crowd with cutting lyrics and walls of bass.

Buxton, a folk rock band (heavy on the rock) closed out the Toy Drive. The crowd was so pumped up after 11 great sets that everyone, everyone was shaking their good thang to Jason Willis’s mandolin.

Brett Taylor, Paleo, Elaine Greer , Wild Mocassins, Riff Tiffs (with their new bassist Tom from the Ton Tons), News on the March and Wicked Poseur also all put on great sets. A bunch of kids out there are going to have a better Christmas because of you guys. Check out our photos.

Photos by Joe Ortiz

 

Block Party Day 1&2 -An insiders perspective from the Indiehouston Westheimer Block Party Stage

This year we were asked to help man a stage at the Westheimer Block Party and we were thrilled. The festival gives rise to Houston’s artists every year without discrimination against musical genre or experience. A fresh new band that makes an effort to gets there start has the opportunity afforded to them to show new fans whose boss, regardless of schedule or conflict.

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Nosaprise played early, but he didn’t act like it. Most people would have asked if they could play a little later until more people come. When Nosaprise went to the stage he rapped his heart through our QSC Monster speakers – and then the people came to crowd his stage.

299Newcomer David Lascoe admits his third performance only in Houston, but with Bluesy acoustic sounds and melody, Saturday was looking Beautiful.

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Alas some things must go wrong.  A hero emerges – A white knight with a dream jumps on stage and convinces our sound guy that he can do a quick set between bands. And with one chance, and one opportunity, free-styling began. Unfortunately the CD skips … and the popping sounds …  must of made him forget his lyrics … regret sinks in.

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Diego Esparza, our sound guy, attempts to make it sound better, but fails.

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Puppet Theater at Super Happy Fun Land stage proves to be the hangout spot for the homeless, who thought they there watching TV while begging for small change only in between commercials.

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Mermaids of Judaism starts 10 minutes late but we’re not complaining – there car got towed with most of there instruments in the backseat. After playing they rushed off to back Hollywood Floss on the Numbers Stage still enthused to be playing the festival.

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Ghormeh Sabzi kills it with familiar faces.

351The best part about Block Party is everyone gets a chance.

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Even Omar Afrah of Free Press Houston , playing with Little Joe Washington.

385 Austin, TX band, Literature bails on the show after car trouble in Katy and so another improvised set begins on our stage – this time fortunately with seasoned musical act -  Cockerspaniels. Sean from the Cockerspaniels gives us a lesson about his hair and even sings a whole song  acapella with the entire crowding clapping to his beat. He pulls it off seamlessly even with us not being able to get his ipod rolling. After playing he mentioned that he would be off to make 3 more shows his own at the festival.

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Pictured Richard Ramirez - Indiehouston's Photographer and Media Arts Director

Richard poses for the only picture of him taken before heading off to take more pictures of the Westheimer Block Party – Thank you so much!

426The night felt like ours, and judging from stories from our friends -similar experiences were happening at every stage. For once, Houston caries on the tradition of coming out to shows that are getting bigger and better every year. It seems like the perfect time to be a musician, or  artists, or even a spectator of these grand events taking place before our city.

438Paris Fall played in front of over 400 people and  the crowd was going crazy. Our lights against those powerful  Orange amps -Was it loud? Hell yeah – It was Fucking Rock N Roll. At one point during a breakdown singer Ray Brown screams if a box of CD’s was of any interest to them? –the crowd jumped all over each other to get a copy. Surprise guest were everywhere – especially our stage as Paris Falls took their headlining position to another level by introducing an encore set with Airon Paul Dugas.

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Giant Princess improvised there own Guerrilla Set behind La Strada using a generator, and PA followed by similar sets from BLACKIE and Listen, Listen. Hmm… wait that wasn’t on the Block Party list or schedule? – The Lesson Learned: No cop will give you shit in Texas so long as your wearing a cut off Blue Jean Vest.

584Sings Plays an intimate set inside upstairs Helios.

638Free Hugs were given out  unbiasedly, especially for girls in cut off shorts!

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Around 7pm – We had to sneak over to the main stage to see Houston’s favorite The Wild Moccasins. We became nervous leaving our stage for 30 minutes, but we left a trustworthy person in charge. Wild Moccasins, Zahira Gutierrez wore lights powered by questionable sources and beach ball mania courtesy of Rice University… Later we find out that during this 30 minute peek at the other side,  Police were turning down our stage.

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Ghost Mountain shows the IH stage why there one of Houston's most hyped about bands right now.

Ghost Mountain - Young, Fresh, and loaded with free racks that are reaching national stereos and VCRs.

AH Yes! Now its Tuesday and the  block party is over and people who went will  now share there favorite memories and adventures. If your wondering why we are barely posting anything- sorry we couldn’t get a jump on covering the festival without taking a breather  from loading and unloading stage equipment/pirate ships amongst thousands of people. 1 day has past,  yet the ringing in the ears still continues. Indiehouston would like to thank all the bands, supporters, and friends who played this years Fall Westheimer Block Party 2009. I know we can’t wait to do this all over again – Despite all the hassle with the cops and chronic complainers, no one is going to stop what we’ve started.  Good music is giving breed to new festivals, guerrilla sets, and ambitious artists .- If there is one thing we can taste from this festival, its that we know that Houston is definitely now listening!

 

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