Gram Rabbit, "California Christmas"
In case you're still in your holiday hangover mode like I am, here's one wonderful holiday YouTube video that our gallant Mr. Rocks Off left out of his holiday onslaught. Cute doesn't begin to describe this one.
While we are on the subject, high desert California psychedelic art rockers Gram Rabbit are in the final stages of recording their fourth full-length. According to producer and good old Amarillo boy Ethan Allen, the new album will have more of "a high desert sound." This is a term that Californians must intuitively understand, but it doesn't much compute to me; maybe it's one of those things you only know when you hear it.
"We rented a house in Rimrock Canyon out in the mountains of the high desert," reports Allen, "and moved my whole studio there for the month of December. It snowed four feet and kept us holed up making music, with more than a few Donner party jokes along the way."
According to Allen, the band plans to be in Texas sometime in the Spring, "but not sure exactly when since it hinges on our still unknown release date." If you missed their tense show at Sleep Happy No Longer Around Fun Land (though the latest Free Press Houston reports that, at long last, the venue is nearing an inspection date with the city) last year, check out GR's MySpace, particularly their crazy track "The Rest of Us Sleep" or the trippy "Something Fuzzy." - William Michael Smith
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