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END OF AN ERA! PSYCHODOTS PLAY FINAL 666TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SHOW WITH EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCE!

October 19, 2019

The final 666th Thanksgiving psychodots show. Thankfully they captured it for all to enjoy. Photo courtesy Rob Fetters

Thank you Adrian Belew. No, seriously! It was through my familiarity with his tenure in King Crimson that I got to know Rob Fetters, Bob Nyswonger and Chris Arduser. Those three had long been together as The psychodots. Then Belew’s buddy Rob Fetters paid an LA visit to a woodshedding Belew, who was being taught all of the impossible Zappa guitar parts that made up the Sheik Yerbouti album and tour (as both were often intertwined with Zappa).

At some point Belew and Fetters had decided to start a band. Something with a name that sounds like a little-league baseball team. The Bears! The formulation of the band was easy; Belew + psychodots = The Bears.

psychodots (yes, the preferred spelling of the band name has no capital letters, allegedly, if I mis-speak, Fetters will hang me out to dry on social media) had been making off-beat, catchy music for years with a healthy catalog that I will be covering at future dates on this blog. Another band that Fetters and Nyswonger were in with Ricky Nye and Bam Powell, the Raisins, also had songs revisited as Bears songs. “Fear Is Never Boring” from the Bears first album was, in fact, an early Raisins song as was the Bears song “Superboy” which was a reworked Raisin’s song called “Valentine”.

Through that association, I also learned that there is/was a thriving indie music community in the Cincy area! Not only were Arduser, Fetters and Nyswonger in psychodots, there were other bands that shared personnel. Raisins, Bucket, Graveblankets, then other bands would later evolve from those. Flying Underground, Bluebirds, Copper, and so many more that I know I have forgotten.

As part of that scene, every year around Thanksgiving, the psychodots come together and play their annual gig. But in 2018, that tradition came to an end.

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UNFETTERED BY OPPRESSIVE BANDMATES, SAM LLANAS IS BURNING UP THE SOLO CIRCUIT, BRINGING HIS SPIRITED, SOULFUL AND EARNEST STYLE OF MUSIC TO MILWAUKEE’S LINNEMAN’S, FEBRUARY 9TH!!!

February 7, 2013
Sam Llanas and his faithful Taylor guitar will be bringing his quality style of balladeering to Linneman's in Milwaukee February 9th.

Sam Llanas and his faithful Taylor guitar will be bringing his quality style of balladeering to Linneman’s in Milwaukee February 9th.

Not often in music today are there artists who have not only a natural gift for presenting music, but present it with honest, pure emotion.  If you think what you see in today’s popular artists is raw emotion, I hate to be the one to break this to you, but you have been mislead.  Artists like Lady Gaga, Katie Perry, One Direction, Justin Beiber, and the all-time prat Taylor Swift (no, that’s not a misspelling, it is an English term, look it up, it fits) put on a good show, but they’re emotions are fraudulent at best.  For example, Taylor Swift is 23 years old (or 24, or 22, who cares what the exact number is), she wouldn’t know TRUE heartbreak if it bit her on the bum.

You wanna hear a piece about actual heart destruction?  Then give Gary Tanin’s Love Changes a listen.

Like Tanin’s real emotional album, Sam Llanas is no stranger to putting true feeling into song.  I was lucky enough to get a close-up view of Mr. Llanas in action last September at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.  This was my first exposure to Llanas live.  In no uncertain terms, I was blown away.

Llans keeps his chord structures simple, but what he does with those chord structures is nothing less than brilliant.  To squeeze such emotions out of a few open chords equals genius.  I usually review progressive acts.  Music comprised of augmented/diminished chords, alternate bass notes not supporting the root chords, odd time signatures, completed with verbose, madrigal lyrical composition.  It is refreshing to hear stripped down structures supporting words one doesn’t need either a Queen’s English dictionary or a thesaurus to understand.

It makes my job much easier as well.

What makes Llanas so great?  OK, so he uses simple structures and working class lyrics.  If that isn’t enough for you, read on and we will gladly explore more…

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