Guys, I know everyone’s pumped for dat yung Awesomefest the weekend after next, but what’s one to do if one needs a little awesome? If only there were somewhere we could turn to for something new, like the EP that band is recording with that guy. Imagine how sweet it would be to hear The Ishmayles on the radio! I know, it’s a silly pipe dream, but what else should I shoot for – finishing my homework? Fat chance. Wait – I’m getting a message from none other than Maggie Toth ’12! What could it possibly be?
So here’s the deal: Andy Werle, ’12, and Jordan Lewis, ’13, of Ishmael will be joining me on my radio show for a preview of their forthcoming EP in its entirety. My show is called 600 lbs of Sin [Ed. note: That’s sick.] and is on WESU from 1-2am on Monday Night (Tuesday Morning). People can listen in my heading to wesufm.org or turning their radio dial to 88.1. Also, if you could mention their upcoming show at Earth House (this Saturday at 10:30) that would be wonderful.
To quote economist and public intellectual John Kenneth Galbraith: “Word!” I’m pumped. If I see any of you at 1 AM and am not listening to the show, please remind me where I’m supposed to be! And keep an eye out for an event post on Ishmael playin’ one o’ their ol’ haunts.
“I heard they’re working with the guy who mixed Pearl Jam’s Ten.” “They’re playing exclusively in 9/8 time.” “Did you know they recorded it in the dead of night?’
The rumors, whispered at night between MuHo and Pine, are mostly pretty true. Ishmael, the prodigious prog/funk outfit whose numbers include Jordan Lewis ’13 and Andy Werle ’12—as well as Nick Otte and Aaron Silberstein—are readying a new EP. Fresh off a triumphant November gig at Psi U (all “bureaucratic bullshit aside”), the self-proclaimed “Frippian Euphoric Post-Funk” quartet has been working with Tim Palmer, the noted producer and engineer known for work with Pearl Jam, Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, and Porcupine Tree, among others. The band recorded the EP over the summer, in the dead of night, at New York’s Sugarbox Studios. First single “Feet Stomp” is the first preview of what’s to come.