Rosalie Howarth is a San Franciscan radio guru and was recently voted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. Naturally we all got a bit excited when she played ‘Deck The Halls’ on KFOG and hats off to the cool pronunciation of ‘Redtenbacher’s Funkestra’. Her first ever purchased record was ‘Disraeli Gears’ by Cream (yes!) and her first ever concert was the Montery Pop Festival of which she says “My life took a left turn right then!”. We are thrilled that a few decades later her ‘left turn’ led her past us…may there be many more ‘left turns’!
Archives for December 2012
‘Santa’s got a brand new bag thanks to Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher and his crew, who convert classic carols into booty-shaking instrumental grooveathons. Shake your jingle bells.’
2.5 stars (out of 3)
Darryl Sterdan, QMI Agency.
(About Darryl Sterdan: National music writer Darryl Sterdan is old enough to know better. He lives mostly in his head but also on his couch in Winnipeg, where he listens to music, thinks about music, writes about music and obsesses over music 24/7/365. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But he really will have to get that couch cleaned one of these days [from Toronto Sun].
And in addition to all this funky feedback Our track “A Very Funky Christmas” was selected for a Japanese Christmas compilation called “Rock Santa Rock!” released by the Japan-based Rambling Records. Yee haw!
And a big thank you to ‘Mr. October’ who has us on heavy rotation during the ‘May The Funk Be With You’ radio show on KVRX, a FM radio station in Austin, Texas. Their strap line is: ‘None of the hits – all the time’… we love it and we are in great company with The Sugarman Three, Johnny Guitar Watson and Smoove & Turrell.
Whoah! We are super happy about the great response we are having in the US with our Christmas album. Here a few selected tidbits:
Listen to this short snippet of San Francisco radio station KVRX. It cracks me up how the prime drive time DJ and program director Dennis Constantine is pronouncing ‘Red-ten-bacher’…very good job I think:-)
Being positively reviewed in the same ‘breathe’ as the Chicago Christmas album makes our day!
‘A Very Funky Christmas: Redtenbacher’s Funkestra (Wooden Hat Records) Featuring real brass, this 5 track collection starts with perky rearrangements of four classics and finishes with an original, the title track. It is the best arrangement of the lot; the solid rhythm section serves as a backdrop for Thomas Feurer’s array of flutes, clarinets, saxes and yes Virginia a cowbell.’
Brad Auerbach, Entertainment Today.
(About Brad: Brad Auerbach has been covering the media and entertainment scene for many years. He has written for Time Out London, Village Voice, LA Weekly and once upon a time won a New York State College Journalism Award.)
And we love this one. Rudolph really checked us out and put some thought into the music. Awesome!
‘This is one of those EP’s that owes its life to modern technology. The players on this album punted the album back and forth over the Internet across international borders until it was ready, willing and able to be heard for Christmas 2012. They did everything but tweet it to each other. The result? Well, if you’ve been unable to track down a copy of the much-maligned Salsoul disco Christmas from the 1970s, believe me folks, this all-instrumental five-song outing will do.
It’s extremely well played and it sounds great, but I know a fair number of people out there never go near a music player without their disco-filtering helmet on, so this isn’t for those folks. Slap-bass aficionados, on the other hand, will get an early Christmas gift. They give us “Deck the Halls,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” “We Wish You a Merry Jingle Bells Christmas” and the title song, which keeps the spirit of the more familiar carols alive without sounding like any of them.’
Rudolph from ‘The ho-ho-home of a rock ‘n roll Christmas’.
Well, we know that we had our share of fun when we shot the footage for our ‘Deck The Halls’ video. But we didn’t expect other people to join the fun by shooting a video all of their own. However, this is precisely what happened!
This bunch of clearly super talented college students from the University of Austin, Texas decided to have a break from studying for their finals and came up with their own Christmas video that uses two tracks from our ‘A Very Funky Christmas’ album. They used ‘Deck The Halls’ for the intro and ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’ for the rest of their quirky video. These guys are no slouches…there is a lot of great stuff (and work) in this – different locations, choreography, props and the whole editing shooting match! I love it all for its pace, quirkiness and humor.
In particular I love the scene when one of the students is miming along to my bass solo with what looks like a red Fender Jazz bass on top of a house right next to a massive illuminated Christmas star (I know, of course I would, having played the bass in first place:-). I also like the timer and burnt ‘sausages’ moment – on one level I like to see it as a reference to ‘burning tune and bass solo’ and on the other hand I’m in shock to see burnt ‘sausages’, being Austrian and all…anyway, priceless! The other scene that made me laugh out loud is when two of the guys make a little gingerbread house and are all pleased with themselves when they finish it…until the mistletoe is coming down from the ceiling…whacky and funny! But as I said…I love the whole thing really.
Strangest thing…we don’t even know their names! So, please come forward super talented colleges students from Austin, Texas so we can show our gratitude. And to you, dear blog reader, what is your favorite moment in this video?