the castanets....good stuff? do tell....

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i've heard good things but never bothered to get the CD. thought I'd run it by you all and see the general ILM consensus. maybe there isn't one. are they worth seeing live?

breezy, Tuesday, 12 April 2005 17:27 (seventeen years ago) link

Well, I saw "them" live, and was definitely disappointed.

They were advertised as "The Castanets." There was only one of them, though. The rest were spread out all over the country. Instead of watching The Castanets, I only watched the lead singing castanet. It was definitely a disappointment due to the blatant false advertising, but eh, it was worth the $5 I spent. Especially considering the two other bands I saw with them.

The CD is good. It doesn't make a huge lasting impression though. I don't throw it on very often.

Mickey (modestmickey), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 20:09 (seventeen years ago) link

I saw several Castanets a few months ago. They were sort of soporific, but interesting, too. They had an old guy on the side playing super-breathy saxophone flourishes, seemingly improvised. I don't know if he's with them all the time or not.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 20:20 (seventeen years ago) link

I love the record. Some great folk tunes.

sibsi (sibsi), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 20:58 (seventeen years ago) link

anyone know when they are playing soon? I feel like I might want to check them out BEFORE i buy the album.

breezy, Tuesday, 12 April 2005 22:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Just listen to their free MP3.

http://www.asthmatickitty.com/mp3s/Castanets_-_Cathedral_-_Three_Days_Four_Nights.mp3

That's my favorite song on the album. Just listen to that song and ask yourself, "Do I want to spend about ten bucks on an album with about ten other songs that sound pretty much like this?" The song is pretty indicative of what the rest of the album sounds like. There's no big hidden surprises there.

Mickey (modestmickey), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 23:05 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, and according to http://www.asthmatickitty.com

Castanets
Knitting Factory Residence
April.5 NEW YORK, NY - Knitting Factory Tap Bar - 11PM - w/ Viking Moses
April.12 NEW YORK, NY - Knitting Factory Tap Bar - 11PM w/ Grizzly Bear
April.19 NEW YORK, NY - Knitting Factory Tap Bar - 11PM - w/ Tiger Saw
April.26 NEW YORK, NY - Knitting Factory Tap Bar - 11PM - w/ Jana Hunter

Better get up to New York in the next month. I saw them play with Tiger Saw. They were certainly enjoyable to watch.

Mickey (modestmickey), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 23:07 (seventeen years ago) link

I like the record. It's not COMPELLING, but it's decent and kind of dark. If you like folk/americana it's better than average. oo-la-la, I think I will go see them..

poortheatre (poortheatre), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 00:10 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...

rediscovered NO LIGHT TO BE FOUND recently -- enormous song

wilter, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:46 (thirteen years ago) link

five months pass...

"dance, dance" on the new one is damn pretty

kamerad, Wednesday, 2 September 2009 01:15 (thirteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Ray Raposa has passed. Numerous memories being posted, thus:

Raymond Raposa.

Singer, songwriter, drinker, dreamer, and fighter. Owner of the most impish of grins. Orderer of the worst Subway sandwiches imaginable. Here we are at some venue in Los Angeles almost 20 years ago. A last minute phone call. Then on stage: "We are Castanets." pic.twitter.com/5IDCSNWx8M

— Chris Schlarb (@schlarb) July 30, 2022

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 30 July 2022 17:41 (one month ago) link


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