A couple weeks ago we brought you news that local favorites Dear and the Headlights recorded a session for Daytrotter, which is sort of Chicago's answer to The Peel Sessions, with upcoming indie acts doing four-song semi-live sets. Since then, two more bands with Arizona connections have been on, Tucson's Mostly Bears, and former Arizona band Lymbyc Systym and we've got the links.
Mostly Bears' set is here (note: they are from "Tuscan, Ariz." according to Daytrotter, which is presumably more familiar with the Italian hill country than their own American hinterlands) while Lymbyc Systym's set is here.
Lymbyc Sysytm is *from* Tempe, as you can see in our 2007 feature and their record label profile but their MySpace assures you they're from hipper locales: Brooklyn and Austin. Ooo laa laa. I guess when you're out touring Europe it's better to be from Brooklyn and Austin than good ol' Tempe.
Since I'm in slight-perception mode, I have to wonder if the Mostly Bears was serious when they gave the Daytrotter writer the information that led to this bit:
"Mostly Bears live in Tuscan, Ariz., and the three members say that they formerly all lived together out in the middle of the desert. This sort of living situation must have led to all kinds of urges to expand their minds or as lead singer Brian Lopez suggests, alter their consciousnesses. A stifling heat and sand as far as the eye can see can turn anyone loopy, the same way heat and an open ocean can do the same for the seafaring gentleman or woman."
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Actually, as I heard it, they lived in the desert, subsisting only on jackalope meat and water from a chopped-up barrel cactus, riding in to town on their burro once a month to pick up peyote and ammunition for the jackalope hunting. That's what all bands in Arizona do.
Oh, and Thanks to Psyko Steve for the heads up on this. If he keeps feeding us so much good stuff we're just going to have to make him an Up on the Sun contributor. --Martin Cizmar