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Day Moanstar, "Superhero Song," The Epoch of Lips (Self-released)
August 1st, 2008 [2:52PM] Posted by: CASEY JARMAN
Of all the fantastic moments this week at Pendleton Rock and Roll Camp (more on that later, I hope), the one I'll remember most fondly was fellow camp counselor Vaughn, a Pendleton native, unveiling his one-man loop pedal band, Day Moanstar, for the other counselors at a spaghetti party just outside of town. It was an amazing set, and we were all hollering along to lyrics like "Jurassic Par-tay / Party on the lawn with the mastadon," "Hey, fool, you think that you is cool/ Do you take a helicopter to school" and "In the land of the dinosaurs / Oh Christmas tree" (those are two different songs) and dancing like crazy.
Vaughn is a sweet, funny kid, and while there's a childlike quality to his work (I assure you none of it is feigned, he's just a funny guy), there are plenty of hot licks, also. I picked "Superhero Song" becuase it balances both the silly and the rocking. If Vaughn told me his dad was Stephen Malkmus, I'd totally believe him. His music isn't unlike the early Sexton Blake tunes, Mr. Hodges (now of the infamous Starfucker) would have sang about chocolate milk and legos." If Day Moanstar heads to Portland, we'll blog it like crazy.
Act 1: Casio -- Day Moanstar
When I was a wee lad my parents bought me a 1988 Casio SK1 Sampler Keyboard. I rocked out with its loop button and recorded programmed bossa nova beats while playing Chopsticks. I serenaded my parents and my little brother, who just happened to be with me at this show. I was sure, at the time, that even though I had dreams of being an astronaut like Jim Lovell, music might be my talent. Needless to say, I didn’t end up a one hit wonder.
I’m sure the story is the same for Day Moanstar, except his musical imagination is much larger than my own ever was. He could probably kill it on the giant step-on piano at FAO Schwarz. The nice looking one-man band and his friend Franco the keytar, started off the show with a lovely mix of synth loops and
guitar. This always amazes me, so call me silly, but I must say it is a real talent to line up the loops just right, trust me. So it’s no wonder that the whole crowd was bursting with excitement when Day Moanstar was on stage dishing out beats and sounds. Never underestimate a one-man show.
- Becca Priddy
Vaughn Anderton aka Daymoanstar is the first of many monthly music acts to play at Lyrik. I met the Pendleton native this summer while he was playing at a house show and his potential for great things in the music scene in Portland is obvious. He's a tremendous spirit which carries into his stage presence making for a show you wind up smiling through (not an easy feat in a town with such a strong showing in the somber, shoe-gazing, indie rock genre).
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