Guest VJ's: The Great American Canyon Band (playing Johnny Brenda's this Saturday, October 20th) - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

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The Great American Canyon Band play Johnny Brenda’s this coming Saturday, October 20th with a great lineup that includes Fenster and the Philly bands Mock Suns and Oldermost. Go here to purchase tickets to the show and for more information. TGACB is the Baltimore duo of husband and wife team Paul and Krystal Jean Masson. This year they debuted with a gorgeous collection of hypnotic songs that draws on heady mix of dream pop, acousticana and psychedelia. We asked them to weigh in on some of their musical favorites below.

Father John Misty – “Nancy From Now On”
A sequence of unexplained events led to us slow dancing to this tune in a newly emptied living room. Not sure if it had more to do with the new found freedom of more space or the vibe this song creates in the right situation, but it hasn’t left our psyche since.

Bahamas – “Lost In The Light”
We had actually never heard Bahamas prior to seeing him over the summer and when he opened his set with “Lost In The Light” we both looked at each other in a shared but unspoken “holy shit” moment. You should also totally watch this short film of him at home with family on a Sunday. We’ve never wanted to attend someone else’s family event more.

Frank Ocean – “Thinking About You”
Frank Ocean’s music is like a Bukowski poem or a Beach Boys tune. It’s presented in such a devastatingly beautiful way that you forget what’s really being sung about and how at it’s core it’s dark and feral. You just get lost in a haze.

Girls – “Hellhole Ratrace”
There was a period of time when Krystal and I both felt like we had lost any connection with music that was being made in the modern sense. Then a friend handed us a copy of Girl’s Album and it didn’t leave our record player for months. We actually once ran into the band inside of a Whole Foods and told them they had left their van’s lights on. They said “Thanks.”.

Hank Williams Sr & Anita Carter – “I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You”
Because this is the first song we ever sang together and this duet is probably the reason The Great American Canyon Band began writing and performing songs in the first place.

Listen to The Great American Canyon Band’s EP below.

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