A couple of years back when Yellow Ostrich (aka Alex Schaaf) released his excellent debut, The Mistress, I read about how it was self recorded at his home using laptops, loops, etc. When laptops enter the picture, I usually head for the door so I initially ignored Yellow Ostrich.
Fast forward a year or so later and Yellow Ostrich was preparing to release their second album, Strange Land. Alex Schaaf, now had two-full time bandmates in Jon Natchez and Michael Tapper and there was something about this album’s description that made me check out the first single, Marathon Runner. Thirty seconds into the track I realized I had make an enormous mistake. I immediately dusted off The Mistress in my iPod and listened to it on repeat. I was entranced.
During Lollapalooza this summer, we were lucky to have Yellow Ostrich pay us a visit on Sunday morning. I was exhausted and nursing a nasty hangover courtesy of the Devil Makes Three and Trampled by Turtles show from the night before. Yellow Ostrich’s rocking brand of 90s college rock was just the perfect antidote (along with two Advils and an Egg McMuffin) to get me back up and running.
Schaaf, Natchez and Tapper are an impressive trio live. Between their great set at Lolla (complete with a marriage engagement on stage) and their session, my appreciation for them has grown tenfold. Enjoy this session and go buy their music. And when they hit your town, go see them. You won’t be sorry.