Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tuneage ~ You Bred Raptors?

You Bred Raptors? pump up the Poe-jam.
Folks, for this "Tuneage" blog post, I'm not asking y'all a question, but telling you about these terrific New York City instrumentalists whose name is already appropriately phrased to pose the question to a Jeopardy answer. (OK, you'd have to preface it with, "Who are..." but the upspeak inflection's already there, which was generous of them to provide.)

You Bred Raptors? are a trio of modern-day minstrels and dinosaur aficionados, with a long-standing tradition of playing in NYC's finest subway stations. Jamming on drums, cello, and an electric 8-string bass (woof! ), these guys compel large groups of cynical and tired New Yorkers to slow down on their treks from one train to the next so they can bathe in YBR's funky goodness. ( know what I mean.) More impressively, they manage to charm us out of our hard-earned coin, which is no mean feat when it comes to all us jaded straphangers.

I told the story of how I "discovered" You Bred Raptors? on my friend Ja's online radio show back in April - you can listen to that broadcast for free and snicker at my dorky voice by clicking here and selecting the play button, comme ça:

I felt a bit awkward during my portion of the interview because I was having some phone issues that night and missed bits and pieces of what was said (and wound up repeating some of Mr. Andlu's words, at one point). BUT, on the bright side, I did manage to coherently give props to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, in which I was engaged at the time, so YAY, ME! Again, click here to listen to the interview with Epileptic Peat (founder of the band and ass-kicking bass player) and my own fine self, but be advised the interview happened on 4/20, a huge day for fans of the MaryJane (or so I'm told). Pot references, as well as other adult themes and language, abound. (Some of the naughtiness escaped from my own lips, but 'twas elegantly uttered, if I do say so myself.)

If the above isn't your bag, here's a summary of how I "met" YBR?: last November, I went to see a charitable production by The Bedlam Ensemble. They staged and choreographed dances to some stories and poems by one of my favorite authors, Edgar A. Poe. You Bred Raptors? were the band for the show (I took that pic up top on my craptastic cellphone-camera that night). With their masks (which they regularly use when they play), they perfectly accompanied the enactment of The Cask of Amontillado (during which the actors made us audience members get up and dance, so as to be part of the Carnival feel). It was a fantastic show and, thanks to the talented ensemble and music by YBR, a gorgeous night.

So if you're yearning for some new tunes to boogie, think, or just bob your head to, do check out the You Bred Raptors? Web site - it's totally worth the click! (Plus, I think you save a baby Velociraptor if you do. Won't someone please think of the baby Velociraptors???.)

Explicit language/themes in video, below. Just sayin'.


  1. Well, if it saves a baby velociraptor, then count me in. Those things are adorable...

    Seriously, the band sounds awesome. Going to check them out now...

    1. The baby velociraptors thank you! (And so do I!) ;-)

  2. The Poe show sounds wild - did anybody get bricked up at the end?

    1. That would've been wild, indeed. As I mention in the radio show, the theater itself looked like it was a good-sized apartment, converted to be used as a very intimate sort of theater. There were some chairs and benches for us to sit on, so it didn't exactly accommodate a bunch of folks. For the "Amontillado" enactment, we had to follow "Montresor" and "Fortunato" on their way to the "cellar" - what this amounted to was following them down a dimly lit and musty smelling back staircase, which actually did give one a rather delightfully creepy sensation. It was a clever use of the space they had, and when Fortunato screamed, "For the love of God, Montresor!" it echoed throughout the stairway and gave me a delicious shiver. :-)

  3. I do like the clip you put up! I'm always on the look out for new music and sounds! Also, I wanted to let you know I've passed an award your way, stop on by when you get the chance. (:

  4. This is very cool! I like the band. Just so you know...your voice is not dorky at all. You have an awesome laugh! :)

  5. @Elise - Thanks so much, I'll go check it out right now!

    @Tracy - Hee hee...I cringe when I hear my cackle - but I thank you for your kind words (and for checking out the radio show)! :-)


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