Typsy Panthre's Allison Labonne talks Korda Records and tastes holiday cocktails at Gather
Pushing an empty martini glass toward Reigert, I agree, "It seems long overdue but perhaps like a fine wine these songs have now matured and sound really rich and tasty. Not totally unlike these wonderful cocktails."
"He's got a different flare for the '80s which is really apparent in his music. Jim was into new wave. We saw eye to eye on Aztec Camera. I didn't know Jazz Butcher or Everything But the Girl until I met him."
"He kind of goes for that really wholesome '80s kind of sound, right?" I remember.
"Jim?! wholesome?! He has a punk aesthetic but he's pure in the best way. He's such a total nerd. There's nothing "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" about Jim Ruiz."
Labonne analyzes the process of the new records, "We're completely fulfilled with how everything came together. We put a thing on Facebook about where could we record and someone came forward. It was really unlabored but everyone had the expertise with their instruments. It really combines virtuoso quality and then some natural approach. It straddles Jim's two interests and honors his songs. He's a brilliant songwriter and is able to embody that. The record is an accurate representation of where he's at."
|The Jim Ruiz Set|
Next up is a red wine, homemade apple cider with Rye, maple syrup and ginger ale or the Harvest Grog: Allison looks semi-elated, "Really rereshing... for a Grog."
Reigert chimes in, "Technically a Grog is a hot beverage."
"Tastes like youth to me." she reacts.
It's musical equivalent:"How you mean? What was the first record you ever got?", I ask her.
With hesitation Allison thinks back, "Blondie. Oh man, I can picture it. The one she has the white dress on."
"Oh sure, Parallel Lines!" I conclude. "So tell me more about Korda records. How did come to be?"
"Well we're all friends and follow each other's music. Everyone was finishing up projects at the same time so it came about because we had four records." Labonne explains. "The Ocean Blue are going to headline for a Korda Records showcase we are going to have January 12 in the Seventh Street Entry. It will be kind of like everyone's release show!"
With a close knit community of friends and musicians Korda Records follows a compact approach to putting out each other's music and helping each other out.
"That's really cool as I know many of you all play in each other's bands and support one another." I acknowledge.
"David Scheizel from the Ocean Blue first brought it up months ago. We never imagined we'd be starting a record label. But it seemed right to pool together our resources getting things done the best way we can. Our goal is to release these records and banding together and getting behind each other." she says with pride. "It's a pure extension of where we're at with music. The vision has matured. Maturity to know no one is going to make this happen for us. There's a strength in friendship and delighting in each other's success. All the bands lift each other."
The Jim Ruiz Set will be performing in the Seventh Street Entry as part of the Prissy Clerks release show this Saturday, 12/8 with Alpha Consumer and Nallo also on the bill. 8pm. 18+ $8