January 31, 2013

Making Noise: Phantom Buffalo takes flight of musical fancy to 'Tadaloora'

The CD-release show is scheduled for early March.

By Aimsel Ponti aponti@pressherald.com
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Phantom Buffalo’s new album is “Tadaloora.” The band will perform at a CD-release show on March 8 at Space Gallery in Portland.

Julien Bourgeois photo

PHANTOM BUFFALO CD-RELEASE SHOW

WHEN: March 8

WHERE: Space Gallery, Portland

HOW MUCH: TBA

INFO: space538.org

WHATS ON BALZANO-BROOKE'S iPOD

"Tam Lin," Fairport Convention

"Echoes," Pink Floyd

"Witchwood," Strawbs

"Autobahn," Kraftwerk

"I Talk to the Wind," King Crimson

"Broken Arrow," Buffalo Springfield

"Another Satellite," XTC

"So Light Is Her Footfall," Air

"Voices in the Sky," The Moody Blues

"Rhayader," Camel

TURN YOUR RADIO DIAL to 102.9 WBLM every Friday at 8:30 a.m. to hear Aimsel Ponti wax poetic about her top live music picks for the week with the Captain and Celeste.

They drag her (very gently, of course) to her home, where the sea lion applies some cold seaweed to the bump on her head. The librarian is so thankful that she knits them all little outfits with "yarn and thread." The song was, in part, influenced by children's books that my parents would read to my sister and me when we were kids. One of my favorites was called "Sammy the Seal" by Syd Hoff.

How did the "Tadaloora Adventure" game come to be?

Phil (Willey), who is in the band but didn't play on the album, did the vast majority of the designing and creating of the videogame "Tadaloora Adventure." He and the rest of us wanted him to be involved with "Tadaloora" in some way, and since Phil programs games and does digital animation-type things for a living, we decided to make a 3-D explorable "Tadaloora" world.

The object of the game is mostly just to explore the island and listen to the album's songs as you do. When you get to a spot on the island that has to do with one of the songs, the song plays. There is more of a "game" element there too, though. As you explore, you'll find different colored gems. If you find all 13 and return them to the stone crown in the center of the village, you will be able to hear another song from the "Tadaloora" recording session that we didn't end up putting on the album. You can play "Tadaloora Adventure" and check out Phil's other games at dirigogames.com.

Where can people purchase copies of "Tadaloora"?

You can purchase the album on our label's site, microcultures.fr/shop, at Bull Moose Music in Portland or on iTunes.

What's in the immediate future for Phantom Buffalo?

We're beginning plans for a weeklong Northeast tour for sometime in April. It's also looking like we'll tour again in Europe sometime this spring, which would be great!

Staff Writer Aimsel Ponti can be contacted at 791-6455 or at:

aponti@pressherald.com

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