A dance party fused with weird performance art is usually what I give as a description for the live performance that is Gumar and his Magical Midi Band. While I've been an active member of this band for the last four years and live performances have been plentiful, all physical releases are in the capable, yet often methodically slow, hands of Gumar himself. So, the release of The Compact Disc EP (released this weekend for the Northwest Folklife festival) is an exciting thing to anybody who patiently waits for a full length follow-up to 2007's self-titled debut on Scream Club's Crunks Not Dead records. Though only three of the six songs are previously unreleased, I still couldn't be more pleased to have something new. "Alien Groove Thing" is one of the new ones from The Compact Disc E.P. It's a song about accepting differences in others and makes me imagine the B-52's hosting a rave. Gumar and his Magical Midi Band- Alien Groove Thing (off The Compact Disc EP) There's also a recent podcast from Dropping Gems that has a lot of new Midi Band songs and Gumar remixes on it and is very worth checking out.
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