The Lonesome Radio Heart concert at The Banana Stand is, and probably always will be, the most important show in the history of Banana Stand Media. For those of us who have watched this documentation project from the beginning, we can see that it was the Lonesome Radio Heart show the set the spark.
We’re proud to give this full-length album away for free as a thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past, and to those of you who will support us in 2011. The album was mixed by Paul Culpepper and other members of Lonesome Radio Heart. It’s free and it’s great. Please enjoy.
If you care to continue reading, here’s some backstory about the band, and why this show was so important:
Our first show ever was balls-out awesome. Tranquilazer and Deer or the Doe kicked out one of the coolest parties Louie and I had ever been to before. Louie and I were, and still are, nerds. So, being at a party with kick-ass rock music, women, champagne and blow, and with more than fifty people, was a pretty big social achievement, let alone one we were hosting. And even though that New Year’s was fucking epic, we didn’t really see the night as being a viable documentation process we could sustain.
Then came Lonesome Radio Heart on February 9, 2008. People still came, even though it wasn’t New Year’s or any other holiday. More than thirty, more than forty, holy shit we’re getting a full-house, and people are sitting down so that they can absorb the art about to be created. One guy brought a really nice video camera. It was all happening and there were others, people who wanted to see and be a part of live music. They wanted to preserve that moment as best as possible. They loved the honesty of what was transpiring right in front of them.
And that was it. The passion to continue hosting and documenting independent music was set on fire. We had this infant idea, this experiment, and Lonesome Radio Heart proved it worked, that it was true – live music is something worth sharing.
Paul Culpepper’s songs all center around the much-discussed notion of 2012 and its significance in religious cultures around the globe. Culpepper weaves together different folklore surrounding the Apocalypse and the King of the Serpents known as Basilisk in European legend. There’s also reference to Aleister Crowley – famous mystic and alleged spy, U.F.O. encounters, and the worn knowledge of hard life.
Starting out playing his songs with just an acoustic guitar in northern California, Culpepper was surprised to see many of his friends wanted to add their own unique sounds to the original creations. Soon, Lonesome Radio Heart was a fully-formed band.
Lonesome Radio Heart was the first and only band interview we’ve conducted with all the members, live, and with microphones to record the process. It proved to be an ineffective way to create content, but it was a great way to understand the story behind the music.
I remember at one point Paul was talking about the end of the world, 2012, and he said something like, “Maybe it won’t happen. But what if everyone thought that it was? What would happen to culture if we were all preparing for something like that, how would we live our lives?”
Lonesome Radio Heart – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded in front of a live audience on February 9th, 2008 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was mixed and mastered by Paul Culpepper and Lonesome Radio Heart. Tony Ong handled design and layout for album art, which features photography by Jott Robertson and the February 9th show poster, which was designed by Paul Culpepper. The Banana Stand would like to thank Lonesome Radio Heart and all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.