Back in 2010 we profiled up-and-coming jamtronica act Newton Crosby for our Blips column and since that time they’ve gone on to score impressive festival slots and have shared the stage with acts like moe., Umphrey’s, Conspirator and The Heavy Pets. They’ve also developed their sound in intriguing ways, especially recently with the addition of saxophonist Seth Eisenstein (Hamburger Hunt) at the last few gigs. Newton Crosby played Albany’s Red Square last weekend and we wanted to shine a light on their untz’d-out cover of Oingo Boingo’s Weird Science – the theme song of the 1985 John Hughes teen flick starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock – from that show.
Due to its synthy elements, the Weird Science theme song was a good choice for Newton Crosby and they used it as a launching pad for an electronica-tinged jam propelled by drummer Alzie Sisco with brassy accents provided by Eisenstein. We do warn that just as the improv gets particularly good, a really annoying chatter starts shooting the shit in front of the mics used for this recording. STFU!!!
[Audio via Live Music Archive]
Newton Crosby and Seth Eisenstein will open for Kung Fu at The Stone Pony tomorrow night.