The wait is over! Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock, the fourth in the award-winning series of Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD sets by illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor, will be released March 1, 2011 (Apple-Eye Productions, $19.99. run time approx. 90 minutes total content, for ages 4 and up).
Morgan Taylor developed the “musical moving storybook” Gustafer Yellowgold experience as equal parts pop rock concert and minimally animated movie. Featuring guest artists John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of WILCO, along with John Munson (bassist for Semisonic and late ‘80s cult favorite Trip Shakespeare), Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock is the first Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD package to have a storyline, unfolding in graphic novel fashion and weaving together ten thought provoking, melodic soft-rock music videos in the inimitable Gustafer Yellowgold style, ranging from sublime alt-pop to gentle acoustic.
Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a little, yellow, cone-headed fellow, who came to Earth from the Sun and has a knack for finding himself neck-deep in absurd situations as he explores his new life. His best friend is Forrest Applecrumbie, the world's last surviving pterodactyl, who staved off extinction with a sharp sense of fashion. Gustafer has a pet eel named Slim (short for Slimothy) and a menagerie of woodland creatures who curiously gather to share Gustafer’s solar warmth and quixotic sense of adventure. For recreation, he enjoys punching cheese and jumping on cake.
In Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock, we find former Sun-dweller Gustafer Yellowgold settling into his new Minnesota woodland home, finally beginning to understand what a strange and peculiar planet he landed upon! The story follows Gustafer, who begins an ordinary day by washing his pet eel's laundry but soon embarks upon an hilarious, mind-bending musical journey in search of the toe-end of the longest sock in the universe. Gustafer learns much along the way, as he encounters a Band of Bees performing at their late night hangout in the chime-and-timpani drama of ”Beehive,” joins in the Broadway romp "Wisconsin Poncho" (set in an all-cheese clothing store), and comes upon the pterodactyl's unusually calm cat in the Fleetwood Mac lushness of "Cheddar,” all the while discovering that everyone has a use for The Sock. In an artful balance of poignancy and the absurd, Gustafer ponders his own curiosity in "Question Marks" (a tune in the classic folk tradition) and enjoys a fun, one-of-a-kind look at the interconnectivity among all life on Earth in the uplifting, Bacharach-esque "Sock Of Ages."
Possessing an unusual crossover appeal, Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show has performed as the support act for WILCO and The Polyphonic Spree, as well as headlining kids’ venues all across the U.S., in London, and even in Seoul, Korea! Gustafer has appeared off-Broadway in his own production, Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation. The world premiere run of a new live show based on Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock will begin at off-Broadway’s DR2 Theatre on February 26, 2011.
Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock will be available online at www.gustaferyellowgold.com and amazon.com, as well as at retailers nationwide.
GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD’S SHOW - HIGHLIGHTS – WINTER/SPRING TOUR 2011
February 13 – Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
February 19 – Goat on a Boat, Sag Harbor, NY
February 20 – Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, NY
February 26 – April 2 (Saturdays) – DR2 Theatre, NYC
April 3 – Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY
April 9 – Space Gallery, Portland, ME
April 10 – Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
April 16 – World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA
April 17 – Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA
May 7 – Town Hall, Seattle, WA
May 15 – McCabe’s, Santa Monica, CA
My Take on the CD/DVD
As a fan of Morgan Taylor and Gustafer Yellowgold from the past, this new DVD/CD is a great addition to his musical repertoire. When I got it the first thing that I did was share it with the kids and even into the first song that were dancing and twirling aroud the floor (a good sign or a good CD to be sure). Playing the DVD engaged their attention and even my wife and I enjoyed both the music and the other hidden gems that the DVD shares. I found myself humming the tunes even after they had been long over, so you can tell that the music grows on you and we already have been asked to bring the yellow guy CD into the car next time we go somewhere, so you know that means we will be listening to this CD for a while and the DVD will surely follow.
The DVD was great as it did provide great music but had some great bonus features as well. There are Gustafer Guitar Lessons and drawing lessons on how to draw Gustafer with Morgan Taylor. If you read the DVD/CD it says that it is recommended for ages 4 and up, but even our 3 year old enjoyed it...so I guess age is relative. The DVD does run an hour and a half, so just be aware of this as you sit down with the family to enjoy!
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