For a few years now, the Brooklyn, N.Y., record label with the funny name — The Royal Potato Family — has been an important hub in the world where avant-garde jazz and funk-rock jams collide, with big-in-that-world artists like Garage a Trois, Marco Benevento and the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey on its roster.
Todd Clouser’s name isn’t quite as known as those, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be soon. The Minnesota-raised but Mexico-based guitarist and leader of the band A Love Electric has a new album out on Royal Potato called “The Naked Beat."
Sounds pretty standard, right? Here’s the thing: It’s his third album to be released in a year. “20th Century Folk Selections," released in early 2012, comprises covers of iconic artists ranging from Neil Young and Buddy Holly to Beastie Boys and Nirvana. “Entre: Selections in Garage Jazz," which came out last summer, is more focused on experimental, heavy jazz compositions.
And then there’s “The Naked Beat," a rock record that features Clouser’s vocals and nearly unrecognizable, spoken-word-filled covers of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs" and Tears for Fears’ “Mad World."
It doesn’t take many listens to Clouser’s work to hear that he’s an ambitious creative beast with the vision and chops to ably carry on the Royal Potato Family name. Learn lots more about him at www.todd clouser.com.
Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric, with Mark Ransom; 8 p.m. Thursday; $5; The Horned Hand, 507 N.W. Colorado Ave., Bend; www.facebook .com/thehornedhand.