12.31.2009

Novice Theory; Inspiring Charge @ Rockwood Music Hall

Novice Theory

Seeing
Novice Theory at the Rockwood Music Hall with a full band of supportive and talented musicians was an inspired way to close out a year and get ready for a new one. Whether solo or with a band, Novice Theory's music performance has electrical conductivity directly aimed to charge an audience. Mission accomplished!

Geo Wyeth has the ability to inspire listeners and fellow musicians. This was the first chance I got to see him with a assembled cast of exceptional musicians. What was so obvious was the genuine love they have for Geo and how much they enjoy bringing his music vision to fruition.

The fuller bodied sound of Jazz offshoots added to Geo's expanded lyrical palette beyond the autobiographical to include a tapestry of uniquely urban wit and insight. Last night they played work from the recently released EP Ordinary Death along with one freshly presented newer song. I like chances like that!

The sandwiched crowd at the small venue begged for an encore and we were treated to an older song played solo on accordion that was performed back in 08 on the Jools Holland Show in the UK.

It is wonderful to post this and to include The Music Slut's take as well. It is not often that I can share an experience with someone who enjoys music as music as I do and makes me feel comfortable in such close quarters.

Novice Theory

Timothy Johnson - flute; Keith Parker - percussion; Daniel Arnow - bass; Brian Newman - trumpet; Tina Richerson - baritone sax; Geo Wyeth - vocals, guitar, piano, squeezebox;



12.29.2009

Music Year End Thoughts


What an awesome journey it has been doing this site. Although I wish with all my heart that this could be my full time gig. I am still excited about the small part I am playing in moving the music culture forward one reader at a time. Sometimes it is the smaller blogs that can bring exposure to unknown music. Many of the people I've written about on these pages have moved beyond novelty and have gained more extensive exposure. That makes me happy. Obsession Collection Music welcomes another year doing this blog.

What am I looking forward to this year!
Langhorne Slim becoming a household name!
Drink Up Buttercup Countdown the upcoming full length LP Born and Thrown On A Hook to be released on Yep Rock Records!!

Drink Up Buttercup

Peasant's full length LP Shady Retreat to be released on Paper Garden Records

Peasant @ 3rd Ward

Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned going back to SXSW!!

Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned

Hop Along going to SXSW

Hop Along @ Silent Barn 09

Looking forward to the release of Documentary of Viking Moses: Werewolves Across America by DARYL Pulse Films

Viking Moses

Wishing o'death the best for the new year!

o'death last song chant

On the lookout for Honne Wells Performance artist extraordinaire!
H. HONNE WELLS teams up again with musician/artist Juan Comas @ The Stone

Can't get enough of Novice Theory!

Novice Theory Joe's Pub Dec. 08

Continue to obsess over Max Vernon The Master Of Design

12.25.2009

Art and Music Party

Kyle, DUB Mascot, Maryanne Ventrice

Obsession Collection Music played a small part in coordintating an awesome holiday party back in September. This was a family affair with all attendees invited by my husband, two great adult children and me (OCM). The art and music crowd shared lots of love into the wee hours at Tre Merli.

I end the year once again saying how much I enjoy writing this blog and have been fortunate to have met wonderful people that have enriched my life and others.

OCM curated the music line-up. Below are some picture highlights from the party in line-up order.

Novice theory
Novice Theory


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Novice Theory with Brian Newman

Hop Along
Hop Along

Drink Up Buttercup
Drink Up Buttercup

Drink Up Buttercup
Drink Up Buttercup

12.12.2009

Drink Up Buttercup New Video Session

Always looking for nicely shot videos of Drink Up Buttercup and finally found one. Hear and see "Seasickness Pills" and stick around to hear James Harvey's operatic finale!


11.29.2009

Showpaper; DIY Invasion

Escolators

The Eskalators

Showpaper still remains true to its original inception producing a bi-monthly all-age music listing fold-out featuring a visual artist on every cover issue. When a concept is fluid it's evolution has little boundaries. Showpaper is branching out to include art and music benefits that support its printing, guerrilla style music happenings and participation in art fairs. Passion can be infectious and Showpaper is worth spreading.

PS1 Art Book Fair

The NY Art Book Fair housed at PS1 in early October, Showpaper displayed an array of colorful issues on a small ledge below Leandro Erlich's Swimming Pool art installation. Part of the Showpaper charm is the dedicated rotation of volunteers manning the unofficial site. I spoke with a young woman who was doing a double shift and enthusiastically telling anyone who was interested about the Showpaper mission.

Vendorbar NYC, Showpaper

Recently Showpaper shared a booth with VendorBar an exhibitor at The 2009 Editions|Artists' Book Fair showing videos by Flipswitch, Cassettes by Party Labs, and showpaper editions. Greeting the curious was Joe Ahearn, Showpaper's volunteer impresario. He is always finding new ways to bring the Showpaper mission to different audiences. VendorBar organized by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn, had awesome conceptual art editions including Yoko Ono's Add Color: Imagine Peace -Stenciling Action, Sal Randolf Free money in book form and printed editions and chewed drawing editions by Larry Miller.

Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn are both working artists and VendorBar is their latest curatorial endeavour whose mission is to open up direct lines of communication between artists and the public in order to make ideas and artwork more accessible.. They represent an older generation who have an authentic love of art and an enthusiastic vision to inform. This is rare in adult form and even in the art world. Choosing to share a space with Showpaper proves that the spirit of art can cross generations and go beyond just the selling of product.

Michael Petruzzo whose music taste I trust gave me a list of must see music emphasizing The Eskalators. Showpaper arranged for the eighteen piece to play a set to end the Editions Fair three day run.

The group assembled in the upstairs entrance with guitar, toy instruments, violin, array of brass and a mini megaphone. Their spirited music full of sing alongs, great lyrics, rag tag fun were in contrast to the traditional and formal aspects of any art event but what a welcome juxtaposition.


Flickr Set VendorBar / The Eskalators

11.19.2009

Paper Garden Records @ 3rd Ward Review

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Multiverse Playground event was presented by Paper Garden Records @ 3rd Ward in Brooklyn, a member-based design center. Sponsors included: 3rd Ward, Uncensored Interview, Art Battles, Lomography, 1776, The BLDG, Project Fathom.

Paper Garden Records current roster Peasant, Emanuel and the Fear and Darla Farmer represent a perfect diverse live line-up. I endured Art Battles and Comedy Central's Kurt Metzger before the bands started. It was an "Experience" for me but both were enthusiastically received by the crowd.

Peasant @ 3rd Ward

Peasant
Peasant's slot was to follow the comic, a difficult feat at best for a guy with a guitar. Fortunately for all who slowly reentered the backspace and made a commitment to stay, soon realized Peasant (Damien DeRose) is not standard singer songwriter fare. His is a voice to follow. He played some new songs from Shady Retreat to be released in 2010 and one never performed live. We were treated to two older songs from On the Ground. "Your Good" was fabulous without the drums and Damien said he usually plays "Manners" when an audience is polite. "Hard Times" was appropriate and gave me pause to think about Peasant's ability to weave topical content without being preachy. Peasant is a quiet but reflective voice of his generation. And his voice penetrates in a subtle but lasting way.

Emanuel and the Fear

Emanuel and the Fear are a great live experience with multi-layers of sophisticated composition and an accomplished orchestra. Emanuel Ayvason on keys, guitar and vocals lead the pit with dynamic zeal and musical prowess. He is a music force with a vision and is willing to fuck with it in a good way. Adding drummer Jeff Gretz's metal magic adds an aggressive contrast to the mix. The sound leaves the listener on edge and shakes things up with untimely structures, raw and in the moment vocals without ever loosing the sensuous full embodied sound. Aggressive Orchestral Pop!

Darla Farmer

Darla Farmer makes me smile. They are an ambitious six piece outfit who ploughed through a lively diverse set. Take guitar, bass and drums mix in some horns and keys and grind it out. Their geeky awesomeness is very appealing blurring art rock, noise, metal, Orleans style jazz, screamo with the quirkiest nasal vocals of lead singer Bryce Leonard. We were treated to what seemed like an impromptu Devo style Hip Hop with the best awkward dance moves. It was a rip! Darla Farmer's original sound might be a result of geographical southern roots. Whatever the inspiration, I'm looking forward to more.

At about 1:00 AM more folks invaded to catch
Boy Crisis and Das Racist and for the young the night was just starting. I left at 1:30.

Flickr Set is not up to par but I found the staging area too long with little depth making it difficult for band interaction.


11.11.2009

Langhorne Slim Bell House live review

Langhorne Slim @ Bell House

Langhorne Slim worked up the formally hometown crowd @ Bell House in Brooklyn. They hung on every word, yelp, utterance and soulful vocal. The songs from Be Set Free sounded so fresh. The new band lineup spiced up songs with additional keyboard, banjo and saxophone. They set the house on fire with “Cinderella” and “For a Little While” and brushed us with a warm breeze with slower songs.

The ballads were amazing and it was so nice when Slim was alone on stage and the audience was with him all the way. This is not an intimate venue so it was striking that he was able to have a conversation between songs.

Slim expressed gratefulness to the audience who gave it right back in spades. It is not too often to see love and music working their magic. Langhorne Slim has a relationship with his audience and it’s a good one.

Flickr Set Bell House

Be Set Free, Langhorne Slim review


Langhore Slim's Be Set Free has broken the glass ceiling reaching beyond the novelty beloved by fans, to a wider audience. This is one side of Langhorne Slim. It is the studio side. Langhorne Slim is an incredibly raw live band. Be Set Free produced by Chris Funk (The Decemberists) changes it up adding variety with new instrumental treatments. I would call it Langhorne Slim smooth but not lite.


Slim's songwriting and vocals is so versatile that they cross a variety of genres. Be Set Free does just that combining soul, folk and symphonic rock with heart stopping vocals that reach for the rafters. The slew of instruments piano, organ, brass, strings of all sorts are played by a cast of talented contributors.


The songs are simple and basic like a conversation spiced with little truisms. It is Slim's vocal delivery that adds emphasis broadening interpretation. There are many great catchy melodies, raucous Honky Tonk as well as strong heart tugging ballads.


Starting with the upbeat opener “Back to the Wild” with its smooth strumming, flurry of strings and steady shuffle percussion. Followed by “Say Yes” an optimistic take on love and possibilities.


“Be Set Free” is a ballad of significance with jewel like slide guitar and expressive piano. The soft shaker is the heartbeat for “I Love You But Goodbye”, blending gorgeous cascading piano with Slim’s fervent vocals.


Starting as a mild tempo and escalating to a full soulful throttle of impassioned intonation “For a Little While” blends contrast of timing. It peaks when Malachi DeLorenzo's slow shuffle drumming evolves into a hardcore exuberance mixed with the exhilarating mayhem of mashed up ingredients. “Cinderella” flirts with the listener, offering a soulful wink with help of Honky Tonk swing and an enthusiastic boy chorus.


The sumptuous "Leaving My Love" uses symphonic swells interspersed with lovely vocal dialogue between Slim and Erica Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) The chorus of / I can't believe it / I'm leaving my love / intensifies like romantic longings.


In the tradition of country confessionals "So Glad I'm Coming Home" offers sincerity about going home in a sobered state and hoping to be welcomed back.


The album closes with "Boots Boy" an upbeat love affirmation, / I don't want just anybody / I want you / nobody but you /.


Be Set Free is sweet and sultry and naturally uplifts the spirit, A high worth getting.

11.02.2009

Little Teeth Make Folk an Art Form

This is a shout out to the band Little Teeth from San Francisco. They have embarked on a huge ambitious tour through the US and are planning a European tour as well. Their debut album Child Bearing Man was released September of 08 on Absolutely Kosher Records.

I was going to see them again at Death by Audio tomorrow but they cancelled due to illness.
I saw them for the first time at CMJ at Zebulon. I unfortunately created a poorly titled post CMJ Day Three, so I'm hoping for a little more exposure via search with this re-post of the review and Video entry.

Feel Better Little Teeth

Little Teeth CMJ @ Zebulon

To say I was delighted to see Little Teeth is an understatement. The twosome of Sofia Bell and Dannie Murrie recently added Sean Real to their inner circle. Their very original music is Folk as an art form played with a conviction of sensibility and spirit. Their all out abandon of song structure focused on experimentation, strange but beguiling harmonies and escalating emphasis of vocals, drumming, cello or banjo.


I was outside socializing when the band set up and was flabbergasted when I moved to the front to find the most intricate found object drum set dejour including a small xylophone. Dani Murrie strapped on an assortment of shells and bells from ankle to knee.


During the set they brought out some additional homemade contraptions. The traditional instruments were plucked and bowed with attitude adding to the disjointed samplings of sound that fried my brain from overdrive of the unexpected. The drummer Sean Real has a passion for playing. A joy to watch.


the music sounds like a much looser Coco Rosie or The Roaches scrabbled. They bring it on with guts, punk and moxie. Halfway through their fifty state tour they stated, “We showered tonight”. Everyone cheered.



and if your really intrigued this is an awesome video highlighting their musical point of view.



11.01.2009

Hop Along Halloween


Just had to post this fabulous picture of Hop Along Playing at the Zombie Party Festival in Philly. Hop Along used to be a solo formally known as Hop Along Queen Ansleis and is now with a full band.

Many people in the DIY punk community embraced her music and often put her in their line-up. Well this picture gives me reason to believe Hop Along is achieving their goals. Wow wish I was there.

Photo Credit: Amanda Shoulson

10.31.2009

CMJ Day Five

Emanuel and the Fear @ The Delancy rooftop, Afternoon Scores


Emanuel and the Fear CMJ @ The Delancey


Emanuel Ayvas’ brought an ensemble of four and delivered lush scores with tabulators and music stands in place. His poetic writing and emotionally delivered vocals accompanied by violin, cello and guitar created a toned down but perfect acoustic orchestral pop and afternoon score for a roof garden space.Their set was a smaller representation of a group that performs with eleven.


Listening to Emanuel and the Fear recordings exemplifies the lush ambitious arrangements full of complexities and swelling of orchestral passages with smart lyrically emotionally delivered vocals.


Bryan Vaughan founder of their label Paper Garden Records has a passion for music he loves and believes in so I was remiss in not following through and hearing them sooner.


Flickr Set

Drink Up Buttercup @ The Delancey rooftop, Acoustic Muscle


Drink Up Buttercup CMJ @ The Delancey


Drink Up Buttercup is a very different band in the early afternoon. But this is not Drink Up Buttercup Lite, anything but. Although they abandoned their drums, amps, garbage cans and kinesthetic body contortions they highlighted the muscle of their vocal muscle. They stretched their harmonic layering of show stopping standards adding detailed appendages. Showing off their incredible versatility and giving the tired genre "Barbershop" a vibrato edge.


Flickr Set


Cale Parks 2 The Delaney Warmth to Techno


Cale Parks CMJ @ The Delancey


Cale Parks brings warmth to Techno, blending cascading dance beats, looping of original music with synth and drum machine. Live Cale Parks drumsticks twirl through the air and hit his mark. The baton twirler, soft crooner, and synth composer does it with precision and finesse. Adding two new players on guitar, bass and keys to his live line-up. Performing, as a one-man band is hard he said as he introduced his new band mates saying “how nice it was not do this alone”. The packed dank basement at the Delancey was the perfect setting to be transformed to another place. Cale Parks and Company took me there.


Flickr Set

10.30.2009

CMJ Day Three

Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned @ Zebulon, Word of Choice Amazing


Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned CMJ @ Zebulon


Sgt. Dunbar and The Hobo Banned packed the house and the stage with eight musicians and every imaginable brass and string instrument. I love the Hobos and have seen them several times. Their instruments were in full force featuring many songs off their new EP. They played the title track "A March Through Charles Mingus' Garbage" that featured a vibrant mix of Folk and Jazz a direction they are forging ahead with. The two new songs they debuted forecast a vital and original direction.


The musicianship is something to behold they have become a much tighter entity without loosing their energy and heart displaying the joy of playing together. What is also fascinating is the seamless exchange of instruments throught the set. Whether blowing, singing or strumming everything works. This is a democratic collective where various members share the lead vocal helm adding diversity to the mix.


Sgt. Dunbar and The Hobo Banned were full of bite. All the instruments and vocals united and filled the space with joy and substance. When the set was over I walked through the crowd and the word or choice was amazing.


Flickr Set

Pink Noise @ Zebulon Invigorating Smart Noise


Pink Noise @ CMJ Zebulon

Pink Noise makes lots of noise from metal shredding guitar and bass, pounding drums but could not drown out the heafty and soulful vocals of Sharon Sulami This was a set of pure intensity with incredible exchanges between instruments. Noise of exhilaration and contrast played with the force of unpredictability. Invigorating smart noise.


Flickr Set


Little Teeth form San Francisco @ Zebulon Scrabbled Experimentation


Little Teeth CMJ @ Zebulon


To say I was delighted to see Little Teeth is an understatement. The twosome of Sofia Bell and Dannie Murrie recently added Sean Real to their inner circle. Their very original music is Folk as an art form played with a conviction of sensibility and spirit. Their all out abandon of song structure focused on experimentation, strange but beguiling harmonies and escalating emphasis of vocals, drumming, cello or banjo.


I was outside socializing when the band set up and was flabbergasted when I moved to the front to find the most intricate found object drum set dejour including a small xylophone. Dani Murrie strapped on an assortment of shells and bells from ankle to knee.


During the set they brought out some additional homemade contraptions. The traditional instruments were plucked and bowed with attitude adding to the disjointed samplings of sound that fried my brain from overdrive of the unexpected. The drummer Sean Real has a passion for playing. A joy to watch.


the music sounds like a much looser Coco Rosie or The Roaches scrabbled. They bring it on with guts, punk and moxie. Halfway through their fifty state tour they stated, “We showered tonight”. Everyone cheered.


Little Teeth CMJ @ Zebulon


Flickr Set


I would be remiss not mention how much I enjoyed Zebulon. I loved the music played between sets, food and all around great staff!