2.26.2010

Sgt Dunbar Kickstarts Their Way To SXSW

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Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned have achieved their goal to raise the funds necessary to fix their broken down tour van and make it to their destination SXSW. Mission Accomplished with the help of the Kickstarter a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors and explorers.

The tag line on their Myspace page has always read
"Give More then You Take Away." So in keeping with that sentiment they came up with awesome give back to anyone who donated. The rewards were sweet ranging from a simple Sgt Dunbar mug, a donors name on their van, a special house show or band supervised date with Donna Baird.

The fans gave back their heartfelt love to a very giving and talented band.

Go Dunbar! Kill it at SXSW and enjoy the tour down and back. Like last year, I look forward to seeing the rad videos of your awesome Busking and official dates as well!

2.25.2010

Vio Mire's Music Brings Beauty to the Pink Couch

Vio Mire brings warmth and astounding beauty to the dusty Pink Couch at If You Make It headquarters. I am proud that I was responsible for helping to make this happen. Dave Gawacke Owner and Creator of IYMI fit both Vio Mire and Liz Isenberg into his recording schedule. Their tour had one open slot and Dave came through.

To affect someone very strongly in a way that is difficult to forget
Something about the haunting beauty Vio Mire's Music really got under my skin. Watch and I think you would agree!





"Vio Mire's folk lush pop beckons attention and exposure. His tenor vocal range whispers, hushes, lulls and then fully opens to relay his written stories in song that hold deep resonance. They ebb and flow between cliff hanging whispers and timing." OCM 2/10 read more Here.

2.20.2010

Kickball the Band; Ready To Share

Kickball Garage Show

Picture July 2007 Awesome Garage Show

Years ago I saw the Portland band Kickball in a garage. I was so impressed and thought that a band this talented could't possibly be such a little known secret. Soon after that show they took a long hiatus.

Their most recent album, Everything is a Miracle Nothing is a Miracle Everything Is, is now available via digital download Here. Do You want to feel good? This will do it!

Watch this recently released Amazing video of a live show they played at Grrrnd Zero in Lyon, France:

Lofty Music Performances In SOHO live review

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Yo Yo a private loft performance space in SOHO hosted a fabulous night of music and performance art, welcoming Omnivore, Liz Isenberg, Vio Mire based in Providence and Dan Fishkin from Pennsylvania / NYC. It was a night to be receptive to the unknown and the folksy delight of Liz Isenberg and the disarmingly beautiful music of Vio Mire.

When art and music coexist the music becomes the vehicle for the art. Both Daniel Fishkin and Omnivore utilized that concept in very different and provocative ways.


Daniel Fishkin

Dan Fishkin AKA Dandelion Fiction set up was complicated for a solo set. Below his feet was a full line up of connected circuitry and an assortment of instruments. The daxophone, a wooden instrument that Daniel made was wedged between his legs, created a string clank sound that he looped. His punked turrets train of thought vocals projected a veracity of nervous energy.

He started a song on a banjo with just a few notes and a fellow band member, got up and joined him in the middle of the space in an acoustic serenade singing through the skin of the banjo. Another song something to the effect "I Was Playing with Myself" started out alone and scripted musicians rose from the audience with a trombone, violin and guitar to sing the chorus.

His surprising antics are reminiscent of the late Andy Kaufman. He challenged the audience’s perceptions by being both aggressive and tender. The tension between the hysterical and the uncomfortable made the performance something to savior.


Omnivore

Omnivore AKA Glenna Kay Van Nostrand a tall striking blond, set up a couple of princess phones wired on a round table. Casually sitting at her little table she picked up her phones to talk/sing and loop. She started of often with a few choice words and cascaded the conversation into the loop.


The old fashioned phone unlike the cell phone is a private experience. So watching her created a tension that was both seductive and voyeuristic. Her sexy vocals lopped and filled the space creating a feeling of overhearing private thoughts in a public setting.

Below a Video from a Beautiful site One Nite Music


Liz Isenberg

Liz Isenberg has a fan base and that is obvious when she sings they spontaneously sing along with her choruses. She is a delightful mix of folk with edge. Her gorgeous voice warbles softly and comes on strong for emphasis and her guitar playing mirrors that effect as well. It is her quirky lyrics and personality that shine through her music creating an appeal factor that can’t be denied. I loved her from the first note.

Something to take note of is her co-writing and added vocals on Deer Ticks latest release Flag Day "Friday the 13th" was picked by Rolling Stone as his best track and featured their video duet on Rolling Stone's Smoking Section.



Vio Mire

Vio Mire AKA Bendon Glasson floored me. Where the fuck have I been? Vio Mire's folk lush pop beckons attention and exposure. His tenor vocal range whispers, hushes, lulls and then fully opens to relay his written stories in song that hold deep resonance. They ebb and flow between cliff hanging whispers and timing.
Brendon played the classical guitar while his touring mates on keys and bass did back up vocals. The guitar added warmth to the intimate acoustic set.

Unfortunately only the few and in the know have heard of him. Music that is so deeply beautiful is rare, I only wish I found him sooner



Both Liz Isenberg and Vio Mire will be playing SXSW party put on by Deer Tick.
A party of artists who are friends and friends who are artists and everyone in between
Time:12:00PM Friday, March 19th
Location:Threadgills South

Full US tour Dates Here:

2.16.2010

The Art of Promotion Crackerfarm Style

This promotional video created by Crackerfarm AKA Mike Beyer for the Avett Brothers' slot at The Bonnaroo Festival, is art in the form of promotion.

The viewer enters the studio space of painter Scott Avett for a private viewing of his paintings. The paintings move magically forward for closer appreciation. With brush in hand Scott glides above the floor from a paint bucket to a blank wall space He paints in time to the song "Kick Drum Heart" by the Avett Brothers creating street ready hype reading; The Avett Brothers Bonnaroo 2010.

Cyber graffiti looks phat through the artistry of Crackerfarm. Enjoy!



Crackerfarm Channel

2.02.2010

Drink Up Buttercup Does It Right

Drink Up Buttercup


Drink Up Buttercup Does it Right when it comes to the promotion of their new album Born and Thrown On A Hook, One Awesome Click at a Time

Especially interesting is their concept of releasing each song with one homemade video at a time. Filming at various locations with different set ups we get to hear each song live, raw, acoustic or electric. Using a grid of picture links on Muxtape site each shot is coordinated with a new video upload every Tuesday until the grand March 23rd release date.

Each video is creative and friendly much like the band. Without an outright commercial assault the Drink Up Buttercup Aesthetic is true to form.

Below: Video Five "Even Think" filmed in their van!