Kickstarter Campaign For Adventures in Plymptoons

In the spirit of the independent music I write about I was compelled to feature this Kickstarter project, because it reeks of DIY gone right. Determination, conviction and a little humor goes a long way and independent filmmaker Alexia Anatosio has all that and more.

Her documentary Adventures in Plymptoons about Oscar nominated animator Bill Plymton is currently in post-production and in need of additional funding. Alexis is hoping to achieve her goals through an inventive Kickstarter campaign that bring fans and donors into the fray. To achieve her goals she is wiling to give it her all, including shaving her beautiful locks of hair and fashioning a Mohawk.

Alexia’s enthusiasm for this project is contagious. She celebrates and is inspired by Bill Plympton’s career as an independent filmmaker and is making this documentary with the same independent spirit. All filmmakers, artists and musicians should take note and be inspired as well.

Alexia’s Kickstarter campaign is absolutely worth a click to view. It features some takes with Bill Plymton and anecdotes by a few of his voice-over team edited with clips of Plympton’s animated world.

Even if you don’t have the funds to help her achieve her goals you can help spread it around through networking.

For additional inspiration read Alexis’ interview with Film Threat here

video interview Alexia Anastasio at Comic Con 2010 for Adventures in Plymptoons
by Jon Raymond from The Writers Muse


Coyote Eyes, Dynamic Set @ The Delancey

Coyote Eyes @ The Delancey

On Friday night I attended a fundraiser for the band Coyote Eyes at The Delancey. Their goal was to recoup the costs incurred recording their EP after the small label who offered financial backing folded, leaving the band with expenses they hadn’t planned for. On hand to help were the Flying Pace, Marie Stella from Portland Maine and Quiet Loudly who played sets and offered cheap merch while friends baked treats for sale. It was an atmosphere of love support and good music making.

As soon Coyote Eyes hit the stage it was apparent why everyone there was showing the love. The foursome floored me with two guitars, peddle boards, synth, bass, drums and combined vocals.

Coyote Eyes were engaged creating an invigorating sound guided by melodic sonic movements and rev-ed up clean bell like guitar riffs that build and scaffold, blasting with pulsating fast strumming meant to take you somewhere. Leading from the back and divine to witness was Jeremiah McVay whose thunderous drumming skill was always on queue and the force and backbone of the sound.

The dynamic contrasts of two vocalists diversified the sound and what made it more surprising is how they fluctuate between dominating one song or another or sing in unison. Manny Nomikos emotional singing style with bursts of volume, multiple pitch and at times Yoko like channeling while Marta’s Deloreon vocals were smooth intoxicating and perfectly phrased.

What is especially strong is how Deloreon’s voice rises above the amplified sonic rock cycles hanging suspended like a cloud above the surface of the forceful instrumentation. Calling and cooing and taking the listener in.

I am looking forward to the EP and ready to be wowed.

Listen Here and hear why.
Marie Stella pictures as well