Sunday, January 15, 2017

Article: Ani DiFranco To Publish Memoir

A new memoir - and a new album!!!

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"Ani DiFranco will recount her journey from struggling artist, estranged from her parents, to celebrated musician and determined activist in a new memoir. In addition to music, DiFranco has been an activist for countless causes including the environment, racial justice, reproductive rights, gender equality and prison reform.

DiFranco released her self-titled debut album through her own Righteous Babe Records in 1990 at age 20. A fiercely independent streak has defined her career ever since as she's toured relentlessly and released 17 more solo albums, numerous live albums, a handful of EPs and two records with legendary folk musician and labor organizer, Utah Phillips."

(Via Ani DiFranco Divulges Stories About Being an Activist in New Memoir - Rolling Stone.)

"In the ’90s, the singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco built herself an empire. DiFranco, who ran away from home at age 15, founded her own label and released her debut album by age 20. Through the ’90s, she became crazy popular while maintaining that DIY ethic, and she became a staunch advocate for feminist and left-wing causes along the way. And now she’ll write about all that. The Associated Press reports that DiFranco has signed on to publish a memoir through Viking. The as-yet-untitled book does not have a release date yet, but it’s coming. And DiFranco will also release a new album called Binary in May. 

(Via Ani DiFranco To Publish Memoir - Stereogum.)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Video Day #tzaupbeat

The xx shows love for the American teen experience in On Hold.  NSFW btw!  Metronomy is bringing us some more Robyn with their video for Hang Me Out To Dry.  DFA’s Shit Robot has a new video for Is There No End (and I hope there’s not).

Bonus:  

"For ‘The Half,’ a bloopy dance-pop banger from his 2016 album Encore, the French dance superstar DJ Snake recruited the talents of cresting weirdo king Young Thug, R&B great Jeremih, and classic rap producer and hypeman Swizz Beatz. "

(Via DJ Snake – “The Half” (Feat. Young Thug, Jeremih, & Swizz Beatz) Video - Stereogum.)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Video Day #tzachill

Francis & the Lights have a delightful simple and fun video for See Her Out. After seeing the Avett Brothers in Akron - I’m even more in love with these guys, and this video for No Hard Feelings makes it even more palpable.  Cass McCombs has his new video out for Run Sister Run. 

 

BONUS:  Catching Big Thief at Mahalls again has cemented these guys as a top favorite!

New Documentary About Gotta Groove Records

What a great little piece about our own Gotta Groove Records! 

"A fascinating look at how vinyl records are made, the film includes footage from the plant and features interviews with Slusarz, who talks about the virtues of vinyl, and Earley, who talks about how difficult it was to get the business off the ground back in 2010. The people who work in the plant explain their various roles in the process as they operate the machinery. "

(Via Local Director Nick Cavalier Releases New Documentary About Gotta Groove Records | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Van Allen Belt (1/6/17)

FINALLY.  I made it to a proper concert at the Euclid Tavern (now The Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern).  I’ll admit, I was getting a little desperate to see a show, I was was really digging into the local venue calendars looking for something.  Thankfully I found The Van Allen Belt performing at the Euclid Tavern.  I’ve been wanting to see a proper show here for years!

We started off the night with the MIX at CMA party - again another first.  Then dinner at Ninja City (amazing!), and then we were able to catch The Van Allen Belt as they were just about to take the middle slot for the night, so we caught them just in time.  They’re hard to describe, even by their own words: "The Van Allen Belt is impossible to categorize, luscious to listen to. This isn't your typical trippy, psychedelic music ― this is unique.”  Check them out for yourself!

 

The Van Allen Belt (1/6/17)

The Van Allen Belt (1/6/17)

The Van Allen Belt (1/6/17)

Vanessa Rubin (12/23/16)

Last show of the year!  We slipped into the sold-out show at Nighttown and was lucky enough to grab a table in the bar area.  While we couldn’t see the performance, we were still able to hear and enjoy the excellent jazz vocals.  I was reminded how great of a space Nighttown is for concerts, and what a great space to be on the night before Christmas Eve.

Vanessa Rubin (12/23/16)

Buck McDaniel (12/18/16)

A friend of mine performed a recital at Heinz Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus.  What a gorgeous space, and from what I hear, the organ is equally impressive. It was fun to be able to spend some time in this chapel during the rehearsals, getting familiar with the works, and to be able to record the performance.  An overall amazing experience.  And because of if, I’m now a burgeoning fan of Philip Glass!  Buck’s performance of his Mad Rush piece was stunning.  Enjoy.

Buck McDaniel / Philip Glass (12/18/16)

Buck McDaniel / Philip Glass (12/18/16)

Lil Yachty (12/8/16)

Lil Yachty’s been the talk of the rap world this past year.  His repeated dismissal of the importance of knowing veteran rap acts (Tupac & Biggie!), and his Cher / Believe type vocal treatments - he’s definitely a new breed of rap out there today.  He’s young, and that was apparent from his performance at the sold out House of Blues show.  Still, he’s has some great raps/beats, and it’s going to be fun to see how far he goes.  I’ll also be curious to see how far his little cousin(?) goes, who was dancing on stage with Yachty all night!

Lil Yachty (12/8/16)

Lil Yachty (12/8/16)

 

Jivviden (12/3/16)

Finishing out a 4 day stretch of live music, we ended up at the Grog Shop for the Jivviden show - a local band that won me over when I saw them by accident back in 2014.  Opening was Paper Morning and Holden Laurence.  I’ve been keeping any eye on Holden (part of The Modern Electric), and really have been enjoying his solo stuff.

Holden Laurence (12/3/16)

I haven’t seen Paper Morning before, but I like their upbeat indie pop/rock sound.  They even had a nice little dance groove at times!  Would be fun to see these guys again.

Paper Morning (12/3/16)

I’ve always been a sucker for a quirky voice, and part of the appeal of Jivviden for me.  Matt Sikon’s vocals remind me of Kristian Matsson’s vocals (Tallest Man on Earth).  Definitely check them out sometime.

Jivviden (12/3/16)

Jivviden (12/3/16)

We Are Scientists (12/2/16)

Filed under completely random, We Are Scientists were booked to play the Jolly Scholar - the campus bar of Case Western Reserve University.  I have only heard of the local college bands playing in this space, who’s stage is make shift plywood structure they have to set up.  This was weird, and We Are Scientists deserve better - but they were good sports about gig (at least for as long as we stayed).

We Are Scientists (12/2/16)