Sunday, January 29, 2017

Buck McDaniel & Friends (1/14/17)

Sometimes one finds themselves at a live show at Bar 107 in Berea.  Buck McDaniel, Matt Jones, and Evan Kleve perform to what was probably an unsuspecting crowd.  They’re probably better people for it.

Buck McDaniel & Friends (1/14/17)

Buck McDaniel & Friends (1/14/17)

The Cleveland Orchestra: Widmann's Trauermarsch (1/12/17)

What a stunning performance...

The Cleveland Orchestra: Widmann's Trauermarsch (1/12/17)

"The performances were transporting – Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra at their most virtuosic and majestic. 

Widmann's 25-minute Trauermarsch originated as a joint commission by the Berliner Philharmoniker, the San Francisco Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Yefim Bronfman was the soloist in the Berlin and San Francisco performances, and repeated his tour de force performance in Cleveland. The Toronto première is yet to come.

The musical material is based on the motif of a descending interval, first heard softly in the unaccompanied solo piano, then accompanied by growling low strings, and settling into a typical funeral march slow duple meter, with heavily accented downbeats. The solo piano plays constantly through the whole work, sometimes subsumed into the texture of the vast orchestra, which includes a huge percussion section. The texture thickens, with a multitude of arresting colors, and the tempo accelerates. Eventually the sturdy rhythm gives way to a phantasmagorical development of the material. The piano becomes ever more strident and desperate, eventually including full-hand and forearm clusters from one end of the piano to the other. Much of the piano music lies high on the keyboard, with a chiming, bell-like effect, but, combined with the percussion, in shimmering, mysterious effects."

(Via Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra majestic in Widmann and Bruckner | by Bachtrack for classical music, opera, ballet and dance event reviews.)

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Blood Orange is Better Than Me with with his new new video, showcase his love for dance (as usual).  Austra is back (!) with a new album and video for Future Politics.  Kiesza goes retro (again) with her new video for Dearly Beloved.


Bonus:  A beautifully shot video for Delicate Steve’s new song Winners.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Video Day #tzachill

Frank Ocean has a cool new (NSFW!) video for Nikes. Yael Naim releases a stunning video for Coward (which Stromae co-directed!) The Hidden Cameras have another country-tinged song and video out for Dark End of the Street.

 Bonus:  Bellows has a new video for Orange Juice - an unexpected homage to DIY NYC art spaces.

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).


"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)