Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Article: Brittany's Record Shop to feature reggae, soul, hip-hop selections in Slavic Village

Well this is exciting!  Opening today at 2pm! I even updated my Record Stores page, which probably needs a little more work anyway.
"Brittany's Record Shop, located at 6410 Fleet Ave., Cleveland, is a revamped business reflecting Benton's own taste in music and goals as a store owner. When DJing, Benton tends to pull the freshest and funkiest soul, hip-hop and reggae album. You won't be able to find a huge selection of classic rock at Brittany's Record Shop.
It's music made for beat-makers, like Benton. On her online shop you can order albums by artists like Toots & The Maytals, DVSN and PRhyme. Benton has featured black musicians and art in the store, highlighting the history and culture that created the shop's music.
'The space is for everybody but I wanted it to be a showcase of black art and black music, not in an exclusionary sense,' said Benton. 'Some people think vinyl is just good old-boys classic rock, and there's a time and place for that, but I wanted to make something that's a testament to the scene that we have. Something a little bit fresher.'"
(Via Brittany's Record Shop to feature reggae, soul, hip-hop selections in Slavic Village |
A word from the owner!

Tomorrow: Motherfolk @ The Winchester Music Tavern

I wish I could remember where I first heard about Motherfolk.  I recognized the name when I saw they were coming the first time (this is a rescheduled show) and remembered I had an album of theirs - right before discovering they have a new one.  I jumped back into both and have come to the conclusion that tomorrow’s show at the Winchester should be pretty damn good.  Nothing really groundbreaking with their upbeat folk rock sound, but I’ll be curious to see how good their live show is.  Luckily they don’t seem to take themselves too seriously.  Check out their most recent video below.

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And besides, this review is pretty inspirational:

“The music on the album is unequivocally indie rock with a tinge of folk but what separates the songs from the masses is the raw emotion that is conveyed. Motherfolk has a type of vibe that is immediate, visceral, and even cathartic. The music is excellent throughout but what really makes this album take off are the vocals. Throughout the band delivers catchy vocal melodies and harmonies that spew with emotion that feels all to real. It’s the exact opposite of the over produced, auto-tuned vocals that are much to prominent in todays musical landscape.”
— The Equal Ground

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Article: Boundless: Artists in the Archives has its first recorded songs!

Brilliant!  I’m thrilled when I can see an overlap of my profession (libraries, archives & technology), with my personal interest (music!).  I want to copy this program out of the University of Tennessee Knoxville for our work here at my Library!  

Also, if Count This Penny is cool enough to do this, I’ll have to check them out as well...

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"Amanda and Allen Rigell (aka Count This Penny) composed two songs inspired by materials in the Wilma Dykeman and James R. Stokely Jr. Papers, which are preserved by and housed in the UT Libraries’ Special Collections department.


Watch the video below as we follow Amanda and Allen through the archives and into the recording studio throughout the production of these songs.

To continue the Boundless: Artists in the Archives series, the UT Libraries will periodically commission a work of art or music inspired by the unique items in our Special Collections and our Betsey B. Creekmore Archives."

(Via News & Events - Libraries: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.)

Born Ruffians (3/15/18)

Born Ruffians is one of those bands who’s name I recognize - but know nothing about their music.  As I dug into their stuff, I realized that they’re this awesome-fun Canadian indie pop/rock band!  The more I listened, the more I liked.  I’m totally sold on these guys and will be watching them closely!  Check out some of the performance below.

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Opening the show was yet another incredibly fun band, Fleece.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a group of guys on stage having a better time than these guys.  Wanna know just how much fun - check out this video for their cover of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love (!!!).

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Article: Burning River Record Riot

This looks fun.  The Burning River Record Riot will be at the Winchester Music Tavern this Sunday at Noon (FREE). 


"We are about quality. Punk, New Wave, Metal, Soul, Psych, 90’s alternative, college rock, Jazz, the rare stuff you don’t see on the shelves at the the other swaps or in the stores. Don’t get me wrong, there will be plenty of budget friendly old fashioned classic rock too, but the heavy hitters come out to our show. We have vendors coming from Chicago, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Detroit.’ says Burchaski."

(Via Burning River Record Riot – Swingo's Key party.)

Istvan Medgyesi / Natasha Morrow (3/14/18)

When I saw Istvan Medgyesi was excited for this show at Mahall’s apartment venue, I knew this would be an interesting show.  Opening was Natasha Morrow, which apparently was only her 2nd live performance.  Her sound was etherial and trending darker, but it really resonated in this space, particularly with her hidden guitar accompaniment.  Looking forward to catching her again. 

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Watching Istvan perform, I’m intrigued by the blending of the moog with an acoustic guitar.  Just watching him work that synth alone is interesting - something I’d be curious to see exactly what he’s doing there.  But on the other hand, it’s probably better left a mystery.

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(Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay to catch Konstantinos Revelas)

Radiate 2018

A last minute decision took us to the Radiate party at the Agora, sponsored by Cumulus.  It was a total neon dance fest.  As much as I like dancing, the music and crowd there isn’t really my scene, but I can’t deny having a great time - if only for the people watching.  I didn’t grab many photos, but you can catch some clips of the show below, including a cover song that I was not expecting to hear!

One of the few (usable) photos I did grab was for the Agora renovation!  I can’t wait to see how this p

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Video Day #tzachill

I just can’t enough of this band, and I’m getting more than ever in this new video for The Road Ahead is Golden.  Damien Jurado continues to charm with this gorgeous video for Over Rainbows and Rainier. As always, I’m smitten with any new material (and visuals) from Xavier Rudd, releasing his new video for Walk Away.

Bonus: Having just seen Jessica Lea Mayfield, this video for Offa My Hands is even more vivid.

Joe Pug (3/6/18)

Joe Pug and I go all the way back to 2009.  His early albums were amazing, and he’s continued to be a successful traveling musician.  To be so, it really helps to be a great storyteller and we were reminded of this with a variety of stories of being on the road over the years.  While I haven’t seen him perform in the area much lately - or release much music for that matter, he’s still able to pull in a great crowd (of hot young people - surprisingly)!  Showing his experience, when the piano wasn’t being amplified, he just invited everyone to gather ‘round while he played his last couple songs acoustically. A consummate performer. 

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Jessica Lea Mayfield (3/2/18)

Unfortunately we were running late for this show, so I missed Mal Blum.  We walked in while Jessica Lea Mayfield was on the main stage, instead of the Locker Room as expected.  The new neon / blacklight makeover of that space fits nicely with her new visual aesthetic, which feels like it’s in opposition to her sound.  Probably deliberate.  Her songs are slow and sad, which can work for me, but apparently resonating really well for her fans!  Her following is dedicated and I can appreciate that.  While this show didn’t really further elevate my excitement for her, I’m still rooting for her.

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