Sunday, October 20, 2019

Video Day #tzachill

If you haven’t heard Sudan Archives first two EPs, do yourself a favor.  She also just released a new album, Athena, along with this video for Confessions! ●  I wouldn’t normally put Galcher Lustwerk in the chill category, but this is such a smooth groove.  This Cleveland-raised artist has his new album, Information, out on Nov. 22nd. ● 4AD recently released Neon Brown by an artist named Velvet Negroni.  It’s an incredibly interesting and dynamic album worth checking out, as is this new video for ONE ONE.

Bonus:  Going in a COMPLETELY different direction for this video day, Sin Fang released their first new music video in awhile.  A series of their home movies from a time with camcorders and no cell phones.  It’s also fun to witness their boyish (and quite dangerous) Icelandic antics, which extend well beyond the length of this song.  New album Sad Party is out 11/8/19!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Video Day #tzaupbeat

I somehow stumbled on this Mando Diao video for Long Long Way, featuring this troubled wolf who you just can’t help sympathizing in the end.  It’s an incredibly catchy song too!  Son Little won me over when I saw him perform at the Beachland back in 2016, and continues to do so with this new single “hey rose” off his new EP coming next Friday!  The Chromatics dropped a surprise album recently and it’s total pop confection, like their video for You’re No Good.

Bonus: Cerrone has been seeing a resurgence in his career, starting back in the 70’s & 80’s as a France-based disco producer, who I’d put in line with Giorgio Moroder.  He just dropped a new video for The Impact that included this note:  "Big Thanks to the amazing Jane Goodall : "Every single day we make some impact on the planet. We haven't inherited this planet from our parents, we've borrowed it from our children. If we get together, then we can start to heal some of the scars that we've inflicted." "

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Article: Higher empathy people get more joy out of music, study finds

 Sure - I’d buy that.


"‘High-empathy and low-empathy people share a lot in common when listening to music,’ he says. That includes ‘roughly equivalent involvement in the regions of the brain related to auditory, emotion, and sensory-motor processing.’

But there’s one major difference when it comes to listening to music. An empathetic person’s brains shows more involvement of social circuitry when listening to tunes, such as the areas that light up when feeling compassion for others.

‘This may indicate that music is being perceived weakly as a kind of social entity. As an imagined or virtual human presence,’ offers Wallmark. This enhancement gives empathetic folks a more pleasure when listening to music."

(Via Higher empathy people get more joy out of music, study finds.)

And speaking of joy in music: 

"‘In terms of imaging we have captured from the brain, studies have shown that listening to music activates multiple parts simultaneously, which corresponds to far more parts than any other stimulus produces in humans.’

The fact that music activates so many brain systems at once is why it makes it so sweeping and pleasurable. Music exerts its deepest effect on the emotional nucleus of the brain, the limbic system.

The most amazing thing is that music automatically activates areas of the brain that are essential to feelings of pleasure and reward. So much so that the same pleasure centers of the brain that become active when we listen to our favorite tunes are exactly the same as those that are linked when humans eat chocolate or have … sex!"

(Via Why Music Brings Pleasure: Demystified - MTT - Music Think Tank.)

DJ Heather (9/28/19)

I continue to hone in and focus my love of dance music towards the house music genre.  I couldn’t be happier that Cleveland has their Groovehaus party, and I still think about my first one with Derrick Carter.  I was thrilled I was able to make it to another, to see DJ Heather.  I had started coming down with something, so I wasn’t top form this night, but I still took up some space on the dance floor.  I also want to give a shout out to The Winchester for being a great venue for this party!   Check out some of DJ Heather’s beats below:

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DJ Heather  9 28 19

Andrew Bird (9/24/19)

I’ve seen Andrew Bird plenty of times before (2005, 2006, 2017) - enough that I wasn’t going to go to this one - but they ended up handing out free tickets like candy on Halloween.  I know a lot of big Andrew Bird fans would probably be aghast by my being indifferent. I do respect him as an artist, it’s just that I’ve moved on - but hand me tickets and I’d still go.  There’s something so cavalier and enjoyable about going to a free show without concern of timing or length.  What did concern me is how poorly the show was selling to be giving them away, particularly as the Masonic is still getting its footing as a music venue in Cleveland.  Regardless, I had a great time.  He sounded great.  And there were enough people there that Cleveland need not be embarrassed (free tickets aside).

However, if you’re new to him, or haven’t seen him before - GO see him next time!  The strings and whistling alone are worth the price of admission.

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Video Day #tzachill

Angel Olsen recently released this beautifully epic video for her new single, Lark.  Alicia Keys new video for Show Me Love feat. Miguel caught my attention, and I’m glad it did - it’s gorgeous. Milky Chance continues to put out some quirky, bright reggae-influenced singles like The Game. 

Bonus: A couple weeks ago I posted a couple bonus videos from Alex Ebert, and will to do so again because this “home video” for Her Love is stunning.

Tomorrow: Lily & Madeline @ Beachland Tavern

I’ve been able to see Lily & Madeline multiple times over the last couple years.  Their new album only raises the level of excitement I have to see these women perform again, surprisingly still in Beachland’s Tavern.  Should be an epic night of song & harmony!  Don’t miss it!


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Article: Facial Recognition Ban Adopted By Festivals Including Bonnaroo

Let’s keep it going.

Face Recognition Software Recognizes Animals Now Too” by terrykimura is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

"Earlier this month, the nonprofit digital rights group Fight For The Future — whose mission statement includes, ‘We envision a world where everyone can access the internet affordably, free of interference or censorship and with full privacy’ — launched a campaign lobbying the music industry to abandon use of facial recognition tech before it becomes more widespread. At, the group argues that facial recognition tech presents myriad ethical problems: It’s an invasion of privacy, its high rate of inaccuracy jeopardizes justice, it’s a gold mine for identity thieves, it could be weaponized by authoritarian regimes, etc. ‘The companies that run major festivals should not be experimenting on music fans by scanning our faces and collecting our biometric information,’ Fight For The Future’s Deputy Director Evan Greer said in a press release. ‘People deserve to know whether their favorite event has plans to use facial recognition technology.’"
(Via Facial Recognition Ban Adopted By Festivals Including Bonnaroo, ACL - Stereogum.)

Wolf Eyes (9/23/19)

I’ll admit, Wolf Eyes is not a band that would be on the top of my list to catch live.  However, their credibility as an experimental band out of Detroit is undeniable.  Apple Music has an impressive list of releases by them, though not quite as towering as you can see on their Wikipedia entry!  It was definitely intricate - and interesting.  Those who are cooler than I can probably speak more to the impact of their music, but I’ll leave you with this video in the meantime.

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The real reason I was at this show was to catch a local composer and producer combo, Buck McDaniel and Jacob Kirkwood.  They performed a compelling set, yet another one that I’m unlikely able to describe properly for their genre.  But trust me, it was beautiful and you should try to catch them again sometime.  More details:   

McDaniel & Kirkwood, with Andrea Belding Elson, violin, John Karkosiak, electric guitar, Buck McDaniel, piano & electronics & Jacob Kirkwood, percussion & electronics.  Kirkwood’s Nitch (rev. 2019), McDaniel’s plainsong (rev. 2019) & McDaniel’s & Kirkwood’s Difference & Repetition (2018).

Buck McDaniel  Jacob Kirkwood  9 23 19

Buck McDaniel  Jacob Kirkwood  9 23 19

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Holychild has been putting out a series of great singles lately, and just dropped this newest video for Over You.  I just discovered this video by Yanni Burton through this appropriately titled Towlroad article, and I stayed for the catchy song.  Speaking of new finds, I stumbled on this new video from 15yo Lewis Blissett, with a surprisingly catchy pop-trance Killing Butterflies.

Bonus: I thought I would a couple other (ambitious) videos from Yanni Burton.