Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Burning River Festival 2019

After months and months of rain, the skies finally parted just in time for one of the most glorious Cleveland weekends.  There was so much happening this past weekend it would make your head spin - but I couldn’t think of a better thing to be doing on a Saturday Night than this Great Lakes Burning River Festival.  This annual event, celebrating the environmental accomplishments from the Cuyahoga river burning, was led up to by a whole week of events celebrating its 50th anniversary.  However, this year they chose to condense it’s footprint just to the coast guard station, making things a little extra cozy.  Still, what a glorious night of music, scenic views, and environmental education.  I caught a couple clips from Fresh Produce and Cloud Nothings, but the real gem to capture were the photos.  You can see the full album here

Burning River Festival 2019

Burning River Festival 2019

Burning River Festival 2019

Burning River Festival 2019

Burning River Festival 2019

Burning River Festival 2019

Video Day #tzachill

Tōth, one part of Rubblebucket recently put out his new solo album, as well as this video for Picture Of You as “a metaphor for grief and acceptance.”  I recently discovered Slow Hollows through their video for Get Along, and I’ll have to keep exploring this music!  The Avett Brothers are back with a new album (out 10/4), tour (11/8 @ Wolstein Center), and this new video for High Steppin’.


Bonus:  I have  soft spot for days with dogs in a park.  This new video for Strawberry Blonde by Vacationer captures it perfectly.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Robyn dropped another video - this time for her incredibly sexy video for Never Again!  The Generationals shows nature their new video in Breaking Your Silence.  Charli XCX joined up with Lizzo for this bizarro video for Blame It On Your Love.

Bonus:  I’m not one for posting Taylor Swift videos, but this one is a Pride Bonanza!  Oh, and sign the petition!  http://taylorswift.lnk.to/petition

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Friday: Erika Wennerstrom @ Beachland Ballroom

If you follow TZA, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Erika Wennerstrom as the front person for Heartless Bastards, seeing them in 20102016.  It’s totally fitting that she put out her own album last year and I’m thrilled she’s swinging by the Beachland Ballroom on Friday!  Check out a video below, as well as Scene’s write up as one their highlighted concerts this weekend!  I have high expectations.


 "Erika Wennerstrom/Jivviden/John Kalman

Formed back in 2003, the garage rock band Heartless Bastards emerged from the ashes of the Dayton-based garage rock act Shesus. With a little help from Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, a fan of the band who passed their demo on to the folks at the Fat Possum label, the group inked a record deal within a year or two of forming and toured and recorded relentlessly up until last year. Last year, however, band members decided to take a break. With the Bastards on hiatus, singer-guitarist Erika Wennerstrom started to work on a solo album. That disc, Sweet Unknown, just came out earlier this year, and Wennerstrom comes to town in the wake of its release for the first time. It's another gritty collection of tunes that'll appeal to the same indie rock/garage fans who know and love the Heartless Bastards. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $15. Beachland Ballroom."

(Via 6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

Article: Apple is trying to save my hearing after I spent years ruining it

At this point, there are very few new iOS features that excite me.  This one caught me off guard, and I couldn’t be more excited!  I’ve been wearing professional ear plugs for years now (and often try to carry extras for friends), but I’m sure I’ve done plenty of damage in the past.  I’ll be curious to see how well I’m currently judging when I need them once this new OS rolls out!


"And really, that's all this feature is about: Highlighting those instances where you could've made a different decision. Those moments matter. Each time you blast music through your headphones for hours, you run the risk of permanently damaging the thousands of fine, hair-like cells that make hearing possible in the first place. No one is saying you should never crank up the proverbial dial and enjoy your media -- overdoing it isn't smart, though, and seeing your listening habits splayed out across a pretty graph makes it easy to understand when you're going overboard."

(Via Apple is trying to save my hearing after I spent years ruining it.)

Monday, June 17, 2019

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib announced their new album Bandana (6/28) by releasing the first single/video for Crime Pays.   Lower Dens did the same with their new video for Young Republicans for their new album The Competition (9/6).  Trevor Jackson put out this *amazingly* good video for In My Crocs (yep, those Crocs). 

Bonus:  The Chemical Brothers are here for the Eve of Destruction

Larchmere Porchfest 2019

It was kind of a bust this year with the rain.  I might have toughed it out longer, but I brought the pup along for the ride.  Still one of my favorite events, and was able to catch Time Cat before it really started coming down.  I’ve seen their name around a lot lately, but was finally glad to catch their raucous (mid-day!) performance on a porch!  This is a fun band, and one I’d definitely like to see again.

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Ani DiFranco (6/13/19)

Ani DiFranco came back around, this time coming to the lush Cain Park and this time bringing one of my other favorite folksters, Lucy Wainwright Roche!  PERFECT.  I wish the weather could have been, as it was raining and in the 50’s - but luckily they allowed everyone in lawn to grab seats under the pavilion.

This time around Ani really went back to some of her older songs, probably in line with her new memoir (you can view an excerpt of an article she did with NPR below).  I have yet to read it, but it’s on my short list.  In the meantime, it was great getting to hear some of the songs that are nearly 30 years old! (WOW). 

Ani DiFranco  6 13 19

Ani DiFranco  6 13 19

Lucy Wainwright Roche opened, and she’s quickly becoming someone who I’m regularly seeing live!  Cheerful and charming as always - and one hell of a good songwriter.

Lucy Wainwright Roche  6 13 19

Here’s the NPR article:

"DiFranco poured that rage into her songwriting. As she wrote in her memoir, DiFranco struggled with making music and once it was made, she hated the idea of selling it. She remembers feeling repulsed by the idea of having to sell her tapes.

'I guess people were right in that I was kind of a punk kid. I was anti-everything, I was anti-capitalist,' DiFranco says.

Though she goes through many personal and professional trials in the book, DiFranco says her sheer determination always outweighed her self-doubt. 'Youth is a powerful drug, you know? I was on a mission. So, yeah, I wasn't gonna let anything stop me.'"

(Via Ani DiFranco Talks 'No Walls and the Recurring Dream' Memoir : NPR.)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Article: Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industry

So. True.


"The problem, they said, was metadata. In the music world, metadata most commonly refers to the song credits you see on services like Spotify or Apple Music, but it also includes all the underlying information tied to a released song or album, including titles, songwriter and producer names, the publisher(s), the record label, and more. That information needs to be synchronized across all kinds of industry databases to make sure that when you play a song, the right people are identified and paid. And often, they aren’t.

Metadata sounds like one of the smallest, most boring things in music. But as it turns out, it’s one of the most important, complex, and broken, leaving many musicians unable to get paid for their work. ‘Every second that goes by and it’s not fixed, I’m dripping pennies,’ said the musician, who asked to remain anonymous because of ‘the repercussions of even mentioning that this type of thing happens.’"

(Via Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industry - The Verge.)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tomorrow: Helado Negro @ Grog Shop

Helado Negro is coming back to the Grog Shop tomorrow, where he’s *finally* the headliner!   I caught him there opening for Cuco at the Grog Shop (2018).  I first saw him opening for Sylvan Esso at the House of Blues (2017). Both were excellent performances by Helado.  Check out his new video below, along with a couple live performances - and a clip from the Pitchfork review. 

"This Is How You Smile’s finely drawn intimacy can be attributed to Lange’s familial sense of collaboration. A crew of Latinx artists breathes life into the album’s corners: members of the loungey Puerto Rican duo Buscabulla and Providence punk group Downtown Boys appear on backing vocals, as well as Xenia Rubinos and rising Colombian electronic artist Ela Minus. Longtime collaborator Sufjan Stevens adds to the brief ‘November 7,’ transmuting sampled piano into the sounds of a quavering, peaceful grotto, while Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner threads hypnotic electric guitar through the lithe, bounding ‘Seen My Aura.’ Yet none of This Is How You Smile sounds cluttered or overwrought; each appearance is in service of Lange’s cocooning vision, like a cast of supporting characters fleshing out the broader theme of forging closeness with yourself and others within a politically and socially tumultuous time."

(Via Helado Negro: This Is How You Smile Album Review | Pitchfork.)