Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Video Day #tzachill

As always, I’m charmed by Amy Ray - this time by her new song and video for Tonight I’m Paying the Rent.  Calvin Love won me over back in 2015 and I haven’t heard much from him since, until I discovered the video for the single Wildflower (new album out 10/26).  It was a pleasant surprise to run across this video for Domestication from Laura Gibson, as it signals a new album coming Goners coming out on 10/26.

Blood Orange is in full video release mode, and here is the newest for Chewing Gum feat. A$SAP Rocky & Project Pat.

WRUW's Studio-A-Rama 2018

I was only able to catch the last two acts this year, but so glad I made it.  Despite being in a tent outside MOCA, it was still rather frigid!  Both bands bundled up and really warmed up the crowd.  I wasn’t entirely familiar with either Land of Talk or Lucy Dacus, but I’m always down for a female-focused indie rock band!  Both were superb.

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Saintseneca (10/9/18)

I was able to catch Saintseneca at last year’s NEOCycle Music Festival, and have loved all of their work since.  They have this indie rock sound that is all their own, with a quirkiness that I love.  Such a great band, and love that they’re Ohioans!

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Saintseneca  10 9 18

Opening was Trace Mountains from New York.

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Trace Mountains  10 9 18

 

 

Article: Apple CEO Tim Cook says algorithms are 'draining the humanity out of music' in new interview.

This has been my approach with this blog, a human-centered recommendation platform.  I’m probably somebody you know, who is recommending music and giving my own personal take on it.  If you read further in the (quite short) article, it goes into how Spotify is trying to overturn the label model.  I think there’s definitely room for improvement in the label model, but at the same time I don’t want to turn it over to algorithms - especially with their being created by privileged, mostly white, mostly male Silicon Valley armies.

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"Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed some thinly-veiled concern regarding his competitors. In a new interview with Fast Company, Cook highlighted the importance of human-curated music services. Though he didn’t call out Spotify by name, Cook did directly highlight the difference between Apple’s human-driven and Spotify’s algorithm-driven curation approaches, even going so far as to say ’We [at Apple] worry about the humanity being drained out of music, about it becoming a bits-and-bytes kind of world instead of the art and craft.’"

(Via Apple CEO Tim Cook says algorithms are 'draining the humanity out of music' in new interview : Dancing Astronaut.)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Video Day #tzaupbeat

HUMANS are coming back with another album and if this video for Breakfast with Liz is any indicator, it should be great!  Seeing the new Rayland Baxter video for Casanova just makes me regret not staying for his show at the Beachland Tavern, which I’m sure would have been as fun. Alessia Cara is as charming as ever in her new video for Trust My Lonely.

Bonus: LCD Soundsystem just put out an epic video (Sissy Spacek!) for oh baby.  Totally worth the watch.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Cautious Clay (9/27/18)

Similar to my serendipitously learning about the Van William show at the last minute, the same thing happened with Cautious Clay.  I’d noticed his catchy name before, but it wasn’t until I saw him on the video with AlunaGeorge that he really registered with me.  Then when looking at the Beachland website for a possible show I could try out the new iPhone camera, his name popped up!  Perfect.  Making it even a little more special was finding out he’s a Cleveland Heights native.  His live show was a little more analog rock than his digital pop stuff online, but he was still great.  His blend of R&B, rock, pop and jazz was really enjoyable.

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Opening was 17 year old Victor! from Chicago.  He was irreverent and playful.  Very refreshing.

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Victor  9 27 18

As for the phone camera - I think it did pretty well!  It’ll probably take me a couple more concerts to really decide if I want to still carry my DSLR to shows!

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Generationals are out with another video for their new single Days Alone. Leon Bridges busts a move in his new video for If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be). Justice released a… dramatic new video to match their banger Love S.O.S.

Bonus:  Years & Years have been on an intense storyline with their new singles, and part 3 is out for All For You.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Van Wiliam (9/19/18)

There’s something to be said for experience.  Van William definitely has that, as the once front person for Port O’Brien, and then Waters.  Now he’s striking out on his own and performed a solid set at the Beachland Tavern.  I’ll be honest, after just opening up for Guster at the House of Blues, I thought there would have been a bigger crowd at the Tavern, but I never mind some elbow room!   He leveraged his experience and great songwriting to still thoroughly entertain us, even breaking out some older songs!

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Sontalk opened, and this was a real treat!  These guys have remind me of the War on Drugs - some strong, soaring, emotional ballads.  I’ll definitely look for these guys again.

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Starting off the night was our own Shawn Brewster (from Shawn & Shelby and Oldboy fame).  The early crowd was tough that night, but still did a great job.

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SALES (9/14/18)

Sometimes a single song can get me out to see a show.  SALES’ Chinese New Year (CNY) did that for me. While that song was the gem, the rest of their catalog was also enjoyable. They brought their chill pop grooves to the Grog Shop for a great show.  CNY is the second song on the video below!

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SALES  9 14 18

Video Day #tzachill

AlunaGeorge has a smooth new single & video out for Superior Emotion feat. Cautious Clay - and by the way you can catch Cautious Clay at the Beachland tomorrow night!  Phoebe Bridgers has just thrilled me with her new album, and I’m loving her new video for the beautiful Scott Street.  Yoke Lore is not missing your Concrete in his new video - and I couldn’t agree more!

 

This week is a double bonus, both videos by Frontperson, which is a new project by Kathryn Calder (New Pornographers) and Mark Andrew (Woodpigeon). They have new videos out for both Young Love and Long Night