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). 

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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.

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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.)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Nelsonville Music Festival 2019

Just like Movement, another year, another Nelsonville - it's become a yearly staple.  The mix of folk and bluegrass, alongside some deep heavy grunge rock, against some major pop/rock acts, while throwing in an R&B soul legend - that’s a festival I want to be at.  Add to that a phenomenal group of “homies” to camp and party with, it’s a little slice of heathen.

For me, the lineup this year was one to discover new artists.  I knew for sure I wanted to see Laura Gibson and Mandolin Orange - two favorites who I have not seen live yet.  I left this festival becoming a fan of The Brother Brothers, Sun June, The Huntress & Holder of Hands, Campdogzz, and more.  Of course I also saw the venerable Wood Brothers and the ever-present Death Cab for Cutie.  I did decide to get on the long road home before being able to catch Mavis Staples the last night.   I’m also proud of the amazing Cleveland contingent there.  Mourning [A] BLKstar woke EVERYONE up with their rousing opening of the Main Stage, just following up from The Katy opening the Porch Stage a little earlier.  

I already can’t wait for next year.

Nelsonville Music Festival 2019

Nelsonville Music Festival 2019

Nelsonville Music Festival 2019

Nelsonville Music Festival 2019

Nelsonville Music Festival 2019

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Movie: Beats

They banned rave culture??  I had no idea… Looks like a fun movie.

"Check out a new trailer for Beats, the upcoming Scottish coming-of-age film executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror).

The film takes place in Scotland during the summer of 1994 and tells the story of two friends encountering illegal parties and rave culture for the first time.

Optimo’s JD Twitch has curated a killer soundtrack featuring Plastikman, Phantasia, The Prodigy, Hudson Mohawke, The Golden Filter, LFO, Outlander, Model 500 and more."

(Via Watch a trailer for Scottish coming-of-age rave film, Beats.)

Hessler Street Fair (6/2/19)

Hessler Street Fair celebrated it’s 50th year!!!  The bad news is, it may also be its last.  Sure they say “hiatus” but with the Barking Spider gone, I can’t help but be skeptical.  However, when I arrived on Sunday evening, the weather could - not - have - been - nicer.  It was a celebratory crowd and had some good eats and tunes.  It’s been a good run Hessler Street Fair!!

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Hessler Street Fair  6 2 19

Oh, and speaking of the Barking Spider Tavern, this was also my first stop by the new Dave’s Cosmic Subs.  It’s hard not to be heartbroken.  They were in between bands when I stopped by, so I’ll have to try again when there’s some music playing.

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Jamila Woods (5/28/19)

The same day that I drove home from Movement, Jamila Woods was performing at the House of Blues Cambridge Room (for only $15!).  While I would have happily paid a lot more to see her in a larger venue - this was a moment not to be missed.  I already had seen her perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival back in 2017.  Her new album LEGACY! LEGACY! is incredible.  Rated as “best new music” on P4K, they also said the following: 

"Each track on LEGACY! LEGACY! highlights a legendary artist of color, spanning disciplines, genres, and decades—Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Frida Kahlo, Miles Davis. For Woods, collectively, they become examples of how to unapologetically navigate life as a person of color. Each song’s subject is treated with the same reverence and warmth as Woods’ own ancestors, who are also referenced throughout. While she assumes responsibility for mining sociopolitical issues in her music, she also stands on the shoulders of these figures in search of her own humanity."

(Via Jamila Woods: LEGACY! LEGACY! Album Review | Pitchfork.)

Jamila Woods’ performance was soulful, powerful, and groove-worthy in this intimate setting.  Those of us there were lucky to be there for this experience. I wholly expect her to move on from from smaller venues like this - real soon.

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Jamila Woods  5 28 19

I arrived a little late, but was able to catch a bit of Nitty Scott.  An artist who is new to me, but one I quickly grew to appreciate.  If she can get Zap Mama on board, on her album, she has me too.

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Movement 2019

Another year, another great Movement experience.  It’s practically routine at this point, though this time we stayed further inland Detroit at the Westin.  Very nice hotel and a pleasant walk - that is except when a really strong storm blows in and the festival shoos you out into the streets to fend for yourself.  Luckily we ignored their advice and took refuge down into underground stage where the crowds are always joyous during inclement weather.

Highlights for me this round were Disclosure, Golf Clap, Floorplan, Madlib, and of course Carl Craig.  There were also a host of nameless/faceless DJs that I totally got down to as well.  After parties were also amazing, and once again a consideration for going to Detroit that weekend for a completely flipped schedule.

Movement 2019

Movement 2019

Movement 2019

Movement 2019

Movement 2019

Movement 2019

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