Thursday, March 26, 2020

Video Day #tzachill

Perfume Genius back (!) announcing his new album Set My Heart on Fire Immediately on 5/15, releasing his self-directed video for Describe, following quickly with On The Floor.   Lido Pimienta is also promoting her new album, Miss Columbia out 4/17, with her new video for Nada. 

Bonus: This gay new track, It’s My Parade, was a bit of a surprise coming from Lisa Loeb who’s been focused on family material for awhile now.  I’ll admit I was a fan back in the beginning, and this sounds like she hasn’t skipped a beat (or a year).

The Get Down (3/20/20)

Last Friday, I participated in a streaming dance party hosted by DJ Tasha Blank.  This is a party that is usually hosted at The Get Down in NYC, and is pretty popular on SoundCloud as well.  A friend pointed me to this now happening via Zoom, so I threw in a couple bucks and signed up!   I’m so glad I did.  Tasha is known for having these moments where she pauses the music and has moments of reflection and liberation, encouraging everyone to just dance it out.  That message couldn’t have been more needed.

Sure it was a little strange dancing by yourself in the living room, especially if you’re also trying to flip through the videos of over 400 people who also attended!  It was fascinating to see the environments that everyone was in - and just about everyone was dancing!  Some shots of what I saw...


By the way, the next party is this Friday!  From Tasha’s most recent email:

people of planet earth!
We are born to move.
We are built to run around, sweat, scream, hug, get loose, get messy, get outside.

These times are weird AF.
They require quick adaptation to massive change.
They demand deep presence, clear thinking, and huge courage.
These times require furious dancing. 

In less than a week, our long-distance dances have become the soul-saving magicsaucethat revives our heads + hearts.

Over 1000 of you have joined us on the virtual dance floor so far — 
and we do it again tomorrow at 6pm EST!

Wherever you're at,
we will dance it out.

Dress up
Wear pajamas
Break out the spandex
Pretend it's 80s night
Turn off your video + get nekkid!

Just. Come. Dance.

Join us here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Four Tet released this incredible visual for their new single Baby, off their just released new album.  Flume just collaborated with Toro Y Moi on his new song, and released the video for, The Difference.  Bombay Bicycle Club has shown us how they’ve grown up as a band in the *extremely charming* video for Is It Real.

Bonus:  Stumbled on this psychedelic new video from Vlossom, for their single My Friend.  I’m intrigued.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Article: How Fans Can Support Artists And Music-Industry Workers During The Outbreak

More great info on how to support musicians during this difficult time… There are a lot of options on this page, many of which I’m availing myself of, but sticking with the live stream theme… 

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"Tune in and donate to artists' livestreams

For fans who were looking forward to seeing their favorite artists live at now-cancelled shows and festivals, hundreds of those artists are now turning to platforms like Twitch, YouTube and Facebook to livestream their performances virtually. A List Of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown The Coronavirus Crisis A List Of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown

While these virtual shows won't be perfect financial substitutes for artists' lost touring income in the short term, the online events provide a similar sense of co-presence and community for both artists and fans. Artists and event organizers also usually include Venmo, PayPal or other payment details on their streams so that viewers can contribute financially. 'This Is Why We Play': Amid Pandemic, Philadelphia Orchestra Livestreams Beethoven The Coronavirus Crisis 'This Is Why We Play': Amid Pandemic, Philadelphia Orchestra Livestreams Beethoven

And while the widespread shutdown of the concert industry has hollowed out the popular event listings of publications like Brooklyn Veganand the New Yorker, those calendars are also quickly pivoting to virtual events as well. Publications including NPR, Pitchfork and Billboard, as well as independent initiatives like Stay At Home Fest, are maintaining their own digital event listings."

(Via How Fans Can Support Artists And Music-Industry Workers During The Outbreak : NPR.)

Friday, March 20, 2020

Article: The Never-Ending Couch Tour: How Livestreams and Social Media Have Already Transformed Live Music

These are some bizarre times we’re in.  I’m not going to recount the details of the outbreak because you can find it all over the internet.  I’m not going to recount my own personal feelings, because I’m lucky enough to be in a better situation than most.  What I will say is that I really miss seeing live music.  It's really heartening is how all these musicians are going online to meet up with their audiences.  Below are a couple screenshots from live shows I experienced from earlier this week.  Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard has been offering up daily performances.  Also on St. Patrick’s Day, I was invited to a watch part for the Dropkick Murphys live concert as well (132K people!).  Participating in these was strangely satisfying and fulfilling.  Pitchfork wrote an article about it, which you can find below.

"In the days since self-quarantine began, the spirit of Couch Tour has virtually gone mainstream, with livestreams coming from John Legend, Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Neil Young (who has previously streamed shows via his subscription Neil Young Archives site). Nugs has been working on audience-free webcasts live from several cities. Cafe Oto in London and other venues have hosted crowdless shows, and hopefully more will continue to do so.

Though the post-streaming music industry has been difficult for professional musicians at nearly all levels, the emergence of Couch Tour as a potentially viable income source might be one of the few positive developments in recent years. For now, it may be the perfect activity for a homebound age, both socially present and physically distant. But long after audiences return to venues, the future of Couch Tour will be something to watch."

(Via The Never-Ending Couch Tour: How Livestreams and Social Media Have Already Transformed Live Music | Pitchfork.) 

I’m not sure I can get behind this as a long-term business model, but I’m definitely glad we have the ability to stream these shows now.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Video Day #tzachill

BROCKHAMPTON have released their playful new video for Sugar.  Khruangbin and Leon Bridges has killed it with their new EP, and again with their new video for Texas Sun.  I was a little suspect of this new Sufjan Stevens with Lowell Brams (his Stepfather), but this song and video are pretty on-point.

Bonus:  Lido Pimienta just released her new video for Nada off her upcoming album Miss Columbia coming out April 17th!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Tomorrow: Caroline Rose @ Beachland Ballroom

I first caught wind of Caroline Rose from the 2018 Nelsonville Festival.  She’s now touring on an excellent new album called Superstar, and will be making a stop by the Beachland Ballroom tomorrow! This should be an excellent show!

She also had a great interview with NPR recently, which I would recommend.

"As the somewhat self-reflective title and story of her album implies, Rose is also interested in poking fun at the idea of fame and stardom. The music video for her single 'Feel The Way I Want' features Rose as the album's main character, prepped and ready for an audition in Los Angeles — only to find out that it's actually scheduled in Hollywood, Fla., not Hollywood, Calif."

(Via Interview: Caroline Rose On 'Superstar,' Tom Waits And Quitting Music : NPR.)

Movie: Max Richter's Sleep

This looks fascinating.  I’ve always quietly fantasized about sleeping at a concert... i’m not really sure why - but maybe this movie will provide some insight.

Bonus:  Max Richter performing Vladimir’s Blues.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Video Day #tzaupbeat

HUMANS just released this amazing (as expected) new video for Noose, hopefully signaling a new album soon!  Pantha du Prince just released his new album, along with this single / video for Pius in Tacet.  Empress Of also announced some new music with a slick new video for Give Me Another Chance. 

Bonus: King Princess has been making a lot of waves lately, recently releasing the video for Ohio (which opens in a bathhouse??).

Ekali (3/6/20)

I’m in Pittsburgh for the Code4Lib conference and arrived early to hang with friends earlier weekend.  I realized that while I’d be missing seeing Bear Hands back in Cleveland, they were actually going to be in Pittsburgh during my visit! Shortly after that realization, I noticed the Ekali show at The Rex Theater.  I really struggled deciding between the two, both having equal capacity for fun or flop.  Being that I would be taking the bus, I decided to let the neighborhoods be the deciding factor. I chose the older, cooler South Side of Pittsburgh - than the corporate environment around Stage AE.

Ekali's recorded album seemed to have a nice blend of traditional dance/pop with some elements of trap music folded in.  I’m not a fan of trap, but I can be pretty open minded to any kind of dance music.  Juelz and William Black opened.  Once they began, it was clear that this was a full-on trap/bass show.  The nuance of trap music is lost on me, and I have a hard time being able to distinguish between the DJs aesthetic. I guess I would summarize the night’s sound as clips of pop songs mixed in with DEEP bass clashes, while throwing in an occasional mosh pit.  This was not an environment (for me) to dance - but it definitely worked for the crowd there.  However, the visuals & lighting were on point!

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