Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Articles: Phantasy finally gets a buyer

More music venue news in Cleveland.  I can’t say I’ll miss The Phantasy all that much - but losing the Chamber hurts.




"The circa-1915 building, which runs between 11794 to 11814 Detroit Ave. and spans more than 54,000 square feet, has found a buyer.


'It's under contract to be sold, but as in any commercial real estate transaction there is a due diligence period that is not up until Aug. 4,' according to Rachele Glynias, who has been handling the listing for Howard Hanna Real Estate. The


The complex features three liquor licenses and is anchored by the Phantasy Nightclub. It also boasts the popular goth-rock lair, the Chamber, a long-running bar-club called the Symposium and, of course, the Phantasy Music Theater.


The complex also boasts something more nebulous, but just as vital to the music scene: countless musical memories.


Nine Inch Nails debuted at the Phantasy. The Ramones, Iggy Pop, the Pogues, the Damned, the Psychedelic Furs, the Cramps, Motorhead and the B-52s all played there. The Phantasy was also fertile soil for Cleveland's ascending 1970s and 1980s music scenes."


(Via Storied Phantasy Entertainment Complex in Lakewood under contract to be sold (photos) | cleveland.com.)

"After nearly three years on the market, the Phantasy Cleveland (which includes The Chamber nightclub) has been purchased by an unidentified buyer as first reported on Friday. A real estate source told NEOtrans's Ken Prendergast that the buyer will likely be ending the property's run as a performing arts venue and will remove its three bars in place of residential, offices and additional parking."

(Via Cleveland's Goth Community to Cry More Than Usual With Selling of Phantasy Nightclub in Lakewood | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

Video Day #tzachill

Meshell Ndegeocello released this joyful video for Sensitivity, off her amazing covers album.  Josh Rouse has been killing it with this new album, and now has a vintage video for Salton Sea.  Saintseneca just posted a really creative video for their new single, Ladder to the Sun. 

Bonus: Max Richter just re-issued his Blue Notebooks and created a short film for his piece On The Nature of Daylight starring the indelible Elisabeth Moss, who produced the film.  Stunning work on both their parts.

Jupiter & Okwess (7/14/18)

If you haven’t heard about FRONT International: An American City events happening around the city - don’t wait!  So much cool stuff happening, and this show was just the beginning.  It was great to have Uptown closed off for this FRONT opening concert celebration with Jupiter & Okwess from Congo to kick off a series of excellent music events around the city.  The entire City Stages schedule can be found here. (Sidi Touré tomorrow night!)

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Jupiter  Okwess  7 14 18

Article: Agora undergoes a $3 million-plus facelift and emerges as a jewel among Cleveland concert venues

Speaking of the Agora, it’s lookin’ good these days!  A nice update to one of Cleveland’s venerable music venues.  I’m still disappointed that they’re using metal detectors to get in, but I guess that’s the world we live in now.

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"'We didn't want to polish the character out of it,'' said Miller, explaining why AEG Presents chose to fix and update certain things - like the new polished concrete floors in the theater and ballroom, the fancy fixtures and perfect stalls in the now-pristine bathrooms and the multiple upscale bars and point-of-sale systems spread throughout the facility - and yet retain and restore things like the French matte-style tiles.

The sound system, too, has been upgraded, as has the lighting system, which should help make the Agora once again a jewel in Cleveland's burgeoning concert scene."

(Via Agora undergoes a $3 million-plus facelift and emerges as a jewel among Cleveland concert venues | cleveland.com.)

The War on Drugs (7/13/18)

Having seen these guys back in 2014 at the Grog Shop, I knew it’d be a good show - but damn!  The band was superb, but throw in the light show and it’s probably one of the best shows I’ve seen in the Agora!  All the more excited to see these guys at Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend...

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"The brass sealed the deal for me. For my money, Jon Natchez's droning ambience on sax took most of last night's set from The War on Drugs to another level of heavy, all-encompassing American rock. Never overdone, it was properly placed in the context of each tune, each jam.

That's essentially how the band works as a whole. Adam Granduciel's delicate compositions are built on a fine layering technique. In the live setting, the band replicates it beautifully.”

(Via The War on Drugs Subsumes The Agora With Massive, Unrelenting American Rock | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Weezer / Pixies (7/11/18)

I was surprised to see Pixies and Weezer touring together!  While I’d be intrigued to see each of them separately, put them together at Blossom with $20 lawn seats, and I’ll definitely go!  While neither band has been top of my agenda lately, both have had some great songs - and it was fun to be sitting outside on a beautiful evening with friends to watch.  That being said, capturing media of the show wasn’t my top priority, but here’s what I got… (Scene’s review below)

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"The band’s expermintal new album blurs the lines between pop and alternative. It seemed like an alright plan, but the issue is that Weezer is not Imagine Dragons, and they should be held to a higher standard. But they’re also not the Beach Boys, the group that inspired the new album. When Weezer stops trying so hard to be somebody else and stays true to itself, the magic happens, and that’s what happened onstage last night.

‘We have a lot to talk about right now,’ said drummer Patrick Wilson. ‘It’s Scott’s birthday and Weezer’s cover of Toto’s ‘Africa’ went straight to the top of the charts.’"

(Via Weezer Focuses on the Hits for Its Blossom Show | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

Article: Cain Park celebrates 80 years of outdoor arts in Cleveland Heights

This being Cain Park's Art Festival weekend, I thought it would be a good time to share this article… 

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"For 80 years, Cain Park in Cleveland Heights has entertained audiences under the stars with quality theatre, nationally-known musical and comedy acts, and arts showcases.

Bob Hope, Harry Belafonte, Sarah McLachlan, Livingston Taylor, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are just some of the famous names that have graced the Evans Amphitheater stage, while theater productions like The Toxic Avenger, Hair, and Bat Boy The Musical have attracted sold-out crowds.

Renowned actors like Hal Holbrook, Dom DeLuise, Carol Kane, Jack Weston, and Pernell Roberts have also performed over the park’s history on sets designed by industrial artist and Cleveland native Viktor Schreckengost. And then there's the yearly Cain Park Arts Festival, a three-day juried art event held each July drawing as many as 150 local and national artists, selling their work at every price point."

(Via Cain Park celebrates 80 years of outdoor arts in Cleveland Heights.)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tri-C Jazz Fest (6/30/18)

After a beautiful night seeing Ray LaMontagne & Neko Case at Nautica, we stumbled upon Tri-C’s Jazz Fest in Playhouse Square!  I always have plans to go every year, but seeing this will make it a priority next year!

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Ray LaMontagne / Neko Case (6/30/18)

A beautiful night outside on the river, watching Neko Case & Ray LaMontange = no brainer.  Both were as excellent as always, and I particularly loved the shout out to the Beachland Ballroom crew by Neko Case.  Love that woman.
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Neko Case  6 30 18
As for Ray, I’ll let Scene take it from here:

"Wearing a ragged cowboy hat and jeans (he owns a farm, so he can pull it off), LaMontagne ignored his more popular tunes like ‘Jolene,’ ‘Trouble’ and ‘Supernova.’ And yet, with the backing of his fine four-piece band, he still managed to deliver an engaging set that had a quiet intensity to it (he’s said in interviews that some of the songs on Part of the Light reference the current political climate) in front of a respectful crowd that filled about three-fourths of the venue.
He's a real class act, and his fans seem to acknowledge and understand that he enjoys performing live even if he doesn't offer much in the way of banter.
Alt-country singer-songwriter Neko Case opened with a 40-minute set that adroitly veered from tender ballads to power-pop anthems. Her five-piece band nicely complimented her powerful voice, and she capably switched from tambourine to electric and acoustic guitar during her performance."
(Via Ray LaMontagne Taps Into a Classic '60s Vibe at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)
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Ray LaMontagne  6 30 18

Friday, June 29, 2018

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Chaka Khan is back (!) and has a slick new video for a slick new track that’s Like Sugar.  A Tribe Called Quests’ newest (and last) video for The Space Program is finally unrestricted and available for the masses. Computer Magic has a synth-inspired video for their new single Perfect Game.

Bonus: "The theme of anti-elitism is represented in the video by the array of American people finding joy in each other, in simple acts and in the places they call home — a salute to the unsung, modern-day American.” (link)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Maps & Atlases (6/24/18)

Maps & Atlases is one of those bands that drips out albums every few years or so.  I remembered that I had seen them before (their concert t-shirt I have is one of my favs!), but didn’t pay much attention (have much time) before going to the show.  Without much background digging, I knew I wanted to see them again, if only to get another kick-ass concert t-shirt.  They’re a solid indie rock band, but with some tight guitar work and an attention to detail that makes them a great live band.  I would put these guys up there with one of my all time favorites, Plants & Animals (and not just for the alliteration in their names).  And - these guys were just *ridiculously* earnest, nice, and the perfect amount of nerdy cool.

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Maps  Atlases  6 24 18

As I was writing this post, I did go back to see when I’ve seen them in the past and realized it was when they were opening for Frightened Rabbit in 2010 (RIP Scott Hutchison).  I then was able to see them again headlining Brite Winter in 2015, with Welshly Arms!  

Also, in case you were wondering, I did get another awesome concert t-shirt which I’m sure you’ll see me in soon.

Video Day #tzaupbeat

St. Vincent went really gay with her new video for Fast Slow Disco.  Mura Masa has a new single and a new video out for Move Me.  Sylvan Esso just released a fan / tour video for Signal, which is always a charming video concept.

Bonus: I’m still a bit smitten with Petit Biscuit, and enjoying his work with Bipolar Sunshine and Cautious Clay for the new Wake Up video.

Poolside (6/23/18)

This was a nice surprise, after having just come back from New Orleans, to run across this great “daytime disco” show at the Grog Shop.  They had such an appealing sound that I called up some friends and had a nice little crowd there.  Their music definitely reflected the name of the band, and I was particularly charmed by their cover of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon (watch the tape!).

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Opening was the difficultly-named DRAMA.  I had no expectations since I couldn’t reasonably find anything on them before the show - and the Ticketfly/Grog website was no help either.  Turns out they’re a great soulful pop duo from Chicago and they have an EP out called Lies After Love on Apple Music if you want to find out more about them.

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Larchmere Porchfest 2018

I’m finding myself taking fewer photos at festivals like this, particularly because it’s better to just be in the moment.  There were plenty of moments to be "in" during this most recent Larchmere Porchfest. Discovering new bands and running into old friends is the best.  If you can do it all while hanging with your dog - bonus.

Larchmere Porchfest 2018

Larchmere Porchfest 2018

After Porchfest ended, there were several after parties scattered around the area. We ended up stopping into the Academy Tavern and were treated to the perfect table to watch an amazing show being put on by Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers.  Superb.

Larchmere Porchfest 2018

Larchmere Porchfest 2018

Article: How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like

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I’m always thinking about documenting my process for identifying and experiencing new (and new to me) music on this blog.  I’m fairly confident that it would be more detail & process than most would be willing to read (let alone replicate), so I present this article and it’s reasonable alternatives.  These are in addition to following this blog of course.  ðŸ™‚

"But if you need more ways to find music, here are 50 ideas, taken from Twitter users, my colleagues at Lifehacker’s publisher Gizmodo Media Group, and some of my own habits. Some are obvious, some bizarre, some embarrassing, but they’ve all helped people find their new favorite song, or even their favorite band."

(Via How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like.)

Typhoon (6/12/18)

The excitement around this last Typhoon album was pretty hard to ignore.  I was doing a pretty good job of it - but figured I should be seeing them live in concert, and being at the Beachland really helped.  This show may have been better had I not showed up unprepared and off-the cuff, but it didn’t blow me away.  It wasn’t bad by any means, but I guess my expectations were a bit elevated.

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Joe Purdy (6/10/18)

Finally my first trip down to Peninsula, OH for a concert at the GAR Hall!  How ridiculously charming.  That feeling was only accentuated by seeing Joe Purdy and our own Roger Hoover in that space.  I’ve seen Joe Purdy before (2017 & 2011), and I can’t get enough of his excellent songwriting.  So much so, I too several videos of this show.

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Joe Purdy  6 10 18

(Click on these song titles for more complete videos of Children of Privilege and My Country.) 

Roger Hoover opened the show, who’s a local artist who I’ve been following shortly after getting to town.  I couldn’t have asked for a better pairing, or a better location for this show.

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Video Day #tzaupbeat

The more I hear this new Christine and the Queens’ Girlfriend, the more I like it - and this video only helps.  Troye gets intimate in his new video for Bloom. You’ve probably already seen the new video by The Carters (Beyonce & Jay Z) like a dozen times now, but watch it again.

Bonus:  The Scissor Sister’s Jake Shears is striking out on his own with this new video for Creep City.  

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Video Day #tzachill

The Internet as a colorful new video for Come Over.  River Whyless just released a pertinent new video for their single Born in the Right Country.  I’m still smitten with Yoke Lore after his Grog Shop show, and it continues with this video for Cut and Run.

Bonus: Brandi Carlile released a video filmed at March For Our Lives in Seattle for her song Hold Out Your Hand.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Nelsonville Music Festival 2018

Just like last year, I decided to follow up Movement with the Nelsonville Music Festival.  This year had a great lineup including Decemberists, Deer Tick, Dead Horses, Combo Chimbita, Kevin Morby, Tune-Yards, Tank & the Bangas, and Ani DiFranco!!  I also found a couple new favorites from the festival, including Charlie Parr, Bedouine, Caroline Rose,  and Colter Wall!  Check it out:

Nelsonville Music Festival 2018

Nelsonville Music Festival 2018

Nelsonville Music Festival 2018

Nelsonville Music Festival 2018

Nelsonville Music Festival 2018

Since Ani was closing out the weekend, this would be my first year staying over and camping on the last night of the festival.  It’s a little lonely, but I had another one from our group stay behind with me - and we found these musicians who hung out and jammed on some instruments around our fire. ❤️

Nelsonville Music Festival 2018

And a video of course:


Movement 2018

Another great year at Movement!  Such a fun festival of music and people - and dancing!  I was a little restricted from dancing this year which was a little tragic, but I was still able to have a fun time!  Here are some selected pics below, but you can find the full set here.

Movement 2018

Movement 2018
Movement 2018

Movement 2018

Movement 2018

Movement 2018

And video of course: 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Video Day #tzachill

With SZA still shining bright on the scene, and Donald Glover recently blooming on a national stage, why not put them in the Garden (video) together? I already posted about this new Marcus Alan Ward video on my FaceBook page, but being a hometown favorite, it’s worth a second experience.  Next is an extended beautiful video for Hurray for the Riff Raff for Pa’lante.

Bonus:  One of my lifetime favorite artists has been Joan Armatrading and I was thrilled when a friend pointed out there’s actually a video for her new single!  I hate to phrase it like this, but this is surprisingly really good! (or I’m just a superfan)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Róisín Murphy has a new EP out for All My Dreams (!!) and just dropped an excessively youthful video for it. The Presets are back with this delightful new video for Downtown Shutdown off their new album Hi Viz coming on 6/1. Finally, Rubblebuck puts out some bizarro videos sometimes, but go a little more subtle for this great track, Fruity.

Bonus:  Similar to the last Years & Years video, I’m not over the moon about it - but they’re lush and there’s an ongoing storyline that I’m hoping might take us somewhere we wanna go.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Article: How Not to Be a Jackass at Concerts

Important reading for everyone.  Click the link to read on about heckling, moshing, talking, and the perennial issue of photos. Note the clip below - which I always attend to.


"Sorry tall people, ya gotta stand back

If you’re generally regarded as a ‘tall person,’ you’re probably used to being in other people’s way. It’s an unfortunate reality, but until someone invents a shapeshifting venue that molds to accommodate perfect vantage points for attendees of all heights, tall folks gotta stand back. Super short people are probably going to have a tough time seeing anyway, but just try to be conscious of who you’re looming over."

(Via How Not to Be a Jackass at Concerts.)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Video Day #tzachill

If you haven’t done yourself the favor of checking out the new Nick Mulvey stuff, start with this video for In Your Hands.  Country pop crossover is probably one of my least favorite musical genre’s, but Kacey Musgraves is the one who’s doing it right.  Lykke Li is finally coming back, and does so with a delightfully personal video for utopia.

Bonus: Stromae released his fashionable new video for the 9 minute Défiler (bande originale de la capsule n°5 Mosaert)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Article: New App Automatically Recognizes Album Covers

Nerdgasm.  Hopefully an iOS app will be coming.

"The app utilizes Google Cloud Vision API and the Spotify API to automatically recognize album cover artwork and direct you to the album on Spotify. The app seems like the perfect tool for avid music fans and regular vinyl crate diggers who may want to preview an album that catches their eye in a store so they can check it out before purchasing it."

(Via New App Automatically Recognizes Album Covers :: Music :: News :: Vinyl :: Paste.)


(image credit: Finders Records)

ODESZA (5/4/18)

Having just wrapped up my house concert the night before, I had a couple friends from out of town who stayed a second night so we could go see ODESZA at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.  Let’s keep this party going.  I’d seen them back in 2014 at the Beachland Ballroom, but while that show may have been a 7 (out of 10) on the energy scale, this show was dialed up to 11.  A bigger stage, bigger lights, a drum line, and the city skyline as a backdrop - this show was spectacular.  Check out the video!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Video Day #tzaupbeat

The Internet is back in a serious way with their new video for Roll (Burbank Funk).  Laura Marling has a new band called LUMP with Mike Lindsay (Tunng), and here’s their incredibly captivating video for Curse of the Contemporary. Equally captivating, but for completely different reasons, is Diplo’s new video for Color Blind feat. Lil Xan.

Bonus:  I’m sure everyone’s already seen this video - but if you haven’t, the new video for This is America by Childish Gambino is killer.  Make sure you catch the 7 things you might have missed.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mike Edel House Concert (5/3/18)

Wow.  This was such an amazing experience.  Mike, Jeremy & Brennan showed up to my house around 6:30pm and immediately began setting up for the show.  These guys could not have been any more nice.  We discussed setting up a PA system for the show, which I suggested wasn’t needed - but I’m so glad they did.  The sound was amazing, and I have to thank my neighbors for being the coolest. Hopefully the people walking down the street and turning their heads also enjoyed the show.  

The songs, stories and banter were genuine and delightful.  They talked about how they’ve basically been playing these rock & roll shows, but it was a nice change of pace doing something like this.  I hope it was for them, because it was a delight for all of us.  Friends brought food, drinks and an amazing vibe.  I don’t often have parties at my place, but this is how I want them all to go.  Luckily I had plenty of room for the band (and some friends) to crash for the night. After the show we were able to just hang outside and enjoy the great weather.  Everyone had a great time and the next day it was fun to see all the social media posts about the show and the band.  Now we all wait for the new album to come out.

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You can catch the full house concert here.  If you wanna hear how this show came about from Mike’s perspective, you can catch it at the 17:33 minute mark.

Even Bergen enjoyed it:

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Article: Thanks to streaming, recording industry revenues are back up to pre-internet levels, but musicians are poorer than ever

Of course.

Greed in the Face of Disastrous Fundamentals

"Last year, the record industry gained an extra $1.4 billion in new revenues, mostly from streaming, restoring its overall revenues to pre-internet levels, when the labels had grown accustomed to reselling the same music every couple of years in new formats (vinyl, 8-track, cassette, CD). Overall, streaming services remit $7.4 billion to rightsholders.

But musicians' median income continues to fall, and it's not hard to understand why: it just takes a basic grasp of supply and demand. The number of labels has dwindled to four, meaning fewer bidders to put musicians under contract, and thus ever-worsening basic contract terms. Signing with a label isn't necessarily optional for artists: if you want to make music that incorporates samples, you'll find that you need to sign up with a label or you'll likely be refused a license."

(Via Thanks to streaming, recording industry revenues are back up to pre-internet levels, but musicians are poorer than ever / Boing Boing.)