Frightened Rabbit @ Rough Trade…

Took the L out to hipster land after a night drinking…I went to see Frightened Rabbit at Rough Trade…managed to catch their sound check…and then two sets…the band is cool, especially if you have been drinking which also happens to be one of the bands big themes. That and pain.  Their melody invokes introspection. And survival at any cost.

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Videopoem Digital Narratives…Memory and Landscape

A Videopoem constructed from iPhone footage, files stored on Dropbox, iCloud, utilzing Adobe Mobile Apps, so constructing montages made on Adobe Premiere Clip, uploaded to Creative Cloud, and then finished on Adobe Premeire and returning to images shot several years ago…with an underlying theme of the self’s relationship to landscape and memory…

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Phil Wiggins…Master of The Harmonica

The night was warm.  A perfect spring day.  There had been a crazy fair in Madison Square Park.  And I was headed over to Bo’s  to catch Phil Wiggins, a maestro of the Harmonica and the Piedmont Style of Blues.  Later my girlfriend was supposed to meet me. I had been drinking at my brother’s who has a pad in the East Village. It’s difficult to get to Chelsea from there. All the public transportation is out of the way. You have to walk basically. And so I did. But on a beautiful late spring day this wasn’t such a bad thing. Although I was drunk and I was carrying some heavy camera gear.  I had first been turned on to Phil by my friend Tim Klinger who played the harmonica.  We both shared an interest in the blues.

Magic Shoppe In Brooklyn…

what a long strange trip it’s been…was lucky enough to catch Magic Shoppe in Brooklyn…went to college with the bassist Trip Thompson…reconnected with him on the web a few years back…a great guy and very knowledgeable……life in the 21st century…..imagination still going…so I says to him a couple of weeks ago love to see your new band and he says, well you’re in luck….we’ll be in brooklyn…I’m like, wow…cool…Im there….down of the show..drinking, but not too insane…even got to take a nap…rode the f to the m…a place called Pallisades in Bushwick..

Lee Rinaldo @ The City Winery…

Lee…in the moment…drone melody…stories…now…let’s start again…my head upon your shoulder…they fall apart like everyone else…twilight over the qua….in winter…after deep snow….let’s start again…that’s my intent…lee on videopoem on qua access…hues of orange and blue settling sun…the project began in earnest…it was about expression….let no one share the blame…let’s start out as a new song…Lee singing…original tune…at the city winery in New York City on New Year’s Day after a night of raging…here now, weeks later watching and listening to the music all the way back to the end…Lee playing acoustic…a reinvention of himself…now the rising tide…back story…coming of age with a group of friends…

 

Videopoem John Doe and The Sadies reprise Country Club

This Videopoem features John Doe and The Sadies successfully perforning a reprise of their seminal album Country Club. In Manhattan on Saturday, October 24th at the Hill Country Barbecue over in Chelsea, the boys were at their finest again. Released in 2009, Country Club features covers of country classics such as Willie Nelson’s Night Life and Johnny Cash’s I Still Someone.  Displaying John Doe’s dexterity as a musician and the iconoclasm of The Sadies who can play any style of music ever invented in the universe, Country Club when performed by John the Sadies becomes this tour deforce of country music and energy. With his usual humor and fine pacing of a set, John Doe bought us through the blues, the fighting and us against them attitude so prevalent in the country music genre.. With the addition of individual songs from each artists repoirtore, the evening of the music was quite enjoyable.