IamIs : August 3rd, 2016

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Hello listeners.

Recently I finished a book from the ‘Arcana‘ series. The specific volume I read was ‘Arcana V—music, magic, and mysticism.’ The book is full of essays on different creative processes based in some sort of magical method, philosophy, or belief system. And the results of these processes can manifest themselves in many different ways.

I’m not sure how much philosophy comes into play with the music of Shawna Dellecave & Jason Cox, but the name of their project is steeped in it. Their music project is called IamIs, which is a one word representation for all that is. And they tend to refer to their output as ‘Existential Pop Rock’.

Shawna and Jason are my guests today, and we discuss IamIs’s newest release ‘Go Supernovae!’ which was funded through a grant from the Kentucky Foundation of Women. IamIs has been intensely active since 2004 resulting in quite the prolific discography. They cover lots of ground musically, and especially lyrically with imagery based verses.

A thing that strikes me about Jason and Shawna is their community involvement. The discography I mentioned above is full of collaborations. And recently, they were featured on the ‘We Have A Bevin Problem—a Kentucky Music Compilation‘, which is a piece of social activism through music in response to the actions of Kentucky’s governor (the proceeds went to Planned Parenthood of KY & IN). Shawna is also a certified art therapist, and she recently has been working with other artists on a project with the Council On Developmental Disabilities.

You can find all things IamIs at these links:

IamIs.net

iamis.bandcamp.com

Gubbeyrecords.net

Of course, you can hear our discussion by subscribing to the podcast via iTunes, or use the player below.

Enjoy, guys.

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Patrick Hume / Analog Cannibal : May 4th, 2016

'Ohm: Music For Meditation' album art. Art by James R. Southard

‘Ohm: Music For Meditation’ album art. Art by James R. Southard

Hello listeners.

I find that I’m always draw to experiential art. The kind of art that takes me to a place, or more accurately, a different state of mind. These are usually qualities I aim for in my own output. Even the process of art is just that—when you get into the ‘zone’, and you’ve got tunnel vision, losing yourself in it. It’s like meditating, or at least some form of meditation.

Patrick Hume’s latest work under the Analog Cannibal moniker dwells on these ideas. Ohm: Music For Meditation, out now on Little Heart Records, is his latest release. The music on the album was made with a joking nod to department store New Age music displays, but the work isn’t a joke. It’s serious work that is aptly named, and is conducive to peaceful environments.

Patrick has been involved in Louisville’s music scene for quite a time. At one point, he was deep in the hardcore scene with bands such as Lords, Abscise, and Brain Banger. Not too long after, he started producing work under the name Analog Cannibal, and hasn’t stopped. When he isn’t teaching guitar, Patrick is more than likely adding to his extensive catalog. He seems to have an insane work ethic, that leads to tons of material.

Analog Cannibal is definitely a project with an eclectic discography, but this is definitely a noticeable shift sonically, and it stands out. Patrick isn’t sure how much more he’s willing to explore this sound but he isn’t writing it off quite yet. He said he certainly got lost in recording these pieces, and thinks on these experiences fondly. Whether tongue-in-cheek or not, Patrick’s attempt definitely hits its mark.

The album is being package as a download code & poster with art by James Southard. You can see more of his work at jamesrsouthard.com.

You can find out more about Patrick’s musical output via the Analog Cannibal website or bandcamp page.

And as always, you can find our chat below or find Blind Date in the iTunes store. We chat about space, various studies on auditory stimuli, and King Crimson.

Enjoy.

Music to my ears

Good afternoon, readers..bloggers, what have you…

I feel like my favorite kind of music is the kind that creates more of an environment…a place, instead of a song. My next two coming up guests do just that, but in different ways.

Alex Koenig’s latest work through his music project NMesh are dense soundscapes of audio pulled from various media of the 80’s & 90’s. I told him it reminded me of a ‘haunted Youtube loop’. His newest release, Dream Sequins, has been getting a pretty healthy dose of positive press.

You can listen to it, as well as his other many albums, at the NMesh Bandcamp. Alex’s episode will air May 7th.

Coming up May 28th will be the force behind Phourist, Nick Hill. Phourist sometimes has a ‘dark concert hall sound’, and others a rock structure with narratives that will get you daydreaming. You can hear his work at his website or catch him at The Rudyard Kipling tonight. The show starts around 8, with a five dollar cover charge.

Possibilities for the upcoming months….

Maybe a retro-futuristic sculptor, with heavy symbolism.

Possibly filmmakers of a different variety, who make videos created with the goal of invoking some kind of feeling.

Definitely a crazy event showcasing creative folks worth celebrating.

If you’re lucky…a pretty familiar face, for those eccentric record nerds hanging around the city.

I’ll leave you with these encouraging words.

Cheers!

March is slowly coming to an end…

And you know what that means Blind Daters…podcast time is almost upon us.

Next week I’ll be airing a chat I had with the members of Black Birds of Paradise. They may not enjoy talking about themselves, but I had a good time trying to coach some words out of them. At the beginning of the month, they celebrated the release of their debut, B.B.o.P. You can get this it via their Bandcamp page. You can also find all sorts of tidbits at their Facebook page, such as shows dates and videos.

The band and I agreed we weren’t into labels, but if we had to choose we decided upon ‘Neo-Psychedelic Lounge’. For those looking for a frame of reference, I think this combination of words is quite apt. There’s definitely a lot of playfulness and whimsy similar to a Zappa record, hints of the calm psychedelia of the 70’s, as well as fluid slower tempos akin to lounge music (in a good way!), and even a little head nod to Spaghetti Westerns in their track ‘Western Song’.

The band seems to have made the trait of not taking themselves too serious a strength. I think that play and humor is what makes Black Birds of Paradise possible. They’re out to have fun making music. And with quite the work ethic I’d like to add. As you’ll hear next week, they’re already hard at work on their next collection of songs. I’m sure when it’s out, you’ll catch it…these guys are everywhere when they’re not recording.

Really though,  I should let the interview next week speak for itself, as well as the members of Black Birds of Paradise. Till then.

December 4th, 2013

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Hey there listeners!

This week I showcase Mark Kramer in the spotlight. Mark is probably best known for his music project Tender Mercy. I feel like what sets Tender Mercy apart is the starkness and ambience of its sound. Mark creates a solid mood of solitude and reflection with his minimal approach; classic guitar, some effects, and a handful of words.

You can form your own opinion (or blog worthy description) based on what you find at the Tender Mercy Facebook page. Or cut out a bit of the ‘middle man’ and try the Tender Mercy Bandcamp. You can also catch some of Mark’s stylings on two compilation albums he took part in. He also is anticipating the release of his newest EP, As Someone Else You Embrace The Moment In Us.

Find out more by using the links below! Enjoy!

http://welistenforyou.blogspot.com/2013/11/there-is-no-one-tribute-to-palace.html

http://www.gubbeyrecords.net/

October 9, 2013

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It’s the middle of the week again. Half way through the common man’s work week…here’s the newest episode of Blind Date to help you unwind.

Today’s guest is DJ Corney, co-founder of Wool Shop. Wool Shop is an environmentally friendly sweater company who specialize in natural dyes, stationed in Cincinnati. According to the creators themselves..

“Wool Shop works with farms and mills directly to ensure the most responsible processes are being used in the creation of our wool – from the life quality of the sheep to the energy used to run the mill to the dyes used in our color palette.  Our luxury yarn is dyed with only the goods given to us by mother nature – plants, roots, and flowers – and is grown, processed, spun, dyed, and handmade in the U.S. ”

To learn more about Wool Shop, visit shopwoolshop.com. And as always, there’s a bit of insider info you can get your hands on by listening to the interview.

One last item of business…in today’s episode I play a track from Frog Eye’s lastest album ( Carey’s Cold Spring). I believe I said coming out soon…CORRECTION, is out NOW via bandcamp. You can find it at frogeyesmusic.bandcamp.com.

Happy listening!

September 11th, 2013

Photo by SarahKatherineDavis.com

Photo by SarahKatherineDavis.com

Better late than never…right, listeners?

Today’s episode consists of a Skype interview I had with Christina Smith. Under the moniker Christina Rae, she has performed at various locations (at home & abroad) and released her first collection of songs (the EP, Grey Sea, which is available now on Bandcamp!)

Christina Smith is a young folksy singer-songwriter from Louisville, living in Chicago. She writes about love, loss, and life experiences the majority of us are all too familiar with.

To get ahold of her new EP, Grey Sea, click away at this link: https://christinarae.bandcamp.com/

You can find more of Christina’s work on her personal Youtube channel. A link below is provided for your convenience.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyBWOrev0MEZYFpWtnsB4AA

She is also available on Facebook, as well as the interview housed in the player below…ooooor as a podcast which is now available on iTunes.

Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.

Xoxo