Lady Pyramid : November 5th 2014

Lady Pyramid and Spettra at the Blind Date event 'Glances'. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Lady Pyramid at the Blind Date event ‘Glances’. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Hello strangers…

I’m back from my unintentional hiatus. After a spell of hard drive crashes and technical errors, I’m here….finally. And I bring you today guests I’ve been trying to wrangle for quite some time. Over the Halloween weekend I hung out with Katy Hartman and Anna Lee Roeder of Lady Pyramid. We messed around on keyboards & Omnichords, as well as discussed unique trash finds, the communal aspects of music making, and their upcoming release, Sweet Seashell Dreams.

Lady Pyramid is a foursome of creative women who make music that consist of an upbeat, positive tone with storybook imagery. Sonically, they’re one part bubbly calm psyche, another part warm blanket of fuzzy distortion. Lady P is involved in both the music community and the community in general through their work with Squallis Puppeteers, Amped Louisville, and recently the Outskirts Music Festival. Katy and Anna explain their Outskirts experiences and the ‘Rock Shops’ they taught.

The release party for Lady Pyramid’s debut will be November 21st at Haymarket Whiskey Bar. They will be backed by Black Birds of Paradise, The Get Down, and the visual magic of Spettra. Show starts at 9.

Besides their efforts within Lady Pyramid, both Anna and Katy have hands in other music projects as well as visual art.

If you ignore the sound of my furnace periodically kicking on and off, it’s a pretty good episode. Click the player below to hear it or subscribe through the iTunes Store.

 

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March 26th, 2014

Good afternoon,  listeners.

It’s the end of the month…time to make good on my promises…

And per my promise last week, today’s episode is with local music makers Black Birds of Paradise. BBOP is made up of John Lewis, Dashiell Moss, and power percussion duo Nick & Regan Layman. I’m sure some of these names are familiar, seeing how these guys have been around the music community for some time, in some shape or form.

Just today they confirmed via Facebook, they are indeed hard at work on their second collection of songs. The release of their debut, B.B.o.P., happened earlier this month. A great event that I’m sure will be proceeded by many more…

Listen in and enjoy!

 

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.

Age of Aquarius..

If you’ve been listening to NPR, you’ve probably heard quite a few stories lately about aging. Speaking of which, a question for you Blind Date bloggers…is 28 still a young age? Relatively young?

I only ask this as a transition to something I’ve pondered often, which is how to stay motivated and creative as you age…I wonder often if I’ll keep creating as I ripen and my responsibilities increase. There are many artists I admire who seem (or seemed) to stay quite prolific in this sense; such as Moondog (aka The Viking of 6th Avenue), the blind musician and instrument creator. Or the ambient music loving multimedia artist Brian Eno. He has been turning up more than ever lately, even at the age of 65. And Mrs Laurie Anderson who is right up there with him at 66!

If you grant some of your time, I’d like to talk about two more artists creating well into their lives. The first I’d like to talk about is an artist who is definitely at the top of my list. Still spry at the age of 85, is Alejandro Jodorowsky. Jodorowsky is an avant-garde filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and admirer of the Tarot. He is probably best known for his psychedelic masterpiece The Holy Mountain (fun fact: this was funded by John Lennon) and acid western, El Topo (The Mole). He was also slated to director the Dune movie adaptation, which sadly didn’t happen (there’s a documentary about Jodorowsky’s concept for Dune. Check out the trailer here.)

Though he refers to himself as an ‘atheist mystic’ much of his work focuses on religion and spirituality as well as violence, sexuality, psychedelia, and his childhood. And just last year his newest film The Dance of Reality (La danza de la realidad) was shown at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival with a standing ovation. The film is based on the autobiography of the same title. The film blends Jodorowsky’s personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, reflecting his view that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our imaginations. Besides all this, he also finds time for lectures and writing about his personally created spiritual system known as ‘psychomagic’ or ‘psychoshamanism’. He is a machine…a creative bullet train.

The next artist I want to talk about you may already known of if you follow music news at all. Her name is Linda Perhacs. I just recently discovered her through her ever growing media coverage. Her’s is an interesting story. Speaking of age, the more elder of my readers may remember her album release in 1970, Parallelogram. Unfortunately, it was a commercial flop.

As the story goes, Perhacs was a dental hygienist in California. And many of the teeth she cleaned happened to belong to some rather famous people, including film composer Leonard Rosenman who helped her get the record deal to record her debut.

Slowly but surely, despite the lack of commercial success, Parallelogram turned into a cult following and in turn influenced many of today’s musicians in the more experimental side of the folk scene.  Now, forty four years later at the age of 70, she has released her sophomore album, The Soul of All Natural Things, to much praise. Above is a music video for one of the tracks off her new release.

I hope that I can someday reach this point of achievement…leaving a life spanning body of work. I’d love to know your opinions and thoughts on this…readers of any age! How do you remain creatively focused and inspired with each passing year? What techniques do you use to keep fresh? How do you keep your adult responsibilities from clashing with your creative ones? I’d love to see some dialogue in regards to this on either the blog, Tumblr, or Facebook.

Oh yeah, PS. If you’re privy to what’s happening in Louisville’s music scene, then you’re probably already acquainted with my guests for March..the band Black Birds Of Paradise. Since I talked to them, they’ve had many bits of press, showed up on a local news channel, and celebrated their debut album release at the New Vintage. Be sure to listen in at the end of the month for our discussion.

Treats…

How’s it going, listeners? I’d definitely say this is the time of the year for treats; the more traditional edible kind, and the not so edible variety. This holds true for Blind Date, and what I bring to you in the weeks coming. Next  Wednesday, I give to you  the projectionist collective Spettra. The folks of Spettra keep the hands on tradition of liquid light shows and projections alive with their lo-fi approach. You’ve probably seen them out doing their thing, and not even know it. Spettra has done visuals for such local musicians such as Lady Pyramid, Black Birds of Paradise, and Twin Limb. Be sure to listen in to the humorous conversation I had with them, come Wednesday. And hopefully the Wednesday after, Christmas for those who celebrate it, I’ll have something a little special for you if all goes right. Things are hectic trying to balance projects, family gatherings, holiday parties, and interviews. You’ll just have to be patience and see..

Till then.

PS. Above is a video of Spettra providing some awesome visuals for Black Birds of Paradise at Haymarket.

You can definitely find more on their Facebook page.