Happy Birthday to ya….

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So I’ve been putting this together for a little bit, and it seems to finally be falling into place. Blind Date, as I may have mentioned a few times, turns one year old this June. And to mark this small milestone, I put together a little art party.

Friday June 20th at the Rudyard Kipling, we celebrate Blind Date’s first awesome, though at times rocky, year. It’s been really great meeting so many individuals from so many background…both culturally and creatively. To say the least, it has been inspiring. I got the chance to talk to people from all over…artists I know well, not at all, that I’ve admired from afar, and those close to me.

The evening will feature an interesting group of creative folk, such as international known filmmaker Max Moore. Or the first guest I ever had on the show, my close personal friend Ben Traughber (Dream Eye Color Wheel). There will also be poetry readings by both Tristan Palmer of Weirdo Beardos fame, and Erin Keane (who just published a new collection of poems titled Demolition of the Promised Land.) And I can’t forget the always impressive Chervon Koeune.

The show starts at 7pm, with a suggested donation of $ 5-10 ( help cover the cost of the sound guy )
Please stay tuned, as details are subject to change. Even if you’re not planning on coming (though you should), pass the word around to people you like and dislike. Friends, family, enemies, co workers, peers of all types….
And if anyone would like to help to promote this event in their neighborhood, organization, school, etc, send me a personal message and I’ll get some flyers your way. I would greatly appreciate it, because I’d like to make this event great for you, my audience, and for my artists.
If you’d like to RSVP, go to the Facebook page. And, by the way, there links hidden all throughout the above paragraphs to each of the artists’ posts. Check them out, and get familiar or reacquainted. 
Till then..
 

 

 

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Business as usual

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I’m back, and it’s business as usual readers!

I had an awesome, and at times exhausting, time in NYC. I ate a lot of great food (practically fell in love with some sausage), saw a lot of awesome sights, and of course, a lot of art. You guys should expect a photo album on the Facebook page soon. Unfortunately, there were a lot of exhibits that prohibited photography, and though tempted, I remained respectful. We just got in yesterday evening, so we haven’t even looked at all the photos. I promise to exclude all the touristy and love-dovey images (it was my wedding anniversary, after all.) I’m pretty excited to show them off. You can see a sampling on the Instagram!

Besides all that, I mostly wanted to check and in and remind you of what to expect in the coming months. Next week, my guest will be experimental musician and show promoter, Cher Von Koeune. I’ll tell you more about her next week. In the weeks to come expect more creatives, some working in mediums you may not even be aware of….sculptors, sound collage makers, and video makers of a special sort.

By the way, June 20th will be the Blind Date Anniversary party…!! Blind Date will hit its year long mark in June, and the Rudyard Kipling is graciously hosting the show. It will feature poetry reading by the likes of Erin Keane as well as music by Ben Traughber & Cher Von…much more to be announced….I’ll keep you in the loop.

Speaking of events, there are TWO art related block parties happening on record store day, which happens to be this Saturday. Jim Marlowe over at Astro Black (with a little help from some of his friends) is hosting a block party on Oak Street. Check it here.

The other is presented by Underground Sounds and the collective Saving Our Style. It’s on Highland Ave starting around noon. Performances start at 2pm.

So much great music to be heard at both.

Cheers!

Spring is here…hopefully.

There’s no denying it Blind Daters, I’m a spring baby. Spring is by far my favorite season. And it could be the rising temperatures, but I’ve definitely felt more motivated.

Just a couple of weekends ago, Sarah and I went on a daytrip to Indianapolis where I was pleasantly surprised by the art I saw. We stopped to check out the Prince Rama installation at iMoca, for the ‘The Empire Never Ended’ exhibition inspired by author Philip K. Dick and his novel VALIS. After that, we scoped out the Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art. There I discovered an awesome installation artist by the name of Julianne Swartz  who utilizes webs of tiny speakers and soft spoken, encouraging words. Expect a photo album on the Facebook page quite soon. Speaking of trips, in a couple of weeks I’m going up to New York for my wedding anniversary (the year has flown by). So, in short, be on the lookout for even more art related photos and the sort. I believe the plan as of right now is the hit up MoMA, the New Museum, Film Forum art house theater to see Jodorowsky’s Dune, and the International Center for Photography. Of course, we’re open to suggestions…wink wink. Oh yeah! Also speaking of photos, Blind Date is now on Instagram…find me here! Mainly consists of images of art, coffee, and record covers.

I’ve also been interviewing like crazy, editing, and planning. This month I’m giving you two…count ‘em, TWO episodes featuring some very talented ladies. One of these women is someone I talk about a lot on the show, someone who always inspires and encourages me. That’s all you get…those are your hints. The other is local experimental musician Cher Von Koeune. You’ll get more on her later into the month as well. I’ve been considering doing more than one episode a month, but yet to decide. Blind Date, as always, is a work in progress kind of project. Stay tuned.

Besides all this, there’s another Blind Date event in the works. Blind Date will soon be a year old (yet another anniversary!), and I want to celebrate!

Here are some events coming up this month I’d recommend:

Of course, first Friday of the month means First Friday Trolley Hop on E. Market St, as well as various galleries throughout the city. Galleries and shops alike open their doors displaying various art and wares. Definitely recommend it, if the weather contains itself.

Performance of Thaniel Ion Lee’s Text Sculptures

Through music, spoken word, and performance, local artists and musicians will interpret the nine text sculptures by Thaniel Ion Lee that are currently on display in the PRESS: Artist & Machine exhibition. Performers include Dane Waters, Nathan Hendrickson, Kris Abplanalp, Abigail Smith, and others. Friday April 4th, starting at 7pm.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 W Main St
Free

Elizabeth Nelson | Amy Ritter

ROY G BIV Gallery presents two exhibitions that explore the imagery of identity and culture. One of which is past guest and Amy Ritter. Amy’s new work features bold cutout figures of herself, that challenge traditional representations of the female body. Along side her is Elizabeth Nelson’s lurid installations that call attention to society’s image-saturated environment.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, from 7–10 p.m.
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Nelson: www.arsdiutinus.com
Amy Ritter: www.amy-ritter.com

997 N. High Street
Columbus OH, 43201

Erin Keane reading at Carmichael’s Bookstore

On Wednesday, April 9th at 7 PM Erin Keane will be reading from her new book “Demolition of the Promised Land.” Keane was featured on Blind Date back in September last year. She also has two other collections of poetry, “Death-Defying Acts” and “The Gravity Soundtrack.”

Carmichael’s Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Ave

Attack of the Pacifists/Phourist/Cher Von

Also on Wednesday, starting at 8pm, these three acts will be playing at the New Vintage. Both Cher Von and Phourist will be coming at you in the near future via Blind Date. Stay tuned for discussion from both of these interesting individuals.

2126 S Preston St
$ 10 cover

Tim Kaiser / Camera Lucida / Thing Shape (Ben Traughber, etc)

For those of you that have stuck with me since the beginning, you’ll remember that Ben was my first guest. I recently spoke to him about what he has planned for this show and it’s going to be good. He’s going to be putting on a perform full of sights and sounds….Nintendos may or may not be involved. That’s all you get.

Camera Lucida is another auditory/visual performance experience. It is an artistic collaboration incorporating live interactive video and music for dancers and movement artists! Camera Lucida is a creative duo, Roxell Karr and Jon Silpayamanant.

Words on Tim Kaiser: ‘Minnesota’s raison d’être for musical exploration and all-around tinkering with instruments, Tim Kaiser commands his creations with simple sweeps of his hands, willing sounds into existence. He has scored films, been featured on PBS as well as in magazines, and has toured extensively. How he gets by airport security with his devices is anyone’s guess, but his hand-built instruments are as alluring as the sounds they make. Kaiser has been a founding contributor and champion of the Weirdo Industrial Complex for more than 30 years.’

Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge (1004 E Oak St.)
9 PM, $ 5 cover

And so many more to come…I’ll keep you in the loop. Don’t worry.

 

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.

December 18th, 2013

Winter greetings listeners! I hope all of you are having a nice holiday season.

Last week I sat down with three of the many rotating members of Spettra. Teresa Koester Mills, Allie Marcum, and Kevin Melzer filled me in on what Spettra is all about.

Spettra is a projectionist collective who specialize in the hands on approach. Their visuals are based in lo-fi technology such as overhead projectors, kitchen liquids and hand held paraphernalia. If it can be found on a shelf, they’ve probably tried it. Above is a small glimpse at what they can do.

You can learn more at their Facebook page. Of course, you can always listen in to our discussion to get the 411..

Till next time.