December 25th, 2013…the Holiday Break Special!

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It’s prime holiday time, listeners! Regardless of what holiday traditions you adhere to, I wish you well.

I decided I’d take a little break, but worry not, I still have something for you this week. I thought I’d stray from the format and bring you some songs that I either discovered or have stuck with me this year. Some of these songs just came out, I’ve just heard, or I can’t stop hearing…listening..you get the picture. Obviously, there are still songs I can think of that should have made the cut but you’ll hear them from me eventually, I’m sure. I understand the mix is kind of odd, but I see it more of a showcase; so forgive the rough transitions!

The Playlist:

Beach Boys- Let’s Go Away For Awhile

http://www.thebeachboys.com/

Dream Eye Color Wheel-Frau Eva

http://dreameyecolorwheel.bandcamp.com/album/s-t

Laurie Anderson-Big Science 2

http://www.laurieanderson.com/home.shtml

Decapitron-Battle Cry

http://history.louisvillehardcore.com/index.php?title=Decapitron

Frog Eyes-The Country Child

http://deadoceans.com/artist.php?name=frogeyes

http://frogeyesmusic.bandcamp.com/

Blackout Beach-Broken Braying Sound Of The Donkey’s Cry

http://blackoutbeach.bandcamp.com/

http://www.softabuse.com/artists.php?a=Blackout+Beach

http://www.deadoceans.com/artist.php?name=blackoutbeach

Twin Limb-Saint Agnes

http://twinlimb.com/

Lady Pyramid-Game Show

http://ladypyramid.com/

Tender Mercy-Blind

http://tendermercy.bandcamp.com/

The Velvet Underground-I Found A Reason

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Velvet_Underground

I hope you enjoy the break. I’ll be back next week with more artistic individuals!

My small gift to you…

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December slowly comes to a close, listeners. And being this late into the month, so too does 2013. I decided to give you a guys a little something different this week due to this fact. I put together a little playlist of songs that have struck me for whatever reason this year…along with a small description of why. Below are a couple clips of some of the music that didn’t make the it on there, but I still like to share with you.

I discover Fever Ray just this year…I feel a little behind the times. I’m very draw in by the percussion heavy atmosphere of  it. She definitely has a kind of psychedelic, ceremonial sound, using Laurie Anderson inspired techniques.

I recently heard an interview with this artist on NPR. It was pretty interesting; I was definitely more intrigued when I heard Dev Hynes has Synesthesia (the same neurological condition as Vladimir Nabokov.) I’m excited to see more soulful music like this popping up. One last thing, if you get a chance, check out the cover art for his album Cupid Deluxe. It really struck me, and was ultimately the reason why I sought out his music.

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.

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.

December 11th, 2013

Twin Limb playing at Haymarket.

Twin Limb playing at Haymarket. Projections by Spettra.

Enjoying the winter, listeners? I know many of you like myself have been amongst some extreme winter storms; so please stay safe. Stay warm.

Today I bring you a recording of myself, hanging out in the practice space of the duo known as Twin Limb. We decided to do something a little different this time, on account of they haven’t had the chance to record any material. We set up a room mic and I let them play for me like it was my own personal concert (and yours now!), and I asked a few question between songs. Despite what I say in the beginning, I love NPR (don’t get me wrong!).

Twin Limb is a pretty new band, but judging from their rather polished haunting sound, you wouldn’t know it. The group consists of Lacey Guthrie and MaryLiz Guillemi, who before now have played in various groups and solo. Now as their newly found partnership, they’re taking the Louisville music scene by storm. If you’re lucky, you’ve already caught them at one of their many shows. If you have yet to see them, better jump on it while they’re out there playing gigs because soon they’ll be working on recorded material.

If you’re intrigued, you can find out more info at their website. Or at their Facebook page. Recently, these ladies were featured on the video blog ‘This Man Is Not My Father‘. Find the video clips, and more, at one of the many links listed.

Happy Holidays!