July 23rd, 2014

It’s the fourth Wednesday of the month listeners! You know what that means….yet another discussion with some creative person or another.

It’s Jim Jim’s July!

Today you’ll hear a conversation I had with Jim Marlowe, hanging out in his shop Astro Black Records. With Blind Date, I try to be as unbiased as possible, but I have to admit Jim is definitely one of my favorite record slingers. Besides operating a shop with a very special niche, he’s also a generally nice and extremely helpful person. I feel like most times I stop by, I have nothing but questions for him (it seems so appropriate to interview him!). He gave me some pretty vital advice on releasing my own cassette…

Jim also records bands on a budget, host a variety of shows, and creates his own music. He is most notably know for his work in his band Tropical Trash, though he’s also been seen with either his big ole’ saxophone or guitar with other groups such as SapatJuanita, and Venus Trap. 

Check out the interview below or wait for your podcast subscription to update, and hear me bring up some of Jim’s musical history with a copy of one of his first releases…among other things.

Enjoy.

 

 

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Friendly discussion…

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Recently, there was an article in the New Yorker about the influence of Brian Eno. He had this to say of the art schools he studied ‘I thought that art schools should just be places where you thought about creative behavior, whereas they thought an art school was a place where you made painters,”…..

John Waters had this to say of his short stay at New York University, where he was to study film ‘NYU…I was there for about five minutes. I don’t know what I was thinking about. I went to one class and they kept talking about Potemkin and that isn’t what I wanted to talk about. I had just gone to see Olga’s House of Shame. That was what I was more into.’

So, what are your thoughts on art school? Yea? Nay? Great opportunity or financial waste? Do you think people can be taught art? Can a mentor encourage the ‘creative spirit’?

What do you think are the benefits and the pitfalls of such creative institutions?

Be polite, but speak up if you have some thoughts on the matter.

Keep it kind and courteous.

Mind your manners, etc, etc….

PS. Next week I’ll be giving you guys an actual interview again. This time with local sax blowin’, guitar shreddin’, record store entrepreneur Jim Marlowe. We talk about his creative venture such as Tropical Trash, about Astro Black Records, and music in general.

Stay tuned.

 

 

Chapter Two…

Hello everyone.

I must say I’ve been pretty preoccupied lately, so not much to report this week on the Blind Date front. Of course, what I’ve been up to will ultimately (hopefully) benefit the program.

First off, Sarah and I finalized the purchase of our first home today (excited, nervous, scared, etc…a ball of conflicting emotions). With this new private space, I plan on setting up a much more appropriate studio for recording; sound proofing, new gear, all that jazz. This being the beginning of the second chapter of Blind Date, I think this is pretty good timing. Expect better quality episodes in general, in all aspects. So, in saying all that if you or someone you know has access to a truck, let me know…haha, kidding, but seriously, we’re going to need help…

Also, I’ll be participating in the Louisville Visual Art Assn’s Open Studio Weekend in September. OSW is pretty self explanatory; basically artists open up their studios for public tours all over Louisville and Southern Indiana. I went as a ‘tourist’ last time, and saw some great spaces. This year I decided to sign up as an artist with a fledgling art collective I’m in called Hot Garbage. We’ll be doing an in-studio installation with the purpose of constructing an environment conducive to creative thinking. I’ll have original pieces, Psychic Skin cassettes, and possibly Blind Date merchandise for sale along with the work of Jesi Evans and Jason O. Mudd.

You can learn by hitting up LVAA’s website.

Don’t worry though, friends, I planned for all this and worked ahead. I have some awesome discussions lined up. I’ve got Jim Marlowe at the end of this month, Camera Lucida the next, and something special in the works for September.

Stay tuned.

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!