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!

 

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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.

I doubt you’ll be bored this weekend…

Hey Blind Date bloggers,

I’m here again to bring all the happenings in one place. Here is a list of events coming up in the near future. If you’re like me, you’re probably going to have some hard choice to make Friday evening…

Wednesday (tonight!), March 5th

Figure Drawing at OPEN
OPEN opens its doors at 7pm for a casual and fun figure drawing session. $ 10 suggested donation. You’re encouraged to bring your own refreshments, though limited amount will be provided by the gallery.
OPEN, 2801 S Floyd St

Prince Smoke the Mic
Presented by Maxwellsounds, an open mic night at Prince Hookah of Louisville hookah bar. $5 for attendance, only $3 if you choose to perform. Doors at 8pm
Prince Hookah of Louisville, 1489 S 4th St

Thursday, March 6th

BrainbheatsIntrovert, & Visiting Nurse @ Zanzabar
Doors at 8pm, show promptly at 9pm. $5 admittance.
Zanzabar, 2100 S Preston St

Friday, March 7th

Art[squared] Anonymous Art Sale
The Louisville Visual Art Association presents this charity auction to raise money for its CFAC program. Work is provided by a large variety of artists on 8 x 8 canvases who will remain anonymous. Friday March 7th is the opening reception, which will be held at their gallery PUBLIC from 6pm to 8pm. Each piece is $100 and all proceeds go to fund art classes for children. There’s also a Selfie contest….just sayin’!
PUBLIC, 131 West Main Street

A Night of Experimental Music @The Bard’s Town!!!
From 7pm to 10:30pm, The Bard’s Town will be hosting a variety of experimental musician. In order of performance:
Thaniel Ion Lee ( experimental improvisational drone, ambient, free noise)
https://humanhoodrecordings.bandcamp.com/
Mathias Davey (improvisational acoustic, melodic noise, punk)
http://mathias1.bandcamp.com/
Institute for Psychic Reform (experimental electronica, ambient, improvisational)
http://www.psychicreform.com/
Cher Von (looped guitars, tribal vocals)
www.chervonmusic.com
Slow Learner (experimental improvisational duo, drums and guitar)
www.soundcloud.com/slowlearner
The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd

Moonface, Saltland, and Tender Mercy at Headliners Music Hall
Blind Date Alumn Mark Kramer aka Tender Mercy along with Saltlands will be opening for Spencer Krug’s solo moniker, Moonface. Spencer Krug is a profilic Canadian musician who was a contributor of bands such as Wolf Parade and Frog Eyes, as well as the creative force behind the now defunct Sunset Rubdown. Moonface is his newest artistic outlet, and he has recently released a new album ‘Julia With Blue Jeans On’. The album is far stripped down from his previous work, only using vocals and piano.
Doors at 9m. $ 15 tickets at the door.
Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd