Claire Krueger : April 6th, 2016

Hey listeners!

Sarah and I are on ‘Spring Break’ this week, and I’m posting from Joshua Tree, California. It is so beautiful and serene out here…

Anyway, my guest today is Claire Krueger. We chatted about film, perfectionism, and our issues with patience & commitment…(I’m somewhat kidding about my patience.)

Though Claire dabbles in many forms of art, film is the main emphasis of her creative output. Many of her films are mixed media, or maybe a better way to say it is mixed techniques—such as diorama sets, green screening, and animation. Visually, there is usually vibrant colors and dreamlike imagery (see her film ‘The Passenger’ above.)

As you may gather from the interview, there is a wit and humor to Claire. This definitely shows in her work, in subtle ways. It’s something I really appreciate about her art. Along with this well executed wit, I think there is a certain amount of mystery and vagueness to her work that leaves the audience with questions. I feel this works in her favor, bringing the viewer back again and again.

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Image from Claire’s installation ‘Locus’. Image via Claire’s website.

Give our discussion a listen, to understand more about Claire and her work. You can also visit her website, clairekrueger.com as well as her vimeo.

As always, find the podcast below. Enjoy.

Shapin/Nicolas Collection : January 7th, 2015

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Happy New Year listeners!

I hope you enjoy the first episode of 2015. I’d like to introduce today’s guests with this thought: When thinking about the art world I think it’s easy to forget about those who collect art, because frankly, there aren’t a lot of individuals who do it…at least not seriously. And considering certain economic and logistic factors such as mounting, physical space, etc it makes sense that collecting is a dying trend. After artists, the most important thing to make up a ‘scene’ is a forum for displaying and viewing work, which needs funds to survive. My guests certainly understand these issues, and are doing their part in helping our city’s creative culture.

Today’s chat is with Larry Shapin and Ladonna Nicolas. Larry and Ladonna own work from over 300 Kentucky based artists; most of which are right here in Louisville. Their collection has grown so large that they built an addition onto their home to display the works. Both of them come from art backgrounds, are educated in creative fields, and Larry’s mother is one of the founding members of the Speed Art Museum. In saying that, Larry has been exposed to art from a very young age and continued to support it as an adult.

We discuss the importance of having personal relationships with artists, future plans for their space, up & coming creatives, and Louisville’s art scene.

I’d like to personally thank them for being such a great source of encouragement and support for our city’s artists. Give our discussion a listen and I think you’ll agree.

Till next time.

 

Camera Lucida : August 13th 2014

Greetings listeners!

This Wednesday’s interview features the creative partnership known as Camera Lucida.

Camera Lucida is definitely a project based on experiences. Camera Lucida is the duo of Jon Silpayamanant and Roxell Karr, and their collaborations with various dancers or movement artists. Roxell provides experimental electronic music as well as video projections that can be manipulated in real time, while Jon’s focus is playing an array of stringed instruments channeled through different effects pedals.

Above is a excerpt of their piece ‘ Before Anesthesia’. The performance was a collaboration with the Nashville Tennessee based dance troupe, Blue Moves Modern Dance Company.

You can catch them next at the Connect at Bernheim event on Aug. 23rd. They’ll be working with dancers from The Moving Collective. To learn more about this awesome yearly arts event, click here

Speaking of links, find out more about Camera Lucida at their website dancelucida.com. Below is our discussion, or you can find it by searching out my podcast in the iTunes store. If you subscribe on iTunes, you’ll get all podcast updates automatically…just sayin’.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

Music to my ears

Good afternoon, readers..bloggers, what have you…

I feel like my favorite kind of music is the kind that creates more of an environment…a place, instead of a song. My next two coming up guests do just that, but in different ways.

Alex Koenig’s latest work through his music project NMesh are dense soundscapes of audio pulled from various media of the 80’s & 90’s. I told him it reminded me of a ‘haunted Youtube loop’. His newest release, Dream Sequins, has been getting a pretty healthy dose of positive press.

You can listen to it, as well as his other many albums, at the NMesh Bandcamp. Alex’s episode will air May 7th.

Coming up May 28th will be the force behind Phourist, Nick Hill. Phourist sometimes has a ‘dark concert hall sound’, and others a rock structure with narratives that will get you daydreaming. You can hear his work at his website or catch him at The Rudyard Kipling tonight. The show starts around 8, with a five dollar cover charge.

Possibilities for the upcoming months….

Maybe a retro-futuristic sculptor, with heavy symbolism.

Possibly filmmakers of a different variety, who make videos created with the goal of invoking some kind of feeling.

Definitely a crazy event showcasing creative folks worth celebrating.

If you’re lucky…a pretty familiar face, for those eccentric record nerds hanging around the city.

I’ll leave you with these encouraging words.

Cheers!

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!

 

February 26th 2014

Hey Blind Date listeners! Rejoice, for it is the last Wednesday of the month which means another interview.

If you’ve been keeping up, you’ll know today’s guest is local filmmaker Max Moore. Above is a video he did for the band O’Brother, for their song ‘Transience’.

Max has an ever growing body of work; a great deal of which is music videos for many international known musicians and groups.  Speaking of things international, he has also shown narrative work in film festivals all over.

You can learn more at his website, maxmoorefilms.com. To get further insight into Max, listen to our discussion…there’s a handy player below or you could always subscribe to the podcast (subscribe, subscribe, subscribe!) Below the player is his short ‘Eight’. Enjoy!

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 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!

November 27th, 2013

Hello listeners. I’m sure you’re all prepping for the holidays these next coming weeks. As you’re traveling all over to see family and friends, why not bring a little Blind Date to keep you company? Podcast is available in the iTunes store (for free!!).

Today I bring you a small sample of the Baltimore Maryland art scene. A couple of weeks ago I interviewed Samuel T. Herring, vocalist and primary songwriter for the three piece Future Islands. Future Islands’ output is made up of highly narrative synth driven music accompanied by Sam’s very commanding, and at times soulful, vocals. Before Future Islands Sam dabbled in visual arts, writing, and with his first band Art Lord and the Self Portraits.

In our discussion, Sam talks about writers he admires, the past couple of Future Islands albums, what’s next, and a solo hip hop mixtape he’s been working on. If you’re at all interested, it would behoove you to give it a listen. Above is a video of Sam & crew performing ‘ In The Fall’.

For more info, visit the Future Islands webpage here.

Cheers.

It’s that time of the year again

Happy Holidays listeners. We seem to be getting into those colder months again; it takes me by surprise every year. Speaking of which, I have some special things lined for you this holiday season. This Wednesday I’m giving you guys a glimpse into the Baltimore art scene. Baltimore is bustling with creative folks such as Future Islands, Dan Deacon, the rest of the Wham City crew, and of course most famously, cult film director John Waters. Earlier this week, I spoke to Samuel Herring of Future Islands over Skype; and he was incredibly generous with all the inner workings of his creativity. I can’t wait for you guys to hear it. Above is a video of the Future Islands track ‘Tin Man’.

Over the course of the week, I also spoke to some of Louisville’s up and coming musical talents; Mark Kramer of Tender Mercy, and the duo known as Twin Limb. So much great music happening all over the place. I have a lot on my plate as far as editing is concerned, so I’m going to leave you guys for now.

Till Wednesday…