Over the weekend…

Happy Wednesday readers. I hope everyone is feeling better than me…I came down with something, some time Sunday evening. The rest of the weekend was great though.

Besides going to my first Squallis play, How to Fest, and see some local music, I spent an evening with my old friend Breck. It seems like each time I run into him, he has something new to introduce me to. This time was no different.

One thing you should know about Breck and I is that we share an affinity for bizarre electronic music. Recently, he’s been on another vinyl kick, and introduced me to Warning. Warning is a German electronic duo that started in the early 80’s. I think the thing that really draws me to these guys is the full circle that their aesthetics possesses. They created characters to play roles within the music…the costumes, the album art, and the music come together to display the personalities of what some reviewers call these ‘Space War Lords’. A little bit early electronic, a little bit metal ( supposedly they were supported by the Austrian Death Metal Band Pungent Stench for some of their studio work.)

To further that love of electronic music, Breck showed me another recent purchased he made. If you’ve been wanting a inexpensive alternative to synthesizers, you’ll find it in littleBits. littleBits are tiny electronic components you can snap together, to do various things. One such set deals with sound manipulation, like a tiny synthesizer…or at least its differing dials. Click here to watch this promo clip and  learn even more about littleBits and the founder, Ayah Bdeir, by hitting up the wikipedia page.

Last thing Breck offered up is related to both the Simpsons and Prince Rama. Remember Homer’s car? How about Never Forever? Both reference a film called The Apple. Breck has been hounding me quite some time to watch this movie, and I finally sat down to watch it. The Apple is a retro-futuristic rock opera of sorts that has themes of anti-conformity and ties in the Adam and Eve story. I think I’ll just let the trailer below speak for it. Enjoy.

 

Monday is only a couple of days away

Monday slowly approaches, listeners. And with it comes the Blind Date sponsored event Glances: an evening of short films and performances. I thought it might be nice to give you a couple of teasers before the show, to get you excited and all that.

Here’s a video clip of Lady Pyramid performing ‘Oranges’

And here is the trailer for the Astral Projects production ‘Never Forever’, featuring Prince Rama.

If this doesn’t incite you, I’m not sure what will. Learn more here.

Just one more piece of FYI worthy material, next Wednesday’s episode will feature an interview I did with local musician Clint Ackerman. A man after my own heart, due mostly to his love of Bowie…haha, I kid, there’s more to it than that. Make sure to keep your ears peeled or subscribe to the podcast, so you never miss a beat.

October 16th, 2013

'Ancestor' by Katy Traughber.

‘Ancestor’ by Katy Traughber.

Guess what day it is, listeners….Blind Date Day! Or, as most of you know it, Wednesday!

Once again, the Traughbers welcome me into their home. This time around, I sit with Katy Traughber. Katy is currently enrolled in the BFA Program at IUS over in New Albany. She is really drawn to objects with a past or hold a record of time, though the materials she works with and the forms they take are dependent on inspiration.  Much of her muse consist of coming from a family who created out of necessity, parenting, and open communications with her children and husband. As you’ll hear in the interview she’s tried photography, music, sculpting, installation, and painting. Currently, you can find a small collection of Katy’s work at Dragon King’s Daughter’s New Albany location. Be sure to check it out; it runs through the rest of October.

You can keep up with Katy by visiting katytraughber.blogspot.com. You can hear the interview right below.

Enjoy!

Oh, by the way, Blind Date is sponsoring its first ever event! It will be a showcase of art with a focus on music and film. The event is at the Clifton Center’s wonderful Eifler Theatre Monday, November 11th. Doors at 7, and show will start soon after. Just five dollars to spend an evening full of creativity.

Live performances by Lady Pyramid and Douglas Lucas. Both accompanied by visuals. And a viewing of some short films and music videos.

http://ladypyramid.com/

http://douglaslucas.tumblr.com/

The lineup, for your convenience:

‘Never Forever’

A Now Age psych-opera by Astral Projects starring Prince Rama. You can get acquainted with Prince Rama, Never Forever, and the ‘Now Age’ by going to the following links:

www.neverforeverfilm.com
www.princerama.net/
www.facebook.com/princeramaofayodhya

Learn more about Lily X, the director, and Astral Projects here

www.astral-projects.com

‘Shoot the Moon’

Short directed by Sarah Katherine Davis & Alexia Serpentini

www.sarahkatherinedavis.com

http://cargocollective.com/alexiaserpentini

‘Through the Window Pane’

Music video for the Cheyenne Mize’s track of that name

Directed by Lindsay Sant & Nate Jones

http://cheyennemize.com/

‘Are You Hungry?’

Music video for the Psychic Skin track of that name

Directed by B. Barbour

http://cargocollective.com/bbarbour
http://salutatorianblues.bandcamp.com/

You can find out more on the Blind Date Facebook page…just click ‘Events’.  As time approaches, I’ll get more and more vocal about this so you don’t forget. To learn more about the Clifton Center, you can go to their website, www.cliftoncenter.org. As always, thank you guys for listening and supporting Blind Date.

I hope to see you there! Till then.