Lady Pyramid : November 5th 2014

Lady Pyramid and Spettra at the Blind Date event 'Glances'. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Lady Pyramid at the Blind Date event ‘Glances’. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Hello strangers…

I’m back from my unintentional hiatus. After a spell of hard drive crashes and technical errors, I’m here….finally. And I bring you today guests I’ve been trying to wrangle for quite some time. Over the Halloween weekend I hung out with Katy Hartman and Anna Lee Roeder of Lady Pyramid. We messed around on keyboards & Omnichords, as well as discussed unique trash finds, the communal aspects of music making, and their upcoming release, Sweet Seashell Dreams.

Lady Pyramid is a foursome of creative women who make music that consist of an upbeat, positive tone with storybook imagery. Sonically, they’re one part bubbly calm psyche, another part warm blanket of fuzzy distortion. Lady P is involved in both the music community and the community in general through their work with Squallis Puppeteers, Amped Louisville, and recently the Outskirts Music Festival. Katy and Anna explain their Outskirts experiences and the ‘Rock Shops’ they taught.

The release party for Lady Pyramid’s debut will be November 21st at Haymarket Whiskey Bar. They will be backed by Black Birds of Paradise, The Get Down, and the visual magic of Spettra. Show starts at 9.

Besides their efforts within Lady Pyramid, both Anna and Katy have hands in other music projects as well as visual art.

If you ignore the sound of my furnace periodically kicking on and off, it’s a pretty good episode. Click the player below to hear it or subscribe through the iTunes Store.

 

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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.