On a summer night last July BOMBlog contributor Richard Goldstein came across something out of the ordinary in a Chelsea gallery, among Bill Beckley’s photographs was experimental folk musician Sam Amidon. Intrigued, Goldstein picked Amidon’s brain about free-jazz, the history of American folk music, and the skills you can pick up on a beach in Nova Scotia.
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Sculptor Ian Schneller and champion whistler Andrew Bird joined forces on the Guggenheim’s rotunda in early August for the Dark Sounds concert series, performances that were conceived in conjunction with the Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance exhibition. In the spirit of Haunted, we went analog and had photographer Ryan Spencer shoot the show on his 35mm camera.
Lauren Elkin chronicles the rock and roll bird-watching and Hermes scarf-tying at the least muddy festival in Britain. Complete with drawings by Joanna Walsh, aka Badaude.
Mysterious, talented, and “lyrically-lax” Justin Ringle of Portland’s Horse Feathers talks to Andrew Frank about his music, his inspirations, and how (if not why) the words “just feel right.”
Musician Carl Simmons recorded the album Honeysuckle Tendrals ten years ago, and it has just been released by Sacred Bones Records. From the Sacred Bones website: “Think Peter Grudzien reading Mother Goose, The Cheshire Cat conducting the Langley School Music Project, or Bob Dylan singing unknown lullabies with a head full of helium.” Click through to read the interview and to hear three of Carl Simmons’s songs.
Last night, Phosphorescent took the stage at the Mercury Lounge. Their new album, Here’s To Taking It Easy, has just been released on Dead Oceans. It was their last show in the United States before heading out for a European tour. Before the show Luke Degnan spoke to the band’s singer and songwriter Matthew Houck.
Fela Kuti has become an even more mythical character in death than he was in life; since his passing, his life and work have attracted a surge of interest, most notably in a recent Broadway musical and a forthcoming biopic by renowned British filmmaker Steve McQueen. Alex Littlefield discusses the Fela reissues with Knitting Factory Records label manager Brian Long. Complete with streaming Fela songs and an video interview with Questlove of the Roots.
Joan La Barbara staged an excerpt from her opera-in-progress Angels, Demons, and other Muses last Thursday. Nick Hallett describes the otherworldly sounds she created with the experimental music community Ne(x)tworks.
Buzzy Plants and Animals and surprise guests Ra Ra Riot played a sold out show at Union Hall on the 13th. Paola Capó-García reports, noting the discrepancies between the live and studio sounds of both bands.
Dressed in Dalmatian-spotted pajamas, Baby Dee was perched on stage between a harp and a piano and surrounded by a six-piece ensemble. For anyone unfamiliar with Dee and her work, it might be an odd sight, this grown-up baby flanked by something approaching a chamber orchestra. But in Baby Dee’s world it makes perfect sense.
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