Deva Mahal and Steph Brown have put together an exceptional group of musicians for a one night performance at Joe's Pub. Jaleel Bunton (from TV on The Radio) and Jeremy Freer are on guitar, Fen Ikner is on percussion, and Mister Reed is on backup vocals. Deva invited me to a rehearsal and we shot a quick video to give you a sneak peek.
New York based indie-dance band Estate and Tokyo based band, Liquid Pegasus just released a 3-D gif music video for their single Tendency. The piece was shot by Josh Johnson on a Nimslo, one of the first consumer level three dimensional cameras to hit the market. Each exposure shoots 4 images from slightly different angles across the space of 2 full 35 mm exposures. The end result is pretty cool.
I went to a hootenanny in Ridgewood, Queens on Monday night and it was great. Noah Block-Harley, Hubby Jenkins, Feral Foster, Jackson Lynch, Blind Boy Paxton, Maggie Carson from Spirit Family Reunion, and Sean McMahon, pictured above, gave incredible performances. Here are a couple of videos and audio tracks from the night.
Marques Toliver and I met 5 years ago on a sidewalk in Williamsburg. His booming voice, percussive violin playing, and R&B sensibilities made it virtually impossible for me not to stop to find out who he was. Fast forward to today, and Marques has signed with Bella Union, is traveling the world playing music, and just released his new album Land of CanAan (which can be purchased here). Gawker and I are hosting a concert with him this Sunday—if you want an invite, send me suggestions (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the next New York based musician we should host.
Enter Yankton, South Dakota. Some call it "Skanton", others "Crankton"; our friend Rosco just calls it home. While the main attraction of Yankton is the hopes of seeing local Jim Anderson (made famous on Letterman's "Stupid Human Tricks") hopping around on one foot down at the Ice House, demonstrating his prowess as the world's fastest can crusher, our roadtrip from New York to South Dakota was instead prompted by one too many bottles of sake, an ill advised car rental, and Rosco's promise that the Old Roads music festival he was organizing would be better than any other festival I had ever photographed.
These four women have been sleeping on the streets outside of Rockefeller Center since Friday of last week, all for the love of One Direction. The boy band is performing tomorrow morning as part of the NBC Today Show's summer concert series but until then, these ladies are bathing themselves in bodega bathroom sinks.
Dealing with Time Warner on the phone or in person is generally not something I, or anyone for that matter, enjoys doing. But thanks to one fine gentleman's dance moves, this morning was an exception.
The 2013 US Air Guitar Semi-finals were held last night in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom. Mean Melin (Eric Melin) took home the evening's title for an energetic display of thrashing convulsions that brought him to his knees and the crowd to their feet. I can't image the reaction he would have incited if he were actually playing the guitar. Oh yeah, and Danny Tanner was there.
Because they are feeling it.
Meet B. Dot, Alayna, and Stephani. They are from Memphis and look great at 5AM. I stumbled upon them last night and have since played the video 23 times. The 7 minute video has the perfect balance of hanging out, cheesy iMovie edits, and raw talent. I want to shoot their next music video.