Category Archives: Music

Venus Zine

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I know I know.. I don’t call.. I don’t write.. I’m a terrible blog-ographer!  The truth is I’ve been busy living the assistant’s life and doing really amazing work with Lisa Predko!  Can you blame me for the neglect?  Okay okay I’m sorry!  Onto the good stuff!  I’ve recently been doing a bunch of my own work for Venus Zine!  I even wrote an article about how to make your own Dandelion Wine(which turned out delicious by the way!).  Mostly I’ve been shooting live shows for them.  I first found my love of photography through shooting live concerts when I was 15 years old and it has been really amazing to have the opportunity to return to those roots, be able to shoot some of my favorite musicians, and have a platform to share them through and of course – its always fun to arrive at a show and tell the bouncer “I’m on the list.”  So big thanks to Venus Zine for the hook up – they’ve been doing some great things on their web-site – go check it out already!

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I’m famous in Japan!

Hooray!  My pictures for Scott Murphy’s cover has hit Japan.  Next up: Venus Zine!

i <3 ukes

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

90s television composer king.

W. G. Snuffy Walden.

So, I’ve recently started watching Felicity. Its quite a silly show and as I watch it I keep seeing the MadTV parody “Intensity”, but mainly what I’ve noticed is the musical score.. it kept reminding me of My So Called Life.. Sure enough it IS the same mastermind playing on the same prepubescent heartstrings. Good Ole Snuffy. Apparently he does stuff for Friday Night Lights etc now.. I wonder if i could still pick him out..

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OMG episode 4 connects me back to MSCL yet again. Dear sweet Brian Krakow, what ever happened between you and Angela the world will never know.. 4 years later you look quite different but you don’t fool me!

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Basia Bulat

Photo by Photo by Laura Gray-Shapera courtesy of Spin

On Thursday I saw Basia Bulat at Schubas Tavern. My recent infatuation with her was a complete fluke. I was bored and looking at shows coming soon, clicked on the link to her myspace, watched her video for ‘In The Night’ and promptly fell in love.

Yeah, that’s the video that did it for me. Even once I was listening to her music and had her song in my head I was hesitant to go to the show.. $10 is a lot of money for me these days and it was a gamble for such a recent and unfounded infatuation, but I took the jump and am so happy for it. Basia plays alongside a band of 4, a ukulele player/vocalist, a violinist/vocalist, keyboardist, her brother on drums, and she plays the autoharp/guitar. The music is epic and wreaking of gospel – the type that penetrates through you and makes your heart beat irregularly and feel warm and giddy. So giddy that even she giggled after every single song. She started the show a capella with stomps and claps and it was SO damn impressive – I turned to Mark and proclaimed “The girl’s got pipes!” and no one could deny her that. I think “in the night” is still my favorite song of hers, she played some self proclaimed “sad songs” in the middle of the set that I could have done without – as they weren’t very sad just mellow and I love her for her largeness. But she picked it back up for the second half of the set and in the end she let us know that our insatiable cheers led to her first encore! All the unusual instruments and the insanely amazingly strong vocals and harmonies with her two ladyfriends made my heart spin and made the show quite fun to watch. I highly recommend you check out her website for dates near you.

KING KHAN AND THE BBQ SHOW!

Soooooo good!

Unlike Celebration, I was weary of an encore but only because we were front row and center and the crowd was KILLING us with the rock!

I put on their music in the coffee shop the other day and asked my boss if he liked it – he said “yeah – but it’s way before my time!” -NOT! These guys bring back that old rock and roll feel leaving it just a bit rougher and tougher, giving you more to rock the fuck out to. Mark Sultan is mostly quiet when he’s not singing behind his little drumset but King Khan was instigating the crowed to fight and dancing away in that little minidress. Fantastic!

Grab the tunes at http://www.myspace.com/thekingkhanbbqshow

See also – http://www.myspace.com/theblacklips

http://www.myspace.com/kingkhantheshrines

http://www.myspace.com/marksultan

I’m heavily infatuated with this band…

photo by http://www.withreservation.com/

It’s been a while since I’ve fallen head over heels for a band, and true love takes time to develop.. but after seeing CELEBRATION last weekend I CANNOT stop listening to them. If you have the opportunity to see this band live – do yourself the favor. I am usually disappointed by live music these days. Even with bands I love I’m tired and ready to leave by the end of the show and when people start begging for the encore I get annoyed – but with Celebration I NEEDED that extra song! Lead Singer Katrina has such a strong presence, you can’t help but admire her the entire time. Her voice is so soulful and you can tell she feels it the whole was through. She used her energy to keep the crowd going without having to put on a show. Effing fantastic.

I’m not one for reviewing music, I can’t keep up with the terminology of what’s what and the proper adjectives never come, but I do know I love the way they sound. So give them a listen for yourself – Comets is my current favorite (but its one of their slower ones so make sure to listen to them all).

Here’s a neat video presentation from their website

And I didn’t know it before but they’re from Baltimore! Representin’!