Cheyenne Marie Mize may seem for all intents and purposes to be a newcomer, but she’s been working with a number of indie singer-songwriters for the past few years—Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Ben Sollee mainly. Recently Mize and Will Oldham recorded a set of 19th century parlor music called Among the Gold that is available via free download at bandcamp.com. Mize has also been touring of late with Sollee on his Dear Companion dates. October sees the beguiling singer take the spotlight with her debut album Before Lately, releasing 12 October via sonaBLAST! Records. Today we present the premiere of her video for “Friend” along with a bonus MP3 of “Best”.
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As a concert fan who not only loves going to show, but also loves experiencing concerts through the eyes of fellow fans via mobile phones and hand-held cameras, I’ve had a lot of fun watching and learning about the new Radiohead Live in Praha DVD made by fans during the band’s August 29, 2009 concert in Prague at the Výstavištĕ Holešovice Exhibition Hall.
Though the project was impressive and inspiring, there a few things that would’ve made it even better.
I should tell you first that I understand how difficult developing and executing such a project can be. And what impressed me the most was the editing job and the collaboration of the fans/filmmakers and how they were able to pull a team of 80 people together to create the DVD.
Kathy Bates ... Misery
Anjelica Huston ... The Grifters
Julia Roberts ... Pretty Woman
Meryl Streep ... Postcards from the Edge
Joanne Woodward ... Mr. and Mrs. Bridge
Mia Farrow … Alice
Jared Brenner at The Hatchet, the independent student newspaper of George Washington University (in Washington, DC), has written an excellent article highlighting the construction of a DC Hardcore archive at GWU’s Gelman Library. This unique archive is rivaled only by one at the Library of Congress, which obviously means that curator Dr. Mark Yoffe is keeping good company. I can only hope that this resource will pose merely a minor threat to all of the other work that I need to do.
Phil Kay is a busy man… his main project, Working for a Nuclear Free City, has a new album releasing 12 October and he has this intriguing side musical partnership with French songwriter Idrisse Khelifi under the Motorifik moniker. Like Working for a Nuclear Free City, Motorifik is interested playing with space and texture in their tunes, evoking a certain pastoral sensibility, as well as an obvious nod to their shoegazing forebearers. The idea with this group was to be a bit less experimental than WFANFC and a bit more rooted in a pure pop aestethic. Motorifik’s Secret Things releases 9 November via Modern Language Recordings and we have the premiere today of the title track as well as Kay discussing the song in his own words.
Phil Kay: “Recorded 2007, from an early demo recording made by Idrisse Khelifi. Obvious Phil Spector references happened accidentally, at the time I was recording in a massive echo-ey dining room, with gives this kind of sound. The beat was probably more of an effort to create something like Jesus and Mary Chain than anything else. But when this was put against my very layered style of recording present on most things i do, it started to sound very ‘wall of sound’. Ed from Working For A Nuclear Free City played bass on this track. Contains a sample of the bass guitar crashing on the wooden floor of the living room—sounded good so we used it as a kind of explosion sound through out the track. Initially had a long intro but in the interests of pop sensibilities was cut down.”
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