And for something new!

At the beginning of this year I had the wonderful opportunity to see Charles Bradley live in Wellington. The year before I had seen the documentary about him and really got into his music. And while discovering his music I found a lot of new favourites: Menahan Street Band (his recording band), Antibalas and Sharon Jones. All with Daptone records, a NY based outfit.

I REALLY enjoyed his first record ‘No Time For Dreaming’ and wondered what a live performance of these songs would be like. So when the gig came up I didn’t hesitate to buy my tickets.

What a night! I’m a live gig kinda girl, when I go to a show I don’t expect to hear the sound as immaculate as on the record, but want to see some sweat and tears. Some emotions, interactions with the audience, the live feed between artist and audience that can make a room feel electric and make everyone feel alive to the point of exploding.

Well, considering his heavy touring schedule and age, he did deliver what I had expected! I loved the night and even though some of the stage antics proved a tad too much for some, and personally I was glad I wasn’t dead center in front of the stage, I was more than happy for having organized this particular night out and seen the man in person.

As for video footage, I was only able to record with my little point&shoot, which means light control and sound recording is more than mediocre and I couldn’t keep it as steady as I would’ve liked. But here it is anyway.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

3rd Monday of January 18.1.2010

Hey, I’m back, only just.

Today I’ve got two fantastic sets to show: Harbour City Electric at the EtCetera Recordings showcase in October ’09 and the Jimi Hendrix Tribute with Mercury Crowe @ Bar Bodega’s Blues Night in September.

Last week I went and saw Mercury Crowe perform at the Soundshell in Wellington’s Botanical Gardens, part of the ASB Gardens Magic summer program. Awesome!!  If you’re in Welly town, head on down and enjoy some local music and an amazing lighting display throughout the gardens.

That set is currently getting edited, as well as the December installment of the Blues Night and I’m still trying to sort out Echoa.

Short and sweet, head on over to the videos, just follow the links and enjoy!

1st Monday of November 2.11.09

An ad hoc, ad lib kind of entry for this time: been and seen quite a few fantastic gigs, and in the process got swamped with video footage.

There’s the last Blues Night at Bodega, The Et.Cetera Recordings showcase and last, but definitely not the least the UK SUBS in Wellington.  All with heaps of good stuff caught on tape, which will need to get put together nicely. Which of course, like all good things, takes time.

So, please be patient, for the next entry I should have some exciting goodies for you.

And here a few screen captures to get the appetite going.

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3rd Monday of October 19.10.09

Just a short post this time, computer still not working as it’s supposed to.

But I have got some videos from an absolutely fantastic show by The Thomas Oliver Band and a TEASER clip from last weekend’s show:

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Etc.Recordings showcase #3. The showcase featured four bands and was followed by four DJ’s, which means I’ll be busy editing videos til the end of the year!

Here’s the teaser, ENJOY!

3rd Monday of July, 20.7.09

Hello,

here I am again. And this time things are falling into place instead of around me in a heap of chaos.  😉

Or so I thought, unfortunately I’ve come down with something, and haven’t been able to type in the Checks review.

Hopefully I’ll have the rest up in a couple of days.

First up, for now,

a reminder the monthly Blues Night at Bar Bodega will be kicking off on Thursday, 23.7.09 at 8pm with another illustrious round of musicians and some hot sounds.

Have a peek at this little trailer I made, and hopefully it’ll get you itchin’ to be there!

Oh, and let me clarify something that “might” be misunderstood:  the musicians and Bodega have approved the clip, BUT it has not been created on their behalf.

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Enjoy!

15.6.09 Part II

And just to keep everyone on tender hooks, I think I will have to publish in two more lots.

Technical difficulties, broadband and upload issues and other stuff that delays.

Woohoo, another place that doesn’t deliver everything ALL AT ONCE!
I will have to work on a few things, so please bear with me while I learn.

There will be more Elston Gun videos coming, smaller files to be played here, the same ones as bigger and BETTER on YouTube, for now. Until I can afford an upgraded account on Vimeo. 😉
Also coming up another review: the Super Furry Animals and their latest release ‘Dark Days/Light Years’.

And last but not least the next gig I will be attending, and so should YOU! If you happen to live in Wellington, New Zealand. 😉

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3rd Monday of June, aka 15.6.09

Today I’d like to bring a few items to your attention:

First of all, this Thursday, 18.6.09 will  see another Blues night presented at Bar Bodega in Wellington. The first show went down a treat , and I’m looking forward to this one: a Muddy Waters tribute.

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Next up, New Zealand International Film Festival 09 is coming to  Wellington from 17.7 – 2.8.09. The film schedule is about to come out next weekend, so grab a copy and plan some audio-visual indulgence! Go with your best mate, go with your work mates, go by yourself, BUT GO!

And remember to book EARLY!

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Another item on my to-do list for this blog, and an on-going item: collecting relevant information about live music venues: their locations, sizes, contact info, websites and whatever else might be relevant to night-time fun seekers and bands. And that will include a photo of their front entrances @ night. Once the weather cooperates with me.  😉

And last but not least: a review.

My opinion on Elston Gun’s Chaperone Release gig.

As always: comments, ideas and opinions appreciated.

I GOT IT!

…well, I think I do.

I was having problems getting started on a piece about a band I like. I have heaps of material, video footage of sound check, audio of a little interview and footage of the live show. But, I just couldn’t decide what to write about: the gig, the band or just transcribe the interview?

Lightning struck, and I will tell you about:

My Date With Cassette.

It all started last year when I discovered Cassette ( @Myspace) via Fur Patrol ( @Myspace). Thomas Watson was looking after Julia’s guitars during their show and providing some backing vocals and percussion.

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Next thing I knew I was watching Thomas, Craig Terris (aka Cassette) and Andrew Bain (Fur Patrol) supporting Luke Buda ( @Myspace) at his CD release show. And was very much impressed: it was patently obvious that they all enjoyed playing together on stage and performing each others’ songs.

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After that show I kept hounding Thomas to keep me updated on any Cassette gigs coming up in Wellington. And soon an opportunity presented itself: they were going to play at the San Francisco Bath House (SFBH) as part of their album release tour for their new CD, The Jingle King, and they had agreed to let me film the sound check, the live show and answer a few questions!

On said afternoon I trekked to the venue with my gear in tow, bumping into them as they were lugging their amps up the stairs. My backpack suddenly felt a lot lighter. Once in, and setting up my camera it was interesting to observe the haphazardness of their setting up: musicians suddenly disappearing, various other bands coming and going, instruments being fixed, tuned and/or changed. And in the end it “just” all comes together for a run down of a couple of songs. They even managed to play one song three times for the benefit of a TV camera crew! As everything and everyone seemed to be running behind a bit, we agreed to have our chat in the evening, before the show, to give everyone a chance to get sorted and fed.

The evening approached and with recharged batteries I headed back to the venue. Despite being early, the place was humming with anticipation and I finally sat down with Thomas and a glass of wine.

Tom is one of those musicians who creates music for the love of it, and not the elusive fame and fortune that some others manage to acquire. It would be nice for once to more than break even, rather than pay out of their pockets for their tours, but it doesn’t stop or deter him and his fellow musicians doing what they love best: putting their lives and experiences into sounds and words, and share them with a select appreciative audience. And not just to bring out an album, and hope it’ll sell, but also tour the length and width of the country to experience the music with others in an intimate environment.

Cassette has been going now for a decade, with stints in Australia and overseas, and even though their albums have reached acclaim thoughout the South Pacific, the commercial success hadn’t followed. In the end they decided to head back home to whanau and friends and focus on the positive: music is fun, and making it should be too.

They might have accepted that “they’re not the hottest new thing coming out of NZ anymore”, but the enthusiasm and dedication of long time friends and new fans seems to make it worth their while to continue. Asked why, Tom reckoned that because they are not writing for a target audience, marketing is a lot harder, and therefore commercial success a lot harder to attain. His assumption that if their typical listener wasn’t here tonight to view the gig, or listen to the CD at home, they’d be more than likely to be reading a book to their kids, I think is bang-on! Which, as far as I’m concerned, is too nice to be labeled “cute” or “homely” and marketed!

Anyway, time was flying, the place filling up and the opening gigs starting, so I let him go and focused on filming the show.

The opening acts were Broadsword (aka The Sneaks @Myspace), and Lawrence Arabia ( @Myspace, support band: Broadsword) which proved to be real eye openers. All have very distinctly different styles, starting with right-out head banging punk with fancy dress (Broadsword) moving on to Pop/Rock/Psychedelic by Lawrence Arabia, who was releasing his new album, Chant Darling.

And as seems to be common among this particular family of musicians, by the end of the Lawrence Arabia set, all the other band members had joined him on stage and supported him with various vocal,percussion and trumpet interludes.

As soon as Cassette started the crowd settled into a comfortable groove in front of the stage and the bar. Which meant no close-up filming for me from the mosh pit! But, I had a good view from the back, and was able to get up close from the sides.

As a live gig is all about the interaction between audience and band, I try to interfere or obstruct as little as possible, which sometimes means just not being in the perfect place for EVERY shot. Mind you, I have had gigs, where the crowd/fans literally shove me in front of the stage, support me and the camera, and try to shepherd the musicians around the stage!

At this gig Cassette was supported by Luke Buda on gat/vox/keys and Andrew Bain on bass. And as seems to be traditional they played a few songs of Luke’s recent release, Vesuvius.

Cassette’s songs filled the place with thoughtful tunes, catchy rhythms, and despite being a break-up album, displayed your classic kiwi wry humour and showed the funny side of things: my favourite part: ‘Shadow’: “ I can’t stand it, ‘cause she’s singing all the time, …” And you’d have to listen to the whole song to get the full irony of course!

Well, again time was flying way too fast, and before we really knew it, DJ Samuel Flynn Scott ( @Myspace)was throwing out some nice songs to keep the people dancing and everyone had retired to the back. As they all were still high on adrenaline and exhausted from the long day, I bade my farewell, thanking them for this excellent opportunity to observe them at such close quarters, congratulating them on a great night and quietly packed up my gear.

The last thing to do now, is make the accompanying video, but as my editing skills are still developing, that might take a while.

Recurring monthly event

Starting this month, on the 21st, the third Thursday of the month, Bar Bodega in Wellington will be hosting a blues night!

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UNFORTUNATELY, I can’t come to the first session, but have firmly booked these Thursdays for the following months to come.

IF you are in Wellington, and looking for a chilled night out, go there and support the guys and gals heading the shows!!

Have fun, and DO tell me what it was like. 🙂

New video up…

…for the Rosy Tin Teacaddy gig!

Have a look in the gig review section and enjoy a quiet lie-in with a good cuppa and an engrossing crossword puzzle!

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