Two quick recommendations of younger artists I've been enjoying of late. What they lack in polish or a full-on musical philosophy they more than make up for in terms of freshness.
We live in an era of blogs, tweets, aggregators, and Fox News. It's quite easy to exist in an ideological/cultural/sociological/psychographic bubble of your own making--one that entirely reinforces your existing systems of belief. That's why I start every morning with the Wall Street Journal.
...who I had the privilege of seeing earlier this week at New York's Webster Hall. Is she a singer-songwriter? Or is this jazz? I am not sure.
Today, just a pointer & a "hell yes" to this Austin American Statesman article which gives props to Jimmy Fallon's music booker Jonathan Cohen.
From butts to technology, never let it be said my interests are narrow. So, let's talk about the iPad for a second.
Apologies for being somewhat slack on the blogging front these last few weeks. Exciting activities among the family of musicians I've been working with the past few years have kept me away from computers more than usual. I spent much of the last week hanging out in the American South -- a part of the country I rarely get to see -- on the occasion of Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee.
"I have felt the pulse of modern art and know that it will die! This knowledge, however, fills me not with despondency but with joy, for I know at the same time that it is not art in general which will perish but only our own particular type of art—which stands remote from modern life—, whereas true—imperishable—constantly renewed art is still to be born...
Alec Hanley Bemis lives in Brooklyn, NY but spends a lot of time in California. He obtained his B.A. in History from Yale University. His writing has appeared in LA Weekly, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Spin, AsthmaticKitty.com, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. In 2001, he co-founded Brassland, a record label that documents the work of a growing community of musicians, including The National and Nico Muhly. Currently he continues to run Brassland, consults for the UK-based music company All Tomorrow's Parties, co-manages The Dirty Projectors, and acts as general manager at Cantaloupe Music. In the past, he has taught in New York University's graduate journalism program, produced projects for the new media-design firm, Funny Garbage, and written for Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve.