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post Yay Phil!

May 15th, 2012

Filed under: animation,art,Baltimore,film,friends,music — nics @ 7:27 pm

My friend, the talented animator Phil Davis, made a music video recently for The Spinto Band. It was featured today on NPR’s All Songs Considered blog. The video (and particularly the hand-drawn animation) is amazing! I highly recommend you watch it (by clicking on the All Songs Considered blog link right up there, above this line of text). I also had a fun time trying to pick one of my favorite stills to share with everyone, thanks Phil!

post weekend

March 7th, 2011

Filed under: Baltimore,film,friends,music,thoughts — nics @ 1:26 am

It has been a fun and productive weekend.

I finally went to see The Illusionist. It’s not quite as epic as The Triplets of Belleville (that could be in part, though, because that was the first Sylvain Chomet film I ever saw which is a mind-blowing experience), but I loved it. Just the combination of Chomet’s animation and Jacques Tati and M. Hulot brought back to life makes me happy. I won’t say anything more, lest I spoil anyone’s experience.

I also went to the Future Islands / Celebration concert. The ambience was magical. 2640 is always great, plus the sweet smell of cotton candy grabbed me immediately as I entered (because they were making fluffy blue cotton candy – mmmm), the ceiling was hung with white balloon cotton cloud clusters, and projections of flying birds were everywhere. Future Islands was quite a treat to see live, as I had been told. Celebration was great as always, though it felt a little low key after Future Islands.

The funny amusing event of my weekend was that a girl approached me at the Celebration show and asked to take a photo of me for her fashion blog. Not that I think I’m some completely fashionless twit, but a hipster I am not. It did make me feel less old. Yay!

post The Child Ballads Show

September 12th, 2010

Filed under: art,check this out,music — nics @ 2:47 pm

Last night was the opening for The Child Ballads Show at the G-Spot. I was very excited to see this show because a painting professor, Art Rosenbaum, that I had in undergrad in Athens, GA was scheduled to play the banjo. A year ago or so I was traveling in the car and I heard a show on the radio. The name Art Rosenbaum was mentioned and I thought – hey, I once had a teacher by that name. I went on listening and realized the show was about traditional American folkloric music and I thought –  hey, my teacher was a banjo player and a big fan of that type of music. And then an interview with him began and I realized – hey, that IS my teacher! I learned he won a Grammy for his field recordings album Fifty Years of Traditional American Music. I had seen him play before when I was living in Athens and it was great to see him again after so many years.

I am not sure who these guys are with Art Rosenbaum but apparently some of them were artists in the exhibition and had also traveled from Georgia.

H. Honne Wells (sorry, all I could find was a myspace link which didn’t tell me too much about him) was the second act. I had never heard of him before and still really know nothing about him but he was singing in a very deep Tom Waits-esque voice and playing the banjo. I don’t know if this voice is his usual schtick but it was very odd and I couldn’t decide if it was beautiful, funny, sad, ridiculous or maybe all of these things. I liked it! Here’s a short video I got. See for yourself.

The closing act was Walker and Jay (sorry, I didn’t get a photo) who I had only seen play with the Black Cherry Puppet Theater. They were also wonderful. I know you’re probably not reading this Jenn, but if you are, I had no idea you had such a talented boyfriend! The paintings are up for a while but you missed out if you weren’t there for the opening last night.

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