Proceeds of The Felice Brothers Felice Navidad EP will benefit The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley will be available for purchase on November 20, 2015. “The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is dedicated to alleviating hunger, while preventing the waste of wholesome food. It is a branch of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and a member of Feeding America, the national food bank network. The Felice Brothers are Ian Felice (guitar, vocals), James Felice (keyboard, accordion, vocals), Josh Rawson (bass, vocals), Greg Farley (fiddle) and David Estabrook (drums).
November 21– The Chance– Poughkeepsie, NY*
November 28–The Capitol Theatre– Port Chester, NY^
December 02– Webster Hall–New York, NY~
December 31– Brighton Music Hall–Boston, MA
* part of Foodstock 8 – annual charity concert to benefit Foodbank of the Hudson Valley
^ supporting Guster
~ part of Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary party
John Cale, “Close Watch”
–1982’s futuristic sound fits right in today. It’s moody and gorgeous with its clangy and hypnotic beats. M:FANS [Double Six / Domino] is a new reworking of one of John Cale’s most unique solo records, 1982’s Music For A New Society. It will be released on January 22, 2016.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Necessary Evil”
Funky track and cool video by Unknown Mortal Orchestra that first appeared as a short film on Adult Swim’s Facebook page and its website. It’s from the band’s record Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar). Illustrated and directed by Sean Solomon (Lucas Bros. Moving Co.), the video will also air nationally on Adult Swim during their “Toonami” block on Saturday, November 21st! Solomon said this about his video for “Necessary Evil”: “The video is an abstract love story about two characters whose insecurities and paranoia eventually drive them apart. I tried to show both character’s perspectives using elements from the lyrics. I had a team of amazing animators and friends.”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra describes their sound as depression funk and psychedelic R&B and I that fits. Plenty of swoops and dips and unexpected beats.
If you like Wilco, you’ll like Marrow’s guitar folk. Except there’s female aching vocals to go along with the cool guitar. Vocalist/keyboardist Macie Stewart’s voice has an earthy, jazzy essence. The band’s latest album The Gold Standard [Foxhall Records] is out now.
Fri. Nov. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (RECORD RELEASE SHOW)
Sun. Jan. 24 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Tue. Jan. 26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Wed. Jan. 27 – Charlotte, NC @ Double Door Inn
Thu. Jan. 28 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Sat. Jan. 30 – Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
Sun. Jan. 31 – Austin, TX @ Lambert’s
Mon. Feb. 1 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Wed. Feb. 3 – Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s
Thu. Feb. 4 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Fri. Feb. 5 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
Sat. Feb. 6 – Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club
Tindersticks, “Hey Lucinda”
I’ve long adored this band. It’s no secret that I gravitate toward darker music even though I love Brit Pop and followed Jesus Jones and The Charlatans UK on tour during the 90s. Tindersticks plays sexy, dark music. Singer Stuart Staples oozes romance with that brooding baritone and the varied instrumentation of violin, keyboards, percussion and guitar leads to gorgeous layered arrangements. Tinderstickswill release The Waiting Room [City Slang] on January 22nd. It’s a collaborative film project as well with each song on the album accompanied by a short film. Tindersticks created soundtracks for several Claire Denis films. The new album features guest appearances by Jehnny Beth of Savages and the late singer Lhasa De Sela.
Tindersticks formed in Nottingham, England in 1992 by Stuart Staples [vocalist], David Boulter [keyboardist], Neil Fraser [guitarist], Dickon Hinchcliffe [violinist], Mark Colwill [bassist] and Al Macaulay [drummer]. Staples, Boulter and Fraser remain in the current line-up.
“Hey Lucinda,” features the vocals of Lhasa De Sela and Rosie Pedlow and Joe King directed the short film.
“We are Dreamers” features a haunting and roiling melody. Jehnny Beth of Savages duets with Stuart Staples. Brazilian director Gabriel Sanna directed the short film.
And West is West by Ron Childress. Algonquin| October 2015| 320 pages | $26.95| ISBN: 9781616205232
“In the previous century the sin of losing money was forgivable. Bankruptcy was lenient. The rich were neither so rich nor so greedy nor so paranoid. But with the American century shrinking in the rearview mirror, the country has given up on being the land of second chances, or even first. Basically, the new millennium sucks for latecomers.”
Beautiful cover and topical themes– millennials caught in the cross-fire of war and economics– drew me to this novel. Jessica is an Air Force drone pilot in Nevada. She drops bombs on terrorists, sometimes killing civilians in the process. Author Ron Childress writes: “Jessica had always charted her long-term future like a psychic predicting happiness: a disciplined twenty years would culminate in a military pension and return her to her beachside hometown in Florida.” Wall Street analyst Ethan works on an algorithm to allow his company to profit from terrorist activities. Childress writes: “This is what makes him useful to UIB: his combination of technical skill and real-world imagination, his ability to see connections that neither the pure programmer nor the pure trader is likely to see. He binges on coffee and Provigil to keep alert.” The global ramifications for both Jessica and Ethan prove intense, catastrophic and scary. In this debut novel, author Ron Childress convincingly writes about the military, the financial world and today’s millennials.
This is the first novel by Childress who left the tech marketing agency he founded with his wife in 2000 to pursue a writing career. He’d earned his bachelors, masters and PhD in literature. Before founding the company he worked as a communications manager. I appreciate this bio because many of us with English degrees and aspirations to write novels or memoirs work in communications.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from Algonquin.
Macy Gray premiered the official video for her latest single “The Way.” The video combines behind-the-scenes and performance moments. It’s a strong beautiful song about figuring things out, navigating choices and taking alternate routes to meet your goals. “All the people here, they look so happy and successful. Maybe I could be that way if only I knew the way.” Macy’s smoky vocals mix with the jazz-pop instrumentation. Macy’s 14 year career includes multiple Grammy, Billboard, MTV and BRIT awards, and record sales of over 25 million worldwide. “The Way” is the current single taken from her eighth studio album of the same title.
11/06 – Admiral Theater – Bremerton, WA
11/07 – Kirkland Performance Center – Kirkland, WA
11/08 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR
11/10 – Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT
11/11 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
11/12 – Barleycorn’s – Wichita, KS
11/14 – Prairie Band Casino & Resort – Mayetta, KS
11/17 – Buskirk-Chumley Theater – Bloomington, IN
11/18 – City Winery – Chicago, IL
11/19 – City Winery – Chicago, IL
11/21 – Infinity Hall – Hartford, CT
11/22 – Howard Theater – Washington, DC
11/23 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
11/24 – City Winery – New York, NY
11/25 – City Winery – New York, NY
12/17 – Belly’s Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
I suppose we shouldn’t mention Project Runway: Threads. I liked it because I like seeing young creative people. Guess it was a dry run for this new show. Project Runway: Threads was quite disjointed. The surprise challenge didn’t make much sense and Vanessa Simmons too low-key as host. So now there’s Project Runway Junior (#ProjectRunwayJunior) which features aspiring designers ages 13 to 17. Emmy® Award winner Tim Gunn will mentor the designers as well as co-host alongside supermodel Hannah Davis. Judges are: Kelly Osbourne, designer Christian Siriano and executive fashion editor at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine Aya Kanai.
The December 10th episode will feature a special video appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama to announce a challenge with Lands’ End that will support Let Girls Learn, a Presidential Initiative which includes a collaboration with the Peace Corps that helps adolescent girls around the world go to school and stay in school. The Project Runway Junior designers will create a design that will be used and sold on LandsEnd.com.
The winner of Project Runway Junior will receive a full scholarship to the prestigious FIDM in California, a complete home sewing and crafting studio provided by Brother, a feature in Seventeen Magazine and a $25,000 cash prize to help launch their line.
In the first episode of Project Runway Junior the challenge is a “First Impressions” challenge where the designers sketch and take photos from a roof deck with New York as inspiration. The show now reminds me of Master Chef Jr. with similar challenges to adult versions of the show. These competitors all excel at what they do for their ages. it’s toned down a bit but it’s still as entertaining. Kelly Osbourne and Aya Kanai contribute quite a bit as judges. Christian Siriano doesn’t appeal to me but apparently the Project Runway family loves him because he keeps getting brought on to judge shows. I just don’t find he has all that much personality. I can think of many other previous Project Runway designers I’d like to see as judges. Tim Gunn comes in to provide constructive feedback. He’s a positive influence. Project Runway: Threads tried to be its own show and didn’t model itself too much on Project Runway and that didn’t work. Here the show sticks to what works. All these kids are in the know about the show, the designers and current celebrities.
Project Runway Junior designers are:
Hometown: Brockton, MA
Favorite Designers: The Blonds, Preen Fall
Design Aesthetic: Outrageous Glam
Hometown: Minneapolis, KS
Favorite Designers: Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Siriano, Louis Vuitton
Design Aesthetic: Vibrant and Playful
Hometown: Swampscott, MA
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Tome, Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Emilio Pucci
Design Aesthetic: Polished and Modern
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace
Design Aesthetic: Upscale and Sassy
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Favorite Designers: Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors
Design Aesthetic: Edgy & Eccentric
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
Favorite Designers: Anna Sui
Design Aesthetic: California Lifestyle
Hometown: Queens, NY
Favorite Designers: Paula Gerbase, Stella Ishii, Jonathan Simkhai
Design Aesthetic: Sleek Streetwear
Hometown: Westlake Village, CA
Favorite Designers: Zac Posen, Elie Saab, Paolo Sebastian, Ralph & Russo
Design Aesthetic: Feminine and Elegant
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite Designers: Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen
Design Aesthetic: British-Inspired Punk
Hometown: Cerritos, CA
Favorite Designers: Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott, Samantha Plasencia
Design Aesthetic: Street Chic
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Valentino, Iris Van Herpen, On Aura Tout Vu
Design Aesthetic: The Darker Side of Elegance
–previously appeared on Project Runway: Threads
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Favorite Designers: Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, Vera Wang
Design Aesthetic: Feminine Hollywood Glam
Project Runway Junior premieres Thursday, November 12, at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
<em>Katherine Carlyle</em> by Rupert Thompson. Other Press| October 2015| 304 pages| $16.95| ISBN: 9781590517383
“If I’m to pay proper attention, if this is to work, there’s no option but to disconnect, to simplify. From now on, life will register directly, like a tap on the shoulder or a kiss on the lips. It will be felt.”
Didn’t know what was sometimes happening and why but wanted to keep reading because of the writing quality. Rather haunting and definitely unusual. Katherine Carlyle was born through IVF. This haunts her throughout her life [“I tell him about my conception in a London hospital. I was an IVF baby. Does he know what that means? He nods. I tell him I was frozen. I was stored for eight years before I was finally implanted in my mother. I was put together– formed– but then I had to wait in the cold, with no knowledge of how long that wait was likely to be, or whether it will ever end.”] and as a college freshman she decides she’s going to disappear in an attempt to come to terms with this. Katherine leaves Rome for Berlin as a stop point to her end point. She’s not merely going to disappear, she plans to travel to an intensely cold climate in an attempt to get close to her own frozen, isolated beginning. It’s tough to describe except to say it’s part mystery and part personal exploration. A strange story –in a good way– with gorgeous writing and an intriguing story-line.
<em>FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from Other Press. </em>