FALL TOUR: DADS with Tiny Moving Parts


New Jersey natives Dads are embarking on their first full North America headline tour this fall in support of their upcoming sophomore full-length, I’ll Be The Tornado 6131 Records] out October 14, 2014.The tour kicks off in Chicago and stops in Minneapolis, Omaha, New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Austin, Portland before ending in Salt Lake City in November.

09/14 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/15 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar #
09/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #
09/18 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis #
09/19 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground #
09/20 – Denver, CO @ Riot Fest
10/17 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar *
10/18 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck *
10/19 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room *
10/20 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall *
10/22 Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
10/23 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
10/24 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
10/25 Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
10/26 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern *
10/27 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
10/29-10/30 Ybor City, FL @ Pre-Fest *
10/31-11/02 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest *
11/03 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs +
11/04 Austin, TX @ Mohawk +
11/05 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey +
11/07 Tucson, AZ @ Gary’s Place +
11/08 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live +
11/10 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction +
11/11 Los Angeles, CA @ EchoPlex +
11/12 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of The Hill +
11/14 Portland, OR @ Slabtown +
11/15 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project +
11/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court +

# Dads, I Am the Avalanche
* Dads, Tiny Moving Parts, Nai Harvest
+ Dads, Tiny Moving Parts, Choir Vandals

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Ghost Waltz: [short] book review

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The Ghost Waltz by Ingeborg Day. Publisher: Harper Perennial (June 2014). Memoir. Paperback.  232 pages. ISBN13: 9780062310002.

“It was simple. If I detested anti-Semitism with my brain and soul, I had to distance myself from my parents to a degree unbearable for me. So I detested anti-Semitism with my brain alone.”

An editor at Ms. Magazine, Ingeborg Day published both Nine and a Half Weeks and Ghost Waltz in the 1980s under a pseudonym. Born in Austria in the midst of World War II, Day didn’t hear about Nazis, Hitler or the Holocaust until she moved to the United States in 1957. However she already retains a hatred for Jews, Jewishness and Israel ingrained into her psyche from an early age. She recognizes that she works with many Jewish people and counts many Jews as her friends. This memoir recounts memories of her Nazi father as well as retracing her mother’s ancestry to Vienna.

“To say, ‘My father was a Nazi,’ is bad enough. To say, “He belonged to the SS,’ and to say it in Manhattan, today means that every listener assumes my father pushed bodies into gas chambers, spend quiet evenings stretching skin into lampshades.”

Day traverses between her past in Austria to her present in New York. She explains the differences between Austria and Germany during WWII and that many people don’t distinguish between the two countries. She provides immense historical background about Austria and the Nazi party. She somewhat comes to terms with her own degree of anti-Semitism as much as a New York magazine editor can. Day connects a dark past, her parents’ even darker existence with her present. She recalls the time she slept with a Jewish guy who thought it rather reckless, even bemusing, that he was having sex with a Nazi’s daughter. He only wished she could dress the part. Ghost Waltz is detailed and somewhat provocative. It’s also indulgent. A glimpse into one’s soul-searching that proves absorbing at parts and tedious at others.

RATING: ***/5

<em>FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from Harper Perennial/Harper. </em>

purchase at Amazon: Ghost Waltz: A Family Memoir (P.S.)

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NEW MUSIC: Castanets; Monomyth; Chris Staples

Castanets, “Tell Them Memphis”

–mesmerizing, slow burn

new album: Decimation Blues [Asthmatic Kitty] out today, August 19

Monomyth, “Candleholder”

–shoegazey pop, catchy track from this Halifax prog-rock band

tour dates:

08.26.14 – Manhattan, NY @ Cake Shop*
08.27.14 – Boston, MA @ Middlesex Lounge*
08.28.14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool*
08.29.14 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Station*
08.30.14 – Baltimore, MD @ Club K*

09.01.14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Roboto Project*

09.04.14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Maltese Tiger*

09.03.14 – Columbus, OH @ Used Kids Records*
09.06.14 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Moustache*

*with Nap Eyes

Chris Staples, “Black Tornado”

–the coolest, laid back song about a personal encounter with a natural disaster from singer/songwriter Chris Staples. mellow vibe with eclectic melody. really beautiful.

new album: American Soft [Barsuk] out NOW.


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The Story Hour: [short] book review

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The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar. Publisher: Harper (August 19, 2014). Literary fiction. Hardcover.  336 pages. ISBN13: 9780062259301.

Disappointing. I liked the title and general premise– though I was semi-hesitant that a psychologist would befriend a patient. After a decade with my therapist, I had both his cell number and work number but we never socialized outside of scheduled appointments. As much as I considered him my friend I paid him to be such a confidant. I stopped two-thirds into The Story Hour when I realized I cared nothing for these characters. Not only did I not care but I learned very little about them. There’s hardly any character development and little plot.

It started off fairly interesting in that a therapist began treating an Indian woman who has been living in the states for six years after she tries to kill herself. I never got to the reason. This therapist, Maggie, is African-American and married to an Indian man. She’s also having a dispassionate affair with a white guy. She loves her husband yet keeps hooking up with this guy. She can’t explain why and she’s a therapist. Lakshmi and Maggie become friends but Lakshmi isn’t educated and her husband’s controlling. Maggie helps Lakshmi learn to drive and get some catering and cleaning work so she can have some independence. Then it bounces to India before Lakshmi married and moved here. The narration swaps between Maggie and Lakshmi. The Lakshmi chapters told in broken English. The author just didn’t progress any plot-line enough. I didn’t like or dislike either woman to care what became of them to finish the novel. That’s not good.

RATING: 1.5/5

–review by Amy Steele

<em>FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from Harper Collins. </em>

purchase at Amazon: The Story Hour: A Novel

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Project Runway S13:Ep4 RECAP

Red Robin suit revamp challenge

Challenge: translate classic men’s suits into high fashion looks


As the winner of the prior challenge, Sandhya picked the first suit and got to choose suits for every designer. Mitchell complained about the blue leisure suit. Sean got a difficult brown corduroy suit and Hernan thinks that Sandhya thinks he’s a threat and picked a terrible suit for him intentionally. I think Sandhya honestly tried to pick what she thought suited the designers with what she had to work from. She’s honest and big-hearted.



So Hernan bought vinyl to work with because that always makes things easy. Mitchell ended up putting his material inside a clear material for a cool-looking effect. It was just too short. When the models tell the designer the outfit’s too short, it’s WAY too short. He was safe.


design by Mitchell

design by Mitchell


Sandhya chose a yellow and purple suit and ended up with a cute bright outfit. she was safe.

design by Sandhya

design by Sandhya


I liked Fade’s design too.

design by Fade

design by Fade

prs13_062514_bn-0393_rHigh scores


design by Kini

design by Kini

“Wow. This looks extraordinary. I’m impressed with the tailoring.” –Nina Garcia

“It looks runway ready.” –Zac Posen


design by Amanda

design by Amanda

“I want this dress. It is fantastic.” –Heidi Klum

“I am so impressed with this. It shows how creative you are.” –Bethany Mota, guest judge


design by Alexander

design by Alexander

“We loved your look. It is a really stylish look.” –Heidi Klum

“Feminine but at the same time it looks edgy.” –Nina Garcia


Low scores


design by Kristine

design by Kristine

“Looked like boring britches.” –Zac Posen

“It looks weird. There are so many ideas.” –Heidi Klum


design by Sean

design by Sean

“I appreciate deconstruction. This looks orthopedic and like it’s peeling skin.” –Zac Posen


design by Hernan

design by Hernan

“So many things wrong with this dress.” –Heidi Klum

“It looks like she’s the vagina superhero.” –Nina Garcia


Amanda is the WINNER. Hernan is OUT.

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electro-pop band Zorch has a B-side/outtake of The Beatles‘ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” recorded for the Flaming Lips‘ upcoming tribute to that album, titled With A Little Help From My Fwends. It’s a sonicly cool track featuring guest vocals in which every syllable of the lyrics has a different combination of  never-repeating voices. Vocalists are: Holland Andrews (AU, Like A Villian), Emma Ruth Rundle (Marriages, Red Sparowes), Karla Manzur (Dana Falconberry, Alejandro Escovedo), Ben Aqua, Rich Aucoin and Zorch drummer/singer Sam Chown.


TOUR DATES [* w/ Fujiya & Miyagi]:

08/21  Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall w/ El Ten Eleven
08/27  St. Louis, MO @ The Livery
08/28  Chicago. IL @ The Burlington Bar
08/29  Pontiac, MI @ the Pike Room *
08/30  Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
08/31  Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola*
09/03  Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
09/04  Washington DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel *
09/05  Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
09/06  Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl *
09/08  Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 Arts
09/09  Nashville, TN @ Queen Avenue
09/10  Texarkana, TX @ The Silver Dollar
09/28  Dallas, TX @ Index Fest
11/08  Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest


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FALL TOUR: Grace & Tony

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Loretto,TN-based husband-and-wife “punkgrass” duo Grace & Tony will be on tour with Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops) this fall. The tour stops in 14 cities throughout the Midwest and Northeast–including Cambridge for two shows– into October.



8/29 – Bowling Green, KY / Tidballs (w/Misty Mountain String Band)
8/30 – Cincinnati, OH / Maudie’s (w/Misty Mountain String Band)
9/20 – Nashville, TN / Americana Music Festival – Musicians Corner @
            Centennial Park (opening for Over The Rhine)
9/20 – Nashville, TN / Americana Music Festival – Station Inn
9/27 – Peninsula, OH / G.A.R. Hall (w/Dom Flemons)
9/28 – Pittsburgh, PA / Club Café (w/Dom Flemons)
9/30 – Lancaster, PA / Tellus360 (w/Dom Flemons)
10/1 – Washington, DC / The Hamilton (w/Dom Flemons)
10/3 – Arden, DE / Arden Gild Hall (w/Dom Flemons)
10/5 – Providence, RI / Columbus Theater (w/Dom Flemons)
10/7 – Philadelphia, PA / Tin Angel (w/Dom Flemons)
10/8 – Hamden, CT / The Outer Space (w/Dom Flemons)
10/9 – Northampton, MA / Iron Horse (w/Dom Flemons)
10/10 – Cambridge, MA / Club Passim (w/Dom Flemons) – 2 shows
10/11 – New York, NY / SubCulture (w/Dom Flemons)
10/12 – Portland, ME / One Longfellow Square (w/Dom Flemons)
10/13 – Burlington, VT / Higher Ground (w/Dom Flemons)
10/15 – Rocky Mount, VA / Harvester Performance Center (w/Dom Flemons)
11/15 – Pinos Altos, NM / Buckhorn Opera House

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