Archive for the ‘Bands’ Category

The Maccabees – Pelican

December 23, 2011

October 27, 1995

December 8, 2011

I found out yesterday that Fugazi recently released a live concert series on their website. They recorded more than 800 of their live shows. I saw them on October 27, 1995 in Seattle, Washington. I found and purchased a copy of the concert I went. I’m listening to it and reliving right now as I write this blog entry.

This band was important to me for so many reasons. First and foremost, they were amazing musicians. Like so many others, the 13 songs album was my first exposure to them. I probably listened to it at least two times a day for months; for the rest of the year maybe once a day. I bought every album after that, and also got into Minor Threat. They were true do-it-yourself, buck the traditional modes of operation type of band. Many other bands acted as if they were, even though they weren’t. Fugazi’s albums were $8 (instead of the normal price of around $16), shows were $5-$15 (instead of $25 for bands of their popularity), and at Ian’s request, the crowd would stay well-mannered at the live shows.

Their influence has affected my creative life in a few ways. I try to have art at price points that anyone can afford. In order to do that, I mostly make my own giclee prints. I’m also attempting to make my own serigraph prints. These are more tactile to me than the digital prints. My originals are also relatively affordable considering the amount of time I spend on them. The do-it-yourself method has also allowed me to survive without much gallery support or many corporate freelance jobs. I’m definitely not as pure about it as Fugazi, but the ethos they believed in runs through my veins too.

Dee Dee, Joey, Tommy, and Johnny

November 13, 2011

This has got to be one of the best band shots I’ve ever seen. It was taken by Norman Seeff. I have so many good memories listening to these guys.

A Friday Diddy

August 19, 2011

A great band, my favorite radio station, and a song about how my head feels by the end of the week.

The Glide – Jon Frank and the Australian Chamber Orchestra

April 7, 2011

I was just at watching the latest surf video snippets and found this beautiful video. As much as I’m astounded at what surfers can do these days, I’ve become a bit numb to the trickery combined with the latest pop music single. The formula hasn’t changed since I first started watching surf videos in the early 80’s. When you see the same images repeatedly, the extraordinariness of the amazing athletes can become under-appreciated. So really I’m saying more about my state of being than about the rad videos.

If you also suffer from this condition, but still love surfing, take a few minutes to watch this video. Enlarge it if you can, project it on a wall if you have that option (I’m going to), and enjoy.


March 9, 2011

I love listening to Thelonious Monk. It’s great music to have playing at any and every occasion. Last night I was curious about seeing footage of him playing, so I went to YouTube, and of course there is a lot. I’ll be heading back there frequently to watch as much of it as I can.

Live and Cuddly

October 30, 2010

I started listening to NoMeansNo while attending art school in Seattle in the early 90’s. My friends and I got out to probably one live show per week. NoMeansNo was from nearby in Canada, so they played Seattle frequently. I watched them perform a lot, and they never disappointed.

They made a conscious choice to not sign with a major label. I think that would be hard to resist. Musical integrity was more important to them than fame and fortune. Therefore, they were able to make exactly the music they wanted to. Thirty years later, they’re still making and touring music. If they didn’t love it they wouldn’t have kept at it. I find this all very inspiring.

I’ve always enjoyed drawing from photos of live concert performances. Be it jazz, folk, punk, rock whatever. The intensity and passion of the moments captured are thrilling to me. This footage is gritty and raw, and that fits the music. It’s probably time for me to go see another concert. It’s been a while.

Sensology and an Update

August 5, 2010

Here’s a cool video I found at Cartoon Brew this morning. They give some background on the piece and artists involved.

Summer’s been super busy for me. I’ve done some commissions, I’ve also been building a studio in my garage, and working on a new website. So almost no personal art has been done. That will hopefully change soon. My hopes are to have a new series to accompany the launch of my website. There will definitely be new art and merchandise available for purchase.

In other news, if you are headed to the ASR trade-show next week, I’ll be there. There’ll be an art show inside the Sacred Craft section of the ASR. If your in the area, come by and say hi.

A Nice Summer Groove

July 27, 2010

Old Ska is the best. The newer bands that formed in the nineties were mostly lame. I saw the Skatalites somewhere around 1993. It was a great show. Enjoy.

The Music Scene

June 17, 2010

Here’s a great video for Blockhead‘s song “The Music Scene” with animation by Anthony Francisco Schepperd. I found it on Cartoon Brew this morning.