Musicians and loyal listeners will protest Prop. 143 (due to go up for vote on Monday) which threatens street performance.
A roundup of ways to join the noise:
First, get educated. Read Prop. 143 here.
Sign a petition against the proposition, started by Indianapolis Acoustic Music Meetup.
Tomorrow, join a procession at Monument Circle. Information from organizers:
Meeting at Monument Circle at 2:00 pm Saturday. Short Stop Prop 13-143 rally, then moving to surround Circle Center mall with music at 2:30. Bring signs. Bring instruments! Sing carols a'capella (Christmas carols downtown will be illegal on Tuesday if Prop 143 passes!) Bring friends.
Catch up with Kyle Long's column on the power of street performance.
Read this great comment from Ben Bernthal on Kyle's column.
"I think it's also important to think back to a year ago, when the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra faced severe budget cuts and the locked-out musicians took to the streets to promote awareness of their situation. After several days of performing in front of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, which brought attention from every local news source, the musicians' lock-out ended and the budget was more or less restored. Street performing effectively saved an Indianapolis cultural institution!
"Not to mention the Get Down On It day last summer which brought out droves of people to celebrate the opening of the Cultural Trail. That day alone, I saw 8 marching bands and drum corps, and I even followed one, The Jefferson Street Parade Band, down the cultural trail to go to work. It pains me to think that these beautiful, serendipitous moments of music in unexpected places could be over for Indianapolis."
On Monday, attend the City-Council meeting at 7 p.m. Here's the agenda.
Let's keep the streets noisy.
A reminder that one of Indianapolis' crowning achievements of 2013 was celebrated with street musicians.
Take a brief moment with Pravada today. Recognize anything in their new vid for "Someone Else"?
Recorded at Queensize Studios.
Produced by Casey Tennis and Andy Fry.
Engineered by Andy Fry and Tyler Watkins
Mixed and Mastered by J.B. Andrews
Cover art from original painting by John Clark
Jurassic Pop released the video for Earthgrazer's "Violet and Hum" today at noon and NUVO is bringing it to you for your first look. The video was directed by Brandon Schneider and filmed in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Pick up the full EP, called Skyward, at the link.
Jurassic Pop's recent releases include a collaboration from Bloomington's Sleeping Bag and Roswell Kid, All Male Garage Rock from Dino DNA, a self-titled release from Popular Ego, a self-titled tape from Carmel slacker rockers Winslow and a split from Earthgrazer and Broken Light. They've added some beautiful vinyl releases to their collection of tapes.
NUVO: A little gallery space, almost -
Pug: Yeah! That's what we did last time we were in town.
NUVO: I'd love to know how Craig Finn got involved [in contributing vocals to "The Great Despiser"].
Pug: I've been into the Hold Steady for a long time. Over the course of the last three or four years, I had the chance to just meet him, in passing. He was, unlike a lot of other people I've looked up to in the music business, he was very approachable. I won't say that I became friends with the guy. I got to meet him once or twice - even acquantaince would be stretching it. But I've met him.
When we were finishing up the song that he ended up singing on, a song called "The Great Despiser," we were talking about, the whole room, about what a debt, especially the way we recorded it, to The Hold Steady. I was just going to go in and sing the harmony myself and then we joked around about having him sing it. And then we were like, "Well, fuck it!" So we sent him an email, not expecting to hear back. But he wrote back and said, "Yeah, just cover the cost of paying for my engineer here in New York, and I'll definitely cut it." And he did, man. And a week or two later, he sent back the finished version of it, and I just sat there in the control room, with his voice solo'ed against the rest of the music, laughing hysterically. It was so unbelievable to me, to hear him singing some words that I had written. It was a special moment.
NUVO: While we're talking about people that influence you, I've got another one for you. I appreciate that you're so outspoken about your love for traditional American folk music and its writers. I wanted to know, first of all, what you think makes a perfect traditional folk song? And second, how can we better educate kids on the legacy of the American songbook?
Pug: I think one of the problems of trying to educate a younger generation on the legacy of folk music is that people who tend to be into folk music are music nerds. And I consider that label for myself as well. So you have kind of a tendency to ... you've heard all the standards before, right? So when you introduce people to the music, you tend to show them, like, deep cuts of folk music. And I think that's really the wrong way to go about it when you want to bring people into the fold. It's less about educating people. It's about having music touch their heart.
And to do that, you have to start at square one, with some really beautiful, simple folk songs. The moment that you make it like an academic enterprise, people, and especially kids, are going to pull away from it. Because it takes away the joyfulness that music is supposed to be.
Sometimes when we have all-ages shows, we'll have 14- and 15-year-old kids come up and say, "Oh, I'm learning guitar, what should I do to learn guitar?" My deal is always, "Man, learn to play the songs that you love. That's it." Because you get such an immense joy out of playing those songs that you love that it will inspire you to educate [yourself] more. But if that original joy and love isn't there, than, you know. They'll just go into doing something else. Watching Netflix, listening to [sighs] I don't know, the new Skrillex. It's gotta be a joyful enterprise. You can't give them a fuckin' 7-minute story song about some fucking ship that crashed in Lake Huron somewhere. It's gotta be an interesting one.
NUVO: Now I want to hear that ship song.
Pug: Yeah, you do! But you have more of a history with music.
NUVO: [Laughs] You're currently in Austin, correct? You make your home in Austin now.
Pug: I'm actually in Austin at this moment. We did this really smart thing - we used to go on tour for seven or eight weeks at a time. When you do that, you save money, but you come back from a tour like that a different person than when you left, you really do. We're doing the same amount of dates this time, but we broke it up in the middle with a week off. We just finished the first leg on the West Coast and we're taking a week before we do the Midwest. And it's awesome.
NUVO: How much do you go out and see music in Austin? Who are some just-beginning singer-songwriters we should keep our eyes on?
Pug: I go out and see music quite a bit. But [outside of Austin] actually there's a guy from Bloomington, Ind., a really, really super young guy. He's maybe 20 or 21-years-old. He opened for us the last time we were in Bloomington, plays under the name Swales. He writes really cool songs and has a great voice. He came up with us to Chicago to open for us over the summer. He's got a long way to go, but he's super young and I think the sky is the limit for him. He's a really creative writer and he has a really idiosyncratic and beautiful voice.
More delightful news from Joyful Noise for fans of Marmoset and the multifarious work of Jorma Whittaker. He's got a new full-length in the works that you can order now. Details in press release below.
Today we are happy to announce the new limited edition album from Jorma Whittaker! In his first solo-release since his 2001 debut on Secretly Canadian, Jorma Whittaker dishes up the most accomplished work of his career: a dark & menacing soul record simply titled "Jorma".
The notorious singer-songwriter of the lo-fi-psyche group Marmoset is now accompanied by Indianapolis threesome Heavy Hometown. Led by producer Corey Barnes, the mordant, avant-sinister persona of Jorma's previous work is here in the ascendancy, fleshed out by a diverse array of instrumentation. Fuzzed-out guitars of former incarnations remain, but they are joined here by clarinet licks, creepy organs, a horn section, and lonely piano riffs.
The album is only released on vinyl, with 500 hand-numbered copies on "yellow halo" vinyl (aka yellow / black color in color), and all purchases include an instant MP3 download. We have only 250 copies available via mailorder, so order quick.
Listen to a track from the LP here.
Today brought news from the Vogue, which will enter into a new booking arrangement with the House of Blues group. They'll also lose lead talent buyer Matt Schwegman to a new venue in Louisville.
Indianapolis-IN - November 5, 2013 - While HOBE is still a few weeks away from unveiling the name of the new 900 capacity concert club in Louisville, they have hired Matt Schwegman as lead talent buyer for the venue. In addition to booking shows at the new room (set to open in April of 2014), Schwegman will also be responsible for booking the Louisville Palace Theater and overseeing all HOBE interests in Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Schwegman got his start at another Live Nation venue, Bogart's Concert Club. In 2000, he moved to Indianapolis and has booked The Vogue for the past 13 years, helping create a thriving & vibrant music scene in the Indiana state capital.
"Matt has a great understanding of the club business, and we look forward to him bringing that same club mentality to Louisville", said Dan Kemer Vice President of HOBE Midwest Music. "In addition to his club knowledge, he's also created several festivals including the inaugural Wheelhouse Festival and Party in the Parks in Broad Ripple. We look forward to his creativity in the thriving Louisville music scene, in addition to his booking responsibilities on South 4th Street." "I am looking forward to joining the HOBE team in a city that I have always had a great fondness, while bringing in world class artists and musicians and helping Louisville maintain and continue a great live music tradition" said Matt Schwegman. "On a personal note, my family & I are excited about being members of such a fun, eclectic community."
In additional news, The Vogue, in Indianapolis, will join the House of Blues family in an exclusive booking arrangement. Matt will continue to oversee bookings at The Vogue with support from Dan Kemer and the Live Nation Indianapolis office during his transition to Kentucky. "Not only is this a great move for myself, but an amazing opportunity for The Vogue," said Schwegman. "Being part of the HOBE family will only strengthen The Vogue's live music tradition. The transition will be seamless and business as usual as myself & the rest of the Midwest HOBE team will be able to continue to program the venue with national touring acts, while keeping the Indy music scene involved with local & regional showcases. Plus, the ability to combine our marketing resources & knowledge is going to help make The Vogue one of the top live music venues in the Midwest."
And the good news from Indy's hip-hop world keeps coming. Almost exactly a year after Black Hole Rap, DJ/producer/songwriter/emcee Mr. Kinetik (legal name: Marc Williams) has released another full-length for your listening pleasure. Early favorites: "Oil + Fryer + Poultry" and the slow, winding "We Need (More Peace + More Love)." Williams, a teacher in Indianapolis, takes a professorial gaze in more than just his day job. Listen and learn something. (Also note: he wrote, produced and performed everything on this release.)
[Music] DJs + Dancing
[Music] DJs + Dancing
[Music] DJs + Dancing