Great production on the video/audio. Cop more of Shorty Boy!
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via Timothy Colman
Colleen and I created this piece for the 2007 5th Annual Bike Part Art Show, a benefit for the Neighborhood Bike Works in Philadelphia. I put together a 40 minute found sound audio collage for the audio aspect, and Colleen fashioned metal mini bikes and sewn backwards-canvas Philly landscape. The audio was placed on a tape, inside of a walkman tape machine with two pairs of headphones coming out. The back of this canvas, built by Colleen, was really inventive and hopefully I’ll get some photos of it soon. It contained the recorder in the back and accommodated the headphone cables.
The piece was one of the only interactive pieces in the show and folks really dug it! It’s now being featured in an upcoming bike-themed show at Moore College:
Bicycle: people + ideas in motion celebrates Philadelphia’s passion and commitment to the bicycle with exhibitions and events that explore the art and design of the bicycle—from functional object to a canvas for good causes, personal expression and civic mindedness.
Kate Duncan, our –historical and contemporary art advocate, creative fundraiser & event planner, curator, artist, explorer & guider- friend is behind a lot of this. She’s convinced us to create another collaboration for this year’s show, too. Now that we’re based in Portland, it should be an interesting lens to create through.
If you make things, you should consider submitting a piece for the upcoming 7th Annual Bike Part Art Show! The Neighborhood Bike Works is easily one of the best grassroots lets-get-tons-of-people-on-bikes organizations in the country. If you’re in Philadelphia, the show is one hell of a bike fun party.
Party and silent auction September 18, 2009, 7-10 pm Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Avenue in West Philly $5 suggested donation at the door.
A sad day for celebrators of independent business and vital cultural institutions. From the owner:
After 73 years Robin’s Book Store, Philadelphia’s oldest independent book seller, is about to: expire, perish, pass away, be taken, resign our being, end our days, breathe our last, depart this life, be no more, pop off, give up the ghost, pay our debt to nature, shuffle off this mortal coil, go the way of all flesh, hand in our chips, come to dust, cross the Stygian ferry, go to Davy Jones’ locker, go out like the snuff of a candle, come to an untimely end, catch our death, go off the hooks, kick the bucket, buy the farm, hop the twig, turn up our toes. Operating a book store was always a better hobby than a way to make a living, but now it is impossible. Blame it on the Economy. Blame it on the Chain Stores. Blame it on the Internet. Blame it on Reading Habits.
I’ve enjoyed my visits to Robin’s, although I admit my book-purchasing has slowed to a crawl. The best part about the store was its thriving events calendar. I enjoyed discussions on the Prison Industrial-Complex, how life means life in Pennsylvania, and the glory of the written word.
Thankfully, Larry Robin is motivated to continue this tradition, albeit outside of a single venue.
I know a world of words and books still exists, so I am creating a social center for poetry and literature, a center city salon where people can meet, listen to interesting presentations, purchase interesting books, have interesting conversations and generally maintain their cultural health. This will exist on a renovated second floor at 110A S.13th Street. Exactly what it will be is up to you. I will still supply books for your events, service your meetings and arrange authors for your organizations. You can still get any book published or out of print from us delivered to your home.
Paul Hogan will continue to purchase and trade used books and libraries at 110A S. 13th Street. He can still be reached at 215-567-2615.
I plan on increasing our web presence and continuing to arrange author events at other venues: African-American authors at the African American Museum of Philadelphia; Asian-American authors at the Asian Arts Initiative; authors of books on history at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania; etc. If you have a book club or an organization that is interested in author presentations, please contact me.
See also: Robin’s Bookstore is Closing
It’s been awhile since I posted about anything MUSIC related, mostly because there has been so much work in progress. Besides throwing new tracks up in the music section of the site, I’ll be profiling new songs and such here and try to explain a little about the method behind the tracks. Thanks to Ian and everydaybeats.net for the inspiration. Definitely check out DJ Ian Head‘s mixtapes, if you’re smart you’ll throw those tracks on your holiday mix.
Shout Magic, my main project for the past 2 years, is getting ready to release our full length in January. We’re now officially a national act, seeing as I live in Portland, Bogey lives in D.C., and the rest of the crew is in Philly. We decided to keep our project going, push our new CD hard, and keep collaborating. Unfortunately, there won’t be much live action for some time, so we put on a last-minute, “final show for a bit” at our pal Josh’s house. Sadly, I didn’t get a recording of Shorty Boy-Boy of Saudi Arabia‘s living room set, which I sat in on air pump and household percussion.
Here are the clips from the show. Shout Magic had exactly 1 rehearsal with only half the band in a hushed living-room practice the night before, and you’ll be able to hear us try to play a bunch of new songs for literally the first time since recording them 4 months earlier. We were some rusty ass dudes, to put it lightly. We’re all about the transparency, especially the laughs that ensue when we all fuck up. It was however, an especially cheerful night, one of celebration and community.
This actually turned out to be the final Philly show for Dina Elise (also from Chief City Recordings), who is now living in Long Beach, California. Her recordings will be made available quite soon. Until then, enjoy the live clips and stay warm.
Shout Magic – Live @ 4518 Walnut
Dina Elise – Live @ 4518 Walnut
Private Sea – Live @ 4518 Walnut