Before you go to ARTHURDESH, I want to let you know about another contributor to the benefit’s jam-packed lineup: balloonist and inventor Mathew Lippincott of the portal Where The Summer Calm of Charity Perpetually Reigns. Keep watch during the ethereal warblings of Californian experimental folkie Michael Hilde (Mountainhood) as Lippincott’s balloon mountains float across the stage. Lippincott recently finished a guide to solar balloon-building (available for download in .pdf format here), and if you find him after the performance he will give you free plastic and instructions so that you can make your very own inflatable tetrahedron — it’s even better than flying a kite!
If Nance Klehm’s “Weedeater” column in Arthur last year on mellow yellows — dandelion wine and human pee — piqued (or is that peequed? arf arf) your interest, check out this piece (peece? sorry) by Rose George in today’s New York Times… Continue reading
Bring Out the Sound System: The West Indian Roots of Hip Hop
Saturday, Feb 28th, 3-6pm
The Point CDC, 940 Garrison Ave in the Bronx
Hip Hop came from the Bronx. But hip hop’s Bronx pioneers came from the West Indies, and the Jamaican sound system tradition of “toasting.”
Dr. Natasha Lightfoot of the Bronx African-American Oral History Project, will lead a discussion featuring Hip Hop pioneers and legends including DJ Kool Herc, Kool DJ Red Alert, Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box) and VP Records co-founder, and Patricia Chin.
The discussion will be followed by a demonstration on Jamaican and hip hop sound systems from the 1970s by DJ Kool Herc and Brother Vincent. The evening concludes with a reception, where audience members can view From Mambo to Hip Hop: The Exhibit, a photo exhibit which complements City Lore’s award-winning documentary directed by Henry Chalfant, From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale; dance to the music of DJ Just Ice; and purchase West Indian fare provided by Bascom Catering with delicious roti, jerk and curry chicken, and salt fish.
Then ride to Brooklyn for Arthurdesh!
Whoa. Stop the presses and grease up the download slide… Howlin Rain/Comets on Fire bro Ethan Miller has posted lost electric Six Organs album recordings at his Silver Currant blog:
It was made during the ‘Field Recordings From the Sun’ rehearsals. Ben Chasny decided that he wanted to do an electric project with some of the Six Organs songs. He wanted a mellow groove oriented backing band as a platform and a foil for wild guitar and the Six Organs narrative and asked Comets On Fire to be the band…. MORE MORE MORE