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    Sunday, July 10th, 2011
    5:05 pm
    Flightless Buttress
    Flightless Buttress, a cello+guitar duo I'd never seen before, opened for Goli and "The And Company" last night at Yes.Oui.Si, an art gallery by MassArt. Instrumental cello & guitar duo. Compelling, particularly if you go for the Punch Brothers / Turtle Island / Bee Eaters / Darol Anger / Mike Marshall / Bela Fleck / Edgar Meyer / etc. style of acoustic music that has no good genre name yet IMO.

    Monday, May 9th, 2011
    9:15 am
    Emperor Norton's Steampunk City Parade
    Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band's parade kicking off the end of International Steampunk City in Waltham on Sunday:

    Starts at the Charles River Museum of Industry, then Waltham Common and down Moody Street to the Charles Riverwalk. Along the river all the way to the next bridge, crossing over to Crescent Street and ending at the lot behind the Waltham Watch Factory.

    Good coraline and nacht_musik footage around 3:56-4:08, and again 6:05-6:20.

    Best view of the band from in front, with banner, around 5:30-5:50.

    Taiko drum sticks interlude around 6:35-6:45.

    Last two clips deliberately out of order because it holds together better that way :)
    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
    8:59 am
    Emperor Norton's Balkan Night
    Friday night, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band headlined a show at Johnny D's with Bury Me Standing and Ansambl Mastika. Bury Me Standing's set also featured a Balkan womens' trio, and a Bulgarian dance troupe,

    First, ENSMB played a set outdoors in Davis Square, which they ended by marching to Johnny D's (video) to invite everyone to follow them in.

    Here's a third video, ENSMB's first two tunes.
    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
    7:46 am
    Duofest Cellos
    Duofest happens occasionally, not on any regular schedule. Half hour sets of duos by instrument - pianos, guitars, banjos, saxophones, ... last weekend I went to duofest at Atwoods in Cambridge and saw a few sets. Here's the cello set, with Valerie Thompson and Jonah Sacks:

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011
    2:04 pm
    Goli plays a Balkan tune
    Another one from last night's J Garvey CD release show at the Magic Room in Brighton. Here, Goli plays a Balkan tune:
    1:26 pm
    Sarah Rabdau: Jackie
    From last night's show at the Magic Room in Brighton, Sarah RabDAU & the Self-Employed Assassins performing Jackie:
    Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
    5:15 pm
    Blue Moose free show

    Tomorrow evening at 6:30pm, Blue Moose & the Unbuttoned Zippers are playing a free show at Titus Sparrow Park in Boston's South End, near the Prudential and Back Bay T stops.

    Blue Moose & the Unbuttoned Zippers is an acoustic quartet of mostly-strings, playing music that combines bluegrass, folk-rock, Cape Breton fiddling, and Norwegian & Swedish fiddle music.
    • Bronwyn Bird - Nyckelharpa, Accordian, Vocals

    • Andy Reiner - 5-String Fiddle, Octave Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals

    • Mariel Vandersteel - Fiddle, Hardanger Fiddle, Vocals

    • Stash Wyslouch - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
    They're also amusing, entertaining, and cute :)

    Although they're local, I actually first saw them at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival last year, when they were in the emerging artists showcase. Out of 24 artists, audiences get to vote for three, and the three top vote-getters get invited back to perform as actual booked acts the following year - which Blue Moose did at this year's Falcon Ridge. I think they were #1 in last year's audience vote from the showcase.

    Wanna come join me at the free show?
    Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
    10:21 am
    Falcon Ridge advance ticket deadline tomorrow
    ----- Forwarded message from -----

    Is almost here!!

    Advance prices on 4 day tickets end midnight Weds July 1

    That's $125 per person for all 4 days WITH ON-SITE CAMPING

    And $95 PP for all 4 days NO CAMPING.

    Prices go up $20 on both of these categories after that.

    Cheryl and I are here manning the phones til then - 866 325-2744

    You can also order online at or mail in, postmarked July 1 will do it.

    More news coming to the website shortly, crazy busy here, THANKS, Anne
    Thursday, June 11th, 2009
    7:13 pm
    Red Molly
    Red Molly, a wonderful 3-woman bluegrass trio who formed by singing together at their campsite the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival several years ago, will be at Club Passim in Harvard Square tomorrow evening at 8pm. Wanna go?
    Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
    7:19 pm
    Passim campfire festival this weekend
    Yesterday evening through Monday night, Club Passim is having its Campfire Festival - ~100 performers/bands over the course of the long weekend. Ones I particularly want to go see are:
    • Goli tonight 11-11:45pm: Valerie (cello & vocals) and Vessela (electric marimba), half of Fluttr Effect

    • Blue Moose & the Unbuttoned Zippers Sunday 7:30-8pm: Winners from the 2007 Falcon Ridge showcase (I voted for them)

    • Kevin So, Sunday 11:30pm set w/others: He just released his first new solo folk album in years, I need to get it.

    • Rose Polenzani, Monday 11pm set w/others: So weirdly good!

    Whichever ones of these I get to, I'll probably also see a few of the sets before & after them.

    Are you going?
    Do you especially recommend any of the artists on the schedule?
    Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
    10:48 am
    Play music for each other over the net
    MixApp is shared music listening software written by an MITish group of people. You join a MixApp group, in which there are "rooms" which are like online chatrooms with playlists. Anyone in a room can add music from their iTunes library to the room playlist, and anyone can rearrange or remove tracks. Everyone in the room hears the track that's currently at the top of the playlist.

    It's in beta testing currently, and among other things, that means:
    - Only mp3 files. You can't play mp4/aac or other files times from your library yet.
    - Only for OS X (Macintosh). They're working on a Windows MixApp client.

    If you're on a Mac, come join my MixApp group!

    You can listen to some of the rooms I've started up there and filled up with music (freefall, Ecto, 80's, Afropop Worldwide, Southern Rail, Finland, Massachusetts Music) or add your music to them or make a new room or two.
    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
    2:28 pm
    This week in Camberville
    EDIT: Wrote this from a Wednesday point of view and posted a day early! Fixed now.

    Wednesday, Jaggery performs at Johnny D's in Davis Square, with the weird Army of Broken Toys. I hear Molly Zenobia will be a guest during Jaggery's set. 8:30pm, $10, 21+

    Thursday, Kevin So has a CD release concert at Club Passim in Harvard Square, for his first acoustic folk album in years. Paul Erlich opens. 8pm, $15, all ages

    Friday, it's Fluttr Effect's Spy Night at the Lizard Lounge (next to the Cambridge Common restaurant on Mass Ave, halfway between Porter and Harvard). An evening of (under) cover songs and spy music featuring the Covert Operation Chamber Orchestra! Starring Molly Zenobia as Golfinger, Mali Sastri as Pussy Golore, Brendan Higgins as M, Gonzalo Plaza as Oddjob and Goli as the Fembots! Come dressed as your favorite spy, double agent, ambassador, assassin or femme fatale! 8:30pm, $10, 21+

    Any good music you know of on the weekend or next week?
    Sunday, April 26th, 2009
    2:00 am
    Who's going to NEFFA today?
    Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
    5:03 pm
    ticket prices
    I've been looking for what's happening around Boston around the end of May / beginning of June, for some people coming in from out of town, and I happened to notice that Leonard Cohen is doing a couple of shows at the Wang Center.

    Tickets in the mezzanine and back rows are about $100, and range up to $253 for the front sections.

    Okay, he's good. But is an hour or two of Leonard Cohen really worth as much or more than, say, a full 4 days of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival? (FRFF 4-day tickets were $100 in the super-early sale this year, but even at the gate tickets won't be over $200)

    P.S. Molly Zenobia with Mali Sastri at the Lily Pad in Inman Square this evening 7-10pm, "From the Inside Out". Lily Pad at 1353 Cambridge Street, all ages, $10 (I think).
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
    11:28 am

    Dada, Molly Zenobia's first interactive themed show at the Lily Pad last month with the Army of Broken Toys, featured such things as:
    - Molly performing one of her songs backwards
    - Each of the main acts drawing the other during the other's set
    - A collaborative audience poem
    - Molly with cellist Valerie Thompson, in the video on the right

    Molly's next in the series is this Thursday evening, 7-10pm, with Valerie and Vessela of Goli (the same Valerie who's playing cello in the video - there will be more Molly + cello at this show), Brendan Burns, and Nate Greenslit from Humanwine. And more art.

      Silhouettes - the joining of Music & Art
      Thursday, March 12th, 7-10pm
      The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street (Inman Square)
      $10, all ages

      see the art
      listen to the music.
      be a silhouette.

      Molly Zenobia
      Vessela Stoyanova
      Brendan Burns
      Valerie Thompson
      Nate Greenslit

      constant surprises.
      forward art.
      ~molly zenobia

    P.S. Molly's next interactive show after Silhouettes will be April 23rd at the Lily Pad.
    Sunday, March 8th, 2009
    3:14 pm
    Camille Bloom (Mon & Tue in Cambridge)
    Sometime in the past few weeks, a friend recommended Camille Bloom to me, because she's got a couple of gigs in Cambridge. I no longer remember who it was who recommended her to me (are you reading this?) but since both gigs are this week, I finally got around to visiting the web site and listening to some songs, and I like what I hear, a lot.
    • Monday, March 9th, 9pm
      The Cantab, 738 Mass Ave (Central Square)
      Featured act at the every-Monday folk open mic, 8-10pm (her set at 9:something)
      21+, no cover

    • Tuesday, March 10th, 6pm
      All Asia, 332/334 Mass Ave (Central/MITish), 617-497-1544
      19+, $5 for 21+ / $8 for 19-20

    Wanna go?
    Monday, February 9th, 2009
    12:06 pm
    Falcon Ridge sale
    Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's special early pre-sale is on today (and tomorrow if there are still tickets left). Limited number of 4-day with camping for $100, 4-day without camping for $70 - both of those are $15 cheaper than the regular "early bird" advance ticket prices. 866-325-2744.
    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
    9:51 pm
    Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
    12:52 pm
    SoCal-Mexican music?
    For years one of my favorite musicians has been Julieta Venegas, a Mexican-American woman who was born in LA and grew up in Tijuana. Recently, when I was in San Diego, I found a radio station playing Latino techno/dance/electronica I liked, so I kept listening to it occasionally the rest of the week... and started hearing music that reminded me of Julieta Venegas. Nothing quite like her, but some of the turns of melody, the feelings, the rhythms, were familiar to me from her music.

    I'm not entirely new to Mexican & Latin American music in general. We had a great Latin/Hispanic music coordinator & DJ at WBRS for the ~15 years I was there, who had a show right after mine for many of those years, and who built up quite a solid collection. We had separate subsections in our CD library for things like "Tejano", "Norteno", and "Cumbia", and I learned how to figure out what music went in which subsection, and what a "ranchera" or a "corrida" is. However, I don't remember hearing much music that reminded me of Julieta Venegas like this.

    That makes me wonder: Is there a whole musical cluster of specifically Southern Californian Mexican music, that Jose at WBRS didn't play much of, but that I would really like if I heard more of?
    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    10:51 am
    At last night's show, Amanda Palmer...

    There was also other stuff, like a troupe of Australians, a lip sync performance of "can I stand under your umbrella" complete with water pouring on umbrellas, and a pianist I met at a party a few years ago. But I highlight those three because it's multiple instances of artists I loved before they were connected to each other, all being connected in one set of music.

    P.S. Here's a video of the same encore with ENSMB from Monday night's show, and a poor quality cell phone video of it that got the beginning of the song. Here's a pretty good video of I Google You from earlier this month.
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