Tags: .tpc_music


The Measure Of A Life

While it's been long obvious that almost no one from its glory days uses LiveJournal anymore, it remains for me an occasional outlet for things that just don't seem to belong anywhere else.

Such is very much the case for this, a very rare public post, in which i will openly struggle to capture some thoughts and feelings on a current event that falls near and dear to my heart.

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North Interwebs

Since northmusic isn't watched by many, i wanted to cross-post this. Hope to see you on all those other websites i keep hearing about ... :)

I know it's been way too long, but i'm spendin' a little time trying to sync up our pages online.

I wanted to make sure you all knew that we're on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and (in case anyone still uses it) MySpace.

A full list of our online pages is available via the website. Thanks for spreading the word and see you out there...


More Music (Semi-Targeted Post)

rev_e's recent request for new music -- particularly gritty new music -- has been puttering around in the back of my mind, so i thought i'd take a little time to share this one.

My brother M recently introduced me to the album Colors by the group Between The Buried And Me. Despite needing to take a couple of listens before i fully acclimated to it, the album has actually turned out to be something of an earworm (and believe me, it's is not due some kind of irresistible pop sensibility). This group's actually one of the most interesting i've heard in awhile because of how precisely they combine a particular set of styles.

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I don't believe that anything short of hearing this album at least twice in its entirety can truly get its value across, but the opening two-track suite (via an interesting fan video) might lend a clue of what one is in for. (Oh, and break out the headphones or a quality sound system for that link, because computer speakers will not allow you to fully appreciate what's going on here.) I think anyone with a fairly open musical mind may want to check this album out, especially those that enjoy extremely tight performance ability, complex phrasal structures, careful production, and/or sheer unadulterated speed.

  • rev_e: This wont be your new favorite band or anything, but i believe your life will be richer for having heard it, and you might find a few tidbits you really like.
  • mrgeddylee: I plan to buy this record and will gladly lend it to you if you think you'd give it those couple of listens, because it might really impress you.
  • jeff_elbel: If you haven't heard these guys yet, you should at least know they're out there.
  • multiplexer: Ditto.
  • ... and this is by no means a complete list; there are at least half a dozen others on my flist who might dig this.

Thanks to M for putting me hip to this unique album. I'm looking forward to checking out more.

More info: betweentheburiedandme.com


I'd Smile And Say You Were A Friend Of Mine

In the unrelenting mania of life, i missed an incredibly sad piece of news earlier this month...

Eric Woolfson
1945 – 2009

The New York Times Obit can't capture the breadth of this man's work, nor can any words i write fully express the musical influence that it had on me. As the "other half" of The Alan Parsons Project, Woolfson's heartfelt songwriting and business savvy perfectly complemented Parsons' arranging and production genius. Though he never considered himself a vocalist, his voice leads some of the group's most acclaimed tunes.

The Project was one of the first bands i was seriously into, hallmarking what i'd consider the beginning of my self-realizations about the depth of my love of music. Their work was rock-centric, but freely explored adjacent styles, focused on creative production, and brought diverse elements into their orchestrations such as large classical arrangements, vocal ensembles, and the ever-emerging synthesized sounds of the era. The project had no fixed lineup, but was formed around the two-man nucleus, with a family of performers moving in and out for various productions, some short-term guests, some veterans.

Sound familiar?

After ten groundbreaking albums with the Project and a prolific solo career -- seemingly always happy to peek out from halfway behind the stage curtain -- Eric left us in the early hours of 02 December (coincidentally on the anniversary of another major loss in my life, perhaps even to the hour).

He also left us a hell of a legacy. As is reportedly said of The Velvet Underground, relatively few people listened to The Alan Parsons Project, but i'll bet most of them started bands.

Please include me in that count.

Thanks, Eric.


With All These North Photos And Notes Popping Up...

...i figured today* was a good day to launch northmusic, a community into which i encourage folks to post their photos, notes, questions, comments or whatever.

For those who use Flickr, we've created the North Music Fans flickr group for sharing North-related stuff.

It'd be totally sweet to have all this stuff in a few concentrated places for archival and sharing purposes, so please jump on in!

*(which, it so happens, is also the 9th anniversary of the release of Revolutions)


North News

I'm happy to report that we're finally zeroing in on pressing the record, and starting the main PR push for the release.

Please feel more than welcome to snag the ad to share, post, email to friends, and otherwise distribute. (PNG version also available below -- thanks, technolope!)

The North website has also been given an overhaul. It's very focussed and tight right now, but there's definitely more to come down the road.

Thanks and let us know what you think!


Behold: StickFest!

In further deferrence of content, I'm trying to spread the word about this on behalf of my good pal Oz, owner of our burg's last friendly neighborhood music store, and performer extraordinaire on many instruments including the Chapman Stick.

[big Stick Festival promo image]

If you're a music geek, a musician into fretted instruments, or just want to see something frickin' amazing, go to this.

While the Festival's gotten some press, Oz was telling me that almost no one yet knows about this killer show the next day:

Stick Creator Emmett Chapman

Live at the Ark
Sunday 16 July, 1pm

And if you want to really fill out a Musical Weekend of Doom, you could always squeeze in a swingthrough of our July 15th show, running right off the tail end of the StickFest... :)

Do spread the word. (It's even a public post, so link away!) Thankee.