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30Sep/100

New IMN Podcast and Saving It While You Can

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

And be sure to download the episodes while you can. This NPR blog post points out that more and more analog recordings are disappearing, and that digital recordings aren't much safer due to obsolete formats and crashing hard drives. It's kind of sobering to realize that out of all the great music being produced, we're not going to be able to hang on to a lot of it.

Except for the millions of Extreme CDs that captured the magic of "More Than Words." And were then returned to the shop because the other songs sounded nothing like "More Than Words." There's going to be plenty of those well into the next millennium.

25Sep/108

Glow-In-The-Dark Bass Strings

Normally, I hate gimmicks when it comes to the bass.

What's a bass gimmick? Look at Gene Simmons and his bass. Or just look at Gene Simmons. That's a gimmick.

It's something that doesn't enhance playability or the music itself - it just screams "Look at me! For absolutely no good reason whatsoever! Wheeee!"

That's my first reaction to glow-in-the-dark bass strings. That such an idea came from DR Strings surprises me - I put their strings on three of my four instruments, and I know them better for great tone than gimmicks. But they're releasing lines that are different colors or ready for de-tuning, and I guess this fits into that new mindset.

But, I'm getting ready to do a Halloween-type show, and glow-in-the-dark string might just fit in. Unless, of course, the director doesn't want everybody looking at the bassist at all times.

But that's just crazy talk.

Therefore, I propose that glow-in-the-dark strings be sold only during the month of October, like pumpkin coffee flavoring. Only makes sense, doesn't it? It's still a gimmick, but at least it makes sense then.

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24Sep/100

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio is taking the weekend off. After the "excitement" of last week's Justin Townes Earle show, I can't say that I blame them.

The Vollrath opens up for Blue Collar Bluegrass, Th'Empires, and The Innocent Boys tomorrow. Not sure what's going on tonight, although they are promoting a lovely show at the Melody Inn.

The White Rabbit Cabaret hosts Angel Burlesque tonight and tomorrow. You have choices.

It's Swing Night tonight at the Fountain Square Theater, and you can take in jazz at Maria's Pizza or lounge music at the Brass Ring. Finally, tomorrow is the grand opening for Larry and Jane's Record Shop, a retro-themed outlet on Virginia Ave. They've already been open for a bit (we bought a couple Fats Domino singles there weeks ago), but you can meet rockabilly artists Art Adams tomorrow at 1pm as part of the festivities. Enjoy.

23Sep/100

New IMN Podcast and Another Tech Week

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm.

This week begins tech week for Cabaret Poe, taking place this year at the Lodge in the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis. Given the subject matter and the time of year, you can be sure that this production deviates strongly from the normal musical fare. I'm excited to get started on this one not only because of said deviation, but because I've already recorded some "crazy noises" for the cast recording and there's been talking of some bass improvisation in the show.

I'm going to have fun with this one.

17Sep/100

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio welcomes the Ataris and Gasoline Heart to their friendly confines this Friday.

The Vollrath has Sam Vicari, The Founders, and Davy Long tonight. Tomorrow, look for The Enlightenment cancer awareness benefit.

And, of course, there's live jazz music at Maria's Pizza tonight and lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend long.

But, it all pales in comparison to the massive confluence of culture taking place this Saturday in the general vicinity of the parking lot at the corner of Shelby and Morris. For it is there that you can take in the Fountain Square Art Fair, Masterpiece in a Day, and (eventually, say around 4pm) the Fountain Square Art Parade. Do come down - I'll be the guy with the luchadore mask and the large balloon.

16Sep/102

New IMN Podcast and the Deluge

The new IMN podcast is up - download it at the site or listen on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

Honestly, I'm buried. There's simply too much to learn, and I've got books and sheet music and rehearsal charts surrounding me. I'm booked most likely through the end of the year, and I'm having to leave some gigs I would have LOVED to do simply because there's no time to rehearse. Which is a shame, 'cause I'll be missing out on some good music. Such is life, though, and these are problems I would have liked to have much earlier in my playing time, so I'll shut up. For now, I'm really looking forward to working with Cabaret Poe and another show later this year, along with a couple more Psychonauts gigs after our drummer's hand heals from an unfortunate break.

I would like a little more time with Victor Wooten's The Music Lesson and Bootsy's The Funk University. There's so much more to learn, and I want to get it done sooner than later.

10Sep/100

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio has a huge show tomorrow featuring the return of Girl in a Coma with Hacienda, Sick of Sarah and Neon Love Life.

The Vollrath lineup this weekend includes Chakras with No1zero tonight and Run Run Run, Hero Jr., and New York to Nowhere.

The White Rabbit Cabaret presents Hassenpfeffer tonight. Tomorrow, Emily Wells returns to Indianapolis and shares a bill with Slothpop and Fort Wilson Riot.

The Big Red Cardinal Band play Swing Night tonight at the Fountain Square Theater, and there's live jazz at Maria's Pizza as well. Toss in some lounge music (and maybe some unexpected guitar performances on the patio) at the Brass Ring, and we're ready to go. Enjoy the weekend!

9Sep/100

New IMN Podcast and FREE Playboy Psychonauts Show TONIGHT!

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2 radio, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

Well, maybe not at 10pm. Catch it at 4pm and then make your way over to Locals Only tonight, where the good folks at Butler Scion make it possible for you to see the Playboy Psychonauts and Yuki ABSOLUTELY FREE. No charge. Show your ID and walk briskly in, knowing you just captured yourself a magnificent deal. We'll see you there.

3Sep/102

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio has the weekend off. And on First Friday, nonetheless!

The Vollrath brings in a First Friday afterparty of the Last Domino and Poison Control. Tomorrow, you can catch I Love You, The Fervor, TV Mike and the Scarecrows, and Everything Now.

The White Rabbit Cabaret presents Hassenpfeffer tonight and The Avery Set tomorrow. Angry clowns and indie rock - have at it.

And, of course there's live jazz at Maria's Pizza tonight and lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend long. Enjoy.

And, as a special side note, we'll (we being the Fountain Square Arts Council) be out drumming up support for our Pepsi Refresh Grant effort. Stop by and offer your support tonight, or go ahead and register or text your vote right now - send our code (102134) to Pepsi (73774) . We thank you for your continued support.

Why continued? Because we need you to do it every day through the month of September, if you could. I'll send extremely gentle reminders and promise not to pester you too much, but we're trying to create a sustainable art parade that involves the entire community, and your help is much appreciated.

2Sep/100

New IMN Podcast and Playboy Psychonauts Show

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

Also, just a brief reminder that the Playboy Psychonauts share the stage next Thursday with masterful shoegaze aficionados Yuki at Locals Only. Butler Scion provides the sponsorship for this show, and that means you get in for free.

Totally free. Just show up and be above 21 to get in.

Seriously, that's it. Plus, rumor has it that this might be Yuki's last show for a bit before they hibernate back in the studio or whatever it is they do when they hibernate. Bands often hibernate as the weather grows colder, and it's really nobody's business but their own what goes on during that time. Would you interrupt a hibernating bear, even if it looked like it was just sleeping? No, you wouldn't. And you should probably extend the same courtesy to hibernating bands. They may not be initially as vicious as hibernating bears, but they do tend to travel in packs, and I'm not sure what happens when it comes to pack mentality.

Ah, hell. The show is free - come on out.