Hello and Happy Spring!!
A few notes: My birthday was awesome, thanks so much to all who came out - a good, old school night of fun music & celebration! So much fun that my feet hurt for days from dancing, so it's official. We're gonna do it again July 2nd (the RubySlippers show, not the birthday).
Paper Tiger plays with Jar-e next weekend to celebrate spring & an evening of multi-media and comedy - Saturday, April 24th New French Bar 9:00 PM.
I've been working closely with HATCHfest Asheville this year - currently underway - 4/15 - 4/19, and it's been so inspiring so far! I'll be moderating the Music Panel on Sunday, April 18th at 1:00 pm - it's FREE & open to the public, there will be free tours of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus going on all afternoon 12-5 right next door. http://www.facebook.com/papertigermusic?v=app_2347471856&ref=ts
Amid snow(?), wind storms, rain and power outages, we've been preparing for our last show of 2009. This has certainly been an exciting year, to say the very least, and we are thrilled to be ending it on this note of celebration. We are on the final mixes of the album and looking into mastering options as well as pouring over graphic design ideas. Our brains are on overload, but we're thrilled about where we are and what we're creating!
This Friday, December 12 @ the Hookah Bar, Paper Tiger and The Melanaster Band (live stage project of Marley Carroll) - doors open at 9:00 pm with an economically friendly $8 cover. Music starts at 10 pm. We will be joined on live visuals by Ben Mason of neb.Cinema, with a few tricks up his sleeve, since recently being heavily involved with the Design & Technology lounge at HATCHfest-Asheville and TEDxAsheville.We are also thrilled to have the very talented Dave Mathes of improv electronic band Sonmi Suite playing live drums.
Check out our spot in this week's Mountain XPress: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2009/smartbets.php/
and in the Take5: http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009912110304
See below for some info about the Melanaster Band as well, we are honored and thrilled to be sharing the stage with them!
It's been a long year, we hope you're all hanging in there. We're ready to get our groove on and kiss this little year farewell, we hope you'll join us. Till then, as always, take good care, and take some time to hear the music.
Cheers, Molly & Isaac
THE MELANASTER BAND: Marley Carroll’s 2007 debut album Melanaster, is the result of meticulous bedroom alchemy by a prodigious multi-intrumentalist. It sounds like a lost Radiohead LP submerged in ten feet of salt water. Described by NPR as “Gorgeously subdued glitch pop”, Melanaster is a collection of melancholy pop songs tethered to abstract electronic rhythms, ie – early-Nineties shoegaze rock meets rhythmic IDM experimentalism. Carroll assembled The Melanaster Band to take these songs to the stage. The group came together serendipitously in Asheville, NC – five accomplished musicians with backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Billy Cardine, Barrett Smith, Ryan Lassiter and Jake Wolf are versed well versed in genres crossing from bluegrass to jazz. At the helm is Carroll, an award-winning scratch DJ, electronic musician and multi-instrumentalist. These disparate influences merge to create a beautifully layered sound that evokes My Morning Jacket, Radiohead and Death Cab for Cutie, with an earthy touch of Americana. The live presence of The Melanaster Band is a gift to music fans everywhere.
The Hookah Bar hosts an evening of live edgy trip-hop featuring down-tempo vinyl based duo Paper Tiger (with live visuals by nebCinema) and multi-instrumentalist Marley Carroll’s IDM glitch pop group The Melanaster Band.
THE MELANASTER BAND Marley Carroll’s 2007 debut album Melanaster, is the result of meticulous bedroom alchemy by a prodigious multi-intrumentalist. It sounds like a lost Radiohead LP submerged in ten feet of salt water. Described by NPR as “Gorgeously subdued glitch pop”, Melanaster is a collection of melancholy pop songs tethered to abstract electronic rhythms, ie – early-Nineties shoegaze rock meets rhythmic IDM experimentalism. Carroll assembled The Melanaster Band to take these songs to the stage. The group came together serendipitously in Asheville, NC – five accomplished musicians with backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Billy Cardine, Barrett Smith, Ryan Lassiter and Jake Wolf are versed well versed in genres crossing from bluegrass to jazz. At the helm is Carroll, an award-winning scratch DJ, electronic musician and multi-instrumentalist. These disparate influences merge to create a beautifully layered sound that evokes My Morning Jacket, Radiohead and Death Cab for Cutie, with an earthy touch of Americana. The live presence of The Melanaster Band is a gift to music fans everywhere.
PAPER TIGER (formerly RUBYSLIPPERS & MINGLE) Since re-defining themselves as Paper Tiger, the electronic trip-hop duo formerly known as RubySlippers & MINGLE has been well received by crowds at Trinumeral 2009, has opened a sold out show with UK producer Bonobo and played a short set opening for producer Mark Farina. In the beginning, there was a jazz singer who met a DJ/producer. They shared a mutual love of Radiohead and collaborated on their own cover version of “Fake Plastic Trees”. Although both MINGLE (one half of a production duo) and RubySlippers (jazz/cabaret singer of a trio) were working with other projects, they felt a spark in their new creation and began to write and record their own material. Paper Tiger have hit a stride in creating original lounge/trip hop, and are quickly establishing themselves as a duo in the Asheville music scene. Described as sultry, sophisticated, organic/electronic, Paper Tiger expects to release their debut album Me Have Fun in February 2010. They’ve opened for the likes of King Britt, NOMO, Brooklyn electronic musician Eliot Lipp, and played a sold-out show with Strut. They were featured in POPAsheville 2008 as well as LAAFF (the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival) and showcased at the MOOG Foundation CD Release party at the Orange Peel. The duo’s song Folded Laundry is featured on Lunch Video Magazine #16. In 2008, the duo also won the electronic category in the Earth Day Asheville Contest.
For more information: 828-252-2522 (Hookah Bar) http://www.papertigermusic.net http://www.MarleyCarroll.com
Tonight is a big night for electronic music in Asheville. In fact, this weekend is a big weekend for electronic music!
Live and direct from San Francisco CA, Bassnectar will be taking the stage tonight at the Orange Peel in front of a capacity crowd - not the first time he has sold out the Orange Peel. Bassnectar has made quite a name for himself in the Asheville area, and so much so that his Orange Peel show now warrants an official afterparty! The site of that afterparty will be at Club 828 ...
Bonobo (aka Simon Green) will make his debut performance in the Asheville area when he spins a late-night DJ set at Club 828, after the conclusion of the Bassnectar show. Quite an accomplished musician and DJ in his own right, the UK-based Bonobo's 2006 release, Days to Come, was awarded album of the year honors on Gilles Peterson's Worldwide (BBC). Simon Green has now released the first single from his yet to be titled, forthcoming album - the new single "The Keeper" featuring Andreya Triana (video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wxJu-X0zVo). Having been recording in Barcelona, San Francisco, and Hackney, Bonobo will now crisscross The United States rocking DJ sets in advance of his new release (on Ninja Tunes) - Friday night's stop being in Asheville.
Also featured at the "Official Bassnectar Afterparty":
* Chicago-based DJ trio Orchard Lounge who has several times visited the Asheville area - most recently while spinning a late night set at the 09-09-09 Trinumeral festival. While we have worked with them previously, this crew's popularity is growing exponentially!
* Asheville's down-tempo, trip-hop duo Paper Tiger, who was also featured at the Trinumeral festival. Paper Tiger is about to release their debut album - the feature single, "Me Have Fun," now has a video available for your viewing (video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jvE-klly9A). Tonight, joined with nebCinema creating live video.
* DJ Mingle, who is truly one of our favorite DJs in Asheville area and who stylistically pairs with Bonobo as good as any. Mingle is quite the unassuming master of his trade, with three full-length albums already released!
* VJ Megan McKissack who will handle visuals throughout most of the evening and is becoming a regular at our events.
As always, we request that all those coming to Club 828 conduct themselves in a socially acceptable manner, treating the club patrons and employees with the utmost respect - the same way they will treat you.
The event schedule is as follows: (subject to change)
1000-1130 Mingle 1130-1200 Paper Tiger 1200-0200 Orchard Lounge 0200-0400 Bonobo (DJ set)
At present, tickets remain at Honeypot and Parlour AKA Hunk Clothing (downtown), and at Harvest Records (west-side). Tickets are now $15. The after-party tickets will be for sale at the Bassnectar merchandise booth inside of the Orange Peel, and at the door of Club 828 after 10pm. If your ticket is purchased at the Bassnectar show, you will receive a $1 discount. WE RECOMMEND PURCHASING YOUR TICKETS AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO ENSURE YOU’RE NOT LOCKED OUT OF THE PARTY!
* Please note alcohol sales will end at 2am.
Gearing up for a delightful 2009! Well, it certainly has been an eventful year, and I am pleased to say that I will take a bow and be thankful for all of the new experiences and adventures that 2008 has provided. This year I vowed to take as many opportunities as possible, to look my uncertainties in the face and to move through them...this has been an adventure in itself, and in the new year, I would love to try to round out all my hard work into some completed projects. With that said, we have been recording this week, working on production, taking notes, mixing.....back to work on the album. It's been a bit frustrating to have been working on it for this long and still not be finished, but I truly believe that the album that comes out (this Spring?) will be worlds better than if we had tried to force things in the midst of such a busy year. I'll keep you posted! And POPAsheville is right around the corner! The lineup has been announced, the schedule is posted, the Panel looks fantastic, and this year we have added specific workshops with industry professionals and musicians in hopes to answer all your questions about the biz and your role in it. The snazzy new website has launched as well, and I must say, it is the cat's pajamas!! If you haven't quite finished your Christmas shopping yet, tickets to the festival do make a lovely gift, and just think, they won't grow mold like that fruitcake you were going to re-gift. I have great hopes for each of us in the new year, that all the pieces will be coming together in 2009. I hope you have all had a glorious season, that whatever you celebrate, you are celebrating well, that you have taken some time to take care of yourselves and each other. I hope to see you soon, until then, take good care and take some time to hear the music! Cheers, RubySlippers
Time for my Best of 2008 list...
There has been so much new music in my life this year, that I thought I would be completely over it, but while I was making my list, I realized that I still don't have all the albums that I want from this year. Some of my favorite bands have released albums in the last 12 months, and may have made my list, except I haven't gotten to spend any time with the music. Poor me? Not a chance! I've been turned on to some brilliant artists and seen some killer shows! Here are some of my favorites:
Year End – Best of 2008 Favorite Albums Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs Neil Halstead – Oh! Mighty Engine TV On the Radio – Dear Science MGMT – Oracular Spectacular Slow Runner – Mermaids Portishead - Third Tyler Ramsey – A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago Sia – Some People Have Real Problems The Submarines – Honeysuckle Weeks Honorable mention (2007, but only by days) - Radiohead – In Rainbows
Favorite Shows Radiohead – Charlotte NC – Verizon Wirless Theater David Byrne – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolf Auditorium Death Cab for Cutie – Manchester TN – Bonnaroo POPAsheville 2008 – Asheville NC – Various Venues Josh Ritter – Asheville NC – The Orange Peel Feist – Asheville NC – Thomas Wolf Auditorium Martin Sexton – Asheville NC – The Orange Peel Stephanie's id – Asheville NC – The Grey Eagle The Duhks – Backstage at Bonnaroo (recording studio session) Joshua James – Asheville NC – Grey Eagle
Favorite "New" Artists/Bands Grizzly Bear The Submarrines Fleet Foxes Bitter:Sweet Josh Ritter Pink Martini
Dave Allen, founding member of UK Post-Punk band Gang of Four in the 70's, 80's sensation Shriekback, and currently-active cutting-edge indie music blog and music label Pampelmoose has, to the great pleasant surprise of POPAsheville, agreed to be our keynote speaker! Dave will be flying in from Portland, OR, where he is a key figure in the indie scene. According to Alex Maiolo of Future of Music Coalition, who will moderate this year's indie music biz panel on Saturday and who was instrumental in bringing Dave to this year's fest, we can expect "a laid-back guy who is into talking to musicians and music fans, who will blog about POPAsheville while he's here, and who is interested in being a real part of things." Dave will speak on Sunday, January 18 at 3pm (stay tuned for location). He will be sharing insights from his many years as a forward-thinking artist and industry person, including thoughts on building community within a city's own music scene and staying true to one's own unique path in the biz maze. Please welcome Dave to the fest! About Pampelmoose: Pampelmoose is a music and MP3 website run by Dave Allen founding member of UK Post-Punk band, Gang of Four. The website's focus is exclusively on music and online music distribution covering electronic, alternative, independent and underground hip hop music. We steer clear of any music on major record labels preferring to support independent labels only. About Gang of Four (from the band's website): Gang Of Four is one of the most radical, and radically important, rock groups of the last 30 years. Their music, starting with 1978's 'Damaged Goods' EP, offered a danceable solution to the problem of where four-piece guitar bands could go next after punk. They also provided the perfect answer to the question: how to be polemical without being po-faced, ponderous, banal or doctrinaire? Four young men in their early twenties who convened in the late '70s in Leeds, they were the first white rock group to come up with the idea that using contemporary funk and reggae rhythms might be an interesting way forward for rock'n'roll, a way out of punk's cul de sac. With Andy Gill slashing away on guitar over the Dave Allen/Hugo Burnham rhythm section while Jon King declaimed over the top about love as disease or the torture of prisoners in Northern Ireland like a deranged demagogue, Gang Of Four were like Wilko Johnson of Dr Feelgood jamming with Parliament-Funkadelic produced by Lee Perry as a Radio 4 newsreader intoned balefully in the background.
POPAsheville Announces Lineup for 2009 Indie Pop-Rock Festival January 16-18, 2009 at Multiple Venues in Asheville, NC; Tickets on Sale Dec. 8Asheville, NC (December 1, 2008) –The POPAsheville (POP ‘A’) music committee narrowed a competitive field of nearly 200 submissions to just 30 bands from target cities in the Southeast. Seventeen are hometown bands, while the remaining thirteen slots are filled by the best submissions from Nashville (5), Atlanta (3), Athens (2), Chapel Hill (1), Charlotte (1), and Greenville, SC (1). Tickets go on sale Dec. 8. Recently voted among Top Shows of 2008 in Mountain Xpress "Best Of" Poll and tied with the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, POP ‘A’ pioneered the venue-based music festival trend in the musically-rich city of Asheville, NC. POP 'A' is a three-day, 30+ band modern music festival hosting band performances at three prominent indoor music venues: The Grey Eagle, The Rocket Club, and Stella Blue. 2009 POPAsheville Performing Bands Asheville-area stephaniesĭd SeepeopleS Jar-e Mad Tea Party Bandazian Speedsquare If You Wannas Arizona Holiday Childress RubySlippers & MINGLE Jen and the Juice The Cheeksters Bugs Multiply The Baker Family Band Nevada The Poles On the Take Non-Local (Nashville) Heypenny, The Champion and His Burning Flame, Tallest Trees, Parachute Musical, Umbrella Tree (Greenville, SC) William F. Gibbs (Athens, GA) Dancer vs. Politician, Casper & the Cookies (Charlotte) The Houstons (Atlanta) The Howlies, Warm in the Wake, Nerd Parade (Chapel Hill) Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies
Over the last three years, POP ‘A’ has grown from a modestly attended, 5-band evening (then called IdFest) to a ravaging feast of creative pop and rock with a unique free shuttle bus. POP ‘A’ supported a very nearly sold out crowd in 2008; the festival expects a 2009 draw of nearly 1200 music fans, musicians, and industry reps. POPAsheville’s focus is to help create a thriving scene for touring bands in the indie pop/rock genres. To this end, in addition to evening performances, the POP ‘A’ weekend includes a music business panel discussion with industry experts, workshops, and other day events with the goal of facilitating gig-swaps and helping indie bands with their touring and business careers. Tickets are $15 for an “All-Access Wristband” or $25 for a “Big Spender Wristband” (includes a few extra perks). Ticket sales open Dec. 8 and can be purchased online thru www.popasheville.com or at The Grey Eagle, The Rocket Club, Harvest Records, Static Age Records, Honeypot, and Orbit DVD.
Confirmed 2009 POPAsheville Sponsors EcoTrips, Blurt Magazine, Echo Mountain Recording, WNC Magazine, Southeast Performer, Mountain Xpress, Sound Mind Media, LaZoom Tours, WNCW, 105.9 The Mountain, Collapseable Studios, Altamont Studios, Hi-Five Studios, Alien Music Club, Crispy Cat Candy Bars, The Rocket Club, Speedsquare, stephaniesĭd, Ruby Slippers
POPAsheville is still seeking sponsors. Interested businesses should email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about partnership levels or to discuss a creative sponsorship idea.POPAsheville is seeking input for the 2009 festival.A 10-question POPAsheville Very Helpful survey link can be found at www.popasheville.com
HATCH: Dissecting the Creative Process HATCHasheville
November 7, 2008 8 PM until 11 PM 21 Wall Street, the HATCH SHELL.
MENTORING, INSPIRING, EDUCATING AND RECOGNIZING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CREATIVE INNOVATORS
Experience a gallery evening of HATCH disciplines, with each artist breaking down the creative process, a chance to learn more about HATCHfest, live performances, multimedia, fire spinning, music, wine, beer and food provided by the Flying Frog.
Advanced Tickets are $25 for general admission, $40 at the door, and $100 Patron Tickets.
A special thanks to WNC Magazine, the Flying Frog, Skyland Distributors, Palettes of Perfection and M.
Click HERE to buy tickets. http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001HFaZNTYtqrYax2EAlDLTUQ1XP61WkHTRAz9k-M6ieSqSitd_8sYbUsMXFlR1hFPecHaouc-UtrZ424GMGE2FXHrGGnwF5c7p_fBsJUITEAchRxsX9BO6yeFa886p4mwiro6LOH5jk9GlHIGLtnQj9RWIzMRPkgX4
HATCH Asheville 21 Wall Street Asheville, NC 28801 www.hatchasheville.org email@example.com
Hello POPAsheville 2008 Sponsors and Supporters,
About 1000 people were in attendance over the weekend of the premier POPAsheville in 2008. Since that time, bloggers have blogged, photos have posted, Asheville bands have traded a ton of shows with fellow POPA bands from around the region, and we daresay the modern music scene in our little city has expanded and multiplied since that time. Other cities are taking notice. Asheville is rapidly digging it's groove into the national modern music map!
With 6 weeks to go in the booking process and the potential of more than 1,200 attendees this year, we already have double the interest from bands. The buzz is growing all over the region and the nation in anticipation of POPAsheville 2009.
There are so many ways to associate your business with this exciting event!
It's time to jump on sponsorship for this year's festival. Please take a look at the attached letter, and feel free to forward to the appropriate person in your office or organization. You'll notice some changes from last year; we are working to find a balance between great visibility for your business and financial support for POPAsheville. If you have any questions or would like to confirm your spot at POPAsheville 2009, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
I look forward to hearing from you!