Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring things


That's right, busting out right in front of us, it's spring. Unless of course, it's the beginning of autumn. My northern hemisphere arrogance shows a bit at times and I need to remember it's all relative. I hope it's looking good wherever you are, and season's greetings to you.

Fieldwire is back to presenting another Session in May, with details to be announced soon. We're looking forward to it!

In the meantime, here's a random music playlist idea I put together occasionally, though last year it happened in March. For those of you with iTunes, select your complete music file up at the top. Next, choose a new smart playlist after toggling the plus sign along the bottom left, select "time" as your "following rule", then put in today's date as your time criteria. Bammo, instant playlist of songs that all have the same time, and in many cases, that will be the only thing in common between them. For instance, I just heard Low's I Started A Joke followed by Cliff Richard singing We Don't Talk Anymore. We humans are pattern recognition machines, so I'll of course try to create a narrative that somehow makes those two songs connected. As well, see how often artists have songs that are the same length. Radiohead has 6 songs at 4:13, at least in my collection. Last year I culled what are hundreds of songs each day into a playlist of no more than 31 songs (in the morning, before coffee!), and since I focused on 3:01 through 3:31, had a ton of pop hits to play with. The four minute mark still has many of those present, but also moves into the "stretching out" category in many ways.

I'm sitting here waiting for the Pablo Cruise/P.I.L. segue after hearing PJ Harvey go into a John Cage piano piece. The fun never ends.

Try it out, let me know how it works out for you, post them for sharing!

And then there's Coachella. It was overall not my thing with this lineup, but I enjoyed Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso and Father John Misty. I probably would have liked a few more acts, but it was too nice outside to hang with the stream.

Thanks for checking in, we'll be back soon.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Visions, long nights, slow grooves



Across the written world, the blogstumblrtweetsinstrgrammagazinesnewspapers, came the proliferation of end of the year lists, thoughtful wrap-ups, wishes for the new year. Whether through being overwhelmed by them all or wanting to avoid adding to the deluge or sheer laziness (probably the latter, though my intentions are as big as the sky), I've stayed quiet. I will try to say something, though my hands are cold and my brain is slow.

I want to thank the posse of great artists that came through the Sessions in 2014 -- John Levin, Willie Gussin, Ron Schneiderman, Dave Seidel, Todd Roach, the Menegon/Dailey/Wright/Lak Quartet, Matt Robidoux, Jason & Aya/Overture, Wooly Mar, Adam Bosse, Andy Kivela, Andy Crespo, Matt Krefting, Eric Gagne, Scotty Tabachnick, Ruth Garbus, Dredd Foole, Matt & Erika (MV & EE) Elisa Ambrogio. They brought an incredible depth and width of vision, and transformed a hunch into a beautiful tradition of warmth and inclusiveness. Together with a core group of supporters who deserve their own thanks, THANKS!, the above helped create a special night each month for sharing music, talk, and explorations. Very cool, yes.

The new year brings the continuation of the Sessions, some streaming/radio experimentation, along with new shows, venues, experiments, gatherings and explorations. If you'd like to get involved and lend a hand, please get in touch. We frequently support the various things we do out of thin pockets, and hope to bring even more to the world this year. Patrons, sponsors, investors, interns, volunteers, get in touch. Or just say hey!

Thanks for reading, following, checking in. More posts soon, yes.

Here are a few links for your consideration:

Artists, Entrepreneurs? - http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/01/the-death-of-the-artist-and-the-birth-of-the-creative-entrepreneur/383497/?single_page=true

Among the Disrupted - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/books/review/among-the-disrupted.html?smid=tw-share

Welcome to the Integraton - http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/20/style/tmagazine/welcome-to-the-integratron.html?_r=0

Cultural concepts to remember - http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/7-cultural-concepts-we-dont-have-in-the-us

Electric Lady stories - http://www.believermag.com/issues/201501/?read=article_kaadzi_ghansah

Julian Cope's family values - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/10/julian-cope-my-family-values

And two music links for winter nights -

Plinth - https://iamplinth.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-smalls-lighthouse

Antti Tolvi - http://anttitolvi.bandcamp.com/releases






Friday, November 28, 2014

Radio On!

fieldwire is on Mixlr

Fieldwire Radio has started broadcasting. Look for wide variety, live shows, guest sets, and curated playlists. We're in the early stages now, but hope to have updated playlists and a more regular schedule soon. In the meantime, longform freeform will be the norm. Tune in.