friends with both arms
Here’s some great video from a recent intimate attic session at the Habitat House in San Diego, where 60 people crammed up the staircase for a beautiful performance by Boston native Mike Fiore (aka Faces On Film). Nada, of Friends With Both Arms, helped make this performance happen; a nice way of collaborating with one of her favorite artists who’s song “Friends With Both Arms” inspired the name of her blog. The track “Harlem Roses” comes from his most recent record Some Weather, take a listen at his bandcamp.
The video was shot by Brandon Tauszik, here’s a couple words on how he put it together.
“I had the video edited and picture-locked, but I felt it was still lacking that something it would take for me to want to spend 4 internet minutes viewing it. So I tried a bunch of different ideas, effects, techniques, whatever. Nothing worked so I decided to bust out the VCR. Here’s the workflow:
Export video from Final Cut > burn DVD > play DVD into VCR and record to tape > play back tape on old tube TV > record playback on camera > import footage to Final Cut and overlay on original footage = KAZAM, a lo-fi, drowsy, spacey piece that is (ideally) a pleasure to view.”
Here’s how the original version sounds.
Its been a couple days away from the blog, sorry for the dust thats started to collect on the site. I spent my long weekend in Montreal and Montebello for a wedding of one of my best friends. Amazing time, minimal internet access.
Here’s what I’ve been hearing:
–Friends With Both Arms posted the new Memoryhouse video for “Caregiver”. The band are one of the many great artists playing the SXSW Silver Series, a busking-style event run by Invisible Children to raise awareness for the 25th year of war in East Africa.
–Wolf Gang does an amazing cover of Radiohead’s “Pyramid Song”.
–Head to Soundcloud to hear Altrice’s take on Caribou’s album Swim. Remember that contest to remix Caribou’s record? Altrice took top honours.
All l did last month was to tell you to “Put This On“, the track “Trust” from Generationals. Something great happened and this track became hot. Climbing to the top 3 of hypemachines popular list, the song got a lot of milage (including over 1500 streams there from my post). Maybe it was in describing the track as a “perfect mix betweenPhoenix andBishop Allen“. Who knows. I never pretend to know how all this stuff works, I’m just looking for good songs.
It seems as if Generationals are getting help from their fans. Recently Meghan Ellie Smith made her own video for the song from footage of a roadtrip with friends in the ‘upstateness of the glory-filled state of New York’, and soon after posting, the band told her they thought it was better than their original. Very cool and a good watch. Nice find Nada.