Instrumental alchemist Paul Metzger improvises hauntingly beautiful music on his self-modified 23-string banjo. Over the past 30 years, he’s honed a sound that’s percussive, rustic, ornate and entirely original. Besides creating music, Metzger is also committed to saving it — through the process of bringing old instruments back to life. He also has a gift for constructing new instruments out of unusual materials, creating pieces never before imagined.
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Christopher “Selomon” Closson interviews Dixon’s Violin on Project Bring Me to Life Podcast #29:
The world’s premier digital violinist, Dixon’s life mission is to inspire people! And he has done so across North America, captivating audiences at intimate shows, and wowing crowds of thousands, including Burning Man, giving two TED talks/performances, plus radio, TV, and film appearances.
Learn more about Dixon at www.dixonsviolin.com
Liam Wilson is a successful musician, psychonaut, yogi, meditator,traveler and writer (by no means does he live an unexamined, life). Yet, nothing has prepared him one bit for the trajectory-altering, love-filled uppercut to the nethers of your ego that is fatherhood.
As if that weren’t nuclear enough, Liam just participated in a two-day Ayahuasca ceremony run by a mysterious, otherworldly, head-sucking, nomadic shaman. An experience that has left him reconsidering even the most basic anchors we ground our very realities with.
Liam is a contributing writer at Talkhouse. If you’re a fan of heavy music and somehow haven’t listened to his band The Dillinger Escape Plan, what in the name of Satan’s gnarled beard is wrong with you?
“Josh Tillman has lived many lives. The singer-songwriter has been a defiant child of God, a broke dishwasher, a successful drummer, a Dionysian shaman, a failed poet, a drug-hoovering spiritualist, and a gleeful prankster. Now, he’s a man with one of the year’s best, most bracing albums. And all it took was the love of a good woman,” writes Sean Hennessey at Grantland:
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The Laurel Canyon Country Store lives on Love Street. Not literally, though it has been called that. In fact, the store sits on a slope that splits the twisting thoroughfare of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Rothdell Trail, the tucked-away surface street that briefly runs in parallel. Together, they make the interwoven strands of a pocket-size cultural history.
The store is mired in the sort of Los Angeles local mythology that transcends maps and signs and zoning regulations. Outside its door, beneath a green awning, hangs a hippie-dippy painting by the local artist Spike Stewart greeting customers with the wavy lettering and pink-petaled daisies one might have found on a ’69 Woodstock poster — or more likely, on a groovy T-shirt sold at Spencer Gifts.
Via Broadway World
Topics include Ian’s new album, “Homo Erraticus,” Martin Barre leaving the band, and the job of a music maker in today’s digital age.
Produced by Steve Willner. Music by Obelo.
Trigger warning for those who suffer from epilepsy.
Daniel Kreps writes at Rolling Stone:
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Edgar Froese, founding member and keyboardist of the long-running band Tangerine Dream and an electronic music pioneer, passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism on January 20th. Froese was 70.
“This is a message to you we are very sorry for… On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna,” the band posted on Facebook Friday afternoon. “The sadness in our hearts is immensely. Edgar once said: ‘There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address.’ Edgar, this is a little comfort to us.”
Formed in 1967 in West Berlin and born out of the same Krautrock scene that produced Kraftwerk, Cluster, Neu! and Can, Tangerine Dream’s 1970 debut LP Electronic Meditation, which featured fellow electronic music giant Klaus Schulz, shared many of the same musical qualities as their German peers.
Perhaps reflecting the zeitgeist, the BBC has been searching for a song to broadcast should the end of the world, or apocalypse, be upon us:
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Earlier this month we covered the revelation that Ted Turner, founder of the news channel CNN, ordered a sign-off video ready to air in case the apocalypse were nigh.
His pick? Rather pedestrian footage of a US Army band playing Nearer My God to Thee.
Convinced there were better choices out there, we asked readers what they would select as a farewell song for the BBC, which (as far as we know) doesn’t have anything cued up in case of imminent doomsday.
Our suggestion, God Save the Queen, was one of the more popular choices, for obvious reasons, although the particular version sparked a bit of divergence. Dylan M Clayton from Kentucky prefers Brian May’s electric guitar rendition, while several other readers chose the more subversive Sex Pistols classic by the same name.
Let’s face it, there is a lot of bad music available these days. So it is very refreshing when you find a band that not only lays itself there but does so in such a beautiful way. Daniel Blue’s voice shimmers with the sincerity of a young Dylan. Having been recorded at Abbey Road, this little EP turns and squeezes all the parts of your being that seem to only come to Life through the inexpressible and elusive elixir of music and yields the solace of a still life image.
Download their EP free here.
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