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Conveyor 6/29/14 [Live]

in mid rock

in mid rock

I wasn’t expecting much of a crowd to be joining me for the free Sunday evening performance of Brooklyn-based Conveyor at JNR the other night, but I was pleasantly surprised. They even ran out of beer.

I had seen Conveyor on one prior occasion, and had been taken aback by the technical audacity they so seamlessly managed to blend with danceability. This show served only to reinforce my opinion. Conveyor’s uniform black outfits against their candy-colored instruments set a visually striking backdrop for a set characterized by intricate story lyrics, infectious guitar lines and a minimum of two meters per song. Superbly balanced two and three part harmonies were icing on the cake.

There was a woman in the audience with a snake on her neck, which upon closer inspection (I.E. it stuck its tongue out at me) turned out to be real.

The band was tightly rehearsed, nonchalant and effortlessly musical on stage. Each successive song seemed to garner greater applause, and I’m firmly convinced the crowed would have enjoyed the set with no beer at all.

Which, for a Sunday night, is saying something.

Jad Fair Jackets from Stumptown Printers [Art / Production]

By (Staff Post)

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The jackets for the Jad Fair “Artist In Residence” series were letterpress printed by Stumptown, a worker cooperative printshop based in Portland, OR.

“Contemporary letterpress printing is essentially a relief printing process. If you can imagine a linoleum block or woodcut, where the raised area is the surface that is inked, and other areas are cut away to create the negative space – you are envisioning a simplified explanation of letterpress printing…” (link)

I was thrilled to finally commission a print project with them, having seen their trademark Arigato Pak CD packaging making the rounds for years. Check out their site for some beautiful examples of work, and more details on their process and philosophy.

Yonatan Gat’s Tour Dates Announced! [New Music]

Yonatan Gat is hittin’ the road once again! Be sure to catch him while you can and check out his latest single off of “Iberian Passage”, “Conga Manteca

unnamedTOUR DATES

7.18 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

7.19 Washington, DC @ The Lot at Atlantic Plumbing
7.20 Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s
7.21 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
7.22 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
7.23 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
7.24 Houston, TX @ Walter’s
7.25 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
7.26 Norman, OK @ Opolis
7.27 Denver, CO @ Glob
7.28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
7.29 Boise, ID @ Crux
7.30 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
7.31 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
8.1 Olympia, WA @ Northern w/ Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionysio
8.2 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
8.6 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock
8.7 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell 

 

 

Preview: Conveyor at Joyful Noise HQ on Sunday, July 29th! [Live]

 

This is a really exciting time of year to see shows. Everybody and their mom is going to be on tour the next few weeks. Even I’m going to be on tour, and I never do stuff like that. Part of the thrill of booking a tour is that you discover great new bands from across the country. I’ll be playing with a band from Brooklyn called Conveyor in Washington DC on June 27th, and then, while we continue to their home base of New York for the weekend, they’ll be coming to my hometown of Indianapolis and playing at Joyful Noise Headquarters! Since I can’t be there to see it myself, I’ll try my best to encourage you to go.

Conveyor (Brooklyn)
& Bait & Tackle Tabernacle.
Sunday, June 29th at Joyful Noise Headquarters!
Go!

They describe themselves as “a band.” And they go on to say, “the music is best described as melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, predominantly major-key, and adequately fits under the categories of rock and pop, with additional associations, more or less strong, to related sub-genres.” Accurately and completely describing unique music is somewhat beyond my capabilities as well, so here’s some information on their most recent project instead.

Conveyor released a new album in May called Prime. The music was composed and performed alongside two live screenings of THX 1138 – the first feature film written and directed by George Lucas and perhaps his only notable foray in the field of science fiction. The film lends itself well to such a project; the imagery and pacing set an open and thoughtful mood that can be explored fairly deeply. Listen to a sample from their bandcamp page:

They also have explored more conventional ground over the years with some exciting tweaks. For example, “Mammal Food” has a great scuzzed-out, fuzzed-out groove, and “Woolgatherer” provides some bouncy, pleasant pop that would be fun to bounce around pleasantly to. Coincidentally, both of those songs have music videos, and you can watch them as many times as you want for free:


Fountain Square kingpins Bait & Tackle Tabernacle (ft. Peter King, Fred Brown, & JNR artist Jorma Whittaker) will provide local support.

Conveyor Website: http://www.conveyormusic.com/
Conveyor Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/therealconveyor

As a side note, another band I’ll be playing with in DC, Br’er, will be playing at The Back Door in Bloomington on June 22nd with Kam Kama, Bebop Tsunami, & DJ’s Drekka & Ray. I’d highly encourage you to check that one out too!