7.31.2014

25 YEAR OLD ARTIST REINVENTS HIS CHILDHOOD DOODLES!


Telmo Pieper loved to draw lots of pictures when he was young. Pieper often favored realism to imagination in his drawings, so his works generally depicted something existent, though the proportions were certainly off, and the dexterity that comes with age had not yet developed. His drawings were interesting nonetheless, evoking a certain kind of charm that no artist other than a child can quite capture.

According to an interview with Time, Pieper explains that he was "fascinated by how strange and great the line drawings were from when [he] was little.” He explained that his work had a surrealistic feel, while focusing on a realistic subject.








MKRV’s CD W.A.Y. RELEASE AUG 26!

 

San Francisco, CA – Who cares about good music in Russia? Nobody, that’s who. Once upon a time in the little town of Moscow, Dima, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, composed simple songs and recorded them using the microphone from his gaming headphones. On one occasion his childhood friend Narek, who played piano and keyboards, decided to join him. Thus began the story of MKRV.

In 2011, MKRV recorded and released their first self-titled EP in Russia, featuring five original compositions. All of the songs were minimal in arrangement, without a typical rhythm section, but with interesting, creative melodies and a unique sound. One of the songs, Zeinabelle, was incredibly popular with its surprisingly retro feel, magnificent melody, and, unexpected for MKRV, a full string section.

With the release of their EP, MKRV realized that in Russia no such band had ever existed. Minimal instrumentation, immaculate English lyrics, a never-ending stream of beautiful melodies; these were all elements that at the time had been absent in pop-music in Russia. Shortly after, in 2012, the duo released a live EP comprised of covers of songs that they personally loved. From that moment MKRV’s musical roots were clear – the intelligence of Brian Eno and contemplative nature of Coldplay, mixed with the passion for music of City and Colour.

In 2014, Narek moved to California to attend Pyramind, a music production school located in the SOMA district of San Francisco. MKRV had also just recorded their full-length LP/CD titled W.A.Y. During this time Bob also joined the duo, adding his guitar skills as well as mixing and mastering the album. Suddenly it appeared that by including a classic array of instruments in their music they could reinvigorate their identity. Furthermore, they let the world know that they were not going to stagnate in one place. They are continually developing their unique style, making it interesting for fans to follow.

The album begins with the song All this Time, which is in the best traditions of Paul Simon. The song Warmth Around You contains references to U2, and the instrumental Couple of Sparrows submerges the listener into a mysterious world of wind, loneliness, and concentration. MKRV doesn’t speak much about themselves; the main thing worth our attention is their music. Why would we need anything else if all the answers to our questions can be found in the music itself? All you need to do is give them a listen.

MKRV produce their music to immerse the listener in an atmosphere of contemplation, warm memories, and reflective thoughts, which can sometimes be melancholic. These are the thoughts that make everyone a protagonist of the old movies, where the subject is love, friendship, and a path to find your real self.

MKRV’s CD W.A.Y. will be released worldwide both digitally and physically on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014.

Visit MKRV’s Website or Social Media pages for sound samples or more information about this release and future tour dates. www.mkrvmusic.com

Digital pre-order: http://mkrvrock.bandcamp.com/

MOB BOSS CARMINE PERSICO: THE BEGINNING


Carmine John Persico, Jr. (born August 8, 1933 in Brooklyn) also known as "Junior", "The Snake" and "Immortal", has been the Boss of the Colombo crime family since 1973. Persico has overseen gang wars, murders, and major rackets, most of the time from prison. He has been serving a sentence of 139 years in prison since 1987


In 1957, Persico allegedly participated in the murder of Albert Anastasia, the former leader of Murder Inc. and the boss of what was then the Anastasia crime family. Anastasia's underboss Carlo Gambino wanted control of the family and conspired with his allies, Genovese crime family boss Vito Genovese and Profaci boss Joseph Profaci to kill Anastasia. Profaci allegedly gave the job to Persico and the Gallo brothers.


In early 1963, the Gallos bombed Persico's car, but he escaped with minor injuries. On May 19, 1963, Gallo gunmen ambushed Persico in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. A panel truck pulled alongside Persico's car and two men shot Persico in the face, hand, and shoulder. Persico reportedly spat out the bullet that had entered his face. (OMG!!!)

Soon after the May attempt on his life, Persico was imprisoned on extortion charges. By the fall of 1963, with Joey Gallo in prison also, the shooting war had ended with Magliocco the winner.


In late 1963, after an unsuccessful attempt to take over the Mafia Commission, Magliocco was forced out of the family. He was replaced by Joseph Colombo, who had alerted the Commission to Magliocco's plot. The Profaci crime family was now the Colombo crime family. In turn, Colombo rewarded the imprisoned Persico by naming him a capo....read full story on WIKI

KING OF CUPS: WISE AND TOLERANT


The King of Cups sits on his throne on a grey stone block, calmly in the midst of a turbulent sea and wears a necklace with a fish amulet. The fish is the symbol of spirit and creativity and represents the balance of the unconscious with the conscious. Behind him on his right, another fish jumps wildly from the tumultuous ocean, and, on his left, a ship sails steadily in the choppy ocean.

These images are a sign that the unconscious has been allowed to break through and has been recognised by the King, yet it remains within his power and does not overwhelm him. The King of Cups does not repress his emotions and unconscious impulses but has learned to accept and deal with them in a mature and balanced manner.

ACTIONS
Wise
gives good advice
has a deep grasp of human nature
teaches through loving attention
knows what others need for growth
sees right to the heart of the matter
understands many levels of experience
Calm
maintains his or her composure
has a quieting influence on others
is emotionally stable and secure
keeps his or her head in a crisis
never seems nervous or tense
Diplomatic
can balance the needs of many people
keeps everyone working together happily
can diffuse a tense situation
achieves goals through subtle influence
says just the right word at the right time
Caring
responds to emotional needs
is a natural healer and therapist
takes action to help those in need
feels compassion for the less fortunate
does volunteer and charity work
Tolerant
has open and broad-minded views
accepts the limitations of others
is comfortable with all types of people
allows others their freedom
is patient in trying circumstances

COLONY HOUSE DEBUT LP ZIPPING UP THE CHARTS

 

The Nashville rock trio Colony House released their debut album When I Was Younger on July 22, 2014 via Descendent Records (The Lone Bellow) to raving reviews. Managed by Missing Piece Group's Mike Krumper, the album charted #3 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart, #7 on the iTunes Alternative Rock Charts, and their single “Silhouettes” continues to be the #1 played track on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation with 50 spins per week. When I Was Younger now available on iTunes, HERE.

“Silhouettes” is also the most downloaded song by SiriusXM AltNation listeners from the SXM site and is spinning on Alternative radio stations across the nation in Portland, Albany, Colorado Springs, and more.

On the heels of the debut release and single success, the band announces the second leg of their U.S. tour that will hit over 20 cities throughout the fall. Colony House will be touring with Knox Hamilton, an Arkansas based band who are also receiving heavy play on Alt Nation. “We couldn’t be happier with the response we’ve gotten about the album,” says lead singer / guitarist Caleb Chapman. “It was a true labor of love but honestly, nothing is better than playing these songs live.”

Chapman writes effortlessly infectious tunes that resonate with personal experience and emotional depth. The songs' messages of hope and perseverance are matched by the organic musical rapport of Caleb and his bandmates, brother Will Chapman on drums and Scott Mills on lead guitar and harmony vocals.

"Creating this record had such a strong set of contrasting emotions: joy, hope, frustration, sorrow, uncertainty, confidence," says lead singer / songwriter Caleb Champan. "The songs I write have always come from deep places, whether they're deep places of joy or deep places of hurt, and it can be hard inviting people into those places with you.”

The gritty rock edge that resonates throughout the album can be seen in the music video for “Silhouettes” that NPR First Watch recently premiered. Watch/listen HERE.

The band finished off the first leg of their U.S. tour earlier this month playing to packed crowds in New York, St. Louis, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and their hometown of Nashville.
 
Twitter - @ColonyHouseBand
Instagram - @ColonyHouseBand

Fall Tour Dates:
Sept 2 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Sept 3 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Sept 4 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Sept 5 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Sept 6 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sept 7 - Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper
Sept 9 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Sept 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Neck Of The Woods
Sept 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite
Sept 13 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing
Sept 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
Sept 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
Sept 17 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Sept 20 - Tulsa, OK @Vanguard
Sept 23 - Fayetteville, AR @ George’s
Sept 24 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
Sept 25 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
Sept 26 - Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival
Sept 27 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Oct 1 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
Oct 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi
Oct 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Rock
Oct 8 - Houston, TC @ Fitzgerald’s
Oct 9 - Bryan, TX @ Grand Stafford
Oct 11 - Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
Oct 12 - Austin, TX @ ACL
Oct 14 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Oct 16 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
Oct 18 - Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse
Oct 21 - Washington, D.C. @ U-Hall
Oct 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
Oct 24 - New York, NY @ CMJ
Oct 26 - Boston, MA @ Brighton
Oct 28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Oct 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Oct 30 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement

INTRODUCING ART BOMB TEES!!


ALL IMAGES, DESIGNS AND CONTENT COPYRIGHT OF ART BOMB TEES, LLC - 2014

Had a lovely business meeting of the minds today with Terry O an artist/photographer and business owner of Art Bomb Tee Shirts. We are both Aquarians and love forward thinking and invention. Stay tuned as we are going to bring out some really cool merch for the fans around the world! 


 

GET ON UP! NEW JAMES BROWN BIO PIC STARTS TOMORROW


Get on Up is the new James Brown bio pic that starts tomorrow! The directors are from the UK and Mick Jagger supervised the music....this movie is going to SMOKE...a film that most likely will be up for the Academy Award....starts August 1 TOMORROW


Supercharged by Chadwick Boseman’s tour de force as the iconic Godfather of Soul James Brown — and pitch-perfect music supervision by producer and longtime devotee Mick Jagger — “Get On Up’’ is one funk-tastic musical biopic.


Vigorously directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help’’), the film largely avoids standard rise-and-fall clichés and strained attempts to explain a messy and colorful life filled with contradictions that doesn’t easily fit inside a 2 ¹/₂ hour narrative with a PG-13 rating.


Instead, the screenplay by British brothers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (“Edge of Tomorrow’’) jumps back and forth between significant incidents — opening in 1988 with a high-on-PCP, middle-aged Brown using a rifle to terrorize a roomful of insurance agents, one of whom accidentally used Brown’s private bathroom in the same building.

7.30.2014

MAESTRO OF ROCK GUITARIST DICK WAGNER HAS DIED


Dick Wagner (photo Retrokimmer)

As the news of the passing of Detroit's guitarist Dick Wagner sinks in...I thought I would rerun a post he wrote for me a few years ago....haven't got much info as of yet..Dick had been very ill of late from an upper respiratory infection and it took his life. Dick spent the last 4 years or so touring the midwest with various players and wrote an autobiography. The family plans a memorial for Dick in Michigan at a future time. RIP Maestro....xoK

Dick Wagner (photo Retrokimmer)

Kimmer" my sweet friend....You asked me to give you a list of my favorite recordings from my past...and so I shall attempt to compile a basic top ten records that thrilled me upon first listening. These songs kicked my ass as a teenager. Warning...I'm older than you and your readers, so some of these may be barely remembered....

1. LONG TALL SALLY, Little Richard

A seminal Rock record with Little Richard at his most compelling. Deeply influenced my pathway into music.

2. HEARTBREAK HOTEL Elvis Presley

On first listen, I could not believe what I'd just heard. The power, the intensity, the sound. Major influence.

3. STAGGER LEE, Lloyd Price

Man did this record rock! The story lyric was an example of humorous bloodletting blues. Too Cool.

4. ONLY YOU, The Platters

Made me recognize my own romantic heart. That voice felt like it was me seeking the always elusive love, just beyond reach. Young Love.

5 ONLY THE LONELY, Roy Orbison

Unrequited, the lonely heart breaks. Teenage angst. Loved it then, still do.

6. GONE, Ferlin Huskie

 Dick Wagner (photo Retrokimmer)

Another initiation into the broken romantic heart. Really a country record before I knew the difference. Mysterious, haunting, delicious vocals

7. Rawhide- Rumble Link Wray 1959

Two classic distorted guitar classic tunes. I couldn't stop listening and discovered the heart of Rock guitar. Totally Cool.

8. SALLY GO 'ROUND THE ROSES, The Jaynetts

Mysterious, haunting, delicious vocals

9. SCHOOL DAYS, Chuck Berry

My introduction to lyrical, genius Rock music with great guitar riffs. Founding father of Rock.

10. DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS, Ray Charles

A fantastic introduction to the blues, Ray was live and the band was phenomenal. 1956 genius of Ray Charles Album

Dick Wagner Kimmer and Muruga

So there we go, Kim. What first pops to mind, among so so many others. Music was so rich and diverse during those 1950's. I really miss the emotion of the early records. Remember "OVER THE MOUNTAIN" by Johnny and Joe? A perfect dance so close kinda tune. Great times.

All my love,
DICK WAGNER

7.29.2014

HENRY FORD: AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PBS


Watched this show over the weekend and it was really a well done and honest view of Henry Ford's life...Though no mention of Ford's mistress Evangeline Cote Dahlinger, it does go into detail about Ford's relationship with Harry Bennett. You can see the show online or purchase it from my Amazon Store.....4 ★★★★


An absorbing life story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century, Henry Ford offers an incisive look at the birth of the American auto industry with its long history of struggles between labor and management, and a thought-provoking reminder of how Ford's automobile forever changed the way we work, where we live, and our ideas about individuality, freedom, and possibility. WATCH THE PBS SHOW HERE








7.27.2014

FORGOTTEN: THE MURDER AT THE FORD ROUGE PLANT


Set in the 1930s, Forgotten tells the story of Lewis Bradford, a minister and radio host with a vision of "labor peace" who goes to work at the yet-to-be organized Ford Motor Company. Author/composer Steve Jones uncovers the mystery surrounding Bradford's death through a sequence of jazz-based songs and the narrative of Bradford's widow, Ella. Dedicated to the thousands of workers who overcame racial divisions, red-baiting, and company thugs to build a union, Forgotten bursts onto the stage in a passionate display of musical virtuosity and good old-fashioned storytelling.


"We had known about Lewis Bradford's murder for years. He was married to Ella Bradford, my grandfather's cousin. Like my grandfather, Lewis was a Methodist minister strongly influenced by Muriel Lester, a British socialist and pacifist and founder of the Fellowship of Reconciliation." READ FULL STORY HERE


FOUR OF PENTACLES: SECURE AND STABLE


The Four of Pentacles indicates that you are in a position where you are financially stable and secure with solid investments. You are very conservative about money and are not inclined to gamble in financial matters. You are very protective of what you have accumulated over time, and slowly and steadily you increase your net worth through saving money and safe investments. You are self-sufficient both financially and emotionally, as you often equate money with emotional security.

7.26.2014

3 OF CUPS: CELEBRATION


The Three of Chalices card suggests that my power today lies in celebration. I am not alone. I embrace the pleasure of the moment and share the beauty and joy of a common bond within my sisterhood. I am empowered by inclusion and my gift is spontaneous rapture

ACTIONS
feeling exuberant
bursting with energy being in the flow celebrating overflowing with high spirits feeling on top of the world dancing and singing putting yourself out there
enjoying friendship
getting together with people you like experiencing camaraderie extending/receiving hospitality sharing finding companions trusting others relying on outside help
valuing community
taking part in a support group developing a team spirit working together uniting with others forming a group bond helping each other discovering a common goal being neighborly
 
The Three of Cups is a card of celebration and accomplishment. Three young maidens dance in a circle with their golden goblets upraised in a toast of joy. Their arms reach out to each other and they connect through their emotions and their friendship with one another. 
The ground is covered with fruit and there is a general sense of abundance and happiness. Each woman in the Three of Cups has a wreath of laurel on her head. Wreaths of this type have long been a symbol of victory and success. 
A sweet smelling laurel wreath is also a symbol of protection, peace and purification and is a message that the favour of the Universe is upon us, and that we shall be the victor in this stage of our lives. At the women’s feet lie various flowers, symbolising joy, beauty, compassion and growth. The flowers remind us of the good times in life, the sweet smell of success, and the beauty that surrounds us if only we open up to its presence.

7.25.2014

DETROIT PURPLES JOHNNY REID AND EDDIE FLETCHER


Purple Gang Lieutenant Eddie Fletcher (right) Height - 5 ft 2 and 3/4 inch, Eyes - hazel, Hair - dark brown, Complexion- dark Information from: vault.fbi.gov/Purple Picture from: Off Color: The Violent History of Detroit's Notorious Purple Gang by Daniel Waugh

Johnny Reid

Johnny Reid was a Purple gang liquor distributor who moved to Detroit from St. Louis. He was murdered in 1926 during an underworld feud. In March of 1927 the Purple Gang killer Reid's assassin during the Milaflores massacre. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff


Purple Gang lieutenant Eddie Fletcher. Fletcher's real name was Eddie Fleischacker. From: Off Color: The Violent History of Detroit's Notorious Purple Gang by Daniel Waugh


AMAZING TALENT: GRACE KELLY IS WORKING FOR THE DREAMERS


Grace Kelly may not be a real life princess, but she is certainly jazz royalty. Wynton Marsalis was so impressed with Kelly’s three-night stand as guest of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that he invited her to join the ensemble at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. for Barack Obama’s Inauguration Celebration. American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. heard Kelly in a master class and brought her on stage to sit in with his band that night. Her work was featured on CNN, in Glamour Magazine, in the Hollywood Reporter and so much more.


At the age of 14, Grace orchestrated one of her original compositions and performed it with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart. Since then, the 22-year old Korean-American prodigy has been voted “Best Jazz Act” in Boston four consecutive years in the FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll, and then voted Best National Jazz Act in 2012. Grace's list of honors keeps growing.....



DATES
July 30 Wequassett Inn Chatham, MA
July 31 Shalin Liu Perf Ctr Rockport, MA
August 23 Spaghettini Seal Beach, CA
September 18 Indy Jazz Fest Indianapolis, IN
September 19 Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, MI
September 26 Tuckerman Hall Worcester, MA
September 28 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH
October 17 Grand Annex San Pedro, CA

WIZARD OF OZ SING ALONG THIS WEEKEND!



A special 75th anniversary presentation with onscreen lyrics, a costume parade, goodie bags, and more! Special ticket prices apply.

Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and end up in the land of Oz in this beloved film based on the popular L. Frank Baum novel. Dorothy encounters some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard, who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage! Join in with Dorothy and the gang and sing along to the iconic songs, including the well-known classics, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, “We’re Off to See the Wizard”, “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead”, and more!

Sunday, July 27 at 1:30 PM & Tuesday, July 29 at 7 PM. Part of the Kerrytown Market & Shops Summer Classic Film Series. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. Sponsored by People’s Food Co-op.


ROYAL CHILDHOOD EXHIBIT OPENS TOMORROW!


An exhibition featuring well-loved toys, treasured family gifts and tiny outfits belonging to nine generations of royal children opens at Buckingham Palace on Saturday, 26 July 2014 at the annual Summer Opening of the State Rooms. 


Royal Childhood brings together more than 150 objects relating to 25 children, from the future George IV to Prince George of Cambridge. Set against a backdrop of previously unseen photographs and private film footage, it gives an unprecedented glimpse into life as a young member of the royal family over 250 years.


Among the objects on display is the announcement of the birth of Prince George of Cambridge at 4.24pm on 22 July 2013, which was displayed on what must now be the world’s most famous easel – it even had its own Twitter handle.

The spectacular silver-gilt Lily Font, commissioned by Queen Victoria for the christening of her first daughter Princess Victoria in 1841 and used at almost all major royal baptisms since, is on display in the Music Room, alongside the silk-satin and lace christening robe worn by Prince George of Cambridge.


 

Curator Anna Reynolds adds the finishing touches to a model Aston Martin DB5 once used by Prince Andrew during a photo call for the Royal Childhood exhibition.


The progress book of Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen, documents the Princess's first outing at just 10 days old into the garden of her home at 17 Bruton Street, her first tooth (26 January 1927), and the moment she began to crawl (11 April 1927). 


Miniature outfits worn by royal children are also on display, including a dress belonging to Queen Victoria at the age of 11, the 'walking suits’ of King George V, a beautiful satin coat and hat worn by Princess Margaret, and a soldier dressing gown belonging to the three-year-old Prince Harry of Wales. A glittering fairy costume worn by Princess Anne reflects a common childhood love of dressing up.

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