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::Blogs

Ho-Ho Hoedown at Doc's Musichall with Boogie Matrix and Tonal Caravan... plus a jaunt to see The Mundies.

Boogie Matrix lead guitarist, said “ Let’s Fucking Party!” There was not a soul in Doc’s that didn’t comply with his request.

 

Werk Your Willy

I really saw people taking the Werk your willy to heart and it made for a very positive, fun show with two really great bands, and opened by Mikial Robertson, who’s set I missed that night, but he is really talented.

 

Updawg and North River Agents

Updawg's new song Cornfed is sure to please.... while it's been awhile since I've seen North River Agents, they do put on a great show if you happen to catch their set. :-)

Fantastic New Artist... Laura Balke

I caught the tail end of Laura’s set a few Friday’s ago at Be Here Now. Not only does she have one of the most beautiful acoustic guitars I have seen, but she is very adept at playing it, and this girl sings beautifully.

 

The much anticipated blog about the Turkey Day Rage!

Indeed we raged that night, and into the following morning,

welcoming Turkey Day in the best possible fashion.

 

Found on the InterWebz

http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/12-extremely-disappointing-facts-about-po...

This was posted by a facebook friend of mine. Pretty interesting facts about some popular music.

Go there, read it... try not to cry.

Music from that Mac Pod thing you kids are so crazy about... to quote old people I know.

Ray Gibson band... jamming cover band featuring two ball state students.... has both an acoustic lead guitar with a really rocking base... they opened with a song called fly away. Their music was good for a cover band... cant say that i recognized all of the songs and that is probably because I really do not know the titles of songs. Their drummer was the most animated of all the musicians in their ensemble... which really energized the crowd.

Ended up bouncing to docs as per usual... came in to see the Macpodz. This band is percussion to the max, with. Traditional drum set, and I think steel drums and bongos too. Trumpet, keys, bass guitar... keep you bopping. My favorite part is how in most of their songs the trumpet carries a really strong melody that permeates the intertwined funky jams of the other instruments... it really leads so that the listener doesn’t get lost in mush. They have a lot more instrumental portions to their songs, so a strong melody is crucial. Other groups the melody would be lead by vocals. One thing really cool about this band is that they have multiple vocalists, which have their own unique sound but really works well with the instruments. I marvel at the talent taken to play rhythmic drums and sing... I CAN BARELY PULL THIS FEAT OFF IN ROCK BAND, MUCH LESS PLAYING AN ACTUAL Instrument

Sometimes my choice of venue is influenced by my propensity to be stupid about boys. Tonight was no exception. Gaah So feeling a bit depressed I rolled out of Docs to find some sort of awesomesauce to finish off the evening. Sadly Rage with straight hair looking straight up very Hulk Hogan-ee wasn't enough to lift my spirits. Nor was the very mis directed attention of an old flame who seems to think I am a moron... but yet knows my weakness. JERK... so annoying how those blue puppy dog eyes and crooked smile still get to me. I digress my particular reasons for ending up where I am aren’t important, but perhaps one's mindset does influence how they interpret music.

At this point in the night I am hankering for some country, and as my Ipod is still missing in action, and the Mike Martin Band wont be seen in action til Tuesday I’m kinda up a creek. Anyways so I’m standing outside and get to chatting with Sean or Shawn from The Embraceables... super nice guy, has restored my faith in humanity somewhat... we will see what the music does for this quite tired soul.

Two striking gals lead in this band, keyboard up front and enter in their set up which is different than most. I loved the lights on their costumes... they changed colors. How cool to have a girl and guy backup singers and dancers... they tried to get the crowd going by starting off with a clapping song.... It seems though that they really beg for a bigger stage. 6 people was just crowded. They bellowed without trying really. The lead singers voice really reminded me of a Pink with a little more tonality and soul. What was also amusing is that the band regaled the audience with their tale of venturing over to the chug prior to the performance and met up with several inebriated rugby players... kinda amusing to share that with us.

Their sound is very cohesive... vocals blend harmoniously with the instruments... and I just noticed they have a 7th player kinda in the audience. I highly recommend you give them a listen. Its 2 am on Saturday morning as i am typing this on my phone... so tired. One more stop though before i hit the hay. I headed to the friendly faces of Kirsten and Nick the gorgeous bartenders at BHN… top off my beverage… and headed out the door.

More blogs to come soon I promise, as always, I will offer up my honest opinion, to review the band, and the venue, and the overall experience of the shows I get to. I hope to add some interviews and commentary from spending time with some of the Artists as possible.

Embryonic Fluid and Twin Cats Show!!

Mind you I felt super crummy all dang day today, and stopped into docs for a proverbial drink and friendly face after work. I can always get a good happy on at happy hour at docs... but i digress I happened to meet up with a curly fro belonging to none other than rick rage who told me about tonight’s kicking show. I was intrigued. Plus I like saxophone. I was also amused that rick thought I was Ms. WLBC which he was wrong about that, but not about this show.

Embryonic fluid... not really what i was expecting when I was going to go hear a band play. They brought in a good mix of young and old people. The light show that was timed to hit you with the change in beats or added instrumentation was impressive. It by far outshined, yes pun intended, some of the other acts that are typically featured at Docs music hall. I think though when there is less stuff to worry about like actual traditional band instruments that one can drag around lights.
But I am fond of the lighting set up that docs has in house, unless of course its blinding me as has been the case on several comedy shows but back to the music...
I love the spectacle of traditional instruments... but with electronic type music I love to just kick back and feel the music move me. I’m typing this blog on my phone as i am sitting here drinking in this jamming experience that is embryonic fluid

I kinda feel like I might go blind from some of the light effects... in the grand scheme of things aka when I cant wear my heels i am short and a few of the lights hit me right in the eyes... was kinda cool to see peoples mouths get lit up with color. Embryonic fluid had a hypnotic soothing effect on me... but you could drink in the beats, or dance to it. Not a ton of the crowd was dancing, but some... I was drinking in the music and thinking about it... probably over thinking as I am wont to do, but that's me.

Saw lots of familiar faces tonight, twin cats brought out some of my hula hooping friends from Be Here Now who had a pretty jamming show tonight also.
Thinking like a journalist at shows makes me see things differently that if I wrote things down after the fact... I just look like a douche being on my phone when I am really just trying to capture that sweet moment of a musical show like a well-crafted photograph. But with words...

Its kinda amusing to me that there are actual twin cats... I chuckled at the gilded Egyptian looking cats when they brought them on stage. Reminded me a lot of the twin Siamese cats in the Disney movie lady and the tramp i think it was... or maybe 101 Dalmatians... oddly beautiful, but with just a bit of unsettling sinister about them.

They have a saxophone. Their sound is very unique it reminds me of weaving one of those rainbow potholders in 4th grade. Its cohesive, bur you can see. ( hear) the individual parts... its really freaking awesome. They remind me a little bit of the sound of Tonal caravan, but without as many lyrics, and with a slightly harder edge... and they have a kicking light show.

The saxophone player is consistently tearing up a fantastic noise... its like some Emeril BAM in the meat and potatoes. Their bass tones are shaking the place literally, but not to the effect that one is feeling sick from it.

I might be the only weirdo who gets a little motion sick from too much bouncing bass... but this is why I gravitate towards softer styles of music that lead with striking vocals with smooth guitar. But we each have something physical driving these tastes in music and our individuality has given way to a hugely diverse music scene and for that I am grateful.

I do like a song here and there from all kinds of music… but am drawn to the bluegrass/soft rock/country types… but:
There are definitely times when I need to roll down the windows and sing the for lack of actual name the payday song... which is ripe with choice words, the chorus is. Tall cans in the air let me hear a f=$% you. It pisses off the neighbors... and it’s in every playlist on my ipod.

That’s it from me… I highly suggest you look up the Twincats on facebook, and Embryonic Fluid... go LIKE THEM… I do. ☺

Where have I been that I missed all the free music?

I reflect upon my life up until a few weeks ago was actually devoid of music for the most part… the radio had broken in my car, and usually on trips would be the time when I would listen to music. Then I started hanging out with boys in bands.... and not just some hacks… but really awesome talented bands!

I had the normal exposure to music, shows, danceparties, and such on the weekends… but during the week it was kinda sad. Even my Ipod has been MIA for about 5 months.
I recently discovered that not only can I stream my favorite radio station 104.1 WLBC on my Droid phone, but also on my computer. There are also several awesome local artists available on Reverbnation I think… and I just got an invite for Spotify from my good friend Dave Lightfoot.
I’m so blessed to have these opportunities for free music.

Work has been, at best, a horrible no good very bad day the last two weeks and that sucks.
But thanks to getting some music back into my daily life, it seems to have taken the stress level down 500% and really improved my productivity.

I’ve been kinda out of touch with anything that is really popular, the last song I downloaded was Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats, and that was really just to practice it for Karaoke.
Right now I’ve been rocking out to Adele, the Plain White Ts, and whoever sings the Hello song… there are so many new artists that I’ve digging. ☺ My bank account will not be very happy with my I-Tunes this week… Plus unlike listening on the radio… when you listen online they tell you the names of the artists and song… which is awesome.

Apparently I’m a Liar, because I swear I do not like Britney Spears… but yet she has morphed her poppy sound into a gaga meets Ke$ha, with a touch of Katy Perry. I don’t know the song title… but DJ Crafty plays it ALL the time on Thursdays and I like it.
The song my Heart is so Jet Lagged by Simple Plan makes me laugh… it sounds very Jonas Brothers… kinda makes me think it should be in some sort of Remade Romeo and Juliet movie.

Thanks WLBC… and FM Music Live for reigniting my curiosity into music and it’s complex depths… definitely a very awesome endeavor to keep me out of trouble… if you know me… my propensity for trouble is quite high… especially if my spunky sarcastic side comes out. ;-)

If you’re wanting to listen to some awesome music…
Open Mic Night at Docs Every Monday… 215 S. Walnut Street Muncie.
Also a great Open Mic at Be Here Now every Tuesday down in the Village put together by Ryan Cochrane of Bashville Boys.

I bid you adieu until the next bit of inspiration hits. :)

A proper Introduction

Hi folks, I thought I would give you more of a proper introduction, since I just blathered on about Muncie Music Fest in my initial blog. :)

I first came to Muncie in 1999, from a super super small town called Benton, which is right outside of Goshen, Indiana. I was on a quest for a Bachelor's degree, started out in Journalism Graphics, but ended up with a degree in Graphic Arts Management with minors in Journalism and Business Administration.

What that means is I an qualified to do anything from run a printing press, to creating banners, posters, postcards, newsletters, and many other designs. I'm not so artsy, as I am an information organizer. I also write press releases, and create marketing and media plans... I'm really a triple threat in the Public Relations/Advertising and Media realms. I basically do all of the above and get paid for it, and I do all of the above as a volunteer for several organizations under my company, TheGreatestMJ Graphics.

I feel like what I will bring to any readers of this site will be from a journalistic perspective skewed towards my tastes in music, as I'm also a stand-up comic I might throw in a few jokes, or something like that... but I'll try to keep it music based.

I was also told that this could be a direct line to write love letters to Mike Martin, but I'll clearly try to refrain from that avenue... I wouldn't want anybody to throw up on their keyboard.

I will have coming up a little baby blog, and some video clips from Open Mic at Docs 9/26/2011. Stay tuned my friends.