Friday Link Session

Friday Link Session feature

  My favorite Cleveland band, mr. Gnome, have premiered their DIY video for “House of Circles” on NPR’s All Songs Considered blog. The song is rad, and the video is a tribute to the multiple talents of this band. West African musician Bombino is raising funds to build a community rehearsal space in Niamey, Niger. As the fundraising page states, “Following the end of the Second Tuareg Rebellion in 2008 (during which guitars were banned) the music scene in Niger has been blossoming. However, in Niamey fully equipped rehearsal spaces are virtually non-existent and certainly not accessible to most musicians and would-be young musicians.” The Elbo Room in San Francisco, California, will be hosting a Norton Records benefit concert on December 16. As many of you know, Norton’s warehouse was hit hard by Sandy and many rare recordings have been endangered. Stupefaction has a very worthy John Lurie two-fer: First, a full concert from Lurie’s wonderful “fake jazz” band the Lounge Lizards, recorded in Berlin, Germany, in 1991. Then, a playlist of Lurie’s top 20 songs. Steve Kilbey, most famously of Australian band the Church, has been guest editing Magnet Magazine. He’s covered everything from One Direction to the Gormenghast … Continue reading

Link Session: Hurricane Sandy Relief Edition v. 2

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Revised and expanded from last week, but by no means complete.   Studios and Labels in Need of Assistance: Norton Records Needs Your Help Now! Their warehouse in Red Hook got absolutely decimated. Jacob Blickenstaff has the complete low-down here. Un-Flood BK Music is taking donations to help rebuild studios and practice spaces destroyed by the storm, including Translator Audio.   Things to Attend: The Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook!, Nov. 21 at the Bell House, which will include a squaredance hosted by NYC Barn Dance followed by music from Rosanne Cash, Jesse Lenat, John Pinamonti and the Brotherhood of the Whiskey Spitter Rebellion, and a screening of “B61″, a new film on the bus that runs through Red Hook by Michael Buscemi. Proceeds to Restore Red Hook. [Ed note: The Bell House has a LOT of benefit shows set up. Check their listings for more!] Taking Back Sunday, collectively from Long Island, will be playing a benefit show on Nov. 25 at the Pine Belt Arena. Proceeds will go to the Toms River Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund (New Jersey).   Things to Listen To: New London Fire (Asbury Park / upstate New York) is offering a free song … Continue reading