Saturday, May 20, 2017

Another band, another Kickstarter

Kickstarter season keeps rolling on! This time it is Von Strantz, another band we discovered at Audiofeed a few years back. We enjoyed the band's rawness and quiet intensity. 

The album "Apple of Your Eye" is scheduled for digital release in September, The purpose of the campaign is to generate pre-orders, as well as to raise funds to press the album onto vinyl. 

The band's kickstarter campaign can be found here. Here is a video of a performance of their song, "Nothing Good in Me," to give a sense of their music. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Audiofeed 2016 - Sunday

Sunday was a bit rainy, and that greatly limited our time at the fest. And the late Saturday night combo of One Bad Pig & Timbre also wore us down a bit.

Sunday started with another Imaginopolis seminar, this one by Melody Green about the intersections between Christianity and fairy tales. Then our old friend Harry Gore did a set, and we watched an energetic performance by Destroy Nate Allen.

We also spent some time wandering the merchandise area, and my wife had a lovely chat with a few very nice fellas from the very loud band Send the Advocate.

We spent the evening in town, and had some terrific pizza. A good end to a good fest, and we drove home on Monday, July 4, arriving home just in time to catch some local fireworks.

We have made a habit of attending Audiofeed every other year, so it may end up back on the agenda for 2018.

Monday, May 8, 2017

John Crist's "Church Hunters"

Comedian John Crist is one of the few people in the Christian comedy scene who manages to be consistently ... funny. We have a few of his prior comedy videos here. And here.  

In this new video, he goes after the idea of "church shopping," by comparing the process of finding a new church to shopping for a new house. It's "Church Hunters," episode 1. 

Episode 2 is available at John Crist's web site, as are a range of other humorous videos. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Another Band, Another Kickstarter

We discovered Marah in the Mainsail at Audiofeed 2014. Any time a band uses a 20-foot metal chain as a percussive instrument, we are in. Their music struck us, and we supported the Kickstarter effort for their debut album "Thaumatrope." It immediately became one of our favorites.

The band is currently funding their second album,
another concept album. This one is called "Bone Crown," and is an attempt "to capture the darkness and beauty inherent in the animal kingdom, all the while telling a very human story of trust, deception, and rebellion." They intend for the album to include a narrated story that exists alongside the music. It's a bold idea, all the way around.

The band only has a week or so left in the campaign, and is still a few thousand dollars short. A link to the Kickstarter page can be found here.

To get a feel for the band, here is the official video for "Wendigo," one of our favorite tracks from the first album.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Audiofeed 2016 - Saturday Highlight

This Saturday highlight was also the overall highlight of the fest. As I’ve mentioned before, the fest is growing enough to bring in non-musical events. On Saturday morning, the Asylum (Goth) tent hosted a screening of the movie “The Phoenix:Hope is Rising.” This is a documentary by Phil Gioja and Isaac Musgrave about the issue of homelessness in Urbana, Illinois,

Every year, the city hosts the One Winter Night event, a fundraiser for a homeless drop-in shelter. Participants in One Winter Night spend a night on the street, living in a cardboard box, experiencing for 12 hours what it is like to live on the street. Gioja and Musgrave decided to document the event, as well as tell the story of the shelter, The Phoenix. In the course of the filming, changes to the city’s zoning regulations put the future of the shelter at risk. 

For a low-budget movie, the quality is surprisingly high. Interviews are well-lit and have clear audio, and are integrated well into archival and news footage, as well as coverage of city council meeting. It is a compelling film that tells a compelling story. It is hopeful, annoying, and heartbreaking. 

The trailer for the movie can be found here.