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INDIEcent Exposure #32: INTERVIEW — Zodiak, on Basement Brew

Zodiak, playing Philadelphia in 2017; photo courtesy Zodiak.
Zodiak, playing Philadelphia in 2017; photo courtesy Zodiak.

PLUS: Eight other artists you should be listening to right now.  * EXPLICIT *

Zodiak, playing Philadelphia in 2017; photo courtesy Zodiak.
Zodiak, playing Philadelphia in 2017; photo courtesy Zodiak.

Welcome, lovers of Indie music the world over, to Episode number 32 of INDIEcent Exposure. I am the mongrel. And I have a massive show for you, so I’m going to keep the chatter to just a shred of my usual monologue. Listen to the episode and then SUBSCRIBE through Apple Podcasts or Google Play Music.

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INDIEcent Exposure #31: Halie Loren — From the Wild Sky

Welcome brothers and sisters, to Episode #31 of INDIEcent Exposure, in which we share new music from, and our conversation with, Halie Loren, who’s just released a solo effort, “From the Wild Sky.” As if that weren’t enough, we also feature tunes from Mikalyn Hay, Paper City Exile, The Slang, He Is Me, Onism EV, CATFOX, Bryan Deister, and Parsonsfield.

* See note on info sources at bottom.

The long-awaited solo project from Halie Loren, "From the Wild Sky," dropped at the end of April. Our obsession with these eleven tracks shows no sign of letting up; photo by Sally Sheldon.
The long-awaited solo project from Halie Loren, “From the Wild Sky,” dropped at the end of April. Our obsession with these eleven tracks shows no sign of letting up; photo by Sally Sheldon.

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WDIJW? “Alma”

One of the most macabre, yet most lovely shorts we’ve come across. And just right for a cold and snowy weekend at the end of the year!

Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.

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INDIEcent Exposure #28: Burgers, Fries, Blarney and The Middle with Jeff and Jane Hudson

Meeting Jeff Hudson of Jeff and Jane Hudson at The Moonlight Diner in the middle of the day is treacherous.

Jeff Hudson, Approximately one half of Jeff and Jane Hudson, who releases "The Middle," November 19, 2016 (photo by Jason Velazquez).
Jeff Hudson, Approximately one half of Jeff and Jane Hudson, who releases “The Middle,” November 19, 2016 (photo by Jason Velazquez).

We had every intention of digging deep and talking about the new album, “The Middle,” that he released with Jane, his wife and musical conspirator of a quite a little bit now. Her absence from the conversation (she was holding down the fort at their shop in the MASS MoCA complex, Hudson’s) is likely why we achieved so few of our already meager goals. Keep Reading

INDIEcent Exposure #27: Misty Blues — ”Dark & Saucy”

One iteration of the incredibly versatile Misty Blues (submitted photo).
One iteration of the incredibly versatile Misty Blues (submitted photo).

Misty Blues is back with “Dark & Saucy,” and we’re stoked to bring you an exclusive first listen!

🔊♫ Next Time is the Last Time” *

One iteration of the incredibly versatile Misty Blues (submitted photo).
One iteration of the incredibly versatile Misty Blues (submitted photo).

 

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INDIEcent Exposure #26: Moon Hooch — ”Red Sky”

We didn’t have time to set up an interview with Moon Hooch when they were in town last year, and we were darn lucky to catch James Muschler at a moment when the band was kind of (but not quite) stationary (they were going over a checklist before jumping back on the bus to start their new tour.

Brooklyn-based Moon Hooch, famous for their high-energy, danceable percussion/saxophone music, is comprised of James Muschler, Mike Wilbur, and Wenzl McGowen (submited photo).
Brooklyn-based Moon Hooch, famous for their high-energy, danceable percussion/saxophone music, is comprised of James Muschler, Mike Wilbur, and Wenzl McGowen (submited photo).

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INDIEcent Exposure #25: Alicia Beale — ”Ignite”

This episode of INDIEcent Exposure marks something of a watershed moment for us here at the Greylock Glass. When Alicia Beale took us up on our invitation for an interview, somehow we both wound up thinking it was to be a video conversation. Serendipity, I say.

Alicia Beale makes her solo debut with "IGNITE," (submitted photo).
Alicia Beale makes her solo debut with “IGNITE,” (submitted photo).

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WDIJW? “Dream”

by Tessa Violet, Video directed by Isaac White

A heartfelt and dizzying confession and profession of longing for a love that may just yet be warm to the touch.

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INDIEcent Exposure #21 — Things that go BOOM in the Berkshires

BOOM is dedicated to increasing the viability and visibility of original music in the Berkshires.
BOOM is dedicated to increasing the viability and visibility of original music in the Berkshires (created graphic courtesy images from boom413.com)

BOOM was formed by local musicians Tom Conklin, Sandy McKnight, Dar Maloney and Liv Cummins, and MCLA student Allison Gregory, as a way to promote and advance original bands and singer-songwriters in the Berkshires.

BOOM is dedicated to increasing the viability and visibility of original music in the Berkshires.
BOOM is dedicated to increasing the viability and visibility of original music in the Berkshires.

 

“BOOM” kickoff event features ten local music artists

Berkshire Organization for Original Music (BOOM) has scheduled their kickoff event, the Big BOOM Bash, at The Whitney Center for the Arts, on April 29.  Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., a reception will be held, followed by a party and concert from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.  Admission is free, and all are welcome. Food, and a cash bar, will be offered, along with the original music covering various genres.

“We’re reaching out to not only musicians, but business people, public servants, and anyone else who cares about the artistic and economic welfare of the community,” explained McKnight, who formed a not-for-profit called CAT (Columbia Arts Team) 14 years ago with Cummins.

“We were living in Hudson, NY until recently,” added Cummins, “and saw, first hand, the effect the arts can have on a local economy.”  BOOM hopes to also bridge the divide between northern and southern Berkshire county.  “Let’s all work together, and visit each other once in a while.  We need to develop a music scene worthy of the Berkshire’s rich musical history,” she stated. CAT has produced many music events, in Columbia County, the Albany area, and the Berkshires. BOOM was formed as a part of CAT, with a similar mission, but focused more specifically in the Berkshires.

BOOM Kickoff Event
Friday, April 29, 4 p.m.–9 p.m.
The Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, Mass.

Whitney Center for the Arts Executive Director, Ghazi Kazmi, has generously offered the Wendell Avenue arts venue for the BOOM event. Performing will be local original musicians Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints, 8 Foot River, Robin O’Herin, Leap the Dips, The Matchstick Architects, Sherry Steiner, Christine Bile, The Chain Letter, Keep Her Warm, and Long Journey.

“I think we’ve tapped into a real need in the community,” added Conklin, the news voice of WUPE and other stations around the county. “As soon as we put the idea out there, we had a big reaction. We had 50 folks come to our first meeting at BCC, on a cold snowy night. People have volunteered, chimed in with ideas, and generally been enthusiastic. We’ve had many people tell us this is something that’s been needed around here for a long time.”

Since then, things have been busy at BOOM, as they worked on developing a website (designed by Glenn Geiger of Stockbridge, also a local musician, and web designer for Geiger Computers), which finally came to fruition recently. The web address is www.boom413.com, and at the site one can hear all kinds of local music, see videos, get information on services, music-related advice and much more. BOOM has no formal memberships, but musicians can register on the website and contribute to the content.

The kickoff event is open to all ages, with the founders’ goal to get to know everyone who enjoys music, plays music, or cares about music in the Berkshires. The Whitney Center for the Arts is at 42 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield. Doors open at 4.  More information is available at the website, or by calling 413 243-4306.

Ear Candy to Temp You to BOOM’s Kick-Off

Tom Conklin, a co-founder of BOOM, local radio personality, and guitarist with The Matchstick Architects at BerkshireStock 2012 (submitted photo).
Tom Conklin, a co-founder of BOOM, local radio personality, and guitarist with The Matchstick Architects at BerkshireStock 2012 (submitted photo).

We’d love to play a sampling of ALL the artists who’ll be in the house at the Whit on 4/29, But we just couldn’t give everyone equal billing, though. BESIDES…we don’t have to! You can go to BOOM’s website and give a listen YOURSELF to all the awesome tunes from your fave, and soon to be fave, local bands! For now, though, lets have a selection of tunes from our guests’ bands/projects.

From Tom Conklin’s Band, The Matchstick Architects, you’ll hear “Little Things” in this episode. A heartfelt work that speaks of optimism in a sometimes unforgiving life that threatens to obscure the Little Things that can keep us going, the tune taps into a very real place with satisfying results. Listen during the show, and then scroll down and hit the play button so you can go back and hear those great lyrics again. OH! and if you heard Tom on the show and thought, “Boy, I could use a voice like that for my next commercial, documentary, animated film, etc. project,” you’re in luck! Those velvet pipes are for hire—just visit his voice-over site for details.

Sandy McKnight, a co-founder of BOOM, playing an acoustic set At the Dream Away Lodge in Becket as part of his solo project (submitted photo).
Sandy McKnight, a co-founder of BOOM, playing an acoustic set At the Dream Away Lodge in Becket as part of his solo project (submitted photo).

And from Sandy McKnight…well, that was a tough choice—solo acoustic musings chock-full of raw honesty and authenticity? Or electrified blossoms of catchy melody that doesn’t quite hide the incisively intelligent observations within the lyrics? Well, for the podcast, we went with the former, BUT have linked to the reverb nation player below, so you can listen over and over to your hearts content!

About The Matchstick Architects

The Matchstick Architects are a New England based original indie rock band fronted by Dar Maloney (Canaan, NY) on guitar and lead vocals. The band features Maloney, Tom Conklin (Pittsfield, MA) on lead guitar, Diane Davis (Barkhamsted, CT) on bass, and Paul Unsworth (Canton, CT) on drums and percussion. The band is currently working on its debut CD entitled All That’s In Between.

Sandy McKnight—Acoustic

SANDY MCKNIGHT & THE IDEA!

SANDY MCKNIGHT & THE IDEA! began when sandy had an idea. the idea was to make accessible pop music with lots of harmonies and great songs. the Beatles had a similar idea. The band is unabashedly fun and melodic and all the unhip things a band can be.

 

Problem Solvers…ish #7 — Santa Claus and other Slippery Deities

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NSFW: Your kids have a lot to gain by working the Santa Claus angle—and the tooth fairy, and the Easter Bunny, and…FLOZZ?

Today’s caller presents Seth and Lex with a real doozie of a problem—a crisis of faith, you might say. Can a family be atheist and still incorporate a little childhood mythology into the mix?

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Problem Solvers…ish #6 — Becoming Kind of a Big Deal on Twitter

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NSFW: Your Twitter fan base is puny—have you thought about becoming famous?

You put your best pithy quotes and clever memes out there in the Twittosphere, but where’s the love? Seth and Lex will lay out your personal path to Social stardom.

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