Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Photos: Zac Brown Band

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The Adams Center hosted the Zac Brown Band along with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue for a sold out show Nov. 21. Indy summer photo intern Tommy Martino attended as media which required that he be escorted throughout the venue and only allowed to photograph during the first three songs. Despite the limitations, Martino was able to capture some incredible shots. Afterwards Tommy said, "I was very impressed by Trombone Shorty’s ability to wail on the trumpet and the band's ability to get the crowd pumped up. The shows were full of energy and musical influence ranging from traditional southern rock, jazz and reggae."

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Aaron Parrett revives his 1996 album The Sinners in a Kickstarter Campaign

Posted By on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

A long-lost piece of Montana music history will find a new audience in the spring of 2014, thanks to a contemporary crowd-sourcing project. Aaron Parrett’s 1996 album The Sinners was actually recorded in Athens, Ga., but the songs were born on the long road between Athens and the ghost town of Rimini, Mont., where Parrett, a recent University of Montana graduate, was building a log cabin in the early 1990s.

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Parrett scraped together enough funds to produce a few hundred copies of The Sinners on CD. Despite its extremely limited release, the album—a stripped-down marriage of sharp songwriting and old-school country picking—became somewhat of a cult classic, gaining favor with other musicians and critics alike. The CD eventually sold out but by then Parrett, who roamed the Missoula music scene in the late 90s and early 00s as a member of several ensembles (most notably Cold Beans and Bacon and The Blue Mountain Boys), had moved on to other bands and other projects.

Local documentary filmmaker (and co-founder of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival) Doug Hawes-Davis has used Parrett’s music in several films, and he also happens to be a vinyl hound. So when Parrett told him that he had to go on eBay to buy a copy of his own record, Hawes-Davis suggested he start a Kickstarter campaign to fund the re-release of the record as an LP.

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Though he had doubts about both the demand for vinyl and the process of remastering a CD to an LP, Parrett launched the project on Kickstarter in early October of this year and met the $5,700 goal in roughly two weeks. He’s planning on printing 500 copies of the record, with 200 of them enclosed in a custom letterpress jacket designed and produced by renowned San Francisco artist Peter Koch—who, as the founder of early-'70s Missoula institutions Montana Gothic and the Black Stone Press, has his own rich local history.

As of now, Parrett has no plans for a general release, so the music is available only to those who pledge to the Kickstarter campaign. Options there range from a $10 contribution that nets a digital download of The Sinners, to a $1,500 pledge that comes with, among other perks, the limited-edition letterpress release and a live show by Parrett (as of press time, he’s got at least one such gig booked). The LP and the limited-edition LP are available at pledge levels of $50 and $100, respectively.

“I think of it as an art project,” says Parrett. “I’m not doing [Kickstarter] to make money, I’m doing it to make sure I don’t lose money. And Peter’s work is very valuable, often selling for thousands of dollars. So there’s a good chance the limited edition will be worth significantly more than what it takes to get one through the campaign.”

Parrett anticipates a March date for the re-release of The Sinners. The Kickstarter campaign ends on Tuesday, November 19, and can be found here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Poetry Blast Afoot.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Let's start with some airing of truths: I'm a former co-worker and current friend of Chris Bolin, who's reading from his new book of poetry this Friday, November 8th, 7:00 PM at Shakespeare and Co. in Missoula. Additionally, I'm not what you'd call much of a fan of poetry. I love economy, and the music of some of it, sure, and were it called "short writin'" or "dense-words" instead, I might allow more time for it. But, hey, this isn't about me, is it! It's about Bolin, who's got a new book out, and who will be reading from and signing that book this week. Normally, he doesn't look as errrr, heavily-coated as he does in this promo photo.

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Bolin was a long-time and (unfortunately) now former Missoulian, who went away first to Iowa, then to New York and who now teaches full-time in Minnesota. While I knew writing was his deal pretty much as long as I've known him, I hadn't really delved much into it. Well, the little bit I read on Amazon has my interest piqued. I screen-shotted a page of it, figuring it's from the preview section... so it should be alright.

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I plan to give Garth and Shakespeare and Co.my business, and not Amazon by the way. What I've always appreciated about Chris is how observant the guy is. Keen on human interaction, interplay of ideas and the nuances that end up defining life. So, for those reasons, I'm pretty fascinated to dig thoroughly into this new Ascension Theory book.

So, if you hadn't guessed, as a fellow all about broadening his horizons, I plan to attend. And to limit my requesting of "FREE BIRD" loudly between poems. UM Professor Brady Harrison starts things off.

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