interview

Piggy – Putting the Pink Back in the Cheeks of Punk

by on May 2, 2011

Piggy

On Friday, April 8, 2011, I got my first opportunity to see Piggy at Funky Winkerbeans courtesy of Wendy Thirteen. It was their fourth performance together and experience mixed with genesis. I was curious to hear what had been created with this diverse alliance, because even with the very real potential of this project, there are certain combinations of performers and musical approaches that are inherently flawed and …
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E.S.L. – You don’t need language when the music is this good.

by on February 25, 2011

The Waldorf's revamped exterior

The oncoming night was a creeping bruise and under the black-and-blue firmament, the Hastings sidewalk between Commercial and Clarke provided a perpendicular partner to skip-troweled edges wrapping an Armet & Davis fascination for basic shape in a 1947 Mercer and Mercer design. After sixty-three years of high balls and umbrella drinks, the Waldorf has once again gone home and wiped off its architectural make up, returning …
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Motorama – Garage Gods of Drag Strip Punk

by on January 30, 2011

Motorama Jan 2011 Poster

Funky Winkerbean’s is a blood red hallway, its vertical lines of cardinal geometry flying into false cornices and climbing into vaulted voids. This darkened corridor, paddocking its patrons in balustrade fences, is littered with seating and lined on one side by an extended Naugahyde bench the color of cigarette smoke. Opposite this, the bar sits huge and heavy, a patchwork walnut edifice of solid finish and …
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10.1 x 10: Interview with musician Ben Spencer

by on January 22, 2011

As with any artist of significant caliber, you don’t need to be familiar with Ben Spencer’s music to be heartened, nay shocked and enlightened, by the pith and insight of his responses to this the first in an ongoing Paltry Sapien interview series.

I think that mainstream singers should just scat more – if you’re not intent on saying anything with words, then don’t pretend to it.

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