Much more to come, stay tuned!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Re: Bon Iver | A podcast discussion

Bon Iver has 3 studio albums out: For Emma, Forever Ago - direct, warm, and moody, rustic. Self-titled album - somehow finding the way, green, optimistic though realistic.  
22, A Million - with it's experimental mindfulness. 
Just to say a few words for each. 

So, we are close to the one month mark of the Bon Iver release of 22, A Million. I feel it's settling in nicely. 


The desire to put this podcast episode (audio player below) together was born on September 9th. That was when I sent an email to Kevin inviting him to be on the podcast. He accepted. 

The first chat recording was with Richard on October 8th. Between that I worked on some Bon Iver inspired collages which you can see in this post. These collages were made using paper shapes that were composed on my scanner/printer, no glue, just in the moment and they now only exist in the digital form. They were carefully orchestrated in the placement of the visual elements, textures, and color. Not unlike the audio arrangements found in this new effort by Bon Iver.





The chat with Sabine was the third and final recorded conversation on October 19th.





Then began the final editing. Editing. Editing. And here it is. Here we are.





 
The ingredients in this podcast:
Responses to the music. 
Insights into what is going on here. 
Some of the backstory. 
Where is this album 22, A Million taking us?
And more. 

So here are the three conversations I had with 3 friends, all in one neat little audio player: 




I feel that 22, A Million is many things, and it changes on me every time I listen to it. Bon Iver's music has been very important to me over the years.

I'm grateful for the listens, so thank you. And I can't thank Sabine, Kevin, and Richard enough. Mainly because they gave me the chance to talk Bon Iver with them, something I have wanted to do in this format for quite some time. Cheers, Phillip J. Mellen.




 Sabine Tress 
Painting website

 Richard Fonseca
Heavy Metal Textbooks blog
 
Kevin Fernandes






More on Bon Iver:

Daytrotter session from July 21st 2008

Holocene (Satchmode Remix) - Satchmode on Soundcloud

The Blessed, Cursed Life of Bon Iver. article, The New York Times. September 21, 2016

Designing Bon Iver's 22, A Million: An Interview with Eric Timothy Carlson. Walker Art Center. October 3, 2016


YouTube findings:

Drawing to Bon Iver. 22, A Million

In the Studio: Bon Iver. SPIN. August, 11, 2011 

Holocene: How Bon Iver creates a mood. August 18, 2016 

  

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*JUST ADDED to the blog* 

A follow-up episode: Re: Bon Iver | 22, A Million - 1 (Million) Year Later. 

Kevin Fernandes returns, also Kate Venturini joins me to talk about 22, A Million - 1 Year Later.

Join us over at the new post as we talk about our reactions to the album after listening since it was released. Do we feel the same, or different? Stand-out songs? Lyrics? Are all talked about, and more...check out the post here: Re: Bon Iver | 22, A Million - 1 (Million) Year Later

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bon Iver podcast discussion | Coming soon

I'm proud to give a heads-up on the Bon Iver episode now in the editing process. With the coming episode you'll find a discussion on the new album, "22, A Million", and a chat on the previous two albums that are all a part of these conversations.

I have invited three guests to be a part of this and am excited to share their thoughts and reactions on this musical adventure that Bon Iver has logged and shared with their fans, myself included.


Please stay tuned for this. Thanks.

*UPDATE, I posted the Bon Iver episode, here: Re: Bon Iver



some editing notes




collage scan by Phillip J. Mellen, podcast host.



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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Becca Shaw Glaser shares her poetry, and speaks on activism and Black Lives Matter

Mid Coast Maine poet, artist, and activist Becca Shaw Glaser joins ahttakes for this episode. Becca reads some of her poetry dealing with sexuality, connection and uncertain optimism. She also shares her thoughts on the importance of activism and feeling called to act on pressing issues facing us now, especially the Black Lives Matter movement. Listen below...(some strong language.)












Audio interview (strong language):






Becca Shaw Glaser read her poems as follows:
The Planet of Lost Things
So Humans
Dick Pics

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 Mentioned in the interview: 

Beyonce
Anti-Capitalist Love Notes
Karen Finley
Diamanda Galas
Allen Ginsberg
Gil Scott-Heron
Kathy Acker
Jim Crow
Alicia Garza
Idle No More








 All artwork featured on this post done by Becca Shaw Glaser

Selected online published writing by Becca:



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Thank you for listening! 



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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Richard F Fonseca of Heavy Metal Textbooks




 Remember old-school metal music? Know new metal? 


Richard F Fonseca (based in Massachusetts), of the blog Heavy Metal Textbooks, is the guest on this episode. Rick talks metal, and other heavy music, with me as I sat back (mostly) and got and education on some of the earliest metal bands as well as some current bands that are vigorously keeping the genre alive. 

I was given some listening homework assigned by Rick, prior to our chat, and my personal exploration into harder music left me to realize that there is more than meets the ear. This journey (not the band) led Rick and I to stroll down memory lane a bit, as he and I were art students together many moons ago and had discovered a ton of music in parallel. 

Here is one of the graphics Rick created for the HMT blog:


Rick also talks shop a bit on the mechanics of creating and running the HMT blog. I hope you enjoy this talk on all things heavy music. There’s even some music to give a listen to. Listen below.


Audio chat (some strong language): 







Bands who's music is featured on this episode:

1st: Buddy Revell - out of New Bedford, MA (no longer active, but the music can still be heard loud and clear!)

2nd band: Energy - out of Stoughton, MA, with the acoustic version of their song "The Shadowlands" You can find more music by Energy on their bandcamp site here: Energy bandcamp profile.


Energy

3rd up was: Caricature - Boston, MA, with their song "Shadows" You can check out more music by Caricature on their bandcamp site here: Caricature on bandcamp.



And the closer was Buddy Revell. Visit Buddy Revell on bandcamp here: Buddy Revell on bandcamp



Please follow the above bandcamp links and support these solid bands! Many thanks to each outfit for placing a song with ahttakes. Cheers, guys! 

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Bands with a mention in the conversation:

Chosen Frozen
Aphex Twin
Hum
Helmet
Jawbox
Portishead
Ministry
Sunny Day Real Estate
Typhoon
Morphine
Pavement
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Alice in Chains
Pantera
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Metallica
Clint Smith (former lead vocals with Gutlust)
Tool
Bon Iver
Volcano Choir
James Blake
Lia Ices
Sharon van Etten
Black Sabbath
Blue Cheer
Led Zeppelin
Judas Priest 
Motorhead
Iron Maiden
Venom
Gaskill
Iron Oak
The Hidden
All That Remains
Shadows Fall
Killswitch Engage 
Deftones
Nirvana
Alanis Morrisette
Neurosis
Zombie Fight
Spectral Tower
Godmaker
Eternal Khan
Wreak
Caricature
Energy
Misfits
AFI
Eight Bells
Ghost
Henry Rollins
Buddy Revell



Thanks for listening, and be sure to visit the blog, Heavy Metal Textbooks for more Metal 101. \m/




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