Many Shades of Gray
Shrubsall deconstructs the banjo’s complex cultural symbolism
Flyer on the Wall
This tea-stained flyer announces the Friday, July 27 performances of a trio of local Americana favorites: The Porter Draw, Joe West and The Saltine Ramblers. The show happens at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) at 9 p.m.—admission is $5. (JCC)
Banjos on High
Elliott and co. ramble back to Burque
Wayne Shrubsall and his five-string circus
This Week's Music: Spring Social tonight, Double Plow and Justin Hood albums drop, Adam Hurt, All Locos Crabwalk[ Fri Apr 22 2011 3:00 PM ]
Aural Fixation: Weekly Alibi’s Group Hug presents the Spring Social
Spotlight: Earl Who? An interview with Adam Hurt
Song Roulette: Local hip-hop musician Justin Hood’s random tracks
Flyer on the Wall: All Locos Crabwalk
An interview with Adam Hurt
Random Tracks From the Music Library of The Porter Draw’s Ben Wood
Ben Wood plays banjo in The Porter Draw. He’s also a woodworker and projectionist, knows how to grow a fine mustache, and is descended from Jewish cowboys in Arizona from way back when. Below are five random tracks from his music library.
Le Serpent Rouge Slithers Onto Stage
“Vaudeville” traditionally refers to mixed entertainment on the same bill, and Le Serpent Rouge is just that. A trio of belly dancers, The Indigo, weaves its act between two live musical groups, each old-timey in its own way—the Crow Quill Night Owls and the Gallus Brothers. The show is touted as “vintage cabaret with ragged edges,” implying a touch of disorder or a bit of bawdiness. Or both.
Music to Your Ears
Bud Melvin's Popular Music
What do you get when you mix banjo, 8-bit Nintendo and karaoke? (Aside from a Missourian out on the town in Japan.) You get programmer/picker Bud Melvin’s LP release for Popular Music.
Bud Melvin creates a solo novelty using the banjo and chiptunes—music produced by older video game and computer systems that generate sound in real time. It’s both retro digital and pastoral, an unlikely combination that interacts with the dynamism of yin and yang. On Sunday, a live collision of Luigi and Jed awaits release party revelers at Ed's Pub, Leisure Bowl's wood-paneled, karaoke-fraught watering hole. The show is free and followed by a night of open karaoke. In the meantime, the Alibi shipped off a few electronic questions to Melvin about the record.
Why release digital chiptunes on an analog record?