26 October 2010
Local Performers! Great Music by Sirius.B! Sophie the Wonder Dog!
Tickets available online at www.ashevillevaudeville.com
ONly $12 for 3 hours of performance. Cheap BEER too!
My friend, Patty Bilbro (a wonderful ceramist) made it into the article, which also mentions the Admiral, the incredible restaurant/hipster-dive bar located just across the road from my house.
Check it out here.
21 October 2010
20 October 2010
Congratulations to Asheville Vaudeville for winning "Best Live Show" of 2010 in the Mountain Xpress "Best of 2010" issue.
Come out and see us (Sirius.B is the house band) on October 29th and 30th at the Asheville Community Theatre. 3 hours of live performance by all local musicians, artists, performers, and weirdos. Tickets available online via the ACT website's ticketing service.
S/he is very beautiful and I believe that we will get along swimmingly.
The tools included two long pieces of wood, duct tape, and a "grabber". I wrapped the duct tape (Gorilla brand) around the ends of the wood (inside out) reached down the nearly five feet into the drain, and, using a chopstick technique, pulled the phone up as far as the strange angle and thin holes in the grating would allow. I then had my helper (a passerby) use the "grabber" to grab the phone, though it was still impossible to just raise the phone out of the abyss. Using my forefinger and middle finger, I was then able to fish the phone out of the hole.
This was quite an adventure, which luckily turned out well, thus ensuring that my Monday morning was brilliant and wonderful rather than annoying and expensive.
Although this all turned out well, I do hope that this saga (which began months ago, when my phone took a brief swim in a urinal) is now over, and that my phone and I can now settle into a humdrum, happy life together, devoid of adventure and danger.
13 October 2010
Great show coming up on November 5th. Beth Bond (my wife), Alex Irvine, and Patty Bilbro, all ex-residents at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts.
The name of the show is Dearly Departed, and the opening reception is November 5th from 5-7 pm
12 October 2010
This is a book that a friend gave to me some time ago. It has sat, forgotten and forlorn, on my bookshelf for a couple of years, and only a few days ago did I begin to read it...And it kind of blew my mind.
"Because that's fiction. Dime store fiction in bright, cheap covers. It's like trying to fit an octopus into a pair of tuxedo pants. And not a plain octopus at that, but an octopus that doesn't even exist."
11 October 2010
07 October 2010
Streaming is free, and to buy is very cheap. Just go to:
Here's one review of Brian's music, from the website Can You See the Sunset:
Just who is Brian Bond and why is he so awesome? Well, Will from Sound As Language (also of Beartrap PR who works with Brian Bond) has been raving about Brian for some time now and I’ve got to agree. His recently released full-length Fire & Gold is easily one of my favorite albums of 2009 thus far. It straddles the line between fairly standard (albeit amazing) singer-songwriter fare and indie-folktronica in way that reminds me of a lush(er) more augmented version of Denison Witmer’s Philadelphia Songs. There is a bit of a lo-fi aesthetic (hints of tape hiss and home recording) that just add so much charm and warmth to Fire & Gold that make the already amazing songs even better. From the first note to the last, Brian Bond’s music is as captivating as anything I’ve heard in awhile.
Oddly enough, Brian Bond hails from the punk-rock hotbed of New Brunswick, New Jersey but carries himself without a single ounce of that scene seemingly bleeding into any of his music. Fire & Gold is (instead) an indie pop masterpiece that really gets better every single time I listen to it. His songs are lyrically powerful and nuanced as well as instrumentally interesting. Brian Bond isn’t just a guy with a guitar though. He employs slight electronic manipulations, percussion, keys, strings, and other instrumentation that just adds even more depth to the whole. Even so, writing about Fire & Gold feels cheap and like I’m not doing the music justice. Really, I like this album quite a bit so it’s hard for me to write about it without diving headfirst into hyperbole (even though I’m not exaggerating at all). In summation, Brian Bond’s well-crafted and tuneful indie-pop is delightful. Seriously, fans of Matt Pond and Denison Witmer should take note as you’ve just been handed your new favorite artist and while you’re at it, download his The Thousand Songs EP for free.
We just took it down from a show at the Clingman Cafe (in Asheville's River Arts District), and we should have this and much more new stuff up at shows to be announced soon.
More pictures to come soon, as well as lots more new work.