I had a couple New Years Resolutions for 2010. The first being, no more rushing. That means being late for radio shows, movies, dinner dates, work deadlines, getting dressed, feeding stray dogs, and just about anything you can think of. I'm going to just slow down in general. That will all fade away by the time March rolls around, but I think I'm up to a pretty good start. I didn't really get into work last week until about 2pm every day, but I did get a lot accomplished for the greater glory of Ted.
The second resolution was to try and laugh even more and buy a case of some sort of exotic red wine.
Those two go hand in hand by the way. As does crying during this process. So far I'm doing really good at this! I've been to Uva
and the ghetto wine store on Manhattan Ave almost every other day this week! Praises and good tidings for me.
I hope that you yourself are breaking in the New Year with great stride and aspiration. Maybe you're thinking more positive. You're going to build something. Get rid of things. I'd also like to remind you to laugh this year. Laugh with me, laugh at me, and laugh with others. If you live in the greater Tri-State New York region I ask you to make a wise decision tonight. That decision entails you going to a comedy show that I'm djaying called GIGGLES. Is it art? Is it comedy? Maybe it's both! But, whatever it is it's going to be extraordinary.
everybody's favorite Daddy's bartender will be hosting. There will also be comedic experiences from Jesse Popp,
and Able Brown.
All of these will soon be household names by 2014! They will have appeared in reality TV shows, yogurt commercials, and perhaps coached a semi professional sporting team.
Too, also, I haven't DJ'd since October and I'm ready to dish out the goods. If that means ripping my shirt off around 2AM while playing Riki Tiki Tavi then so be it! I love you. See you tonight! Also dig the amazing flyer by Mr. Nate Gelgud!
Here's a fun video from Ali Wong!
Run Wongy Run from Chris Garcia on Vimeo.
Hosted by Don Stahl
Tuesday January 12th - 9pm
245 Grand St. btw Driggs and Roebling
I think Kathy from Glass Rock put it best in the interview when she said, "It's always weird to get emotional at noon on a Sunday." We did get emotional on that Sunday bloody Sunday as I invited one of the more striking groups of the last year, Glass Rock, into the Viva Studios for Pt. 68 of Me + You. They performed what was their second official set as a band ever in our studio. The first set being an incredible Sunday performance just a month before at Union Pool. Glass Rock is the melding of two different musical acts. The first being Soft Location
featuring Kathy Lieson and Matt Kantor originally from Detroit. The second is the Brooklyn group Tall Firs with Aaron Mullen, David Mies, and Ryan Sawyer. I highly recommend treating yourself to a day massage and a hot listening sesh to both of these bands over a steamy weekend.
I wouldn't go so far to say that this was the most informative interview ever, but it certainly was a good lesson on social behaviors when slightly inebriated. I knew Kathy from Detroit when she dated a friend of mine, Dr. Z back in 2005. I didn't know too much about her musical background until recently. The wonderful Kerry Davis from Viva tipped me off on Soft Location and said we need to get Kathy in the studio at some point. I was determined to make yet another Detroit connection here with Viva Radio! I was determined to get the real story. Even as bassist Matthew Kantor exclaimed during the interview, "I'm not feeling this at all, this is so serious, let's just go to another song." But being the serious music journalist that I am, I wanted to get the full story! Kathy then exclaimed, "you know you got to sing all the time, sometimes you don't want to talk afterwards."
Moreover, what started out with five songs Kathy had written for a possible split with Tall Firs became a sweet green light for their full release entitled "Tall Firs meet Soft Location" on Ecstatic Peace. Needless to say there is a warm and fuzzy side to the band. On that day Glass Rock were definitely frothing up and spilling over the brim! It's the perfect kick to a nice Winter Me + You session!
It’s pretty ironic that I'm also writing this from Detroit right now. Not to dwell on the comparison too much but I'll leave you with a quote from Kathy when asked about the differences between Detroit and New York. "In New York there's an insane world existing around you all the time, but in Detroit there's an insane world existing in each and every one of us inside all the time, and that's the difference. You just have to take that crazy world and make it inside of yourself." Happy New Year and Much Love to everyone! Tune in to Me + You today at Noon!