video interview

Liars, Palindrome, and Paradox

We all change and we all are inherently the same.
You know how you can recommend an album to your friends based on what you know about their taste.
I would say mine is pretty predictable - if your music falls in the realm of dream pop, there's a good chance I'd like it.
Like many people, I got to know
Liars better with their latest release, WIXIW, which will surely end up on my fave albums of 2012 list.
But when I found out I'd be interviewing the band, I had to do some digging into their past catalogue.
Logic would say, Liars' back catalogue is not my cup of tea, but logic was wrong.
Maybe I was influenced by all their experimental/conceptual videos on their sites and their persistence to stay true to their artistic vision.
Anyhow, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to pick their brains though it was a bit stressful.
What could I possibly ask that hasn't already answered in the past and to a band that wants and needs certain amount of mystery…
And you only get 15-20minutes in the hot evening air, and the main lavaliere system mysteriously decided to malfunction on the spot, though I tested everything the night before…. Likely, the chaps of Liars were not synonymous with their mischievous name.
To see photos, concert videos, and a blurb, go to
Beats Per Minute.

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Efterklang

So much music, so many bands - it’s a pity that you may never get to know your fave bands.
Though wish I had pricked up my ears earlier, but at least I found
Efterklang before I missed their second tour of this year.
I’ll admit, it took some time to warm up to their latest album,
Magic Chairs, and had to dig into their vault in order to fully realize what I had been missing.
When I saw Efterklang perform
“Cutting Ice to Snow” with the Danish National Orchestra on YouTube, it sent shivers all over my body, and brought me to tears. This is the power of music - it can get you high, get you to think, and take you to a new place. They are definitely one of the best live acts around.
What makes me love Efterklang even more is the band members themselves. They seem to have found their own little utopia where music is the king, and everyone is happy under its rule. They make me smile.
I was lucky enough to interview the lead singer and composer, Casper Clausen. This guy seem too perfect to be true. Anyway, won’t go on and on about how much I love these guys.
Funny how Denmark keeps giving me reasons to love... wonder if it’s a sign...

You can read the text interview, and checkout the
video version, which is edited with concert footage, as well as the photos I was able to get in that crappy lighting condition of Doug Fir at QRO.

April Showers

This April has showered me with some of the most memorable concerts.
I’ve already expressed my elation in the previous entry about The Church.
Jonsi, the lead singer of
Sigur Ros, put on an enchanting show (as expected). The voice, the visuals - good thing, his tour didn’t get affected by his country’s volcano temper. Not so fortunate that the long waited concert of the Swedish quartet, The Mary Onettes was cancelled.

Unfortunately, Jonsi played at the Roseland, and they have the tightest photo rules and I mean for press. So was really disappointed that I couldn’t get the photos I dreamed of.
But
here they are anyhow and they’re also on jonsi.com




I was asked to photograph Charlotte Gainsbourg - yes the French waif actress and daughter of Serge. Ok - I guess this one’s memorable because Charlotte was so shy and all I could think was - this is the same woman who played “she” in Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist”.




At the last minute, I requested to see PiL. I’m not really a fan but how could I pass on the opportunity to checkout such an icon as Johnny Rotten!
Very impressed for someone nearing his 6th decade still exuding the punk.




Then there was another concert I went for a friend: Aqualung. While Christina got Matt Hales chatting, I did my best with handheld camera.
You can see the video interview I just mucked up:
HERE
And the full
text version of the interview
Photos with my 50mm 1.4 prime since the lighting sucked at Doug Fir - as usual.






Album Reviews:
One of my longtime chamber folk pop, Matt pond PA -
The Dark Leaves
Then those young lad from Scotland: We Were promised Jetpack’s new EP:
The Last Place You’ll Look