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Old Timey Cincinnati

My brother hipped me to these the other day. WIRED published these recently and here they are online. Apparently these daguerreotypes belong to the library and they are a pretty incredible view at our city a long long time ago. For those wondering what exactly a daguerreotype is, I constacted Wikipedia:

The image in a Daguerreotype is formed by the amalgam, or combination, of mercury and silver. Mercury vapor from a pool of heated mercury is used to develop the plate that consists of a copper plate with a thin coating of silver rolled in contact that has previously been sensitised to light with iodine vapour so as to form silver iodide crystals on the silver surface of the plate.

So now you know. Check ’em out though, they are pretty phenomenal pictures of our city in its infancy.

1848 Daguerreotypes Bring Middle America’s Past to Life

Love,

John

Daniel Martin Moore at Soft City Lights…

Just a quick post for you readers. Daniel Martin Moore is a semi-local artist. I say semi only because although it would be easy to claim him as our own, he seems pretty devoted to Kentucky. I would just feel guilty trying to take that away from him. These videos were edited by Kevin Bayer for his Soft City Lights website and shot by Kevin, Kendall Bruns and myself. Holding the camera is easy but making quiet music interesting is a sisyphean task. So kudos to Kevin. While Kevin isn’t doing Soft City Lights he plays in You, You’re Awesome, The Damn Thing, and lends his DJ and video talents to Dance_MF. Also, look for a music video for a certain local band in the near future. I’ll say this much, the filming of it made the ceiling of my garage collapse. Unexpectedly raucous! 

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What was up? YYA at the Tavern!

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Of course, right after I said I was starting up again I disappeared for a week or so. This whole holiday season can be both overly busy and I attribute most of my absence to that. The other thing distracting me was the inaugural You, You’re Awesome show at the tavern. I used my limited ability to run lights to make the evening that much more fun… hopefully. All in all, I’d say the night went off without a hitch, so here are a few pictures from what should be the first of many shows. More pictures of the fun had after the jump!

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Gift Giving…

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I know we are all broke. Until this past weekend I hadn’t really left my neighborhood in about three weeks. I get it. For the most part, I would say that Christmas is taking a year off. Kids should get presents due to their being children, but adults should take it easy. HOWEVER, you should still buy presents for a select few. Since I’ve been poor-ish for a while my family already know who the lucky few are and have come to grips with it… or  have never noticed I don’t buy them anything. If you are going to buy presents this year, I urge you to go local. Now, I don’t really have a vehement hate for most big-box stores. In fact, the idea of buying bananas, a PS3, a digital tire pressure gauge and a Beta fish all in the same space has always seemed vaguely pleasurable to me. But this year I ask you to stay away from the malls, the Targets and any other space that takes 10 minutes to walk across. 

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Little bit of sad news…

Sure, we all know that Peter Frampton resides in these parts, but we unfortunately lost another, perhaps lesser known, local musical talent on Sunday. Dennis Yost, singer and drummer for 60’s pop group Classics IV, best known for their songs “Stormy”, “Spooky” (above) and “Traces,” passed on due to respiratory faliure. Yost was 65.

“Stormy”

 

The Cincinnati Labyrinth Project

I recently became involved with the Cincinnati Labyrinth Project, a group who mission statement goes thusly:

Cincinnati is in need of a cultural and economic renaissance. By signing this petition, you express your commitment to the notion that by selling the perennially unsuccessful, infuriatingly mediocre Cincinnati Bengals football franchise and erecting a complex, state-of-the-art stone labyrinth in Paul Brown Stadium, all Cincinnatians would experience both fiscal and cultural growth. We at the Cincinnati Labyrinth Project are a deeply committed bunch, so you may rest assured that we will work tirelessly to bring this wonderful proposal to fruition. Do it for Cincinnati! Do it for labyrinths!

I urge all of you to read the blog carefully, very carefully. When people ask me “What do philosophy majors do with their time after they are out of school?,” I now have something to point them towards.

As the mission statement says, do it for Cincinnati, do it for Labyrinths!

The Cincinnati Labyrinth Project 

Love,

John

The Imperial Theater or: The Need For A Venue

3. You need to train yourself to believe that the world cares about what you have to say.

-John Hodgman, “The Six Essentials”

Yes, it has been a while, and I’m getting back to blogging. Hopefully the above quote explains why I stopped blogging, and writing in general actually, and why I’m also getting back into it. I could do a lengthy paragraph (or nine) about stopping, the reasons behind it, the great sense of indifference I felt towards casting off words to be maybe/maybe-not read by the internet masses, but that’s boring. Let’s just get back into things. Now, I will say that the blog entries will be coming to you in a diminished volume relative to the last go around. For whatever reason, I was forcing myself to churn out two-to-three blog entries a day. This led to three things:

1. More daily entertainment for you. That’s a good thing, of course.

2. Annoyance that I had to write that much. Funny thing is though, it was entirely my own doing.

3. A lack of things to write about. I was really stretching at times towards the end. Stretching for subjects is hardly enjoyable.

But let’s move past this and talk about something, something that I’ve ranted about many-a-night to my friends while imbibing a few cocktails. Some claim its funny when I get ranty, but I have a hard time believing that. Either way, let’s talk about venues, as in we don’t have one where there should be one. Brace yourself kids, this could get long.

Think of the concerts you’ve been to in the past few months. Where did you see them? If you are like many people, Midpoint notwithstanding, you were at one of the bars in Northside, Southgate House or (shudder) Bogarts. In the past few years the amount of venues has dwindled drastically. With Top Cat’s, Alchemize and Sudsy Malone’s closing, the city was left with a great deal fewer places for bands to play. Thankfully Northside Tavern recognized this and opened up the beautiful back room. But I want to propose to you a different kind of venue. As Cincinnati concert-goers there will most likely be some things about this hypothetical venue that you won’t like, but hear me out. 

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You, You’re Awesome…

Twice a week there are bands in my basement. Both of these bands involve the two mysterious people above. For the sake of people not thinking I’m totally full of myself (I mean, I am a little bit), I would like to say for the record I am neither of these people. The other band will be revealed in due time, but for now let’s just focus on one of them. You, You’re Awesome is a live-electronics, all drums ruckus machine that will be invading our fair city any day now. As the only person who has actually heard them play live, I promise you that they are going to be your new favorite band. Let’ learn more, let’s listen, let’s jump! Continue reading

Show Calender – 10/9 to 10/16

Musically, we’ve got a wonderful bunch of things coming up in the next couple of months. Noticeably absent from this list, as well as any potential lists I would have made in the past few months, is the Southgate House. What’s going on over there in Kentucky? Their calender has pretty dern weak lately in terms of national acts, with the exception of a We are Scientists gig. Hopefully the combo of upcoming Stars and Bell X1 shows, as well Midpoint will re-energize the venue. I mean, I’ll be seeing TV on the Radio, and maybe the Against Me!/Ted Leo show, at Bogarts, but I’m not particularly excited about those shows being there instead of the Southgate House. Tiny rant over. Let’s look at what’s coming up!!!

September 11 @ Gypsy Hut – Chicago electro/housey act Culture Prophet make a stop at the Gypsy Hut for the newly minted Clusterfuck night.

September 12 @ Northside Tavern – Cincinnati’s own The Hiders and The Chocolate Horse, the later opening for WHY? during Midpoint and the former playing the Southgate House for the same reason, will be playing the Tavern.

September 12 @ Gypsy Hut – Great Ennio Morricone inspired band Spindrift will be cowboying the Gypsy Hut with The High and Low. I saw Spindrift open for someone a few years ago (for Supergrass maybe, not sure) and thought they were fantastic.

September 13 @ The C&D – Sorry, gotta shill for myself a little bit. Kendall and I will be DJ’ing at the C&D on Saturday under our collective pseudonym Party Garbage. As always, I promise a lot of mess, confetti and me turning into my once-a-month-free-PBR mess of a person! Gonna be fun! Promises!

September 16 @ Gypsy Hut – North Carolinians Beloved Binge play the Gypsy Hut. The duo sounds like a lot of the post-hardcore albums Dischord put out once they got tired of being punk rawkers and decided to settle down.

That sould hold you for a little bit! On the horizon we have, of course, Midpoint, TV on the Radio (“Dear Science,” is fantastic), Against Me! w/ Ted Leo, Matt & Kim, Sunset Rubdown and plenty of other great things! Remember, thouse you may just want to stay in, you going to at least one of these shows does a little bit to benefit the city and our reputation. Even if you’ve never heard of any of these bands, just go out and see them. Cincinnati is an odd city, and good in a way, in the sense that most of the shows are free. We really take this for granted. You aren’t losing a thing by going and checking out a band you’ve never heard of. Oh and if a show is 5-10 bucks, don’t scoff, just remember you haven’t probably paid for live music in months. You can do it every once and a while! Go see a show, it helps the city bit by bit!

Love,

John

Let’s Look Inside…Iris Book Cafe

I’ll say it now, I’m sort of in love with this place already. My housemate and I rolled on down to the Iris Book Cafe last week, unknowingly arriving on their first official full day of operation. I had seen a little movement in there over the past few months and had been wondering what exactly the place was going to be like. Well, no worries, the space and atmosphere is absolutely wonderful. Also, in a city where there needs to be equal parts competition and cooperation, Iris has decided to cherry-pick the best of Cincinnati’s cafes, bringing them together in a lovely, both warm and modern space. You, the patron can have your choice of Emporium coffee, Essencha Tea, and, for your sweet tooth, Aglamesis Bros. ice cream. Continue reading