2012 Q. & A. with Toby Goodshank


1. Where do you live now and why did you leave NYC?

I'm living in Berlin, Germany. I left Brooklyn because Deenah (of Ladies of Old Hat) received a grant for journalism to be carried out in Berlin. Deenah invited me to live here so that I could spend time with her, to help with her projects, and to pursue my own art and music projects without the hindrance of being employed full time.

2. Are you going to continue painting now that you are no longer in
the same country as Adam Green and Macaulay Culkin? (Toby is part of
an art-collective with these gentlemen.)

I plan to pursue painting as one of my creative outlets, for sure! I hope to have had a solo art show in Berlin before the end of my stay. Painting is fun for me, and because it's new to me I feel like there's nothin but room for me to grow! 3MB (my collective with the boys) has briefly considered doing something together in the EU as well, and in general we plan to continue hanging out and collaborating on various projects involving paint in the future.

Thanks for calling us gentlemen!

3. You quit your job that you had had for a long time.
What was that like and are you now scared regarding income? Read more »

2012 Q. and A. with Bryan Copeland


1) Bryan, what exactly is this music called that you compose and
perform with Bryan and the Aardvarks. Is it jazz?

The music I compose for the Aardvarks has proven to be difficult to
categorize. Jazz purists, will be quick to tell you it's not jazz,
and indie rock people will give it a default label of jazz. Truth is,
it is a mixture of everything that has had a profound and lasting
effect on my subconscious. Whether the medium is music, film, a piece
of artwork, literature, personal relationships, etc..., anything that
moves me in a powerful way, tends to stick in my brain and become an
influence on my compositions. I think the things that have influenced
this project most would be; The sudden death of my 28 year-old best
friend Daniel Gilmer, the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,
Jon Brion, Brad Mehldau's Trio, Wes Anderson movies, The Brian Blade
Fellowship, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, Frederic Chopin, & Erik Satie to
name a few.

2) Unlike a lot of folks that perform at Sidewalk Cafe and perhpas
read stuff on this site, you are a graduate of a music school and
pretty highly trained. Read more »

2012 Q & A With Randi Russo


1) You moved.
How long had you lived in NYC, where did you go and why did you leave?

I lived in NYC for 15 years. I decided to move to Chicago recently. I visited here for two weeks back in March and made so many nice connections with artists and people in the art world that I got this gnawing feeling inside of me that I had to be here, like I had the opportunity to start my life over and investigate another passion of mine which was put on the back burner for the last decade as I somewhat aggressively pursued music. And this new-found old-love is painting. I have a studio here and I'm actually working on my art. I've met wonderful people who are like mentors to me and have encouraged my art. When that feeling comes, you have to seize it because those intense calls do not come often... at least not for me.

2) Did you have musical goals 12 years ago and if so do you still have
them and if so are they still the same? Read more »

2012 Interview with Jon Berger


1) Jon, what do you call this artform that you engage in?

I'm a little uncomfortable calling myself a poet, since I find what I do (reading/ranting little bits of story that I call "pieces") isn't especially poetical. I often describe myself as a Reader, but no one seems to understand when I make reference to the term. I guess that standup poet, performance poet, or short attention span poet are terms I use where people can get the idea.

2) Did you ever read Keats, Byron, and/or Shelley, and if so what did you think of their writing?

I have read virtually no poetry in my life. I've glances at Ginsberg. I've read a bunch of John S. Hall - and a little Bukowski and Mark Leyner. Oh! I really like former poet laureate Billy Collins. He's the closest to an established guy that I've absorbed. Mostly, though, I take inspiration from musicians.

3) What differentiates you from most slam poets that you have seen?

Not all that much - the slam time unit seems to be three minutes, and most of my pieces clock in at a little less than 60 seconds. Read more »

Schwervon! Album Release and European Tour.


@ Riot Room
4048 Broadway/ KCMO
Get your tickets here:


We are super excited to finallly get this album out! It was created in NYC, recorded in Memphis (with Doug Easley) and now we're gonna release it in Kansas City! Playing at the party are some KC top notchers. Come celebrate with us!! Formal dress not required but shakin' your ass IS. Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/426182647419177/

And after that we're heading back to Europe to spread the good news over there. Check out tour dates below!

Nan & Matt


4 Berlin (Schokoladen)
5 Dresden (Ostpol)
6 Krakow (Rozrywki 3)
7 Vienna (Rhiz)
8 Munich (Südstadt)
10 Nurnberg (k4 - w/ The Wedding Present!)
11 Mannheim (The Blau)
12 Regensburg (W1 - w/ Jenny Lund) Read more »

2012 Interview with Major Matt Mason USA


1. Matt, you had a big hand in organizing events and in recording
other artists while living in NYC.
Have you missed doing that since you moved?

I miss it a little. But I really enjoy focusing on the making and performing of my own music. It's turning out to be a much bigger commitment than I had imagined. Even though I do love helping to produce and facilitate music for other people I think I was using it as a bit of an excuse to not fully invest myself in my own projects for fear of failure. I've done very little recording since we left NYC about 5 months ago. I've done a couple small mastering jobs but that's pretty much been it. This is not to say that I wouldn't do it again. I might even be better at it now having taken a break from it for while.

2. Do you earn all of your money as a performer and recording artist now? Read more »

Yardsale - This Sat. and Sun. 8 am - 5 pm


The first sentence of the Yardsale blog. So first things first, follow this link to download the Major Matt e.p. Gooodbye Southern Death Swing, http://yardsalerecords.bandcamp.com/ .So really first things first Yardsale is Dina's and I new record label, I recorded the songs at a sidewalk Cafe show and in Matt's living room on a Radio Shack Cassette Recorder, Nick Nace helped me clean up a really lofi recording and make it digital and Dina put it up on Yardsale Bandcamp, here is the link again http://yardsalerecords.bandcamp.com/ . The recording sounds authentic, and the songs are great. Some of the songs are songs Matt wrote and recorded a long time ago which I captured at the Postparade ramble. Drink the Blood is really great, and I mean a really great new song by Matt. I hope this is the only recording of it, I recorded a bunch of other new songs by Matt including Dolly, I couldn't add them to the ep because I haven't figured out how to control the tape speed and treble during playback. It would be cool if I could put out a bunch of lofi Matt eps. I've got a Kansas State Flower rehearsal tape edited down from 3 hours of rehearsal tape to about 45 minutes. Read more »

Radio Amateur Open Mic is now every Monday @ No Fun Bar!!


Hey All,

The Radio Amateur Open Mic has moved to No Fun Bar (161 Ludlow) and is now every Monday night at 9pm!!

Everyone gets 6 minutes of stage time and sign up is on a first come first serve basis so get there early.

Also check out our podcasts at www.radioamateurnyc.com

MMM Show Poem 8-16-12, Picures of painting


MMM show writing@ Davey’s Uptown, KC 8-15-12 Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club

Today, I came up with the idea that when talking to or about people, it might be helpful, to try and act as though they suffer from some type of chronic back pain. Nothing totally debilitating. Just some sort of dull pain that makes life slightly more difficult on a daily basis...Life is difficult on a daily basis. And whether it’s a physical problem or what have you it’s just good to be aware of that…for everyone. Sometimes I forget that. As you get older you get more sensitive to that stuff because you actually are starting to feel that physical pain of just existing. But everyone’s got something going on…from the day they were born. I feel like it would help a lot to just assume that most people are overcoming some kind of pain or distraction in their life, to some degree, just to muster the ability to focus enough for a conversation with another human being. I think it’s good to appreciate that. Read more »

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