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Hank & Cupcakes, Asheville NC 06-06-15

Published June 7, 2015 by April Fox

Last night, Beloved and I caught the Hank and Cupcakes show in the Sol Bar at New Mountain. It was a working date; he was running sound and I was interviewing them, but it was still, as always, a fantastic show. This made the fourth time I’ve seen them in as many years, and every time, they damn near blow the hair off my head with how good they are. I was running on two hours sleep, ready to drop, barely coherent during the interview, kept upright by insane amounts of caffeine and the weight of my Docs on my feet, and as soon as they took the stage I was widefuckingawake and stayed there until they were done. If music is the sonic equivalent of sex, these guys leave your legs shaking and your chest tight and holy fuck, you’d give anything for a glass of water if you could just manage to walk to the kitchen to get it.

Anyway. It was fun, and I took a few pictures, just goofing off with Beloved’s camera. A couple might end up with the official interview once it’s up, but here are some I kept to share with you all here.

And seriously, if you see that these guys are playing anywhere near you, GO.

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Steampunk and Space Rock and Shakespeare, Oh My.

Published May 2, 2013 by April Fox

So remember last year, when my brilliant sidekick took over George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and, with the help of his esteemed cohorts in Silver Machine, wrote a trippy new soundtrack for it? He’s at it again, this time taking on sound design duties for a local steampunk version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Even if you’re not big on Shakespeare, you should try and see this one. It’s not quite the long, drawn-out affair Hamlet usually is, and it feels like it goes even more quickly than it does, thanks in part to the expert acting, direction and of course, the incredible music and sound effects. Moog Music generously donated equipment to ensure that the sound for this production is top-notch, and you will not be disappointed. Anthony Dorion and Chris Tanfield are there each night, using their face-melting synth and theremin skills to add another dimension to the music that Dorion recorded and compiled for the production. Local artists Mary SparksLee StanfordMatthew Westerman and Max Melner are all featured in the score, and if you’ve heard any of these talented musicians play, you know you’re in for something beyond good. For more information or to read my thoughts about the play itself, check out the article I posted on Ask Asheville. The play runs now through Saturday, May 4.

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Anthony Dorion in his downtown studio, working on sound design for Hamlet

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Anthony Dorion and Chris Tanfield getting ready to work their magic before a production of Hamlet

funk and photographs

Published April 17, 2013 by April Fox

A couple weeks ago, beloved and I went to see one of our favorite bands. Before the show, one of the musicians came over and introduced himself, expressed his gratitude that we came, and then told me he’s one of my biggest fans and mentioned that I hadn’t written much lately.

That was weird. Incredibly kind, and flattering, and humbling (we’re talking a Grammy Award-winning artist here, and from our occasional interaction on Facebook, I know he’s an intelligent and thoughtful human) but it was unexpected and I didn’t know what to sayI still don’t quite get why people want to read what comes out of my head, and the only answer I had for him was the truth: “I don’t have anything to say.” I haven’t for a while, and if you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that’s not that unusual. I get in funks, and it’s hard to say much of anything at all. Nothing comes out right. Nobody wants to hear it. And the truth is, I don’t want to say anything. I just need to be quiet. This particular funk has lasted longer than most. There are days here and there–sometimes just a few hours at a time–when I feel almost normal. I can smile and laugh at work, I can play with the kids, I’m hardly debilitated… just-depleted. Quiet.

I take a lot of pictures, though. I try to capture the happy in little snapshots, so I can hold on to it for later. Here again are a few snapshots of happy. Several of these were taken by beloved; you’ll likely be able to tell which ones they are, but I’ll note them anyway.

So anyway, I wrote a little something earlier, and maybe I’ll find more to say as the weather starts turning back toward summer, but until then, here’s a little happy I’ll share with you.

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Happy little insect friend

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photo by Anthony Dorion

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photo by Anthony Dorion

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photo by Anthony Dorion

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Silver Machine’s Night of the Living Dead is Here.

Published October 20, 2012 by April Fox

Silver Machine’s soundtrack to the classic Night of the Living Dead has arrived.

For all of you who have been eagerly anticipating the release of Silver Machine’s new soundtrack to the classic Night of the Living Dead (which they’ve also restored to the highest quality ever on DVD), details are here, in a post I wrote for our local Asheville blog. If you’re into zombies, space rock, psychedelic rock, or just great film and music, check it out. (God, I sound like a fucking commercial. Sorry.) Anyway it’s awesome. Dig it. Even if you’re not local, you can order the CD and DVD from their web site, silver-machine.net.

Enjoy!

 

Snapshots.

Published August 12, 2012 by April Fox

Tonight, I feel like my bones have all come apart, not at the joints, not jagged breaks with sharp edges sticking out to catch on clothing and upholstery, numb until the pain sets in, but like each molecule is separated, swimming through blood thickened like molasses, and reaching up to move my hair or stepping toward the kitchen feels like more than I handle on my own.

I read Emily Dickinson tonight, just for a minute. I dislike Emily Dickinson, but she has her moments.

My eyes are weak and burning from the light of the computer screen, searing typeface onto lenses scarred with stress and apprehension, and I woke a thousand times last night, more than usual.

Today was beautiful and I spent the morning weaving, with the babies, through piles of other people’s treasures, stopped to talk with a friend under the tent that shades her piles of records, books and clothes I covet but can’t have. In a parking lot, later, an older man slowed down to watch us laugh, my love and I, and hold each other like we did when we were new. I wonder if they think that we just met; I wonder if they know we’ve been forever.

My little one makes a turkey face, and I laugh until my stomach feels like it might explode. I took photos, but I can’t share them here. There are others, though, little bits of magic held for a fraction of a second by technology, so I don’t ever have to let them go.

 

 

Asheville Band Re-Releases Original Night of the Living Dead with New Soundtrack

Published August 4, 2012 by April Fox

Silver Machine’s Night of the Living Dead

Zombie freaks, listen up. Psychedelic rock fans, stay tuned. NotLD purists, don’t bail on me yet.

I’m freaking excited. I’m not one of those people who, caught up in the current monster craze, is all of a sudden OMGZOMBIES! (or would that be ZOMG?) but I have always loved George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead. A few years ago, I found a copy of it on DVD in a bin at the dollar store. It was on a disc with the classic King of the Zombies, and I was thrilled. I mean, the music is kind of lame, and the picture quality kind of sucks, but it was 1968, so we can’t expect much there. The movie itself is brilliantly made-just the right balance of camp and suspense, and enough humor to make it easy to watch over and over.

But. There is that thing about the music, and the picture quality. And here is where three guys from my hometown come to the rescue.

Silver Machine, a Space Rock band (think early Floyd) from Asheville, NC, are set to re-release Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead on October 1. This is not a remake of the movie. They haven’t added color, changed the cast, or fucked with the dialogue. Everything is exactly the same, except for two points:

One: They’ve taken out the old soundtrack, which was basically Stock Creepy Music like you get on a CD for your kid’s Halloween party. In its place, they’ve added an all new, original score, written, recorded and produced exclusively for the movie. Heavy on the theremin and resonating with deep, eerie bass tones, the new soundtrack has a totally surreal creep factor that adds to the suspense of the film.

Two: I don’t know how they did it, but they’ve improved the picture quality of the film to the highest quality ever released. The video below explains more about that. It’s still black and white, still very much 1968, but sharper, clearer, easier to see the expression of horror on Barbra’s face as the zombies creep closer and closer…

Want to know more? This video includes a trailer for the film, information about how they did what they did, and ways you can help bring this project to the public. Further details are available on their indiegogo page. This is seriously going to kick ass, people. I’ve been watching this take shape and it’s fucking amazing. I can’t wait.

The Second Big Thing: Symmetry

Published April 30, 2012 by April Fox

Symmetry

We’re full of all kinds of ambition over here in my little world. Not only did I publish a new book that you’re dying to read, but beloved’s band just released a new album. You can hear a preview of Silver Machine’s latest masterpiece, Symmetry, here. The title track is free to download, and you can download the entire album now or wait on the CDs to be ready, which should happen in the next week and a half or so. If you follow me on facebook you can head over to my page and see how you can win a free copy of the entire album. Go listen, even if you don’t download or buy anything. You’ll dig it, it’s trippy as hell.

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