Album on repeat in the studio…
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Album on repeat in the studio…
Join Working Class Gallery as they introduce the works of Brooklyn based artist Ryan Michael Commins at their first ever event at Deluxe Salon in Williamsburg.
October 19, 2013 : Saturday
7:00pm – 10:00pm
211 N. 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
A few weeks ago, I had my first Abominable Snowman sighting! In Brooklyn! I know! And it wasn’t even snowing!
I’m talking about the fantastic band Abominable Snowman, comprised of the very talented Don Porcella and Roland Auer.
I had a great time hanging, talking, and even banging on the bongos, while talking about their music and their debut album “Gasoline Rainbow”.
Here’s their new music video for “Getting Used To It”
Don and Roland have been playing together for a while, and they had all this music, so they started to contemplate how they could release it. The days of the CD are pretty much over, releasing on vinyl is one option, but the internet, and the acquisition of music digitally has taken reign over where fans get their albums.
One of their goals was to give listeners a unique experience in getting their album. They’ve created an Abominable Snowman action figure (made by Don Porcella) containing the music. Pull off his head and bam, you have a thumb drive containing the full album.
HERE IT IS!
Their sound warms my spirit, and the more I listened, the more I heard influences from Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, to just about the entire rest of cast of the Traveling Wilburys. I even heard a little Walker Brothers in there.
Starting out as two people, they’ve found their own sound taking the traditional and transforming it by incorporating electronic and found elements. Clinking glasses together, tapping pipes, etc. were part of the samples they used for their tracks. They turned them into wonderful elements in their music. They consider themselves from a folk-tronica background, without staying too tied to it. Don comes from a folk background, while Roland comes from an electronic background as well as many others. It’s the type of music that hones in appreciation from a lot of different crowds. A fan of Wilco would enjoy it, while a fan of Guided By Voices, or even Tom Petty would like it. One of their goals is to eventually be a full membered band, while still maintaining their core sound. Check out their new single “Misery” below. Also check out their debut album “Gasoline Rainbow” through the link below the album art.
Their new single “Misery”
Album Art Work by Don Porcella
Check out the rest of their debut album on SoundCloud.
For more updates about the band, new music, and other awesome content follow them on facebook HERE.
I live in Floral Park, well actually, as of recent it has been decided that I officially live in Glen Oaks (according to the US Postal Service as well as both towns respectively). I am part of the Lost Community.
It is a circle of towns dubbed so during post world war two times. When our veterans came home, this particular area served as an ideal living opportunity. Due to the rapid population growth and housing built, the postal service needed to make sure they would get their mail out on time. They decided to make every person an occupant of Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Bellrose, Little Neck, and New Hyde Park (the west end) all at once. Mail could be sourced out easier, and would get to its recipients in a timely manner.
Since then, the town lines have become so blurred that it’s almost served as a bermuda triangle of sorts. I’ve been stopped while walking by drivers on the road asking me what town they are in, followed by a declaration of the town they needed to be in. Sure enough it would always either be Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Bellrose, New Hyde Park, or Little Neck. I’ve even been revisited by a lost driver, semi frustrated saying ” I drove up four blocks and asked someone else and they said I was in Bellrose, and i looked right and saw a sign a few blocks away for the Glen Oaks shopping center, you told me I was in Floral Park!”.
Growing up here was a unique experience. The suburbs of Queens, where the city meets the island, creates an almost perfect middle ground to live. You can have the city and its hustle and bustle, but you can also have the island, going to the beaches and walking the town. Then, when you’ve had it all, you can go home. It acted as the inspiration for my first series of serious works, “The Monsters of the Lost Community”.
“I come from suburban America. It was a very safe environment and it was a good place to come from in that it was a good place to leave.”
– Robert Mapplethorpe
(he grew up in Floral Park)
Here is the first part of a five part set of photos I have taken of the Lost Community. It will also include some of the work I mentioned above as the set continues. I work on the island, as well as in the city area. When I have had it all, I come home. When I decide to go for a walk, this is what I see.
Warding off evil spirits.
(sidenote, when I uploaded this photo to the post, set to our width of 450 pixels, the height equaled 666 pixels, creepy huh?)
Tree Skewers, or Goal Posts, or The Landing Site
One of the North Shore Towers.
If you stand on the Super Rock this is what you see.
The moon as seen from my corner
photographs taken by Joseph Karwacki with iphone 4s.
Garage bands still exist, and yes, in New York. I met with In 1933 to introduce you all to their music, talk about their new album “A Couple Years Late”, and let you know where know where they will be playing next!
At first it’s just your ordinary garage…
Q: Well thank you In 1933 for taking some time out of your practice to talk with me. To start, how did you come by the name In 1933? Is this the original band name, or did you go by other names in the past?
A: In 1933 is in fact our orginal band name. It came to us from a quote in the book 1984 by George Orwell. We also came to learn that it was also the year that marked the end of prohibition, which is pretty awesome!
Q: How long have you guys known eachother? And does that reflect on how long the band has been active?
A: We all known each other for a very long time. Brian and myself (Jason) have known each other since the transformer incident (since we were 7 years old). We won’t get into the transformer incident though, it could get ugly. We knew Joe since freshman year of high school. Before we got together we’ve played in a lot of different bands and projects. We’ve been together though for about a year now.
And then…! (from left to right: Joe, Jason, Brian)
Q: I listened to your debut album “A Couple Years Late” quite a bit before getting here. I really enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to here you guys jam out some of those tunes for me. Can you tell me about the title of the album and what brought it to be?
A: Well the album title refers to our band and the process of getting it out there. It has been a challenge through the writing process, and we learned a lot from each other along the way. That mixed with excited friends and fans who’ve heard our music, prompted the title, saying we did it and here it is!
Q: Here it is indeed! Can you tell me about so of your influences? Do you all share similar tastes musically?
A: When we all actually started playing together, we brought a lot of different influences to the table. We all had different tastes and came from different places. Jason was always into classic rock from the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, etc. Joe was always a big punk and ska kind of guy. And I myself (Brian) was influenced a lot by thrash metal. The more we played together, the more we found out we had more musical influences in common that made it all start to come together.
Q: Where can we see you guys play live? Are there any upcoming shows?
A: We mostly play in Brooklyn. We do play venues in Manhattan as well as Long Island, but if you look for us, we mostly play the Brooklyn area. As a matter of fact we have a show coming up this September 1st, Sunday, at the Ding Dong Lounge. We go on around 8:45 and the the rest of the bands playing with us are definitely worth coming out to see as well! It’s a 21+ show and only 6 bucks at the door!
Q: Awesome, do you have any messages for your fans and listeners and new comers to your music?
A: Really our message is, if we can do it, you can! We all love music and we play as much as we can. We had no idea that we would be at this point together, as a band, and doing what we do. It has been a real pleasure to play together and a pleasant surprise to watch ourselves grow to the place we are now!
Q: And now for a fun question. If there were one venue you could all play, real or fictional, where would it be?
A: It would have to be Jones Beach Theatre, but alongside the time vortex created by the Tardis! We will bring the beer…and the pyrotechnics!
I present In 1933! Be sure to check them out. Don’t forget about their upcoming show and check out their facebook page for more updates. Look below for information on their upcoming show as well as a preview to their new album “A Couple Years Late” !
Follow them on Facebook HERE!
To check out their upcoming show details click HERE!
thanks Joey for this find!