RUSSIAN ARMS AND OPTICS

 

As promised in my previous post, here’s a little video of Phoenix-based band Russian Arms and Optics. We had a great time shooting on the ice in the middle of summer in Phoenix. In fact, by the time we finished, our hands and feet were frozen. But it was a welcome break. I love this version of “It Was Only A Dream,” but to listen to them play live in their full glory is a completely different experience. And I suggest you check them out. Their sound is indie rock with a mix of dance and pop. They are full of energy and when you’re at a show, so are you.

When I first met the Pattersons (Liz-lead singer, Michael-keys/organ), I was a teenager and I’ve been following their work ever since. It’s been a long, fun ride and I’m excited to see where they’ll go next with Russian Arms and Optics.
Hope you take a listen and look them up!

http://www.reverbnation.com/russianarmsandoptics or https://www.facebook.com/Russianarmsandoptics

***A note on the location. We shot the video at Arcadia Ice Arena which is connected to Ice House Tavern, a bar that overlooks the ice. Russian Arms and Optics plays here frequently and considering the name of the band, we thought it only appropriate to shoot in the coldest of conditions in Phoenix.

Russian Arms and Optics performs an acoustic version of “It Was Only A Dream” at Arcadia Ice Arena.

MICHAEL BRIAN PATTERSON

 

Ah yes, here it is. My vintage post. And there are a few reasons why. First, Michael Brian Patterson is a dear, old friend of mine who has known me since the days of going to shows in tiny, dark, cramped venues on school nights. High school nights. In those days, Michael was playing for a band called the Dietrichs and I was a loyal fan to the end. It’s been amazing watching him play over the years and I am very excited to feature his current work. Michael is in two bands right now, Broken Gun and Russian Arms and Optics. These songs are from Broken Gun, but if you check back soon you’ll be seeing a post featuring Russian Arms and Optics (in a very unique location, I might add).

Secondly, Michael arrived at the video shoot with a beautiful, vintage guitar that belonged to his grandmother in the thirties. I was beside myself. I love antiques. Especially musical ones.

*A note on the locations. Lastly, both videos were shot in two historic buildings in Downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt Row. The historic element is evidenced by the creaking floorboards and mint green-hued kitchen. Unless you know the owners personally, I guess I will not be encouraging a visit to these locations. 🙂 But I do highly recommend you visit Roosevelt Row for its thriving art community, weekly events and local shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries.

We hope you enjoy the post!

 

Michael Brian Patterson performs “It Ain’t Over” and “Dry Wells” in Downtown Phoenix.

Up next…Michael Brian Patterson

Up next is a vintage post with my dear, old friend and talented musician Michael Brian Patterson. Michael is currently in two bands, Broken Gun and Russian Arms and Optics. He met up with me to perform a couple of songs from his band Broken Gun. Why is the post vintage, you ask? I’ll guess you’ll have to check back later to this week to find out…

DYLAN PRATT

 

Here he is folks….Dylan Pratt! One of the things I love about this project, is that I am constantly being introduced to new musicians. After my shoot with Bogan Via, I ran into them at a show and they gave me a glowing recommendation of Dylan Pratt. And they were not exaggerating. I made a point to check him out and loved his style. An Arizona native, Dylan has been playing live since he was a teenager and it shows. During the shoot, I was experimenting with a new mic and unfortunately the sound does not give his voice justice. Please bear with me as I continue my sound experimentations. And in the meantime, go see him live!

I’m so glad I was able to catch Dylan for a few videos, because I have the feeling he won’t be local for too much longer. This summer he went on a west coast tour and is continuing to book more and more shows. So go see him while you can and check back later for more videos of him.

http://dylanprattmusic.com/ OR http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dylan-Pratt/53474785756

*Note on the location. This video was shot in Songbird Coffee & Tea House, which is located inside MonOrchid in downtown Phoenix. The coffee house owners, Jonathan and Erin Carroll, awesome as they are, were kind enough to let us use their space even before the shop is open. The official opening of Songbird Coffee will happen next week and it is highly anticipated by many. Once open, Songbird will be featuring live music acts, including Dylan. Follow Songbird’s action here: http://songbirdcoffeehouse.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/SongbirdCoffeeHouse

Dylan Pratt performs “All Is Great” at Songbird Coffee & Tea House.

VINYL STATION

Two videos! What?!?

This post is particularly special for me. For those that know me, you know that Vinyl Station is a band that is very near and dear to me. Not only because of their AMAZING talent, but they’re just great guys to know. After seeing one show, I felt so lucky that this band was local and that I could see them as often as I wanted. I did and still do. Vinyl Station is Matthew Thornton and Brendon Cottrell. They play several times a week at different venues around Phoenix. I strongly encourage you to go see them immediately, check out their website and follow them on Facebook. Do it. Now. And while I still have you, I also want to mention that Vinyl Station will be starting a Kickstarter campaign VERY soon to fund their new album. It’s possible they may have used the same videographer for their Kickstarter video. 🙂 Details will be on their Facebook page….so check it out!

Click here: http://www.vinylstationband.com  OR  http://www.facebook.com/vinylstation

***A note on the location. These videos were shot in Kazimierz World Wine Bar (or Kazbar) in Scottsdale, Arizona. This venue is one of my favorites to see Vinyl Station. It’s a dark, cozy, intimate, classy, speakeasy kind of bar. It doesn’t get much better.http://kazbar.net/

Vinyl Station performs “That Man” and “She’s Alive” at Kazimierz World Wine Bar.

BOGAN VIA

 

So, here it finally is. I’ve been dreaming for a long time about putting together a music blog. At first I thought, I can just review music and post videos of my favorite musicians. Easy enough. Not a lot work required. But then I tried to write a music review. Sadly, it’s not exactly my forte. And I also found that I was itching to get out of my house, actually meet the musicians, take their photos and film them myself. This process, although quite lengthy, more time consuming and a bit more expensive, was extremely enjoyable and satisfying. Not only do I get to do what I love, but I get to meet amazing people and explore a city I love in the process. I hope you join me in this undertaking. It’s just starting, but there will be many, many more to come. I highly encourage you to check out the bands I post and check out the locations. Every selection is very intentional.

Bogan Via, to my delight, is up first.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to see this extremely talented pair at The Crescent Ballroom. I immediately knew I wanted them in a video in one of my favorite spots in downtown Phoenix. And lucky for me, they were just as excited about it too. If you haven’t had the chance to see Bogan Via, I encourage you to check out their band page and find out when their next show is. Maddie and Bret were amazing to work with and I will definitely be posting another video of them in the future. Find out more info on them here: http://boganvia.bandcamp.com/ OR check out their Facebook page.

***A note on the location. This video was shot in the local bookstore and publishing company, Lawn Gnome. Lawn Gnome is a charming used bookstore located in a small house in Downtown Phoenix and owned by Aaron Johnson. Being a lover of books, writing and poetry my whole life, I was immediately drawn to this spot as soon as it opened. As you’ll see in the video, it’s an incredibly cozy space and very unique. I hope you feel drawn to it as well. You can find out more here: http://lawngnomepublishing.com/  OR check out their Facebook page.

Bogan Via

Madeleine Miller and Bret Bender perform “Maple Staple” in local bookstore and publishing company, Lawn Gnome.