It was stupid cold outside last thursday, but that didn't stop Total Drag from filling up quick with all sorts of people drawn by the allure of an incredible folky, singer-songwriter kind of night. David Dondero is an incredibly talented and magical human and I'm so glad he came back to SIoux Falls to play some music for us. Seriously go check out his music!
Before David Dondero took the stage, we had a few local acts playing some beautiful music to tug on your heart strings, like Meriwether Raindelay. I would be lying if I said I've never cried during one of Troy's sets.
And opening the night was our friend Micah Kittelson with some lovely songs. This was the first time I've seen him perform with someone else and though he sounds great by himself, the percussion element added another level to his songs that felt more full and balanced. Great as always.
Keep Sioux Falls Rad and remember to always support your local art/music/whatever scene!
Recently I was commissioned to do some art for our local pals Angie Hosh, whose new album "Solutions" is being released on Total Drag Records May 13th at Total Drag. Above is the main album art, which was created almost entirely in the dark room using a variety of different processes. I won't go into detail with how this final image came about in this post because I just don't have the time to go into the detail that would be necessary. Just assumed there's weird chemicals and witchcraft probably involved. However, I'll say that I did use the Mordancage process on this photo, as I've used on photos like in my Cycles of Decay series in the past, and it worked incredibly well with this photo.
Below is the portrait shots I took of each member of the band at the time. However, though these were shot on film and I made prints in the darkroom, I didn't do anything else to the physical prints themselves (except add a little sharpie). I've become very interested in glitch art this last year and got myself a scanner and decided to try a technique on these portraits by moving the prints around while they were being scanned. The result was very interesting.. and magical.
Very excited to have worked with some local musicians to create some art that described them, their sound, and the whole feel of this new album.
Come to Total Drag May 13th for the release of Angie Hosh's new tape as well as Meriweather Raindelay's new tape release!
February ended and with it came the much anticipated Twin Peaks double show at Total Drag. If you weren't there or have never heard of the band Twin Peaks, definitely check out their music. These Chicago dudes played at Total Drag last year and it was such an awesome show that this year they agreed to play two shows in one night, and it was one of my favorite shows so far this year.
This time they brought their Chicago pals Uh Bones along with them and each band played twice that night. I hung back and enjoyed the energy and sounds while browsing records for the early show which was packed and had been sold out for a while before the actual date of the show.
Though I did jump up front for a few songs to snag a few photos of our local lo-fi gang Th' Rattletrap:
The late show started with some of our other rad locals, Tenenbaums, and they opened the show with lots of energy and had everyone hyped for the rest of the bands.
The late sets of Uh Bones and especially Twin Peaks, had a goofy, crazy, and just a general loose feeling that all added up to an incredible show that felt unique to the space and the people involved at that moment. There was one point where a couple of the guys from Uh Bones came over near me in the crowd and got everybody to start dancing, and later when Twin Peaks finished their set a few mic stands and random junk from the stage was thrown all over and the crowd and the band all sort of merged together and everyone had cheesy grins plastered across their faces.
It was pretty rad.
Click on any of the above images to go to my blog where you can see all the photos from this show and others! And go support your local scene!