Zac Trainor is one of the most versatile & ambitious artists I know – what sets him apart is that he’s as comfortable behind a canvas as he is behind a guitar, keyboard, or laptop. This ambidexterity allows his art to evolve together instead of being compartmentalized within each medium, creating a mosaic path that weaves consistent & familiar textures through his paintings, sculptures, and music.
On his debut EP, ATUOTS (At The Uprising Of The Sun), Trainor’s music sounds exactly like his most recent works look – ghostly, layered, & nostalgic. There’s a confident loneliness to the EP that lends the listener to self reflection. Negative space is as important as the synths – and the droning blending of textures leads to a mediative and peaceful state.
Zac is a Massachusetts native who now resides in Winston-Salem where he’s a collective member at Delurk Gallery and also teaches mixed-media painting techniques and abstract painting courses/workshops at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts. Zac and I have made noise together in the past with Cold Bazooka – and our Iron Elbows project continues to evolve despite distance.
- ATUOTS will be available via BandCamp on Friday, 01/30/15.
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Free Pizza‘s first LP, which is co-released by Bufu and Feeding Tube, is an absolute must own. The Jamaica Plain based group play a unique brand of discordant stoner jangle that’ll make you want to hug your stereo, buy it a beer, and crank the volume. Limited to only 300 copies it’s sure to go fast, but hopefully Free Pizza will be sticking around for awhile – as they’re a band that’s got me pretty damn excited for 2015.
I’m stoked to be DJ-ing live today (01.04.15) from 5:00-7:00pm in the studio at WEMF Radio. WEMF is a new LIVE online radio station specializing in great music and the best personalities in Boston. In a modern world riddled with the likes of iHeartMedia & musical algorithms – WEMF is a very much needed breath of fresh air, and is as close to real radio you’ll get in 2015.
This is hopefully the first of many such sessions – follow live tonight, and hit me up on Twitter (@) with any requests or feedback. I’ll be offering the mix as a podcast after as well. Huzzah!
The Colbert Report has been putting me to bed for a decade, and after Thursday it’s void will be markedly larger than I’d like to admit. At 35 years old nine years is a quarter of my life, and while Colbert will be moving on to deservedly greener pastures, I can’t help but let the nostalgic part of me long for days of future past.
In 2007 when my future Wife and I were galavanting about Ecuador we became friends with an Australian couple, Peter and Penny. They were basically a Southern Hemisphere mirror of ourselves – which was both refreshing and rejuvenating when deep in an internet-less Amazon basin, especially during the years George Bush was making it easier for Americans traveling abroad to say they were from Canada.
We were aligned on everything – except that is, this brand new show I raved over called The Colbert Report, which these different but same Aussies just couldn’t connect on – and from that moment in Ecuador, I realized how distinctive and American The Colbert Report was. In subsequent years the rest of the World would better understand the character Colbert was playing, but for those of a left leaning mind-set in the middle of the Amazon basin in 2007 we were distinctively in on the “joke” – and with The Colbert Report leaving, I’m predictably melancholy, nostalgic, and sad. Colbert will do a phenomenal job replacing Letterman, but there’ll never be another show quite like The Colbert Report. Huzzah.