Monday, February 21, 2005

Sac Amp, LUXT

Originally uploaded by Charrmer.
LUXT played The Boardwalk last night as part of the Sac Amp show. This was the first of two live shows featuring the best of local rock and 98 rock puts out a great CD with one song from each of the chosen bands. Tesla's Brian Wheat is the producer too. The next live show is next Thursday night at Harlow's. Also on the bill last night was Brand X Savior, Gooser and The Needs.

Much more than Diddly Squat

Diddly Squat
Originally uploaded by Charrmer.
Diddly Squat was the opening band for the Call Me Ishmael CD release show at Old Ironsides Saturday night. I'd heard about them, even visited their website. I was not prepared for the show, which I admit I loved though it was one of those things you watch wondering how you came to be there. But at some moment I looked off to the side and saw a girl watching them with a look of utter disbelief, her jaw slack, her eyes intensely on them and I knew we were of the same mind. As I studied her expression she must have felt me looking because she suddenly snapped out of it and looked right at me. A huge smile spread across her face, I nodded and mouthed the words "I know" and then we both began laughing so hard right in the middle of the whole thing. It was a great little moment. And Diddly Squat put on a very entertaining show. There was a bit of the Talking Heads/David Byrne quirkiness, a smidgeon of David Bowie in the very early days and incredible youthful vigor, which even included some rolling around on the floor by the lead singer. Check these guys out. Lots of fun!

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Pop Art

We had a Beatle fest for part of the day creating a nice bit of musical ambiance... Seemed kind of appropriate. In fact, I remember the very day Sgt. Pepper was released. My mom and I went over to the nearby record store and they opened the album up and let us sit there while it rained outside just listening to it start to finish. I'd never heard anything like it. Beautiful, fun, lyrical, innovative, brilliant on so many levels. We bought it of course. It's still one of my all time favorite albums. That afternoon is a very sweet memory. Maybe that's partly why I like rain so much. :)

Do not adjust your monitor

Originally uploaded by Charrmer.
This is a color photograph shot in my studio today. Thanks to the ingenious and creative artistry of Paula who painted on enthusiastic (and remarkably patient) model Tabatha for a series of photographs.
We did all kinds of fun stuff, including some reflective fun house images and a fun series with a tie dye background and pop art circles hanging down.
Poor Tabatha had the worst of it. She was covered head to toe in multiple layers of paint and glitter, which took several hours to apply and most of the time she was standing up trying to be as still as a statue. She has little to no modeling experience but once in front of the camera she turned out to be a real natural too! We had a great time!

The Body as Art

Originally uploaded by Charrmer.
Spent the day today involved in a wonderful project, a collaboration with Paula and Tabatha doing a body painting, which I would ultimately photograph. Paula is a hair and make up artist who loves to do fantasy body painting. Tabatha is her daughter who has been wanting to do something fun like this. It took hours for Paula to paint the body, which takes layers and layers of various kinds of spray paint and airbrushing. She did an amazing job, so detailed and beautiful. The crazy part was when I kept thinking I was going to seeing color in camera but the colors were gray, black and white...
There is glitter everywhere and I bet I'll still be finding it for months too. It was well worth it!

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Aaron Stern, Matchbook Romance

Originally uploaded by Charrmer.
As I walked across The Boardwalk stage to take my place next to the drum set a guys voice rings out "TAKE OFF YOUR SHIRT!" I shoulda flashed him!
I was there covering the Epitaph tour last weekend for Your Music Magazine-- Photos and text-- and after interviewing the darling Matchbook Romance drummer Aaron Stern it turns out he needed some photos of himself for his drumstick sponsorship and I readily obliged. But the only way to get the shots he really wanted was to be near him on stage while they were performing and Tex the tour manager made it happen for me! I LOVE THAT! Oh, it was so weird walking across that stage with the sold out house all watching thinking the show as about to start but it's just me...
So, I get in the corner spot and there is no way I can leave the stage gracefully once I'm there because I'm blocked in by some giant wood thing so I spent the entire set on stage with these guys. Talk about access! And I never did take my shirt off... ;)

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Devil Horns Update!

Thanks to K who sent me this link there is news on the Devil Horns front... Who would have guessed. Ronnie james Dio, Gene Simmons and now John Lennon??!!
The Beatles are still my favorites!

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Model A and the fantastic light show

Originally uploaded by Charrmer.
Shot band publicity pics for Model A today and John Sonderegger of Rainbow Prism Atomic Lightshow provided the lighting effects. Wowie! I'm already a kaleidescope, psychedelia, tie dye fanatic so I was in eye candy heaven. Sonderegger been working at this and developing his techniques since the 60's and there is just no end to the gorgeous patterns and colorful liquid effects that make amazingly vivid displays. Shooting it is no small feat however. Tricky tricky tricky. Still, we got some beautiful pics and the band was wonderful to work with!
Model A has been working with Sonderegger for some time now and use the lightshow during performances. They'll be going on a tour soon but if you can catch them before they do you're in for both a musical and visual treat.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Six Degrees of Separation (or less!)

Originally uploaded by Charrmer.
A few months ago I was shooting the Warped Tour out at Sleep Train Ampitheater-- 40 Bands, thousands of concert goers-- insanity. While shooting pics of Flogging Molly from the stagefront pit area I saw this girl, what a face, pressed up against the security rail, flanked by two big guys. Her big eyes so compelling I had to shoot a quick picture before turning back to the stage. She saw me, I remember that. But after the three song limit we were escorted out and I never saw her again.

Months later I was lamenting that I didn't know who she was because I turned the image into an art piece and it's become one of the most commented upon in my portfolio. A friend of mine came over one recent night and saw the photo. "I know her. She was one of my students!" My friend found her for me, the girl remembered me and sent her phone number along. Today I'm meeting her in person, print in tow as a gift. Amazing. It's a true small miracle and I'm awed by the powers of the universe.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

A Dresden Doll

Originally uploaded by Charrmer.
Brian Viglione, the drummer half of the Dresden Dolls pounds away with a multitude of extreme expressions washing over his face. His persona is so mime-like in his presentation and movements that when he actually speaks it comes a quite a surprise. It's an interesting mixture of cabaret meets children's toyroom with a bit of goth flavor mixed in. Their website calls it "...brechtian punk cabaret..." I haven't a clue what that means but I found their music unlike anything else out there right now and the mixture of her earthy storytelling lyrics, the rhythmic pounding of his drumming and her soulful piano to be a delicious mix. The musical duo originates from Boston and performed at Harlows last week to a sold-out crowd.

Then she cried...

Originally uploaded by Charrmer.
Amanda Palmer, pianist and vocals for the Dresden Dolls caught me by surprise when I began to see the tears streaming down her cheeks during a moving performance at Harlow's last week. They played to a sold-out crowd, many of whom were dressed like Amanda and her drummer partner Brian Viglione. Palmer is partial to striped leggings. Viglione sports a derby. One really interesting thing about Palmer is her eyebrows. They are shaved off but she has the coolest patterns drawn in black that at first glance look like a simple criss-cross, but are really quite delicate overlapping soft swirls. I can't tell if they were painted on or tattooed on. Either way they were quite original and if I were tattoo inclined I would think that a very cool idea!

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