Saturday, May 15, 2010

Third Ear Sessions

As mentioned, I've been in Copenhagen collaborating with the Third Ear - an independent pod/vid/rad(io)/culturecast that's making beautiful work about all sorts of things. The site and podcast are mostly in Danish so it's a bit hard (ok, impossible) to fully appreciate each episode - there are seven so far. But there's a lot to _look_ at already, and the plan is to incorporate more English in upcoming episodes, including a Third Coast-centric episode soon. We're honored.

Besides the storytelling, TE is also busy recording single-song performances by musicians - the "Sessions." (One mic, one camera, one take.) So far they're working in two locations - a submarine (!) and the historically astonishing Vega club in KBH. I've been sharing some of these songs on, back in Chicago, but had the good luck to actually tag along for the most recent Sessions recording at Vega, featuring the Danish band Twins Twins. After about 30 minutes of fussing, testing levels, moving lights around and the re-positioning of rocker boys, the recording started and everything went quiet, intimate, mesmerizing. By the end I was already hooked on the song - Catherine Leaves - and so must certainly point you straight to the Session to check it out yourself.

More about these Third Ear peeps, and Adventures in Finland, coming up.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

best idea ever

Greetings from Copenhagen. It's been a whirlwind few days (more about that soon) hanging out with the Third Ear folks, including meeting five amazing iranian women, finding 'the' vegetarian restaurant in town, clocking a few hours at the Royal Library (aka the Black Diamond), being blinded by color, and drinking several many delicious coffees at  this record store / coffee shop. How do we get one in Chicago?

Oh yeah. Plotting the future of radio, too.

If you happen to be in / near Copenhagen next Friday (5/14) come on out to hear some documentaries, ok? Drop me a line and I'll tell you where to come.