Monday, September 15, 2008

Learn, Artist!

I play guitar (that's me in the hat) in an improvisational trio called Learn, Artist! and we are playing at Off Broadway on Wednesday, September 17.

Here's a story on the event from the Riverfront Times:
The Space Parlour: Live in St. Louis Series 2008

By Christian Schaeffer

The Riverfront Times, September 10, 2008

The second installment of The Space Parlour: Live in St. Louis series does what any good local compilation should do: It provides a sonic snapshot of a city's working musicians, highlights stylistic differences and suggests some sonic connections that transcend genre. These twenty tracks, which were recorded earlier this spring and broadcast on Nick Acquisto's KDHX (88.1 FM) radio show of the same name, demonstrate the programmer's diverse taste in music. While the previous incarnation of the series focused more on of-the-moment indie rock, the 2008 edition broadens the spectrum to include variations of guitar-based rock & roll. Learn, Artist! condenses its epic, instrumental explorations into "Under the Volcano," carving out a space that is both amorphous and suggestive. It's especially nice to see Dub Kitchen on the comp — this town's reggae community has deep roots, but it rarely crosses over into other scenes. The group's uptempo "District 3" follows the proud tradition of reggae songs that ask probing political questions while never dropping the beat.

While the sojourns away from straight-ahead rock & roll are noteworthy, there's plenty of good old-fashioned 4/4 rock action as well. The Deserters start off the disc with "Trash," a snaky, spindly shot of crunchy guitars and off-kilter vocals, and the Vultures reassert themselves as garage-rock saviors with a pair of raucous tracks. And while Theodore labors more squarely in the alt-country vein, the quartet continues to make its claim as the best band in town with the unhinged sing-along "Half Pint" and the circular, droning "Nowhere Near the Sea." It's worth picking up Live in St. Louis 2008 for Theodore's songs alone, although there are plenty of bands here that deserve your attention. The package also comes with a DVD containing live footage from the recordings. And while the prospect of watching a bunch of headphone-wearing dudes playing in a recording booth may not seem like compelling viewing, it serves as a nice visual complement to the music on the disc.

CD/DVD release shows at 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, and Wednesday, September 17, at Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $10. 314-773-3363.

And here's a blurb from Matt Fernandes' Rock Candy blog:
KDHX DJ releases local rock compilation DVD

By Matt Fernandes

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Nick Acquisto, DJ for the Space Parlour show on KDHX FM 88.1, has been doing some good work of late with his “Live in St. Louis” series, documenting several local bands’ live performances on his show (Thursdays 8 pm.)

Similar to Lo-Fi Saint Louis, Acquisto’s site showcases some of St. Louis’ more ecclectic acts, such as Peck of Dirt, Theodore and Bob Reuter. He seems to favor grittier Americana and rock, though reggae act Dub Kitchen is included.

Acquisto will release the second annual series compilation this month at three shows. With a $10 cover charge, you’ll get a Digipak CD/DVD featuring live audio and video tracks from 11 artists. Attendees will also receive a "Parlour Cardlour," granting them access to the other shows for half price.

Wed. Sept. 17: The Deserters, Quief Quota and Learn, Artist! at Off Broadway.

Sat. Sept. 20: Dub Kitchen, Dozemarypool and Theodore at the Tin Can Tavern downtown on Locust.

All of the shows will benefit KDHX.

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