Jeff Parker, John Herndon, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Emmett Kelly

Jeff Parker, John Herndon, Emmet Kelly, and  Ingebrigt Haker Flaten. Photos by Jim Newberry.

If you you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, you can catch these four exceedingly talented musicians performing live. Jeff Parker, John Herndon and Emmett Kelly are Angelenos who, like me,  used to live in Chicago. I’ve shot Parker and Herndon with the band Tortoise (they’re both members), as well as solo and with other bands they’ve played with. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Parker, and Herndon have all been involved in the improv music scene I’ve been documenting over the last few years. And I photographed Emmett Kelly for “The Corner Man” album cover, from his band The Cairo Gang (the far left photo is Kelly from “The Corner Man” photo session, then left to right, Parker, Flaten, and Herndon, for my improv portrait series).

Jeff Parker plays this Friday at the Blue Whale, Saturday at Human Resources  (with Flaten), and Sunday at the Griffin, where if you’re lucky you can catch all four (Parker and Herndon will be playing, Kelly will be D.J’ing, and (according to Jeff) “maybe” Flaten.

Mucca Pazza at Mass Moca

[br] A music video I shot and directed (edited by John Dingfield) just premiered the other day:  Mucca Pazza performing Gary Kalar’s composition, All Out of Bubblegum, shot on location at the magical MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams. Good lord, that was a fun shoot.

This is the second Mucca Pazza video I’ve had the great pleasure of working on; I shot, directed, and edited this one a few years back: [br]

Permanent Records & Record Store Day

Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi at Permanent Records in Los Angeles.Photo by Jim Newberry.

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In 2006 I photographed Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi, owners of what was then a new record store in Chicago, Permanent Records. Since then their business has thrived; the flagship store remains and they’ve branched out to Los Angeles, where they have a store on Highland Park’s York Avenue, a mile away from where I just moved. Tomorrow is Record Store Day, so why don’t you give them a visit? [br]  [br]

Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi at Permanent Records in Chicago. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Pussy Riot in Los Angeles!

Pussy Riot discussion in L.A. organized by The Voice Project. Photos by Jim Newberry.

 

Last night I was fortunate to watch (and photograph) a discussion with  Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova and Maria (Masha) Alyokhina of Pussy Riot, on a panel with Wayne Kramer, Shepard FaireyAnne Litt, Pyotr Verzilov, Hunter Heaney, and Chris Holmes.

 

It was sad and infuriating to hear Nadya and Masha detail how Vladimir Putin and others have tried to silence them in many ways, including prison terms and physical attacks; but also incredibly inspiring to see how they have persevered, courageously standing up—risking their lives in fact—to stand up for human rights (their own rights and the rights of others).

 

Wayne Kramer had sobering as well as hopeful things to say about incarcerated Americans; his organization Jail Guitar Doors is involved with education and rehabilitation, including providing musical instruments to inmates.  

 

The event was organized by Hunter Heaney and Chris Holmes’ organization The Voice Project, which strives to effect social change through the power of music.

Jon Langford video: Drone Operator

A video for Jon Langford & Skull Orchard’s powerful song Drone Operator was recently released, which I helped shoot (hint: I didn’t film the military/drone shots). Here’s a Langford interview from a couple days ago in Vice, where Jon talks about the song, the Mekons, aboriginal music, how he came to make an album against the death penalty, and more.

 

 

This is the second Langford music video I’ve been lucky to be involved in; I also shot this one.