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(Los Angeles, CA)
(Los Angeles, CA)
November 15, 2018 (Thursday) - It's an extravaganza -- Baby Robot Media Style. Performing live is Thayer Sarrano, main-stage, chez l'hôtel café in Los Angeles, California. It's a full-tilt Sarrano boogie band, replete with some amazing musicians, that is, even beyond the front-woman herself. We wish we could say more, but, as of this writing, we've only heard rumors of the major import that will be on display. Thayer last performed at this renowned venue on December 1st, 2015. If you don't believe us, you might consider visiting our News Scriptorium, because we have ample evidence to prove it. As if Sarrano were not enough, the broader line-up tonight is quite spectacular. In our ENG (electronic news-gathering) for this scroll-entry we were amazed by the beyond professional-grade standards of the musical recordings and videos we monks of the cloth witnessed. Let's proceed alphabetically, shall we?
(Los Angeles, CA)
In this corner, we have Misty Boyce of New York City. She has more than a few albums that rock, to her credit, including this year's Get Lost. Check it out. In that corner, we have Deep Gold, a singer-songwriter from Maine. In this other corner, we have Rainstorm Brother, which is the musical vehicle of John Isaac Watters. The production values of his video "If I Were the Smoke" impressed us greatly. In that other corner, we have Sir Canyon. This is the musical vehicle for Noah Lamberth. He's got a record. It's called Ventura Skies, out and crooning since 2017. We, the Scribal Three of Guildwater, would like to thank Baby Robot for orchestrating this extravaganza of entertainment. It is a fine fête, a fine springboard launchpad to Sarrano's East Coast / West Coast Winter Tour Spectacular, which finds her bobbing and weaving, resurfacing across the country these next few weeks. Here are the dates and times. Is your calendar ready? Because good music is coming soon to a theater near you: 11/17 - Nowhere Bar (Athens, GA), 11/19 - The Basement (Nashville, TN), 12/07 - The Firkin Tavern (Portland, OR), 12/08 - The Voodoo Room (Astoria, OR), and 12/09 - Hotel Albatross (Seattle, WA). Until the twain meet, we must meet again....
(Poster Art: Sarrano Designs)
Live from the Georgia Theatre
October 30, 2018 (Tuesday) - It's been months and years in the making, and talked about sotto voce in hushed inner circles, or, if you prefer, spheres. We are continuing the slow roll-out of the new EP -- Live from the Georgia Theatre -- by Thayer Sarrano, or, to speak still more precisely, the Thayer Sarrano Acoustic Chamber. We make this "chamber" distinction, so as not to confuse those who only know Sarrano as The Seraph of the Fuzz Pedal, while also introducing them gently to her multi-faceted musical gifts. This EP is part and parcel of our continued celebration of the new 7" single -- "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty" -- because that same song and its B-side -- "If It Be Your Will" by the late Leonard Cohen -- both find a place in this new, live offering. It's almost like we planned it from the beginning, or something.
Only now, those particular songs are shifted from their original rock setting to a rather sophisticated folk format, combining acoustic guitars, a period instrument (the oud), and those staples of the conservatory tradition at its orchestral finest (violins, and double bass). The EP is still only available on CD and as a digital download via Bandcamp. It will only be made available on iTunes and those other usual suspects, including streaming services such as Spotify, when we are good and ready. It's all about the prolongation of the celebration.
As prelude to that future day, we thought now to unveil all 30-minutes of the live performance film of the same name -- Thayer Sarrano Acoustic Chamber -- Live from the Georgia Theatre. This video was captured back in May 2018, as part of the Don Chambers Album Release Show. The set list that evening featured songs both older and newer from the Sarrano catalog: "Quiet Now Your Bones," "The Wolf," "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty," "Quiet State of Panic," "If It Be Your Will," and "Back to the Home." The latter is an as yet unreleased song, one which has already been given the full studio treatment, on Thayer Sarrano's forthcoming 2019 album -- In Light of the Spheres. That song is but one sparkling gem, in a diadem of air, changing colors, on that new LP.
For those who collect these treasures of Sarrano lore, "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty" was originally intended for release on that forthcoming album. The original title of the song then was "Music of the Spheres." But, owing to the time restrictions of vinyl, the tune was sadly cut, and then remade from its original Chamberlin synth-setting, as first recorded at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium Recordings, near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Its current rock version -- out on 7" vinyl -- was recorded in a day, in Athens, back in the summer of 2018, during a hail storm. The Chamberlin-version will eventually hear the light of day, as part of a compendium box set retrospective. Who knows when exactly? All of this begs the question: if a song of that caliber was cut from the album for which it was originally intended, what bounty of songwriting abundance displaced it? That question will be answered eventually. As for now, why not enjoy the moment, and performance of the song -- "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty" -- as found in the new video from the Thayer Sarrano Acoustic Chamber? Why not?
The Guildwater Group would like to thank the musicians, proceeding alphabetically: Keiko Ishibashi (violin), William Kissane (guitar, vocals), Luca Lombardi (bass), Jeremy Raj (oud, vocals), Thayer Sarrano (guitar, vocals), and Serena Scibelli (violin). We would also like to thank all the masterminds, who tweaked knobs and pushed faders: David Hanna, Jason Huffer, Andy LeMaster, Jason Nesmith, and R. Sloan Simpson. Thanks also to Rick Poss of the The Georgia Theatre who made this all possible.
THAYER SARRANO ACOUSTIC CHAMBER
Live from the Georgia Theatre
The 40 Watt Club
October 19, 2018 (Friday) - We could think of no better way to continue to celebrate the release, from two weeks ago, of the new dream-grunge psych-rock single -- "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty" by Thayer Sarrano, along with its lyrical companion Book of Drawings -- than to throw in, for the general delectation of the public, a new live EP and accompanying video, by the same said artist, only transplanting this time the same song (and a few others -- some older, some new) into the setting of a string ensemble. It is a well-worn, standardized, textbook, record label stratagem to proceed in this fashion.
The name of the EP, out today, is: Live from the Georgia Theatre. It is the recorded performance of the Thayer Sarrano Acoustic Chamber, as captured complete, both on tape and on film, from start to finish, as part of what was the Don Chambers Album Release Show, back earlier, in May of this very year. We cannot thank all the participants enough, from the immortal Thayer Sarrano herself, to the bevy of musicians brimming with skills. who supported her then, proceeding alphabetically: Keiko Ishibashi (violin), William Kissane (guitar, vocals), (cool hand) Luca Lombardi (bass), Jeremy Raj (oud, vocals), and Serena Scibelli (violin). We would also like to thank all those who engineered, mixed, mastered, and illuminated the proceedings: Sloan Simpson of Southern Shelter, who recorded the live audio, Andy LeMaster of Chase Park Transduction, who mixed the tracks, Jason Nesmith of that same said concern, who mastered those tracks, and Jason Huffer, who gave this performance its illumination.
As for the release schedule, the EP is out on physical CD today, and only available at the Thayer Sarrano Show, tonight at the 40 Watt in Athens, Georgia. (More about this show of this evening in a moment.) From there, across the weekend, copies of the CD will be made available exclusively on the Thayer Sarrano Bandcamp Page. Still further on, in the coming weeks, we will trickle the release out to the digital world of streaming. And what better way to encourage you to press play on all 30-minutes of the film of the same title -- Live from the Georgia Theatre -- as found on the YouTube Channel of Thayer Sarrano, when she is ready to release it. The film captures an indelible Sarrano performance, one for the ages.
As if these things were not enough, does The 40 Watt Club (in conjunction with The Georgia Theatre) have a bill for you tonight. It's the talk of the town, from the alley-ways of Athens, to the streets of Tokyo. The Thayer Sarrano Acoustic Chamber serenades the world, opening this evening, with all due deference and respect for these truly unique headliners -- Kikagaku Moyo (幾何学模様), which is Japanese for "Geometric Patterns." Kikagaku Moyo is on world tour, fresh from China and Indonesia, now touring the States, and embarking for Europe very soon. Their music defies genres. Borders get crisscrossed. We aren't even going to attempt a description. It defies our powers. We are simply going to push you towards their website, to discover this refreshing music for yourself. We should also flash in neon marquee lettering that Calico Vision -- local Athenians -- will also join in festivities this evening. Check, check, check them out.
This 7" vinyl single from Thayer Sarrano -- "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty" -- and the book of the same title, along with her new live EP are but an entr'acte. The main course is still further up the line.