Episode 16: Carbon Leaf

When I decided to start Before The Concert, the first band I thought of was Carbon Leaf. Whenever they played their one-mic style songs, I knew that would be perfect for the video series. The guys haven’t been in NYC for over a year since they were recording new music and being family men. Thankfully, they finally returned to New York and played a sold out show. Before their concert, my wife Kristen and I met up with the band at the venue and filmed them playing 3 songs. As you can imagine, it was an awesome time!

When we arrived, we were greeted by Terry, Carter and Barry outside the club. We decided it was way too hot to even try to film something outside. We were lucky enough to film in the next room. It was some sort of winery room where they make the wine. It kind of reminded me of that bubble wonkamobile scene in Willy Wonka. Of course I had Willy Wonka quotes running through my brain before we were filming. Kristen and I filmed some “b-roll” stuff and then it was onto the main event of filming Carbon Leaf.

The band played 3 songs: a sort-of new one called “Ragtime Carnival,” one of my favorites “Learn to Fly” and a new favorite “Donnybrook Affair” off their latest album Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle. During the beginning of “Learn to Fly,” you’ll notice a noise. That would be Jon, the bass player, knocking his bow into his bass and immediately shaking his head and laughing about it. Everytime I see that part, I crack up. There’s other stuff I wished I got on camera, at least to put in an outtake video, but wasn’t meant to be. Some of the audio I got in-between songs was quite hilarious. Terry was goofing off too which we did get some video of that so we’ll have to put that into an outtake. Though there is one scene in the episode that makes me laugh too when Kristen points the camera towards him.

After the filming, I helped the guys film “Donnybrook Affair” again for their PledgeMusic page and filmed it on Barry’s iPhone. My arms were killing me by that point but I think that came out okay for them. We took some pictures with the guys and always the jokester that I am, was making fun of me and Jon since we’re on the short side. I was doing an impression of Frodo and Sam from Lord of the Rings, so I got a stupid looking face in my photo with the band. Hopefully Jon didn’t want to kill me for calling us Hobbits haha. Another hilarious moment happened while Terry was helping me wrap my XLR cable since I’m an idiot and don’t know how do it. We realized Barry still had the lav mic on but went away but the camera wasn’t on thankfully. We found out he was using the bathroom so would have been a funny Naked Gun moment if that was the case. I got to remember to get the lav mics from singers after I’m done filming.

I’m glad I finally the chance to film the band for the series and hope I get to do something with them again. Next time I hope it’s around Xmas time so we can try out their holiday songs on the NYC streets. That would be fun…and cold.

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Episode 14: Trapper Schoepp

I didn’t know who Trapper Schoepp and The Shades were until their music video for “Tracks” came out early this year. Their latest album Run, Engine, Run was re-released by Side One Dummy and it’s a terrific album! I’m glad I finally found out about Trapper and was honored to film him in some park (not sure there’s a name for it) near City Winery before his concert with Cory Chisel.

I arrived at City Winery a little early so was hanging out inside and enjoying the air conditioned room while Trapper soundchecked. We probably could have filmed inside but since it wasn’t raining at that moment, we decided to head outside. Trapper and I went around the block to a shaded park with checker board tables, homeless guys and pigeons.

Trapper wanted to try a new song “Settlin’ or Sleepin’ Around” which I didn’t know the name of it until a week later when Trapper told me what it was. I probably should have asked him what it was called then. It was definitely a fun song to hear and film and can’t wait to hear that on their next album. I requested to hear “Tracks,” but only if he wasn’t sick of playing it since I’m sure Trapper has been playing it for other video sites nonstop. He obliged and I was a happy guy.

Trapper headed back into the club while I took some more video around the small park. Afterwards, I caught his set at City Winery afterwards for the first time and was very much impressed. I’ll have to make it a point to see him perform with the full band (The Shades) next time they are back in New York. You can check out all my photos from his set at my photography website SkaPunkPhotos.com.

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Episode 5: Roses and Revolutions

Roses and Revolutions consists of Singer/Songwriter duo Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt from Rochester, NY. They recently played [music venue] on the Lower East Side, where I’ve shot the last few episodes of Before The Concert. I decided to brave the frigid air with the band and film them performing on the corner of Stanton Street and Allen Street.

They played short renditions of “Home” and “Moving On.” The duo sometimes play with cellists and percussionists as well, which they did that night at [music venue]. While filming the band, during the talking portion of the video, you’ll hear someone scream out something. No idea what the biker is saying but sounds like he’s trying to plug a restaurant. Only in New York, and happens just about every time I film on the street. I would expect nothing less from New Yorkers.

Thanks to Roses and Revolutions (Alyssa and Matt) for staying out in the cold for a few minutes with me. They are from Rochester so they can handle it better than I can. It was a lot of fun despite my legs buckling from the cold! Burrrrrrr.

Be sure to check out their latest album Earth and Everything on iTunes or Amazon.com.

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January 2013 Updates

I hope everyone enjoyed the Nick Gill video I posted earlier this week. I’ll have an outtake video from the session posted tonight or tomorrow. It was a lot of fun filming with Nick, and I doubt that will be the last time he performs for the video series.
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