Fall Is Upon Us

November 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

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We Siegeonaires have been perfecting new drinks, developing educational programs for children, exercising our minds, exorcising our minds, keeping up with the Joneses, but not buying their things, attending to babies,  keeping tight fitness regimes, and otherwise gaining experience of age.   We have been painting, creating, composing scores,  riding our bikes faster than everyone else because we simply just cannot be content to be in the center of the pack, and otherwise shooting for greater self-actualization.

We are here with you, now in this time, to share with you a part of our vision for the future.  It is easier to ramble on about our desire to do more, dribbling hyperbole about writing down our ideas, sketching our plans, and making things happen, than it is to actually sit down, focus, and produce all of those grand things that we loose free from intoxicated mouths and realize, only after the fact, that we should actually do all of those things. So here we are.  We got so tired of our own hypocritical ramblings that we just cast away all of the bullshit and are actually doing it.  Making music, making art, living, instead of just talking. And that is our simple vision for the future, do more, say less.  It’s very simple and it has helped us to be more productive with cleaner results.

We are finished saying “I don’t have the time,” or “I have too much work,” or “I’ll do it tomorrow.”  That is all nonsense and the scared talk of risk aversion for the sake of saving face.  Just more excuses and self-sabotage obscuring fear of failure.  You know what we realized, that if you shut up and start working at what you want to do that you won’t have time to worry about whether people will like your art or whether what you’re doing is silly.  Whatever remains after all the work has been done, all that time committed, and all those many tons of effort expended is,  for good or bad, pure.  That remainder, that product is pure because, even though we planned and schemed and plotted, while we were working our asses off, we weren’t thinking, we were just channeling our art, pure and true.

So, for that we are grateful.  Now, to the business of making music, playing live shows, continuing to write and paint.   Yes, we have new music on the way.  Yes, we intend to keep you informed of releases and live shows.  Yes, we want to come play your town.  Yes, we prefer to do live sets, but we like to DJ your parties too.  So stay tuned for some postings in the very near future of some digital tracks, some live recordings, a painting or two, and definitely some upcoming dates.

Stay weird…

P

 

“For The Records” Series w/ Michael Serafini

October 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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In the 21st century music industry, there lies a convoluted and viscous cycle, where the talent-less and  undeserving become victors of spoils, hoisted onto shabby pedestals fashioned for the same type of longevity as the 1892 Columbian Exposition, only to serve the goals of their corporate slave masters.  Every so often, a true renaissance man emerges from the sludgy backwaters of the industry machine, and if you’re the type who turns a blind eye to the trite and contrived formulas of contemporary electronic music scene, then there’s a high percentage you’ve come a cross the name, Michael Serafini.

A true savant of dance music, Michael has dedicated his life to the teaching and proliferation of quality music.  He is owner of the famed Gramaphone Records in Chicago, as well as a highly respected local deejay via the now defunct yet legendary Boom Boom Room.  However, Michael isn’t the type of cat who’s simply content on working as a deejay, but rather working as a steward of the Chicago dance music scene, planting seeds in order to influence of new generation of music listeners.  His critically-acclaimed weekly event at Smart Bar, entitled “Queen!”,  is precisely the kind of influence were talking about.  ”Queen!” is a gay-oriented house and disco event that bridges the divided between music veterans and new aficionados, in an artistic and unpretentious environment.  It it couldn’t have come at a better time for Chicago, as gay-oriented events that focus supremely on the music, have systematically gone the way of the dinosaur.  At no other weekly in the country can you hear the sounds of Derrick Carter, Chez Damier, Frankie Knucles and Michael Serafini seamlessly blending a aural history of house and disco music.  Quite simply, enough said.

Next weekend, Michael Serafini journey’s to Detroit for a rare deejay performance at TV Lounge.  For fans of dance music, this is a performance you ought to make mandatory attendance for if you consider yourself a true dance music devotee, trust!  Below, you’ll find an interview with Michael Serafini.  Get a little acquainted!

For The Records: Gramaphone, Smart Bar, and Michael Serafini

Art of the Month – Conor Harrington

June 6, 2013 at 4:31 am

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Welcome to our first installment of “Art of the Month.”  We hope to highlight art that we find important, persuasive, inspirational, or that otherwise triggers some emotional response in this monthly portion of our blog.  This month, we are kicking of A.o.t.M by sharing one of our favorite modern artists, Conor Harrington.  Conor’s style exemplifies the spirit of WAAM in it’s force and has, in our opinion, transcended the often contrived and over-wrought approach that many of his contemporaries in the street art movement.

Harrington, a former graffiti artist from Cork County Ireland, has met with critical acclaim over recent years.  His notoriety is due largely to the growing popularity of his large-scale murals, found on the streets of London, Belfast, and Mexico City, among other exotic locales.  Harrington uses historical imagery, particularly that of European Aristocracy, to addresses socio-political issues and to draw parallels between the absurdity of the modern condition from then through now.    Harrington employs fine art technique and an editor’s discipline to create a truly unique approach to street art mediums.

Some of Harrington’s more compelling works include the Dead Meat murals in London, his recent works in Vardø, Norway,  and most strikingly, to us, is  A Whole Lot of Trouble, For A Little Bit of Win.  Combining canvas and photography to cast an grotesque image of waste, Harrington presents nobility’s  grandeur and excess.  These projects take this grandiose theme and physically executes them to perfection.  Further, Harrington’s work exudes a boldness and honesty so desperately lacking  in today’s sterile and diluted reality television and mall apartment world.  In case you’d like to browse a little more, please visit HERE.

Press is Bananas!!!

May 24, 2013 at 8:45 am

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We’ ve got DEMF butterflies in our bellies and twinkles in our toes, as every year procures another opportunity to corral with friends and families, providing us with the unforgettable moments of festivals past.  These memories are bounteous, reminding us of the early mornings at Tangent Gallery, or the drum machine sessions we used to hold at the Pontchartrain Hotel, as a break from the torrential down-pours outside.  Even the periods of regrouping after the festival and before our favorite after-parties, have proven memorable.   Yes, these are exciting times.

As a tribute to this symphony of  vivacity, Cara Boyer of In the D has had a candid parlay with the Siege’s Pipé Scuttleworth, to talk musical influences and label mission, among other topics.  Check out the interview, HERE