Rest in Power: Blottboyy

Hey, It’s Spaceyamzz.

It’s been a tough couple days.

The city of Indianapolis has lost a beautiful gifted soul. Blttbyy, or Easton as he was known to his friends. I’ve been at lost for words the past day. I wasn’t sure how I could commemorate such an amazing and gifted soul and person.

So, I figured, why not write.

This is a letter to Easton.

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Blttbyy is on the left. First Friday March 2016

Rest in peace, Easton. I got the news yesterday and I’ve been in a daze ever since. I miss you so much already. You’re like the little brother I never had. You know I’m an only child, so when I make connections with people they’re pretty special.  And you, were a very special soul.

The first time we met was at Indy CD & Vinyl a few years ago. I came to see DMA and you were there to see BORED. I hadn’t even seen you come in, but you did, and you stood right by me. You just had this energy about you, and I was vibing out to DMA and so were you. We started talking and I was very impressed at how outgoing your were. In this nappy-city, it’s a rare occurrence.

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Blttbyy. May 7th 2016

We hung out the rest of that night, eating Qdoba, talking and walking around Broad Ripple. I teased you because I though you were young, only 18 and I was 23. Plus I had a boyfriend, so I couldn’t tell if you were flirting, or if it was just your way. It got late, and you offered to drive me home. I told you I drove, and you then offered to drive me to my car. Such a sweetheart. I declined, and you walked me to my car.

You asked for my number, and I figured you’d earned it. How often do you meet someone that you just, click, with so instantly?

I still worked at Marsh. I remember random evenings you’d come in, buy like one thing and come through my line. We’d chat and you’d always bag up groceries. Even lingering to chat longer and bag other people’s groceries. I worked with someone you had a class with so I’m not even sure the customers noticed you weren’t actually a Bagger.

I remember once your Mom and sister came though my line. You offered to bag, and she told you not to. Not realizing we were pretty much a team.

I remember meeting up with you, and you lugging this huge backpack with your laptop in it. Did you have speakers with you? I can’t remember. You played me some of your songs. A week later,  I did a write up on you, in my notebook and showed you because I thought your music was cool.

You always encouraged always me to get my art out there. You know, you’re one of the first people I showed my collages too?

Easton, we were always on the same wavelength. When we met, we both wore brown Tortoise shell glasses. When I first started wearing my Clear frame glasses, I ran into you at a show with the SAME FRAMES on. #samebrain

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Blttbyy. May 7th 2016

Last month at Record Store Day, were ended up both matching! Whatt? I remember, you came over to me, and we both wore bright short sleeved floral button down shirts, shorts and clear framed glasses.#samebrain

And when I saw you DJ that night, I was floored. Though all that time, I’d never seen you preform. Yeah, I’d listened to your music, and you played me stuff years ago, but I hadn’t seen you, in your element. After the set that night, we chatted and I told you how proud I was of you. I felt like a big sister seeing my brother as an adult, for the first time. I saw how you commanded the audience and the energy you gave, and it was beautiful.

Easton, you are the most kindhearted, energetic, beautiful soul. I know you touched my heart in a way that I’ll never forget. I love you like a brother and I already miss you. I know I’ll see you again. We always seem to run into each over.

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You will live on though the lives you touched, through your family, friends and fans. Your music will live on forever. Rest in Power, Blttbyy.

-Spaceyamzz

*All photos are by me, Spaceyamzz and shot on Impossible Project Film.

Rest in Power: Blottboyy

Review: Virginia Ave Folk Fest

-story & photos by: robin goodfellow

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Listen Up, Folkers.

On Saturday, May 14th, Indianapolis’s Fountain Square neighborhood hosted the Virginia Avenue Folk Fest. Another growing annual tradition in Fountain Square, this year’s festival featured 100 acts on 13 stages lining the neighborhood along Virginia Avenue from Fountain Square to Fletcher Place.

Arctic temperatures crept through Indianapolis on that day, but the
denizens of Fountain Square combatted them with body heat, booze, and grooves. As I crossed the bridge toward the Pabst Blue Ribbon Main Stage, an upright bass began to time my steps. The “folk” moniker of the festival gave way to loose definitions as the rockabilly wail of the Shelbyville Sinners greeted guests. The people who stood watching were of all sorts and all ages, drawn together by a common love for their music and their city.

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Staring down the street, one could see that the skies were dreary but the folks who came out for Folk Fest were anything but. Donning tapestries of denim and brown leather,  Indy residents packed the stretch of road looking for abnormally cold summer fun. Lining Virginia Avenue were tents and kiosks dispensing every flavor of craft from handmade glass to cigar box guitars. Hundreds of people flooded the neighborhood to hear the music offered by Folk Fest from sunrise to nightfall.
Among the 100 acts, here are just a small handful that stood out to this festival goer.

Dan & Sam (Bonesetters):
Early in the day, those seeking refuge from the bitter cold could find it in the Hi-Fi (a couple Tin Man Damascene Apricot Sours didn’t hurt that endeavor either). Those choosing to warm up at this indoor stage were treated to songs performed by Dan Snodgrass and Sam Shafer. Mainstays of the Indy music scene, these members of Bonesetters provided a stripped-down version of their set prior to their Sunday night show at the Hi-Fi. The lack of bass and drums didn’t do anything to the Bonesetters’ performance power, as the audience were mesmerized by stripped down versions of “I am Shaun Gannon,” “Housefires,” and a new track titled “Rod Serling.” They were disappointed at how few people were fans of The Twilight Zone, but no one was disappointed in them.

Injecting Strangers:
After Bonesetters, Cincinnati band Injecting Strangers took the stage. Their psych punk jams sent ripples through The Hi-Fi as the whole place went up in a Technicolor mushroom cloud. The wild fluctuations of a Theremin cut through the space, exemplifying the inclusive nature of Folk Fest. Injecting Strangers have folks just like the rest of us, and theirs are presumably first generation Woodstock hippies. They came in, Bolo ties a’swingin’ and knocked it out of the park. The lead singer’s firework printed shirt served as a symbol of the group. If I were to measure the glycemic index of his diet, I suspect my meter would read “DEF CON COCAINE.” Don’t miss them the next time they shake up our sleepy little town.

Dietrich Jon:
Bloomington band Dietrich Jon graced the Sun-King Brewery stage with infectious folk-pop riffs. Their logo is their band name written inside of a toilet bowl and that’s because they’re hot shit. The bandleader, Diederik Van Wassenaer, was a bit too tall for the tent they were playing in, and the jokes in his banter may have missed, but when he pulled out his violin none of the context was relevant. Dude can play. Don’t see them without checking your calendar and clearing your schedule, because the riffs on tunes like “Paycheck” and “Sometimes” will be stuck in your head for days.

Sweet Poison Victim:
Over the past years, Sweet Poison Victim has become huge in the Indy scene and play at a monthly event called “High-Life at the Hi-Fi” along with DJ Kyle Long. At Virginia Avenue Folk Fest, they played a block over from their usual locale at the Fountain Square fountain itself. Outside was the only venue big enough to hold a dance floor of such proportion. Afrobeat rhythms rang through the sphere as the crowd echoed the band’s refrain “come on and shake your body.” The crowd consisted of all ages, and all levels of dancing ability, but not an ass in that square was left unshaken.

Virginia Avenue Folk Fest grew exponentially this year from its last iteration. If the hundreds of Indianapolis music fans were willing to brave the weather this year, then the sure thing is this: Folk Fest isn’t going anywhere. Indianapolis patiently awaits next year.

Review: Virginia Ave Folk Fest

albums you should be listening to!

2016 has been damn near magical when it comes to new music. here are a few new albums I’ve been listening to.

1. Kaytranada – 99.9%

I discovered this album during a solo road trip last weekend. Kaytranada blew my fucking mind. Released last week, his interstellar production mixed with so many amazing features serves as the album of the summer-(thank goodness it was released just as this Indiana weather decided to get it together.) And Craig David is featured on track 2!!!! 

He dropped the video for the single, Lite Spots. Check it here

2. Drake – Views


He’s back at it again. Drizzy dropped a new one on us-this time he’s on top. Views is Drake sittin’ pretty on top and watching his kingdom unfold. I love the dancehall style he’s working with on Views. And yes, I’m biased because I’ve loved him since Degrassi-but oh well. 

My favorite tracks are “Controlla,” “Too Good,” feat Rihanna and “Grammys” feat. Future. (Only for Drake’s verses in that one. Future’s verses didn’t do it do me.) 

3. Anderson.Paak – Malibu


I LOVE ANDERSON.PAAK! His voice ranging from rapping to crooning-he peaks interest of different genre lovers. I discovered this album on the same road trip as the Kaytranada album (see above) and it soothed me all the way back home.  

Listen to these jams, y’all! 

albums you should be listening to!

Review: Oreo Jones “Cash For Gold” Release Show

Hi there! Space here.

Been super busy the past week, but I’ve got a treat for you today! Saturday night I went to Pioneer in Fountain Square for the “Cash for Gold” release show for Oreo Jones.

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Indianapolis artist Oreo Jones, released a new project, Cash For Gold. It’s album and a zine that I’m super excited to check out. Oreo Jones very is a busy man in Indianapolis. He’s an artist, a rapper, host of TV show host Let’s Do Lunch with Oreo Jones, and the founder of the dopest Hip Hop Festival in Indianapolis, Cheerce.

I’ve seen Oreo preform some solo sets  this year, and I noticed that grooves had changed. He’s introduced a more experimental electronic sound. The beats are vast, droning, and pretty out there. This new sound is similar to and likely inspired by friend, producer, and Indianapolis artist DMA, Sedcairn Achrives. The two released an album together in 2013 so I shouldn’t really be surprised. DMA was even on bass during Oreo’s set.

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Oreo Jones spitting bars at Pioneer. May 7 2016

Oreo’s bars are as fly as ever, and he was looking super swag in a dashiki and a black rimmed hat. I’m excited to give the album a listen.

Check out some photos from the show below. All photos were snapped by me with Impossible Project silver framed film.

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Oreo Jones setting the groove at Pioneer. May 7 2016

The show had an incredible line up with DJ Action Jackson, Hoops (Bloomington, IN), Metavari (Ft. Wayne, IN) Show You Suck (Chicago, IL) and extra secret special guest performances from Flaco, Sirius Black, and Jon Stamps.

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Surprise guest Flaco on the mic. May 7 2016

As always, thanks for checking out my review. Comment below and let me know who you’ve seen and who I should check out next!

Standby for future transmissions!
-Spaceyamz

Review: Oreo Jones “Cash For Gold” Release Show

Review: Flannelly’s of the Future Fest 2016

Hi there! Space here.

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I’m back today with a review. On Saturday April 30th, I visited Big Car‘s Tube Factory for Flannelly’s of the Future. Artists Bree and John Flannelly (newly married!) celebrated their love and their love of music hosting a music festival featuring experimental Indianapolis area musicians. The show was held in Big Car’s newest space, Tube Factory, near Garfield Park.

Big Car is set to open the new space to the public, on Friday May 6th for First Friday. I got a sneak peak of the space, The Tube Factory. The Tube Factory is an artist built and run event space that was the former site of many Indianapolis business. Most recently a peanut factory. Don’t worry though, there was no peanut smell.

Newly weds Brelyn and Jon Flanelly celebrated their wedding in the best possible way. The two held a music fest, Flannelly’s of the Future, for all their favorite bands, friends and family. The line up included: Bad Psychic (Bloomington, IN), DJ LittletownDuncan Kissinger, Exploding Head Scene (Philadelphia, PA), Glitter Brains (Bloomington, IN), Oreo Jones & Sirius BlvckJeron Braxton & the Tamagotchis (Bloomington, IN), Rev//Rev (Lafayette, IN), Rob FunkhouserSedcairn Archives, Skything (Marlboro, Vt),and  Teen Brigade (Lafayette, IN).

That line up though! I’ve seen the majority of these artists at various shows, venues, and places during the year. So, to see them all at one place, was a definite yes. The musicians setup in various sections in the main room, so when one artist was done the next was already on deck.  Great show!

I arrived just in time to catch Jeron Braxton and the Tomogotchis.  I hung out with the guys and got a sneak peak of Big Car’s second venue in Garfield Park, set to open in two weeks called Listen Hear.

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Next week, Jeron is releasing a new album, VOODOO. Release party is at General Public Collective on Saturday May 7th at 9pm. I’m super stoked. Yes, Space will be in the place.

Future Flannelly’s Fest was great time! Best wishes to Bree and Jon! Thanks for the incredible festival and wedding reception. Thanks to Big Car for the wonderful space.

Stand by for future transmissions!

-Spaceyamz

Review: Flannelly’s of the Future Fest 2016

Review: Nature Boys w/ Ward No. 6, Dirtbike & Children of the Cul-De-Sac

Hi there!
Space here.

I’m back with a show review! On Sunday, April 24th I stopped by General Public Collective, GPC, to see Nature Boys w/ Ward No. 6, Dirtbike & Children of the Cul-De-Sac. It was a sleepy Sunday night in Indianapolis. What better way to kick off the week than a free show?

The shows line up changed, as all shows are subject to. Ward No. 6 had to cancel and Children of the Cul-De-Sac moved from opening act to closing act.

Process my Office was the opening act. The set-up took quite a while, and I wasn’t sure if it was performance art or a musical act. Once everything was in place, I was in for a very surprising treat. The music reminded me of a fuzzy hazy side scrolling video game. Lots of high note and chirps. Included were visuals on small tv. The scenes included Jimmy Neutron, Thundercats, and Spyro the Dragon game play on a green screen behind the Mike. There was even a political bit with Bill and Hillary Clinton masks. Very dope visuals.

Dirtbike was second. Everyone in the crowd (all six of us) were offered marshmallows. See what you miss when you don’t come out to Sunday shows?  Very punk rock influenced. Songs are short, loud and have driving drums. You know, punk stuff. Dirtbike is rad.

Nature Boys of Kansas City, was up third. The crowd swelled, to a solid 16 people. Sunday shows, right? Very punk rock. The drums were very dope. Again, very powerful and driving the entire sound. Vocals were really distorted, and I couldn’t really understand them, but its punk right?

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Wrapping up the night was Indianapolis based, Children of the Cul-De-Sac. These guys are quickly becoming one of my favorite local bands. I first saw them at the Velvet Onion in Bloomington, back in the fall and was totally blown away. They went on close to midnight and the crowd had shrunk back down to six of us. Self described as “Shoegaze Hip- Hop”. They’re super dope. They put on a fantastic set and closed out the night very nicely.

Thanks for checking out my this show review. Comment below and let me know who you’ve seen and who I should check out next!

Later!
-Spaceyamz

Review: Nature Boys w/ Ward No. 6, Dirtbike & Children of the Cul-De-Sac