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July 8, 20116 years ago

Song Preservation Society: Keeping Singer-Songwriting Alive

Song Preservation Society: Keeping Singer-Songwriting Alive

Courtesy By Jake Rabeck

About fifty years ago, Bob Dylan sang his poetry over guitar chords with an honesty and simplicity that created the unmistakable singer-songwriter genre. In today’s music scene, too much emphasis has been placed on making music new and progressive while the simple beauty of lyrics and vocals is forgotten. That’s where the new acoustic trio, Song Preservation Society, comes in.

About fifty years ago, Bob Dylan sang his poetry over guitar chords with an honesty and simplicity that created the unmistakable singer-songwriter genre. In today’s music scene, too much emphasis has been placed on making music new and progressive while the simple beauty of lyrics and vocals is forgotten. That’s where the new acoustic trio, Song Preservation Society, comes in.

Band members Ethan Glazer, Trevor Bahnson, and Daniel Wright are best known for their emotive vocal harmonies, which are most often compared to Crosby Stills and Nash and The Beach Boys, and their expressive songwriting style which can be described as a cross between Simon and Garfunkel and Daniel Johnston. While the band can also be compared to contemporary folk bands such as the Mountain Goats and Fleet Foxes, their sound offers a genre in its own right.

As of late, the band has been busy preparing for their Southern California tour, scheduled for July 12-27, but was more than happy to talk about their music.

Glazer explained that after playing in a rock band, 7 Orange ABC, the members of Song Preservation Society realized that, “Not every song you write is good for a rock band. We started Song Preservation Society to preserve songs that we didn’t want to fall by the wayside…. We always like to have something important to say and we try to be as honest as we can in our lyrics.”

That honesty shines through in the music. Their songs sound like they were grown in the band’s organic garden in Berkeley, California. When you sink your teeth into one, you can taste all the tears and sweat that went into it, you can taste the soil of the land that grew it— it’s the purist thing in the world.

“We really care about this music and put ourselves into it. We hope it can have the same effect on other people that it has on us,” said Bahnson.

The band writes about what they know: their family, their friends, and the world they live in. Their lyrics are much like Elvis Costello’s in that they aren’t always lovey dovey— they can catch you in your superficiality and call you out on it. Like a Radiohead song, a Song Preservation Society song is a plea for sincerity in today’s busy and over-stimulating world.

“I’d say we go through cycles,” said Wright when asked who writes the music. “We write together sometimes too… we really accept everything that comes at us.”

Soft spoken and cynical Daniel Wright is from East Bay, California and once wrote and recorded an entire EP in one night. Ethan Glazer is a born entertainer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California who has loved the stage since childhood. Trevor Bahnson is from Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a die hard Neil Young fan who has just returned from an eight thousand mile cross country solo tour.

Wright and Glazer have known each other since their teen years and met Bahnson at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Bahnson had been living in Boston for three years and still hadn’t found any musicians he felt he could collaborate with. When his neighbor played him the first album of Wright’s band at the time, Daniel Wright’s World Collective, he was immediately enthused. Soon, 7 Orange ABC was created which included Bahnson, Wright, Glazer, and two other Berklee musicians, Haggai Milo and Mateo Lugo. The band moved together to Berkeley, CA where they lived and made music together for two years.

“I was just blown away by this new group of people that I’d found… everybody was doing stuff that I liked…it’s kind of like a little family,” said Bahnson.

One night in a small coffee shop, Wright, Glazer, and Bahnson preformed an acoustic set of 7 Orange ABC songs. It was immediately apparent to everyone there that they were on to something.  Once the three realized the potential of an acoustical project together, Song Preservation Society was born.

Since then, the band has toured northern and southern California, New York and played at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Their shows are more like a “big hang” than what you might typically expect from a musical performance. The band is fun to watch; audience members connect with the band on a personal level as well as on a musical one. You won’t find any superficiality at a Song Preservation Society performance or on their album.

“There are a lot of singer-songwriters on a smaller scale today,” said Bahnson, “but as far as pop music goes, it’s not quite as important as it used to be and hopefully we can change that a little bit.”

There’s also more to Song Preservation Society than simply good music, explains Glazer: “[When you write music], there’s a reason why you share it with everybody. There’s a reason why you’re trying to get as many people to hear it as you can – it’s communicating. Artists draw from personal experiences and share it with as many people as they can in hopes of creating some sort of connection, some sort of way that we can all relate to something, and feel it together, and experience it together— and that’s important.”

The next time you’re on a long drive, watching a sunset, or drinking a cold beer, pop in a Song Preservation Society CD or preview their music at www.songpreservationsociety.com and let them show you what songwriting is really all about, and more importantly, what it can do for your soul.

Contact the author by email at jakerabeck@hotmail.com.


July 7, 20116 years ago

Beats, Rhymes & Life Movie: The Travelers with a Hip Hop Tribe

By GalaTView staff

Photos by Alfonso De Elias.

Is a documentgary  film direceted by Michael Rapaport  about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ have kept a generation hungry for more of their groundbreaking music since their much publicized breakup in 1998. Rapaport’s lifelong love for hip hop helps achieve intimate, all access interviews and a conversation for a Tribe Called Quest determine if there is a possibility to mend the wounds from over years.

Michael Rapaport: “During the process of making this film, I experinced some of the most creative highs and lows of my life. Couple with personal anxiety and excitment. The exciting moments came during the shooting of the film. Capturing beautiful live concert performances was a thrill. I have to say the more verite style moments and scnes were what made me realize that directing was something  I will continue to for the rest of my career. Having unplanned and unexpected moments of truth and honesty unfold while the camera was rolling gave me the same adrenaline rush I’ve experienced as an actor between the words “Action” and “Cut.”

Phife Dwag: “This movie embraces  you so I’m the last person who is agree in transactions in this bussisnes so I really liked it because  is so different in the process and development. All the performers of this gender (Hip hop) are so cold in their songs,  and don’t play about drugs and sex as many people believe.  This is a hip hop with rythm; however, some songs I listen them with  some singers have a  wacky style but I promise that they have followers. But regular music like Diane Ross has another embrace to the public. If my mom likes this music that means that it has soul because a mom gives us love. But if she is listening something meaningless then she can’ t listen it without  a video. Hip hop should have rhytm, rhyme and soul.”



July 4, 20116 years ago

The precinct 36th would break the law?

By GalaTView Staff

Olivier Marchal’s 2004 film The 36th Precinct (or, as it was released in France, 36 Quai Des Orfevres, or as it was released in the UK simply 36) is a DVD that follows two French police officers, Leo Vrinks (Daniel Auteuil) and Denis Klein (Gerard Depardieu) as they set out to stop a group of ruthless thieves who have been preying on the people of Paris for some time now. The cops, lead by commanding officer Robert Mancini (Andre Dussollier), have been powerless to stop them as they are continually outsmarted at pretty much every turn. Mancini tells his men that whoever can bring the hoods in will get his job – and so Vrinks and Klein soon find themselves in the running for the top spot on the force. When these two lieutenants are told that whoever stops the gang who has committed seven deadly robberies within a year will become the next Chief of Police the competition between both becomes increasingly ruthless, blurring the lines of morality, betrayal, ambition are elements that will make you to stay in your seat.

Special Features:

Exclusive Director Interview, The real 36 Actor’ s costumes tests, Theatrical trailers, and audio in French and English languages with subtitles in English.





July 4, 20116 years ago

Happy July 4th

GalaTView Staff.

This day is an important celebration in the United States.  Today July 4th is the Independence Day; all the people celebrate with barbeques, family, friends and fireworks at night in different places. All the Americans don’t’ forget this celebration because means freedom in our hearts and our thoughts.

So enjoy this holiday with no alcohol and drugs!

GalaTView, wish you a Happy July 4th 2011!


June 29, 20116 years ago

Terri has a secret in his life

GalaTView Staff

Photo by ATO Pictures

Terri (Jacob Wysochi) has few friends at the high school he only bothers to turn up to sporadically at best. Who has time for that when he has to concern himself with catching the mice who roam the attic in the shack he shares with his senile uncle, Creed Bratton of “The Office” fame in a restrained performance that will catch you by surprise.

Under Fitzgerald’ s tutelage, Terri befriends a pair of fellow misfits, Chad (Bridger Zadina), Heather (Olivia Crocicchia), a sexually precocious girl whose beauty proves to be a trap of its own.

Terri (Jacob Wysochi) said:” We shot all the movie pretty much in order which worked out with the characters. Terri doesn’t know about the adult’ s world because he doesn’t want to see it. He didn’t meet his father so  most of his  teachers inspired him to face his own reality. There are people that in specific moments stand out in specific areas that are more interested and help to create a personality. Terri doesn’t initiate a grand, transformative experience for the titular hero here, just gives a bit of dignity to a kid who sorely needs some.”

Mr. Fizgerald (John C.): “I had a great experience when  both worked good together. That was an impact in general,  this movie had a good crew in music, script and so on. I have to mention that kids are also human beings and we have to take care of them. Despite of my character is a formal person who interacts with his students.  He is comic with some of them.  Terri as a role like a teen-adult person. For a reason some kids see some adults like a mysterious world. I guess there is a lot of wisdom in this movie because give us a sample of tenderness, confidence  and  parenthood.”




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