Archives for category: music

recycled vinyl album bowlI saw these years ago at the Bizarre Bazar in Somerville, MA. I totally forgot about them until I saw them on Uncommon Goods website. What an awesome use of an old record.

And you can make one yourself – but, if you do, be careful. I imagine that emergency room trip would involve lots of explanations about why you had an old record on the stove…


Anne HeatonIf you haven’t gotten a look at Kickstarter yet, dig in! This great service allows artists, filmmakers, musicians and entrepreneurs to raise money for their projects.

Right now Anne Heaton is raising money for her latest studio album. You can contribute as little as $1 or you can get a signed copy of the album for $25 or contribute $1000 to get multiple copies and your own house concert. What a great way to get involved!

suitcase drum from Session AmericanaWhat do you do with an old suitcase? Well, the drummer from Session Americana has a base drum made from one. This is not the only drum suitcase I have ever seen – but it is the coolest.

Bjork's latest album biophiliaI should never be surprised when I am surprised by Bjork (confused? stick with me for a second). Once again, the Icelandic songstress has blurred the lines of music, art and technology.* If you have an iPad or an iPhone, Bjork has released an app that is an integral part of Biophilia, her latest album. Navigate the album’s solar system – participate in the songs’ sounds. Play games based on the lyrics. This is a great new place to take music. Thank you, Bjork!

*If you are new to Bjork or have been scared off by her bizarre costumes or behavior, give her another try. Stop thinking of her as just a pop musician. See her as an artist trying to paint with everything – her voice, her hair, her clothes, her instruments…

The Rabbit album art by Rose PolenzaniRose Polenzani’s recent release, “The Rabbit”, offers a lot of great bluegrass and country and folk and… what more could you want in one record! It comes in an environmentally friendly Digipack which features beautiful artwork by Peter Lalish.

Rose raised the money for the CD by offering advanced copies and special items for those willing to contribute – and it worked! Buy “The Rabbit” here.

Great job, Rose!

Goslink instruments

These are some of the instruments played by Goslink.

I can’t understand a word they say, but I like it anyway. Goslink is a Dutch band (I believe) with fabulous instruments that all appear to be made from former trash. And it sounds damn good when they play!


Rose Polenzani, Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, musician

Rose Polenzani's gets support for her new album online

Some artists are finding a way to use new mediums to raise money for their art. Rose Polenzani is recording her album with a little help from her fans, friends and neighbors. This is essentially a CSA for music. You can contribute to her latest album at three levels, or pre-order the album to support its recording. Great idea!