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05/08/14 - Yep.

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Music: Mike Sempert (Of Birds & Batteries) Premieres "Finest Line"


Mike Sempert


05/05/14 - Buy Mike Sempert's latest album.

Mike Sempert is best known for his work as the songwriter and frontman of the Bay Area band Birds & Batteries.

After years of recording and touring, Sempert decided to take a break from the band to focus on other aspects of life. He got a dog, moved to Los Angeles, and married his longtime love. Inevitably, a new collection of songs came together, many of them centered around these changes and the questions creative people often face as they stare into the oblivion of adulthood.

And so comes Mid Dream, written and recorded in Oakland and Sacramento in the months leading up to Sempert's move to LA. The album is comprised of deeply personal songs presented in high fidelity on both an intimate and epic scale. While Birds & Batteries' albums were on the synthier end of the spectrum, Sempert's new songs called for a more organic treatment - exposed vocals, live drums, acoustic and electric guitars, wurlitzer and rhodes. Some songs are ornamented with flourishes of orchestration, lush background vocals and achey pedal steel guitar, while others are stripped down to the bare essentials. Unobscured by excessive reverb or distortion, Sempert's unique voice and direct lyrics are laid out for all to see, in a humble and bold offering. The clarity of production and songwriting on Mid Dream was influenced by the classic studio music of the 1970s- albums by Gram Parsons, John Lennon, Fleetwood Mac as well as music by Beck, The Shins, Sparklehorse and Cass McCombs and many more. Sempert's voice has been compared to that of Richard Manuel of the Band and Alan Sparhawk of Low.

Birds & Batteries bandmates Colin Fahrner and Jill Heinke were called on to contribute drums and bass respectively, as well as a cast of tremendous musicians from the Oakland music community. Friends and neighbors Blake Henderson (engineering) and Sonya Cotton (vocals) contributed vast intangibles to the album, fostering an environment of warmth and support around the recording process. The result is honest, gentle and striking; there's plenty of sunshine breaking through the fog and sea spray. Mid Dream is his meditation on love and commitment, on art and growing up (or trying to). Mike will be on the road with his band to support the record, so we hope you get a chance to see him make this music live as well.



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Music: The Fogcutters To Perform In Portland, Maine


The Fogcutters maine


05/07/14 - Buy The Fogcutters's latest album. Ticket Link

The Fogcutters with The Kenya Hall Band on Saturday, May 10th at the Port City Music Hall.

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Music: Pure Prairie League To Perform In Portland, Maine


Pure Prairie League maine


05/07/14 - Buy Pure Prairie League's latest album. Ticket Link

Pure Prairie League, Jonathan Edwards, and Livingston Taylor on Saturday, May 10th at the State Theatre.

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Gadgets: WiiTorch - First Person Gaming Projector
wii torch


05/07/14 - No idea what this is, but if you're into gaming check it out here

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Art: KAHBANG ARTS OPENS OWN GALLERY CELEBRATES WITH OPEN MIXER AND ARTIST EXHIBIT


kahbang art gallery


05/07/14 - Saturday May 10th, 7 – 9 pm at 89 Central Street, Bangor.

May 7, 2014 – Bangor, ME: KAHBANG Arts, the non-profit organization that helps to produce the annual KAHBANG music | art | film Festival, has announced the construction of a new art gallery space on 89 Central Street in downtown Bangor. The KAHBANG Arts Central Gallery officially opens on May 10th with an Opening Party & Mixer from 7-9 pm that is open to the public. The event will feature music, a raffle to raise funds for the gallery, food from The Whoopie Pie Café, and libations provided by Geaghan Brothers Brewing. The opening exhibit, to be featured through May, is Maine artist Scott Minzy. His work, I Remember Tomorrow, features prints created from hand-made woodcarvings.

“I am incredibly excited to be opening a space that KAHBANG Arts can call their own. Opening this gallery is the first stepping stone in reaching our goal of drawing in artists from all over the state so we can help to develop, support, and educate them in new and exciting capacities, year round. This is something that my team has been working very hard on for the past year and seeing it come to fruition, along with the support of the community, is very exciting and encouraging to us that we’re providing the community with something they were missing. I really encourage people to come down to the mixer, have a great time and see what we’re all about.”

-Meg Shorette, KAHBANG Arts Executive Director

Gallery exhibits are planned to rotate 12 times per year, and will include programming as part of the KAHBANG Festival in August, with a new exhibit opening on the first Saturday of every month. In addition to exhibits, the Central Gallery will host artist talks, workshops, musicians and other creative events throughout the year. KAHBANG Arts stands strongly behind its belief that galleries should be uncensored spaces open to all ages that provide artists with the opportunity to connect with new audiences.

KAHBANG Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery, development and support of independent artists. Through its programs, KAHBANG Arts seeks to connect innovative and creative practitioners with resources for creation, exhibition and collaboration. The organization encourages freedom of expression, diversity and art as a means of communicating both individual and community values.

As part of its mission, they provide opportunities for independent artists to explore their work free from commercial pressures. By providing year-round creative and financial support for development in the vast spectrum of the arts, KAHBANG Arts remains committed to its mission to discover and support artists, as well as maintaining a community which encourages the free flow of creative expression, ideas and a creative economy. Any artists interested in becoming a part of KAHBANG Arts are encouraged to contact Executive Director, Meg Shorette at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Image: DaVinci Signs workers hanging up the KAHBANG Arts Central Gallery sign at 89 Central Street, Bangor in April. Photo: Sarah Eremita


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Politics: Do You Love Hot Dogs? Check This Out.



05/07/14 - Yep. Processed meat sucks.

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