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Beats Antique “Revival” video

3rd Aug 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

Splendidly interesting animation and sexiness from Zoe Jakes in the new Beats Antique music video for “Revival” from their latest album, Blind Threshold:

~Dan – np: Sufjan Stevens invites you to Come On Feel the Illinoise!


More Hi-Res Photos added from Le Serpent Rouge show (WOW Hall 11/30)

3rd Dec 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

I just added nineteen (19) new / better photos of Tuesday’s Le Serpent Rouge show which were shot by Margaret O’Brien of emobie photography. Check ’em out at the original review post…

REVIEW: Le Serpent Rouge @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR - 11/30/10) Last night, the Indigo Bellydance group and friends brought Eugene the stupendously entertaining Le Serpent Rouge: An Evening of Beguiling Dance and Strangely Familiar Music. Le Serpent Rouge is a traveling road show that captivates.  At its core it is the Indigo: made up of Mardi Love, Rachel Brice, and Zoë Jakes (L-to-R in picture to the right). While they have danced i … Read More

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REVIEW: Le Serpent Rouge @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR – 11/30/10)

1st Dec 10 (Wed) 4 comments

 FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM
12/3 update: emobie photographs added

Last night, the Indigo Bellydance group and friends brought Eugene the stupendously entertaining Le Serpent Rouge: An Evening of Beguiling Dance and Strangely Familiar Music.

Le Serpent Rouge is a traveling road show that captivates.  At its core it is the Indigo: made up of Mardi Love, Rachel Brice, and Zoë Jakes (L-to-R in picture to the right).

While they have danced in various groups — including the Bellydance Superstars, Beats Antique and the Yard Dogs Road Show — The Indigo is the group that they call home. They each bring their own influences to make their own modern dance forms unique. Love’s fluidity, Brice’s sinewy strength, and Jakes’ intensity and charm make their sum greater than each one individually. They are known to be theatrical and playful, often playing characters within their performances.

While rooted in Middle Eastern styles, their dance style for this tour might be found in an old West saloon mixed with a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The burlesque and tribal fusion bellydance fits snugly with steampunk-meets-flapper blues/jazz/jug band from the Crow Quill Night Owls and Gallus Brothers. Tub bass, washboard, kazoo, banjo, guitars, percussive bones, feathers, tattoos and legs.

Local group Blair Street Mugwumps were the openers the show… fantastic performers.  I had never heard them, but I had heard of them, and well, now I’ll make a point to hear more of them.  All fantastic musicians, and while not all that dissimilar from the main group, they were a noticeable difference from “just another opening band.”  A jug band with a modern edge.  Quite entertaining.

Le Serpent Rouge started with Rachel Brice coming out dressed as an old lady… and introducing the show for us.  The show was a nice mix of saloon tunes from Crow Quill Night Owls and the Gallus Brothers with dancing (group, duo and solo) and skits mixed in.  The dramatic side of the Indigo shone through in their silly stage presence.

As far as the backing bands… the Gallus Brothers were actually part of the Crow Quill Night Owls band, but then splintered off to do silly tricks, juggling, and of course… glitter throwing.  Here’s a shot of one of their silly tricks during a song…

Of course, the ladies of the Indigo were lovely… here are a few photos, with more at the bottom.  I’ll also post some from Margaret O’Brien (emobie photography) once she gets them edited… update: added 12/3.

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Tonight is their last night of the tour (Dec 1st at Portland’s Mississippi Studios).  For a list of where they’ve played, check below.

~Dan – np: PusciferC is for…

all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld
and Margaret O’Brien (emobie photography)
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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Le Serpent Rouge Fall 2010 Tour Dates

  • 11/5 – Seattle, WA – Market Theater
  • 11/6 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
  • 11/9 – Ashland, OR – CultureWorks
  • 11/11 – Sabastopol, CA – Hopmonk Tavern
  • 11/12 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
  • 11/14 – Reno, NV – The Great Escape
  • 11/16 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
  • 11/18 – Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture
  • 11/20 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
  • 11/23 – Los Angeles, CA – King King
  • 11/28 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley
  • 11/30 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
  • 12/1 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios


REVIEW: Yard Dogs Road Show @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR – 11/5/10)

6th Nov 10 (Sat) Leave a comment


Great show last night by local bellydance favorites / friends Audralina & Luminessah followed-up by a melting pot of sights and sounds from the headliner – Oakland’s Yard Dogs Road Show[I have to apologize, as due to a “user error” I lost about half of my photos when transferring to my computer.  Luckily Margarita was also snapping away.]

Opener Dela Project suffered the most from the lack of photos due to my error… sorry!  They were a great gypsy-folk duo… nice sound and a wide array of instruments including saw, wood block, cello, as well as a traditional bag of tricks.  Up next was a beautiful set of bellydance numbers by Lila, Regina & Ali of Luminessah with Audralina doing a couple of songs as a set break.

The bellydance set was more intimate than the last time I saw a MEDGE show at WOW Hall.  Both Luminesseh and Audralina danced on the floor (not the stage), surrounded by candles and tunes coming from DJ Layla.  Layla mixed it up for Luminessah’s last song (total improv!!).

The capper for the night was the Yard Dogs energetic set.  I had never experienced the Yard Dogs, but they were equal parts street band, roaring ’20s flapper show, burlesque, hipster steam-punk, and rock circus – including a sword (and chair leg) swallower.  It was a completely fun experience, and a nice set-up on the WOW Hall stage.  The YDRS banners seemed to box the group in pretty tight on stage, but they pulled it off amazingly.

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Elliott SmithAn Introduction to…

all pictures (cc) 2010 Margaret OBrien (emobie photography)
& Daniel Temmesfeld, you may use freely
under a creative commons attribution

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The Indigo’s Le Serpent Rouge Tour

22nd Oct 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

Le Serpent Rouge: An Evening of Beguiling Dance and Strangely Familiar Music featuring internationally renowned belly dance company The Indigo (Rachel Brice, Mardi Love and Zoe Jakes) is going on the road.

The Indigo have charmed the hearts of princes and tramps alike, while musically The Crow Quill Night Owls and The Gallus Brothers have seduced the tympanums of thousands with their arresting interpretations of old timey country blues, jazz and pop. Sometimes enchanting, sometimes macabre, often raucous, but always delightful, this outfit breathes new life into the movement and spectacle of a bygone era in their new knockdown revue.

For links and more info, go to
For the Facebook invite:

Here are the dates (check The Indigo website for workshops):

See ya at the Eugene show!

~Dan – np: Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz

no free download of mp3 flac torrent on this site, ever.  if you like music, support it.  buy it.

Beats Antique – Blind Threshold

17th Aug 10 (Tue) 1 comment

This just in from Beats Antique… 

(click for uber-hi-res cover art)

We are very proud to announce the release of our 3rd full length album called “BLIND THRESHOLD“. With 14 tracks the new self-release includes vaporous violins and Danny Elfman-esque dementia; glitchy, laser-guided harmonica provided by Blues Traveler frontman John Popper; and two very different vocal tracks that range between restless pop hooks provided by singer songwriter LYNX to the vibrant Eastern European folk melodies of New York vocalist Eva Salina. All wrapped up into an intricate collection of orchestral textures, heavy beats and sub bass. The new album was mastered by the great producer TIPPER with art and design by Andrew Jones and photography by Sequoia Emmanuelle.

I know we were talking about calling the next album Contraption Vol 2, but we decided to give this one its own name. Contraption Vol 2 will come when its time is ready. We have been waiting to share the art and release date until we had all our ducks in a row We have finally gotten word on the official release date. Blind Threshold will be available online in all major download stores and in physical form from CD baby on Tuesday September 14th !!!

They’re also going out on tour this summer/fall… I’ll be catching them at Eugene Celebration!

  • 8/18 – Las Vegas, NV – Wasted Space
  • 8/20 – Sheldon, VT – Liberate Music And Arts Festival
  • 8/21 – Stephentown, NY – Bella Terra Music Festival
  • 8/28 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre – Eugene Celebration
  • 9/10 – Clarks Grove, MN – Harvestfest – Harmony Park
  • 9/11 – Minot, ME – 1st Annual Dankfest
  • 9/17 – Laytonville, CA – Earthdance
  • 9/18 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
  • 9/24 – Seattle, WA – Decibel Festival @ Motor
  • 9/25 – Arcata, CA – Aracata Theatre
  • 9/28 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
  • 9/30 – Madison, WI – Majestic Live
  • 10/1 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
  • 10/2 – Chicago, IL – Abbey Pub
  • 10/3 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
  • 10/6 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
  • 10/9 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
  • 10/11 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
  • 10/12 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
  • 10/13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
  • 10/14 – Asheville, NC – TBD
  • 10/15 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
  • 10/16 – Athens, GA – New Earth Music Hall
  • 10/17 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Hell Room
  • 10/22 – Allston, MA – Harpers Ferry
  • 11/11 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
  • 11/12 – Edmonton, AB – The Pawn Shop
  • 11/13 – Calgary, AB – Royal Canadian Legion
  • 11/14 – Winnipeg, MB – Crescent Wood United Church

For more info, check out

~Dan – np: Electric MasadaAt the Mountain of Madness 

there is no free mp3 download or flac torrent here.  if you like music, support the arts by buying it!

REVIEW: MEDGE presents Karim Nagi @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR – 4/30/10)

1st May 10 (Sat) 4 comments

The Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene (aka MEDGE) hosts monthly shows at Cozmic Pizza.  Great food, great music, and great dancing come to mind when I make my way over there the third Fridays of each month.  For a special International Dance Day celebration, they brought in Karim Nagi for special workshops and moved their event down the street to WOW Hall.

Karim Nagi is an Egyptian musician, composer, music arranger and DJ.  He specializes in traditional Arabic music but works in other musical mediums.  He has two CDs out under the artist moniker of Turbo Tabla.  He has also recorded music for Bellydance Superstars, Bellyqueen, and the Bellytwins, as well as mainstream artists like Alicia Keys, and The Urban Griot Project.

Sadly he didn’t pull out a traditional Indian tabla last night (apparently an Egypt table / darbuka is very similar to a dumbek).  Regardless, we were treated to a lot of wonderful dancing and drumming.  Here’s a pictorial review of last night’s show… Enjoy!

all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld & Margaret O’Brien,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution
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Karim Nagi (stick dance, traditional folkloric dance of Egypt)

Mem Aleph (troupe consisting of Candice Nelson, Barbie Griggs, Jeannie Anderson, Amanda Bounds, Marie Scott and Monica Trent) performing three folk dances: Syrtos from Greece; Hands Talk (a Jewish Yemenite dance); and Ma Nava (an Israeli dance)

Siobhan performing a Ghawazee-inspired dance choreographed by Hassan Khalil

Amani (choreography by Mahmoud Reda — Oriental piece with his signature balletic movements incorporated into Raks Sharqi)

Elena Villa (Arab Flamenco Fusion)

Caravan Dancers (Troupe consists of Deena, Zendra, Crystal and Erin performing a Folkloric Suite: Basket Dance, Turkish 9/8, Cane Dance, Tambourine Dance)

Sabine (Indian Sapera Dance of the Kalbeliya snake-charmers)

Karim Nagi – improvisational finger cymbal dance

>> << intermission >> <<

Jamara (dance performance to live drumming by Karim Nagi)

Devi Safir (dance performance to live drumming by Karim Nagi)

musical performance by Karim Nagi & Ishmael, a qanun player (stringed instrument from Egypt), followed by an audience participation debke, a traditional Arabic folk dance

Be sure to check out MEDGE on the web to find out about the monthly shows and upcoming special events & workshops

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Carla Kihlstedt2 Foot Yard

REVIEW: Raquy & the Cavemen @ Joe’s (Eugene, OR – 9/24/09)

25th Sep 09 (Fri) 1 comment

In Cincinnati, we got to see Raquy Danziger, Liron Peled, and the rest of the Cavemen about twice a year due to the large tribal bellydance scene.  Well, luckily, Raquy’s sister lives in Eugene; so we get a visit roughly once a year.  They always put on a great show, full of wonderful percussive world rhythms.

I’d never been to Joe’s Bar & Grill… if I get a chance, I hope I’ll choose not to go again (or at least on a Thursday). You see, last night, besides the four different sources on the web with different start times and openers listed, was “ladies night.”  So, during Raquy’s set, we got a nice dose of “two drunk ‘ladies’ shouting too loudly over the music.”  One girl was literally explaining in a PhD dissertation-length exchange about how her phone was ringing, that she was going to pick it up, that she did pick it up, that she was going to talk on it, and then the volume didn’t decrease much when she was talking on it.  It must have been listed as “classy ladies night” in the local paper.

Despite prior interweb research, the Ruins of Ooah (a local band) was not the opener, but rather the last band.  We didn’t stick around for them, but I’ll try to catch them at another venue around town.  Up first was Mood Area 52 (a local bohemian/gypsy-style band).  They usually have a larger band, but last night was just accordian/vocals, cello, and double bass.  The cellist, Amy Danziger, is actually Raquy’s aforementioned sister who is Eugene-local. I’ve seen MA52 several times, but usually in a more “secondary” setting… meaning, they happen to be playing I stop by for a few songs during a Saturday Market, art walk, or coffee shop visit.  They played about 6 songs over 30 minutes.  They weren’t mic’ed at all, but it didn’t seem to matter.  They missed the loud lady convention that seemingly descended on the venue during Raquy’s set.  MA52 was quite delightful, and I recommend them if they’re playing and you’re in town.

Raquy and the Caveman hit the stage around 9:45 or so.  This time it was sans Nezih (only a Raquy & Liron duo band).  We had caught their long-ish soundcheck, and due to it being a “school night” only stuck around until about 10:30 for their main set.  They started out with several dual dumbek / dumset* songs… mostly fast, showing off both Raquy’s and Liron’s insane percussive skills.  We left shortly after their song that featured Raquy on kemenche (a Persion stringed instrument) and Liron on a Liron-custom 11-string guitar (stringed and tuned with a saz in mind).  A great performance by both of them… we wished we could have mustered up enough to stay longer.  Next year, we shall!

*-The “dumset” is a small set-up by Liron with a dumbek set up to a kick pedal, a dumbek in hand, cymbals, riq, etc.  It’s played like a regular drumset.

Raquy & the Cavemen’s fifth album, Bewitched, is out now.  We picked it up at the show, and I look forward to spinning it today.  Click the picture for more information on the new release:

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Explosions in the SkyAll of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

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