Archive for March, 2011

Brooklyn’s badass afro-beat / funk / soul collective The Budos Band is, thankfully, a restless bunch. They released their third album — surprisingly titled III late in 2010, and have been supporting it on tour ever since. Which is great, because the band is even deadlier live than it is on record (and if you’ve had a listen, you know their recorded output is razor sharp).

The band has just announced a new slate of tour dates for spring 2011 (below), and have added another weapon to their ass-shaking arsenal: fellow Daptone Records label mate Charles Bradley. Bradley’s heartfelt and deeply soulful album, No Time for Dreaming, which dropped earlier this year, stands a good chance of hitting our “Top 10 of 2011” list — so, this is a bill worth catching if it comes to your town.

Sat April 16 — Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Mon April 18 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Tue April 19 — Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Wed April 20 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
Thur April 21 — Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Fri April 22 — Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird
Sat April 23 — Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Sat April 30 — Schuylkill Haven, PA @ Some Kind of Jam 6

Looking for a taste of the Budos live before dropping cash on tickets. Check out this video of the group playing its song “Budos Rising” during a show at the Mohawk in Austin, TX in August of 2010.

Said Budos baritone sax man Jared Tankel of the performance, “We showed up to the Mohawk in Austin on a hot, dusty August afternoon. They told us to be ready for a big night. The place holds 500 or so, so we figured we were in for a good old fashioned hot, sweaty Texas dance party. Then 800 people showed up and packed it out. It was f*&#ing insane. The Lone Stars and Shiner Bocks were flowing. Plus they have the best Green Room we’ve ever been to. Use your imagination …”

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Creeping Back

Posted: March 13, 2011 by Sean Flinn in Editorial

After 4 years or so, I’ve finally decided to resurrect Choler.  I really thought I was just too busy with my day job and family to do this, and thought I could confine my writings about music to my personal blog. What I’ve noticed, however — especially recently — is that I’m reticent to post music-related content to a site that’s not dedicated to it. I constantly want to write quick record reviews, editorials, posts pictures and video from concerts, and occasionally reach out to an artist for an interview … but none of that feels appropriate on a vanity blog. Just a personal thing. So, this morning I finally bit the bullet and relaunched. Welcome back!

The space has changed SO MUCH since I shuttered the site back in 2004. MP3 blogs have been all the rage for years now, with some gaining the traffic and prestige of actual music mags. YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, and have made it easy and cheap to post streaming media to sites. Google AdSense has made it possible to actually monetize traffic in an approachable, “I don’t need a team of sales people and an ad server” sort of way.  On the content side, there are more great independent artists than ever — and the ongoing collapse of the record industry has put them all on the road in perpetuity, while the crappy economy has obligated them to become imminently approachable by enthusiast media.  In short, the time is ripe for someone with a passion for music, unending motivation and a modicum of journalistic professionalism to get back into the self-publishing biz. So, here I am.

As far as content goes, I’ve started this out as a basic, free site for the time being (no fancy design or ads or widgets) just so I can get content from the old site converted over and play around with site architecture. That should give the site some meat and help me rebuild some of the search traffic that the site lost in the “wilderness years.” I aim to officially relaunch, with a new design, honest-to-goodness hosting at someplace fancy on June 22, 2011 — five years to the day after I pulled the plug on the original site.   If I *really* bust my ass, I’ll be able to relaunch with a special piece of content to help celebrate.

Maybe by putting that in print I’ll actually get it done.

Anyhow, stay tuned. I’m happy to be back and look forward to sharing my musical adventures with you again.