February 12th, 2013

ETSB Recommends: Two Man Gentlemen Band on BBC2

By Bart

Here’s a thankfully-not-nationally-restricted video of our pals The Two Man Gentlemen Band playing live at Celtic Connections 2013 courtesy of BBC2.

December 29th, 2012

“I Don’t Roll Like That” Featured in (A)Sexual film

By Bart J Helms

Our song about being perennially noncomittable (“I Don’t Roll Like That” from our EP #2) was used in the credits of the documentary film (A)Sexual. The trailer says it all (and you can hear a snippet of us near the end).

We’d like to thank Angela Tucker and her crew for using the song. If you have Netflix, you can stream the movie here.

December 22nd, 2012

PBS American Masters: Cab Calloway

By Bart J Helms

The American Masters episode on Cab Calloway is about as fantastic and inspiring as the man’s music and dance moves. Watch it here.

December 11th, 2012

10 Years of Creative Commons

By Bart J Helms

This month marks the tenth anniversary for the Creative Commons license and their push for standarization of language and legal defensibility in open content licenses. Having previously scrawled copyleft messages in work for years, I made the switch to CC shortly after the EFF’s endorsement and continue to use CC licenses with my compositions.

You can read stories from the past ten years at the CC site, which they’ll be updating all week.

Writing music that is informed by 100 years of tradition, an open license just seems obvious to me. Jazz would have gone nowhere without the decades of inventive composers, arrangers, and soloists who ripped apart standards and sewed the pieces together into new works of art. When an artist releases a creative work to the public, they are saying “I want this work to affect people” or “I want this work to become a part of other peoples’ lives.” When I use a CC license, I view it a promise that I won’t try to claim a right over peoples’ experiences and interpretations.

November 1st, 2012

ETSB in Fort Wayne Monthly

By Bart J Helms

Lyndsy and Bart sat down with Michelle Devinney of Fort Wayne Monthly.

The album, which this year won a local music award for best non-rock release, has opened doors to opportunities around the country, and Helms recently counted that they’ve now played in 18 states so far. The break provided Helms, the primary songwriter, time to work on new songs, and the band recently returned to the studio to begin recording again. Patterson looks forward to a less frantic recording pace and where they can take the music now that they’re all fully committed.
“I think there’ll be little nuances that were not there on our last album. That process was really forced and tight, and it’s hard to be really present in a song in that situation. But when you sing a song constantly, you can feel sad if the song is sad or feel what the emotion of the song really is. You can hear it if a musician is only half there.”

Read more of “Time on their side.”

October 1st, 2012

Your Story Made Here

By Bart J Helms

The Northest Indiana Regional Partnership and One Lucky Guitar teamed up to make a series of videos about our hometown. If you watch only one, here the video on the local music scene featuring lots of friends.

It’s fantastic stuff, as we’ve all come to expect from One Lucky Guitar.

Our song “High Wire Lover” was included in the video on local arts.

August 18th, 2012

Lyndsy Talks About Busking

By Bart J Helms

Lyndsy and Bart were interviewed shortly after Fort Wayne’s Buskerfest by Laura Rosenbaum for Culture Club. Lyndsy had a lot to say about why busking is important.

Video here.

July 26th, 2012

Piradical Comp

By Bart

Piradical Productions, who run the all-ages Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, have put together their annual summer comp of Indianapolis bands. And nigh-Indianapolis bands like us, I guess, since “Black Coffee” made the cut.

If you want to hear some up-and-coming Hoosier music, give it a listen on Bandcamp.

July 21st, 2012

Lyndsy and Bart on The Illegitimate Sons’ American Music

By Bart J Helms

Lots of folks already know this, but we never posted this to the blog. (Even after playing the release show!)

Lyndsy and I both appear as guests on American Music, the new album from Lee Miles and The Illegitimate Sons. The album credits read like a who’s who of our hometown’s roots musicians, so we were honored to be asked.

Do give the album a listen on Bandcamp.

July 21st, 2012

Our Secret Society and MP3 Club

By Bart J Helms

Last month we sent out an otherwise unreleased recording of “When I Get Low” to our Secret Society. It was a leftover from the High Wire Lover sessions with Geoff Montgomery at The Ensomberoom.

In the next week we plan to post another mp3. If you haven’t signed up, now’s a good time to do it!

You can sign up using this form.

Unless you’re a cabbage or something.