Travis, James and Kevin are talking with their friend (and militaria expert) Jeff Shrader! Jeff gives an overview of medal and militaria collecting and why it can be a problematic business as well as why it can be a tricky type of collecting to break in to!
Also: - What drives the value of a Purple Heart? - Specialization of military collections - Most common types of things collected - Stability of the militaria market
Tony Jones Show #210 - With music from Castle Black, Jenn Vix, Deer Tick, The McGunks, The Callouts, Ravi Shavi, Damone, The Sheila Divine, Silverteeth, and Tammy LaForest.
Travis, James and Kevin are doing another listener suggested topic this week and are talking about the trends in the Asian antiques, pottery and other collections. Long time veteran of this market, Kevin explains what led to the growth of this market over the last decade and how you can learn more about this type of collecting.
Also: - Kevin recently sold a Ching Dynasty Vase for $40,000 - Trying to renegotiate after auction - Authenticity of Chinese period pieces - Chinese Porcelain and Pottery - Why are so many American auction houses headed to China?
The Wickford Art Association is presenting a unique blending of two art forms at its 7th Annual Poetry and Art. The opening reception is on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI.
The exhibit runs through October 6th, and is free and open to the public.
This year’s theme is “Harmony”. Nearly 200 pieces of fine art were submitted for jury of which juror Berge Zobian, owner of Gallery Z in Providence, selected forty-one pieces for inclusion. Kim Baker juried the poets. Each piece of art was paired with a poet who then composed a poem, drawing inspiration from the artwork or “ekphrasis” - writing inspired by art. Neither the artists nor the poets know who they have been paired with – that will be revealed at the reception on September 13th in which we expect over 300 people to attend. Artwork and poems will be hung side by side in the gallery and every poem will be read in a beautiful outdoor setting under a tent on Narragansett Bay.
A professionally designed, limited edition book cataloguing the accepted artwork and responsive poetry has been published. The book will be available for sale at the Wickford Art Association’s gallery and website for $25 after September 13, 2019.
The Wickford Art Association is a non-profit organization with nearly 450 members from Rhode Island and New England. The association hosts art shows and classes in its gallery at 36 Beach Street in North Kingstown, and has produced the Wickford Art Festival every July since 1962. Wickford Art Association is dedicated to educating, encouraging and inspiring artists and art lovers throughout the community.
Wickford Art Association hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 - 3:00 PM and Sunday noon to 3:00 PM. For more information, please call (401) 294-6840 or visit www.wickfordart.org
Travis, James and Kevin welcome back Jared, a close friend of Travis and fellow comic book speculator. The guys are breaking down all of the news out of Hall H at San Diego Comic Con 2019 and what all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe announcements mean for the comic book market.
Including: - Thor: Love and Thunder - Disney+ announcements and what it does to the streaming market - The Eternals - How to invest - Value of the Fantastic Four now that they'll be in the MCU - What If...? Animated series - Doctor Strange 2 - The Multiverse of Madness - 3 Comic Books to buy RIGHT NOW
NEW YORK CITY | Post-punk rock trio Castle Black return with a new EP Dead in a Dream today. Delivering a blend of raw yet addictive material, the band pulls from a range of punk, post-punk, grunge, alternative rock and new wave influences, crafting a sound of their own. With three punchy tracks, this release comes as the first half of their forthcoming EP Take Her My Life, due out later this year.
New Fury Media premiered the release sharing, "The band plays an interesting style of alt-rock that draws from Sonic Youth and L7, so if riot grrl bands are your thing (they should be!), this band might be right up your alley." Castle Black have continued to develop their sound and delivery, with drummer Joey Russo providing his recording debut for the band on this release. Roaring guitar riffs, melodic yet driving bass lines, and thunderous drums all are led by vocalist/guitarist Leigh Celent's raw, angsty vocals; combined, they demand attention in a power-packed delivery. Carefully honed, they provide an authentic and unfiltered delivery, with melodic hook-filled passages building an emotional performance that keeps listeners guessing, yet always returning for more. Utilizing their music as a reflection to society, the lyrics are often left intentionally broad; open for interpretation on personal, societal, and political levels. "I think a lot of the themes of this album also build on previous themes," mused Celent. "But they also go beyond those previous themes in a way that I’m not even sure that I understand. So maybe this EP is just about going beyond, and there are lots of interpretations of that idea." Celent shared the reasoning and concept behind the band's decision to release the music as a two-part collection. "We decided to take the idea from 2018’s the gods that adored you a step further. With the gods, we partitioned the EP into two parts, as a way to differentiate one chunk of songs from the other on the album, and as a way to better express how we saw the album thematically. With Dead in a Dream, we are releasing this EP in advance of the full EP, Take Her My Life. It will include both mini-EPs: Dead in a Dream and Born in a Dream."
Dead in a Dream was recorded by Michael Abiuso (The Venetia Fair, Kiss Kiss, The Gay Blades) at Behind The Curtains Media in Brooklyn, NY. It was mixed by Mark Plati (known for his work with David Bowie, Prince, Spookey Ruben, The Cure, Duncan Sheik), and mastered by Tom Scheponik. The album's cover art focuses on a rag doll sitting in a window; the simplicity evokes numerous emotions, open to interpretation as much as Castle Black's music. From nostalgia for the innocence of childhood days, to a sense of sadness, viewers are left to ponder. "I had a strong image in my head of what I wanted the cover art to look like," said Celent. "I had a specific idea of the type of doll that I wanted, and how I saw her posed. At some point, I remembered that I had a doll as a kid that totally fit the bill, at least as I remembered her. I texted my mom right away, hoping that the doll was still at her house and that she actually looked as I’d remembered her. When I went to pick her up, she was it."
Travis, James and Kevin are talking about the oft debated topic of Conservation versus Restoration...
When does it make sense to do one or the other, and does it make sense for the value of your item. James brings up a recent baseball card trimming scandal and the guys ponder on the effect it'll have on the market. Also: - Who's to blame in the baseball card situation? - Conserving and Restoring comic books - Single signed baseballs and potential forgery? - Why Restoration is okay with Fine Art.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | Alabama indie rock/punk trio KinZie deliver their debut album Dead Eyes today, charging forth with a series of infectiously catchy and punchy sonic hooks. Combining an invigorating blend of influences, KinZie share a perfect mix of intricate, tight-knit performances; full of catchy grooves and punk energy. PureGrain Audio summarized their album as "delicious and devious" and complimented KinZie as a "formidable indie rock/punk trio that’s as quirky as it is catchy."
"Since this was our first debut album, we really wanted it to be as memorable as possible and relatable while avoiding the usual topics of love or everyday surroundings," shared vocalist/guitarist Phillip Ori. Following their 2016 EP Young Vagabonds, the new release focuses on capturing the band's live energy and expression. "The biggest change is being able to record all at once which makes for a more honest recording in our opinions. Sonically, it’s nice to capture some wild tones in a real studio environment instead our previous DIY approach. I think the big takeaway is to let people know their feelings matter." Throughout the ten-track release, listeners are taken on a roller-coaster of emotions; from exploring the struggles of anxiety, to the dynamics between anger, grief, and apathy in modern world, as well as an outlook for what's to come.
Musically, KinZie pull from a wide range of influences, including elements of jazz punk, math-rock, garage rock and hardcore, buttered up with indie rock to appeal to wide audience. Active on the Birmingham music scene for a number of years, KinZie has shared the stage with acts including Screaming Females and Night Beats. Reflecting on the release, Ori laughed, "It’s been a long labor of love and to actually hold the album in our hands is a little surreal. Hard work does pay off!"
The band called upon a number of local musicians and artists for involvement on the album. Musician Jesse Payne provided a guest performance with acoustic guitar on "Dead Eyes" and a guitar solo for "The Process". The alluring cover art was completed by Taylor Adams of Deep Space Devices. KinZie recorded at Boutwell Studios in Birmingham with Brad Lyons (recording/mixing/mastering) and engineer Daniel Long.
There are numerous, well-known places in the NYC where you can explore American music, hear some of the best Jazz, Blues, Hip-Hip and Punk, and go through the music history of NYC. The music scene in NYC is truly a testament at how music has helped shape today's US and how continues to do so. But, alas, there is rarely enough time to see it all. So, if you are on a limited schedule (let's say a couple of days) what are you supposed to visit first? Well, to help you out, we've come up with our list of the most iconic places music lovers should visit in NYC. So, without further ado, let's jump in.
Iconic places music lovers should visit in New York
Let's get the most famous iconic places music lovers should visit out of the way first. Carnegie Hall is a must-see for anyone that visits NYC. Not to mention someone who is a music lover. Carnegie Hall has one of the most impressive performance lists in the world. From Frank Sinatra to the Beatles, musicians have made their mark in Carnegie Hall and you'd be a fool not to witness its impressive history. Not to mention that Agnes da Mille, Isadora Duncan, and Marlon Brando have all lived in studious above the hall. So, before you come here, know that you are stepping into one of the true monuments of the US music culture.
It is ideal that you commit a whole day to Carnegie Hall. There is a lot to take in, and you shouldn't rush through it. But, since we’ve assumed that you are on a tight schedule, we are going to recommend another, smaller place that you should check out. Café Dante is a nice place to visit and grab a cup of coffee. After all, artists like Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Robert Mapplethorpe have been doing it in the '70s. So, if you want to refresh yourself and continue the musical journey you started in Carnegie Hall, head on to Café Dante. See what the vibe of the '70s was like.
You may not be a fan of hip-hop, and that is ok. But, what is not ok is to not learn about hip-hop while in NYC. Hip-hip as a style has quite a unique heritage. It is much more modern than the rest of the music that is played in NYC and it has tight connections to modern US history. So, how do you learn about hip-hop while in NYC? Simple. You go on a guided Hush tour. Excellent guides will show you all the iconic places music lovers should visit if they wish to learn what hip-hop is. If, on the other hand, you want to explore hip-hop further, you may end up hiring NYC movers to move you from any state. There is no better place to experience the original hip-hop then NYC.
Now, let us look at another one of both historic and iconic places music lovers should visit in NYC. NYC is chockfull of music history. So much so that a lot of people choose to ask Brooklyn Movers New York for assistance and move here in order to study it. And, you cannot talk about music history in New York without mentioning Apollo Theatre. It seems like every great African-American artist has performed in Apollo Theater at least once in their lives. Both Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown have started their careers here, which serves as a testament to the greats of Apolo Theatre. And people like Micheal Jackson and Dionne Warwick have used Apollo Theatre to spread awareness of African-American music to the rest of the US. We can go on and on, but we feel that it is best that you visit it and discover for yourself.
Just like before, let's try to couple a large theatre with a smaller venue in the same neighborhood. Cecil Steakhouse is a great way to grab a bite to eat and listen to some live Jazz. The beauty and history of Apollo Theatre can be overwhelming, which is why you should use the rest of the day to taper off. Order up a nice steak, grab a drink and try to appreciate the beautiful jazz. This should provide you with the proper atmosphere to appreciate African-American music and all it has done throughout history.
Rockwood music hall:
One of the reasons why jazz is NYC is so good is because NYC has some excellent music schools. And if you want to enjoy some of it, we recommend Rockwood music hall. Rockwood music hall has an intimate music venue that is great for a nice night of jazz and blues. Here you will be able to sit down, relax and think about all the NYC music history that is around you. We suggest that you take someone with you on these tours to share your experiences.
Seeing a performance at the Lincoln Center is something that every music lover needs to do while in NYC. But, don't go there haphazardly. Look into their schedule, put on something nice and go for dinner afterward. The whole point of the Lincoln Center is to give you a night of elegance and excellent music. And, to further that magical experience, you need to make it as much of an event as possible. For the afterward dinner, we strongly recommend the Grand Tier Restaurant that is nearby.
James recently undertook a large task in finally launching his own auction house, Ironfish Auctions in Coeur d'Alene, ID, and he's telling Travis and Kevin all about it!
Learn more about what led James down the path from going from Appraiser to Auction House owner and all the administrative stresses that come with it. The guys also touch on: - Planning for the long term - Startup marketing on a budget - Partnering with other Auction Houses - Considering Buyers Premiums.
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