Multimedia Journo, HuffPoster, Street art fiend, Georgian expat. This blog features some of the things I find inspiring along with some of my own work.

Live From Paste: Bahamas 
Copy By Max Blau, Video by Irina Dvalidze, Chris Humphries and Renée Lynn Reizman 

Alfie Jurvanen, known by the stage name Bahamas, couldn’t have picked a less apt name to reflect his musical and personal background. Hailing from Toronto, the songwriter’s minimal, harmony-laden folk songs earned him praised on his 2009 album Pink Strat. Watch Bahamas’ Live From Paste session here.

Live from Paste: Kopecky Family Band 
Copy By Max Blau, Video by Irina Dvalidze, Chris Humphries, Renée Lynn Reizman, Jaz Dixon.  

In 2011, few bands have captured our attention more than Kopecky Family Band. The Nashville band wowed us back in March with a captivating performance at our Paste Party in Austin. We liked them so much that we invited the band of Kopeckys to our offices over the summer to do a Live From Paste session. Watch the group perform four songs here.

Live From Paste: Ivan & Alyosha

Video By Irina Dvalidze, Renée Reizman.Text By Max Blau. Audio by Chris Humphries

Ivan & Alyosha makes music perfect for a Sunday morning soundtrack. The folk-rock quartet combines impressive harmonies with a rich, easygoing sound that echoes in similar fashion to fellow Seattle natives The Head and The Heart. While originally scheduled for a Sunday morning session, we ended up filming and recording this one on a Monday morning—a decision that came as a pleasant surprise to those around the Pasteoffice who were both familiar and unfamiliar with the group.

Watch Ivan & Aloysha perform five songs, including their impressive single “Glorify” and several other tracks from their recently released Fathers Be Kind EP.

You all know the drill with SXSW. Between the official showcases and the unofficial day parties, thousands of bands head down to Austin, Texas every year for the weeklong festival hoping to be heard, seen and remembered. For attendees, it’s music overload—you may see 20 or 30 acts over the span of several days. I saw 100 acts this year at SXSW. In doing so, each band increasingly blurred together with those that came before and after. Three months later, it’s difficult to name each band I saw. There’s a few bands, however, that catch you off guard just enough that you can’t forget them. MyNameIsJohnMichael was one of those groups.

Like their name, which includes five words packed into one single-word title, this New Orleans-based rock ensemble packs a punch that can’t be ignored. Carrying the name of frontman John Michael Rouchell, this seven-piece outfit combines a vibrant blend of indie-rock infectious and a Louisiana-inspired brass bombast that speaks to their local roots. Check out five songs from MyNameIsJohnMichael, including a Cajun-laced cover of Cults’ “Go Outside.”

As Ohioan folk rock outfit Over The Rhine continues to tour in support of their latest record The Long Surrender, the husband and wife duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist recently made their way through Atlanta to perform at the Variety Playhouse. Paste stopped by before their set to record and film their soundcheck. Watch Over The Rhine perform three songs in the player below.

Live from Bonnaroo Video Stream. 

I worked on most of the videos in the stream above with Chris Humphries, Renée Reizman, Kelly Makepeace and Max Blau. 

Below is the breakdown of my contribution. 

Man Man - Cinematography and Editing
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Cinematography
Lauren Shera and David Mayfield - Cinematography and Editing 
Infantree - Cinematography
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Cinematography 
Phosphorescent - Cinematography
Sharon Van Etten- Cinematography and Editing 
Abigail Washburn- Cinematography and Editing 


Day one of Bonnaroo proved to be quite interesting when we got on the Ferris wheel with Abigail Washburn. Known for her interesting and expletive-laden stories, she offered us an account of her experiences at a United Kingdom airport involving a Filipino restaurant employee, an interestingly-named hamburger and her first encounter with Angry Birds. Check out our time with her below.

After kicking off day two at Bonnaroo with her performance, Sharon Van Etten took some time out of her afternoon to chat with Paste. Check her out the video below as she speaks about her first Bonnaroo experience, working with Aaron Dessner and how Leonard Cohen inspired one of her newest songs.

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Minutes before Dead Confederate took to the Ferris wheel to perform their song “Ferris Wheel” for Paste, they spent a few minutes updating us on what they had coming up. Partnering with several Georgia-based bands, including R.E.M. and Futurebirds, Dead Confederate is planning to produce a compilation album to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Check out their ferris wheel performance live at Hangout.