Broadside Featured in Dirty Linen #89
Not too long ago, Broadside Electric held court with Dirty Linen's
very own self-proclaimed Celtonerd, Steve Winick. We're proud to
announce that the best bits of that conversation can now be enjoyed
as a feature in the August/September issue of Dirty Linen (#89)!
For those not in the know, Dirty Linen is one of the very best magazines
available about folk and world music. In fact, by the time you read
this, Issue #89 will be on newsstands and at fine booksellers in the
U.S., Canada and elsewhere ... before you can pronounce "Xcgfjwbq."
Steve has put forth such a well-crafted three-page article, why we're
sure it is destined to become a B.E. collector's item. (At the very
least a copy will land in Joe's hermetically sealed archive vault.)
For those who like to read articles online, www.dirtylinen.com
will soon carry it as well. If you don't get a printed copy in time,
not to worry. They also sell back issues ... while they last.
OK, have we plugged this enough yet? :-)
T-Shirt Design Contest Begins
Our financial advisers inform us that it's time to offer a new Broadside
Electric Souvenir T-Shirt. We believe our tenth anniversary marks the
We also know there is untapped artistic potential lurking out there.
What to do? Ultimately, we decided to sit back and let you do all
the hard work. :-)
Oh, but we'll make it worth your while. How? With a T-Shirt Design
Contest, of course. Ready? Here's all you do.
Create your design using any reasonable tool or media (Visio, Photoshop,
Microsoft Word, paper and ink, etc.). For electronic submissions,
please keep the final resolution to at least 300dpi. That way it may
also be usable in printed documents, posters or online. (Hey, you
never know, right?)
You can use "full-color" mode in your design. If you choose to do this,
please create a low-color version as well (four colors or less is
a good guideline), since our t-shirt printing costs might become
prohibitive beyond a handful of colors. Safety first!
If drawing isn't your forte, but you're great with words, feel free to
submit a vivid description of your design idea. If we're sufficiently
swayed, we'll unleash our graphic artist wizards on it like a herd
of mad bonsai tree growers let loose in a Japanese garden. Watch out.
The words "Broadside Electric" must be incorporated into your design.
Please provide us with all supporting information along with your
design. Examples: You have a particular t-shirt color in mind;
you intend the image to go on the back instead of the front; you
have images for both sides, on the sleeves, on the inside <?!>, etc.
It's tough to specify every possible design guideline, and we do not
wish to limit or restrict entries in any way. However, keep in mind
that simplicity can be a good thing (Ockham's Razor, anyone?).
You can submit your design in many ways: On a single Web page (just send
us the URL), on one or more 3.5" disks, on good ol' paper ... on
burlap if you've got it ... hmm, better stay away from the burlap.
You may create and submit as many designs as you want.
Everyone, including your cat, is encouraged to enter this contest.
"Look at all these fabulous prizes!"
Here is a list (current at press time):
The complete Broadside Electric CD catalogue!
Name any song at all. We will learn and perform it (or something
close to it) at the 10th Anniversary Concert at the Sedgwick on
We will perform a traditional song in which your name will figure
prominently (read: we'll make it fit) at the 10th Anniversary Concert.
How to Enter
Deadline for submissions is Saturday, 2 September 2000.
(For very large image files you may refer us to a web page instead.)
Via U.S. Snail:
T-Shirt Design Contest
c/o Clever Sheep Records
P.O. Box 331
Ardmore, PA 19003
The Fine Print:
Please include your name, a valid address (e-mail or U.S. Snail) and/or
phone number so that we may contact you if necessary.
Materials sent to our P.O. Box cannot be returned.
Winners will be announced 1 October 2000 in the Gigs-R-Us newsletter,
on www.broadside.org and at the next scheduled B.E. performance.
T-Shirts will be available for sale at the 10th Anniversary Concert on
2 December 2000.
* Instructions adapted from the UVA Comp. Sci. Design Contest
New www.broadside.org Unveiled
In tandem with the Dirty Linen feature, we have altered our web site
somewhat. Those who have seen our 1998 CD-ROM Demo will be familiar
with the changes, and now there's still more to chew on.
We've added a search engine, the table of contents offers a birds-eye
view of everything on the site, we even dropped a quick recruitment -
er, um, mailing list subscription form on every page. A brief summary
on the contents page rounds things out, keeping you up-to-date on
what's happening in B.E.-land. You've even got the lyrics. Wow.
You are all soooo spoiled.
Still more changes are forthcoming. Keep your eyes peeled, 'cause the
web elves are going to be biz-zay this summer.
More Band News
As you sit poolside this summer, basking in the sunlight (with sunscreen
at the ready, or a shade), sipping pina coladas, and getting caught in
the rain ... if you're not into yoga, if you're into champagne ... you
might wish to see a specialist 'cause you're channeling Rupert Holmes.
It also means, of course, that John Malkovich has company.
If, on the other hand, you're only doing the sunlight basking bit, or
whatever aquatic, summer, hiking, nature-walk, boardwalk, theme-park, movie
recreation suits your fancy, then good for you! You're enjoying these
summer months in grand style. And well you should. It is, after all,
the last one of the millennium (right? - well, no, let's not get into
that argument now, we could go on for days).
Broadside is also quite busy and having tons of fun. Aside from all the
aforementioned madness (Dirty Linen, 10th Anniversary preparations,
etc.) here's "what we did on our summer vacation" thus far (or, for
the Fairport-inclined, "what we did on our holidays"):
Broadside Electric recently emerged from Mix-O-Lydian studios along
with folk mastermind Mike Agranoff and engineer Don Sternecker, having
recorded a very unique and moving song: "Gypsy Davey: One Year Later."
If you're familiar with the original tale of Gypsy Davey, this time
around it's "the rest of the story" as conceived and told in song by
Mike. Upon hearing a rough mix, we're already growing impatient - we
simply can't wait for you to hear this one. Hmph!
Listen for it on Mike's forthcoming action-packed CD, slated for
release December 2000. Visit www.mikeagranoff.com for news
and info, plus we'll keep you posted right here on this station.
We had a wonderful time at the Ice Cream Festival in Wilmington, DE
this past weekend. Held on the Rockwood Estate grounds, it featured
a dizzying array of vendors, arts and crafts, activities for the kids,
antique automobiles, a very large cow, lots of ice cream from the folks
at Turkey Hill, hot air balloons, lots of cannons, a full orchestra,
Trout Fishing In America <!>, and li'l ol' us. Not only did Broadside
alum Rachel Hall join us on-stage for a few tunes, but we did the CD
signing thing and even took part in a marvelous video interview. Gosh,
is this a great country or what?
Amy, Jim and Helene were recently spotted in the studio with the ab fab
Akire Bubar, recording new material for her forthcoming CD, entitled
"Arms of the Sun." Keep an eye on www.akire.com for details.
News flash: We hear it is already mastered and ripe for manufacturing
Not one to rest on his laurels, Tom is hard at work devising super-new
arrangements of traditional tunes, designed specifically to amaze and
delight every last one of you! (You too. Yes, you in the corner with
the snorkeling gear and the swim trunks - though we admit that's a
rather daring choice of colors and patterns but, what the hey, it's
a free country.)
Amy and Helene are also hard at work ... on new tune sets! Yes, friends,
the smoke-filled room is getting smokier by the minute. A few more of
these and we're all going to need a NicoDerm fix. Initial rehearsals
confirm - they're really turning out "some good stuff, man."
Joe was recently spotted !> in the title role of "Snoopy!!!" at his
collegiate alma mater in Hoboken, NJ. Sources inform us he may be
tapped for voice-over work on South Park if he keeps this up (and if
you believe that, I also hear Tom just sold some choice undeveloped
land over in Finland for a small fortune).
Speaking of Hoboken, Broadside recently performed an electrifying
concert with the dynamic duo Margo Hennebach and Mark Saunders (at
the very same locale, DeBaun Auditorium, on the campus of Stevens
Institute of Technology). Both groups took turns alternating sets,
with each half ending in a combined performance that blew away
everyone, clear through the back wall. It was recorded for posterity
so, you never know, it might resurface in the future.
I tell ya, Helene is keeping busy in so many wonderful ways, and one
way is with an exciting new contradance band called Spinning Jenny.
It features B.E. alum Rachel Hall and, judging by the name and genre,
it's got to be dizzying fun. More info RSN (real soon now).
Jim continues his escapades with Cap'n Mikee Ciul and that bastion
of improvisation and low-budget performance art, UNSOUND.
Visit virtually via www.eyeballsun.org (which, alas, has no
v's in it). To adapt a phrase from our good friend Mike Agranoff,
witnessing this ensemble live is definitely a "Broadside Imperative."
"You can" do it - 5 August 2000 at CEC in Philadelphia.
Helene is recording (again, surprised?) with the fine Philadelphia
sea-song group, The Shoenwalds! We expect further development as the
months roll by, and will keep you up-to-date.