Song of the Day

YOUNG GALAXY
Long Live The Fallen World


PLAY: Long Live The Fallen World

I can’t put my finger on it…and even though I really, really like it…there’s something deeply disturbing about this song. Maybe it’s the way lead singer Catherine McCandless’ trance-like voice sort of begs and pleads the lyric…it’s like she’s transmitting a feeling of doom through the words. And the way the distorted, watery guitars and fuzzed-up keyboards fight to get heard past the thick production just adds to the sense of hurt and pain. I can’t quite imagine what these guys are like live…you can find out if you wanna hit Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow, ‘cuz they’re opening for The XYZ Affair and Pete & J…but I figure a few anti-depressants and a beer might help to take the edge off! It’s depressing and dark and sad…and I love it! Their new album, Invisible Republic, doesn’t have a release date quite yet, but you can check ‘em out over at MySpace

Song of the Day

DESERT NOISES
New Man


Play: New Man

Provo, Utah is the home to three kids calling themselves Desert Noises and they just dropped their first EP…recorded in all of four days…and I gotta say, after listening to the first couple of cuts I’m pretty impressed! OK…maybe it’s a teeny bit derivative of Band of Horses, or maybe it’s just how lead singer Kyle Henderson’s voice hits the higher register the same way BofH’s Ben Bridwell does…I dunno, but the combination of his vocals and some pretty tight production (check out the open & clear guitar and bass!) makes for a quite appealing listening experience. You can check ‘em out over on MySpace

…..Wow!!!

OK…so my new site has been live since February 24th…nine days…and I just discovered how to use the feature that allows me to pull web stats in order to see the traffic that visits the site…..

1728 ‘unique’ visitors…2798 visits…45,608 page views for a total of 48,997 ‘hits’…!!!

Besides here in the States, I’m gettin’ hits from Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Austria and Poland…Poland?!!

All in nine days?!!

Wow!!!

So tell your friends…write your congressman…pass the address along to an art director you know (!)…but let’s keep the hits a comin’…!!!

Brad Trent Dot Com

Song of the Day

ART BRUT
Just Desserts


Play: Just Desserts

It’s Punk Rock Tuesday here on The List and just in time too, ‘cuz I haven’t kicked out the Jams in a long, long time, but to remedy that, Art Brut just leaked a song that will not be on their next album! The Frank Black-produced album, Art Brut Vs. Satan, drops April 20th, but I guess they’ve got so much good stuff to choose from that ‘Just Desserts’ is getting used as a teaser to make you wanna buy the album. Snarly Cockney vocals, grinding guitars and lotsa dessert jokes…yup, that spells PUNK to me!!! I mean honestly…when was the last time you heard the word “patisserie” dropped into a punk song?!! Now that’s inspired songwriting! Check ‘em out at MySpace

Bring In The Clouds!

I have always said “Life is good if you love what you do…” and even after all these years (and the occasional bitching and moaning I have been known to do every once and while when things don’t go exactly the way I want) I can still say that I do love what I do. I recently shot a job that could have turned out a lot different if I had simply stuck with the cards that were dealt to me, but instead I pushed a bit and turned a crappy situation into a pretty cool shot.

BusinessWeek SmallBiz hired me to shoot the founders of First Global Shipping…a kind of international messenger service that operates like FedEx, but uses commercial airlines to move their packages. FGX lives up to what SmallBiz is all about…it’s a very small business! When I checked the place out on a scout, I found that they operate their entire operation out of a small, unadorned loft in Chelsea. Nothing glitzy, fancy or even remotely interesting in terms of a photographic setting…so I had to come up with something a bit more showy. I convinced Kathy Moore, my photo editor, that I could pull off a bit of fun, but she would hafta open up the purse…I needed a backdrop and a bunch of airplanes!

When we returned, the only space big enough for our purposes was their ‘light-ops’ area…this is where they log in shipments before they get sent to the local airports for transport. This more or less meant we would be shutting them down for as long as we were setting up and shooting. And of top of everything else, we basically had to push everything in the entire area out of the way and up against the walls in order to make the space usable.

With the background in place, we then had to suspend the toy airplanes…..I hafta admit…this part of the exercise was not thought out as well as it could have been, but I always carry way more stuff than I need and we managed to rig everything…eventually!

Bo & Kaz as stand-ins….notice how Bo never looks at the lens when I fire up the ring light!

The two founders of FGX, James Dowd and Justin Brown, were really into the whole idea…..small business guys are like that…they don’t have a team of p/r guys overthinking every little thing that may or may not happen based on what they do in the public eye. I can guarantee the Chairman of FedEx wouldn’t pose with toy airplanes! But FGX ain’t that kinda company yet. In fact, their communication manager, Chevon Drew, was Twittering the entire time we were shooting and later put the whole thing up on the FGX Blog!

James & Justin lovin’ the business!

The story came out this month in SmallBiz…..you can check it out…HERE!

And this is how it all came together in the end…..

To see the BIG version of the final image, click HERE!

Long day…fun shoot…and I still get off on how I make a buck!

Song of the Day

ASOBI SEKSU
Me & Mary


Me & Mary

It’s been a while since I’ve found any shoegazey stuff that popped my cork, but when I heard Asobi Seksu had just released a new album, I was all over it. The Brooklyn-based duo (sometimes quartet), fronted by Yuki Chikudate, has followed up their previous album, Citrus, with another collection of electronic fuzz & shimmery vocals, reminiscent of The Cocteau Twins, with a bit of amped-up Blonde Redhead and My Bloody Valentine tossed in for good measure. The new songs have a familiar feel to them, but they’re bigger…more complex…than the bands previous work. I love this stuff! Check out Asobi Seksu on their MySpace page.