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My purpose in having this blog is to, yes, bring you all the music of the great Indie Artists in NYC....but...
My bigger mission is to help you get to know the personality of the artists, see them as I know them~~

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StreetcredMusic:: Great shows in October!!

Here are some of the great Indie performers coming at you this month~~~October, 2014

Kimberly Gordon

 here's a video with all info~~
video: up coming gigs~~

Cezara Lucia Vladescu

 .....and a presentation at...The HiveNYC
Oded Beeri, directing

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Artists In New York, Part XIV, Mariana J. Plick.

Just recently, I had the opportunity to finally spend some time getting to know a young woman I had seen perform with Yula Beeri several times. Her name is Mariana J. Plick.

Mariana J. Plick   Cirque Squelettique
Music, the Punk Music of Yula &the eXtended Family is what brought all of us together, well here,
as I like to do for my readers, I'll let Mariana (Annie) tell you her story::

       Hi Pete,
I'm a circus performer and director. After residing in Philadelphia, then New York City, I moved to Montréal. While practicing in New York City, I enrolled in a professional program at Circus Warehouse, a circus training facility which trains acrobats. TheHiveNYC is my artistic home.

The Hive is resolution. In New York City, a casino of dreams, artists habitated for decades in a mecca of creativity. With an expensivity incline, higher priced housing, and the foundations of capital enterprise, such people now find an inhospitable economic environment there. The natural environment itself in New York suffered losses, trees dying amidst concrete body bounds in sidewalks littered by refuse and vomit.

 Not all of the city embodies this view, but a lot of the terrain speaks exactly to such dystopian visions. Those for whom creativity evolves of empathy and emotion encounter difficulties for such to flourish while crammed into a metal subway car in direct proximity to several drained individuals, whose vision for their lives in New York bespoke something so far from what they've managed to find there. 

Mariana with Yula&XFM, at Rockaway Beach.
In such a place, The Hive embodies a safe space to create art and relationships. In a small space of time I watched it grow into a beautiful theater, through which many aspiring artists of New York found ground to grow their visions. I met Yula through friends in the punk/music scene between Philadelphia and New York. My friend Kriss Marchena was managing Yula and the eXtended Family for a time, and they invited our friends from Philadelphia to The Hive to meet and discuss how to link our ideas together, reinforcing the dendrites between us so as to support one another. At the end of the night Yula played piano, which is always the most inspiring sound to hear.

I met Jason Yellen while at the Hive, on a day I made a video with Yula, Sarah Zar, and some others. He had actually read poetry at the first event I produced/directed in Philadelphia, called The Elegant Skeleton at Bookspace, an eccentric concoction of circus, poetry, and music. I began a mini Hive in Philadelphia at Bookspace for a Summer with the help of some friends, but once I moved to New York it was absorbed back into the ensconces of the city.

Ahhhhh, Mariana at The HiveNYC
One particular aspiration that The Hive supported: Cirque Squelettique. The project simply would not have existed without The Hive. Cirque Squelettique collects ideas and transports them into the corporeal. I wrote a movement narrative, Cirque Skeletique, which embodies the first full length incarnation of these ideas. This show grows through the lens of post-modernist critiques on bio political engineering, security culture, fascism, and other oppressive forces in societies such as New York City. The skills involved ranged from sword swallowing, belly dance, shurikan card/knife throwing, freak show, aerial acrobatics, contortion, illusionism, juggling, break dancing, and more. The show ran for three nights at The Hive, and one night in Philadelphia. My goal is to create commentary on how I see these things affecting us, and to traverse the terrain between the voiceless and unvoiced, to the public.

These ideas are still formulating and won't be tangible to the extent I would like for a little while, but I plan to focus much more on trees. 

Amazing....another wonderfully creative spirit who calls TheHiveNYC 'home'.
...my thanks to Mariana for her words about 'Artists in NYC' and The Hive, and the amazing founder of it..... Yula Beeri...and it's life's blood, Jason Yellen.

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.........to see all the others in this series, type  'Artists in New York' in the search box.

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A Distinctive Coma...StreetcredMusic, Pete Carma

adjective: distinctive

characteristic of one person or thing, and so serving to distinguish it from others.

 The topic of conversation on a trip to New York City about a year ago, as the vino was flowing, it was the cheap stuff, in a bar of no importance. 

"If you were in a coma, could music help you OUT"...well I don't know if it would help me out but...

I know there are three voices I could hear that I would certainly respond to. Voices that will make my emotions, if you have any in a coma, respond to. They are truly the most distinctive to me::

Mary Travers

Mary Travers the unbelievable sound of  depth and protest of my youth. I Can never shake that sound that 'Rang Out' through the 1960's. Standing tall as a singer and artist and a civil rights giant.

Investigated by Nixon and the House Un American Activities Committee, never stopped her from speaking out. 

They had a hammer, and used it.

Another voice I would hear and maybe respond to:: A guy who went from a tenor to a who knows what..but surrounded himself with the best musicians on the planet, and had the best arrangements written by the best at what they did, and recited the American Song Book as no other.

Francis Albert Sinatra

 ...he gave the audience what they clamored for, great music with class and respect.

                  Sinatra:: here with Count Basie/Quincy Jones....'Fly Me To...'


Last and by no means least, If I really were in a coma, and this is a binding document here, this is the voice I want you to play~~Who else?? The Diva....Greta Panettieri   

Me and Greta NYC, 2012

  What she does with music is take it to a level where it is more than just for the ear. 

She sends out messages of happiness, and a visual of sheer joy. A phenomenal women with a musical talent very few can claim. 

 Here is her latest, there are so many I wanted to show::this is from her new CD..'Non Gioco Piu'
which has sold out in Italy..This is a 21st Century revival of a Mina tune from 40 years ago.

ENJOY:: 'Parole Parole'  

......That's it my 'Living Will' before you pull the plug give me a shot of Greta Panettieri  

.........make it a 'double'.

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Climbing Fences: The Occupation Song, by Sonia Montez

 One of my favorite New York City songstresses and people, Sonia Montez was sitting on a tune she wrote, and as events have unfolded recently, there is no need to wait it's time has come.

 Listen here!

The profound lyric::

Climbing Fences: The Occupation Song (Demo)
Words, Music, and everything else by Sonia Montez::

Dead night, Fire in the sky Stars are running shy
Ground bleeds in streams for you Early little love child
Bore the burden of the hate squad Someone watched as innocence left your eye
Climbing fences that tear you apart
How golden is our silence now? When they come in the middle of dead night
When there's nothing but fire in the darkened sky Stars run shy from the bullet fight
How the ground bleeds in streams of pain for you

Listen pretty sister
I got boys with toys to paint you red
I got silence now
When they come in the middle of dead night
When there's nothing but fire in the darkened sky
Stars run shy from the bullet fight
How the ground bleeds in streams of pain for you
You bleed as the world closes blinds
You scream as the pressure holds you tight
In this cage, you can't breathe
When all you need to be is free
When they come in the middle of dead night
When there's nothing but fire in the darkened sky
Stars run shy from the bullet fight
How the ground bleeds in streams of pain for you

StreetcredMusic, Introducing, Emilly Ben Ami

When I was a kid, going to public school in the Bronx, they taught us about the Statue of Liberty, and they said New York City was the melting pot of the world. As I grew up I realized that was a generalization, actually Brooklyn, was the melting pot, the other boroughs were side dishes.

One of the newest and brightest creators, to jump into the pot is a beautiful young woman from Israel,
Emilly Ben Ami.
Coming to New York City this January the coldest January, in decades, Emilly said, "I loved it".

Emilly Ben Ami, 
 Actress, singer, writer, Emilly is currently in rehearsal for 'Peer Gynt'. The production will be directed by Oded Be'eri. Emilly will play dual roles, Ingrid and Amitra, the Norwegian classic will be seen this September at The Hive NYC.

Emilly is also featured in the wonderfully funny web series 'Swipe To The Right' by Solace Productions. A spoof on the Tinder dating app.
      Here she is as, Doreen~~~~Enjoy 'Swipe To the Right'

  Awesome, right!!  I see from that wonderful segment that Emilly has what it takes to make any part 'real', she has access to herself.

As a songstress she sings and with dances with the band DD Dagger, in the Video 'Brooklyn Girls'
DD Dagger is a band based in Austin, Texas. Emily will be doing some vocals on their new album.

As a writer she has co written a play that will be in production this fall.

          >>Emilly is from Yafo, Tel Aviv, Israel, and she studied at, Studioact Yoram Levinstien.

Emilly is a welcome addition to TheHiveNYC, a nonprofit community of Indie Creators in Brooklyn.
She will indeed be a creative asset and help to establish The Hive, as an avant-garde arts community.

 So to my readers:: be on the lookout~~Emilly Ben Ami

Welcome to NYC Emilly, looking forward to watching your career here in the USA flourish.

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StreetcredMusic: To my readers:: TheHiveNYC

I know of no other group, community, family, tribe or troupe, of creators in the Arts, who needs nor deserves our support more::

       and founder, Yula Beeri.

                   here is a link:: To Donate  All donations are tax deductible!!

                 music...art....live stage....Jazz....all created at TheHiveNYC.com

Yula Beeri:
 ......The Hive NYC
"Before sending you the "official" letter with the "big" words,
I wanted to explain, that The Hive started from a group of artist (at the time, mainly musicians) that saw a great need for some sort of place, where we can develop projects and help others develop their project.
We saw that there are so many people in our immediate community, with sincere visions, and without the means or support to make their dreams reality.

It's true that there are many ART organizations, but none of them really gave the time of day to these individuals.
... just  the process of applying for space or guidance,  is sooo discouraging, that very deserving folks, don't even get to the place where they are being considered...

So we said to ourselves, that if we can't get outside help, we will do it ourselves, provide space, equipment and most important develop an encouraging community to allow this art to flourish".

                                                  Thanks !!
Donate::: 'HERE"

that art on the wall by, the amazing::Libat Ohayon


StreetcredMusic...Pete Carma...My 2cents Part IV, "It's My Band"

The story you are about to read is true. The names were change to protect the guilty.

I really don't know how many young artists I have seen in person, met at other peoples shows, chatted with on social media, or how many have contacted me...I have 200 on my FB, but there are many I did not 'friend', so there are hundreds. Just about all of them women, and perhaps this article will tell you why.

I have a great overview of the young music scene in New York City...because I'm totally nonprofit, not beholding to any company, not worried about keeping my job, and at the same time, I have the ability to help people. So I try.

One of the things I see is there are many great songwriters out there. BUT, there are a special few who hit the jackpot with almost every tune they write..( like really only 2).

So, me, being a stupid person, who thinks that some of these people would like to make their bands more popular, made a couple of suggestions, to a couple of 'band leaders' recently, and I made them face to face, because I'm ole school and like to look people in the eye and hear their voice, cause that's the way humans have evolved....and it would also get their reaction in real time.

Band leader number one, a woman let's call her Ms. BB. I said::I know someone who has written at least half a dozen tunes that would fit your band to a 'T'. Sooooo, I asked her if she would be interested in doing them, and the writer was OK with this. Ms. BB's reply was:
"Pete, I have written dozens of songs, that I plan on doing in the future, but thanks anyway"
She never even asked who or gave a listen to the tunes.....her loss.

The second band 'leader' and I use that term 'leader' loosely....again looking HIM dead in the eye, let's call him, no, no name for him, I said:: why don't you do one of, insert name here, songs...BTW the songs would fit his, OK I'll call it a band... He said almost before I finished asking the question..
"because this is my band".

if ur band is stagnant DO SOMETHING!

My point...neither of these bands have come close to breaking out, they are still playing the same venues they played for the last three years, they have not had a run on their albums, and still they refuse to include anything new from the outside, at no cost!

It's a business man, it's not a singles tournament. If you were selling umbrellas and someone offered you umbrellas at no cost, and you refused...what? Put your EGO aside for a second.
One musician, a Zombie, once actually said to me "and what if the song becomes a hit, then they will want a piece"  ...well yeah you dumb MoFo...and it will be your first fuckin HIT!

So what I see is, you musicians out there are totally willing to give your hard earned $$$$ to a producer, a mixer, a booking agent, a tour arranger, and anyone else who sells you what looks like an easy path...but you won't take food and water, songs, the life's blood of your industry...........
 .....please splain that to me Lucy.

...at your next gig, look around, there will be at least 5 or 6 other bands playing that venue that night, multiply that by the number of venues in New York City, times that by 365 and that's your competition. So to not look at new material is not only bad business, but at best being naive or at worst egomaniacal.

The moral of this little ode: I have some amazing writers who are open to anyone using their work..If interested, I'm here, so are they.

That's My 2cents, Part IV::   here is My 2cents,  Parts 1,2,3.

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