Mitchell Bandur

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I knew coming into this past weekend that Forward Music Festival (FMF) would be fun and a chance to return to the city of my college years, but I was also impressed at how easily that fun was had. It was one of the better weekends that Madison has ever had to offer me, and that's coming from a...
The Duo are one of those bands. They sing barely a sound during their entire set, but they converse with each other through casual banter with the audience. They drink Maker's Mark convincingly. They turn cartoons themes into anthems. They are addictive. This only my third time seeing the two Italians, Andrew said it was near his tenth. All...
I wrote to FMF organizer and Dane101 editor Jesse Russell for some comments on the slew of updates coming from Madison in anticipation of the September music festival. He seemed pleased. The tickets are selling out quickly, Killdozer is still on board and the local music scene seems to be rallying around the fest. He also mentioned that at...
The concept of the super television screen is hardly unfamiliar to anyone. Better known to the populous as a JumboTron, the screen that changed the way we look at live events can be seen everywhere from Times Square to Tokyo. While the word JumboTron is technically a brand name developed by Sony in the 80's, it has become synonymous...
On Friday it was pretty clear what the modus operandi of All Points West is: There is Radiohead and there is everybody else. By day, All Points West was a nice festival with some strong sets. Andrew Bird played to an adoring audience, mixing old favorites ("Fake Palindromes," "Plasticities," "Tables and Chairs") with a couple new songs in a set...
Yesterday I plugged a documentary airing on the Sundance Channel, Wetlands Preserved. I've been exchanging emails with the producer and director about the film, and he agreed to answer some questions. Dean Budnick is a name all jam fans should know, if they don't already. He created (with he help of others) Jambands.com, The Jammys and a documentary profiling...
Just what is it about Madison Square Garden that makes it so special? I heard someone pose this question the other day, and it got me thinking. After all, it is just a basketball stadium (and ice rink); there are 29 other NBA stadiums in the country, and countless college stadiums. But it’s more than just a basketball...
The last few installments of the The Union Forever dealt with the possibility of a cinema that is purely online. Not a reproduction of the movie industry on the Internet, but an entirely different mode of creation. The medium is so similar to that of the traditional cinema that few make a distinction or even care to entertain...
Poster by Erin Dosh Photographs by Haley Van Dyke Dear readers of the LMB, Martin Dosh is a marvel of a musician and an even greater gentleman. Harken back to Bonnaroo 2006 when, drenched in sweat from the Tennessee sun, I yelled through the wire fencing that separated the artists from the crowds, "Hey! Were you the guy drumming with Andrew...
After a few technical difficulties, our full review of the Jammys. Better late than never. Had I studied Cultural Anthropology in school rather than Architecture I would have been fascinated by the scene outside Madison Square Garden last Wednesday night as the hippy masses and Jay-Z fans stormed the gates. Actually I was fascinated by it, but I...
Carson Daly. He delivered Britney Spears to the world. Thanks. Everyone knows video killed the radio star, but I'm pretty sure video committed suicide with MTV playing the role of Jack Kevorkian. I'll admit I was kind of pathetic when I was in grade school and I enjoyed getting off the bus and watching TRL. Seeing Carson Daly play chameleon...
This past Tuesday, Todd Haynes' film inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan, I'm Not There, was released on DVD and I got a chance to relive the excellent experiment in narrative filmmaking. Not to mention a couple of hours of Dylan songs. Most of us know Dylan as everyone knows Dylan, as the freewheeling young...
The 7th Jammy Awards hit the WaMu Theater last night where everyone in attendance was treated to a Phish reunion. That reunion did not include music, however. All four members stood together to receive the Lifetime Achievement Jammy for their contributions to the scene. Although the theater was buzzing with the anticipation of Phish playing together...
Last week saw the announcement that the National would be releasing a DVD chronicling the making of their most recent album, Boxer. Directed by Vincent Moon, the documentary should bring some of his visual aesthetic to a larger audience by making the leap from online auteur to commercial director. By and large this usually means good things for Moon,...
Back in April of 2006, the director of La Blogoteque's Take Away Shows, Vincent Moon, announced that he was working on a documentary about The National, recording what would become 2007's year-end list-topping album, Boxer. Well, now there is a trailer and more video clips to come. A Skin, A Night TrailerUploaded by The_National Trailer - A Skin, A Night It's...
Before heading down to Austin, I had no idea what to expect from South By Southwest. I've been to a few festivals, but from everything I had heard, SXSW was an entirely different animal. Bonnaroo always seemed like it had a lot of bands, but this festival boasted over 1,500 acts. All reports I read prior told me the...
Photo courtesy of The Sky I Scrape When a band announces a headlining slot at a major summer festival, a full tour is usually in the works. That's now officially the case with Bonnaroo headliner Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder and co. will embark on an East Coast tour sandwiching their stay in Manchester, TN with dates from Florida...
I got off the plane in Austin, Texas and headed directly to meet up with LMB's Justin and Sam, as well Dave from Earvolution.com at a taco place on 2nd street. They had just finished their 11am breakfast and we were headed to the best bar in downtown Austin, the Mohawk on Red River and 7th. That’s about all...
I went back to Madison for the night last Thursday to see a show at my drawing teacher Kendra’s new venue, the Project Lodge. She opened the venue with her boyfriend and fellow Portland, Oregon transplant, Chris. Both people are outstanding, so it’s no surprise that the venue seems to be doing well in its infancy. This particular show...
Usually before I go to a concert I like to get extra familiar with the music I'm about to see performed. I'll read a bit about the band, listen to their albums a few times, and prepare for what I'm going to hear. Most of the time that concert is the culmination, I'll hear the songs in...
ONCE: Falling Slowly - A Live Performance I recently viewed two types of music-orientated films that were typical of the current approach to the music-film continuum, yet they both attempted to progress beyond the normal boundaries of current cinema. Once, the little Irish film with a big heart, and U23D, the big film with a little Irishman. The first film...
Intrigued by the recent successful collaboration between the Moldy Peaches and the film Juno, I wondered if this was an example of the union of music and film or if this was evil corporate synergy at its deceiving worst. It hit full steam for me when I heard the familiar sounds of Kimya Dawson’s and Adam Green’s juvenile delinquent...
Photo by Anton Corbijn From the R.E.M. HQ: R.E.M. will tour North America this May and June in support of Accelerate, their new record which is set to be released on April 1. The band will be joined on the North American tour by Modest Mouse and The National. Please stay tuned to remhq.com for more details. Read on for the...
Very sad news came out after Christmas of the passing of Evan Farrell. I didn't know him, nor am I very familiar with his music, but anytime a person so universally well liked by his friends and peers dies before his time it's a tragedy. From the Secretly Canadian website: EVAN FARRELL, Magnolia Electric Co. touring bassist, former Rogue Wave...
It took a Wisconsinite to make me feel back at home this weekend, but for as much time I spent in the Dairyland, there's no place like Chicago. After seeing Bon Iver as a one-man band at Madison Pop Fest in November, the expanded line-up loosened it up a bit and brought the already intensely emotional songs to a...