While looking through my email, trying to clean up my Google Drive, I came across some videos I had completely forgotten about. Well, it’s not that I forgot about the videos themselves, but I did forget to share them with anybody else… Our friend Ulrich Kogda filmed these videos for us. This was one of Purely Circumstantial’s earlier events at Cinderblock People, a record store in Harlem. Doing something that takes all of 30 minutes, years later? Unfortunately this is a classic move from yours truly, and while I do feel bad it took me this long to share it, I guess it’s better late than never.
Pedestrian Magazine is a magazine that features stories based on our everyday surroundings and beyond. If you like to explore your neighborhood, get lost in an unfamiliar town, or are a curious person, then this is the magazine for you.
It feels great to be part of something you really enjoy. I was so happy to hear back from Alex, the founder of Pedestrian after submitting. He did a great job putting this issue together.
Per Pedestrians website:
“40% of all sales will go towards GirlTrek, a nonprofit organization for Black women and girls who use walking to inspire healthy living, families, and communities. Active members support natural and local policy to increase physical activity through walking, improve access to safe places to walk, protect and reclaim green spaces and improve the walkability and built environment of 50 high need communities across the U.S.”
I encourage you to pick up a copy if you feel inclined! I hope you’re all doing well. Newtown Radio is slowly reopening, however our show is still on hiatus. It’s been a while since we’ve had a show. I’ve been thinking about what the next step of Purely Circumstantial is/should be. I’ve been keeping myself busy with other projects I’ll share when the time comes. Let’s continue to be strong advocates for social justice and revolution. Keep emailing your elected officials, have uncomfortable conversations with yourself and your peers. Do your part! As always, you can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for anything at all.
Took me long enough, but I finally uploaded all of the sets that were recorded from Armenian Dance Night. I’ll share the sets below, additionally you can check out this page to read more about the event + other past events.
On a similar note, last weekend I participated in a variety show that commemorated the Armenian Genocide. It was incredible collaborating with the other artists, I definitely felt unworthy but was happy and proud of my work by the end of it. Check these links below to listen to the project I presented and to watch the variety show itself:
a fabric for the sun – a variety show <– live show archived here
As mentioned before, here are the sets from our most recent live show. I’m extremely sorry to Mimz The Magnificent, who had an insanely great set, but due to my irresponsibility and lack of professionalism, only had dead batteries left in my recorder. I strongly encourage you to check out their music. They performed with a full band known as Fib9. It was an incredible, electric set. The people wanted more so they ended up improvising for the last few minutes of the night. Check out their soundcloud here and please stay up to date with their whereabouts if you like it! Please enjoy what I recorded below with a Zoom H4n recorder. I didn’t plug it into the mixer because I enjoy the atmosphere of the show. There are pros and cons to both, but I guess it ultimately comes down to personal preference and what you’ll be doing with the audio. The only editing I did through Audacity was trying to get the audio as loud as I could by normalizing the maximum amplitude to 0 decibels. I also cut out the applause and any technical mistakes.
Hi all, I wanted to thank you for coming to the show at Cafe Erzulie last Tuesday. I really appreciate everyone who came. It was great seeing faces old and new. I was able to record Free Money and mango dreamgirl’s set before my batteries died in my zoom recorder. Sorry to unintentionally do the other musicians dirty. I will upload these sets to the blog and to mixcloud this week so look out for that. Speaking of mixcloud, here is our latest episode:
First hour is talking and music, second half is an interview with mango dreamgirl. I felt pretty good about how the interview went, and I got my dads seal of approval.
Our Next Event:
Last spring/summer I fell into this local group of Queer Armenians in NYC. After a couple of hangouts and messaging via Instagram, someone had suggested we host a DJ Night featuring Armenian music. A few months later, here we are. I’m really excited for this. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Really this night is to celebrate Armenian music along with shared cultures, and to bond over said music, and to dance! The after party will be at Post No Bills.