Thursday, October 28, 2010

Puddles of My Podcast Episode 25: Forest City 25th Anniversary Podcast

Hello, my Puddlers.  This has been a hectic week for a variety of reasons so I apologize for the lack of posts.  Mr. Alex Ramsdell had some personal matters to attend to this week, but his column will be back up next Tuesday for you all to enjoy.  I was going to substitute a Halloween themed post up, but for a variety of reasons (work related) I wasn't able to get that up (although I may still be able to).  However, we do have a podcast.

As I have mentioned before, one of the ongoing projects I have tried to curate for the blog is the release of all the recorded material for one of my favorite bands in the Brooklyn area - Forest City.  Obviously, all of the members of the band are friends of mine and I thought it would be worthwhile to share their material with the world.  This has become a more pressing issue since my good friend Nick Mencia will be moving to Miami this week in order to start his own sorbet business (more promotion on that as he and his wife give me the go ahead).

This project, titled Puddles of Myself: Free Forest City Redemption, will feature tracks culled from various Forest City recording sessions over the past year.  The tracks will be posted individually for stream and free download.  Once all the tracks have been posted, the entire "album" will be posted for complete download.  There will also be a chance to pay for the album through CD Baby, in case you feel inclined to donate.  The whole project will have a section of the blog devoted to it that you can navigate to using the orange bar at the top of the blog.

The podcast today features Nick Mencia and Ted Robinson who are the primary songwriters in Forest City.  In this, Episode 25 of Puddles of My Podcast, Nick, Ted and I all sit down to discuss the writing process and meaning behind six of the featured Forest City songs, the nature of Forest City as a band, the notion of wanting to fail, birthday parties, how to write a song, what both Nick and Ted learned from playing in Forest City as well as the most rewarding part of listening to a song.  This is a must listen podcast that I highly recommend.

In addition, the band will be playing their final show at the Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club, which is located on Kent Street across from the East River Park - the home of the JellyNYC Pool Parties.

These tracks and this band have meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people and it was a creative effort that I believe, perhaps did not go in vain.


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