New on Sooz TV: Boston Rocks Halloween 2009

[tweetmeme] It’s an annual tradition for Boston bands to perform Halloween shows covering bands they love or just feel inspired to cover for the night. This year I got some great performances recorded on video: John Powhida and Chris Cote as Robert Palmer, Preacher Roe as The Replacements, The Luxury as Duran Duran and The Lights Out as Phil Collins. You can watch all eight videos in the playlist below or watch each individual Boston Rocks Halloween video on YouTube.

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Music Video: Township’s Marc Pinansky solo at TT The Bear’s Place

Marc Pinansky (of Township) solo show at TT The Bear's Place

Marc Pinansky, singer and guitarist for Boston band Township, is exploring his mellower, singer-songwriter side with a collection of new songs that he tested out at TT The Bear’s Place last week.

I absolutely love Township. Their style of unabashed rock and roll is the real thing. But I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like to see Marc with just his voice, an acoustic guitar and a lot less volume. Chris Lay summed up the (very good) experience:

Marc added further evidence to my theory that inside every hard-driving neoclassic rocker is an acoustic balladeer struggling to get out, and also convinced me that that is a good thing.

Here’s the concert video I recorded for Sooz TV of Marc Pinansky singing “As A Child.” Who knew he was such a world class whistler, too!

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Photos and video of the fourth night of preliminaries at WBCN Rock N’ Roll Rumble on April 9th

Sarah RabDAU at WBCNs Rock N Roll Rumble
Sarah RabDAU at WBCN's Rock N' Roll Rumble

My collaboration with Ryan’s Smashing Life continues with an assortment of photos and a video from the fourth night of preliminaries at WBCN’s 31st Annual Rock N’ Roll Rumble on April 9th. Visit RSL to see a review, photos and video.

On the surface, it seems like a great idea to go to nine rock shows in two weeks. It turns out to be a little crazy. It’s fun — but I’ve learned to really appreciate good shoes and the right pair of socks!

The crazy band of music loving bloggers over at Boston Band Crush are also writing about each night at the Rumble.

Here’s a video I shot on Thursday of Sarah RabDAU and Self-Employed Assassins who won the fourth night of preliminaries. They’ll go on to compete in the semi-finals at the Middle East Downstairs on April 16th or 17th.

Photos and videos of WBCN’s 31st Annual Rock N’ Roll Rumble

The Luxury won the first round of WBCN's 31st Annual Rock N' Roll Rumble

My photos and some videos of WBCN’s 31st Annual Rock N’ Roll Rumble are being published on the always awesome Ryan Spaulding’s music blog at Ryan’s Smashing Life. Here’s our coverage of Sunday night’s festivities.

The Rock N’ Roll Rumble is a “battle of the bands” style competition for Boston area bands. Anngelle Wood, WBCN DJ of weekly show Boston Emissions is the host of this year’s festivities. She’s done a great job putting it together. Most battle of the bands do not have the best reputation but WBCN’s annual event is one of the good ones.

The winners so far include The Luxury who won on April 5th and Gravehaven who won on April 6th. Check Ryan’s Smashing Life for the Rumble schedule.

The Luxury perform “Seven Stories” at the first night of WBCN’s Rock N’ Roll Rumble

Here’s a video I shot Sunday night of The Luxury singing “Seven Stories.” They go on to play in the semi-finals on April 16th at The Middle East Downstairs.

TAZA chocolate Factory Tour: Grinding the Cocoa Nibs

Sooz TVThe final installment of my TAZA chocolate tour of their Somerville factory is here! In this video, co-founder Alex Whitmore describes how cocoa nibs are ground. During the grinding process, the cocoa transforms from a solid to liquid because the nibs are oily with 50-55% cocoa butter.

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Part 1: How The Roaster Works.

Part 2: How The Cocoa Winnowing Machine Works

Part 3: Grinding the Cocoa Nibs

TAZA chocolate Factory Tour: How The Cocoa Winnowing Machine Works

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Here’s my second of two videos of TAZA chocolate’s tour of their chocolate factory in Somerville. In this video, TAZA co-founder Alex Whitmore describes how the cocoa nib winnowing machine works. This is the process of removing the shell off of the cocoa bean. They donate the shells to Groundworks Somerville, a community gardening organization.

This video was shot in a room with a lot of people in it and no tripod. Always better to get someone in their natural element than a staged tour — but you’ll also notice a little extra noise at times and the camera moving to avoid a person walking by.

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Part 1: How The Roaster Works.

Part 2: How The Cocoa Winnowing Machine Works

Part 3: Grinding the Cocoa Nibs

Sooz TV Music Video: The Luxury at The Middle East Upstairs

Sooz TV Adam Ritchie from The Lights Out joined The Luxury on guitar for “Ocean’s Limerick” at the Middle East on February 20th. And here’s the video I shot. The Luxury is a great (really great) rock band from Boston. They won the “open for Coldplay” contest last Fall at The Boston Garden and have a new album in the works. Check out their website, become a fan on Facebook and join their group on Facebook .

The Luxury’s next show in Boston is on March 21st as guests of The Click Five’s Saturday night residency at my favorite spot, the Lizard Lounge, in Cambridge. They will also be playing in the 21st Annual WBCN Rock N’ Roll Rumble in April at The Middle East.

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Sooz TV: Tour of TAZA chocolate in Somerville — How The Roaster Works

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TAZA chocolate gave tours of their facility in Somerville on December 6th. I’ve tried to use their chocolate for my truffles and they never turned out all that great. Next time I’ll probably use a little less of their choco just to give the truffles a different consistency without overdoing it. I definitely have a better appreciation for their “stone ground bean to bar” chocolate after co-founder Alex Whitmore gave a tour of how they make their chocolate modeled after a traditional Mexican chocolate making process.

In this video, Alex explains how the cocoa beans are roasted.

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Part 1: How The Roaster Works.

Part 2: How The Cocoa Winnowing Machine Works

Part 3: Grinding the Cocoa Nibs