The Snow Ghost: a new song from Bruce “Snow Ghost” Russell and Matt Marcel.
Cha-Cha Connor and Bruce “Snow Ghost” Russell interview an all-star panel about Worcester’s punk scene. Featuring: Cathy Cah, Lauren Cain, Kae Collins, Yukiko Fujii, Joanne Hart, Lysie Nagorski, Toni Ostrow, Annie Paquette, Mariah Pariah, Kelley Parsons, and Erin Riley.
Choice clips from the 2009 Worcester Mystery Band concert.
Here’s how Jacob Berendes described Mystery Band in 2007:
mystery band is a worcester activity in which everyone who is interested in being in a band submits their name and contact information (and any previous musical experience) to a central organizer, who then organizes the list of people into however many five or six person bands. these bands are given a certain amount of time (usually 2 months) to have a few practices and write between 5 and 20 minutes of original material that is not a waste of everybody’s time. improvisation is prohibited. participants need not have any prior musical experience, just the desire to be in a band and the ability to step up. mystery band culminates in a series of shows for all the bands that pulled it off.
See also: Mystery Band 2008
Here’s the first episode of a new collaboration between Bruce “Snow Ghost” Russell and Mike Benedetti: The Silver Mountain.
From the 2010 “holiday shoutouts” at WCCA TV13.
There’s a nice review of the Snow Ghost album Despair, Death, and Redempshire in this month’s Metronome magazine. You can find this, for free, at various music stores; in Worcester, Union Music has it.
by Douglas Sloan
The Silver Mountain is fueled by the soul and spirit of songwriter-singer Bruce Russell. Mixing mysticism and a deep spiritual belief with otherworldly tales of death, despair and rebirth Russell raps more than sings on this collection of original compositions that are powered mostly by mesmerizing synthesizers and hypnotic drum patterns. Russell has a peculiar diction in his voice that reminds this listener of an old Indian warrior telling his stories of the hunt around the campfire. Coupled to his wildly imaginative authorings, Russell’s music is more performance art than classic metal. Listen and experience . . .
Image: Bruce and Mike at the Show Ghost Review Party, Da Lat, Worcester
This masterpiece courtesy Nick Nassar.
Mark Benedetti is our guest on episode #7 of the Snow Ghost Community Podcast, talking about the formation of a canon in three “underground cultural formations”: 60s experimental film, early NYC punk rock, and No Wave film.