The decision to include culture and art in the US Cold War arsenal was taken as soon as the CIA was founded in 1947. Dismayed at the appeal communism still had for many intellectuals and artists in the West, the new agency set up a division, the Propaganda Assets Inventory, which at its peak could influence more than 800 newspapers, magazines and public information organisations. They joked that it was like a Wurlitzer jukebox: when the CIA pushed a button it could hear whatever tune it wanted playing across the world.

The next key step came in 1950, when the International Organisations Division (IOD) was set up under Tom Braden. It was this office which subsidised the animated version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which sponsored American jazz artists, opera recitals, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s international touring programme. Its agents were placed in the film industry, in publishing houses, even as travel writers for the celebrated Fodor guides. And, we now know, it promoted America’s anarchic avant-garde movement, Abstract Expressionism.


Martin Rivas Music Update, March 2013.


Howdy…
I hope that 2013 has been as madcap and whirlwindish for you as it has been for me. I mean that in the best possible way. I will become a father in a matter of weeks, and I have never been happier. I’m going to scale back my public musical participation significantly for a good while, that I can be right here for every burp, fart, smile and poopy diaper… I can’t wait to keep track of how many times my heart completely melts each day. But I’ve two last shows, a podcast, and an award nomination to tell you about (and how you can be of help in that respect).

I’m not sure when I’ll send another e-mail update, but I’ll remain active on Facebook and Twitter (they’re just way too addictive, sadly), so you can keep up with the doings at www.twitter.com/martinrivas or www.facebook.com/martinrivasmusic, and you can always grab my music on iTunes (search > Martin Rivas) or at www.martinrivas.bandcamp.com

I’ll leave you with a video made by my friend Sam Teichman of us performing “No One Knows Me” at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 in NYC back in January. http://youtu.be/_dbEkNMB9N0

Thank you so much for your support, now, then, and always.

xoxo
-martin

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A Nomination for an Independent Music Award!

I’m still shaking my head, but the song “Your Heart Will Be Broken Again” has been nominated in the Best Adult Contemporary Song category for the 12th annual Independent Music Awards. Judges including Tom Waits, Suzanne Vega, Shelby Lynne, Brandi Carlisle, and a boatload of others will be determining the award winners, and I’ve found out that there is also a “vox populi” award that is determined by the voting public. I won’t be a pest about it, but I do hope that you’ll visit http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/12th/Song/Adult-Contemporary and place a vote. I understand that it’s a multi-step process, and if that’s not your thing, no worries, believe me. But thanks a zillion for a) voting if you do and b) spreading the word about the vote, which I really hope you’ll do.

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2 Last Shows!
Friday 29 March, 8p
Milkboy Coffee
2 EAST LANCASTER AVENUE · ARDMORE, PA 19003 · 610-645-526

I’ll be performing solo at my favorite Philadelphia-area venue, and of course I’ll be loading up on lattes, and many of you know how giddy I get when I’m highly-caffeinated. I hope you’ll join me if you’re in the area. Advance tickets are available at http://ticketf.ly/13iLurC for $8, or it’s $10 at the door.

Saturday 30 March, 8p
FNDTN Arts Gallery & Liveroom
3762A Howard Avenue • Kensington, MD 20895
21+ • beer and wine included with ticket purchase
Beyond stoked to make my first appearance as part of the fantastic Buncearoo Concert Series (learn more at www.buncearoo.com), with special guest Crys Matthews. NOTE: tickets are ONLY available in advance via the website, so please purchase in advance if you’re planning to attend. Ticket price INCLUDES BEER & WINE :)

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I’ve got a Podcast now!
It’s called “All Reet Sonics” (in honor of the Cab Calloway song, “Are You All Reet?”)… and on it, I spin recordings that I’m hopelessly in love with from zillions of genres and sources across the history of recorded sound. The latest episode came out a couple of weeks ago. You can subscribe on iTunes and get every episode as soon as they’re released right on your iPhone or on your computer. Pay a visit to https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-reet-sonics-podcast-hosted/id584430579 to listen or to subscribe. If it’s easier for you, just search “all reet sonics” at the iTunes Music Store. I hope you’ll have a listen and spread the word about this as well. The next episode will be recorded while holding a wee baby, and perhaps he or she will say a sweet something into the microphone. :)
You can also follow All Reet Sonics on twitter if you wish… it’s twitter.com/allreetsonics

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Campfire Shows (solo and otherwise)

Fri 22 Mar 7p - The Red Lion, 149 Bleecker St., NYC - www.redlionnyc.com
Tue 26 Mar 9p - Slane, 102 MacDougal St., NYC - www.slanenyc.com
Thu 28 Mar 7:30p - Pazzo, 141 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 - www.pazzoredbank.com
Tue 2 Apr 9p - Slane
Thu 4 Apr 7:30p - Pazzo
Fri 5 Apr 7p - Slane
Tue 9 Apr 9p - Slane
Thu 11 Apr 7:30p - Pazzo
Tue 16 Apr 9p - Slane
Thu 18 Apr 7:30p - Pazzo
Fri 19 Apr 7p - Slane
Tue 23 Apr 9p - Slane
Fri 26 Apr 7p - Slane

And that’s it.

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Get Reliquary on Amazon: http://amzn.to/N4zP14 
Get or stream Reliquary on Bandcamp: http://martinrivas.bandcamp.com
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Consider yourself updated, with love. End of message. End of transmission.

Martin Rivas Music Update, January 2013.


AN IMPORTANT NOTE.
Hey there! Hope you’ve enjoyed this Holiday season, and I also hope that 2013 has super-wonderful things in store for you.



I can confidently say that 2013 has some super-wonderful things in store for me: my wife and I are expecting our first child in late April. Needless to say, I am beyond excited. Giddy, actually! And with that in mind, I’ll be scaling back my rock & roll operations significantly for the time being. As you might expect, I don’t want to miss a single moment if I can help it. But music isn’t merely something I do… music is what makes me who I am. And while I can’t definitively say at this time when, or honestly if, I’ll be doing another tour, or recording another album, or anything of that ilk, I know that I’ll never stop making music. And, at some point, I’m certain that I’ll have some new music to share with you. And I hope you won’t mind me telling you about it when I do.



But before I throw the canvas over the display case, I’ve one more NYC show with the best band I’ve ever been in (details below), and a few more solo shows around the Northeast, PLUS an internet show that will take place on YOUR computer on January 30 at 4p NYC time, 9p London time, 1p SanFran time (again, details below).



In the meantime, you know where to find the sounds I’ve created to this point (if you don’t, www.martinrivas.net or iTunes>search “Martin Rivas”)… and I’ll still be playing regular Campfire-style shows at the regular haunts, be they solo, with Craig Meyer, or with other assorted miscreants, so I hope you’ll come say hi.



Thank you so much for your support, now, then, and always.



xoxo
-martin



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Thursday 3 January, 9p
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
196 Allen St., NYC 10002
http://rockwoodmusichall.com
One last full-band show, and it’s with my very favorite musicians on earth: Chris Kuffner, Brian Killeen, Patrick Firth, Greg Mayo, and Zach Jones. We are stripping the band down to its most basic elements and taking several chances on improvised arrangements at this final full-band show. I hope you’ll find the time to come on by, it’d be great to see you there.


Wednesday 23 January, 8p
Brooklyn Bowl: The Beatles’ 64 Greatest Hits on Ukulele
61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn NY 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/189177-beatles-complete-on-ukulele-brooklyn/
Master ukulele-player Roger Greenawalt spearheads the performance of 64 of the Beatles’ greatest songs with guest singers from across the spectrum of popular music. I’ll be singing two songs as part of the fun, as will my bandmate Zach Jones. You can bowl and listen, you can eat amazing fried chicken and listen, or you can just listen!


Wednesday 30 January, 4p NYC time / 9p London time / 1p West Coast time
Martin Rivas House Concert: Live from My House…on YOUR Computer!
Here’s the link to get your ticket, and to watch the show:
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a show in the UK or Ireland, and as I miss you good folks over there immensely, I thought it’d be kind of fun to play a house concert for you, but from my house instead. This way I can invite you into my home, as so many of you have been so hospitable to me. Of course, you zany Americans can join in the fun as well.

I’ve set the showtime to 9:00p London time/4:00p New York time/1:00p San Francisco time in the hope that perhaps we can pull together folks from halfway around the world. You west-coasters should take a late lunch… you east-coasters can end your workday with a live show, and you Greenwich-Mean-Timers can snuggle up with the laptop on your lap!

I’ll play requests, and perhaps even a new song or two… but I gotta be honest: after three albums in three years, not many new songs have been written, but I’ve done a LOT of lazing on the beach/concocting steak rubs/stargazing/gardening. I hope you’re proud of me!

Please spread the word! I’m limiting attendance to sixty tickets, and admission is pay-what-you-can (= cheap!)… I hope you and some friends will join me for thirty minutes of mid-winter revelry!! 


I play a show at my house, broadcast over the internet to your computer, anywhere around the world, and you can send over your requests via the chat room on the show’s page. It seems like such an obvious idea, I can’t believe it hasn’t been done this way for centuries. 


Thursday 31 January, 9:30p
An Beal Bocht Cafe
445 W.238th St., Bronx NY 10463
http://www.anbealbochtcafe.com
Tucked away in Riverdale, one of the most adorable neighborhoods in The Bronx, is An Beal Bocht Cafe. I’ll be playing two sets, combining my own music with some of my favorite old numbers from across the spectrum of music. Best pint of Guinness in the Bronx!


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January Campfire Shows (solo and otherwise)


Sun 6 Jan 8p - The Red Lion, 149 Bleecker St., NYC - www.redlionnyc.com
Tue 8 Jan 9p - Slane, 102 MacDougal St., NYC - www.slanenyc.com
Thu 10 Jan 7:30p - Pazzo, 141 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 - www.pazzoredbank.com
Tue 15 Jan 9p - Slane
Tue 22 Jan 9p - Slane
Thu 24 Jan 7:30p - Pazzo
Fri 25 Jan 7p - The Red Lion (return of the Friday Nite Campfire)
Sat 26 Jan 10:00p - Elysian Cafe, 1001 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 - www.elysiancafe.com
Tue 29 Jan 9p - Slane


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Get Reliquary on Amazon: http://amzn.to/N4zP14 
Get or stream Reliquary on Bandcamp: http://martinrivas.bandcamp.com


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Consider yourself updated, with love. End of message. End of transmission.
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explore-blog:

To give you pause, then chills: How state science standards stack up, according to a new report from The Fordham Institute. 
Good thing there’s hope for science education outside the classroom. 

explore-blog:

To give you pause, then chills: How state science standards stack up, according to a new report from The Fordham Institute. 

Good thing there’s hope for science education outside the classroom. 

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We really did have a lot of fun and pasta and fun that day!

bessblog:

I sang on a cover of Crazy Little Thing Called Love with the one and only Sir Martin Rivas for his kickstarter backers and featuring Chris Kuffner on the upright bass. We had so much fun doing this AND the first song I’ve ever whispered about mustaches and hitch-hikers in. Well there’s a first time for everything… Check it out! 

voltagecontrolled:

Jean-Jacques Perrey - Ondioline Demonstration

Glorious.

allisonweiss:

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allisonweiss:

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I Would Love For You to be Involved in My First-Ever Music Video.


I’m just starting to put everything together to create the first-ever music video of my solo career, and I’m very very excited about the fact that I’m barely going to appear in it. You, or more accurately, your old photographs, are what is going to be featured.

"The Brooklyn Accent" is a song from my new album, Reliquary (available 5 June 2012), that very sentimentally celebrates the fierce pride that emanates from all sons and daughters of Brooklyn.

The production of the video is going to feature over 600 photographs, and I’d love it if you were willing to share scans of old photos, taken in Brooklyn, of your parents, your grandparents, your great-grandparents, cousins, friends, eccentric uncles, etc…. I’m looking for joyous moments: old wedding portraits, outdoor scenes, laughs and smiles from a time very fondly remembered. Anything from the 1980s on back to the dawn of photography. If you’ve got any old shots that involve Brooklyn landmarks, those would be wonderful to include as well.

I know how much old photos mean; I know that ours mean the world to us. So I would never ask you to send the originals. I only want to receive digital versions of them via e-mail.

This album was such a communal effort; I’ll never forget the experience of making this record with your help. It only makes sense to me that this video expands that feeling and includes folks that we all love and miss.

So if you’re willing to share some old Brooklyn pics to be part of the music video for “The Brooklyn Accent,” kindly send them along (high-resolution, file-size of 800k or more images please) to brooklynaccentphotos@martinrivas.net … I’m hoping to have all of the photos by mid-March. Send as many as you’re willing to share! (and forgive me if there’s an image that doesn’t get included)

I hope you’ll consider being part of it.

xoxo

-martin

I am confident that it is both possible and worthwhile to attempt a new secular approach to universal ethics. My confidence comes from my conviction that all of us, all human beings, are basically inclined or disposed toward what we perceive to be good. Whatever we do, we do because we think it will be of some benefit. At the same time, we all appreciate the kindness of others. We are all, by nature, oriented toward the basic human values of love and compassion. We all prefer the love of others to their hatred. We all prefer others’ generosity to their meanness. And who among us does not prefer tolerance, respect and forgiveness of our failings to bigotry, disrespect and resentment?

"In view of this, I am of the firm opinion that we have within our grasp a way, and a means, to ground inner values without contradicting any religion and yet, crucially, without depending on religion…


The Dalai Lama, from “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World”
So @allisonweiss whom I ADORE belted some “aa-OOOOO” vocals on my song “No One Knows Me” last nite, and she took a pic of my big ol’ album progress chart, with descriptor adjectives on the right. Now you know the names of the songs on the album, you rascal you!
allisonweiss:

Singing on the new @MartinRivas record tonight. This is his big chart of album progress. The word cloud on the right door is how everything is supposed to feel when it’s done. Amazing.

So @allisonweiss whom I ADORE belted some “aa-OOOOO” vocals on my song “No One Knows Me” last nite, and she took a pic of my big ol’ album progress chart, with descriptor adjectives on the right. Now you know the names of the songs on the album, you rascal you!

allisonweiss:

Singing on the new @MartinRivas record tonight. This is his big chart of album progress. The word cloud on the right door is how everything is supposed to feel when it’s done. Amazing.

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