Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Trentonian TV Production Notes: Unplugged: Carvin It Up debut

Perfect streaming? Apparently not

TRENTON -- This is the deal: The debut of Trentonian Unplugged: Carvin It Up broadcast live but didn't record. At least I *think* it broadcast live because if you click on the picture above and look in the bottom-left corner you see PERFECT STREAMING in green letters. But missing is the LIVE box on the part of the screen that shows Kelly playing, and I should have been paying attention to that. So yeah, the live broadcast that probably wasn't being broadcast live did not record, either. Bummer. Such a bummer. It was such a bummer. It's been a long, long time since a Trentonian TV show did not record at the KdK. It is my fault.

But Kelly was a hero. I said that we could try again, but she performed a strong 32-minute set of 5 songs and between-songs banter and told stories and so she didn't have that kind of mojo again. I don't blame her. But she agreed to tape a 1-song version that starts with an explanation of why she's only playing 1 song. Total star.

Here are a few stills and the song she did for the second time:

After the stunted version of the debut of Trentonian TV Unplugged, Kelly and I went to Art All Night. She performed there Saturday night. She wanted to go hang out again for a while, and I needed to get out of the studio to take my mind off the screw-up. We hopped in the Carvin Mobile (a blue Caprice wagon that could be a modern version of the Blues Brothers Mobile) and headed to the 24-hour gig.

Soon as we got there she heard Kim Yarson's voice and got excited to see her friend perform. There was another unique performance going on at the same time: in front of Yarson and her band danced a robust black woman in a jet-black wig wearing black sunglasses and a black one-piece bikini covered by black fishnets. Her sandals were white. I don't think she was a Kim Yarson groupie, but you never know.

Soon as Kim finished her song she recognized Kelly and called her onto the stage to sing back-up vocals for the next song. Right about then I saw Danny Coleman on the drums. Coleman writes the ROCK ON! music column for The Trentonian. Funny how life ties itself together sometimes. Danny is great on drums. Total rocker. Yarson is a total rocker chick. Looks the part, plays the part, sounds the part. She's got a bit of the Sheryl Crow thing going attitude-wise.

After the song Kelly went inside the Roebling Iron Works building to join a few thousand other folks who were checking out the cool, strange, bizarre and trippindicular art. A woman at the entrance whose job it was to stamp smiley faces on the hands of anyone who went inside the Roebling Iron Works building said that at least 20,000 people had walked through as of noon today. If only Trenton can attract more of these events. But anyway.

Here are the pieces of art that either I liked or Kelly liked, or we both liked:

Of Mice and Men, post-modern

Rocker chicks Kelly Carvin and Kim Yarson

Yarson's CDs

Rock chicks

Here is Kim Yarson and Kelly Carvin performing at Trenton's Art All Night.