January 23, 2013
Haley Morgan of Home Body launches Ode's MUSE series like a Superhero: she leaps, bounds, twirls, and does super-powerful things with her hands. Haley could save us any day.
January 22, 2013
We couldn't be happier to launch our Muse Series with artist/performer Haley Morgan, singer in the electro-pop duo, Home Body. With every encounter, Haley radiates animated energy and sparks of magic. Layering her powerful vocal melodies over the artfully arranged beats of Home Body's other half, Eric Hnatow, Haley delivers awe-inspiring performances. Home Body has had quite a busy 2012 touring the country and capturing hearts along the way. This year promises much more radiance and magic for Home Body, with the February release of their debut album, In Real Life, from Feeding Tube Records.
What has Home Body been up to this past year?
We’ve been very busy, for sure! We’ve played well over 100 shows in the past year, traveled 15,000 miles, and met hundreds of new beautiful people. We’ve produced two new music videos, released a 7” called Traps on the cool local label TinyRadars, and even scored a fashion show in a horse barn. We also recorded a whole new album, which we are very proud of. It’s super slick! It’s called In Real Life, and is coming out in the next couple weeks on Feeding Tube Records. It’s going to be available on CD as well as real, live vinyl. Yum! The new album was has guitars, bass, and drums on it in addition to our drum machines and synthesizers, so it has a cool moody rock-n-roll feel.
We feel extremely fortunate to be doing exactly what we want to be doing right now – making music together, traveling, and collaborating with other talented people.
Do you have any favorite stories from tour?
So many stories! But many of my most favorite moments of tour had to do with eating, ha! We brought all of our cooking supplies and our camp stove with us on tour and cooked most of our own meals, often at parks or rest stops. Not only did it save us a lot of money, but it was a brilliant way to stay grounded and healthy. When you’re on the move so much and sleeping in new places ever night, the little things we could do to retain control and comfort went a long way. Eric’s an awesome cook and would whip up the most amazing meals! Countless times we picnicked during the sunset, eating a hot gourmet meal while set up on our blanket in the middle of some beautiful field or along a shimmering lake…it was heavenly.
How is your stage style and your street style different/similar?
I have two main style objectives, both on and off the stage: comfort and surprise. Loose pants, ankle boots, oversized sweaters and lipstick are my day-to-day winter staples. I mix my looks up with strange or funky thrift store finds in an attempt to build outfits that feel timeless yet on the edge of something new. Performing with Home Body is a great excuse to wear anything I want! On stage, I like wearing jumpsuits because they are easy to move in and I’m able to build costumes on top of them. I’ve been really into building shoulder epaulettes out of tinsel, tulle, and string, which move well and catch the light as I dance on stage. I want my stage style to keep evolving and becoming more sculptural and outrageous, but maintaining a sexy and functional charm.
What musicians/albums have influenced you the most?
The Eurythmics / Annie Lennox (Sweet Dreams, Live in Heaven), The Knife (Silent Shout, Deep Cuts), The B 52’s, Devo, Rabbit Rabbit, Bjork, Kate Bush (Hounds of Love, Lionheart), Melanie (Ballroom Streets), Jamiroquai (Virtual Insanity).
What were your favorite cities/venues to play this past year?
Some notables include playing The Bowery Ballroom in NYC, Higher Ground in Burlington, VT, and The Empty Bottle in Chicago. Opening up for Girl Talk at the Calvin in August was cool because we had six killer back up dancers. We’ve played some super memorable shows in Harrisburg, PA, Lowell, MA, Atlanta GA, Florida, and Grand Rapids, MI. We always love playing around Northampton best though because playing for and with our friends rules!
Whats next for Home Body?
We’re planning an epic record release party at The Elevens on Valentines Day, and will be performing with a full band and have many, many surprises up our sleeves. Can’t wait! We’ll be hitting the road again come springtime to do a three month US tour. We plan on making more music videos and collaborating with friends on bigger theatrical projects. We’d also love to tour Europe and work on a new album. After that, who knows! Home Body plans on living the dream in 2013!
Home Body will perform at Ode this Friday, January 25th from 6-8pm for an exclusive event for our Tribe Card holders.
January 10, 2013
Julie Anne Collier and her tufted children will be back at ode this Friday! We look forward to gathering together in 'rapt' attention as Julie updates us on the progress of her raptors. A hero and mother to some of the most beautiful predators, Julie is a treasure to birds and humans alike. She teaches us about science, love and art - from her her dedication, to her penmanship, this talented and amazing woman is not to be missed.
What have you been up to this past year?
The summer of 2012 was the busiest Wingmasters has ever had. Between the two of us, my partner Jim and I gave raptor programs at 72 libraries. The school year was very busy as well, so I had one day off between the end of the school year in June and the beginning of my summer schedule. In addition, we had an unusually high number of baby raptors to care for, starting in early April with a great horned owlet and continuing on throughout the summer with screech owls and American kestrels. All were released once they were old enough to take care of themselves. Not one said "thank you, but I've learned to expect that.
I have four new program birds and Ode audiences will have a chance to meet them. One is the most brightly colored raptor in North America, a male American kestrel falcon. Another is an exquisite 3.5 ounce saw-whet owl who looks like Furby. She's young, so her plumage is a glorious golden color. In addition I plan to bring a young red-tailed hawk who hasn't yet acquired the species characteristic red tail, and a barred owl who looks like a teddy bear.
Any stories you's like to share?
Taking care of baby raptors, especially owlets, has its drawbacks. For starters, owlets have to be fed at night, and when they're very young (I'll bring photographs; for now, picture outrageous fuzzy walnuts with feet) they need to be fed every two or three hours. And not formula or milk- minced warm mouse. As they get older and their vision matures, the human foster parent has to wear an owl mask so the babies will learn to be owls and not people. I will not be bringing pictures of that.
As any parent of a newborn human can attest, when you're caring for babies you're basically brain dead. Zombies are very real- they're new parents (and they look similar to the horror-movie variety- who has time to fuss with clothes or hair?) If you have to go to work (I do; I give raptor programs full time) after a night of little or no sleep, you tend to do idiotic things, such as spend time searching for your watch when it's been on your wrist all along, or hit the dispenser button of your coffeemaker without putting down a coffee cup first, or starting to take a sip from the coffee mug you've been using for the hot water you soak mice in for the babies.
How do donations help with Wingmasters?
We are not funded by the government, so caging and food for our birds of prey is paid for by the programs Jim and I give, as well as through the sale of artwork and donations. Cages are our big concern right now- we've run out of room for rehabilitation birds. So in the spring a new hawk house will go up, with separate interior cages for two to four birds. We use hawk houses (really they're cedar garden houses) because although they're more expensive than flight cages, they protect our birds from predators like fishers, coyotes and raccoons. Donations will help build this cage.
Are you working on any special projects?
I continue to take daily notes on my experiences, many funny, some sad, with the idea of writing a book about dealing with raptors as well as the public. I wrote an article entitled "Daze of Summer"about this past summer and what it was like caring for so many babies (as far as I can remember). I will be illustrating a children's (about vultures!) in the new year, as well as writing and drawing for the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (I'm a director of the center, which is in Milford, Pennsylvania). And I continue to draw, creating art for sale as well as for posters used in Wingmasters program. Ode audiences will see both on January 11.
How would the first paragraph in a book about your life read?
Julie Anne Collier is an incredibly fortunate woman. She has an endlessly interesting job she loves and has a golden eagle named Lakota for a friend. Of course, it's true that Lakota is a spoiled diva that's gotten her caretaker stopped for speeding, insists on her daily rat being warmed (in the fireplace if the power is off and the microwave can't be used) and requires Julie Anne to sit in a very cold nest with her every February and March. But nothing's perfect, is it?
Do you have any upcoming programs?
We'll post 2013 events on Facebook. Private programs can be given at my house in Leverett. Call Julie Anne at 413-549-8166 or email email@example.com.