Felix Obelix

the musical brainchild of Wendy Spitzer
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    October 11th, 2011adminUncategorized

    Hi there, members of the Felix Obelix all-star fan club, with your shiny mail-ordered decoder rings on your fingers, the kind that don’t exist. I want to invite you to a very special Felix Obelix performance of something I’ve never done before, which is similar to every other Felix Obelix performance, i.e. something that’s not been done before by me. On Saturday, October 22, at the Pinhook in Durham, NC, Felix Obelix will perform an original, live soundtrack to the 1921 animated short Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet by Winsor McCay. Winsor McCay “invented” cartoons, with his important work Gertie the Dinosaur and was also known for his newspaper comics strips, notably, Little Nemo in Slumberland. This cartoon is based on a series of comics where a character eats a Welsh rarebit (a kind of heavy, gooey, cheesy toast meal) and then proceeds to have a nightmare. In this creature feature, a wittle bitty cutey pet shows up and mischief ensues, and then the cartoon takes some very dark and funny turns. The animation is sophisticated and fluid as Winsor McCay drew every single frame, something like 4000 of them, by hand, because this was in the days before the traditional animation studio. The score is for organ, xylophone, auxiliary percussion and glockenspiel, and I’m pleased to say I roped Billy Sugarfix into performing it as a duet. While Billy may have performed on mallet percussion in his early music major percussion ensemble years, this represents my public xylophone debut. In addition to this soundtrack, I’ll also be performing some “regular” Felix Obelix songs. This entire show is a celebration of Le Weekend’s pre-release show, which is a wacky concept in which Le Weekend has planned to record an album on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Pinhook itself, so to pump themselves up, they are having a pre-release show, playing the songs before the recording is even made, the night before the recording. Are you confused? By how much? I think, rather, you should just get excited and come. Show starts at 9:30pm.

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    June 29th, 2011adminUncategorized
    Friday, July 8 at Jessee’s in Carrboro – show starts EARLY at 8pm, and I go on at 9pm.  Also performing will be The Habit and Lost Trail.  This is part of Carrboro’s Second Friday Artwalk series, and will be al fresco, in the balmy North Carolinian summer.  It’s FREE!  If I push myself in the next two weeks, I may have some new songs and some oboe-playing through loop pedals (!).
     
     
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    May 5th, 2011adminUncategorized

    Felix Obelix will do its live soundtrack business on Friday, May 13 at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill, for the experimental film ‘Drifting’ by Malic Amalya.  This is a repeat performance for those who missed it at the Strange Beauty Film Festival in February 2011.  Also on that bill will be Fan Modine and Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands.  Another show is set for Friday, July 8 at Jessee’s in Carrboro, so mark your calendars now!

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    February 27th, 2011adminUncategorized

    Upcoming gigs – hope to see you there!

    Friday, March 4 at 9:30pm at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill, NC, with The Lisps, The Forms and Towers.wendyinred

    Friday, July 8 at 8:00pm at Jessee’s in Carrboro, NC. 2nd Friday artwalk.

    Both of these shows are the Wendy solo version of Felix Obelix, which you will see much more of in 2011!

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    January 3rd, 2011adminUncategorized

    The Strange Beauty Film Festival (http://www.strangebeauty.org/) will be held Feb. 17-19 at Manbites Dog Theatre in Durham. After the last block of films on Saturday, Feb. 19 filmgoers andeveryone else are invited to partake of strange and beautiful music and art at Motorco Music Hall, just up the street. Justin Robinson (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) & the Mary Annettes will serenade you; Felix Obelix will bring its eccentric pop and Schooner will headline with its poppy tunes and unusual lyrics. In between the last two acts, Alexis Mastromichalis will perform a dance collaboration.  Tickets are $7 general admission, and $5 if you flash your Strange Beauty festival ticket.  If you want to see the films, buy a ticket now – last year the festival sold out!

    strange&beautifulAlso just added: solo Wendy + ipod show on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Pinhook in Durham, with Amor de Cosmos and Joy in Red.  This guy is coming and so should you.

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    November 4th, 2010adminUncategorized

    We’ve got a song featured in the interactive multimedia documentary “Out My Window: Interactive Views from the Global Highrise“!  You can watch it on the web – it’s 360 degree, entirely online, you move around the various apartments of people in cities around the world as they tell their stories.  It’s beautiful, and we’re so happy to have been a part of it!  It was also featured on BoingBoing.  ~Wendy

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    October 26th, 2010adminUncategorized

    You’ll remember that in February 2010, we released The Tick of the Clock, the Beat in the Chest, Felix Obelix’s first full-length.  In conjunction with the cd release show, people who attended that show wrote a letter to themselves, which I have dutifully hung onto for 8 months.  And now, they’re out!  They’re out in the mail and if you haven’t yet, you will soon be receiving yours via US Post.  It’s a letter from your past self! 

    I am very curious about the experience of receiving this letter from your past selves, and I encourage you to comment here on this blog post’s comments section about anything having to do with the project: what it was like to write it, did you remember anything you wrote, how had things changed for you, or any other feelings you had when you read your past self’s message to your current self.  Just think, when you wrote it in February, October 2010 was squarely in the Future, and now that future is your present.  Mind-boggling, no?

    Please leave a comment! thanks, Wendy

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    October 18th, 2010adminUncategorized

    The return of Felix Obelix in a full band situation happens Saturday, November 20 at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill.  In addition to Wendy (bass/vocals) and Billy (drums), joining the band will be Doug Vuncannon on Acetone Top-5 organ, David Eisenband on xylophone and glockenspiel and Anuraag Pendyall on keys.  Opening will be a preview of the amazing sci-fi pop opera by Seamus Kenney.  A night of sit-down/boogie-down music that does what I keep harping on as being the next wave of everything –genre-bending.  I hope to see you there!

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    October 18th, 2010adminUncategorized

    Wendy art (and also art by Billy Sugarfix, Felix Obelix’s drummer extraordinaire) up at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC, part of Minus Sound Research’s fifth year anniversary.  We were also featured in the beautiful coffee table book which you can buy here.  Hurry, go see it before it comes down on Oct. 30!

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    September 14th, 2010adminUncategorized

    I did a first-ever Wendy + backing track solo show on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Pinhook in Durham, NC. This was part of the Pox World Empire showcase of all Pox bands, and I played bass and sang, and also the Acetone Top-5 organ.  I got a lot of positive feedback about this, and will continue to do this in the future.  Billy Sugarfix also helped me out by singing “See the Stain Come Out with Lye” which I don’t typically do live, and some other ‘deeper cuts’ off the album.  So if you need a 1-person opening band, I’m what you’re looking for!  I also got to make my shaker/singing debut with the Pox Family Singers, who were backing up a rare performance of the Flute Flies, comprised of members of Schooner and the Rosebuds!

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