Sunday, January 18, 2015

January Saturday in Turners Falls


Tonight I went to the Brick House in Turners Falls to see a cool show. My friend Adam Foam put a show together which included Egg, Eggs and Andrea Pensado. Adam started the night off with his recorders and his electronics and I was eager to hear his set. It was hard not to be distracted during his set by his one year old daughter Ada, who I'm very interested in watching and hearing. I eventually decided to accept her rumblings and squeaks as part of his wall of sound. HIs set kept returning to a rain fall motif which built into a rather prodigious storm.
His set dissolved into a perfect rainy forest and electronics and Ada humming nearby to toads. His super great tones and rhythms issued forth and I stared at the beautiful brick wall as he played. He got quiet and I listened some more. He kept returning to a rain fall motif and he really took his time. I was almost shocked at how I kept thinking about the sounds he was making and he kept making them but I was never ready for him to stop. While he was playing someone came in and I spoke to them and felt guilty that I spoke over the music. He continued and the rain came back and an old telephone sound happened which was intriguing and made me feel lucky. I opened a seltzer and it made a sound and I felt guilty. Ada whooped in the back of the room. His set kept returning to a rain fall motif which built into a rather prodigious storm. I listened and it was finished.
Andrea then told a story like an old German fairytale punctuated by loud sounds. Then she took us around and everywhere she could and I loved where she took us sonically. I really don't want to be taking notes while she plays because I want to pay attention. I guess writing this now, later, when I am no longer watching her play, I could add that Andrea has a special style that changes every time I see her and she is like a planet. It feels like I am on the same planet every time I watch Andrea perform. But like earth, there are many different terrains to visit on the Andrea planet. She brings her listener to a different place on the Andrea planet each time. I like visiting.
Next Egg, Eggs played and I played too. I used my new guitar, a 1966 Hagstrom that I bought recently, and plugged into a moog pedal filter thing. David played a big synthesizer, Ted was up on the cymbal and the house pianos. Sophie plugged her harp into an amp she borrowed from the Brick House and Brett played something on the other side of the piano but I couldn't see him. I think it sounded really good and I had a fun time. I'm just a beginner on the guitar but I think I went to some interesting places a couple of times. The house asked us to play for 2 hours but we only made it to 57 minutes.



So that's it, my 3 nights with Ted Lee. That guy is super busy so I thought I'd tag along and document his busy 3 nights. He's off tomorrow to the New York City with Curse Purse. Stay tuned to this blog. I hope I can get other folks to write on here as well and make it a viable alternative to the other websites people visit. Stay tuned.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friday night in Greenfield

Tonight I had a great time at a show in Greenfield. John Doe Jr is a record store where you can purchase records, books, and see cool shows. Recently Matt Robideaux has begun to curate shows here and this was the first. It is exciting to see people play good music and attract interesting crowds to town. Also, Greenfield is full of people who want to listen. Matt is lining some goodies up for these folks:

Tonight, the place got festive with people and around 9 pm the first band started, Remote Desire. There was a woman singing but I was sitting in the back room and only heard the high notes. I could definitely hear the band which had a skillful togetherness. I enjoyed the 3rd song which was a little bit spacey and a nice break from the driving rock. The drumming was unsurprising and dependable which was not a bad thing because the rest of the music was enough to ponder.


Sediment Club played next and I realized I had never heard them play before although I see the band's name often around the valley. There was a nice big crowd at the record store which waited for this band to start. I was in the crowd waiting for them to start and I realized how amazing it would be to have such an audience. They hit it pretty hard. At one point I thought I had heard them at a show in Syracuse, circa 1984. check them out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgncfzvBcz0


Next was New England Patriots, a band I love and have enjoyed 3 or 4 times. 
"Song about frogs" "This is a song from Belchertown" Colby said and so they began their third song. The first three times I saw this band, I was so entranced by the vocalist, I never had a chance to pay attention to their songs but from my backstage vantage point I was able to listen and pay attention to the guitarist and drummer and the individual songs as they came at me. At one point the guitarist asked, "Should we do the new one?" "ok". After this song was done, the guitarist asked what was next and someone from the crowd said, "Do that song again!" and I enjoined, "Yeah, the new song again!" Colby smiled and said, "Do Queer and then something else."

Later, I thought about how neat and interesting it would be if they did play the song a second time in a row. But I'm an idea person and maybe they didn't have enough time. 



Zebu played with a brass section. It is hard to describe the wonderfulness. Ted sang "To Love Somebody" and wandered out into the crowd. He wrestled around with David Russell and came back singing some more. They did more songs and I would have watched and listened for another forty minutes. Viva Zebu.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Last Night in Brattleboro


Thursday night I went to a show at The Future Collective in downtown Brattleboro. That's right, I went all the way into the next state to see my friends play a show. In the parking lot of the downtown area, Ted and I ran into Shannon and Beverly, who were coming from a dinner out. Beverly gave Ted a scarf in the cold night because he was running around with his drums without proper outerwear. He wore it the rest of the night. I was happy to thank them both for agreeing to play a show with the Carbuncles next month. That's right, the amazing, classy-as-hell group Bunwinkies (http://bunwinkies.bandcamp.com/), is playing a show with us at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls Feb 13. They were very sweet about it and went home to Massachusetts. Ted and I joined the lively group upstairs in the venue and settled down for the show.
Rush Awesome set up 6 or 7 tape players and hooked them up to speakers. He set them all to wailing. They sounded almost human so I had to check for a vocalist. I enjoyed the forward motion of the sound and asked the guy later if he had pedals or something that the tape recorders went through but he said no. I resented the time I spent taking notes for this and stopped to listen and hear and savor. 

Tarp played next which was Conrad and Josh doing their thing, as you see in the picture. Josh proceeded with keyboards and Conrad had a pedal or two. They made a drone with slow accents and then surprised us with a higher register section of twirly sounds for a little while. I never got bored and even though I was never really surprised by their set, I had a nice time listening to those guys play.
NonPhurnne played next which was Phurnne: Stephanie and Andrea but instead of Jen Gelineau, Walter Wright sat in. Before starting, Walter said a couple times "I'm Jen." He played a mini synth attached to a queaky pedal and Stephanie played an electronically beating drum, Andrea played prepared squeaky computer. It was pretty nice & then when the drum came up and the squeaks turned to other sounds, it was great: strident alarming insistent and pleasant to hear. Andrea started vocalizing when Stephanie began a fuzzy message and they answered each other & glided alongside each other. The three of them had big thrust of loud excitement before the satisfied ending.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Exciting Brick House Events-Here is one and stay tuned for more!

Hello! This coming Saturday there is going to be a fun show in Turners Falls at the beautiful Brick House location featuring Andrea Pensado, who takes folks who listen on a ride of sounds and surprise. I love it when people surprise me when they play, don't you?
Also playing on Saturday is Egg, Eggs, a mega-group of improvisers who will also surprise you. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and your listening ears. There is another act as well, Arkm Foam and Jarrod Fowler, who play as Tiarella. I'm not sure what they are going to do! Another fascinating surprise to happily anticipate.
So I'll see you there, right? Come on down around 7-ish.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FRI SEPT 12, 2014. Glitter Pen, Twixes, Bromp Treb, Grass Path, Ruth Garbus & Alex Edgeworth

hauswarming hausparty.  fri sept 12, 2014.  8pm.  corner of L + 7th streets, Turners Falls.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

8/20 ALVARIUS B / SAM SHALABI at feeding tube records

doors around 7
music at 8pm 

AVAILABLE AT THIS SHOW:
Free for the first 75 paying people at the door: tour-only Alvarius B. 7”.
Features unreleased Alvarius B. tracks. Artwork by Byron Coley. Screenprinted by Poon Village. Pressed at Gotta Groove. 
Not available for sale. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE ((SCREENING))) HOLYOKE / JUNE 20TH / 7:30-10:30PM / FREE


















PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE:
SPECULATION(ELATION)5 
IS PLEASED TO HOST THREE MEDIA SCREENINGS IN OUR VILM ALLEY. 

WOMEN WITH KNIVES FILM TOUR (TRAILER) 
PRESENTED BY LAUREN COOK / KELLY GALLAGHER / CHARLOTTE TAYLOR
TOOTH AND NAIL CURATED BY DARRIN MARTIN
PIXIES - SILVER SNAIL AND 
THE BUNNIES - HESITANCE TRIP 
DIRECTED BY MATTHEW NEWMAN / MOUNT EMULT  / THE BUREAU RECORDS
SPECIAL THANKS TO: PRONOBLEM

THE SCREENING PROJECTION WILL TAKE PLACE FRIDAY, JUNE 20TH 
(8:30-10:30PM) RECEPTION 7:30PM / THE EVENT IS FREE 
PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE: 
VILM ALLEY / 362 DWIGHT ST. HOLYOKE, MA

Thursday, May 22, 2014

SUN MAY 25 @ 7pm: last minute arrangements for a newer weirder america at the Brick House in Turners Falls

Living With Worms presents:

STEVE GUNN (nyc): full band, expansive pastoral jams. ex-magik markers; GHQ; etc, etc. 2013's "time off" was called "an instant classic" (other music), "a record that happens to make tremendous sense right now" (pitchfork), comprised of "circular folk songs that unfold as effortlessly as a breath" (washington post). it sounds better than that though. come see.

HOME COMFORT (brattleboro & northampton): matt v. of stalwart acid rock merfolk MV+EE helms this assemblage. hold onto your highchairs & booster seats!

JEREMY LATCH (turners falls): mr. latch, of the grudges, of the flaming dragons of middle earth, and of just generally holding it down in the (413)863, will bless the proceedings.

BANJO ASSAULT DUO (greenfield & easthampton): probably the most self-explanatory band name since manowar.

Sunday, May 25, at 7 p.m.
at the Brick House, 24 Third Street, Turners Falls.

PLZ NOTE: This is an all ages, substance free venue -- please respect the space and our neighbors -- take a walk around town -- visit our fine local establishments.

$5 at the door to thank the travelers, with an appeal for extra donations for the fledgling North Quabbin Food Coop. Let's say $5 to $10 sliding scale.

Last minute show! Help spread the word if you can't make it.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday Early Show at Hampshire College: John Wiese & Mouser

JOHN WIESE WILL BE PLAYING AT THE BILL BRAND SCREENING ROOM ((ROOM 120 ((IN THE FILM PHOTO BUILDING ((AT HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE)) )) )) FOR FREE AT 6PM ON APRIL 20TH (WHICH IS SUNDAY)

FROM WIKIPEDIA His ongoing projects include LHD and Sissy Spacek, with plenty of freelance work with many artists as diverse as GX Jupitter-Larsen, Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Merzbow, Evan Parker, Smegma, Kevin Drumm, Yellow Swans, Cattle Decapitation, No Age, C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Kommissar Hjuler und Frau.

MOUSER (VALLEY LEGENDS KUDLER PAIGE VUNDERINK) IS OPENING. POST-"NIGHTMARE DISCO" JUST RECORDED AN EP

SHORT NOTICE IT'LL BE DOPE, \\420//
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