Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A DENSE FRIDAY NIGHT IN WMASS

simultaneous brain splits over these wonderful events:



The Hampshire College Film Society presents films by Hampshire College alumni Magda Bermudez, Emily Drummer, Molly Epstein, and Sasha Hsuczyk. There will be refreshments and a Q&A to follow. 


For more information please contact Colby Makin (cbm12@hampshire.edu)

"We are not sisters even though we are together" (2014), dir. Magdalena Bermudez
We are not sisters even though we are together is an essay film exploring themes of displacement, identity and portraiture through the stories of two women from Finland and the Netherlands. Throughout the piece, Seija Halva and Brigitta Witteveen remember their homelands as they work in their gardens. Their longing for place leads them to create their own landscapes and form a relationship with their new soil in the United States. Reactivating the art historical genre of the sister-portrait, the film parallels the experience of longing between the two women, interweaving their voices and images. Sister-portraits are unique in the history of family portraiture due to the reciprocal status of sisters within a family structure. These portraits could not conform to the formal aesthetic rules of other family portraits, which were based on hierarchies of gender and age. Creating a balanced portrait of both women, the piece follows them through their gardens, swims and reflections on the different ways they access their home-places. Cutting between 35mm photographs, super-8 film, 16mm film, VHS footage, HD video and screen captures, the piece shifts as the documentation of local histories is carried and altered over years and hemispheres.

"Behind the Torchlight" (2013-2014), dir. Emily Drummer
Behind the Torchlight creates a transhistorical space—a place neither here nor there—that reflects the missing history of “the usherette” in early American cinemas. Using found footage and original footage shot at an abandoned movie palace in Brooklyn, NY, the film abstracts historical temporality. At once on display and concealed by the partial darkness of the theater interior, usherettes served as objects of fantasy for moviegoers and were themselves spectators. The film visually addresses the concept of a female historical figure at the margins by adopting the symbol of the usherette’s torchlight as a guiding thread.

"What We Should Be Doing" (2014), dir. Molly McNulty Epstein
What We Should Be Doing is a narrative short film that tells the story of a family haunted by death. In the wake of national tragedy, this suburban family finds themselves plagued by the many ghosts the events of September 11th left behind.

"All Things That Rise Must Converge" (2013), dir. Sasha Hsuczyk
All Things That Rise Must Converge is an experimental documentary film about the legendary, deceased Irish fiddler Julia Clifford. Shot in Super 8 around her childhood locality of Sliabh Luachra in the southwest of Ireland, the film uncovers layers of meaning between a person's essence, places significant to their life, the spirit, sounds, what can be left of a person when they are gone - and ultimately how we can invoke their inner being as a tribute to them. The film creates a space for the viewer to reflect and meditate on Clifford's spirit. The wider scope of the project addresses women's issues in Ireland and Clifford's role as a pioneer in paving the way for the recognition of female musicians.


or: 


this show at the
BRICK HOUSE
24 3rd Street, Turners Falls, MA

Friday. 2/20. Doors at 8pm
(This is an all-ages substance-free community space, but fine drinks are at the fine Five Eyed Fox directly across the street)

The touring people are coming from faraway places, so the more faces in the place(s), the better. And for some reason I hyped it up in advance to my new pal Kayla (Itasca) when I was out in L.A. last month, so don't turn me into a hyperbolic kinda dude...

- Itasca (Los Angeles); lovely psych-folk in a Linda Perhacs/Sibylle Baier kind of vein; just put out a great LP on pal Matt Mondanile's New Images label. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/20115-unmoored-by-the-wind/

- Tropical Rock (NYC); on tour w/ Itasca; never heard them but it's a duo of one member of the band Future Shuttle (http://www.thefader.com/2013/01/30/video-future-shuttle-feathermaster) and one member of the band Spires in the Sunset Rise (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spires_That_in_the_Sunset_Rise); more here: https://www.facebook.com/tropicalrock

- Willie Lane (Montague); next-level axe-wielder, librarian-turned-woodworker, channeling the great psychedelia-leaning guitar traditions of the U.K., Japan, maybe Texas, etc. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/willie-lane; doesn't play out often enough, so this'll be a special treat!

- Ruth Garbus (Brattleboro); songstress of great renown, pop-like gems from our northern neighbor state; see the band Feathers; see releases on OSR, Burger Recs, etc.; http://www.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Friday Night, Friday the 13th, Valentine's Day Eve, Go to the Rendezvous

There is a show with the above band playing a set, as well as Bunwinkies playing a set -you don't want to miss this, chances are they won't have another gig before summer- and Moose is going to play a set. Jen Gel from Moose has been playing non stop since 1997 so seeing her groove with Bob Fay is something to witness. It'll be fun, probably will be mellow. People will sit and stand and listen to the music. You might want to do that too.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Did You Ever Want To Go To The River In February?

There is an event called the Noisecapades which is happening tomorrow. Have you been? Have you heard of it? Come on down to the river in Turners Falls around noon. Dress warm, maybe bring warm things to drink. Bring your instrument, bring your voice. People perform for five minutes and the guy who you see in all the pics above hits a gong. What, it's snowing? It will still be happening. Wear boots, maybe a hat, like Neil did in 2011 + 2013 + 2014 (see above pic). Where is it? Park by the Great Falls Discovery Center in town and follow the line of people down the hill. If no people to follow, check the boot marks and listen. You'll hear us. If you are still at home and thinking of coming at 1:30, 2 pm, chances are very good you missed out.

Did You Ever Want To Go To The River In February?

There is an event called the Noisecapades which is happening tomorrow. Have you been? Have you heard of it? Come on down to the river in Turners Falls around noon. Dress warm, maybe bring warm things to drink. Bring your instrument, bring your voice. People perform for five minutes and a man hits a gong. What, it's snowing? It will still be happening. Wear boots, maybe a scarf, like Ted did in 2011 + 2013. I guess he was warm enough without one 2014 (see above pic). Where is it? Park by the Great Falls Discovery Center in town and follow the line of people down the hill. If no people to follow, check the boot marks and listen. You'll hear us. If you are still at home and thinking of coming at 1:30, 2 pm, chances are very good you missed out.

Did You Ever Want To Go To The River In February?

There is an event called the Noisecapades which is happening tomorrow. Have you been? Have you heard of it? Come on down to the river in Turners Falls around noon. Dress warm, maybe bring warm things to drink. Bring your instrument, bring your voice. People perform for five minutes and a man hits a gong. What, it's snowing? It will still be happening. Wear boots, maybe a scarf, gloves, etc. Don't dress like Ben did up top. (see above pic). Where is it? Park by the Great Falls Discovery Center in town and follow the line of people down the hill. If no people to follow, check the boot marks and listen. You'll hear us. If you are still at home and thinking of coming at 1:30, 2 pm, chances are very good you missed out.

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.