Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Neil says:

"April is big wet & crusty all around.
TWO Phantom Brain Exchanges this month - the usual last Wed at the Voo,
AND a bonus screening event at the Brickhouse a week earlier...
Other april weirdo-event listings for your perusal at the end of message.
Montague Phantom Brain Exchange #3.5
Wednesday, April 23rd, 7:30pm $5.
at the Brickhouse Community Resource Center
24 Third St
Turners Falls, MA 01376

Touring filmmaker Bill Daniel presents his documentary "Who Is Bozo Texino?"
music by Jacob Berendes
and also the Vaudevillains

Montague Phantom Brain Exchange #4
Wednesday, April 30th, 9pm $5.
at the Rendezvous
78 3rd St
Turners Falls, MA 01376

"Welcome to the Space Jams" 16mm films by Weissbach, Balcom & more.
Bill Nace (solo prepared guitar & electronics)
Pyramid Scheme (Starpoli - trombone, Cuneo - drums, Signore - sax)
lecture on Quantum Mechanics by James Atkinson
DJ Tumblecat Poof Poofy Poof

details, read on:
April 23rd @ the Brickhouse:

"Who is Bozo Texino?" by Bill Daniel. 56 min. B/W.
Who is Bozo Texino? chronicles the search for the source of a
ubiquitous and mythic rail graffiti-- a simple sketch of a character
with an infinity-shaped hat and the scrawled moniker, "Bozo Texino"--
a drawing seen on railcars for over 80 years. Shooting over a 16-year
period, Daniel rode freights across the West carrying a Super-8 sound
camera and a 16mm Bolex. During his quest he discovered the roots of a
folkloric tradition that has gone mostly unnoticed for a century.
Taking inspiration from Beat artists Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac,
the film functions as both a sub-cultural documentary and a stylized
fable on wanderlust and outsider identity.

Photographer & filmmaker Bill Daniel has been documenting various
marginal scenes since he first got into punk rock in Austin, Texas in
the 80's. Since then his subcultural documentary subjects have
included bicycle messengers, radical environmentalists, hobo graffiti
artists, swap meet guitar players, rural drag racers, and "water
squatters"--outlaw anchored live-aboards.

Jacob Berendes (electric guitar / voice)
Worcester meister of many trades, songwriter, comic-drawer,
pizza-eater, storyteller, fibber & eccentric proprietor of the Happy
Birthday Mike Leslie Junk Shoppe, Jacob will astound with his squawky
gorrilla amp and lyrics depicting the harrowing beauty of the life in
the central-mass zone.

The Vaudevillains are charming local thugs who play scratchy
acoustic-thrash versions of gypsy jazz tunes played at speeds they can
can barely keep up with & croon with eye-bulging force and conviction.

April 30th @ the Rendezvous:

"Welcome To The Space Jams"
Compiled by Weissbach & Balcom, this collection of films (& videos)
offers a heightened sense of subjectivity which aims to refocus the
way in which space is seen through moments of contact between the
camera (filmmaker/audience etc.) and the atmosphere. Slip on your
space suit, our sights are set on the moon, let us cohabitate. Short
works by: RP Whitmore-Bard, Josh Weissbach, Jesse Johnson, Schuyler
Kelly, Christina Mirando, & Ben Balcom.

Bill Nace
will be performing a solo set of crackling sci-fi soundscapes made
with prepared guitar manipulated with any manner of files, bowls, and
unsundry metal objects & processed with a small collection of effects
pedals. Nace has been kicking around western mass for quite a few
years, drawing obsessive psychodelic miniatures, running the Open
Mouth record label, and making an incredible racket with his guitar in
groups such as x.o.4, Vampire Belt/Can't, & Northampton Wools. He's
improvised in many contexts with the likes of Sara Jaffe, Thurston
Moore, Chris Cooper, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Chris Corsano, Paul
Flaherty, and gaggles of others.

Pyramid Scheme
Consisting of Victor Signore (saxophone), J Starpoli (trombone), and
Josiah Cuneo (drums and percussion), the trio Pyramid Scheme creates
original music with an experimental mindset. Freewheeling explorations of
sound color and loudness fuse with original material and diverse approaches
to musical communication. Using acoustic instruments, Pyramid Scheme's
music reflects the band's experiences with audio and visual art, academic
and esoteric knowledge, underground radio, technology and performance.

James Atkinson is a grad student at umass studying physics. For 15
minutes he will drop knowledge bombs on the subject of quantum

Tumble Cat Poof Poofy Poof will DJ the evening's proceedings, giving
your host Cloaca, a badly needed rest. TCPPP is another amazing
artist who crafts wonder from pencils & boomboxes. Every Sunday
night, you can hear his show, "Green Horns, Round Daggers, Brittle
Teeth" on WXOJ-LP 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio.

OTHER jams of worthy note:

WED April 16 8pm Han Bennink & Peter Brotzmann at the Amherst Meeting House.

FRI April 18 8pm Fat Worm of Error, Bhob Rainey (solo sax), & David
Gross (solo sax) at the Jones Public Library, Amherst, MA.

WED April 23 ?pm (same time as Bozo Texino screening, aiigh!)
International Noise Conference Tour w/ Laundryroom Squelchers &
countless wmass solo noise acts in rapid succession. at Dooley's
canal st space, Holyoke.

Many Division 3 Thesis art & performance events throughout April, too
many to mention, but several are worth checking out.. shows change
every 2-3 days at Hampshire College Gallery.. Sonya Cohen! Mike
Burakoff! Matt Mondanile! Olive Mckeown! Peter Bonos! keep yo eyes
peeled! too much goodness.

April is saturation month! ugh!

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