Monday, January 26, 2009

More than you can or should shake a stick at

Today at Elevens:

Jake Meginsky (member of slaughterhouse percussion)
John Shaw (son of earth, apostasy)
Chris Cooper / Jess Goddard / Joshua Vrysen trio (too many)

DJ Sets by:
Matt Krefting
Ben Daly
George W Myers

Wednesday at the Rendezvous:

Montague Phantom Brain Exchange #14
Wednesday, January 28th, 9pm Five Bucks!
at the Rendezvous
78 3rd St
Turners Falls, MA 01376

Keith Fullerton Whitman
Idea Fire Company
lecture by Scott Foust
DJ Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase

new website!:

ok read on:

good morning, the Montague Phantom Brain Exchange is back in session
with a Season Two deluxe box set, special hidden features, and
fold-out, trim-on-dotted-line-template apparatus that can be used as
both legitimate currency and as code breaker flashcards. Let's begin
2009 with our 14th event, skipping the pointless half-points and
getting straight to the meat that matters most.

Keith Fullerton Whitman is trekking Rte 2 from the frosted Eastern
Ring of Massachusetts to present his basketfuls of sonic finery.
Those of you familiar with the various shards of electronic dance
musics at the turn of this century, might recall Whitman routinely
eviscerating samples under the Hrvatski moniker. These days his time
is divided between maintaining the impressive Mimaroglu Music Sales
webstore & composing/performing deftly articulated masterpieces of
electro-acoustic music incorprating "elements from nearly every era: a
reel-to-reel tape machine, a selection of small "jerry-rigged" /
"circuit-bent" battery-powered sound-producing boxes, an analog
modular synthesizer, an early "consumer" home-computer, and at the
core; a contemporary computer running a custom-built max-msp based
modular system that both controls these elements and acts as a central
conduit into which their sounds are captured/collected, processed,
then diffused to up to eight separate channels/speakers/amplifiers."
If neither that spiel nor info from these links below stirs a boner,
i'd suggest peeping the Mimaroglu site, as it is rich with
cross-referenced detail and elevates record browsing to an educational

Time bandits of minimal drone propagation, Idea Fire Company
consistently strike detailed tableaux from the larger Anti-Naturals
epic. The core duo of Scott Foust & Carla Borecky have previously
harnessed the robust talents of Meara O'Reilly, Jessi Swenson, Matt
Krefting, Frans de Waard, Graham Lambkin, and Dr. Timothy Shortell.
For this evening's performance, they will be joined by Son-of-Earther
& Burroughs scholar Matt Krefting.

As if 2009 couldn't get any better, IFCO founder Scott Foust has
agreed to provide us with some context & deliver his lecture entitled
"How to Make Your Life into an Art Object." The perfect Phantom Brain
Exchange material indeed! After this, you will be able to define what
is hyperbole & what is fact.

But wait, "Who is Scott Foust?" you ask - this answer can be found on
the Swill Radio site: "Visionary theorist, musician, composer,
filmmaker, performance artist- Scott Foust is a true outsider artist.
Unlike most outsider artists, who tend to be mystical crackpots or
mental defectives (usually both), Foust has a clear world view
grounded in reality. For three decades Foust, now 50, has pounded away
at The Spectacle, employing a wide array of aesthetic approaches with
no public or financial support. Foust's hermeneutics lie at the
strange crossroads between Guy Debord and Oscar Wilde. If Foust's
ideas seem idealistic and impractical at first, it is only because
being against power and for beauty is always idealistic and
impractical. His Swill Radio record label, founded in 1983, has
released not only his own work, but LPs by The Shadow Ring, Asmus
Tietchens, and Ralf Wehowsky among others. His longest running musical
project, Idea Fire Company (founded with long time associate Karla
Borecky in 1988) - while not having the bloated catalog of many
contemporary bands - produced three of the finest, if still unknown
LPs of the last decade: Anti-Natural, Stranded, and The Island Of
Taste. In 1997 Foust along with Borecky and Dr. Timothy Shortell
founded the Anti-Naturals, an art and theory group which has few but
dedicated members worldwide." Can somebody on this list write his
Wikipedia entry?

Lastly and thoroughly, DJ Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase (aka Chris Cooper)
will be slingin' vinyl from his vast stacks. Another highly
knowledgeable dude with a taste for the obtuse, obscure, & opulent,
your ears will be rewarded with his selections.

Also for 2009, the MPBE is stepping up to provide an informative
program with admission to each event, whereby a handy two-sided,
single piece of 11x17 b/w photocopied paper will be utilized. please
consider submitting material: collaged scraps, drawings, comics,
cutups, weather reports, seed calendars, musical scores, maps,
diagrams, photos, catalogs, advertisements, dj playlists, hotlinks,
armor designs, information relevant to that evening's proceedings,
book/record/film reviews, advice, venetian blinds, plastic hamburgers,
stereo cassette decks, gardening tips, facebook profiles, bold new
initiatives, power grid schemata, fashion advice, clockwork manuals,
and shapeshifter accounts. submission are accepted via post, email, or
at the event.
or MPBE c/o Yeay! pobox7 turners falls, ma 01376 usa.

Thursday there's that thing listed below at the Florence VFW

Friday at the Rendezvous:

ERIC HNATOW-I will have new musical recordings at this show along with a bunch of other things both new and old.

GEORGE W. MYERS / SNACK ATTACK- Breaking Word Records CEO performing music and playing records between bands

SUNRISE SWORDS- Joseph Rogers of Bare Teeth and many other ripper projects. First show in this area!

9:30 PM

Friday at Elevens

The Great Mix-CD Mix-UP
Bring a home made Mix-CD and leave with another one.

A concert featuring:

The Luckless Pedestrian - our newest Northampton act who just moved here from Seattle. She's enlisted Brian Marchese, Ken Maiuri, and F. Alex Johnson to play with her. I hear she also plans on having an up-to ten piece orchestra with her.

The Jason Bourgeois Band - Jason from the Bourgeois Heroes and the Novels presents a selection of his great songs with the help of Mike McLellan (The Novels) on bass, Abbey Harlow on Keyboard, Ryan Quinn (Los Ijos Unicos, The Salvation Alley Band) on guitar, and Henning Ohlenbusch (The Fawns, School for the Dead) on drums.

One Happy Island, an indiepop band from Boston with sloppy DIY tendencies. Chief exports include handclaps, ukulele strings, harmonicas, bittersweetly jangley ballads, furiously unfocused kazoo solos, and unashamed lo-fi recordings. It is the intention of Shannon, Rebecca, Clint, and Brad to take their songcraft and melodies to new levels of fun, fun, and fun.

And the Fawns - Lesa Bezo's jangly-powerpop combo with songs about snow storms and high school parties and freaking out.

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