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Apr 292013

Now that I finally have some free time on my hands, I’m releasing all the podcasts that have been patiently waiting in the queue. Here’s episode 94: Softly, Gently, starring Jesse Kenas Collins, Lawrence Crow, Brady Sharp, Stephen Molyneux and Jeremy Bennett, recorded on June 08th, 2012 at Noa Noa.

Boston experimental multi-instrumentalist Jesse Kenas Collins came to Noa Noa last year to perform a bill with keyboardist Lawrence Crow and guitarist Brady Sharp. See an excerpt of Jesse’s solo performance in the video below. After their respective sets, they combined with Horsehair Everywhere‘s Stephen Molyneux and Lyrebird’s Jeremy Bennett to perform this textural improv. I did the recording, live mixing, editing, and mastering. Thanks for listening!

Nov 122011

Four members of Murfreesboro noise collective HORSEHAIR EVERYWHERE reunite in the Theatre Intangible studios for a special improv.

The group was instrumental in the formation of Murfreesboro’s experimental community. Matt Sullivan writes in a December 2010 edition of the Nashville Scene,

Noise and experimental music scenes, much like the art they produce, tend to be loose-knit, fluid and sometimes haphazard in construction. Sure, there are regional pockets with trends all their own — and enough stability for those trends to get recognized beyond their geographic boundaries — but most other places see peaks and valleys. For those, there’s a giant web of interconnected musicians, labels, zines, blogs and promoters across the planet who exist to embrace whatever the newest weird may be. A world wide web, one might call it. By now, Murfreesboro should be familiar with these peaks and valleys. For every Spongebath-fueled apex, there’s deep-space-worthy radio silence. That’s where our story starts.

In the early 2000s Steve Molyneux met Frank Baugh at MTSU while both were taking classes on world music and sociology. From there they both joined the university’s Group Sound Collage. After that they recruited like-minded friends and started their own improv jam sessions under the banner of Horsehair Everywhere, a named conjured from frayed violin and cello bows.

At the time, Molyneux played in the shape-shifting, post-most-things band Poet Named Revolver, whose membership made up a significant chunk of Horsehair Everywhere. The band started their own label called No Kings Record Co., which circulated handmade CD-R releases of the early Horsehair Everywhere recordings. The inserts for those albums didn’t even refer to the group as a collective, let alone a band. Instead, they were a self-described “improvisational sound/music collage and cathartic midnight noise party society.”

Tonight’s podcast features STEPHEN MOLYNEUX, FRANK BAUGH, SAMUEL STEELMAN, and TJ RICHARDS. TJ currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. We were lucky enough to organize this taping around his short trip back to Tennessee. Key members absent from this improv include Lee Noble, Caleb Steelman, and Geoffrey Sexton.

Cuatro Niños is a percussive, trance-like trip, and it’s one of my favorite episodes in a long time. If you like the show, tell a friend or leave us feedback in iTunes.

Jan 232011

left to right: Crow, Stangroom, Molyneux. Photo by Valerie Martino.

Sweat Weasel is the second of three special improvs recorded live at Betty’s Bar & Grill on January 16th, 2011. It features Tommy Stangroom on drums and circuit bent toy keyboard, Lawrence Crow on keyboards and programming, and Stephen Molyneux on 4 track loops. Tommy plays drums for Square People. Lawrence makes ambient experimental music using open source programming. Stephen is one of the founding members of the Murfreesboro experimental collective Horsehair Everywhere.

Be sure and check out the first Betty’s recording Milk Vetch (featuring Leslie Keffer, Ben Marcantel, and Scott Martin) on podcast 47. The third improv featuring Lazer Slut and Unicorn Hard-on will come out next week.