May 152013
 

Chris Davis is putting on a great noise show tonight at Betty’s featuring Crank Sturgeon (Williamstown, MA),  PCRV (Billings, MT) and Nashville’s own Textbook Punk (Chris Murray from Square People).

Crank Sturgeon’s website says this:

 Accompanied by ridiculous costuming, pointed instructions and parables (gone awry), and even the occasional dirigible or two, these elements intertwine, transforming into space-defying interventions, and invariably involving audience participation.

But you really need to watch a few videos to get an idea of what you’re getting yourself into:

And here’s PCRV:

Crank Sturgeon, PCRV, Textbook Punk
Wednesday, May 15th, 9pm
@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-3442

May 032013
 
Textbook Punk (screenshot from video by Rob Beckham.)

Textbook Punk (screenshot from video by Rob Beckham.)

There’s a great lineup tomorrow at Betty’s Grill, featuring Chris Murray’s new project Textbook Punk. He recently put up an amazing scoop & loop set on his Soundcloud. I’m not certain if this will be Textbook Punk solo or Textbook Punk the four-piece (see video below). UPDATE05-04-2013. Chris tells me that he’ll be doing an ASMR set. I had to Google that phrase. It means Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, which KnowYourMeme says is

a term used to describe a sensory experience characterized by a pleasant tingling sensation in the head and scalp, which can be triggered by sounds like whispering or brushing, and visual stimulus like painting or drawing. On YouTube, the phenomenon inspired the creation of “whisperer” videos, in which people attempt to trigger the viewer’s ASMR by speaking in a soft voice and making various sounds with inanimate objects.

There does indeed appear to be a movement of ASMR videos on YouTube, most of which involve a person looking into the camera and whispering encouraging thoughts to the viewer … and occasionally, the use of binaural mics to enhance the POV effect. Here’s an example. Fascinating.

I can’t wait to see how Textbook Punk will translate ASMR into a musical performance.

Also performing: No Compassion, Malocchio, Terror’ish & Stephen Molyneux.

More info on the Facebook event page.

9pm, free show
Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-3442

Apr 292012
 

Joey Molinaro. Photo by Randy Levine.

There’s a great house show on Monday, April 30th, featuring T.I. participants JOEY MOLINARO, CHRIS MURRAY (Square People), and STEPHEN MOLYNEUX (Horsehair Everywhere). Molinaro is an experimental violinist on tour from Brooklyn. You can hear him in the Theater Intangible episode Attrition.

More info on the Facebook event page.

JOEY MOLINARO (Thrash solo violin)
CHRIS MURRAY (Square People solo sax & tapes)
STEPHEN MOLYNEUX (New work for a film)

RICHARD AND BRETT’S HOUSE
1119 N 2nd Ave, Nashville, TN

Music starts at 9 sharp, byob, donation to touring band.

Mar 192012
 

JJ Jones stylin' at the Gallery F Closing Party

The Gallery F closing show was a phenomenal night of art and music and a bittersweet ending to one of Nashville’s most innovative spaces. (Note: It may one day relocate elsewhere on the campus of Scarritt Bennett Center.) Thomas Helton and a group of Nashville improvisers performed Theatre Intangible episode 81 Ghosts in the Hollow live at the gallery. That was just one of many spectacular performances. If you weren’t there, well . . . sucks for you!

Not so fast, cowboy! I recorded several of the performances, and now I offer them up for your listening pleasure.

First, we have what for lack of a better name I’m calling “The War Improv,” starring Randy Hunt on double-bass, Chris Murray on sax, Craig Schenker on sax, Tommy Stangroom on drums, and yours truly on samples. Craig Schenker conceived this structured improv around the Gallery F closing exhibition “23 Years Without War.” I’m pretty sure we blew eardrums with the grenade-filled finale.

Next up is Mike Hiegemann and Rhendi Greenwall performing “The Nashville Scene,” a sharp commentary on the state of music in Music City. Rhendi created the visuals, which were projected over Mike as he performed the music. I wasn’t able to videotape the performance, but the duo is planning on releasing a video soon.

Finally, we have “The Fire Trilogy” by Pop Collage, a project by The Human Snowglobe JJ Jones and Mike Hiegemann. Words. Can’t. Describe. Just. Listen.

Right click to save. Left click to stream. Enjoy!

1. War Improv

2. The Nashville Scene

3. The Fire Trilogy