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Jun 072015


Our house venue Noa Noa opens its doors again (temporarily) on Tuesday, June 9th at 9:30pm to host the triumphant return of instrument designer, circuit bender, and ambient composer Tim Kaiser. Also performing are fellow Circuit Benders’ Ball alums Carl Oliver (improvised Eurorack synthesis) and Brady Sharp (PureData-manipulated guitar). Don’t miss it! The chances to see a show at Noa Noa are few and far between. Come to think of it, we need to clean the basement.

More info on the Facebook event page. Check out the videos below to see if it’s your thing.

Tim Kaiser, Carl Oliver, and Brady Sharp
June 9th, 2015, doors at 9 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. sharp, $10, all ages, byob

@ Noa Noa (house), 620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Park in front lot and surrounding business lots.

Jan 152015
Poster by Joseph Allred

Poster by Joseph Allred


Yes, you heard right. Noa Noa is back. Well, for one show at least. My partner in crime Erica Ciccarone organized a show for her old New York City friend Mishka Shubaly. Mishka has been blowing up lately. Kindle Singles bestsellers. Touring with comedian Doug Stanhope. Releasing his new album Coward’s Path.

If you aren’t familiar with Mishka, watch this video for a quick primer:

Also performing is Seattle-based songwriter Star Anna, who has a killer voice and a great songwriting talent. Here she is performing with Mark Pickerel from the Screaming Trees:

The show also features Joseph Allred, for my money one of the most talented musicians in Tennessee. Here he is performing at Noa Noa in 2013.

Don’t miss this! This is probably your only chance to see a Noa Noa show in 2015. More info on the Facebook event page.

Mishka Shubaly / Star Anna / Joseph Allred
Friday, January 16th, 2015, doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9p.m.
@ Noa Noa (house), 620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

Donations to performers encouraged. Park in driveway or surrounding business lots.

Jun 192014



As I wrote last week, Noa Noa house will be going on hiatus for a while. The final show will be Saturday, June 21st and will feature Louisville’s Cher Von, NYC’s AllOne, Regdar and the Fighters, and Mr. Collins’ Bollocks. The lineup was organized by Regdar’s Stephen Smith.

If you read this blog much, you know how much I love Cher Von. She recently performed an amazing improv at the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball. Now come see her perform her looped pop oddities before she’s a mega-star.

I don’t know a great deal about AllOne, but his Bandcamp says he’s an,  “experimental hip-hop lyricist, performance poet, singer/songwriter, author, and beat-boxer.”

Regdar and the Fighters is a duo featuring robot / Dance Dance Revolution pad Regdar and his human “fighter” Stephen Smith. Stephen does a lot of good things for Nashville’s music scene, and he was a huge help with previous Circuit Benders’ Balls.  He’s organizing the music for the 2014 Nashville Mini Maker Faire, and I’m excited to see what he will bring.

Mr. Collins’ Bollocks is a Genesis cover band, yes, GENESIS!, by local photographers Ray and Wendy. They had me at Genesis cover band.

For more info, check the Facebook event page.

Cher Von, AllOne, Regdar and the Fighters, Mr. Collins’ Bollocks
Saturday, June 21st, 2014, doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. sharp., $5 to touring bands

@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Park in driveway and surrounding business lots.

Feb 262014


Here’s Theatre Intangible episode 110: Hertenstein/Hunt/Sevits, recorded on September 13th, 2013.

Joe Hertenstein is a New York City-based drone/avant-garde/free improv drummer, originally hailing from Germany. He’s played with heavy hitters such as Mat Maneri, Anthony Coleman, Ken Filiano, Frank Gratkowski, Jon Irabagon, Achim Tang, Mikko Innanen, Todd Neufeld, Simon Jermyn, and Thomas Heberer.

How did this all come together? Double-bassist and Theatre Intangible participant Thomas Helton e-mailed me a few days before, letting me know Joe Hertenstein, the drummer in his new trio, was passing through Nashville and might be persuaded to perform. By a stroke of good fortune, I had a show booked at Noa Noa for the upcoming Friday with British noise artist Freudian Slit, the Nashville electronic duo Age, and Knoxville multimedia artists Virginia Griswold abd Morgan Higby-Flowers. Joe agreed to perform, and trumpet player Jamison Sevits and double-bassist Randy Hunt came on board to form an extemporaneous trio.

Everything was falling into place. Now we just needed a set of drums.

Joe wasn’t traveling with a set. My roommate Tommy’s set was with him at a show across town. We decided to Frankenstein together a set using Tommy’s spare drums, broken cymbals, and various bits of metal and wood laying around the basement. A lamp served as a cymbal stand. And yet Joe, Jamison and Randy took this limitation and turned it into something magical.

I also recorded the performances of Freudian Slit, Age, and Virginia and Morgan, and I’m including those recordings as free downloads directly below. I’m also embedding videos that Josh Gumiela recorded of the performances. As always, the podcast itself is in the player at the very bottom of the article. Enjoy.

Right click to download, middle mouse click to stream:
Freudian Slit live at Noa Noa
Age live at Noa Noa
Virginia Griswold and Morgan Higby-Flowers live at Noa Noa