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Nov 152014


FMRL Arts has a great lineup at Emma Bistro tomorrow evening featuring Thollem Electric’s “Howled Ground” and the duo Dylan Simon and Ryan Norris. Here’s the press release:

Thollem Electric’s Howled Ground – solo electronic piano improvisations from acclaimed keyboardist Thollem, a tireless improvising artist who’s recorded and performed for labels like the revived, revered ESP-Disk and with performers ranging from John Dieterich (Deerhoof), Mike Watt (The MInutemen; The Stooges), and Pauline Oliveros.

Simon and Norris (analog modular synthesizer collaboration between Dylan Simon and Ryan Norris)

Advance tickets are available at fmrlarts.org.



Thollem Electric’s Howled Ground with Simon and Norris
Sunday, November 16tth, 8 p.m., $10
@ Emma Bistro, 11 Lea Avenue, Nashville, TN

Aug 042014



Simon Joyner, one of the best songwriters alive, is playing an intimate house show tonight at Ryan Norris’ place. The wonderful Cortney Tidwell and Whisperer will also perform.

The Facebook event page has the details:

Sweetblood Sound presents an evening with Simon Joyner and special guests Cortney Tidwell & Whisperer (Sam T. Smith).
Weather permitting, performances will take place at the Gardens of Sweetblood Sound. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, etc. Park on Wallace and enter through the garden gate to the left of the garage. Please be courteous and respectful to our neighbors.

7pm, $10, BYOB

“Simon Joyner is a singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska. He’s been flying under the radar since 1991, releasing music on various independent labels including: Team Love, Jagjaguwar, Sing Eunuchs!, Catsup Plate, One-Hour, Shrimper, Brinkman, Secretly Canadian, and Unread. He is also the co-founder of Grapefruit Records and an occasional producer of other people’s albums.”

“Courtney Tidwell could have been beamed to the Luminaire from a bohemian folk bar in 1960s Greenwich Village. Her music, meanwhile, suggest a collation of the sounds she heard on her time-traveling journey. Swirling, yet smudgy, pulsing with coruscations, hers is a moonlit sound, intangible and strange. Tidwell’s voice is the most remarkable instrument here. When she clambers over scales, extends individual syllables across four-note melodies, or abandons words altogether to revel in sounds There’s something strikingly individual about her, a mysterious quality all her own.

“From the darkened corners of the world come the songs of Whisperer (Sam T. Smith). These songs evoke a quiet beauty, each one putting it’s heart on the line. Hailing originally from North Carolina, he did much of his growing up in Kansas. Both of these places, these homes, have played a major part in the development of Smith as a songwriter, bringing out that sense of longing and heartache that are so apparent in his lyrics, as well as elements of the natural world.”

The show also received a Critic’s Pick from Stephen Trageser at the Nashville Scene. See below for a video I recorded of Simon’s last Nashville performance at Noa Noa. Don’t miss this!



Simon Joyner, Cortney Tidwell, Whisperer
Monday, August 4th, 7 p.m., $10, BYOB
@ the Gardens of Sweetblood Sound (house)
240 Wallace Rd
Nashville, TN 37211

Jan 282012

NO KINGS Records is a vital part of the local lo-fi and noise scenes. Sunday night, check out an intimate show at No Kings founder Stephen Molyneux’s place, featuring a roster of the label’s many talents: Ben Marcantel’s chip-tuned SUGAR SK*-*LLS, Ryan Norris’ ambient melodia COUPLER, STEPHEN MOLYNEUX himself, and Derek Schartung’s cardboard noise machine MALOCCHIO. Nearly all have appeared on Theatre Intangible at one point or another, most recently Stepehen in Episode 73: Cuatro Ninos starring HORSEHAIR EVERYWHERE.

The show on Sunday is FREE and starts at 8:3opm, on-schedule so Stephen tells me.

More info on the Facebook event page.

SUGAR SK*-*LLS : (Ben Marcantel) of Hands off Cuba, Forrest Bride
COUPLER : (Ryan Norris) of Lambchop, Kort, Hands off Cuba, etc.
STEPHEN MOLYNEUX : of Horsehair Everywhere, Poet Named Revolver, etc.
MALOCCHIO : (Derek Schartung) of Taiwan Deth, etc.

BYOB, & if you’d like to bring food to share that would be lovely.

Park at the Shell gas station on the corner, or secondarily on Murphy Rd. Carpooling and bikes are encouraged!

Richland Ballroom
4208 Murphy Road, Nashville, TN