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Apr 282014


There’s a Horsehair Everywhere reunion of sorts on Tuesday, April 29th at Betty’s Bar & Grill. Horsehair Everywhere is the Murfreesboro experimental collective that appeared on Theatre Intangible episode 73, Cuatro Ninos.

Tuesday’s bill features Horsehair members Lee Noble, Stephen Molyneux, and Sparkling Wide Pressure and guest artist Coupler. Horsehair member TJ Richards from Trabajo will be DJing the event. Stephen Molyneux tells me he recorded a new album this past weekend and will playing some songs from it at the show.

Look below for streams from all the artists. More info on the Facebook event page.

Lee Noble, Stephen Molyneux, Sparkling Wide Pressure, Coupler
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, 9:30 p.m.

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Dec 032013



This Saturday’s two Nashville art crawls are packed with so many good things. First Saturday Art Crawl at the Arcade features T.I. participant Stephen Molyneux at the Space Gallery premiering his “Cambodian Field Recordings” photography exhibit/sound installation. The Facebook event page says, “The images and sounds were captured on 35mm film and 1/4 inch tape in 2010 while Molyneux was living in Southeast Asia. Expect distant ancient rites of dawn, village sounds recorded from bicycle baskets, ensemble street performances, and wedding party music echoing through the ballroom of an abandoned mansion.”

At 40AU in the Arcade is Token: A Solo Exhibition by Emily Sue Laird. The Facebook event page says, “Balancing human-made materials – such as lace, felt, cotton, canvas, and velvet – with the fragile, transitory organic matter of mushrooms, paper, ink, wood, and moss, Emily invites participants to explore domestic elements through play and discovery. Felt leaves become placemats; mushrooms become shelves; fabric becomes forest; home becomes adventure.” The exhibition comments on art as a commodity, but I won’t spoil the fun with any further details. Just go see it, and you’ll soon understand.

Over at Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston‘s Ground Floor gallery, Erica Ciccarone and I are exhibiting a new installation called #openaccess. (Facebook event page here.) We’re constructing a 6 1/2 foot cube covered in white material. Inside the cube (but hidden to the audience) is Erica. She poses in front of a green screen in various costumes and scenarios, yet the audience never sees this. The sides of the cube merely reveal shadowy clues of what’s happening inside. What you DO see is projected on the front of the cube … pictures taken inside the cube minutes before … embedded inside social media posts. So the audience never sees what is happening live; they merely see the after effects on a time delay. The projected image shows a desktop full of web browser windows. Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc. The pages constantly update as the new images come through. While the work will be up all month, the live portion with Erica in the cube only happens Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m. #openaccess will also features new works from Mandy Brown, Heidi Martin Kuster and Janet Decker Yanez.

There will also be shows at Zeitgeist Gallery, Fort Houston and other Wedgewood/Houston spots. The wonderful art-heavy Porter Flea Market is concurrent at Track 1 just across the train tracks from Chestnut Square. (Details here.)

While not part of the two art crawls proper, but definitely in the spirit of the evening, East Studio on Gallatin Rd is exhibiting “Six Potters and a Painter.” The Facebook event page says, “East Nashville’s hidden gems – side-by-side clay workshops East Studio and Timothy Weber Pottery – open their doors to the public once a year for this holiday market. Featuring painting and pottery demonstrations and free Penny Drive penny pots to raise money for Second Harvest. Plus fine handmade pots and paintings by Russell Harris, Helen Hooper-Hirst, Kelly Kessler, Diana Naisby, Thurman Rivers, Donna Rizzo and Timothy Weber.”

Finish off the night by supporting a good cause and enjoying various interpretations of Tom Waits songs at the Five Spot. It’s the 8th Annual Tom Waits Tribute & Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Click the links for the various addresses and show times.

Jun 072013


Stephen Molyneux, founder of No Kings Records, member of Horsehair Everywhere and Theatre Intangible participant, is performing tonight at Noa Noa in support of his new album “Called to Leave.” Unlike Molyneux’s recent experimental releases, this one is a collection of songs.

As NoKingsRecords.co states,

This world traveler, professional gardener, poet, amateur ethnomusicologist, and No Kings co-founder has, at long last, collected his best song pieces (which move in and out of traditional American folk motifs) into a heart-shaking and catchy album. From murder ballad to chord organ interlude, themes of water and work, these atmospheric one-mic recordings of Stephen’s magnetic voice vibrating the floorboards of his Nashville home overflow with emotion and will have you hitting that rewind button over and over. The best. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed chrome, imprinted tapes, risograph artwork. For your convenience, you can stream the whole thing here.

Also performing is one of my favorite Nashville artists, Renee-Louise Carafice. In the 2011 Nashville Scene Rock n’ Roll Poll, I selected her as my favorite discovery of the year. This will be Renee-Louise’s first show with a full band in Nashville. Square People Jazz Maturity’s Tommy Stangroom will be on the drums.

Last but not least is Churchyard, the new garage rock band composed of Alice Buchanan, Rebecca Cholewa, Meghan D’Amico and Rachel Warrick.

Check out videos of Stephen and Renee at the end of this post.

More info on the Facebook Event Page.

Stephen Molyneux Tape Release w/ Renee-Louise Carafice & Churchyard
June 7th, 2013, 9:30pm, free show, tapes $5
Noa Noa
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

BYOB. Park in front yard and surrounding business lots.


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