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May 072014



Josh Gumiela tipped me off to this amazing FREE electronic show at The Coup in Clarksville on Friday, May 9th. The show is kind of a dark wizards’ social of Nashville experimental electronic composers. If you haven’t been to The Coup, it’s basically THE place to see experimental music in Clarksville. And the veggie burgers rock.

The show is called FIALPHONICS: Electronic Music on the Threshold of Defeat, and it features six artists, three of which performed at the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball (Carl Oliver, Morgan Higby-Flowers, and Foster Dada), one of which has appeared at Noa Noa and on Theatre Intangible (Two Two aka Jeremy Bennett), one of which books amazing experimental and electronic nights at the East Room (Grey People aka Alex Michalski) and one Spring Hill artist that’s new to me (Oiswert).

Here’s the press release:

Josh Gumiela and The Coup present FIALPHONICS, an event showcasing artists using machines that definitely are not error proof.

Witness the relentless cackling of Carl Oliver’s irritated modular synthesizer, Grey People’s quartz clock fingers skating across vinyl like high heels on ice, and the stumbling sonics of Two Two as he pillages archaic libraries of flammable papyrus ghosts.

Also featuring: Foster Dada, whose mutilated drum machines perform digital intercourse, Mrgn Hgby-Flwrs, who melts the polar caps of your eyeballs faster than you can say ‘climate change conspiracy,’ and Oiswert, whose olfactory metallurgy fuses electricity with steel in the absence of heat.

This is well worth the 45 mile drive to Clarksville. While there, stroll around downtown Clarksville. It’s scenic.

Friday, May 9th, 9 p.m., free show, all ages

@ The Coup
118 University Ave
Clarksville, TN 37040

May 042013
Kendall Station (photo by Adam Newton)

Kendall Station (photo by Adam Newton)

Here’s episode 99: Tau Ceti, starring Mike Simpkins, Josh Gumiela and Luke Rainey, recorded May 25th 2012 on the back porch of Noa Noa.

Minneapolis-based ambient electronic artist Mike Simpkins was in town to perform a concert at Noa Noa under his moniker Kendall Station. You can see an excerpt from his performance in the video below.  Also on the bill were Luke Rainey’s project Grand Reality and Josh Gumiela’s project Foster Dad. Josh organized the show.

After their sets, they performed this beautiful improv, awash in analogue synths, circuit-bent gear, and field recordings. I did the live mixing, editing, and mastering. Thanks for listening.

Aug 012012


I’m glad to see great concerts still happening at Betty’s Bar & Grill. Case in point: the phenomenal electronic rock band Nudity, and T.I. participants SAURuS (Jeremy Bennett) and Foster Dad (Josh Gumiela) on Friday, August 3rd. These three electronic artists complement each other perfectly. Fun shall be had by all. Be there.

Here’s a T.I. improv featuring Jeremy Bennett. Here’s one featuring Josh Gumiela.

More details on the Facebook event page.

Other great shows this weekend: Saturday at Noa Noa: Big Waves of Pretty, Stephen Molyneux, Samuel Steelman, and Promised Land. Sunday at Noa Noa: T.J. Borden, Ypsmael, Lawrence Crow, and Steven Dunning.

Nudity, SAURuS, Foster Dad
Friday, August 3rd, 9pm
Betty’s Bar & Grill
407 49th Avenue North, Nashville, TN

May 222012

Kendall Station

It’s fitting that today’s Google Doodle is a playable, multi-track recordable Moog synthesizer in honor of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday. I was just using the search engine to look up information about KENDALL STATION, a Minneapolis electronic artist who loves analog synths. He’s playing Noa Noa this Friday. As his bio reads, “Delving always deeper into the geekery of analog synths and visions of a cybernetic future, he still brings an element and humanity and nostalgia to his work.”

Come celebrate Bob Moog’s birthday with a night full of synth-filled music. Also on the bill are Luke Rainey’s circuit-bent project GRAND REALITY and TI Participant FOSTER DAD.

Show starts at 8pm on the back porch of Noa Noa house. $5 cover to the touring band. Bring your friends. Bring refreshments. Bring a lawn chair.

More info on the Facebook event page.

May 25th, 8pm
Kendall Station, Grand Reality, Foster Dad

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