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Jan 012015

Visual artist, experimental guitarist, and Louisville Experimental Festival founder Douglas Lucas will be performing at Betty’s Grill on Friday, January 2nd. He’s in town to open a solo art show at Fort Houston for Saturday’s Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston. I highly recommend both the Friday performance and the Saturday gallery show. Douglas appeared on a couple Theatre Intangible podcasts — this artist showcase and this live improv.

The Friday Betty’s show also features Lauri McNamara, Chris Davis, and David Russell for, as the Facebook event page states, “a night of ukulele songs and improvisation from at least three cracked eggs.”

Here’s footage from 2012 of Douglas performing as Mu at Noa Noa house:

Douglas Lucas, Chris Davis and David Russell, Lauri McNamara
Friday, January 2nd, 9 p.m., $5
@Betty’s Grill, 407 49th Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Jun 182012

Here’s podcast 84: Bad Vibes, featuring Brandon Able from MICROWAVE WINDOWS, Douglas Lucas from MU, Brendan Mucillo from HARDON COLLIDER, and Alan Sweeny and Aaron West from ASHOCHIOUS. We recorded this episode on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 after the bands came down for a show at Noa Noa. This is an improv very rich in texture, featuring circuit bending, modified guitar, tape loops, hum, buzz, feedback, effects, and much more. If you’d like to hear interviews with the bands, check out episode 83 featuring Hardon Collider and Microwave Windows and episode 82 featuring Mu. All of the bands are playing the Louisville Experimental Festival kicking off June 27th. If you’re in the Louisville area, don’t miss it!

May 302012

Microwave Windows

Keeping up the momentum, I present podcast 83: Hardon Collider and Microwave Windows Artist Showcase!

Experimental bands MICROWAVE WINDOWS, HARDON COLLIDER, MU, ASHOCHIOUS, and JEREMY BENNETT played Noa Noa in Nashville on Friday the 13th, April 2012. Last week, we release an interview with Mu’s Douglas Lucas and the Noa Noa sets from Mu and Ashochious. This episode features an interview with Hardon Collider’s Brendan Muccillo and Microwave Window’s Brandon Able as well as their Noa Noa sets. Soon, we’ll release the giant head of this audio Voltron: the live improv featuring all four bands!

We recorded the interview the day after the concert on my back porch. It’s all over the place in the best sense of the term. Brandon, Brendan, and I talk about their upcoming gigs at the Louisville Experimental Festival; ELECTRIC INERTIA; the experimental scenes in Cincinnati, San Francisco, Miami, and other places; the phobias of moving and not moving; JEREMY BENNETT; the soon-to-be-announced 2012 Circuit Benders’ Ball Nashville; father of circuit-bending REED GHAZALATHRIFTSORE BORATORIUM‘s geodesic sound dome; the 2011 FauxBeAnt Art Fair; and Brandon’s run in with police brutality. In the podcast, we mentioned Brandon Able lives in Lexington. Since the taping, Brandon has moved back to the East Coast.

Check out a few video clips of the Noa Noa performances below. The podcast player is at the very bottom of the article. Enjoy!

May 242012

Mu live at Hive 13, Cincinnati, OH, 2011

After a not-so-brief hiatus, the TI podcast is back with Episode 82: Mu Artist Showcase!

MU is the experimental guitar-based project of Louisville, Kentucky resident DOUGLAS LUCAS. Douglas performed a very visceral set hunched over a modified guitar at Noa Noa on April 13th, 2012.

On the podcast, I talk with Douglas about making music, growing up in a small Kentucky town, and his annual event, the Louisville Experimental Festival, kicking off this year on June 27th. The fest is, as the Facebook page states, “an amalgamation of experimental music,” featuring local and national acts. It’s a major event and close enough for Nashvillians to check out. See below for a full lineup.

The podcast also features Mu’s live performance at Noa Noa, as well as the performance of Louisville tape-loop drone kings ASHOCHIOUS. See below for a video clip.

The April 13th show also featured MICROWAVE WINDOWS and HARDON COLLIDER, who I interviewed for an upcoming podcast. All four bands participated in an incredible live improv to be released soon.

Discussed in this episode: The Peeling Wallpaper Ensemble, The Japanese / American Noise Treaty compilation, Wet, John Cage’s 4’33”, and Mu’s new CD-R release “Meal.”

Louisville Experimental Festival 2012 Lineup and schedule:

Wednesday, June 27th @ Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge (1004 E Oak St.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm)
Bone Crusher, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Developer, XAMBUCA, Cosmological Constant, NO Copper

Thursday, June 28th @ The Bard’s Town (1801 Bardstown Rd.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm)
Adeptive Radiation, Bear (The Ghost), Solace Media Corporation, Thriftsore Boratorium, Microwave Windows, Mu

Friday, June 29th @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar (331 E Market St.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm)
Parched Earth, Noiseman433, Talking Computron, Interstates (etc.), Zack Kouns, Ashochious, Hardon Collider, Joey Molinaro

Saturday, June 30th @ Zanzabar (2100 S Preston St.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm)
Shedding, Sick City Four, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, Hearts of Palm, Tropical Trash

Sunday, July 1st @ Uncle Slayton’s (1017 E Broadway):
(Doors at 6:30, Show at 7pm)
R Keenan Lawler and Tim Barnes, Ut Gret, Ryan Jewell, Misha Feigin and Davey Williams, Black Kaspar, Kark

All shows: $5 suggested donation