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Rob Millis/Sublime Frequencies Film Screenings with Climax Golden Twins this month at the Suoni Festival (Montreal) and Issue Project Room (Brooklyn)

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Still, Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan, Robert Millis.

SUBLIME FREQUENCIES Film Screenings
Rare and unseen Sublime Frequencies films, director in attendance (so you can blame him)

INDIA AT 78rpm
Folk and classical music in India through the lens of the largest private collection of 78rpm records and dusty ephemera on the sub-continent.

MY FRIEND RAIN
Decay and rebirth and death through the endless Asian monsoon cycle. A collage of musical segments and tropical ambiance from Robert Millis and Alan Bishop.

PHI TA KHON: GHOSTS OF ISAN
A traditional Buddhist ghost festival from Thailand’s Isan province that features beautiful handmade masks, outrageous wooden phalluses, ceremony, ritual, dancing, and endless music.

performances by Climax Golden Twins

at the Suoni Festival in Montreal on June 13th and 14th

also at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn on June 16th

Through August 4: Propose Your Own Event at the University of Trash (SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York)

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There isn’t all that much to see at The University of Trash at SculptureCenter if you go there when “classes” aren’t in session. Asides from a few skeletal wooden structures– half jungle-gym, half campus center–and a slightly smaller than life replica of the old Tompkins Square Park bandshell, this summer-long “makeshift university”/Adventure Playground”(see Arthur contributor Andy Folk’s earlier post on the installation) is exactly what we–the greater New York City community–choose to make of it. Which means that in addition to signing up for some of the Free Skool’s delightfully unorthodox course offerings (radio transmitter building workshops, “Silkscreening Skills Shares,” “Composting in the City” classes, and Karl Marx reading groups, along with the more predictable situationist/spatio-political academic lecture fare–you can actually book the space for your own artistic, political, or pedagogical happenings. That is, as long as you can find a free time-slot on the University Calendar.

A university-wide “Call to Action” (as opposed to “Call for Entries”):
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The Free Skool, at The University of Trash
Sculpture Center
44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Thursday-Monday, 11am-6pm
$5 requested donation

June 11, Philly: Arthur presents Doug Paisley, Greg Weeks, Willie Lane, Sondra Sun-Odeon in a special evening garden show (all ages welcome)

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Thursday, June 11

Arthur presents…

Special garden soiree at Frankford Gardens

8pm

featuring four solo performers…

DOUG PAISLEY

GREG WEEKS (Espers)

WILLIE LANE

SONDRA SUN-ODEON (Silver Summit)

2037 Frankford Avenue (enter around back on Sepviva Street)

suggested donation $5 * bring your own whatsits

wet weather moves show indoors


DOUG PAISLEY
This will be the Philadelphia debut of the Toronto-based country-folk songwriter best known as half of the Will Oldham-championed Dark Hand and Lamplight, a live performance collaboration with visual artist Shary Boyle which features Boyle creating live drawings and animating pre-drawn images on an overhead projector while Mr. Paisley sings and plays guitar. Tonight, Doug will be playing songs from his gem of a debut album, released late last year on No Quarter Records, as well as new songs. Doug’s first LP, an enduring favorite at Arthur Philly HQ , garnered four stars from Andrew Male at Mojo magazine, who saluted its “lilti​ng melod​ies,​ comforting​ Guy Clark​ drawl​,​ and lazy Bears​ville​ arrangemen​ts… ​ [There's] nagging details within these love songs​ of union​ and division—great​ fireb​alls,​ waves​ risin​g up, birds​ falli​ng from the sky, unima​ginab​le thing​s burie​d in the groun​d,​ deeds​ that can’t​ be undon​e,​ cold,​ sound​less rain and somet​hing on the horiz​on ‘we will surel​y see coming/​in the wide open plain​.​’ This mood of proph​esy and foreboding​ lends​ Paisley’s debut​ an eerie​ power​ and stren​gth,​ meani​ng that as you retur​n to his charm​ing and encha​nting​ country melod​ies—and you will —they’​ll continue to throw​ up their​ weird​ detai​ls,​ glint​ing symbo​ls of doom on the horizon of the Ameri​can west.​”

GREG WEEKS
The Espers guitarist, producer and record label mogul makes a rare local solo performance. “Prolly acoustic guitar,” he sez. “Simple and straightforward.”

WILLIE LANE
“Epic martian love call transmitted by steel strings & flanger” is how this frequent MV & EE collaborator and Child of Microtones scene member, now based in Philadelphia, describes what he’ll be playing tonight. Willie’s just-out LP, Known Quantity (Cord Art), is a favorite in many houses. Arthur Magazine “Bull Tongue” columnists Byron Coley and Thurston Moore call it “a total blast. Willie’s mostly solo (save for some licks by Samara Lubelski) and his playing ranges from Wizz Jones power-pluck at its cleanest to Michael Chapman electro-smear at its phasingest. But Willie knows his stuff cold and this instrumental slide through the gates of Neverland is one of this year’s great rides.”

SONDRA SUN-ODEON
This New York City-based singer/writer/guitarist, best known for her work in Silver Summit, will open the evening with what she calls “a loosely fingerstyle guitar & vocal set conjuring rain…big sad drops of water with dark, hazy, haunting song clouds that speak of death, love, parting, and paradise. ”

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

June 1st, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Harvey Pekar guests on Douglas Rushkoff’s “Media Squat” radio show this evening

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Tonight Arthur columnist Douglas Rushkoff will interview legendary file-clerk and comic book writer Harvey Pekar on his weekly radio show Media Squat. Topics to be discussed include Pekar’s new graphic novel on the history of the Beats (which you can, frustratingly enough, read without images on Google Books), Rushkoff’s new book, and Pekar’s famous on-air conflict on Late Night where he called Letterman a scab and shill for GE.

Media-Squat Radio airs every Monday at 7pm EDT
Listen on WFMU, iTunes, or Media Squat

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

June 1st, 2009 at 3:58 pm

May 30: WizardFest Open Desert Concert in Locomotive Springs, Utah

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WizardFest will be held on Saturday, May 30th 2009 at Locomotive Springs in north western Utah. This is a free musical event in an open desert setting. There are no services at Locomotive Springs and there will be nothing for sale at WizardFest, so bring the basics: food, water, appropriate clothing, etc. We ask that you please leave your dogs at home. Look at the map and read the directions linked to this site so that you don’t get lost and miss it! The music will start at 3:00 o’clock and will continue until the sun goes down. This year’s line up will consist of Get Stakerized! Dos Hombres Van A Morir, Sunday School, Ben Thunderblood, the mysterious magic of Matt Bruce, a Dracula in the old west puppet show, After The Party, Antelope Island, and Reciprocal Redux. This year we are happy to present the Boxcar gallery featuring prominent and obscure painting, printing, photography and..? The museum will display geography, local history, and some incredible authentic Voodoo artifacts. We are holding this event in the spirit of fun and freedom, and we sincerely hope to bring people together for a very unique and memorable time, so come and join us for Wizard Fest!

Directions: You can access Locomotive Springs from I-15 by taking the Corinne exit and traveling west on Hwy 83 towards Thiokol, then west at Lampo junction (Promontory), past the Golden Spike National Monument, Howell Valley junction (end of paved road) and staying on the county gravel road traveling west for about 25 miles. Signs are present to help direct you on the county road.

WizardFest
Saturday, May 30, 3:00-sundown
Locomotive Springs
FREE, but bring water and vittles

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

May 30th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

May 30, NYC—HUNGRY FOR DEATH: Destroy All Monsters Exhibition opening at Printed Matter in NYC

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This Saturday, come to Printed Matter to rejoice among various ephemera created by the members of Michigan’s legendary music collective Destroy All Monsters including flyer art, posters, photos, magazines, records and drawings made over the course of the 1970s and after their reunion in 1996.

Here’s an anecdote to familiarize you with Destroy All Monsters’ steez, if you’re not already super excited about this show:

Formed at a house party in 1973, Destroy All Monsters’ original line-up [Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw, among others] played their first gig at a comic book convention—where they were asked to leave after ten minutes—using prepared guitars, a drum machine, tape loops, and various other instruments to create an unorthodox sound of suburban dystopian psyche music that was equal parts Stooges, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Velvet Underground, and Sci-Fi B-movie shtick.

The opening will also feature a special musical performance by C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), and the release of a limited edition of Destroy All Monsters’ lost LP SEXTET, available to the public for the first time ever. So whether you’re an avid fan who first experienced Bored/You’re Gonna Die as an angsty teenager, or a curious head who just wants to see what it’s all about — don’t hesitate, this is gonna be a good time.


Opening Saturday, May 30th from 5 - 7PM (closing August 29th)
Printed Matter
195 Tenth Avenue / New York, NY 10011
Free

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

May 29th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

“Form is the Graveyard of Conciousness” – Frank Haines opening at Lisa Cooley

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Occultist artist Frank Haines debuts an installation of new paintings, sculptures, and situations tonight at the Lisa Cooley, located at 54 Orchard Street in Chinatown. Most of tonight’s work was made in the gallery space, utilizing a wide range of formlessness and abstraction. With heavy Theosophical influence, the exhibition invokes themes of duality, including one energetic sculpture of two two-tone dangling equilateral triangles. Also well known for his experimental music as one half of the duo Blanko and Noiry, Haines is offering attendees of tonight’s show first crack at a cassette tape limited to 500 of never-before heard music he created while studying in Austria.

If Haines’ style reminds you of Kenneth Anger, you’re not alone. Haines will present a new performance entitled Blood Transfusion for a Ghost at the Anger exhibition at PS1 June 20th.

The show runs from tonight to July 3rd. More of Haines’ art is featured here and here.

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

May 29th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

“Form is the Graveyard of Conciousness” – Frank Haines opening at Lisa Cooley

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Occultist artist Frank Haines debuts an installation of new paintings, sculptures, and situations tonight at the Lisa Cooley, located at 54 Orchard Street in Chinatown. Most of tonight’s work was made in the gallery space, utilizing a wide range of formlessness and abstraction. With heavy Theosophical influence, the exhibition invokes themes of duality, including one energetic sculpture of two two-tone dangling equilateral triangles. Also well known for his experimental music as one half of the duo Blanko and Noiry, Haines is offering attendees of tonight’s show first crack at a cassette tape limited to 500 of never-before heard music he created while studying in Austria.

If Haines’ style reminds you of Kenneth Anger, you’re not alone. Haines will present a new performance entitled Blood Transfusion for a Ghost at the Anger exhibition at PS1 June 20th.

The show runs from tonight to July 3rd. More of Haines’ art is featured here and here.

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

May 29th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Friday May 29, Santa Cruz: Arthur presents debut of SIR RICHARD BISHOP and His Freak of Araby Ensemble (all ages welcome)

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FolkYeah and Arthur Magazine proudly present the debut of Sir Richard Bishop’s new band…

SIR RICHARD BISHOP AND HIS FREAK OF ARABY ENSEMBLE

AT THE HISTORIC BROOKDALE LODGE

IN THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS

* ALL AGES * FULL BAR * HAUNTED VENUE *

ALSO PERFORMING: Oaxacan and Bachelorette

Tickets available at the door

Doors 8pm
Show 9pm

Advance tickets and more info at:
folkyeah.com

Erik Davis interviewed Sir Richard Bishop in Arthur No. 26 (Dec 2007), available for $6 from the Arthur store. You can read the article online here.

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

May 29th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

FWAF 2009 – ‘CHAMPIONS’ by Mato Atom

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The 3rd annual Floating World Animation Fest features senses shattering video art and psychedelic animation from the secret world of motionography.  3+ hours of mind melting, soul loving psychedelicanimation… this summer’s ultimate videocation!

Remembering the New World Order with ‘CHAMPIONS’ by Mato Atom.

Floating World Animation Fest 2009 - Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, Portland OR - June 25th

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May 27th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Double Dose of Drone: White Rainbow, Windy & Carl in Los Angeles this weekend

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Windy & Carl’s “Undercurrent” from their 2001 album, Depths.


Los Angeles hosts some of the best bands in the country this weekend (if one were to judge such things based on the soundsystem at Arthur’s Atwater office and distribution center) creating a real stumper when it comes to Friday night. If you forgot to snatch tickets for the Animal Collective/Grouper show at the Wiltern and you’re sitting out on the Brightblack show in Eagle Rock for some reason, then might we suggest you consider Windy & Carl along with White Rainbow on Friday at Synchronicity Space? Local avant-dub banana-peelers Sun Araw are also on the bill, which is good news. Here’s the details:

Who: Windy & Carl, White Rainbow, Nudge, Fantastic Sleep, and Sun Araw
Where: Synchronicity Space
4306 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
When: Friday May 29, 8pm to 12am
How much: $5
More info: www.syncspacela.com


Adam “White Rainbow” Forkner explains his music to Pauly Shore.


And in case you’re going to be at either the AC or BBML happenings on Friday (or if you’re coming down from Dublab’s Tonalism up in Big Sur), you can still gorge yourself on gentle granola drones as Windy & Carl and White Rainbow will be playing on Saturday afternoon at Echo Curio.

Who: Windy & Carl, White Rainbow, Nudge
Where: Echo Curio
1519 Sunset Blvd.
Echo Park, CA 90026
When: Saturday May 30, 3pm to 6pm
How much: $5 donation
More info: www.echocurio.com

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

May 27th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Tonight, Ventura CA: Free midweek “psychedelically-charged musical event” at Grady’s Record Refuge…

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From Grady Runyon (Monoshock, Liquorball), who runs a great record shop up in Ventura…

WHAT: Cave and Jealousy and special guests
WHEN: Wednesday, May 27, 8-10pm
WHERE: Grady’s Record Refuge, 2546 E. Main St.., Ventura, 805-648-5565

The stalactites have been falling from club ceilings across the country in the wake of Chicago psych/rock instrumentalists CAVE’s summer tour. The band is supporting their new album Psychic Psummer (Important Records), other California stops have included The Hemlock Tavern and The Smell. Tour partner JEALOUSY creates a one-man Spaceman 3 vibe. And don’t miss a very special group of local like-minders who will be making their debut at 8pm sharp. Come refresh your midweek with this psychodelically-charged musical event!

CAVE: myspace.com/realreelpro
JEALOUSY: myspace.com/jealousychina
GRADY’S RECORD REFUGE: myspace.com/gradysrecordrefuge

Also, there is a new LIQUORBALL LP out—a live recording of the show in my store last year with Steve Mackay. Ordering info/audio excerpts on the Bad Trips myspace page:
myspace.com/theebadtrips

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May 27th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Fri, May 29 NYC: Gary Panter & Devin Flynn’s CD release party, with Ross Goldstein plus Angela Jaeger and Byron Coley at Issue Project Room

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*Devin & Gary Go Outside*
(featuring Ross Goldstein)

with *Angela Jaeger and [Arthur columnist] Byron Coley*

The #1 Hit Record “Devin & Gary Go Outside”

will be for sale, along with special collage package,

housemade by Gary and Devin.

Silkscreened poster by Chris Capuozzo, above, will also be for sale.

Friday, May 29, 8PM

Back by Popular Demand

Issue Project Room
At the Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215

$10

issueprojectroom.org/

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May 26th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Friday, May 29, Eagle Rock: BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT (all ages welcome)

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Friday, May 29th
Brightblack Morning Light
Rio En Medio
William Fowler Collins
@ the Center for Arts, Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd
LA, CA 90041
$12 / 8:00pm / All Ages
Advance ticket link: http://bit.ly/HghCW

Brightblack Morning Light were interviewed by Trinie Dalton in Arthur No. 31 (Oct 2008), with photographs by Lisa Law. The magazine is available for $10 from the Arthur store. The article is available online here.

Brightblack were also interviewed by Daniel Chamberlin in Arthur No. 23 (July 2006), with photography by Eden Batki. Were almost out of copies of that issue, so it’s going for $100 from the Arthur store.

FREE COMIX NEWSPAPER – Smoke Signal fundraising concert! Memorial Day, 8pm

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Smoke Signal #1 cover by Travis Millard

From our friends at Desert Island:

Desert Island is starting a free all-comics newspaper called SMOKE SIGNAL, which will debut in June.  The paper will have a circulation of 1000 and will be available at a few choice locations in Brooklyn (and via mail-order through our website).

In an effort to raise funds for this community-based project, we are hosting a fundraising concert at Union Pool on Memorial Day, May 25th, featuring performances by Uninhabitable Mansions, Boogie Boarder, Darlings, and Ambergris.  All proceeds will go towards the printing costs for the newspaper. PLEASE COME AND HELP MAKE THIS NEWSPAPER A REALITY!

Smoke Signal fund-raising concert
Memorial Day - this Monday!
Union Pool
484 Union Ave Brooklyn, NY
8 pm - $8 admission

For more information and links to the bands, please view our blog at http://tinyurl.com/smokecomix

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May 23rd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

May 23rd – Lucky Dragons & asDSSka perform a live score to The Red Balloon at The Silent Movie Theatre in L.A.

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This Saturday, experimental sound-collagists and noise-makers Lucky Dragons and asDSSka will be performing a live score to the classic The Red Balloon at The Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles (co-presented by Dublab and L.A. Record). Recent performances I’ve seen by Lucky Dragons have been nothing less than magical, unifying experiences where audience members left with smiles beaming from ear to ear. Give yourself the treat of reflecting on this childhood film as the duo taps into your heart and mind in this special musical collaboration with the classically trained pianist Aska Matsumiya and David Scott Stone (The Sads, The Melvins). The film will be followed by a sing-a-long with the L.A. Ladies’ Choir.

The Cinefamily Silent Movie Theatre
611 N Fairfax Avenue / Los Angeles 90036
7:30pm
$12

Buy tickets here.

Sat in L.A.: “Everlasting Bass” at the Hyperion Tavern in Los Feliz

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May 22nd, 2009 at 1:41 pm

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May 28, NYC: Rudy Wurlitzer, Gary Indiana read at 192 Books

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From the 192 Books site:

Thursday, May 28, 7PM

Rudy Wurlitzer and Gary Indiana
Nog and The Shanghai Gesture
(Two Dollar Radio, 2009)

Originally published in 1969, Nog became a universally revered cult novel and symbol of the countercultural movement, famously inspiring Thomas Pynchon to declare that “the Novel of bullshit is dead.” In Wurlitzer’s signature hypnotic and haunting voice, Nog tells the tale of a man adrift through the American West, armed with nothing more than his own three pencil-thin memories and an octopus in a bathysphere.

The Shanghai Gesture is internationally acclaimed author Gary Indiana’s sixth novel, and his first since 2003- Do Everything in the Dark. While the signatures of Indiana’s prose style are at play in this work- his aggressive satire and the astounding poetry of his language- they are turned to an altogether new frequency, that of the notorious, the diabolical, Fu Manchu. The Shanghai Gesture is a clever, hilarious, and daringly perverse new tale in which Gary Indiana reasserts himself as a true original.

Seating is limited, please call 212.255.4022 for reservations.

192 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street, New York City

Rudy Wurlitzer was interviewed by Joe O’Brien in Arthur No. 29 ( 2008).

Read article online, here.

Purchase actual mag here.

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May 21st, 2009 at 6:28 pm

June 9, L.A.: PFFR in person at Cinefamily

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From Cinefamily

6/9 @ 8:00pm
PFFR Night
“Wonder Showzen” and “Xavier: Renegade Angel” are simply two of the funniest and most psychedelic shows to have ever aired on American television. Their creators are the team known as PFFR, and the Cinefamily is havin’ them on down to present a night of their high-voltage, slap-happy stuff, including the theatrical premiere of their psychosexual porn prank film, Final Flesh!. From the desk of PFFR: “Multi-hyper shine collective, and thrice acclaimed electro funk outfit PFFR (Vernon Chatman, John Lee, Alyson Levy, and Jim Tozzi) are the award-caressing creators of such comedical zaz as MTV’s Wonder Showzen, [adult swim]’s Xavier: Renegade Angel, Snoop Dogg’s Doggy Fizzle Televizzle and production entitty behind Jon Glaser’s Delocated and Ben Jones’s (Paperrad) Neon Knome, among other laughular atrocities. On this night of wonderment, the belly of their colossus will be sliced open, allowing the hilariously writhing guts of their yucks to sluice out and stick your visual ribs. Good luck.”

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May 19th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

May 17: Jozef Van Wissem, Guy Blakeslee & Jeremy Rendina at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles

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This Sunday, May 17, Dutch lute-meister Jozef Van Wissem brings his own transcendental brand of Renaissance-meets-homegrown-folk-meets-electro-acoustic music to the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz, along with some electric guitar fireworks by Guy Blakeslee (The Entrance Band) and a slide show by filmmaker Jeremy Rendina. Should be a pretty magical night, especially if you’ve never seen Van Wissem in action before:

Jozef Van Wissem & Guy Blakeslee, with a slideshow by Jeremy Rendina
Sunday, May 17, 8pm
Philosophical Research Society
3910 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
$8, BYOB

May 15th – Book Launch for Arik Roper’s “Mushroom Magick” at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in NYC

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Arik Moonhawk Roper (a longtime Arthur contributing artist) will be celebrating the launch of his new book Mushroom Magick this Friday in New York. In creating this book, Roper has added his own indelible mark to the long history of mushroom art, presenting over 90 of his original portraits of hallucinogenic species of mushroom alongside educational writings by friends and scholars Erik Davis, Daniel Pinchbeck and Gary Lincoff. Learn more about and see images of Roper’s richly water-colored illustrations of these mysterious fungi in this blog post.

Be warned: If you are not wary of the importance of the mushroom’s existence on earth, after reading this book you will no doubt be conscious of the fact that fungi are communicating with our world in ways that are nothing less than mind-blowing…

Friday, May 15th, 6-8pm (on view through May 30th)
Gavin Brown’s enterprise
620 Greenwich St. / New York, NY 10014
Free admission

“MUSIC YOU CAN SEE” art opening at Interesting Gallery – Friday, May 15th, Brooklyn

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From Matthew Thurber:

Hi, Rebecca and I have started a gallery in our living room. It opens tomorrow with a group show of Eamon Espey, Carlos Gonzalez, Haisi Hu, Jenni Knight, and Jonny Petersen. Come by and have a beer with us tomorrow!
http://www.ambiguousmass.org/interesting/interesting.html

MUSIC YOU CAN SEE:  Eamon Espey / Carlos Gonzalez / Haisi Hu / Jenni Knight / Jonathan Petersen

Opening Reception Friday, May 15, 6-9pm

Interesting Gallery

33 Crooke Avenue #2B

Brooklyn, NY 11226

May 13 & 14: Back-to-Back Showpaper Benefits in Brooklyn

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Showpaper #52, Brian Blomerth, Narwhaltz of Sound

Showpaper, the free, biweekly foldout of DIY, all-ages concert listings in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, has revolutionized (or, more aptly, de-virtualized) the way a lot of us find out about shows. Rather than spend hours clicking away on the internet, music lovers can now walk into favorite comic store or falafel joint and pick up a single sheet of newsprint that lists all of these events in one place. Better yet, Showpaper is also its own physical souvenir–each issue doubles as a limited edition poster print of an original artist’s work, which you can tack up in your living room for all to see or simply revisit once in a while to remind yourself of a good week in musical time gone by. Perhaps you were too busy concert-hopping to notice, but this month marks the publication’s two-year anniversary, as well as a handful of fun Showpaper benefits to help keep the publication going strong. Showpaper is 100% advertising free, and relies on the public sponsorship and volunteered labor-time of readers like you in order to stick around in your neighborhood.

If you are not already booked up with other Showpaper listings, kindly check out these two awesome fundraiser events in Brooklyn this week:


MVT: MUSIC VIDEO TIME
(videos curated by ARTICLE / Nick Chatfield-Taylor)
Ninjasonik “Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant” (PREMIERE)
Titus Andronicus “Upon Viewing Brueghel’s ‘Landscape and the Fall of Icarus”
by Mike Reynolds (PREMIERE)
Japanther “Radical Businessman” (PREMIERE)
Animal Collective “My Girls”
Matt and Kim “Lessons Learned”
Screaming Females “Bell”
by Biz Lynch
Future Islands “Beach Foam”
by Joe Stakun
Len Lye’s Swinging the Lambeth Walk (From 1940)
Punk Tree (Japanther Documentary)
by Chad Van Nau
2 short docs on The Eskalators’ Subway Show
by Charlie Ahearn and Flip Switch Productions
more vids tba / q&a after each vid

ALSO obscure and hilarious advertisements in between music videos curated by FREE DANGER / Jay Buim

8PM / $5-20 (sliding scale) / ALL AGES (duh!)
Wednesday May 13th @ Monster Island Basement (map)
[ G > Lorimer / L > Bedford / JMZ > Marcy ]

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From Benefit Posters
NOISE @ SILENT BARN
(music/media curated by Nick Nauman)
IN
Holy Spirits
The Derelicts
Visual Projections by Ivy Meadows and Ashley May

8PM / $5-20 (sliding scale) / ALL AGES (duh!)
Thursday, May 14th @ The Silent Barn (map)
[ L > Halsey / M > Myrtle-Wyckoff ]

Also performing at the Silent Barn show on the 14th, the mighty psych-rock outfit Behavior, who, after appearing basically out of nowhere, have been eliciting ear-to-ear grins all over New York City with their inspired mix of taught melodica and high-gravity jam outros that are messy as all hell.
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For more information on upcoming benefits, sign up for the Showpaper mailing list here

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May 13th, 2009 at 11:48 am

2009-2010 Spring Calendar & Compilation of original songs for each month of the year by Anonymous Monk Records

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Now’s a better time than any to start tracking solar patterns and moon phases. In fact, we are about to enter one of the most intense solar cycles of the last 400 years, which will produce some of the most unreal aurora borealis to be seen in record-keeping history. The next few years should be interesting to watch as our atmosphere changes, and keeping a calendar is a good way to slow down and notice the changes as they happen over the course of a year’s time.

Anonymous Monk Records has just released a poster-sized calendar beginning March 2009 and ending February 2010, including shadowy greyscale illustrations and a compilation of gentle folk songs made by their musician friends, one song for each month of the year:

March by Viking Moses
April by Ben Kamen
May (Mayday) by Spenking
June by Golden Ghost
July (Juli) by Ashley Eriksson
August (Arco Iris Alrededor de la Luna) by Karl Blau
September (Month #9 (Shining the Moon)) by Paleo
October (Apple Pies & Apple Juice) by Ruth Allison
November by Eleanor Murray
December by Twig Palace
January (New Days) by Karrie Hopper
February by Eli Moore

Learn more about this project, download music by the artists and order the calendar here.

Above: Close-up of calendar, beautifully designed by Eric Sarai (eris)

This weekend in Cleveland…

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As mentioned in last week’s “Bull Tongue”….

From clevelandpoetics blog….

in celebration of the poetry community small press books has forged among poets all over the map, local (but not necessarily Greater) Cleveland Area poets will party down with poets tres versing from CO, NM, NYC, WA, RI, PA, MONTREAL, TX, and ELSEWHERE. take your vitamins!!!

Friday Night, May 8 6 pm (++Free)
Travis Catsull & Dirk Michener of the Charles Potts Magic Windmill Band will perform at The Barking Spider Tavern located on CWRU campus, 11310 Juniper Rd., Cleveland with the poets Ben Gulyas, Jim Lang, Wesley Eisold, Valerie Webber, George Wallace, Charles Potts, Bree, Maj Ragain, Tm Gottl, Eric Paul & Adam Brodsky

Saturday Afternoon, May 9 1 pm (++Free)
Gathering at the Daniel Thompson Memorial Plaque (outside the Lincoln Inn, 75 Public Square, Cleveland)/followed by TBA: readers will include Alex Gildzen, Jack McGuane, Jeremy gaulke, Eric Paul, Jim lang, Kisha foster, Valerie webber.

Saturday Night, May 9 7 pm (++7 dollar admittance, includes Goodie Bag)
Ray McNeice and Tongue and Groove will play, and Alex Gildzen, Angela Jaeger, Byron Coley, Charles Potts, George Wallace, Jesus Crisis, Emma Young, Mary Weems, Michael Henson, Russ Vidrick, Wesley Eisold & Bree will read at The Lit in the ArtCraft Building 2570 Superior Avenue Suite 203, Cleveland 216.694.0000

Sunday Afternoon, May 10 3pm (++Free)
Musician Adam Perry will perform his poems followed by Alex Gildzen, Angela Jaeger, Bree, Michael Salinger, Ben Gulyas, George Wallace, Eric Paul, Phil Metres & Wendy Shaffer at the Coventry Library, at Coventry Rd. & Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, followed by a dinner break on Coventry Road.

Sunday Evening, May 10 6pm (++Free & Open)
An Open, Round-Robin Style, Read From Where You Sit Soiree Will Take Place At Mac’s Backs~Books On Coventry, At 1820 Coventry Rd., In Cleveland Heights. All Are Invited To Read, As Local Poets Meet Tres Versers.

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May 8th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

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May 9: Spring Record Fair Fundraiser at New Flywheel Space in Western Mass

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After a few years on hiatus, the legendary Flywheel Arts Collective in Western Massachusetts is back on the map with a brand new home at Easthampton’s historic Old Town Hall. Founded in 1999, Flywheel is a non-profit, volunteer-run community arts space that hosts everything from live music to traveling theater troupes and is home to one of the most comprehensive zine libraries in New England. Whether Flywheel already holds a sentimental place in your heart–perhaps as the site of your first exposure to the Pioneer Valley’s burgeoning noise and weird folk scenes as a college student–or you’re simply interested in checking out one of the area’s first (and last) true all-ages public meeting spaces, May 9 is a great day to come out and show your support. Saturday marks the second installment of the Flywheel’s biannual Record Fair Fundraiser, which is a perfect opportunity to satisfy those nasty record cravings with the knowledge that you are contributing to a worthwhile cause.

Details from the Flywheel website, which also provides some useful information on how to get involved:

Hey kids! It’s spring and you know what that means, it’s time for our twice annual record fair fundraiser. This one is taking place on Saturday May 9th 2009 in the scrappy under-construction confines of our new home at the OLD TOWN HALL in the center of Easthampton. Come by from 10:00am-3:30pm.

17+ dealers will be on hand give you the wax fix you so desire with the usual eclectic selection of vintage vinyl. As we always say, your ATM will hate you, your turntable will love you. Don’t miss it.

Also, get a chance to check out the progress on our very-soon-to-be-operational home.

Flywheel Spring Record Fair Fundraiser
Saturday, May 9, 10:00am-3:30pm
Flywheel Arts Collective
Easthampton Old Town Hall
43 Main Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Directions

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May 7th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

May 15: Complementary Currency Panel Discussion with Douglas Rushkoff, Alex Gordon-Brander, and Charles Eisenstein at the I.D. Project in New York

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For those of you who have yet to make it down there, Friday, May 15th is a wonderful occasion to check out the Interdependence Project (or I.D. Project) in the East Village, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to channeling meditation and mindfulness practice into their real-life applications in the arts, ecology, activism, and community service. From 8 to 10pm, longtime Arthur contributor Douglas Rushkoff will join writers Alex Gordon-Brander and Charles Eisenstein in a panel discussion entitled “Beyond the Benjamins: Complementary Currency Systems and Social Interdependence”, followed by a question and answer session. Should be a lively and informative evening for people looking to find out what complementary currency is and how they can get jump-start an alternative exchange movement from the ground up.

A description of the event from the I.D. Project Website:


Alternative currency systems naturally encourage cooperation, reciprocation, self-reliance, and mutual aid. These four elements are the foundation of social interdependence and socio-economic solidarity. Come learn about starting a complementary currency and how new forms of exchange build value in your community.

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Alex Gordon-Brander, Charles Eisenstein, and Douglas Rushkoff. Q&A to follow introductions and explanations.

Friday May 15, 2009, 8pm-10pm
Lila Center, Interdependence Project
302 Bowery @ Houston St., 3rd fl.
F/V, D, 6, R/W trains all nearby
$10 or $5 (students/unemployed/monthly IDP donors)

Money should not keep you away!
Let us know if you can’t afford the cost and would like to attend.

Contact info@theidproject.com

The I.D. Project also has a group in Portland, Oregon!

May 15: Complementary Currency Panel Discussion with Douglas Rushkoff, Alex Gordon-Brander, and Charles Eisenstein at the I.D. Project in New York

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beyondthebenjamins
For those of you who have yet to make it down there, Friday, May 15th is a wonderful occasion to check out the Interdependence Project (or I.D. Project) in the East Village, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to channeling meditation and mindfulness practice into their real-life applications in the arts, ecology, activism, and community service. From 8 to 10pm, longtime Arthur contributor Douglas Rushkoff will join writers Alex Gordon-Brander and Charles Eisenstein in a panel discussion entitled “Beyond the Benjamins: Complementary Currency Systems and Social Interdependence”, followed by a question and answer session. Should be a lively and informative evening for people looking to find out what complementary currency is and how they can get jump-start an alternative exchange movement from the ground up.

A description of the event from the I.D. Project Website:


Alternative currency systems naturally encourage cooperation, reciprocation, self-reliance, and mutual aid. These four elements are the foundation of social interdependence and socio-economic solidarity. Come learn about starting a complementary currency and how new forms of exchange build value in your community.

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Alex Gordon-Brander, Charles Eisenstein, and Douglas Rushkoff. Q&A to follow introductions and explanations.

Friday May 15, 2009, 8pm-10pm
Lila Center, Interdependence Project
302 Bowery @ Houston St., 3rd fl.
F/V, D, 6, R/W trains all nearby
$10 or $5 (students/unemployed/monthly IDP donors)

Money should not keep you away!
Let us know if you can’t afford the cost and would like to attend.

Contact info@theidproject.com

The I.D. Project also has a group in Portland, Oregon!

May 11, ALI_FIB Gigs Comes to Brooklyn!

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Parisian curator, critic, and all-around weird music guru Maxime Guitton is the kind of guy that any DIY community would love to have around. Since 2003, his has been gracing the French capital with evening after evening of choice musical and visual phenomena–most of them in some way left of center, and all of them handpicked with love. Ali_Fib Gigs, which he co-runs with Benjamin Tellier and Jérôme Boutinot, has organized some sixty shows and festivals in Europe, in sites ranging from music venues, squats, and churches to crypts, art galleries, and museums. He also curated the music component of the “Psychedelic Explorations in France, 1968″ fest at the CAPC museum in Bordeaux last year, which examined the history of psychedelia from a French perspective and the legacy of the late 1960s in the so-called “third psychedelic revolution” of the present.

This Monday, people in the New York area (lucky ducks!) can get the ALI_FIB experience in their very own backyard. Or, more specifically, at Matchless in Brooklyn, with a killer evening of music by raga guitar legend Peter Walker (and one-time musical director under Dr. Timothy Leary), David Daniell, and Carter Thornton. Wow.

Peter Walker + David Daniell +Thornton
Monday May 11th - 9pm - $8
Matchless
557 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Nassau Ave. (G) / Bedford Ave. (L)

poster by Zeloot

If you can’t make it out the show, check out the Ali_Fib-curated “Err on the Good Side” compilation, recently released on the Swiss-French micro-label, Three:Four. Featuring Amen Dunes, Ben Nash, Duane Pitre, El-g, Sus & Jakob, Hellvete, Illitch, Liberez, Mike Wexler, Sir Richard Bishop, and Steve Gunn.
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May 5th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

May 10th – Book Launch for Michael Schmelling’s “The Plan” at FAMILY in Los Angeles, CA

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All over New York City, often hidden in tiny rent-controlled apartments that have survived many waves of gentrification in their surrounding neighborhoods, there are slightly delusional (and perhaps even secretly brilliant) artists, writers, and recluses of all kinds who to this day are continuing to hoard their precious manuscripts, newspapers, records, memorabilia, and artwork that nobody’s ever seen.

Only a privileged few gain access to these dwellings, which are in themselves mini-worlds; each of these apartments is like a museum, devoted exclusively to the compulsive collecting habits of its owner. It’s no shock that there is a New York-based company, Disaster Masters, that finds these compulsive hoarders, counsels them and helps them to clean up their apartments (Sidenote: did you know that in Japan there are similar companies that try to coax teenage boys into leaving their rooms? Read about it here.)

Between 2003 and 2005, photographer Michael Schmelling accompanied Disaster Masters to 12 different apartments, making it his prerogative to document each apartment pre-cleanup, while it was still in its most natural, chaotic state. The result is The Plan, a 576-page book, featuring 490 black and white photographs, with an entire chapter dedicated to each home.

Thanks to Schmelling, these remnants of New York history are now preserved for us all to see. Come take a look at what he’s captured at Family’s book launch for The Plan, where Schmelling will discuss his work, accompanied by a slide show, question-and-answer session, and book signing at the end.

Sunday, May 10th, 7:30pm
FAMILY
436 N. Fairfax Ave. / Los Angeles, CA 90036
Free admission

For more info, visit http://www.familylosangeles.com/

May 16: No Fun Fest 2009 presents “Infinite Sound and Image” Screening at the New Museum in New York

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Whether you splurged on a three-day pass way back in February, or didn’t realize until yesterday that tickets are 100% SOLD OUT, fans of New York’s No Fun Fest will be pleased to learn that this year’s installment is more than the usual three night affair. Recognizing that many of the artists on the bill next month are active outside the purely musical sphere, No Fun organizer Carlos Giffroni teams with Rhizome director Lauren Cornell on May 16 for an afternoon of film, video, and performance at the New Museum. Presented in tandem with the museum’s three-floor “Younger than Jesus” extravaganza (”50 artists from 25 countries all under the 33″), the event features a collaboration between Jim O’Rourke and filmmaker Makino Takashi, another between Robert Beatty (Hair Police, Three Legged Race) and video artist Takeshi Murata, and solo works by C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), Sarah Lipstate/Noveller, and Dominick Fernow/Prurient. Rumor has it that Meghan Ellis and Giffroni himself will round off the gathering with a little multi-media spectacle of their own.

Just a question for the folks behind No Fun: an endorsement from a major art institution like the New Museum is definitely no chicken feed, and some might even say that the festival has now officially joined the the major leagues. So why is the event not even listed on the No Fun website?

No Fun 2009: Infinite Sound and Image
Saturday, May 16, 3pm
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
$6 members, $8 general public

Floating World Animation Fest 2009 – Holocene, June 25th

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The 3rd annual Floating World Animation Fest features mind melting video art and psychedelic animation from the secret world of motionography. “Secret” meaning these are the geniuses that make your music videos, on air graphics, commercials, credit sequences, and movie fx by day… but a closer look at their resumes reveals a true passion for artistic expression and creativity in their short films and experimental personal work.

This year’s fest screens at Holocene in Portland, OR, Thursday June 25th, with a special bonus program curated by Show Cave Gallery (Los Angeles). Trailer features: Yoshi Sodeoka, Eve Duhamel, Peppermelon, Nofun, Bruno Dicolla, Mato Atom, Kaliptus, Kirsten Lepore, David O’Reilly, Nicolas Djandji, Peter Glantz. Music by: Glaznost. Poster by: Psilo Design. I’ll post more films from the fest over the next few weeks.

Floating World Animation Fest 2009 Teaser - Holocene, June 25th from Floating World Comics on Vimeo.

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May 3rd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Opening May 7 – Oxenrose & Arthur present “Scala Naturae:” New Works by Tahiti Pehrson in San Francisco

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Arthur is delighted to sponsor “Scala Naturae,” a show of exquisitely crafted paper sculptures by Tahiti Pehrson opening on May 7th at Oxenrose. In the past, Pehrson has developed album art for Devendra Banhart (covers of White Reggae Troll and Lover) and several t-shirts for friend Joanna Newsom, as well as comissioned portraits for XL recording artists (M.I.A., Peaches, and Dizzee Rascal, among others), and designs for a variety of skateboarding companies including Toy Machine, Blood Wizard and Familia.

On top of all these projects, Pehrson devotes his time to cutting away at his insanely detailed sculptures, made almost entirely of paper with some metal supports. Want to see? Check out this giant cake (real life dimensions: 4ft x 6ft). Something tells me that these pieces shine in their true glory when seen in person; you really have to get up close to experience the full effect of light and shadow interacting within the many crevices, shapes and openings. So if you’re in the Bay area, dig out your magnifying glass — and head over to Oxenrose to lose yourself in the tiny intricacies of Pehrson’s magical paper world.

On view May 7th - June 30th, opening Thursday, May 7th 7:30 - 10:30PM with a live performance by Kings & Queens
Oxenrose Salon (For directions, go here.)
448 Grove St. / San Francisco, CA 94102
Free admission

Get to know more about Pehrson’s artwork and lifestyle in this interview.

Above: Neptune’s Daughter, a 4-layered paper sculpture by Tahiti Pehrson

May 9: Chhandayan’s 10th Annual All-Night Concert of Indian Classical Music in NYC

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Highlights from Chhandayan’s 9th Annual All-Night Concert of Indian Classical Music


One of the many wonderful things about getting a bit deeper into Indian Classical music is learning about the way ragas work better when they’re played at specific times of the day and night. E.g. When things get hectic after lunch here on Arthur’s Atwater Campus, we’ve learned to put Nikhil Banerjee’s Afternoon Ragas - Rotterdam 1970 on blast so we can keep things in focus.

So when there’s an epic Indian Classical jam like Chhandayan’s 10th Annual All-Night Concert of Indian Classical Music going down in New York City, you know it’s gonna be awesome ’cause this is how these nocturnal ragas are meant to be experienced: All through the night and into the woozy early hours of the AM. It’ll be just like sweating through the wee hours to the oonce-oonce-oonce except instead of extended trance breakdowns and all the hands in the air there’ll just be a collective sense of silent elation as Utpal Dutta “goes for it” with a wild 4am tabla solo. Plus you’ll probably feel a lot less shit come dawn. Please note: Sleeping bags and mattresses are prohibited.

Ready to get pumped? WFMU is previewing the show this Saturday, May 2 from 6-9pm on Rob Weisberg’s Transpacific Sound Paradise. For more Indian ragas we’d also like to direct your attention to the outstanding archives of now-silent audioblog The Magic of Juju. Likewise, the Pandit Pran Nath album that Babcock hipped us to back in early March is still available for download over at Big States.

What: Chhandayan’s 10th Annual All-Night Concert of Indian Classical Music
How much: Tickets range from $25-$100
When: May 9th 7pm - May 10th 6am
Where: The New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th Street, New York, NY 10023
More info: http://www.tabla.org/

May 28: Dublab Presents All-Night Ambient Music Happening in Big Sur (CA)

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Dublab has done it again! California’s favorite non-profit radio collective has been bringing choice, culturally responsible programming to the Los Angeleno airwaves for around ten years now, but its mission to foster “the growth of positive music, arts, and culture” takes place both on the air and off. Among the many live events on the Dublab calendar this Spring, the TONALISM mini-fest in Big Sur on May 28th is bound to knock your socks off– or at least lull you into a smiley, sound-drunk dream-state.

A description of TONALISM from the Dublab family:

Inspired by La Monte Young’s “Dream House” as well as the work of musicians and composers such as Terry Riley, Yoko Ono and John Cage, Tonalism combines harmonious textures with visual elements to create an atmosphere where the audience is encouraged to bring pillows, cushions and sleeping bags to lay down, listen and watch for an extended period of time. DJs, live musicians and VJs play and perform throughout the night; starting at sunset and ending at sunrise. Complimentary tea and water are provided to all who attend.

ON THE REDWOODS STAGE:

Live Performances by:
Windy and Carl (Kranky)
Pharaohs (members of Languis and Big Swell)
Matt Baldwin / Inner Beauty
Lyonnais
White Rainbow (Kranky)
Nudge (Kranky)

DJ Sets by:
Obrian System (very special guest)
frosty (dublab)
Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel, Postal Service, dublab)
Part TIme Punks DJ Michael Stock
Andy Cabic (Vetiver)
Katie Byron (dublab)
Nanny Cantaloupe (dublab)
Turquoise Wisdom (dublab, Small Town Talk)
matthewdavid (dublab, Leaving Tapes)

Visuals by:
Matt Amato (The Masses)

ON THE CANYON STAGE:

Performances Curated by Carlos Niño for dublab:
Mia Doi Todd
Carlos Niño & Jesse Peterson
The Nick Rosen/Brian Green Duo
The dublab Drone-Dreamers
DJ Cool Chris of Groove Merchant
GB
Life On Earth! (of Dungen)
and Special Guests

Set Design by:
Katie Byron

TONALISM
Thursday, May 28, 4:20 pm - 5:00 am
Henry Miller Library
Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
$20, all ages (does not including venue fees)
Complimentary tea will be served throughout the night.
Bring pillows, blankets, beanbags, sleeping bags, cushions, lay down and listen.
There will be a fire pit and heat lamps but make sure to bring warm clothes because it gets cold at night.

Buy tickets

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La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s “Dream House”, Mela Foundation, Tribeca, NYC. Find out more about La Monte Young and the Mela Foundation here.

April 26th – MV + EE at Kung-fu Necktie in Philly

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The first time I saw MV + EE was at the Arthurdesh benefit at 3A.M., where those who had stayed til the end shuffled out of the room visibly stunned after their full-on raw psychedelic performance. If you’re in Fishtown this weekend, take the advice of Baby Huey and get mellow one more time… then go to Kung-fu Necktie, where Matt Valentine and Erika Elder will surely proceed to blow your lid.

Sunday, April 26th, 8PM
Kung-fu Necktie
1248 North Front Street / Philadelphia, PA 19122
$10

This show is 21+

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

April 25th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

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