Four True Vine shows in the next week.
- The True Vine
1123 W 36th St Baltimore MD 21211
TONIGHT! Thursday August 5, 9PM
Chiara Giovando and Robert Francisco (from Black Coitus Family)
Phat Cutz (featuring special guest Max Eisenberg)
total under the wire freakowt slicer.
Friday August 6th, 9PM
Newton Armstrong, electronics
Clayton Thomas, bass
Ted Coffey, guitar/electronics
Adam Simmons, saxophone
ADAM SIMMONS plays numerous saxophones and flutes. He is slowly
working out how to play the saxophone so it sounds like anything but.
He performs across Australia and has toured the United States and
Europe several times. Working in a range of styles, from thrash to
funk to jazz and experimental improv, with such groups as the Adam
Simmons Toy Band, Bucketrider, Oynsemble, En Rusk, the Australian Art
Orchestra, The Engine Room and Bohjass, Adam is just trying to create
sounds that inspire, amuse, delight and astonish.
TED COFFEY makes several different kinds of music, usually combining
human production of sound with electronics and computers. His main
concern has been trying to tweak music's narrative gravity in ways
that weren't yet tired. He has recently performed with the Brentano
String Quartet, shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki and, at Lincoln
Center Out-of-Doors, with the Lowtones. With the California electric
guitar quintet Guitars of Wrath, he has performed premieres of music
by Alvin Curran, Lois V. Vierk and Pauline Oliveros, and made lots of
noise banging out the band's own pieces.
NEWTON ARMSTRONG works with a variety of electronic instruments,
though prefers to work with those electronic instruments that can be
configured to behave with a high degree of autonomy. Among other
projects, he's working towards a performance practice that would
forever release laptops from the tyranny of the currently dominant
laptop performance practice (which is possibly the first performance
practice to exclude performance from the practice). He lives in
scenic New Jersey, and has recently played at Festival of Exiles
(Berlin), What is Music? (Melbourne) and the NOW now (Sydney).
With the use of found objects and extended technique, CLAYTON THOMAS
is striving to broaden the language available to this baggage laden
instrument. In the last 3 years he has performed around the world
with many of contemporary music's true masters, including Sonny
Simmons, Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Tony Buck, Axel Doerner, Thomas
Lehn, Makigami Koichi, Cooper-Moore, Jim Denley and many others. If
there is a vision for his music, it is the collapse of barriers -
between the laws of style and the communities that adhere to them.
Also - opening for the night will be
Audrey Chen, vocals
Dan Breen, bowed metal
Andy Hayleck, bowed metal
Paul Neidhart, percussion
Catherine Pancake, dry ice
a goldang SUPERGROUP of Balto improvisors.
Sunday August 8 9PM
three damaged/damaging rock bands to muff up our poor little store
that never did nothin to anybody.
Bunnybrains 88 are dudes who used to be in Bunnybrains - a totally
different band - and grabbed the name on their way out. The dude who
runs Bunnybrains is totally freaked and pissed about it, and yours
truly does not give a flying fucking shit about the whole business,
even though I seem to be stuck in the middle of it for a minute.
Monday August 9 9PM
SKELETONS is the work of Matt Mehlan; he writes, records, and
performs skeletons' music with a rotating cast of musicians. Matt's
ability to arrange innovative and taboo sounds (examples: rhodes
piano, roland tr-808 drum machine, yamaha dx-7, computer) makes for
both a gorgeous backdrop and sarcastic synthesis with the subject of
the text. Example: the contrast between light-hearted synth solos and
lines like "let's fight about/who wants to die more" gradually
evaporates, leaving a delicate, darker shade of blue sound: the
reality left after the cloud of optimism has cleared from the scene
of the accident. This audio album is also a video album; Matt created
a film to accompany performance of the music. The full DVD version
exists for future release. "Life and the afterbirth" is Matt's second
album following 2002's self released "everybody dance with your
steering wheel". Next is "trepanation or I'm at the top of the
world", a mini-LP recently recorded in NYC, to be released on
Instrument inventor and new arrival to B-more PETER B. believes that
analog brains and digital computers running programs of simulated
chaos have something to say, that you listen to this and sing
along... He made the odd tracks on his record Doves in a Cave by a
process of automatic through-composition, following the ever-changing
textures generated by a wandering computer program. The even tracks
feature his own "man with th' red steam", an analog synthesizer
assembled from odd and purposeless modules, over-patched into a
chaotic limp. Besides the electronic instruments, Peter made the
other instruments featured on this record, including the "chucky" (an
extra-long, hollow bodied, acoustic string instrument) and the
blowin' bear (touch/breath sensitive analog bird
synthesizer). "doves" features what he calls "non tunings" and "non
meters"- the rhythms move along step by step without repeating in
metrical groups, and the pitch material is consistent without
rationally describable intervals. One track from the record, the moon
camera, was recently included on the Sonic Circuits 2003 sampler cd.
Peter has been a member of The Gongs (which toured with Scottish pop
musician Momus), Mister Kilogram (which recently toured the West
Coast) and has released several other albums, including "at the lake"
and "elyria lights". Currently he is building intuitively breakable
electronic surfaces on grant from the Daniel Langlois Foundation.
more info http://www.shinkoyo.com
we've got no editorial policy here, and we like it that way.
Yes to everything.
Yes to life.
Yes to those dudes tearing our sidewalk to rubble and keeping our
Yes to breakfast beer.
Yes to GROANING PILES OF NEW CDS:
Monad - This! Is! The! New! European! The! Free! Jazz! (Dogpony) $10
B-more's John Berndt and Tom Boram duo headscratcher concept blitz of
electrosplat and saxomophono. Truly one of the weirdest records in
the store. The second article in the title will give you an idea...
Andy Hayleck - Gong/Wire (Earlids) $10
45 minutes of approaches to bowing a wire attached to a gong. In the
tradition of bowing metal for irrational resonances (Rutman,
Young/Zazeela, Lainhart, etc.), this one's right up there, burning
bright in the air around you. A big favorite of yours truly, for
what that's worth...
Nautical Almanac - Handcut Record Transfers (HereSee) $10
purple tour CD in yellow case compiling seven hand-lathed record
projects. the edge of the disc itself is lathed, so you can take it
out of your CD player, flip it over and slap it on your turntable and
tear out your hair trying to make the sound which comes out resemble
music. hilariously aggrevating and such a great idea that. upon
seeing it, one guy in a record store in Cali screamed, "I feel like
I've gotta call MTV and Bjork RIGHT NOW!" true story.
DJ Technics - Movin Asses 5 (Baltimore Club Tracks) $10
amazing mix CD of Baltimore's over-the-top ebullient Club tunes
including many hot new faves like Bang That Back Out, Suck My Balls,
Fiddle (that great new one with the three-note melody and the girl
singing... so amazing...), and Gunshot (Tote It), the rhythm track of
which is a rifle being cocked and fired. Shit! w/ stripper cover.
DJ Technics - Terminator (Baltimore Club Tracks) $10
another one! this one's a total hot-shit showoff of Technic's
slickest DJing. Only a few of the tracks are real killers (Putcha
Leg Up and I'm Rich Bitch get stuck in my head all the time), but the
flow is so perfect and the vibe is so amped that it's become one of
my favorites. great picture of the Cali Gov on the cover, too
DJ Cornbread - #29 (nolabel) $10 each
mix vols 30 and 31 of the rawest, hardest, stonedest Baltimore Club
DJ we've heard are sold out, but you can grab this one while it's
still lying around and fill in your collection with nuts beat-slabs
and jingles about weed and pussy.
The Lockhorns - Pay No Attention To the Man Behind The Hurtin'
Baltimore's own Porter and Dolly... songs of dysfunction, anxiety,
and the DTs. Includes "Let's Make this First Kiss Our Last," "Datin'
the Great Satan," "The Aqua-Velva Song" (anyone with stories of
drinking Aqua Velva are encouraged to contact me immeadiately), and
of course, "They're Playing Our Dirge."
Francoise Hardy - La Question (Virgin) $14 1971 release
Francoise Hardy - Comment te Dire Adieu (Virgin) 1968 release $14
Peter King - Shango (Afrostrut) $8
Segun Bucknor - Poor Man No Get Brother: Assembly and Revolution
Roy Harper - Folkjokeopus (Science Friction) $21
Soft Machine - Third (Sony) $14
Gil Gilberto - 2222 (Emarcy) $10 1972 release w/ 3 bonus cuts
Marcos Valle - Mustang cor de Sangue (EMI) $17
Marcos Valle - Previsao de Tempo (EMI) $17
Bobby Beausoliel - Lucifer Rising (Arcanum) $27
delux 2CD set compiling his recordings for the soundtrack for the
Kenneth Anger film
RFDA - vols 7, 12, & 17 (rfda) $6
quick-and-dirty mixcomps of Houston fired down syrup stuff a la DJ
and so much more.
but now I gotta so sweep the floor for the thousandth time in the