January Archives

ISSUE PROJECT ROOM and FRONT PORCH PRODUCTIONS
Present
“THE INDEPENDENTS” FESTIVAL
JANUARY 4-28, 2007

Presented in cooperation with Tennessee-based Front Porch Productions, “THE INDEPENDENTS” is a mammoth music festival that will showcase over fifty artists from seven of this nation’s most prestigious independent record labels. Throughout the month of January, New York will reverberate with the sounds of epic minimalism (Tony Conrad, Rhys Chatham, Phill Niblock, Leif Inge), ecstatic clangor (Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Zeena Parkins,Gamelan Son of Lion), raw Americana (Richard Bishop, Loren Connors, Peter Walker), free improv (Charles Gayle, Paul Flaherty, Bern Nix, No Neck Blues Band) and avant songsmithing (Christina Carter, Richard Bishop, Badgerlore, Lichens). Featuring an amazing array of improvised, minimal and outsider musics, as well as full programs of film and video, “THE INDEPENDENTS”promises to be an event of epic proportions, in an intimate setting.

Featuring showcases from the following independent record labels:
TOMPKINS SQUARE
XI
POGUS
LOCUST
ECSTATIC PEACE
FAMILY VINEYARD
TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS

Admission is $15 nightly. Acts and dates subject to change.

TOMPKINS SQUARE Presents:

New York City’s Tompkins Square Label released a dizzying array of
important music in its first year, ranging from underground jazz
giants (Ran Blake, Charles Gayle and Bern Nix), four acclaimed
volumes of solo acoustic guitar music past and present (Imaginational
Anthem Vols. 1& 2, A Raga For Peter Walker, Berkeley Guitar), English
folk (Sharron Kraus), reissues (Robbie Basho, Harry Taussig), and
experimental acid-folk from Texas (Shawn David McMillen). 2007
promises more exciting sounds, with new albums by country music
legend Charlie Louvin (w/ Will Oldham, members of Lambchop, George
Jones and others), UK 12-string upstart James Blackshaw, as well as
87 year old Virginian country singer / Alan Lomax-discovery Spencer
Moore.

Thursday, January 4
Bern Nix
Charles Gayle
Peter Walker

8:00 p.m.; $15

XI Presents:

“ex-eye” is the label of Experimental Intermedia Foundation, an arts organization in New York City that has been part of the Downtown New York loft scene for over twenty-five years, presenting concerts of some of the most important and innovative composers and performers. In 1989 XI was formed to release music representative of EIF¹s programming philosophy, so that the experience of hearing these engaging and pioneering artists could be extended outside of the performance space and into the home.

XI runs the avant-garde gamut, specializing in minimal music, although it is minimal in the broadest sense of the word, creating music with a maximum effect utilizing minimal means. All of the composers on the label share a powerful aesthetic, exploring various avenues of sound and opening new horizons. Unlike a great majority of pioneering work, the austerity of the process is not mirrored in the sound; the music presented on XI is pleasing to the ear.

www.xirecords.org

Friday, January 5
Phill Niblock
Alan Licht
David Behrman

8:00 p.m.; $15

POGUS Presents:

Pogus Productions features releases of Electronic, Electro-Acoustic, and Experimental music. Uncompromising, non-commercial, and definitely not for everyone (unfortunately), these releases are geared towards discerning listeners. Performing at ISSUE Project Room are Al Margolis and Nick Didkovsky

www.pogus.com

Saturday, January 6
Monique Buzzarte (trombone) playing Tom Johnson’s TILEWORK

Beth Anderson performing her text-sound pieces:
IF I WERE A POET
COUNTRY TIME
THE PEOPLE RUMBLE LOUDER
YES SIR REE
I CAN’T STAND IT
I WISH I WERE SINGLE AGAIN
OCEAN MOTION MILDEW MIND

LMB (Katherine Liberovskaya/Al (If, Bwana) Margolis/Monique Buzzarte)
live video, cd players and live sampling, trombone
with special guests Lisa Abbatomarco (voice) and Sarah Weaver (djeridu)

Nick Didkovsky and the Sirius String Quartet
celebrating the new release on POGUS of
TUBE MOUTH BOW STRING (P21042-2) for electric guitar, string quartet, computer, and live electronics

8:00 p.m.; $15

LOCUST Presents:

Locust Musicis a Chicago based label. Since around 2001,we’ve issued recordings that cover a variety of styles from psychedelic pop, spoken word, peculiar sound art to earthen folk and vintage electronic music. We get just as fired up over the opportunity to do a little archeology and publish a lost gem as we do in savoring the new sounds of the many terrific artists who are a part of our current line up.

Artists who are coming to Brooklyn and IPR include Coach Fingers, Gamelan Son of Lion, Kill the Vultures, David Meltzer, Apothecary Hymns, Ethan Rose, True Primes and Function

“Chicago’s locust music is one of those labels in which a discerning and adventurous record buyer could put his trust; the kind of label that understands the thrill of discovery that stimulates every record seekers perpetual travels” – Stop Smiling Magazine

“One of Chicago’s most diverse & independent record labels…that releases fine, fine records spanning the musical spectrum” – UR Chicago

“Locust Music specializes in music too weird to be considered old-fashioned” – The New York Times

“Locust Music has been around for five years now, putting out some of the best and most interesting music on the planet. One of the great things about the label is that you never know what to expect. Label founder Dawson Prater keeps your ears on the edge of their seat. Locust is a worldwide whirlwind, dishing out magic from left and right.” – Foxy Digitalis

“an odd and incalculably great label.” Songs:Illinois

“invaluable” – The Brooklyn Rail

“Without getting too teary-eyed, Locust Music is certainly a cultural resource of immeasurable quality.” -Indieworkshop

“Locust is one of those labels…with an amazing ability to hunt down unusual artists from across the globe of the highest caliber” – Boomkat

www.locustmusic.com

Thursday, January 11
Jonny Sender (KONK) performs Ramon Sender
w/ spontaneous visual compositions by Tony Martin
True Primes
film/video by Henry Flynt, Lau Nau, Tony Martin, Sir Richard Bishop, Ethan Rose/Ryan Jeffery

8:00 p.m.; $15

Friday, January 12
Begushkin
Kill the Vultures
Coach Fingers

8:00 p.m.; $15

Saturday, January 13
Gamelan Son of Lion
Function
Ethan Rose

8:00 p.m.; $15

Sunday, January 14
No Neck Blues Band
David Meltzer and Marty Ehrlich
Apothecary Hymns
Sir Richard Bishop

8:00 p.m.; $15

ECSTATIC PEACE Presents:
Ecstatic Peace!
ecstatic peace is a record label started in the early 80s by Thurston Moore of sonic youth. the first releases were a spoken word cassette by Lydia Lunch and Michael Gira (hard rock) and a live sound/noise collage by a young and romping sonic youth (sonic death). since then the label has existed in wicked spurts whipping out vinyl, ferrous oxide tape and nefarious passing-phase digital media by a wild list of living music men and wimmen. whenever coin allowed slabs were slipped into the arcane bins of friendly-fire record rooms. all kindsa kuts! free jazz emanation via William Hooker! forest love haunts via Fursaxa! dual exhaust heartbeat via Dead Machines! pumped and piledriving juicebox via Pagoda! there’s been over 100 different releases and there’ll be 100 more. we are now in league with satan (read: corporate rainbow) and promise to all: purifying action vision!

Artists on the Ecstatic Peace Roster:
Pagoda
Awesome Color
Be Your Own Pet
Black Helicopter
Dead Machines
Magik Markers
Monotract
Mouthus
MV + EE w/the bummer road
Notekillers
Sunburned
Tall Firs
Tam

http://www.ecstaticpeace.com/ or www.myspace.com/ecstaticpeace

Thursday, January 18
Pete Nolan/Spectre Folk
Christina Carter
Lee Ranaldo
Matt Valentine+Erika Elder with the Bummer Road

8:00 p.m.; $15

Friday, January 19
XO4
Religious Knives
TARP (Conrad Capistran + Joshua Burkett)
Bark Haze (Thurston Moore + Gown)

8:00 p.m.; $15

FAMILY VINEYARD Presents:

“… Family Vineyard occupy a particular corner of the music universe, serving up equal parts talent, ambition and pretension from people who don’t shrink from the word ‘artist’ and who make honest, blood-leaking efforts to be worthy of the name.” — John Darnielle in Last Plane to Jakarta

Family Vineyard is based on the newfangled sounds of legendary artists and visceral newcomers from across the globe. Releasing current and archival work from the likes of Loren Connors, MX-80, Paul Flaherty, Dredd Foole, Hisato Higuchi, Jessica Rylan, and many others, FV is dedicated to the presentation of uncompromising and iconoclast vision of its artists. Established 1998, the label is currently based in Lafayette, Indiana.
The artists who will be at Issue Project Room include Loren Connors, Jessica Rylan, Paul Flaherty and Philip Gayle.

http://www.family-vineyard.com/

Saturday, January 20
Loren Connors/David Daniell/Greg Kelley
Paul Flaherty
Jessica Rylan
Philip Gayle

8:00 p.m.; $15

TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS Presents:
Since 1993, Table of the Elements has has staked its claim on a massive enterprise: It intends nothing less than to rewrite the history of American music in the second half of the 20th century. And beyond. That’s a tall order for even the largest multi-national corporations, whose vaults harbor so much of our cultural data. Imagine, then, the flinty ambition necessary for Table of the Elements to pursue its goal. This modestly funded, cellular organization has thrived on smarts, and pluck, in realizing its projects, which have focused on musicians whose light shimmers outside the frames of convention. The label’s 100-plus releases are a vital contemporary archive, a survey of meaningful eruptions across a broad, if sometimes obscured, horizon of improvised, experimental, minimal and outsider musics….
-Steve Dollar

“[Table of the Elements] is a national treasure.”
Pitchfork

“Table of the Elements are to the 21st century what CRI was to the 1960s
and Lovely Music to the 1980s — fearless purveyors of the wildest
stuff around.”
— Kyle Gann (New York Times)

Arists included in The Independents month include Rhys Chatham, Neptune, Tony Conrad, Jonathan Kane, Leif Inge , Lichens, David Daniel, Zeena Parkins and more.

http://www.tableoftheelements.com/index2.php

Wednesday, January 24 (5:00 PM start)
Leif Inge “9 Beet Stretch” (24-hour performance)

Thursday, January 25
Zeena Parkins
Tony Conrad
David Daniell

8:00 p.m.; $15

Friday, January 26
Jonathan Kane
Ateleia
Badgerlore

8:00 p.m.; $15

Saturday, January 27
Rhys Chatham “Guitar Trio All-Stars” with Ernest Brooks III, David Daniell, Kim Gordon, Jonathan Kane, Alan Licht, Robert Longo, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Colin Langenus, Byron Westbrook and Adam Wills.
Lichens/Licht
Neptune

8:00 p.m.; $25

Sunday, January 28 (3:00 PM start)
Poetry Reading by Ira Cohen and films:
The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda + Brain Damage
Live Scores by Sunburned Hand Of The Man + Mahasiddhi
Followed by Hubcap City

$15