Friday, December 17, 2010

R.I.P. Captain Beefheart: January 15, 1941 - December 17, 2010

So today Captain Beefheart died. Maybe he died thirty years ago when Don Van Vliet said so. After demolishing all accepted norms and practices for "rock" music Van Vliet walked away. He was an artist and maybe he said all he could say with sound, maybe the desert spirit's spell was too strong to resist. He didn't make music, he took it's rotting corpse and burned it,smeared the ashes on a cactus and took a picture. He made blues out of oranges and reds, conjured monsters from electricity and wire. No artist made more of an impression on my youthful mind when all that wasn't Top 40 excited me. I picked up Trout Mask Replica, having read it was an "important" record. I didn't even like it but I was drawn to it. It made no sense to me. Up until that point I wanted music to pat my forehead and tell me everything was going to be ok in the most matronly way possible. I needed a soft kiss before the nightmares and Beefheart's music was the fever dream: vivid, disorienting, and impossible to describe to the healthy minds and ears chosen to protect us from the other. Eventually, I came to realize music wasn't the end, it was the means and Don Van Vliet was my greatest teacher.

I did a special tribute to Captain Beefheart with my friend/cohost of
Just Music Casey Block today on East Village Radio. You can stream the archive here:

Thursday, December 16, 2010


10.Magma live at Highline Ballroom - even the bourgeois seating plan of that shithole couldn't ruin the waves of Zeuhl beauty flowing from the stage. One of those rare occurences where an artist that arguably peaked over 30 years ago can still write interesting material. I still don't know what the fuck Vander is talking about.

9.Hexbreaker Quintet @ Port D'or - yeah, theyre all buddies but if they sucked I'd tell you. definitely worth the trip to the hinterlands of Brooklyn.

8. Nurture Abuse @ 13 Thames - perfomance was great, but the "West Side Story" like fracas between the early noise show scum and the coked out party fucks swooping in for the late show rave was even better.

7.Northampton Wools @ The Rock Shop - Nace/Moore with the addition of Corsano. Looks good on paper, sounds better in person. Bill and Thurston may be the best gtr combo since Betts/Allman. Corsano proving once again to be one of the best listeners around.

6.Lussuria "Silk and Honey" CS (Hospital) - 20 minutes of dark ambient with one of the best vocal samples ever.

5. Trepaneringsritualen "Septentrional" (Hanson) - sick, twisted industrial blackness from the always reliable Hanson Records. They don't have a porn star in the band so I doubt anyone cares.

4. Sawyer/Yeh/Wooley @ union pool - improv from three of the finest this pathetic city has to offer. this set made me hard and despite me slobbering congratulations all over him everytime we meet, Wooley is still a prick to me.

3. C.Lavender/Ceci Moss @ Triple Canopy - real women doing real noise.

2. Yellow Swans "Going Places" (Type) - yeah, they toned it down somewhat from earlier work but this record is so intricately layered and constructed it hits every sweet spot in my body. the warmest record ive heard in a long time.

1.Mark Mcguire - Please don't lump this guy in with the tidal waves of nu-age garbage that has been rolling through the blogosphere. I've been brought to tears listening to the simple majestic beauty of Mcguire's guitar excursions both live and on record which probably means I'm a giant pussy but fuck it. This isn't some kid fucking around with expensive toys trying to pretend its Berlin in 1977. Totally outside of any trend/genre, Mcguire makes music that will be cherished for years to come while his peers move on to exciting careers as publicists,hedge fund managers and professional vacationers.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Terrorism - Skyguide (Hospital,2010)

Admittedly, I am not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to the current state of metal. The list of sub-genres is somewhat nauseating but I think we can all agree that Stoner Metal is the deadest of horses. Black Metal has been the rage for quite some time with little tweaks here and there on a tried and true formula. It doesnt matter what the band name is because that BM font on the record is indecipherable anyway. What I've been finding interesting as of late is the infusion of noise and black metal. This communion of bastard sounds is in glorious display on this tape by Terrorism. I don't know anything about this band. From what I can tell we have at least one guitar and drums. The vocals are mostly of the strained, death-knell by a troll under the bridge variety but there are also moments of bass heavy grunts and taunts. Now that I think about it, there may even be some samples on here, adding to the dark disorienting effect of the caveman drumming and "who the fuck knows what they used but it works" sounds."Skyguide" is one of those tapes that is literally impossible to describe and is all the better for it. One of my favorite jams in a long time.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Live From Tokyo" Documentary Premiere October 29th

LIVE FROM TOKYO trailer from new york tokyo on Vimeo.

A really cool documentary is getting it's world premiere tomorrow night at the Asia Society. Featuring performances and interviews with a wide array of Tokyo based artists including:

* Kirihito
* Kuruucrew
* The Lady Spade
* Makoto Oshiro
* Optrum
* Muneomi Senju
* Nisennenmondai
* Sajjanu
* Sexy-Synthesizer
* Shintaro Miyazaki
* Shugo Tokumaru
* Suishou no Fune
* Tenniscoats
* Tokyo Pinsalocks
* Uhnellys
* Yudaya Jazz
* Zoobombs
* 4 Bonjour's Parties
* Andersens
* Asuna
* Boris
* Buffalo Daughter
* Conti
* Damo Suzuki
* Dill
* DJ Baku
* DJ Krush
* eX-girl
* The Fadeaways
* Ghost
* group_inou
* Group
* Haino Keiji
* Henrytennis
* The John's Guerilla
* Kiiiiiii
* MAD3
* Melt-Banana
* The Moist Towelletes
* Moja
* Nhhmbase
* Ogre You Asshole
* Rabi Rabi x Piko
* Samm Bennett
* Shibuya-Kei
* Shigehiro Tsubota
* Skist
* Takahiro Kido
* Teriyaki Boyz
* Toe
* Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Friday, October 29 · 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Asia Society NYC
725 Park Ave.
New York, NY

I'm assuming most of you aren't members of The Asia Society, so it's going to cost you eleven bucks. More info about the film here.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tuesday,October 5th :Hex Breaker Quintet/Expo 70/Dead Line Connector

Please join us for a very special night of conjuration and celebration.

Hex Breaker Quintet
(Telecult Powers + Grasshopper)

Expo 70

Dead Line Connector

This is one of the final shows for Hex Breaker as Steven has chosen to escape from New York for a while and begin a new journey.

Tuesday,October 5th,2010
258 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn,NY 11211

More about the artists:

Hex Breaker Quintet

An unholy communion of electricity and air, Hex Breaker Quintet merges the considerable talents of Telecult Powers and Grasshopper; two of the most original and exciting sound projects that have radiated from King's County in some time. Homemade synths, electrically tortured brass and third eye hallucinations combine and dance along the dark horizon.

Expo 70

Expo '70 is the main driving improvisational essence of Justin Wright. Having started the project in Los Angeles in 2003, Wright has pushed his project to new levels, releasing a number of albums as cdr's and 2 full-length albums. Expo '70's first album "Animism", which debuted in 2007 on Kill Shaman, is an eclectic mix of krautrock, ambient drone, space exploration and minimal compositions. Comparisons range from Brian Eno, Ash Ra Tempel, A.R. & Machines, SunnO))) and Earth, but not directly sounding like any of those artists in their entirety.

Dead Line Connector

DLC is the power electronics project of Abandon Ship Records' founder Nate Rulli. Paying tribute to the mid 90's heyday of Japanese artists such as MSBR and CCCC while pushing the sound forward in new directions.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mapping the grid

Sorry for the lack of jams and updates, I hope to be getting back into a regular schedule soon. In the meantime I've created a Facebook group for the Avant Ghetto shows. So, if you live in the NYC area and stare at pictures of girls from high school all day long on FB, you might as well join.

Also, I'm starting an email list. To subscribe, drop an email with "Vampire Weekend is for pussies" in the subject to

To bring the corporate brainwashing full circle, I'm on twitter now. I plan on keeping rigorous notes of shows, celebrity sightings and bowel movements.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Buy some shit

It pains me to have to sell some stuff but I like to eat. Just listed a bunch of shit on Discogs. Check it out here.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

September 14th: Greg Davis + Ben Vida/Geoff Mullen/Lussuria

Avant Ghetto Presents:

Greg Davis + Ben Vida

Geoff Mullen


Tuesday, September 14th 9PM
258 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

More about the artists:

Greg Davis(VT)

Greg Davis plays everything from guitar to khaen to gongs to
synthesizer to pine cones to laptop and more. He primarily works as a solo musician but has worked in a variety of musical situations with
Jeph Jerman, Zach Wallace (as Sun Circle), Keith Fullerton Whitman,
Sebastien Roux, Steven Hess, Joseph Grimm and Akron/Family. Davis has released lots of music on labels such as Carpark, Kranky, Important, Tompkins Square, Tonschacht, Room40, Ghostly and more. He has toured and travelled around the world sharing his openness to all sounds and musical experiences. Davis makes his home in Burlington, Vermont where he works on music, audio mastering and has been active in developing a new scene for other musics. Greg’s recent live sets have focused on a shared meditative drone experience which creates an environment conducive for the practice of deep listening in the present moment with a clear mind free of prejudice.

Ben Vida (NYC)

For over ten years Ben Vida has been writing, recording and releasing
records. Playing in such bands as Town and Country, Singer and DRMWPN and playing solo under the name Bird Show. He has released records with many labels including Thrill Jockey, Drag City and Kranky. Ben has toured extensively around the United States, Europe and Japan -Kranky Records

Lussuria (NY)

Lussuria performs Ambient Noise nostalgic for the early days of the
genre. Citing pioneers as Halfler Trio, Mlehst, Maeror Tri, and NON,
the music of Lussuria fluxuates between collaged soundscapes, hypnotic drones, and noise rumbling. Formed in 2006, Lussuria have released material through such labels as Hospital Productions, Amortout, Destructive Industries, and Razors and Medicine. In addition, have performed stateside and abroad. Currently the project have completed work on a full length due out on
Hospital Productions later this year.

Geoff Mullen (RI)

I first became aware of Mullen's guitar excursions through his
additions to the excellent Invisible Pyramid box set put out a few
years ago by Providence based Last Visible Dog records. In addition to introducing me to the beautiful writing of Loren Eisley, that
expansive 6 CD document has yielded countless hours of aural bliss
with Mullen's contributions being my personal favorites. On that set,
Mullen transcended mere Takoma worship with his use of subtle white noise that only enhanced his beautiful acoustic guitar playing. Having followed Mullen's career since then it is evident the man is a
restless creative spirit and one of a handful of guitarists who can
still keep things interesting. - Jeff Conklin (Avant Ghetto)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Upcoming Show: Talibam! Record Release September 1st

Wednesday September 1st
Talibam! Record Release @ Zebulon
Presented by Avant Ghetto 

Co-released by ESP-Disk' & Electric Cowbell Records

Dan Peck Trio 11:30

Talibam! 10:00

Ryan Sawyer/C.Spencer Yeh/Nate Wooley 9PM


258 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn,NY 11211

Monday, August 02, 2010

Multitudes/Forma/David First @ Zebulon Wednesday, August 4th 9PM

Outer Space Pictures, Images and Photos

Come join us for a night of astral traveling with some of Brooklyn's finest purveyors of kosmische jams.



David First (Notekillers)

The show is free and will start at 9pm.

Wednesday, August 4th
258 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

More about the bands:


The writhing, noisily precise post-hardcore of Brooklyn's Multitudes would have sounded right at home on SST in the mid-'80s, when bands like Black Flag, the Minutemen, and Saccharine Trust were mashing up punk and jazz and coming up with their own fiery response to mainstream fusion.
-- Time Out New York

This guitar-bass-drums trio is what most art-prog-punk wankery aspires to—something like Melt Banana doing a Captain Beefheart covers night and you get to imagine your own surreal lyrics. Put [Ontogeny] on and you will be equally at ease packing a bowl or trying to calculate Ohm's law for your latest grad school theorem.
-- VICE Magazine

Instrumental power trio Pat Foley on guitar (Flakes), Alex Lambert on drums (Blame Game), and Brian House on bass (The Shot Heard 'Round the World) imagine an alternate universe where Albert Ayler is a hardcore kid and Soft Machine plays afrobeat. Multitudes recently released a second CDR, an evolution of their improv-based excursions into a collection of alternately smart, blistering, and poignant songs entitled How Things Fall.
-- Basement Songs

David First:

It seems reasonable to assert that David First has had a rather eclectic musical career. He has played guitar with renowned jazz innovator/pianist Cecil Taylor (culminating in a legendary Carnegie Hall concert) and the rock band Television’s Richard Lloyd. He has created electronic music at Princeton University and led a Mummer’s String Band in bicentennial parades. He has played in raucous, drunken bar bands and in concert halls with classical ensembles. As a composer he has created everything from finely crafted pop songs to long, severely minimalist soundscapes. And his influence on modern music may be incalculable: a 45 single release, The Zipper, by his punk-era rock band, The Notekillers, was cited by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore as one of the songs he played for the rest of the band when they were starting out. Moore recently called it a "mind-blowing instrumental single" in the British rock magazine Mojo.
Known for his dense, mesmerizing drone structures - which he has been experimenting with since his teens - as well as his intense and highly unusual, minimalist approach to the guitar, First has been a pivotal figure in the world of experimental music, releasing recordings on O.O. Discs, Ecstatic Peace and Analysand as well as works on the CRI, Aerial, Homestead, and EMF labels. A recent CD entitled "Dave's Waves - A Sonic Restaurant" - the music from his sound installation of the same name in Lier, Belgium - was the first international release on the highly regarded Italian label ants.


Forma's primary influence is at the intersection of electronic based Krautrock (think early Kraftwerk, Cluster, Popul Vuh) and the explosion of late 70's early 80's underground synthesizer music grouped broadly under the umbrella term "Minimal Synth." They specialize in repetitive yet complex evolving structures of sound, producing a wholly improvised music driven by live drum machine programming, sychronized analog synths and spacious melodies. Forma is Mark Dwinell (Bright, Nonloc) and Sophie Lam on synthesizers and George Bennett on drum machine.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fuck Capitalism

In an effort to stave off homelessness, I've listed some of my collection for sale over at Discogs. If you have some disposable income I suggest you spend it.

Thursday, July 22nd: White Out with Nels Cline/Nymph/Message @ Zebulon

Avant Ghetto is proud to present an incredible evening of music featuring long running NYC experimental outfit White Out collaborating with Nels Cline. Sharing the bill on this night are fellow psychedelic voyagers Nymph and Messages.

The show is totally FREE.

White Out with Nels Cline



Thursday, July 22 9PM Free
258 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

More about the bands...

White Out

Free sound mavericks White Out first arose from the subterranean depths of New York's fading meat packing district in the fall of 1995. Their off the wall freak out style quickly established the band as a hurricane force to reckon with.

White Out's core nucleus of Lin Culbertson and Tom Surgal employ a unique array of instruments including: analog synthesizers, cast off effects units, electric autoharp, flute, expanded drum kit, singing bowls, springs, Cambodian shells, temple woodblocks, chains, metal scraps, air tubes, gongs, bells, whistles, etc. These exotic instruments, combined with Culbertson's unearthly treated wordless vocals, work together to forge a singular mysterious sound; an electro-acoustic music which can seem as ancient as it is modern.

Shape-shifting from gig to gig, record to record, White Out never plays the same thing twice. Over the years White Out has cultivated an extended family of accompanists to join them on their sonic odyssey. These guest artists include: Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, William Winant, and Mike Watt among others.

They have recorded five albums to date. Their latest efforts are SENSO, a live double disk with Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore on Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, and Live At No Fun, a collaboration with Carlos Giffoni and C Spencer Yeh on the No Fun label.

"White Out speaks in an alien tongue that nonetheless conveys wonder and horror in equal measure... any discussion of truly adventurous music today must include White Out."
Mike Wolf - Time Out NY

white: the combination of all wavelengths in the visible spectrum
out: the opposite of in


NYMPH is a Brooklyn-based psychedelic-shred/avant-garde outfit whose tempestuously transcendent music has been penetrating the New York music scene with bared teeth. This, their self-titled debut album, was recorded and mixed by Jason Meagher (of No Neck Blues Band) at Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York and by David Tolomei at DNA in New York City from late autumn 2007 – summer 2009, and mastered by Sarah Register (of Talk Normal) at The Lodge studios in New York City. Originally selfreleased
as a very limited double LP we are very proud to be bringing the album to wider attention. NYMPH’S compositional palette encompasses an ebullient kaleidoscope of sound: imagine 13th Floor Elevators essaying a Rahsaan Roland Kirk jam and you begin to get the picture. Or maybe Steve Reich
bonging out on Pandit Pran Nath and jamming with This Heat. The four-piece’s orgiastic din is composed and orchestrated by the nucleus of Matty McDermott (formerly of Coyote – Birdman Records) and Eri Shoji; and currently featuring the thundering harmonic prowess of bassist Nickle Emmet, with Jason Robira (Dark Meat) pounding the skins.


The baby believes the womb is the Universe. At birth there is a glimmer of light and a shifting of space. I was there, but now i am Here. Then there are still but 2 things : Me and the Universe. And then what happens is Other People. From a note sounded in 1960 and held for a long time, a continuum of Sound has been sluiced along a diagonal of personal ecstasy, and some have come to call it a Drone. Surrounding the Drone is a genre, and within, wheat and chaff often comingle all too comfortably. But with tones as thick and texturally luxuriant with spiritual resonance as their long, glorious hair, Messages are the two worthy gurus currently contributing to the echo. Messages evoke the womb. And when the womb smiles, it whispers Messages, and then there is the first glimmer of Light

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Special Collaboration For Rooftop Films

I was asked to help with the music for this week's Rooftop Films party at Issue Project Room. The films look great and there will be a special collaboration between Long Distance Poison and C. Lavender prior to the screening.

FRIDAY JUL 16, 2010
8:00 PM
The Roof of the Old American Can Factory
Take the R to Union or the F or G to Caroll St/.
8:00 Doors Open
8:30 Live music by Long Distance Poison and C.Lavender presented by Avant Ghetto
9:00 Films begin
11:00 Reception in courtyard
*** Restrictions: No refunds ~ Seating is first come, first served. Physical seats are limited. This means you may not get a chair. You are welcome to bring a blanket and sit picnic-style, but no alcohol is permitted.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Avant Ghetto Presents: Kilt + C. Lavender + DeRosa/Haney/Slusher @ Zebulon June 29th,2010

Avant Ghetto Presents an evening of subtle sonic alchemy.

Haney/Slusher/Derosa Trio (members of Opponents,Rust Worship,Grasshopper)

C. Lavender


June 29th,2010
258 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn,NY 11211

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Playlist for Just Music 04/25/10

!.China Shop - Monkey Talk - Atomic Notions LP
2.Camel- Mystic Queen - S/T
3.Tangerine Zoo - Gloria - S/T
4.Goblin - La Danza - Il Fantasico.. LP
5.Suprieze - Zero - Zeer Oude Klanken CS
6. Don Cherry - Kamapa Chenno - Hear & Now LP
7.Ornette Coleman - Love Call - Love Call LP
8.Hat City Intuitive - Incontrollable Spacetime Solace Foodstuff - A Ticket For Decay! LP
9.Alexander Von Borsig - Helmut,25,Medizinestudent - Hiroshima LP
10.Lussuria- Untitled - Silk & Honey CS
11.Solid Space - Tenth Planet - Space Museum CS
12.The Reactors - Seduction Center - I Want Sex 7"
13.19[/juke] - Breakfast For RB Kitaj - 7"
14.Alberich - Open Warfare - Of Man,Of Genius CS
15.Kosmonautentraum- Side B - Immer Laut Horen 7"
16.Kawaiitely Please - Earwhig Pow Wow - Ladyz In Noyz:An Addendum CD
17.Asmus Teichens - Blutmund - Biotop LP
18.Sentimentale Jugend - Tote Kammer - Cassettencombinat W.Berlin 80-81 CS
19.Experimental Products - Glowing in the Dark - 12"
20.Transparent Illusion - The Age Of Ridicule/Malice Way - Still Human LP
21.Il Volo - Come Una Zanzara - S/T LP

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Endless Sea - Hunter's Song CS20 (Second Sleep,2008)

I went to a bookstore today and couldn't find what I wanted. I bounced from one obnoxious unhelpful employee to the next until I met the king creep. I wanted to choke him with the cord to my headphones. This tape would be the perfect soundtrack for such a crime.

Endless Sea - Hunter's Song CS20 (Second Sleep,2008)


Death to Pseudo-Intellectuals

Monday, April 12, 2010

Playlist for Just Music 04/11/10

1.Robert Pollard - Maggie Turns To Flies - Not In My Airforce (Matador)
2.This Heat - Health and Efficiency - Health and Efficiency (This Is)
3.Due Process - Side B excerpt - RRRadio 41-55 (RRRecords)
4.Finnforest - Happea - Finnforest (Love)
5.Atoll - Je Suis D'Ailleurs - Musiciens Magiciens (Eurodisc)
6.Crazy Dreams Band - Awkward For Everyone - War Dream (Holy Mountain)
7.Jooklo Duo - Baritone Song - Live in Itri (Qbico)
8.Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi - In Case, Let's Go Galaxy - Friendly Pants (Family Vineyard)
9.Branca - The Blood - The Ascension:The Sequel (Systems Neutralizers)
10.The Bark Haze - Saturday - The Bark Haze LP (Important)
11.Astromero - Live On Romaine 1996 - Astromero (P-Tapes/Troniks)
12.Chris Weisman & Greg Davis - New Americans - Northern Songs (Home Normal)
13.Roy Harper - The Same Old Rock - Stormcock (Harvest)
14.Yes- The Revealing Science Of God - Tales Of Topographic Oceans (Atlantic)

Listen Here

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ragas From South India (Folkways Records,1967)

Admittedly, my knowledge of Indian music is cursory at best; derived mostly from secondary sources such as LaMonte Young,Terry Riley,Robbie Basho and latter day raga worshippers like Matt Valentine, Jack Rose and James Blackshaw. Sure I've always had a few Ravi Shankar LPs on the shelf but I've yet to dive head long into that vast sea of microtones.

This LP caught my eye the other day as I was shopping at one of my favorite local spots; Permanent Records here in Brooklyn. Ragas From South India's cover stood out as the photograph boasted two Indian musicians in what I believe to be traditional Indian dress and a sunglasses-clad woman who could have easily passed for Moe Tucker as seen on the back of White Light/White Heat.

It turns out the woman is none other than Dorothy Moskowitz, member of Joe Byrd's United States Of America group whose sole album is a crucial document of forward thinking in rock music. Upon reading the extensive notes in the original LP I discovered Ms.Moskowitz was a student of Ragas of South India's featured vocalist and Gottuvaydyam player Gayathri Rajapur and contributes tamboura with Harihar Rao rounding out the ensemble on percussion.Joe Byrd himself contributes to the liner notes with a very accessible basic explanation of the music, players and instrumentation.

With Pandit Pran Nath being the only other Indian vocalist I've listened to with any regularity I can only say the two vocal pieces are less mystical then those of Nath but no less enveloping. Whereas Nath's work strikes me as somewhat foreboding, Rajapur's voice alternates between tender yearning and pure jubilation. As stunning as the vocal ragas are, it is the second side's instrumental ragas that will transport deep listeners into a state of pure bliss. Ragas From South India is an absolutely perfect record for peaceful mornings and reflective evenings.

Ragas of South India (Folkways Records,1967)

Side A

1. Varna: Shankaraburana
2. Kruti: Bhairavi Raga

Side B

3. Kruti: Hatha Raga
4. Raga Malica With Tilana


Friday, April 09, 2010

Playlist for Just Music 4/4/10

1. Francisco- Heal Yourself - Cosmic Beam Experience LP
2. The Alps - Crossing the Sands - Le Voyage LP ( Type )
3. Peter Hammill - Red Shift - The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage LP (Charisma)
4. Opponents - Untitled - I Swarm With A Thousand Bees CDR ( Obsolete Units)
5. People Of The North - Tunnels - Deep Tissue (Brah)
6. Geoffrey Landers - It's Telling On Me...Test One - Habitual Features (Cauhaus)
7. Offerings - Unititled 4 - Black Master CS (Satan's Din)
8. Mark Mcguire - Vacation - Vacation Days CDR (Wagon)
9. Moebius And Plank - Tollkuhn - Material LP (Sky)
10.Lem- Headstone- Machines LP (Wavefront)
11.The Ones- Lady Greengrass- 45 (Star-Club)
12.Kebnekaise - Kommunisera - Resa Mot Okant Mal LP (Silence)
13.Skatalites- A Shot In The Dark - 45 (Top Deck)
14.Desmond Dekker - Fu Man Chu - 45 (Beverly's)
15.Sun Ra and His Arkestra - Third Planet - Playing Horizon LP (Saturn)
16.Mako Sica - W - Plays Live On Mayday At The Strobe LP (Permanent)
17.John Bender- 33A1 - I Don't Remeber LP (Record Sluts)
18.Pain Nail - Loan Sakeet/Merkitseminen/Kadotscomp - Nyrkki & Krypa CS (Filth And Violence)

Listen here.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Avant Ghetto Presents : Tom Carter, PG Six w/ Bob Bannister, Mushroom Cloud

Avant Ghetto presents an evening of guitar excursions into the unknown.

Wednesday, April 7th 8 PM

Zebulon Cafe

258 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tom Carter (Charlambides,Friday Group)-

PG Six w/ Bob Bannister (Tower Recordings)

Mushroom Cloud

This is the third installment in the Avant Ghetto Live Experiments, your attendance would be much appreciated.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Mark Mcguire/Hexbreaker Quintet/Sam Goldberg/Human Teenager TONIGHT!!!

I'm not nearly old enough to espouse on the long form degradation of the New York City music scene. I can say with some authority and first hand experience that the sterilization of what passes for the underground within the city limits (most notably McBrooklyn) accelerates each year with the seemingly endless influx of smug, overeducated charlatans playing artist and directing all the bills for their faux-bohemian lifestyle to Oedipal addresses in the suburban wasteland of mediocrity. Thankfully there are still some warriors fighting the good fight and the stars have aligned to bring us a night of amazing jams at Death By Audio.

Mark Mcguire
Sam Goldberg as Radio People
Hexbreaker Quintet ( Telecult Powers + Jesse from Grasshopper + Carlos Hernandez)
Human Teenager (Taylor Richardson from Infinity Window/Sunburned w/ Gary War)

April 1st,2010


Death By Audio
495 South 2nd Street
Brooklyn,NY 11211

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Just Music/AvantGhetto is proud to present an evening of cosmic jams at Zebulon
Cafe in Williamsburg tonight. Join us for some lysergic bliss.

Spectre Folk(Pete Nolan of Magik Markers)

Samara Lubelski w/ Pete Nolan and Helen Rush

Eskimo King(Brian Sullivan of Mouthus)


Tuesday, Match 30th 8PM

258 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Monday, March 29, 2010

Playlist for Just Music 03/28/10

1.oho - duva - okinawa
2.bunny brains - i prize you (i praise you) - Cd*1993 tambourine - can' explain - black tambourine spirit - punk rock n roll - black spirit
5.akira ishikawa & count buffalo - vita - uganda
6.le orme - la porta chiusa - uomo di pezza
7.pax titania - untitled - cult of the colonist
8.weidorje - vilna - weidorje
9.telecult powers - saturn over sunset - orgone freakout: a happening with the telecult powers
10.clearlight -raganesh - delired cameleon family
11.jd emmanuel - moonrise over the atlantic - rainforest music.ocean music/visions of life
12.charlie nothing - in eternity with brother frederick - the psychedelic saxophone of charlie nothing
13.sudden oak - untitled - limestone sinks and stream deltas
14.yellow swans - going places - going places
15.burning star core - III - papercuts theater
16.spine scavenger - untitled - the raider
17.murder corporation - cut throat - atrocity

Listen to the show here.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


Wednesday April 14th
258 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

8 PM
Dan Peck / Nate Wooley Duo
Dan Peck - tuba
Nate Wooley - trumpets

9 PM
Harris Eisenstadt & Canada Day
Nate Wooley – trumpet
Matt Bauder – tenor sax
Chris Dingman – vibraphone
Eivind Opsvik – bass
Harris Eisenstadt – drums, compositions

10 PM
Andrew Barker / Daniel Carter Duo
Andrew Barker - drums
Daniel Carter - woodwinds, trumpet

11 PM
Jooklo Duo
Virginia Genta - tenor, soprano, baritone, alto saxophones
David Vanzan - perucssion

Monday, February 08, 2010

Playlist for Just Music 02/07/10

Dust Belt - Untitled
Alexander Hawkins,John Edwards, Steve Noble - Outside In
Skeleton Warrior- Falcon Spit
Trumans Water- Well High Dusk
DNA- Size
Motor Boys Motor- Drive Friendly
Mustapha Tettey Addy- Ewe Atsimivu
Gorgoroth- Revelation of Doom
Mincemeat or Tenspeed- Infinite Girlfriend
Croiners- Track 9
Chris Cutler and Fred Frith- Limoges 1
Phonophani- Beyond the Place,Dragons!
Jeff Newman- High Voltage Lady
Harpoon Vault- Blaster
Alain Goraguer- Au Dela De La Peur/Un Homme Traque
Vibracathedral Orchestra- Smoke Song
L'Aventure Imaginaire- Pierrot and Columbine
Rich Evac- A Scanner Darkly
The Smoke- Have Some More Tea
Holger Hiller- Ein Ganz Normaeler Kuss
Pygmy Shrews- Scavenger
Eric Peters- Space Movement/Ecstatic Space
Virginia Astley-From Garden Where We Feel Secure

Listen to the show here.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Northern Cross - Shitty Madrigal (Rare Youth/Louder Than Life,2006)

Northern Cross is the dual guitar noise project by Geoff Mullen and Kris Lapke. I first became aware of Mullen's guitar excursions through his additions to the excellent Invisible Pyramid box set put out a few years ago by Providence based Last Visible Dog records. In addition to introducing me to the beautiful writing of Loren Eisley, that expansive 6 CD document has yielded countless hours of aural bliss with Mullen's contributions being my personal favorites. On that set, Mullen transcended mere Takoma worship with his use of subtle white noise that only enhanced his beautiful acoustic guitar playing. Having followed Mullen's career since then it is evident the man is a restless creative spirit and one of a handful of guitarists who can still keep things interesting.

In Kris Lapke, Mullen has found a perfectly suited foil for guitar based extrapolation. On my first sojourn to Dom Fernow's Hospital Records, I asked him to suggest some warm noise and I walked out with a cassette of Lapke's Furisubi project; a low-end murky howl that has remained a perennial favorite. It turns out Lapke is a frequent collaborator with one of his most recent outings playing guitar with the incredible black metal band Ash Pool.

With Northern Cross Mullen and Lapke create dense clouds of sound with an underlying intricacy lacking in most guitar-based noise music. Having released a handful of tapes on various labels, Northern Cross dropped the down right monolithic Shitty Madrigal a few years back. A collaborative release between Mullen's Rare Youth and Lapke's Louder Than Life imprints, Shitty Madrigal is a three cassette monster bearing no less than 3 hours of jams recorded live to 4-track on three different occasions back in 2006. The liner notes state Lapke is on rhythm and Mullen on lead and while the proceedings will not conjure images of Dickey Betts and Duane Allman, deep listening does indeed reveal a methodical approach to the sound. While this is most definitely noise music, the communication between the two participants is quite intuitive with Lapke laying down a thick bed of sludge while Mullen interjects with furious bursts coupled with some very interesting harmonic counterpoint. Discussing particular sides or moments with such a vast sea of music is nearly impossible with each cassette revealing it's dissonant nuances after a few listens. As with all great noise, there is a great amount of space on Shitty Madrigal for the listener to inhabit. Highly recommended.

Northern Cross - Shitty Madrigal (Rare Youth/Louder Than Life,2006)


Monday, January 25, 2010

Playlist for Just Music 1/24/10

cleaners from venus- song for syd barrett
the prefects- things in general
index- eight miles high
henry flynt- acoustic hillbilly jive
dorothy carter- summer rhapsody
che chen and robbie lee- begin, and continue
joe mcphee- eroc tinu
golden retriever- static rain
arsebreed- stabbed in the arse
arsebreed- bloody posttraumatic ejaculation
altars- wood and rope
can- auf der einbahnstrasse part one (excerpt)
charlie- spacer woman
cabaret voltare- silent command
tomek- reminder
pragVEC- you're the gun
schizo!- le voyageur / torcol
zoogz rift and the amazing shitheads- my daddy works for the secret machine
red krayola- green of my pants

Listen Here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Just Music Presents This Is Pop?

Just Music is proud to present This is Pop? at Matchless.

Join us on Monday night for night of aural bliss featuring :

11PM- The Hidden Ratio

10PM- Ivory Coasts

9PM- Sondra Sun-Odeon


557 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn,NY 11222

As always, Jeff and Casey from East Village Radio's "Just Music" will be DJing before,between and after the bands.

When was the last time you heard Gentle Giant and Chris & Cosey at yr local bar?

Bring yr appetite as well, as Matchless serves up righteous grub all night.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dorothy Carter - Waillee Waillee (Celeste,1978)

I am not a piece of misanthropic record collecting scum. As much as I enjoy envisioning an alternative reality where my floorboards creek beneath the weight of 10,000 pieces of a moving man's worst nightmare, the truth is I am a man of modest means and limited square footage. Having said that, I treasure and worship my LP army and try to draft new members into the ranks as often as possible. Like many other music fanatics with questionable priorities who live in large cities, I belong to one of the most detested and deplorable sub-cultures known to modern man: Record store employees. Cursed with an insatiable hunger for jams of all varieties and a convoluted inferiority complex that develops during a most-likely sexless high school experience, these self appointed bastions of cultural import constitute the majority of my social network for better or worse. Relationships with fellow pushers follow a very familiar arc; beginning with the age-old dance of oneupmanship and eventually plateauing with a spirit of reluctant camaraderie and, for those not too far gone, friendship. If it wasn't for the adversarial nature between the members of this geek tribe, this blog and countless others wouldn't exist and I might have a girlfriend. Let this be a warning to fledgling collectors of the obsolete, original pressings of SBB records won't get you laid.

So, in keeping with the unwritten code of mutually assured destruction between record fiends, I am able to share with you a sweet slice of private press psych folk weirdness from 1978. On loan from the amazingly curated collection of Tropicalia In Furs Dorothy Carter's Waillee Waillee LP on Celeste Records is a startlingly beautiful and weird collection of traditional folk songs and blissed out drones . Carter draws heavily from American and Celtic traditions and utilizes an interesting array of stringed instruments including hammered dulcimer, cello, tamboura, piano, and flute to craft ethereal hymns to nature. The LP's lysergic qualities stem from the confluence of the hypnotic arrangements and Carter's perfectly hazy vocals rather than cheap studio trickery. The record is perfectly sequenced, balancing the haunting narrative pieces and the wood smoked Terry Riley by way of Appalachia instrumentals.

Note: A cursory search resulted in one result of Waillee Waillee being posted in the comments section of another blog with subsequent comments citing the source as one untracked mp3. This is a fresh rip of my own at 320kbps and individually tracked.

Dorothy Carter - Waillee Waillee (Celeste,1978)

1.The Squirrel Is A Funny Thing...
2.Dulcimer Medley- Robin M'aime
3.Along The River
4.Summer Rhapsody
6.Celtic Medley
7.Autumn Song
8.Tree Of Life


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