experimental music


V.20 No.37 | 9/15/2011
Teetotum is Drake Hardin and Rosie Hutchinson
Jean-Guy Gentlebrough

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Mammal Eggs Hatch Spinning Top

Talking chance and divination with Teetotum

A psych-leaning experimental showcase—featuring Mammal Eggs' new project, Teetotum—is an exceptional opportunity to witness the evolution of local experimental music.
V.19 No.39 | 9/30/2010
Sisters, misters
Courtesy of CocoRosie

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The Folks Get Freaky

Lucid dreaming with CocoRosie

You’re wandering through a labyrinthine mansion, lured on by eerily seductive voices. Spider webs audibly brush your cheeks and chimes ring out all around as you stumble into a room painted with murals of unicorns and rainbows. Some kind of plastic box emits scratchy beats and two beautiful sirens with mustaches and goatees beckon you with nonsense words. Crickets or perhaps a ceiling fan whir in the background. Did you watch a David Lynch movie right before bed? No, but you could’ve been listening to CocoRosie.

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Today! The last Roost of the season

Composer / tuba player / series curator Mark Weaver started The Roost in hopes that listeners could “open their ears to musical approaches that lie outside the mainstream,” says music writer Mel Minter. For the final installation of this year’s series, Scrappers (guitarist Joe Baiza, cornetist/trumpeter Dan Clucas, bassist Mike Ibarra and drummer Brian Christopherson) brings “a relentless punk aggressiveness to jazz.” It goes down at UNM ARTS Lab (131 Pine NE).

V.19 No.14 | 4/8/2010
Luís Guerra and Amani Malaika

Jazzed

A Little More Experimental, a Little More Eclectic

Jazz, Deconstructed series explores jazz’ roots and branches

Jazz, Deconstructed, a new four-concert series, features local artists with visionary projects that stretch from New Orleans’ Congo Square to an electrocoustic jazz/hip-hop detente.

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Get Weird Tonight

Improvisational music legend Konk Pack is on on tour from the UK and visiting The Kosmos on today. The group is made up of Tim Hodgkinson on the lap steel guitar, Thomas Lehn on the analogue synthesizer and Roger Turner playing drums. The three started touring in 1997 and have done so consistently ever since. The trio was described as "awkwardly brilliant and defiant" by the UK press.

This is a rare opportunity to see an internationally established experimental music, in the warm and cuddly atmosphere of a well-decorated coffee house. Opening is The Tubanator 5K, an integral part of the Albuquerque Jazz/improv community, as well Hedia, the solo ambient project of local virtuoso Bryce Hample. Don't miss it!

V.19 No.7 | 2/18/2010
The Wild Yaks

What Noise?

In defiance of romantic tradition, this Valentine’s Day the Albuquerque underground attended an early morning noise show at 1kind Studios. It was one of the morning shows that 1kind throws occasionally that encourages breakfast potlucking, coffee drinking and waffle eating.

When I walked into the dimly lit room around 11 a.m. I was confronted by the wafting smell of breakfast and a man smashing a guitar with what appeared to be a mallet in the corner, squeezed between the wall and a piano. The room was filled with an industrial screaming, like supersonic electric drilling or a compression hose.

The first act I saw completely was the local noise duo Baby Shampoo, playing their first show. They shared a sepia-stained 16 mm film upside down, which they had picked up from a thrift store and said was about the Tsunami. Their sounds, made by a horizontal guitar and a few pedals, made an unusual but fitting soundtrack for the film with its images of crashing waves and junkyards. They had edited the end themselves, using watercolors and sharpie for a psychedelic apex to close the set.

Rocket Parlour is a husband-wife noise team that recently moved to Albuquerque after a hiatus in Taos. They are known for their unique homemade instruments. For our show, Lorin Parker opened a box full of buttons and levers and lights, and attached to it a long piece of wood mounted with electrical fixtures. His wife Sarah Seelig is a concert pianist, and she played piano along with him. Their noise made the already dark room seem sinister and creepy; it was fun. Lorin Edwin mentioned that he will be teaching “make your own sythesizer” workshops out of 1kind in March, and possibly out of his space in the Harwood Art Center. Stay posted if you like music and science: www.electricwestern.com.

Local noise experience A Church is not a Hospital sat amid a myriad of pedals and instruments like two kids watching bugs. They were just amazing. I don't even want to get into it, come see for yourself next time.

The Wild Yaks were not like the others, being a beat-driven rock band on tour from Brooklyn. They played with a friendly and high energy; I caught them warming up by frolicking around the back of the building before they performed. If you missed them this time, or you've been missing them since, don't worry. They are due to return to New Mexico on March 12 on their way to SXSW. I will keep you informed about that.

I, unfortunately, was dragged away before the last two performances. To keep updated on breakfast shows, noise shows and breakfast/noise shows of the future, visit www.myspace.com/albuquerquediy. Or keep checking here.

V.18 No.31 | 7/30/2009
Creative music impresario (and one hell of a tuba player) Mark Weaver rules The Roost.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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The Roost

A home for new and unorthodox music feathers its nest

Head–improv–head

Verse/chorus–verse/chorus–bridge–verse/chorus

A–B–A

These are some of the “normal” ways of getting music done. But for adventurous musicians, such everyday forms—even everyday instruments—don’t always serve their artistic impulses. These musical explorers search for new ways to communicate. They also need an audience with whom to share their discoveries.

Enter Mark Weaver, architect, tuba player, and adventurous musician and listener, who wondered how he could help out. His answer: The Roost, a series of “emergent creative music,” says the statement of purpose, “curated with an eye to originality, freshness of approach, and artistic vision.”

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