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XWA-eXperimental Writer Asylum-Decatur Book Fest September 1, 2013
12:00PM - 5:00PM
Price:  free
These events occur at the Seen Gallery, 415 Church St., Decatur, 30030.

1–2 pm: Artist Beth Lilly presents images and text from her photo-based sequential picture narratives.

3–4 pm: Comedian Brian Bannon and musician Bill Taft read from the historical tales and outright fibs they created for the second part of their Krog Tunnel centenary tribute in an hour they call Krog!


Throughout the Saturday and Sunday daylight hours of XWA 4, passersby can again enjoy the free verse stylings (and, often, the free-verse stylings) of Jimmy Lo and company with Free Poems on Demand outside the gallery. Also on hand will be Nisa Asokan of Fifth Planet Press, overseeing a showcase of indy publishers’ recent books.

No Age, Hollow Stars, Georges Bataille Battle Cry September 2, 2013
8:30PM - - -
Price:  10
At the Arts Exchange
750 Kalb St.
Atlanta, 30312

Buy tickets here.

No Age

No Age
With An Object, their fourth full-length album, No Age has forgone the straight and narrow route, landing in a strange and unexpected place, feet planted in fresh, fertile soil. This new LP finds drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt exploding from behind his kit, landing percussive blows with amplified contact mics, 4-string bass guitars, and prepared speakers, as well as traditional forms of lumber and metal. Meanwhile, guitarist Randy Randall corrals his previously lush, spastic, sprawling arrangements into taught, refined, rats' nests. Lyrically Spunt challenges space, fracturing ideological forms and complacency, creating a striking new perspective that reveals thematic preoccupations with structural ruptures and temporal limits.

As the title An Object suggests, these eleven tracks, produced by No Age and their long-time collaborator Facundo Bermudez, who recorded tracks on their Weirdo Rippers LP (2007) and toured with the band in support of Everything In Between (2010), are meant to be grasped, not simply heard. Whether in the fine grit of Randall's sandpaper guitar scrapes on "Defector/ed," or Spunt's percussive stomp and crack on "Circling with Dizzy" and "An Impression," created largely through the direct manipulation of contact mics, these are songs that pivot on the sheer materiality of music-making. Spunt's creative deployment of bass guitar accented through a modified speaker on the beautifully catchy "I Won't Be Your Generator" is a case in point: even at its most lyrical An Object incorporates the process of its creation into the very backbone of the songs.

Still, this is hardly a work of avant garde noise music or l'art concret. These songs are hummable, political, and, on tracks like, "No Ground," "C'mon, Stimmung," and "Lock Box" (in which Spunt's vocals bear a passing resemblance to the Ramones), recognizably punk. Elsewhere, on tracks like "Commerce, Comment, Commence" and "A Ceiling Dreams of a Floor," No Age take this kernel and transform it, literally blurring the sound and bathing the album in a swirl of layered guitar and a bright haze of static alongside an ethereal, haunting vocal that conjures shoegaze as much as hardcore. What these two approaches share is an understanding of sound as a material, something to be shaped, handled, and worked over. It is an aesthetic in which the relationships between guitar, percussion, and vocals--as well as those between rhythm and melody--become relationships between things.

These relationships are diagrammed into An Object at every level. In Collaboration with close friend and Grammy-nominated designer Brian Roettinger ( 5 E.P.'s, Nouns_, L_osing Feeling, Everything In Between) the band has performed, recorded, produced, and prepared and assembled the entirety of the physical packaging of An Object, including jackets, inserts, and labels, taking on the roll of manufacturer, artist, and musician until the roles trip on themselves and individual parts lose their distinct meanings, demanding to be considered as a whole. It is this sense of the total work of art--call it the DIY gestamtkunstwerk-- that underlines An Object as the culmination of two years of touring, writing, and performing, finding No Age moving into new terrain at the height of their powers.

Mike Shiflet, Well.Wail.Whale September 4, 2013
9:00PM - - -
Price:  3

Mike Shiflet



Mike Shiflet uses his musical prowess to describe the collision of worlds and tangled webs of memories. Noise, drones and musical elements combine in a futile effort to recreate a perfect moment in a perfect world that could not have possibly existed. The real and the imagined have blurred. The noise and the music have made peace.

simply beautiful, introspective, and sonically rich work from this guy. definitely recommended if you're into burning star core. check out the links:

http://www.michaelshiflet.com/

http://mikeshiflet.bandcamp.com/

Well.Wail.Whale


Well.Wail.Whale sounds like dissonant energy waves crashing irreverently on the shores of existence. an ensemble cacophony brewed in the wildwoods of athens. expect the unexpected.

Downtown Arts Stroll September 5, 2013
5:00PM - 9:00PM
Price:  free
Our first night as part of the First Thursday downtown art stroll.

http://www.downtownfirstthursdays.com/

Ahleuchatistas, tba and R.A.E September 5, 2013
9:00PM - - -
Price:  5
Ahleuchatistas


I first saw this guitar and drums duo last month, in their home town of Asheville, N.C. during Moogfest. The festival is often thought of as just an electronic music festival and it does skew in that direction, but it primarily celebrates the creative souls in music and in doing so honors the spirit of electronic music pioneer Robert Moog. The sonic palette of guitarist Shane Perlowin and drummer Ryan Oslance certainly fits that description. I also hear these influences as I listen to Ahleuchatistas: the guitar inventions of Robert Fripp and even progressive rockers Gentle Giant, but also sounds that span the globe with styles that can feel North African or Asian.
-Bob Boilen All Songs Considered

Ahleuchatistas is guitarist Shane Perlowin and drummer Ryan Oslance on a musical odyssey of pure imagination, limitless in influences, combining tight-knit composition with improvisation, and delivering powerful live shows.
The project was founded in 2002 and has evolved organically in its near-decade long history as the muse leads through the creative
sonic continuum...

Here is a nice little write up on on:

NPR All Songs Considered






Resonances of an Ancient Earth
Tapping into the primal vibrations of our shared mother "Resonances Of An Ancient Earth" is an acoustic ensemble comprised of a rotating group of musicians including analog effects, bass, and percussion with a constant of mandolin and winds.



Closing Reception for The Feather Bird September 6, 2013
7:00PM - - -
Price:  free
Reception starts at 7. Screening start at 8:30.

A program of Paige Adair's film and video work. The program will include unscreened films and highlights from the last year's projections at Invent Room Pop.


Hold September 7, 2013


Pedestrian Deposit, Grant Evans September 10, 2013
9:00PM - - -
Price:  5

Pedestrian Deposit



The music of Jonathan Borges and Shannon Kennedy of Pedestrian Deposit could best be described as highly composed, focused and dynamic, experimental music that draws on their widely varying music talents. From Borges’s interest in such areas as electronics, tape loops, sampling, field recording, and feedback, to Shannon’s use of classical instruments, contact mics and manipulated metal objects, the duo combine elements of musique concrete, ambient, drone, classical and harsh noise.

Jon Borges began Pedestrian Deposit in the Winter of 2000, with the concept of combining layers of electronic sound with no pre-determined relation to one another until mixed. The project slowly evolved to incorporate elements of harsh noise, tape collage, field recordings and glitch music, resulting in a prolific few years of rich and dynamic compositions on such labels as Hospital Productions, Hanson Records, and Jon’s own label, Monorail Trespassing, to name a few.

After a few years hiatus, Pedestrian Deposit returned in the fall of 2008 with the addition of multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Shannon Kennedy, and her elements of cello, violin and amplified, bowed and manipulated objects.


Grant Evans


grant evans - "roman persuasion" from VAALD on Vimeo.


Grant Evans is one half of the duo Quiet Evenings and label Hooker Vision.

Opening Reception for Me Love You Long Time September 13, 2013
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Price:  Free
At Eyedrum Downtown
115 MLK Jr. Dr. SW
Ste. 225
Atlanta, 30303

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery is pleased to present ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME, a show by Asian-American women featuring a dual exhibition and a performance piece by Tiger Moon.
MLYLT!
Performance by Tiger Moon at 9pm.

ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME plays on notions of Eastern mystique to consider both the objectification and romanticization of ideologies in contemporary consumer culture. The exhibition will include works on paper from an ongoing series by Yoon Kyoung Nam and new works on canvas by Yoonhwa Jang. Chanel Kim and Zopi Kristjanson will perform as emcee duo Tiger Moon at the opening and closing receptions. Their performance will include an installation of hanging scrolls and a large scale mobile.

In the exhibition, Yoon Kyoung Nam and Yoonhwa Jang’s works are deeply rooted in their Asian American experience. Nam’s vibrant mixed media drawings share the playfulness of South Korean artist Ki-Chang Kim, yet are often accompanied by moody phrases that express unease, homesickness and nostalgia. Jang’s works on canvas convey notions of expectation and identity. Her work borrows iconic symbols from Asian tradition and Western culture and uses these to disguise, protect and obscure the origins of the characters in her narratives.

Borrowing inspiration from the Wu-Tang Clan, Tiger Moon explores the tropes of the gangster and samurai as well as their own Asian and feminine identity. Their act will include an emcee set, with beats produced by Chris Devoe, performed around an installation of ‘hieroglyphed’ scrolls and a large scale mobile. Within their scrolls and rap lyrics, Kim and Kristjanson wrestle with the ideals of discipline and spirituality versus pleasure and aggression through characters found in Greek and Egyptian iconography. The mobile illustrates Tiger Moon’s ‘Luna-verse’ and uses materials that reflect both waste and industriousness.

Yoon Nam

Writers Exchange September 17, 2013
8:00PM - 11:00PM
Price:  free
This event occurs in the Warhorse Cafe at The Goat Farm Arts Center, 1200 Foster Street, Atlanta 30318. From Howell Mill Road, take Huff Road west (away from downtown Atlanta), then take the first left, which is Foster Street. Entrances to the Goat Farm are on the right, after the driveway for the Howard School.

Come share your literary output aloud for 10 minutes and get feedback for 5 minutes. Lost? Call 678-642-0612 or 404-578-4430.

Eric Copeland, gatoMUERTO, Suffer Bomb Damage, HCs September 19, 2013
9:00PM - - -
Price:  7
Part of Eyedrum's "NEWFANGLED for the experienced" Music Series

Eric Copeland of Black Dice has a new record coming out on DFA next month.

Eric Copeland is an experimental musician based in New York. He is a core member of Black Dice and forms half of the duo Terrestrial Tones with Animal Collective's Avey Tare.

Vibe Here:
- http://www.spin.com/articles/eric-copeland-black-dice-cheap-treat-dfa-joke-hole/
- http://vimeo.com/39915196
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGwEInwxzrE
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AggHAgxnqx8
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYdMA75DAYA
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAeSpx_sH4E

(This is Copeland's first release on DFA since Black Dice's 2005 album Broken Ear Record.)

"When Eric Copeland isn't watching Japanese cult animation with Animal Collective or writing Spy Vs. Spy tributes with his bandmates in Black Dice, he can be found turning out darkly cartoonish approximations of dance music under his own name"
- SPIN

Also Performing:

gatoMUERTO: http://deadcat.bandcamp.com/
Suffer Bomb Damage: https://soundcloud.com/suffer-bomb-damage
Human Communists: http://m.soundcloud.com/roberthayeskee/thee-temple-of-dog

Alan Fey, Phil Sims September 20, 2013
8:30PM - - -
Price:  $7

Alan Fey




Alan Fey is a classically-trained percussionist who specializes in solo and chamber music. Based in Nashville, his primary focus is on the genre-defying category that is 'new music,' as he has been involved in the commissioning and world premieres of more than 10 works in just the last two years. Alan has performed in spaces ranging from churches to art galleries to concert halls, from the Zeitgeist Art Gallery to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, and from Millennium Park in Chicago to Carnegie Hall in New York.

The show will feature a wide range of music for marimba, from late 20th-Century Contemporary works, to music written specifically for Alan in the last 3 years, to arrangements of folk and 'popular' music. The show will also include the South Carolina premiere of a work by Atlanta-based composer and film director Alan O.W. Barnes - Malice of Inanimate Objects - for marimba, tape, and film.

alanfey.com


soundcloud.com/alanfey


Phil Sims




Phil Sims studied music at the undergraduate and graduate level at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  He has held academic appointments to teach theory, musicianship, composition, and electronic music at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Rochester, Mercer University, and Emory University.  In recent years, Phil’s creative work has mainly focused on the creation of albums and sound design scores using a mix of acoustic and virtual instruments.  His compositions have been performed and presented throughout the country and in Europe, in both academic and community venues, most recently at the Schwartz Center on the Emory University campus, the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech, the Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education, Eyedrum, during the 2010 Dodekapus Art Collective Carnival, the 2010 L5P Halloween Festival (in collaboration with gloATL lab), and more.  His intellectual and academic essays have focused on theoretical and pedagogical issues ranging from integrated and experiential instruction to sociopolitical topics like musical rhetoric, the politics of beauty, modes of listening, the apparent impact of art as commodity, and the practice of aesthetic apartheid within academic departments and curricula.

Phil will present the first of many chapters of The Beastiary for Audiophles

philsimsmusic.com

Invent Room Pop 29 September 20, 2013
9:00PM - - -
At Beep Beep Gallery
696 Charles Allen Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30308



This is the 29th installment of Invent Room Pop. Six musicians are invited to play in duos and trios determined at random, with names drawn out of a hat. Featuring projections by Paige Adair.

Esar Tehrani - sytar
Evan Fillion - keyboards
Chris Childs - vibraphone
Jennifer Proctor - glass bowls
Kathleen Hairston - cello
Logan Shirah - percussion

Eyedrum Open Improv on the Beltline September 22, 2013
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Price:  free
A new BELTLINE sedition of Eyedrum Open Improv will be happening near the West End Metropolitan warehouses this Sunday evening. Bring your instruments and your gray matter to join us in
PLAYING THE NOISE
INSIDE YER HEAD


Note That Players should ARRIVE EARLY since we will have to be wrapped by 8:30pm.

Find us near the intersection of Allene Ave and Catherine St SW. A google Map is HERE

From the East taking I-20 West:
=> EXIT onto Lee Street and go LFT (south)
--- or ---
From the West taking I-20 East:
=> EXIT at Oak Street / Joseph Lowery Blvd.
=> stay east on Oak St. across Joseph Lowery Blvd.
=> turn RT onto Lee Street
--- then, in one block --
=> turn LFT onto Ralph David Abernathy Blvd (east)
=> go 2 blocks, past the Metropolitan Warehouses
=> turn RT onto Metropolitan Pkwy
=> go to the 8th street on the right (Catherine St.)
=> turn RT (west) onto Catherine St. and go 1 block
Catherine St. ends at the intersection with Allene Ave.
There's a yellow building with white trim. Park on the
street near there. The Beltline stage area is about 1/4
mile south down Allene Ave.

Save Yourself w/ Sioux City Sue, Thieves, Bad Fog September 27, 2013
9:00PM - - -
Price:  $5 (cheap!)





Sioux City Sue
is a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll, with the fear of God in her soul. She’s an auburn tressed dust storm, a raven haired tornado and a blonde river rising recklessly. She’s a former Future Farmers of America gospel quartet member who sang competitively at livestock and forestry judging events, a high school choir drop-out and a Christian Catholic schoolgirl who preferred Skid Row over DC Talk.
Jennie Castillo (guitar, vocals) is a Greek Canadian raised stateside in New York, Alabama and Atlanta. She currently also plays synths and sings with Gothic punk band Black Lodge. Nikki Speake (guitar, vocals, accordion) cut her teeth in bands like country outfit Virgil Otis and Whistle Bait, an all girl rockabilly band whose songs revolved around punching boys. Kasey Price (drums, harmonica, vocals) kept time for a duo called Haunted Boots playing in the seedy underbelly of New York clubs before moving back to her hometown of Atlanta and joining forces with Castillo. Castillo and Speake, who met during their college years in Alabama, attempted to start a band upon Speake’s pilgrimage back down South to Atlanta from Seattle, but instead got robbed outside of a Grant Park pizza joint. 10 years later, Castillo enlisted Speake to complete the Sioux City Sue triumvirate.
With Bible Belt anchored Southern roots that run as deep as an old-growth magnolia’s, childhoods spent watching old Westerns, listening to country legends like Hank Williams and First Lady of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson and Phil Spector’s girl groups on their parents’ record players, and the company they keep in Atlanta’s always burgeoning music scene, it’s no surprise that their band is a haunting whirling dervish of gospel, solid gold country, doo-wop and garage rock.
“There ain’t no gal as true as my sweet Sioux City Sue.” – Dick Thomas




Bad Fog, from Asheville, NC, drive a whole couple of states over to enchant with swarmy goth-peppered punkish musings..molodic and harmony-laden girl racket, sometimes screamy and complicated, sometimes broody and coaxing..

Thieves, another local act, deliver solid song writing in a folk-ish tradition, again with the punchy drums accompanying delicate violin work, jangly guitars and super pretty vocalizations.

Artist Talk for Me Love You Long Time September 29, 2013
3:00PM - 5:00PM
Price:  Free
Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery is pleased to present ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME, a show by Asian-American women featuring a dual exhibition and a performance piece by Tiger Moon.

ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME plays on notions of Eastern mystique to consider both the objectification and romanticization of ideologies in contemporary consumer culture. The exhibition will include works on paper from an ongoing series by Yoon Kyoung Nam and new works on canvas by Yoonhwa Jang. Chanel Kim and Zopi Kristjanson will perform as emcee duo Tiger Moon at the opening and closing receptions.

In the exhibition, Yoon Kyoung Nam and Yoonhwa Jang’s works are deeply rooted in their Asian American experience. Nam’s vibrant mixed media drawings share the playfulness of South Korean artist Ki-Chang Kim, yet are often accompanied by moody phrases that express unease, homesickness and nostalgia. Jang’s works on canvas convey notions of expectation and identity. Her work borrows iconic symbols from Asian tradition and Western culture and uses these to disguise, protect and obscure the origins of the characters in her narratives.

Borrowing inspiration from the Wu-Tang Clan, Tiger Moon explores the tropes of the gangster and samurai as well as their own Asian and feminine identity. Their act will include an emcee set, with beats produced by Chris Devoe, performed around an installation of ‘hieroglyphed’ scrolls. Within their scrolls and rap lyrics, Kim and Kristjanson wrestle with the ideals of discipline and spirituality versus pleasure and aggression through characters found in Greek and Egyptian iconography. The mobile illustrates Tiger Moon’s ‘Luna-verse’ and uses materials that reflect both waste and industriousness.

Vida Voce September 29, 2013
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Price:  free
The inaugural event in this series of readings by women writers has poetry as its focus. The series embraces all modes of literary expression.

Poets Laura Carter and Sherri Caudell act as hosts.

Featured readers:

Gina Myers


Gina Myers is the author of Hold It Down (Coconut Books, 2013) and A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009).

Originally from Saginaw, MI, she now lives in Atlanta, GA.

Molly Brodak


Molly Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night, winner of the 2009 Iowa Poetry Prize, as well as three chapbooks: Instructions for a Painting (GreenTower, 2007), The Flood (Coconut Books, 2012), and Essay on Parts of the Day (Horse Less Press, 2013). She teaches at Emory University and edits the poetry journal Aesthetix.

Amy Herschleb


Amy Herschleb is a writer living in Atlanta. Her chapbook, Judy Paris, Judy Chicago, is forthcoming from dancing girl press in spring 2014.

Laura Solomon


Laura Solomon is the author of The Hermit (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011) and two other poetry collections, Blue and Redd Things (UDP, 2007) and Bivouac (Slope Editions, 2002).

Currently she resides in Athens, GA, where she has recently performed and collaborated with the band pacificUV. In addition to writing poetry, making music, teaching, and translating Italian and French, Solomon dabbles in photography and performance projects.

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