The Migrant invites you on a journey into the underworld of beautiful pop songs and psychedelic folk. The last couple of years Denmark musician Bjarke Bendtsen has travelled around the states with his guitar and suitcase as the only steady companions.
Bird Names are a band of friends on a psychic quest into the sublime and mysterious. Bird Names approaches making music as radical play. Their songs repeat and catch!
"Bird Names play Rube Goldberg "pop" songs -- intricate but very homemade contraptions with an impossible number of parts in motion at any given moment. Cuckoo clocks, falling bowling balls and whirring gears are replaced with clattering percussion, odd time signatures and hollered refrains." - Raf Spielman, foxy digitalis
Opening will be local artist Josh Loner with lovely ambient folk guitar tunes.
Steve Gunn, Villages, Magicicada
October 6, 2010 10:00PM - - - Price: 7
Native Philadelphian and current Brooklynite Steve Gunn has been a stalwart of the American experimental scene for close to a decade, having done time in the groups GHQ and Magic Markers, and, more recently, as a solo artist. Steve Gunn’s prodigous talent for fusing traditional american song structures with a raga influence is almost criminally unheralded. Gunn’s songcraft is so strong and his playing style so effortlessly beautiful that folks should be shouting his name from every tall building and mountaintop.
Asheville, North Carolina resident Ross Gentry performs and records under the guise of Villages. With dense layers and glacial droning washes of guitar and synthesizer, he creates engaging narrative soundscapes that evoke the shifting fragility of the early ambient movement as well as the elegance of symphonic composition.
Magicicada make music with microchips, magnetics, hardware, noware, software and brokeware in the southern US city of Atlanta, GA. He has self-released many hand made cds, jumpdrives & tapes and also have had 'proper' albums with such fine labels as Public Guilt - Robot Fishy and sub:marine records.
Inspired by natural processes and acoustic phenomena, composer and percussionist Nathan Davis makes music that elucidates essential characters of instruments and the fragile athleticism of playing them. Amplification and live electronic processing are used organically with acoustic instruments to reveal and exaggerate subtle complexities of sound, forming an architectural sound-world through which the audience travels in experiencing a piece.
Nathan has received commissions from the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Calder String Quartet, the Ojai Festival (for Eighth Blackbird and an installation by sound-sculptor Trimpin), Meehan/Perkins Duo, TimeTable Percussion, Concert Artists Guild, and the Moving Theater Dance Company, and received awards from the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, Argosy Foundation, ASCAP, and the ISCM. Nathan's music has been programmed at NYC's Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and at Darmstadt, Helsinki Musica Nova, and has performed his solo works at festivals in Poland, the Netherlands, and Cuba. Recordings of his music include his electroacoustic percussion CD Memory Spaces, flutist Claire Chase's debut Aliento, and a forthcoming monograph longplay from ICE, recorded at the state-of-the-art EMPAC center.
As a percussionist, Nathan is a percussionist in ICE, has toured the world in the cello/percussion duo Odd Appetite, and has recorded for Mode, Tzadik, New Albion, Bridge, BMOP, and Cold Blue records.
Sonic Generator at Georgia Tech will perform one of his pieces, The Bright and Hollow Sky, the night before, October 7th!
Klimchak loves opposites. That may explain why he's played with bands as diverse as disco diva RuPaul and avant hipster Bruce Hampton. "I think of music as a crazy-quilt of different styles and patterns. I'm the thread that holds the whole mess together," says the Atlanta-based composer and percussionist. "I love the clash of colors and opposing patterns. That's where the music comes alive."
Of course that is easy for Klimchak to say, since he owns and plays literally hundreds of instruments. "I've been collecting sound-makers since the late 1970's. When I have some free time, I usually sit down and learn to play a new flute or percussion instrument." It could be an early electronic instrument like the sci-fi staple, the theremin or a low-tech rawhide frame drum from the Middle East. It's all grist for the sound-mill. "In the modern world of Ebay and the internet, locating exotic instruments for cheap and getting instructions on playing them is a lot easier than it used to be."
Charlie Smith's collective "The Art of Such n Such" presents live music, DJs and variety acts in conjunction with the opening of a retrospective exhibit, Inspire, Incite, Ignite.
Christoph Heemann, Void Manes
October 13, 2010 9:00PM - - - Price: $10
Christoph Heemann (born 1964 in Aachen, Germany) began his musical work in 1983 as a founding member of the group HIRSCHE NICHT AUFS SOFA, who released several albums of their surreal collagemusic between 1985 and 1993, drawing inspiration from such diverse elements such as musique concrete, avantgarde, krautrock and improvised music.
After the group disbanded Heemann continued working solo and with the group MIMIR (with Edward Ka-spel and Jim O'Rourke), the drone projects MIRROR (with Andrew Chalk), and IN CAMERA (with Timo van Luyck).
Heemann’s solo compositions have often been described as "ear-movies", in which he fuses field recordings, acoustic instruments, electronics, and electroacoustic sounds into audio narratives.
Aside from this Heemann has done a series of musical collaborations (with Jim O'Rourke, Lee Ranaldo, Charlemagne Palestine, WIlliam Basinski a.o.) and works as a producer (eg. for Keiji Haino, Charlemagne Palestine, Limpe Fuchs, Current 93 ...)
Since 1994 he runs the Streamline label
Ehnahre, Wolvserpent, You Die!
October 14, 2010 10:00PM - - - Price: 7
As it turns out, Schoenbergian atonality goes together with death metal like flies and bad meat. Ehnahre's unfailing dissonance and inherent instability become addictive by album's end, in the same way that the best horror flicks keep us watching -- Ehnahre are masters of creeping tension, the kind that might linger and disappear in its own ether or suddenly ignite (or both, as in "Part IV"). It's rare for a metal band to possess a vision this wide-ranging without compromising its pitch-black core. The Man Closing Up may prove too demanding to inspire many followers, but that's metal's problem, not Ehnahre's. This is way beyond state-of-the-art.
- Prefix Mag
Thus it is also written that Wolvserpent will emerge from their tombs of isolation to spread the mortuary drape across the U.S. as follows throughout the bereaved autumnal twilight of October. Boise, Idaho’s Pussygutt are now known as Wolvserpent. 20 Buck Spin will release the mysterious duo’s 4th LP (first under the new moniker) on October 5th, 2010.
Also Playing: You Die!
October 15, 2010 9:00PM - 12:00AM Price: $10
Voted "Best Celtic Rock Band of 2006" in the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine Annual Audience Poll, Rathkeltair (rath-KELT-er) is one of the most talked about bands on the North American Celtic festival circuit. Unique, exciting arrangements of traditional music along with compelling original material performed by multi-instrumentalists from Ireland, England and America who play together with incredible energy, intensity and dynamics make Rathkeltair a must-see.
Monthly Cycle: The All-Chick Jam Session
October 17, 2010 11:30AM - 2:00PM Price: $5 suggested donation
Monthly Cycle is a musician's exchange and jam session for women and girls of all ages to play (or learn to play) music, work on song ideas, jam, and meet other women to collaborate with in a safe and supportive environment. Come join us! Usually held on the first Sunday of the month (but check the calendar at eyedrum.org to be sure), everyone is encouraged to play music and drink mimosas at brunch time. It's lovely, really. Bring your gear and your song ideas!
Kirkwood Ballers Club
October 18, 2010 10:00PM - - -
Established in 2004, Kirkwood Ballers Club has long been a weekly staple for Atlanta’s more adventurous musicians. Over the course of approximately 5 years KBC has been housed at 6 locations: a private residence in Kirkwood, the old Lenny’s Bar, 11:11 Teahouse, the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge, the new Lenny’s Bar, and now at Eyedrum.
Kirkwood Ballers Club’s mission is to moderate monthly free-form musical exchanges, ideas and performances between an evolving cast of experimentally-minded Atlanta area artists in an effort to encourage creative live performances and to foster a greater artistic community.
Just come with your instrument/project/performance and sign up at the door for a 15 minute slot. the lineup is first come/first serve. Also, there will be tables available for local artisans to display their crafts for sell, trade or exhibition...
This event is free to everyone. Doors open at 8pm for artists to sign up to perform. The program will get started promptly at 10pm and end at 1am.
Visit www.kirkwoodballersclub.org for further details, guidelines, etc...
Brainstorm, Jeffrey Jerusalem, Jesse Malmed
October 21, 2010 9:00PM - 12:00AM Price: $5
PORTLAND, OR – Lasercave is sending their three finest ambassadors on a national tour of sound and vision. The three acts, representing the best of Portland's music and art scene – JEFFREY JERUSALEM, squarely in the center of Portland’ electronic renaissance; BRAINSTORM, winning hearts and blowing minds with genre-bending gospel prog; and JESSE MALMED, producing future-thinking video art and participatory song poems – have elated and elevated Portland audiences in clubs, dive bars, art spaces, and cow pastures
JEFFREY JERUSALEM’s hyperkinetic attitude and boundary-bursting tastes combine playful, lo-fi bedroom disco with the top shelf techno-craftsmanship of his peers at DFA. Jerusalem, recently back from tour with YACHT and Bobby Birdman, has also shared bills with Girltalk, Drop The Lime, Starfucker, Nurses, and Holy Ghost.
BRAINSTORM’s ecstatic and eclectic two-piece is like an eight-dollar smoothie made of Deerhoof, Sam Cooke, The USAisaMonster, and a little African highlife. Packing venues all over Portland, the band recently headlined at PDX POP NOW, has shared bills with Japanther and the
Boredoms and, according to the Portland Mercury, "manages to sound like the entirety of Portland's music scene whirled up in a blender, in a very good way." )
JESSE MALMED’s series of video-based song poems, lush videos, and Conversational Karaoke (a participatory installation in which the “audience” enacts complex, charming and strange dialogues of the artist’s design) are future-thinking, yet squarely set in the realms of historical experimental film, conceptual poetics, and ecstatic improvisation.
The Thunder Rolls
October 22, 2010 10:00PM - - - Price: Free
The Thunder Rolls...
We're doing a night of Thunder Rolls by Garth Brooks. And just Thunder Rolls. The entire the night. We will have a drum set, mics, and amps set up on stage.
You have ten minutes to come up and play your version of Thunder Rolls. And then somebody else will. 30 Times. In between bands, we will have karaoke of Thunder Rolls.
Feel free to interpret the song however you wish, but it is not an exercise in irony. We want to hear Thunder Rolls!
October 23, 2010 8:00PM - - - Price: $10; $5 ages 12 and younger
The kalimba-building, electronics-wielding, funk/percussion wonder returns.
Also performing are Count M'Butu, Grammy-winning percussionist with the Derek Trucks Band, as well as other guests.
David Daniell and Douglas McCombs w/Andrew Burnes
October 24, 2010 9:00PM - - - Price: 10
David Daniell and Douglas McCombs
David Daniell and Douglas McCombs first met in early 2006 while touring as members of Rhys Chatham’s six-guitar Die Donnergötter band. Following that tour, the two spent several months trading albums and discussing making music together; they began their musical collaboration when Daniell moved from New York to Chicago later that year to study pedal steel guitar.
These humble beginnings do little to reflect the depth and breadth of each of their talents; both are highly-respected musicians within their circles. Over the years Daniell has collaborated with many notable musicians, including Loren Connors, Rhys Chatham, Tim Barnes, Jeph Jerman, Thurston Moore, Greg Davis, and Jonathan Kane, as well as releasing numerous albums under his own name and with his band San Agustin on labels such as Table of the Elements and Family Vineyard. McCombs is more often seen wielding a bass guitar, whether as a member of Eleventh Dream Day, the acoustic collective Pullman, or the pioneering and inimitable Tortoise; in his role as the driving force behind Brokeback; or through his varied work with the likes of Tom Ze, Azita Youseffi, Will Oldham, Yo La Tengo, and Calexico.
Andrew Burnes may be known for his improv collaborations with the likes of Thurston Moore and Ken Vandermark, as a co-conspirator in Loren Connors' Haunted House, or as David Daniell's bandmate in San Agustin.
Burnes isn't shy of morphing and undulating his queasy tones as the composition goes on, drawing out all manner of dissonant overtones from his sound source - which unbelievably is a single steel guitar. Burnes' work takes on a very physical quality, and it's a drone that feels genuinely substantial, with a real presence. Recommended. - Boomkat
Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel from Atlanta.
"Waves of ambiance and dreamy drones weave into one another to form a spectral web of sound.
The music is experimental by design, but easy on the ears..." Chad Radford, Creative Loafing Atlanta
“…like smokestack lightning rolling through the sub-conscious…” Dave Keifer
"...deeply moving and highly inventive" Glenn Phillips