Monday, September 24, 2012

Avant Ghetto Presents: Work/Death, Mike Shiflet, OMEI & Alberich

Avant Ghetto Presents:

Mike Shiflet

DJ Mike Wolf

*set order subject to change

Saturday, September 29th, 2012
La Sala (@ Cantina Royal)
58 North 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Bonus: I'm going to lug a box of tapes and CDRs to the show to give away to paying patrons on a first-come/first-served basis as a "thanks" for support.


Providence, Rhode Island based Work/Death, operated by Scott Reber, is an intersection of musique concrete, electro-acoustic improv and composition, field recording, drone, harsh noise, physical performance, and the pop song. As the name suggests it is a labor of determination, focus, and quality accumulating over a lifetime. For the past 10 years he has synthesized sounds of the 20th century. His multimodal composition process navigates effortlessly between the intellectualist Avant Garde and the noise underground with its violent removal of musical structures. Paraphrasing Reber himself, "David Tudor or Alvin Lucier as prototype wall noise via early mapping of crunch, crumble, cracks, crackle, ruptures, space, and moving air that would later be central to The Rita, Macronympha."

Mike Shiflet

Active in the Ohio experimental music community since 1998, Mike Shiflet is a former member of Sword Heaven, Burning Star Core, and Noumena, and also ran the GMBY label until 2008. Utilizing guitar, laptop and analog devices, his solo work is a unique mix of noise and drone with melodic components scattered throughout. His 2010 self-released CD Llanos and most recent LPs for Type Records received high praise from outlets such as NPR, Pitchfork, and The Wire.


OMEI is Chris Goudreau's (SICKNESS/Ninth Circle Music) heavy electronics/ambient/black drone project. Pounding modular synth, churning loops, field recordings and slow, thick drone merge together to create what Goudreau has defined as “SICKNESS can be though of as a thousand thoughts in 10 seconds. OMEI is the same thought for 10 hours…rework, reconstruct and re-ruin, with the final result of some kind of resolution.”


Alberich is the long-running and constantly evolving heavy electronics project of Kris Lapke—longtime Hospital Productions audio engineer and member of metal transgressors Ash Pool. While recent Alberich action has skewed toward the rhythmic propulsions of industrial
and avant-techno, this evening's set will be an all new journey in to ambience.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Avant Ghetto Presents: Container | Unicorn Hard-On | Laser Poodle | Moemlien

Unicorn Hard-On
Laser Poodle

October 24th 9pm
Public Assembly
70 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Container is Nashville, TN resident Ren Schofield's experimental excursion into the world of beat oriented electronic music. Container’s first full length album was just released on the Cleveland/Vienna based label Spectrum Spools and has triggered response such as: "like Surgeon on DMT covering Cybotron jams with a bubble machine", and "Container has created a twisted, time-warping and insolently fucked lo-fi techno record that has to rank among the very best full-length statements of 2011."


For many years now Unicorn Hard-On has been infiltrating the American and European underground with her unusual style of animal inspired electronic dance music. Incorporating elements of techno, industrial, noise, and synth pop, four sequenced Electribes are used to create eerie backgrounds of tonal interference, glittering splashes of synth, and gradually multiplying pulsing beats, forming a wall of mutated dance madness.


Two kids who hooked up their electronic wizardry are challenging
the boundaries of electronic dance music. In form of an organic, constantly shapeshifting pulse, played on a pile of electronics and drum machines, Laser Poodle is a sweet late night stroboscopic trip. Laser Poodle is Amsterdam based Fyoelk (Germany) and Yellow Galactic Human (Denmark).


is the solo project of Hannah from Amsterdam. She is exploring the many sides of the cassette tape as a medium for capturing and manipulation of sounds. Fieldrecordings and melodic sequences are layered into uplifting sonic spheres of the extraterrestrial kind, with a warm and open feel to them. In her adventures she uses electronics, toy keyboards, violoncello, various acoustic objects & instruments and voice. Hannah is also playing in the free music group Cotopaxi (with Fyoelk), who have toured in Europe and the United States. They are organizing concerts in Amsterdam as the "Hallo Gallo" collective.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hive Mind - 'Elemental Disgrace' (2011.Spectrum Spools)

Honored to be able to stream Greh's newest--and in my humble opinion, best--Hive Mind release over at East Village Radio. Check it out here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Avant Ghetto Presents: Bee Mask|Drainolith|Alberich|Hollow Seed

Thursday, September 15th at 8pm
Shea Stadium
20 Meadow Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
L to Grand Street

Playlist for Just Music 8/14/11

A fun night all around at EVR as we welcomed drummer Russell Burn back to the show. Russell played in legendary Scottish post-punk outfit Fire Engines back in the day and keeps himself busy these days recording with a new project called Spector Bullets. Russell played us some of his new music and we talked about John Peel and Italian Prog-Rock. I'm also very proud of my mixing skills in the first half of the program with Gravitar>Pharoah Sanders>Total.

1.Bodychoke - Hook from Mindshaft CD (Freek)
2.Toll - Brute Freeze from Christ Knows CS (Broken Flag)
3.Gravitar - 11/97 5 from Trial By Fire CS (PsychForm)
4.Pharoah Sanders - Black Unity Part II (excerpt) from Black Unity LP (Impulse!)
5.Total - Sifter from Beyond The Rim LP (Majora)
6.The Melvins - Skweetis/Queen from Stoner Witch LP (Atlantic)
7.Blut Aus Nord - Slaughterday (The Heathern Blood Of Ours) from Memoria Vetusta: Fathers Of The Icy Age CD (Impure Creations)
8.Television Personalities - Le Grande Illusion from Peel Session 1980-09-01
9.Fire Engines - Big Gold Dream from Big Gold Dream 12"
10.Spector Bullets - Miss Ground Zero from Spector Bullets CD (Mayakovsky Produkts)
11.The Mickey Bliss Band - Trapezoid from Venus Dressed In Plastic Garbage (Hitman)
12.The Soft Machine - Hibou, Anemone And Bear from Volume Two LP (ABC)
13.Latte E Miele - Vacche Sacre from Aquile E Scoiattoli LP (Crime)
14.Osanna - Variazione II (My Mind Flies) from Milano Calibro 9 LP (Fonit)
15.Spector Bullets - The Spector Bullets from Unreleased
16.The Defendants - Such A Spiv from 7" (Edible)
17.The Pastels - Baby Honey from Peel Session 1984
18.Television Personalities - Bombom (Unreleased)
19.Acanthus - La Chateau from Le Frisson Des Vampires CD (Finders Keepers) 20.Ofege - Try And Love from Try And Love LP (Academy)
21.Goblin - Zarztozom from Dawn Of The Dead Soundtrack LP (Dagored)
22.Jimi Hendrix with Curtis Knight - Hornets Nest

Listen to the archive here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Save Silent Barn

via East Village Radio

New York is a vanishing city—no street or block looks the same year to year. Geographically and culturally, Silent Barn has always been “out there.” Located in the Ridgewood section of Queens, the live/work/performance space was founded in 2004 by artists and musicians on that now all-too-familiar eastward flee from Williamsburg and it’s homogenization.

The story of the artist, the developer, the well-heeled culture-vampire, young professionals, and the displacement of the working class is a tale that has been told but Silent Barn always felt different. Located on a stretch of nothing in the middle of nowhere, Silent Barn’s shelf-life as a haven for the presentation of the unmarketable in art and music seemed longer than most. The perpetually sharpie-marked among us figured as long as people dedicated to the fringe ran it and the sidewalk was kept clear, the space would continue flourish. Over the course of it’s seven years of existence, Silent Barn has nourished the careers of notable NYC acts like Vivian Girls, Woods, Liturgy, Real Estate and scores of lesser-known artists across the spectrum of the modern underground from around the world. Most recently, it was home to the massively successful Ende Tymes Noise festival.

This past weekend, Silent Barn was hobbled by a blast of cold urban reality — the venue was robbed and ransacked. Thieves walked out of Silent Barn’s doors onto Wyckoff Avenue carrying thousands of dollars of audio equipment, cash, and artwork and sent an already tight-knit community into shock. Silent Barn’s Facebook page has been lit up with well wishes and words of solidarity from fans and musicians from around the world. Benefit shows and compilations are in the works to help keep Silent Barn operating and its principals have just launched a Kickstarter to help defray the costs of replacing that which is replaceable and to make necessary renovations to keep the space safe and viable for years to come.