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.