Show runs from 7pm-1am. $10 suggested donation, no one turned away.
All acts listed in order of appearance
Black Iron Trio
Black Iron Trio is the newest project formed by New Orleans precussionist, Milton Villarrubia, III. This trio features J.A. “Dino” Deane (Lapsteel dulcimer and electronics), Carlos Santistevan (acoustic upright bass), and Milton Villarrubia, III (drum kit with effects). Using improvisation as a vehicle for thier pieces, the trio explores the dynamics of music by combining the completely acoustic upright bass with two low volume amplified instruments that are then processed through effects boxes. At times mellow and blue and other times thick and ferocious grinding rules the sonic sheets of sound, always with a focus on maintaning the dynamics of the music to allow the listener to always feel the intimacy of the upright bass. By combining ukelele, dulcimer, bass and drums in this environment, Black Iron Trio is creating a new form of electro-acoustic folk music at it’s best.
Deane and Santistevan have played together in numerous projects including: Out of Context (w/ Deane as conductor), The Late Severa Wires and Taiji Pole. Villarrubia and Santistevan have been playing music together since 1999 and have been cohorts in numerous projects that have ranged from fictitous avant-garde talk show house band to thier raucous-teenage-duo iNK oN pAPER.
The Santa Fe based alt pop duo, GoGoSnapRadio, is coming through your town. Jeremy Bleich (from the former avant garde trio, birth) keyboards, sampler, glockenspiel, vocals, guitar, trash can lid, bass drum and found objects, and Sarah-Jane Moody (lead vocalist from the former all girl alt country band the Dolly Ranchers) lead vocals, metals, bells, and found objects make up the duo GoGoSnapRadio.
The music is a lyrical exploration that fuses odd metered pop with electronic and percussive timbres. Playing several instruments at once, the two orchestrate an eclectic blend of sound that invokes a trashy and honest tenderness. Bleich’s background in classical composition and experimental music adds to Moody’s rhythmic, lyrical, and sometimes gritty vocal styles as they navigate a junkyard soundscape atop the asymmetrical vehicle that is GoGoSnapRadioís songwriting style. Think a combination between Tom Waits, Patti Smith, and Bjork.
Prey for Brain
What happens when two Buddhists and a Muslim meet to make music?
Arabilly. Countryeastern. Indofunk. Sufisurf. Jazz. World. Jam. Music to help you Pray For Brain.
Pray for Brain is not your auntie’s world music band, nor your uncle’s country twang, nor your grandad’s jazz vinyl: think 70s era Miles Davis, Chet Atkins and late Coltrane playing with the White Stripes and Isaac Hayes on a Calcutta rooftop with a bird’s eye view to Morocco. Johnny Cash and Bengali icon Rabrindranath Tagore may sit in, too.
Pray For Brain is an evolution of Sama Duo, where Mustafa Stefan Dill (guitars, oud) and Jefferson Voorhees (drums) brought a telepathic level of interplay to their groove-oriented energetic improvisations, delivered with a gutsysouth Asian and Middle Eastern twist.
One fan wrote, “I love Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Indian classical music and Zeppelin and improv jazz, and your music was hitting all of those buttons in my brain at once.”
Albuquerque’s Weekly Alibi called them “catchy, challenging, spacey and spiritual all at the same time.”
With the addition of upright bassist Christine Nelson and retooled as Pray For Brain, the new trio expands the range of groove, nuance and improvising conversations. The music is simultaneously lighter but deeper, easier to hear and harder to shake off.
An inaugural launch performance in April at the Outpost Performance Space generated a full house, a profile in the city’s upscale glossy monthly Albuquerque The Magazine, and mesmerized fans posting on music boards:
“Think Dick Dale, stoned, playing bhajans with Johnny Cash and Nass el Ghiwan jumping in every so often. After the second piece, I just let go, rolled off the log, and loved every minute of it. And yes, that Gretsch sounded like chimes. Not the cliche chimes, not “oh, that guitar has a chimey sound,” but like real, sure as shootin’ chimes that will set your chakras wheeling. I love live music. This was a gas! ,” wrote one fan on the Gretsch forums.
Pray For Brain binds their diverse musical influences into a unified, coherent soundscape: skillful writing frames artful, telepathic dialogues that draw on a deep core of both cutting-edge and ancient improvising methods from India, Africa and the Middle East. The trio offers their voice with an energetic finesse wrapped in a rhythmically-driven, wide-ranging rock/funk/country/jazz ethos.
The trio’s CD, “None Of The Above”, will be released late summer/early fall 2012.
The Proxemics are a stripped down assembly, sometimes appearing as a garage-based, dirty wall of sound, sometimes as deconstructed balladeers offering you their hearts on their sleeves. Neville unites crunchy, angular alt-rock with a singer-songwriter sensibility while never letting go of his experimental roots. Mimicking the definition of their moniker, The Proxemics are at times both distant and intimate, treating their audience to an emotional tug-of-war. The songs appear effortless on the surface, but upon deeper investigation they become a complex system of asymmetrical forms with sonic threads and noise, weaving songs into a larger, continuous theme.
The shifting members of The Proxemics are all long-time members of the High Mayhem Emerging Arts Collective, also based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, which has helped shape the City Different’s unique underground scene for the last ten years.