What's happening, boys & girls?
Saturday June 1st, I'll be giving out awards to local free jazz performers at the last finally going away forever hurrah show at the Eisenberg loft. There's been a whole series of goodbye shows for this wonderful space over the last year or so, but this one looks to be the big blow out to end em all. Write for details.
Friday June 14th I'll be playing along with Michael Rosenstein & Jesse Collins at the 119 Gallery in Lowell. Some folks from Western Mass will be along, as well as Walter Wright's group Bats From Pogo. 8p.
Thursday May 2nd Duck That (Steve Norton, Josh Jefferson & me, Angela Sawyer) will be honking our hunting calls at Studio Soto. Also that night, a trio from France, comprised of Guylaine Cosseron, Frederic Blondy & Xavier Charles, and they play minimal Feldmanesque pieces on piano, clarinet & voice. 8p at 10 Channel Center Street, just a couple of blocks from the Broadway T stop.
Friday May 10th I'll be playing at Jamaica Plain's fab new record shop, Deep Thoughts, along with Mark Johnson as Babies of Brazzers. That's 8ish at 138b South Street.
Monday May 13th I'll be performing a standup comedy set with a bunch of other folks at the Improv Boston studio room here in Central Square. That's at 6:30pm, 40 Prospect Street. The usual series show here at the shop will likely be moved around, but we're still working on the details.
Coming up for April, Preggy Peggy will be appearing at the International Noise Conference when Rat Bastard brings it back to Boston for the first time in many years. Great bill that includes Vic Rawlings, Morgan Evans Weiler, Marc Bisson, Amy Mills, Mark Johnson, Chris Strunk, Idm Theftable, Dave Gross, Crank Sturgeon, Andrea Pensado & more. The venue is asking that people keep information strictly to word of mouth, which makes a lot of sense, as there's been a recent rash of local cops trolling people online to find out which houses to shut down. Shame on you cops! So, come to the shop in person & ask me where INC will be, and in the meantime we can yak about records.
Saturday April 20th is Record Store Day. As always, Weirdo will have many unique & wonderful prizes/experiences for people who stop by. Special deals will be hidden in the stacks, free beer and other illicit substances will be handed out to friendly patrons, some guerilla performers may stop by for some fun on the sidewalk, and so on. If you're thinking of calling ahead to find out whether your favorite release is here, you should be aware that several thousand other folks have the same idea, so Record Store Day is the one day I won't answer my phone. The shop will be open from 11am until 10pm, and much fun will be had.
This month, my duo with Mark Johnson, Babies of Brazzers, is back on track with a couple of shows. We'll be playing at Open Sound on Saturday March 9th alongside Vic Rawlings, Arkm Foam, Andrea Pensado, Walter Wright, Jules Vasylenko, & Shea Mowatt. That's at 3rd Life Studios, #33 in Union Square, 8p.
The very next week, on Saturday the 16th, the Brazzers will head up to Salem, MA for Sonorium at the Griffin Theater, 8p. Also that night Max Lord & Triode.
Thursday March 21st I'll be playing a duo with Steve Norton as part of Cheap Seats/Blast Fest at the YMCA. The whole night is a huge patchwork of performances conducted together by Erich Haygun. And that's just one night of the week-long Blastfest concerts all over town.
Tomorrow night is Weirdo's 4th birthday!
Instrumental rock from Baltimore with complex meters layered over each other, and you can hear Middle Eastern as well as rock influences
Rompin start-n-stop guitar & bass parts nicked from no wave, sliced up one more time yet by singer Kassie's excoriating screams. They kill it in every basement in Boston.
Worcester hardcore supergroup with a coupla vintage synth braps in there too. Jesus they can play.
And all the stars of Boston's world class improv scene are in Deleuzer (including Morgan Evans Weiler, Michael Rosenstein, Jesse Collins, Jonathan Lizcano, & Howard Martin).
Don't forget your emcees Gary Petersen & Luke Sheppard.
Since keeping a record store alive deserves a special thanks from me to you, I'll bring special treats for all. Come on around.
O'Briens (3 Harvard Ave in Allston) 8p $8
Also this month:
Wednesday Feb 20th the Union Square Round Table team swoops into the Middlesex Lounge. Comedians, films, and music. This time there will also be some storytelling from local record & book clerks who must daily face the wrath and wonderment of the general public. Just try and top their tales of real people doing terrifyingly real things. 315 Mass Ave in Central Square, 7pm no cover
Saturday Feb 22nd-24th I'll be participating in the annual X-fest improvised music extravaganza at the 119 Gallery in Lowell. Over 100 musicians from all over New England and beyond gather & play mix & match. Often playing with people they've never encountered until that evening. I'll be there Saturday night at 10p and then again Sunday afternoon at 2:30p. Lou Cohen, Mark Johnson, Dirk Adams, Forbes Graham, Luther Gray, Jill Burton, Andy Allen, Shayna Dulberger, Stephanie Lak, Marc Bisson, Jesse Collins, Lou Bunk, Michael Dailey, Adam Foam, Jimmy Hughes, Idm Theftable, Crank Sturgeon, Joe Burgio, Gordon Marshall, Josh Jefferson, Jack Wright, Jed Speare, Andrew Neumann, Keiichi Hashimoto, Peter Negroponte, Matt Weston, Junko Fujiwara, Andrea Pensado, and a ton more.
January will be a little bit quiet, as it sometimes is, but I will be making it to Cheap Seats, an all ages show at the Central Square YMCA, on Thursday Jan 10th. It's a really fun night where a ton of performers show up ready to do 5 minutes, but not much idea of what will happen, and then the organizer conducts the night together, stewing up poets, avant garde music, performance artists, storytellers, video, and generally putting lots of folks together who might never meet otherwise. 8pm sharp next door to Weirdo.
Also, mark your Calendars, as Weirdo's 4th Birthday Party is coming up Saturday February 2nd. Horse Lords, Guerilla Toss, Funeral Cone, & Deleuzer (including Morgan Evans Weiler, Michael Rosenstein, Jesse Collins, Jonathan Lizcano, Howard Martin, & Nick Neuberg). Since keeping a record store alive deserves a special thanks from me to you, I'll bring special treats for all. O'Briens (3 Harvard Ave in Allston) 8p.
Just a few shows this month, as Xmas approaches:
Thursday December 6th I'll be participating in Cheap Seats, an all ages interactive evening with a huge number of musicians collaborating on the spot & doing 5 minute spotlight sets. Andrea Pensado, Con Tex, Jill Shea, Andy Allen, Simon Haynes, Retribution Body, Mark Johnson, Shoe, Ximena from Mixed Feelings, & lots more friendly folks. Starts at 8p sharp at the Central Square YMCA, right next door to the shop.
Friday December 7th I'll be DJing some wild sides & also playing along to the short films of Doug Urbank alongside Jesse Collins & Michael Rosenstein. That's at the Washington Street Arts Center. Also on the bill that eve are some films from Gordon Nelson, a solo violin set from Morgan Evans-Weiler, & lots more. 8p 321 Washington Street in Somerville.
Wednesday December 12th local sensations Bang Bros will be stopping by Cambridge as part of their tour of 12 cities in 24 hours. They're looking to break into the Guinness book of world records, and so they've scheduled some sets at all hours of the day & night. They'll be playing the shop here (or just outside it, across the street in front of City Hall, depending on the weather & such) at 10am sharp. Looking forward to the crazy.
Happy halloweentime. November will be here in a jif. And I'll be doing things in it.
Saturday November 3rd Exusamwa will be playing at the Homegrown festival, taking place both Friday & Saturday at the Elks Lodge on 55 Bishop Allen Drive, right here in Central Square. The lineup includes Pissed Jeans, Gary Wilson, Dan Melchior, and a zillion killer local bands. The organizers just make their kickstarter earlier this week, and it looks to be a heck of a show. Exusamwa is on at about 10pm, right before Fat Worm of Error.
On Monday November 5th the regular show at the store will be pre-empted in order for me to help present Olivia Wyatt from Sublime Frequencies. She'll be showing 2 60 minute documentaries at Studio Soto (10 Channel St in Boston, off the Broadway T stop). That's at 8pm, $8 to see 'Staring Into the Sun' about Ethiopia & 'The Pierced Heart and the Machete' about Haiti. It'll be colorful and full-on, so don't miss out.
Wednesday November 7th, Babies of Brazzers, my duo with Mark Johnson, will be doing gooey things in the Smokey Bear Cave late at night. Some other noise freaks of indeterminate personality will also be there. Donations, starts 9ish, and say the word if you need further details.
Saturday the 10th, I'm off to Lowell to help Walter Wright play in front of some animated films by Martha Colburn. Colburn makes films that combine painting on glass, drawing, puppets, cut-outs, & they're fairly abstract, but when she makes a point it can be a biting one. She also plays in a band with Jason Willett (of the True Vine in Baltimore) called the Dramatics. That's at the 119 Gallery (119 Chelmsford St) at 8pm.
Tuesday Nov. 13th, I'll be playing a solo show at Cafe Fixe that's presented by Non-Event. The coffee shop is located at 1642 Beacon St, just up the hill from Coolidge Corner, & it starts at 8 & is $5. I'm really excited that they invited me to be part of the series there, so I'll be digging out my very classiest moves for the evening.
The very next night, Wednesday the 14th, I'll be out in Northampton at a house show. King Street Manor is right near Feeding Tube Records, & starting at 7p, you can see Arkm Foam, Andrea Pensado, David Russell, Olivia Kennett, & more. It's part of a new series there called 'Crystal Shelf'.
October is coming, and I'll be doing lots of things. Here's a list.
On Friday October 5th, I'll be playing at Raw Meet #8 with Andrea Pensado. I'm bringing a shower curtain, and some other surprises. It's Raw Meet organizer Mark's birthday, and other bands include Noise Nomads, IDM Theftable, Bromp Treb, Diagram A, Russian Tsarlag, Bang Bros, & many more. At the Whitehaus starting at 8pm.
Saturday October 13th, I'm back at the Whitehaus for Chillith Night. All ladies all night from 8 til the wee hours. Lots of acts, but I'm looking forward to seeing Gracious Calamity.
On Sunday October 14th, Exusamwa heads out to Worcester to play a benefit for Pussy Riot. Will we respond by singing our songs in Russian? Maybe! Also that night are Funeral Cone & some more folks from Wormtown. At the Firehouse, 8p
Thursday October 18, Duck That will be playing as part of the Round Table night at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square. The Round Table is a rather odd, semi-regular event that features comedians, musicians, films, power point presentations, games, and other stuff. Damon & Naomi & Chris Gethard of the Upright Citizens Brigade will also be making things happen that evening. 7pm
Monday October 29th it'll be time to get super creepy for an outdoor halloweentime show at the Abandoned Bear Cages in the middle of the Franklin Park Zoo. Starts at 7pm, and you have to walk into the middle of nothing to find it. I'll be on about 11:45, and the moon will be high. Other performers include Michael Rosenstein, Morgan Evans Weiler, Jesse Collins, Adam Foam, Matt Samolis, Liz Tonne, Bird Organ, Vic Rawlings, Crank Sturgeon, Eggs Eggs, Chris Strunk, Bang Bros, Los Condenados.
Students are back in town, so everything is berzerk.
Saturday September 1st, I'll be playing as Preggy Peggy with Evelyn Hurley (Cotton Candy) & Kate Lee (Peace Loving) sitting in as the Lazy Babymakers for a show at the Tavern at the End of the World (108 Cambridge St, Charlestown MA). We'll be opening up for Omnivore & Alvarius B. Tickets must be bought in advance, & you can get them from me either online or in person. There's an option to have dinner first, which starts at 7:30, or not, which starts at 9p.
Sunday September 2nd, Exusamwa will be the last band to play Brattleboro VT's Future Fest. We're on at 10pm at a little house way out in the woods (359 Bunker Road in Dummerston). Festival runs over 3 days in various locations. Over 35 bands, a mini-carnival installed in an alley, etc.
Friday Sept 14th Duck That will be playing in Lowell at the 119 Gallery (119 Chelmsford St.) Also that night Pet Bottle Ningen (Nonoko Yoshida – sax, Dave Scanlon – guitar, Dave Miller – drums) and Los Condenados (Andrea Pensado – voice, laptop, Jules Vasylenko – bamboozle, Walter Wright – electronics).
Saturday the 15th The ducks fly again at Mystery Train in Amherst (178 N Pleasant St) alongside the Shrinnirs from Connecticut (Dawn & Joe on vox & drums) and Shea Mowatt. Starts at 7p.
Sept 20-23rd I'll be in Baltimore for High Zero. I'll be playing on Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night at the Theater at 45 W Preston St in large ensembles with a huge variety of improvisors from around the country.
Lots coming for August
On Friday Aug 3rd, Blues Control, Exusamwa, Taps, & Double Awake all descend upon O'Briens in Allston, 3 Harvard Ave 9p. Tickets are $8 in advance & $10 day of show, so get on it early.
Monday Aug 6th, after the end of Jason Belcher's set here at the shop, I'll be heading straight over to the Whitehaus for the debut show of my new duo Babies of Brazzers, with Mark Johnson from Hunnie Bunnies. Also that eve, Fossils, Belltone Suicide, Cruudeuces, & Arkm Foam. 10 Seaverns in JP, starts 9ish.
The weekend of Aug 18 & 19 is all about Woodstock 5. The Whitehaus has been putting on annual festivals now for 5 solid years, but this one promises to be their biggest yet. 300 bands performing over two days, in chunks of 15 minutes each, all on the Boston Common without electricity. I'll be playing on the 'Cross Paths' stage at 9:30pm on Sunday the 19th. That's off the entrance from Beacon & Joy street that's northeast of the frogpond.
Imperialisms celebrates it's 3 year anniversary at Rivergods. Jesse Kaminsky is just about to move to Providence RI (to go to art school- yay for that), so come & hear his wild foreign language records while you can. I'll have some to spin too, & the movies & beers & victuals will also be on hand. 9p-1a, 125 River Street in Central Square, on Tuesday Aug 21st.
Duck That heads to Willimantic CT for an instore performance at Joe Malinowski's great record shop on Saturday Aug 25th. It's a relatively early show (7p), so we're planning to speed back to town just in time for a late nightcap performance at Chris B's barbecue. Shout if you need details for either.
Ah, July is so quiet!
Sunday July 15th Duck That is having a record release barbecue party at the Whitehaus in JP. A huge bill for this one, including Hunnie Bunnies, a duo of Lexie Mountain & Shana Palmer, a solo set from Ian of Guerilla Toss, Ximena from Muthership's Mixed Feelings, & several more. Noon til 10p.
Wednesday July 18th Duck That will be participating in a comedy show called the Round Table at Radio. The theme for the evening is 'Sarah's Bridal Shower'. We'll be playing sounds to freak people out as part of a wedding gift. 8ish?
Thursday July 26th I'll be playing solo at the Katze record release party at the Washington Street Arts Center in Somerville, just outside Union Sq (321 Washington St.). Katze is of course Morgan Evans Weiler & Noell Dorsey on violin & voice. Also that eve, Ess Enn Emm (Reuben Son, Benny Nelson, Patrick Emm), Skinny Vinny (Josh Jefferson & Andrew Eisenberg), and Chris Strunk is djing between sets.
Saturday July 28th, I've got another solo set at the Whitehaus, this time with the broke down blues of Lil Howlin Wolf (of Chicago/Balitmore infamy) & holy acoustic meanderings of Frank Hurricane. Just shout if you need more details.
On Friday June 22nd, Exusamwa will have a record release party, as we've finished 2 whole records recently. Needy Visions will also be there, and whaddya know, it's my birthday party too. At Uforge, 767 Centre Street in JP, 8p, donations.
Then the very next Day, Saturday the 23rd, Exusamwa goes down to Providence at Operateque (13 Quince Street) to play with Daily Life.
Imperialisms returns to Rivergods on Tuesday June 26th. 125 River St. Central Sq. 9p-1a, and we'll be spinning exotic foreign language records with videos, and there'll be drinks, eats, and so on. Me with Jesse Kaminsky from WMBR/Kala Bandar.
Tons of events this month:
I'll be playing solo at the Whitehaus on Saturday May 5th. Also on the bill that night, Howard Stelzer from Intransitive on cassettes, plus a couple of ladies, Yek Koo & LA Lakers, on tour from LA. 8p on Seaverns street around the corner from City Feed supermarket in JP.
On Friday May 11th I'll be playing solo at Yes Oui Si (19 Vancouver Street, right off of Huntington near Mass Art). Also that eve, some VHS/TV improvs from Crush Freaks & the Mystery Band. 7p, donations.
Steve Norton & I will be playing a goodbye party for our pal Owen on May 18th, before he moves off to go to grad school. Holler for directions.
May 19th at Opensound/Third Life Studios in Union Square, 8p, Duck That will be part of a night to showcase all the different bands that Steve Norton's in. There's a classical chorale, a punk rock band, & covers of Devo, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, & lots more. Matt Samolis, Dave Gross, Tom Plsek, Vic Rawlings, Josh Jefferson, Brendan Murray, Chris Strunk, Michael Rosenstein.
Sunday May 20th the JP Record Swap happens from 11a-3p, hosted by Mark Francis. Say the word if you need directions.
Tuesday May 22nd at Rivergods (125 River St. Central Sq.) 9p-1a Jesse Kaminsky & I are back at Imperialisms spinning wild records in foreign languages. No doubt this eve will focus on giving your ears a preview of the African funk expected the next evening when Awesome Tapes from Africa's Brian Shimkovitz comes to Jamaica Plain. Beers, food, videos, fun.
Wednesday May 23rd at Spectacle in JP, 8p. The internet makes many rabbit holes deeper, and none is more fun to go burrowing in than the music blog that brings the exotic marvels of African cassette stalls straight to your desktop. Brian Shimkovitz runs the highly respected Awesome Tapes From Africa, and he's coming to town to play his favorite tapes just for you, from Marrakech to Cape Town, Conkary to Mogadishu. If you've never seen an all-cassette DJ before, now's the time. And just to spread the icing, Boston's one & only 11-member Ethiopian-American esnemble the Debo Band will be on hand with even more loping & hypnotic grooves. Write if you need the address, but don't miss this night.
Thursday May 24th I'll be playing with Saul Jacobowitz as the Human Hairs as part of Jesse Collins' You Are Ear Thesis Show series. Howard Stelzer, Skinny Vinny, Andrea Pensado, Walter Wright, Jules Vasylenko. Free, 8p, at 230 the Fenway at the Museum School.
Tuesday May 29th at Yes Oui Si (19 Vancouver, off of Huntington near Mass Art) Duck That will be playing, along with Kilter (Steve Norton & Anthony Coleman). 8pm & it's free.
Spring's sprung, so there's lots coming.
Saturday April 21st is Record Store Day. Weirdo will celebrate in it's own inimitable fashion with live Karaoke outside the shop on the sidewalk, hosted by Sam & Dan from the Needy Visions. Free beer will be available for all indoors. Yes, the shop will have special releases for sale, but only those that were made by artists sold here the other 364 days of the year. Also, Weirdo doesn't answer the phone on this particular day of the year, so if you're especially needing to get in touch, you should come down in person.
Raw Meet is quickly becoming a Boston hallmark, a festival of a zillion stripes of fantastic put together every so often by Mark from the Hunnie Bunnies. April 21st & 22nd will be the biggest of them yet, with 25 bands each day at 2 different locations & a $5-10 sliding scale for admission. Saturday's show will be at the Smokey Bear Cave (Greg Kelley & Bill Nace, Matt Krefting, Cave Bears, many more), & I'm playing on Sunday's show at Mass Art with Idm Theftable, Ted Lee from Feeding Tube, Gay Shapes from Worcester, Nerdy Virgins, and other folks from as far away as Pennsylvania & the Carolinas. 5pm start.
Imperialisms is back & ready to liquefy your bones with funky tunes in many unintelligible languages. Afrobeat, Europrog, Bolshevik heavy metal, stoners from deep in the Amazon jungle, tart girl singers from Bangkok. You can hear the records & see the startling films all at once by going to Rivergods, where Jesse Kaminsky & I will provide from 9p-1a. Tuesday April 24th, 125 River St in Central Sq, no cover.
Exusamwa will return to the local stage after an extended haitus while we recorded not one but 2 albums. Hardcore, ukulele, squeaky vocals, too many notes, and sometimes costumes from Doug, Angela, Nell & Anne. We're playing the Wombat Zone with Hunnie Bunnies & Triode (modular synths) on Saturday April 28. Starts at rock time. Just drop a line if you need directions.
And here's what's coming this month!
On Friday March 9th I'll be playing at one of the last shows before the closing of the Flopera House (aka Eisenberg Loft). It's called 'Master's Thesis', and the idea for the evening is that people will be asked to incorporate simple songs (Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) into their usual improv material. Details are still in the making, and hopefully the loft will land on it's feet in a new space too, but catch that beautiful sounding room one last time.
Saturday March 10th I'll be playing a duo with Howard Martin for clarinet & voice at Mystery Train in Amherst (). Starts early at 6pm, & Dredd Foole & Steve Gunn will be there too.
On Tuesday March 13th I'll be DJing at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square before the start of some animated shorts by Bruce Bickford (the subject of the documentary 'Monster Road'). The filmmaker will be there in person, and the whole thing begins at 7:30pm.
On March 27th, Imperialisms springs into beautiful Arabia, the remote corners of Africa, the Balkan breadbasket & the jungles of South America with foreign language records spinning & b-movie films to watch. 9p-1a at Rivergods (125 River St. Central Square) with me & Jesse Kaminsky from WMBR's Intercontinental.
Thursday March 29th, Vic Rawlings & I will present a lecture & demonstration about improvised music at the MFA Library at 230 the Fenway starting at 8pm. We'll be talking about tropes & cliches of the genre (and whether they're bad or good), training exercises, and other head games that can make you a better performer.
Besides the upcoming birthday party for the shop (see below), there's lots of stuff happening in February.
On Tuesday 2-7 I'll be DJing at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square to warm you up for a night of experimental films presented by Balagan Films. 7pm, 40 Brattle Street, $10.
On Saturday 2-11 Duck That will be playing alongside some short films made (by hand no less) by Doug Urbank. We're calling it Duck Soup, of course. That's at Opensound, 3rd Life Studios at 33 Union Square, 8p. Also that night, but not all at once: Jorrit Dijkstra (alto sax, lyricon), Eric Hofbauer (guitar), Junko Simons (cello), Eric Rosenthal (percussion), Morgan Evans Weiler (violin), David Delaney (violin), David Michael Curry (violin), Josh Jefferson (sax), Jules Vasylenko (trombone), Andrew Eisenberg (percussion), Lou Bunk (styrofoam).
Later that name Saturday night (2-11), I'll be playing a late set at the Whitehaus as part of Knight Howls (with Arkm Foam & Frank Hurricayne) for the release of the new Whitehaus compilation lp 'Are You In Paradise'.
I'll be one of the speakers at Ladies Rock Camp on Friday 2-24 at 3pm. The camp is a weekend that gives previously unschooled musicians a chance to start bands, write their own songs, and play a local rock show. 45 Danforth St at Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain
On Saturday 2-25 I'll be playing in Lowell at the 119 Gallery (119 Chelmsford St.) as part of Xfest, a yearly weekender which gathers improvisors from all over New England. I'm on around midnight that night. Performers include: Noell Dorsey, Kate Lee, Curt Newton, Al Margolis, Andrea Pensado, Andrew Eisenberg, Adam Foam, Joe Burgio, Walter Wright, Audrey Chen, Lou Coen, Morgan Evans Weiler, Crank Sturgeon, Lou Bunk, Jed Speare, Forbes Graham, Luther Gray, Idm Theftable, Marc Bisson, Steve Norton, Guerrilla Toss, & tons more.
Tuesday 2-28 please come along for a musical travelogue of faraway lands and foreign tongues. It's Imperialisms, a night for vinyl & movies every month at Rivergods in Central Sq. 125 River St, 9p-1a. No cover, & I'll be there along with Jesse Kaminsky from WMBR's Intercontinental.
1-17-12 Weirdo's storefront is almost 3 years old! Time for a birthday party.
$5 suggested donation
Neil from Fat Worm of Error makes hyperkinetic audio collages
The bunny brothers from Jamaica Plain splat sonic goo and colored paint from their black cables
Boston Countercultural Compass/Boston Hassle fellas play rock n roll with nothing but smiles, & they're backed by Guerilla Toss
backsadaisical improvising trio from Allston on guitar, drums, bass & electronics
plus birthday surprises
A record store is there for it's patrons & can only be as good as they are. Very pleased & feeling lucky to make it to 3 years!
1-1-12 Happy New Year.
What's coming up this month? On Friday the 20th I'll be playing in a trio with Steve Norton & Jesse Collins (sax & guitar, respectively) at the Muthership in Jamaica Plain, right next door to the mouthwatering Food Wall. Also that night will be the debut of a project with Morgan Evans Weiler (violin), Howard Martin (sax), James Coleman (theremin) & Michael Rosenstein (tabletop). Really looking forward to checking that out! Starts 9ish, on Centre Street.
Tuesday the 24th Imperialisms will be making you sway your beer along to exotic faraway songs from the 60s to the 80s, all in foreign tongues you cannot understand. Afrobeat, Ye-ye, Tropicalia, Group Sounds, and Nordic sea shanties are all possibilities. Rivergods has great food & drinks, and there'll be movies on the wall too. 9p-1a at 125 River Street in Central Square, with Jesse Kaminsky (Intercontinental on WMBR) and me.
Weirdo's 3rd birthday party is coming on February 4th! Save the date!
12-1-11 December already!
On Thursday December 8th I'll be playing in a duo with Andrew Eisenberg (Skinny Vinny, Flopera House), performing a Huangmei Opera called 'The Heavenly Maid and the Mortal'. How faithful will we be to the original Chinese version? That's up for debate, so come & find out. Also on the bill that night Nat Baldwin & Chris North Dream Quartet. It's at 8p at the Aviary in Jamaica Plain (48 South Street, about halfway between the Green St & Forest Hills subway stops).
On Saturday December 10th I'll be playing as part of Raw Meet #3 at the Smokey Bear Cave. I'll be listening to a cassette of 1950s & 60s Southeast Asian pop on headphones and then interpreting it for the audience in real time. I call it 'Nihon Indigo'. Also that night: Cave Bears, Gay Shapes, Lazy Magnet, & lots more bands. Starts at 8, just say the word if you need directions.
The next night on December 11th Exusamwa will be playing at Great Scott along with Debo Band, Needy Visions, Fat History Month & loads of other bands who are on the 'Boston Hassle' compilation button. It's a pin that also plays an album, and you can get it that night, or from me later.
Holiday hours here are usually pretty regular. I've got a recording session scheduled that will eat into the evening of the 21st, but otherwise you can expect the shop to be open. Gift certificates are also available to be emailed right up to the last second before Christmas morning, so holler if you need one. The shop, as usual, will be open for part of the day on Christmas day, with horror movies & free local brew beers for all. Exact times will be announced around then, but it's a good idea to call if you're thinking of stopping by so that we can all be here at the same time.
Once Christmas is over, it's time to get the spirits inside you, and so Imperialisms will be back at Rivergods with great drinks, eats, videos, and of course the achingly exotic records from faraway places in foreign tongues. Jesse Kaminsky (Intercontinental, Kala Bandar) & I will be spinning on Tuesday the 27th from 9p til 1a. 125 River St in Central Sq.
11-2-11 Lots of fun stuff coming up fast this month. On Saturday the 5th, I'll be playing at Studio Soto in several different incarnations during a night dedicated to Boston's oversized improv ensemble Grizzler. Besides 2 sets by the 17-member band, there will be performances by several offshoot groups, including Duck That and a trio with me, Michael Rosenstein & Vic Rawlings. 10 Channel Center Street in Southie (off of A street in Southie near the Broadway subway stop), 8p.
On Friday the 11th I'll be DJing as part of the Felix Kubin & Daily Life show at the Goethe Institut. All my bloopiest, gooiest records will be there with me. 170 Beacon Street (near the Copley subway), 8p.
Friday the 18th I'll be playing in a trio with Steve Norton & Jesse Collins (from Funny Money) at Gary's Garage. Also on the bill that eve are Rotten Apples, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Guerilla Toss, Theodore Treehouse, Peace Loving. Holler if you need directions to the spot (although if you're a hip sort, you could probably figure it out from the capital letters). Will probably start 9ish.
Exusamwa will be bringing you out of Black Friday along with Hunnie Bunnies, Skimask, Rind & a couple more loud as fuck bands on Saturday the 26th. Venue is still TBA, so check back.
Imperialisms brings crazy records in foreign languages back to Rivergods this month on the 29th with a special guest: Peter Doolan from the fantastic blog Monrakplengthai. If you own a reissue or even just an old record from Thailand, and you speak English, chances are good that Peter has translanted the song titles on it & told you who the artist was. Come & hear his favorites, and as always Jesse Kaminsky from the Intercontinental & I will be there, as will the drinks eats & videos. 125 River St in Central Square, 9p-1a.
10/13/11 Starting next Thursday, the 20th, I'll be playing records on a battery powered turntable at Occupy Boston, across from the South Station subway. I'll be there every Thursday in fact, from noon til 1p or so, indefinitely. Come visit me on your lunch break. I'll play some really wild & angry protest records, & other sounds that I think are radical. Come visit on your lunch break.
10/1/11 Exusamwa will be playing as part of the Homegrown festival on Saturday October 15th in the Crane Room (Paige Hall) on Tufts University Campus. There will be a free shuttle bus from the Davis Square subway station straight to the fest running frequently. That day runs from 5pm to midnight & includes Hunnie Bunnies, Peace Loving, some folks from Fat Worm of Error, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Cuffs, Fat History Month, Needy Visions, Reports, Gary War, Grass Widow & tons more. The other two days of the fest (14th & 16th) are being held at Villa Victoria in the South End and loads of fantastic bands. We're on at 10p, but catch it all.
A super special Imperialisms this month, as we've got a record release party for Jesse Kaminsky's Kala Bandar records. It's time for 'Intercontinental Transmissions Vol. One'. Besides getting to hear the new record, it'll also be right near Halloween. So there'll be a few Drac & Frank moments to go along with our usual 60s, 70s & 80s records in foreign languages, videos, drinks & eats. It's all taking place at Rivergods (125 River St, Central Square) on Tuesday 10-25, 9p-1a.
On the weekend before Halloween Weirdo will be slinging sides at the great grand yearly record spectacle otherwise known as the WFMU Record Fair. Friday the 28th & Saturday the 29th we'll be there (4p-10p & 10a-7p, respectively, at 125 West 18th in Manhattan) along with hundreds of dealers and collectors. The shop will be open as usual & mailorder will continue, but if you're going to be in NYC be sure to stop by our table & say hello.
9/13/11 Some last minute shows for the end of September. On the 21st Exusamwa will be playing at the Franklin Street house with Rotten Apples & others. 9ish, and shout if you need directions. Also on Saturday the 24th I'll be playing in a duo with Michael Rosenstein (under the name Victor Coker & the Yacht Club) at the Eisenberg Loft. 8ish for that one, and again, if you need to know where to go just say the word.
8/29/11 Friday September 2nd, ethnomusicologist Ian Nagoski ('To What Strange Place'/'Black Mirror'/Canary) plays 78s of Greece, Turkey & Armenian music recorded by recent immigrants to the US about 100 years ago. Smoldering memories of all sorts enunciated straight into shellac. Discover cathartic rockers, winding melodies which eventually became part of pop's musical backbone ('Miserlou'), and laments thick with homesickness, mockery or both at once. Unrepentant drug users, couples clinging to one another in hard times, rebellious mountain outlaws, and wide-eyed teenagers landing at Ellis island who ended up retiring to Florida in the 1970s. Hear the sounds of the gone world at the new Spectacle space in Jamaica Plain. Just say the word if you need directions, 8p.
Tuesday September 27th, it's time for Imperialisms at Rivergods. This month, it's our all you-tube edition. Jesse from the Intercontinental & Angela from Weirdo bring you shaking sixties dances from exotic parts of the globe that you can see as well as hear. Do the Singapore twist, bop to Russian new wave, nod out with Iranian funk. 125 River St in Central Square 9p-1a.
8/1/11 One more to add. Matthew Mullane, whom you know from his acoustic guitar record on VDSQ and his Spectrum Spools record under the name Fabric, will be blowing through town briefly. On August 13th 7p sharp, he'll be playing here at Weirdo.
7/30/11 Here's the scoop for the coming month:
Tuesday August 2nd Kristen Forelli & I will be playing in our relatively new harsh noise duo called Resignation. We'll be at the Muthership in JP (next door to Food Wall) along with Zoo, Blue Dress & Jam Fu. 10p.
Monday August 8th would normally see a show here at Weirdo, but it was also a night that Duck That was booked, so we combined the two & now Duck That will be playing along with Keichi Hashimoto (trumpet). It's happening at the Funny Money house (aka Problem House) 9ish. Chris Corsano/Bill Nace's duo Vampire Belt & Keith Fullerton Whitman are due to play that eve as well, so drop a line if you need directions.
Sunday August 14th Preggy Peggy will be plunking out a few tunes as part of Weirdstock #3 (aka We Are Guest Talk Free $10). The fine folks from the Whitehaus are putting on a single day festival from 2-10:30pm with 33 different performers, including Fat Worm of Error, Nautical Almanac, Peace Loving, Metal & Glass Ensemble, Hunnie Bunnies & lots more. Many sets will be 5 minutes long, & I'm due on at 5:30pm. It takes place right next door to Weirdo, at the Central Square YMCA on Mass ave.
Thursday August 18th, Duck That will be playing at the Whitehaus in JP (next to City Feed). Show was previously scheduled at the Aviary, but is now moved. 8p & percussionist Ben Bennett, Andrew Coleman on keyboards, & saxophonist Wilson Shook will be there too.
Sunday August 21st the Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale returns to Union Square from 11-5pm. Loads & loads of vendors selling vinyl, plus crafts, bands playing on the sidewalk. It's always a good time & amazing amounts of people turn out. Weirdo will be there as in previous years, with serious bargains and stuff for sale that's not in the shop.
Tuesday August 30th, Imperialisms returns to Rivergods. This month Javier is our guest with his wonderful collection of cumbia & hot Latin 45s! Take an exotic trip to Colombia & Peru with me & Jesse Kaminsky of WMBR's Intercontinental. Bumpin sounds, b-movies, cocktails, & tasty food at my favorite bar. 125 River Street Central Sq Cambridge, 9p-1a.
6/29/11 Some neat events coming up in the next couple of weeks.
On Sunday July 3rd, Exusamwa makes a return to shows after 6 months finishing a record & breaking in a new bass player (Anne, who's stepping in because Neil's moved off to Buffalo). We'll be squeaking & running amok at the Brookline High School TV station along with Rotten Apples (who are relasing a record that day), Skimask & Funny Money. 46 Tappan st, top floor, near the Brookline Hills stop on the D line, 8ish.
As you likely already know, Weirdo hosts a show every Monday, and since this Monday is the 4th of July, seems like it'd be a good idea to go all out. Peace Loving will therefore be performing a 10 hour extravaganza that includes cooking food, rollng around on the sidewalk, and generally making their very own brand of fireworks. Come by anytime for beer, records, and ridiculousness, 11a-9p.
Very special night planned on Tues. July 5th when Group Doueh makes their first visit to Boston. They'll be performing at the Oberon Theater (2 Arrow Street in Harvard Square) on a bill with singer Khaira Arby and the Debo band horn section. Blasted electric guitar from the Sahara desert that's not to be missed. 8pm and get tickets at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9080145.I'll also be DJing with Jesse Kaminsky, and the show is presented by Bowery Boston and End of an Empire in association with Feeding Tube Records, Weirdo Records (that's me!) and Uhuru Afrika. 8p.
Friday July 8th the Grizzler big band will be harnessing it's many improvisors for a night at the Eisenberg Loft along with the Metal & Glass Ensemble (who make intense drones on wine glasses & a huge cymbal covered thingamajig). Just shout if you need the address, 8ish.
Tuesday July 26th Imperialisms gives you a cool break with hot tunes from worldwide deserts and oasises (oases? oasii?). Songs in exotic languages, dirt-covered records of old, fabulous & wild b-movies from other lands, plus tasty foods & drinks. Sounds provided by Jesse Kaminsky of WMBR's Intercontinental, plus me.
6/1/11 Another summer has arrived. This June, the Boston ICA is having record show-and-tells, DJs, and dealers hawking sides every Friday eve to help celebrate their installation about vinyl. They have some killer Mingering Mike covers there, and some Christian Marclay pieces & other swank stuff that's really worth making the trip to see. On the 10th, I'll be one of their DJs, from 5:30 til 7pm, and I intend to pull out all the stops and bring the freakiest, most god-awfully screwed up records I can find for the dinner crowd. 100 Northern Ave on the Silver line.
Sunday June 12th, Duck That will be playing at O'Briens along with Peace Loving, Heathen Shame and the mighty Borbetomagus. Looking forward to the totally inappropriate venue atmosphere! 3 Harvard Ave in Allston, 9p.
Take note, R. Stevie Moore is hitting town at Church on Tuesday the 14th, 10:30p 69 Kilmarnock St. Just a reminder.
The Ducks will also be taking wing at the Eisenberg Loft on Friday the 17th. Prehistoric Horse (NYC), Bird Organ (New Hampshire), and a Sunburned-related project called Eggs Eggs round things out rather thematically. 8:30pm, just shout if you need the address.
Back at the ICA on Friday the 24th, I'll be slinging some sides, but of the type that you can take home and keep. Credit cards & paypal accepted as well as your old friend cash, and I'll bring a bunch of stuff that isn't for sale in the shop. 6p-11p along with DJs & some fine exhibition pieces.
Tuesday the 28th, Imperialisms brings relief from the heat with cool drinks and freaky, exotic sounds at Rivergods. Jesse Kaminsky from WMBR's Intercontinental and I will spin you records in impenetrable languages with infectious instrumental underpinning. Thai string bands, Russian new wave, Iranian psychedelia, and many other unreachable spots & sounds from across the globe. 125 River St, 9p-1a.
5/1/11 Mayday! Lots of fun shows on the way this month.
On Saturday the 7th, I'll be playing a voice/electronics duo with IDM Theftable at the Eisenberg Loft. Also that eve Mike Bullock, Fleshtone Aura, Shayna Dulberger/Chris Welcome/Kit Demos/Joe Burgio. Always a fine party going at this spot. 9ish & drop a line if you need directions.
Tuesday the 10th, I'll be a guest on 'Fats Superhead and the 68 Year Old Man'. That's a fantastic little radio show on WZBC run by my fellow Human Hairs member & beard-contest winner, Saul. 10p-1a 90.3fm or online at wzbc.org. Expect wild records, and perhaps a bit of gargling.
Usually there's a show here every Monday night, but the 2nd week of May had some scheduling misfires, so instead Vic Rawlings & Michael Rosenstein will be playing on Thursday the 12th, here at 8p. Take note & don't miss.
Friday the 20th, Duck That will be making it's first trip south (usually we only go out of town to play near craft beer breweries, but we're making an exception) to play at Cafe Orwell, near the intersection of Bushwick & Flushing in Brooklyn. 8p
The very next night, on Saturday the 21st I'm off to Salem for a solo performance. Also that eve, Horaflora, HAG, Peace Loving, Lou Bunk & Diagram A. Gonna be a fun one with all those folks around, so if you're not busy take a drive. 7 Lynde St. at the Griffin Theater in Salem MA. 7p
Tuesday the 24th, Imperialisms swings back into Rivergods. Watch a movie, drinks & eats, hear the crackling records & exotic sounds of faraway lands from Lima to Kuala Lumpur, Santiago to Siberia. Plus you can chat with Jesse Kaminsky from WMBR's Intercontinental about his brand new record label Kala Bandar. 9p-1a 125 River St in Central Sq.
Friday the 27th, Duck That will be sqawking over at Spectacle along with Jenny Graf (Metalux), Child Bride, Berglind Agustdottir (Iceland), & Elks. Can't wait to see what all the Baltimore ladies will be up to! 9p, & just holler if you need the address.
4/19/11 Last minute show addition, this Friday the 22nd I'll be playing as part of Resignation, a duo with Kristen Forelli. Also that eve, Dog Lady, Carl Sharpwaist, Luke Moldof, Keith Whitman, and more.
My upcoming schedule is pretty nuts. Here's the whole of it:
Fri March 25th
Local legend Brother Cleve is spinning Asian 60s psych records at Think Tank, 1 Kendall Square, 10p. Tix are $10, but they include free fancy food & drink, which is tiki-themed.
Sat March 26th
Steve Norton & I will be putting our respective Korgs together for a little synth battle at the Muthership. That's in Jamaica Plain, 381 Centre St., 6p. Also that eve: Corvid College lecture :"study philosophy: die crazy", Mobtet (new orleans jazz), Funny Money (upsidedown free rock), Adrienne Lenkar (sweet folky tunes).
Tues March 29th
Imperialisms swings back into high-karate kicks at the wonderful little watering hole known as Rivergods. Travel around the globe and hear the explosion of rock & roll as it washes up on the shores of Indonesian islands, seeps can only be as good as they are. Very pleased can only be as good as they are. Very pleased into the sands of the Middle East, or sails over the great wall of China. There aren't many DJ nights in the entire country like this one,br and it's been running in Boston for nearly two years. Jesse Kaminsky of the fab WMBR radio show the Intercontinental & Angela from Weirdo dig through moldy records that have traveled far & serve them along with drinks, eats & visuals. 9p-1a at 125 River Street in Central Sq.
Thurs April 7th
Michael Morley/C. Spencer Yeh/Meg Clixby TRIO
Dylan Nyoukis/Angela Sawyer/Id M Theft Able TRIO
Dredd Foole/Chris Corsano DUO
Matt Krefting SOLO
Neither Morley nor Nyoukis comes through this part of the world very often, so don't skip. At Feeding Tube, 90 King Street, Northampton, 9p, donations.
Fri April 8th
Duck That (Steve Norton, Josh Jefferson, Angela Sawyer, on game calls, sax & electronics) plays at the Harvard Museum of Natural History as part of 'Bizarre Animals 2.0'. Lots of taxidermy projects, odd sounds & moving pictures. Asha Sheshadri will be projecting video alongside the ducks. 7p, $6, 26 Oxford Street Cambridge.
Mon April 11th
Avoidance at Weirdo, 8p. Chris Strunk & Noell Dorsey. Put more cracks in your cup with percussion & voice improv.
Tues April 12th
The ICA opens a show that runs through September called "The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl". Over the course of the summer they'll be having listening parties, record fairs, DJs, show & tells, & more. At the Waterfront stop on the MBTA's Silver Line. 6p for the opening party, which has cocktail Imperialisms swings back into high-karate kicks at the wonderful little watering hole known as Rivergods. Travel around the globe and hear the explosion of rock s.
Wed April 13th
All of Us & Preggy Peggy at the Outpost, 186 1/2 Hampshire Street, across from the Hess station in Inman Sq. 8p. Kelly Roberge & I both have musical projects that sometimes include imaginary band members. So we're having a little night of "solo" sets to feature them. Sax, electronics & more.
Record Store Day at Weirdo. Nope, there won't be any limited Phish releases around here. Howeve Later that name Saturday night (2-11), I'll be playing a late set at the Whitehaus as part of Knight Howls (with Arkm Foam r, there will be karaoke on the sidewalk led by our own ringmaster Dan Shea, all afternoon. And plenty of beer. Come by & pretend you're Neil Diamond, and then take home a side or two. Shop will also be open early & late that day, 10a-11p.
Sat April 23rd
Duck Tha Very special night planned on Tues. July 5th when Group Doueh makes their first visit to Boston. They'll be performing at the Oberon Theater (2 Arrow Street in Harvard Square) on a bill with singer Khaira Arby and the Debo band horn section. Blasted electric guitar from the Sahara desert that's not to be missed. 8pm and get tickets at t takes off for Lowell & plays the 119 Gallery (119 Chelmsford st.), 8p.
Tues April 26th
Imperialisms is back at Rivergods, 125 River St, 9p-1a. Ever deeper into the exotic jungles, whether they belong to Cumbia, Orkes Melayu, Russkie new wave, Persian Beatles novelties... with Jesse Kaminsky & Angela Sawyer.
Fri April 29th
Cave Bears (Feeding Tube, Noho), ,Angela Sawyer/Michael Rosenstein (tabletop guitar), Fat History Month (Allston basement rock), Da Comrade and Ugh God (both from Philly), Funny Money. At Gay Gardens, 9p.
D bron't forget, brthere's also lots of shows at Weirdo coming up in April each Monday:
3-28 Carlisle Sound plays at Weirdo, 8p. Pure pop for my kinda now people. Kicking off several shows booked by Chris Strunk.
4-4 Michael Dobiel/Erich Hochstrasser duo at Weirdo, 8p. Sax, laptop & modular synth.
4-11 Avoidance at Weirdo, 8p. Chris Strunk & Noell Dorsey. Put more cracks in your cup with percussion & voice improv.
4-18 Ashley Paul at Weirdo, 8p. Solo set by the lovely lady who plays with Eli Keszler. Strings, bells, & sax.
On Friday March 4th hear his favorites, and as always Jesse Kaminsky from the Intercontinen tal , I'll be playing at XFest 2011, a yearly jazz festival held at the 119 Gallery in Lowell. It runs all weekend & includes brunches, workshops, and a ton of performers in unique combinations. Steve Norton, Forbes Graham, IDM Theftable, Josh Jefferson, Andrew Eisenberg, Jed Speare, Eric Dahlman, Crank Sturgeon & about a zillion other folks.
At noon on Thursday the 17th, I'll be a guest on WECB's 'Never Let Me Go', an Emerson College radio show that focuses on contemporary classical avant garde. I'll be chatting about the shop and spinning a few particularly screwed up records for an hour or so.
Hope to see you at our big birthday party this weekend. After the festivities, Weirdo will be spending a week switching over to a new website. The site's actually been in the works since last March, but since there's only one of me & lots of you, the unplugging and plugging back in is likely to be a little messy. So that week (Feb 6-12) it would be a particularly good idea to email ahead of time to check on the availability of a title. Everything's still here of course, and lots of stuff will continue to arrive during the switch, but it will take a bit for it all to show up online. Hopefully, looking at the new site will make you say 'Gee, what the heck is so different?' Most of the differences are subtle and on the back end, meant to make my life nicer in order that records come to you smoother & faster. So, soon as the new site is up, take a look around & be sure & do drop a line with your comments!
If you haven't heard, Brother Cleve is DJing at the Union Square 'Wild Side of Bollywood Event' on Wednesday Feb 9th. 8p, across from the Independent. Not a show I'm involved with, just don't want you to miss it.
On Sunday the 13th, Exusamwa will be playing on Cambridge Community Television in the afternoon, recording for Marissa's long-running local music show 'Bandwidth'. I'll have a heads up when it airs.
Thursday the 17th, squawks galore when Duck That plays at Gay Gardens in Allston, 8p. Also on the bill that eve, Jesse Kaminsky & Keiichi Hashimoto on sax & trumpet as Cereal. Eric Dahlman plays trumpet and toys & house band Funny Money will be scribbling around too. If you need directions to the spot, just drop a line.
On Tuesday the 22nd, Imperialisms brings ridiculous fuzz blasts in foreign languages to Rivergods. You know the scoop: Jesse Kaminsky's world class Persian singles, silly Russkie new wave records, filmi songs of Lolly & Tollywood, Luk Thung disco, Group Sounds, Pop Gambus, Chicha, Arabic pop classics, Ye-Ye, Sahel rebel tunes, several other genres nobody's ever heard of, and there's always a wild video & yummy food & b hear his favorites, and as always Jesse Kaminsky from the Intercontinental eer. 9p-1a 125 River Street, Central Square.
February 26th, I'll be DJing as part of Non-Event's 10th anniversary party at the Goethe Institut (170 Beacon Street, that's 2 blocks towardbr the river & another 2 blocks to the right from Copley Square). Door prizes & treats to be given away that eve, including some donated by Weirdo. More details to follow.
Just a few weeks until Weirdo turns 2 years old. In an age of stores closing right & left, we're psyched to be here & glad to get you the good stuff. Come celebrate our terrible twos with a bunch of duo performances at the Whitehaus. Saturday Feb 5th, around the corner from City Feed in Jamaica Plain, 8p donations. Hear cozy homemade electronics, melodramatic cold synths, harmony jingles sung for your pleasure, or spasms of improvised sax & vocals! Kevin Micka & Mark Pearson frbrbr about a zillion other folks.om Neptune, Sakiko Mori & Chris Forgues as Daily Life, Mark & Evelyn Robinson are Cotton Candy, and Steve Norton & Noell Dorsey.
Last minute show addition. Duck That will be playing at an all improvised music night at the Advent Church (30 Brimmer St. near the Charles St. subway stop) on Friday Jan 21st, 8p. Ken Field, Tom Hall & Paul Ehrlich will also be performing.
Happy new year. Coming up in the next few weeks, besides the Huangmei Opera & Human Hairs shows, there's more. On Friday & Saturday, Jan 14 & 15, We Love You & Duck That will be celebrating the release of a split record. Two shows, one at Feeding Tube (90 King St. Easthampton, 9p) & one here at the shop, 8p.
On Wednesday January 19th, Duck That takes to the skies again for a little performance at the Whitehaus. Also that eve, Andrew Bernstein (Teeth Mountain/Dan Deacon Ensemble), Owen Gardner (Black Vatican) & more. Around the corner from City Feed in JP, 8p.
Tuesday Jan 25th brings Imperialisms back to Rivergods for more Cumbia, Bollywood, Luk Thung, Jovem Guarda, Ye-Ye, Group Sounds, Indo Rock, Tropicalia, & 60s sounds from the East whether Middle Near or Far. Jesse Kaminsky (WMBR's Intercontinental) & I spin rare records, show wacky videos & the fine bar staff offers scrumptious treat Tues March 29thbrs & excellent beers. 125 River St, 9p-1a.
Hope all had a lovely holiday. Lots coming up shortly here. This week on Tuesday the 28th, Imperialisms will be at Rivergods with a special guest (more info below if you keep reading). Also, on Thursday the 30th, I'll be DJing to say goodbye to Prose restaurant in Arlington (352 Mass Ave). They're about to close their doors, and requested that I come around & play an entire set of Sun City Girls records & show some of their videos to boot. Starting around 10p til whenever things wind down.
On Friday January 7th, Howard Martin & I will be performing a very screechy excerpt from the Huangmei Opera 'The Emperor's Female Son in Law'. The show was put together by Peace Loving & is happening at the Blue Triangle loft in Chinatown, 8p. Also that eve: Blevin Blectum, Rotten Apples, & Fat Worm of Error. Just drop a line if you need the address.
The very next night, on Tuesday the 24th Imperialisms will be making you sway your beer along to exotic faraway songs from the 60s to the 80s, all in foreign tongues you cannot understand. Afrobeat, Ye-ye, Tropicalia, Group Sounds, and Nordic sea shanties are all possibilities. Rivergods has great food 11-2-11 Lots of fun stuff coming up fast this month. On Saturday the 5th, I'll be playing at Studio Soto in several different incarnations during a night dedicated to Boston's oversized improv ensemble Grizzler. Besides 2 sets by the 17-member band, there will be performances by several offshoot groups, including Duck That and a trio with me, Michael Rosenstein A super special Imperialisms this month, as we've got a record release party for Jesse Kaminsky's Kala Bandar records. It's time for 'Intercontinental Transmissions Vol. One'. Besides getting to hear the new record, it'll also be right near Halloween. So there'll be a few Drac I will be playing in our relatively new harsh noise duo called Resignation. We'll be at the Muthership in JP (next door to Food Wall) along with Zoo, Blue Dress brSaturday the 8th, the sound poetry duo with me & Saul Jacobowitz, the Human Hairs, will be playing at the Eisenberg loft. 8:30p, & also on hand for the night are Snakebraid (Berlin), Owlhead Wooden Man (Portland), IDM Theftable, & Matt Murphy.
Coming up this weekend- on Saturday the 3rd, Ian Nagoski will be DJing at the Eisenberg loft (drop a line if you need directions, 9p, donations). Ian has in the last several years become one of the USA's deepest diggers into lost sounds from faraway places. You might know his current label (Canary) that reissues unusual 78s, his compilation 'The Black Mirror', his days at record shops in Baltimore, his drone recordings, or his writing for Halana & other magazines. There's lots more that eve too: Seijiro Murayama (Japanese/Parisian percussionist who has a lovely duo with Lionel Marchetti on the fine local label Intransitive), Vic Rawlings (modified cello & electronics), & Skinny Vinny (Josh Jefferson/Andrew Eisenberg on sax & percussion).
By the by, Ian's also giving a lecture on the very next night at Cafe Fixe (1642 Washington St. Brookline, 8p, $5).
It's December, and that means it's time to screw on your cap & think up the ten records you liked the most this year. Lists from customers & pals are collected throughout the end of the year, & then posted on the website each January so that all might enjoy one another's predictive powers and good taste. If you're so inclined, you can even annotate or tweak your list parameters. Get thinkin', and then please do contribute your top ten, by an email to email@example.com.
If you're in a giving mood, or you want your Aunt Hazel to get you something besides fruitcake this year, do remember that Weirdo has gift certificates. They can be delivered by email or snail mail, for any amount, and they're good for forever.
On Saturday Dec. 18th, Exusamwa will be playing at the Eisenberg loft along with Bird Organ, Crank Sturgeon, & Mr Dirky. Holler if you need directions, and it's 9p, donations. Exusamwa will be debuting a new set of costumes, as usual, as well as a suprise guest.
Tuesday the 28th, it'll be time to ring in the new year, and there's no party quite like Imperialisms. Jesse Kaminsky (WMBR's Intercontinental) and me (Angela from Weirdo) bring you astonishing foreign language music at Rivergods, hear his favorites, and as always Jesse Kaminsky from the Intercontinental br 9p-1a. Besides the rare platters of ridiculous fuzz from exotic lands, there'll be a guest DJ helping out. Tasty food, go-go girl visuals & fizzy drinks are also on hand.
This month: On Wednesday the 10th, Exusamwa will be pulling out all the stops for our opening slot at Great Scott (1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston) with Neptune (homemade electronics/percussion) and UT (NYC all-girl No Wave reunion). 18 Sat March 26th +, 9p, $10
Friday the 12th the gargantuan improv ensemble Grizzler has a big mix-n-match celebration planned at the Eisenberg loft (email weirdo if you need the address). All the various side projects of the 15-or-so member band will play, and then they'll all join up again at the end for a Griz-style blowout. Duck That (game calls with me, Steve Norton & Josh Jefferson) is one of those side projects, as well as Taps, Avoidance, We Love You, and mmmm, a bunch of others! 9p, donations
Tuesday the 23rd Imperialisms brings wild foreign language records from the 60s & 70s to Rivergods (125 River St., Central Sq.). Jesse Kaminsky from WMBR's Intercontinental will also be celebrating his birthday that night, so expect many rounds of bonus cocktails! I'll be DJing some of the eve as well, and there'll be movies on the wall & tasty foods. �feliz cumplea�os!
Tonight is Wolf Eyes/Richard Pinhas, Jason Lescalleet, Schurt Kwitters & Vile Bodies at the Temple. Don't miss.
On Thursday Oct. 7th I'll be spinning my most mystical records to back up Rob Millis (Climax Golden Twins, Victrola Favorites), when he screens his latest film for Sublime Frequencies ('This World is Unreal Like a Snake in a Rope'). Millis will also be playing a solo set, airing old murder ballads, free hillbilly field recording, confused raga guitar meandering, half remembered drones, suspended animation and more! Presented by End of an Empire at Spectacle, 17 Edinboro Street, 3rd Floor, Chinatown, donations, 8p.
On Sunday Oct 17th, Duck That will be having a Bloody Mary brunch & then playing as part of Homegrown Fest II, which runs at the Temple all through that weekend (670 Centre St. above City Feed supermarket, Jamaica Plain). We're on at about 1:30 in the afternoon, and the rest of the day's activities include Vile Bodies, Alec Redfearn, Debo Band, Needy Visions, Mark Sultan of King Khan & BBQ, lots more. $15 for the day or $35 for the whole weekend.
On October 22nd & 23rd (Fri 4-7p & Sat 10a-7p), Weirdo will be purveying prodigious piles of platters at the world-renowned WMFU Record Fair. Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 West 18th Street between 6th & 7th, in NYC. The shop and website will be running biz as usual during that time too. Josh Burkett/Mystery Train from Northampton, Ian Nagoski/Canary from Balitmore & Benny Nelson/Sound Pool from Boston will also be nearby, slinging their respective wares, along with a whole football field full of record dealers. If you're planning to make the fair, please stop by our table & say hello!
Tuesday Oct. 25th Imperialisms is back at Rivergods for more mind-shattering records in foreign languages. Jesse Kaminsky (WMBR's Intercontinental) & I will be digging deep to sprinkle in a few spooky Halloween songs from faraway places. Excellent food, pumpkin beers, & lively times. 125 River St, Central Sq. 9p-1a.
Sunday October 31st two bands that I'm in, Exusamwa & Moshi Moshi I Am the Decider, are playing at the Flywheel in Easthampton (43 Main St.) as part of the Dubious Liftings night presented by Feeding Tube Records. Also that eve, Prince Rama, Tarp & Greg Kelley/Vic Rawlings. 6pm, $7.
Last minute addition:
On Saturday Sept. 25th, I'll be playing solo at the Eisenberg loft. IDM Theftable, Skinny Vinny, Gang Clan Mafia & Martin Cain will be there too. 9ish. Drop a line if you need the address. Also, this week is the Doozer/US Girls at PAs! Go to the show!
Students are everywhere. Welcome to fall!
On Wednesday Sept. 15th at PA's Lounge (345 Somerville Ave, Union Sq.) 9p $7
UK gent who takes a gold-trimmed page from the majestic Incredible String Band in combining acoustic textures & instruments from far off lands with sweet, curlicued sing-song melodies. But there are also some cozy, staticky electric buzzes & odd bonks. His Siltbreeze lp 'Great Explorers' is just about to be released.
Dirty solo pedal overload & intimate singing from Philly's Megan Remy, & she's got a couple of Siltbreeze lps under her belt.
Peace Loving Take off your knee pads and grow some hair on your neuroglia, because these Whitehaus folks from JP are gonna rattle tree branches & walk barefoot until you crack open & float out of yourself.
Chris Strunk & Brendan Murray duo. Mr. Strunk actually runs our entire town & should probably run for mayor. He puts on more shows than adolescents have zits & plays drums with everything from hardcore bands to extended technique vocalists. Brendan Murray also has more gears than most: beautiful drones you can drown in, he's a sick funk dancer, & also makes percussion shimmer in pretty pop bands. Gonna pour like liquid gold between the two of 'em.
Rotten Apples Ryan, Paul & Keith all have a knack for utterly crazy epic adventures (ask about the acquisition of their ride "the Deuce" or wearing little girl's haltertops to family themed restaurants). Also, their band plays covers of Grateful Dead/Band/Laurel Canyon early 70s rock. And yet I only know this because they say so. All the songs are completely unintelligible and they often sound quite a lot like the Germs. Members of LA Drugs, Ganja & Debo Band.
On Friday Sept. 17th, Josh Jefferson (on sax) & me (Angela Sawyer, on electronics & vocals) will be playing a duo at Advent church. Also that night John Voigt, Matt Somalis, Liz Tonne, Tom Plsek & others. 30 Brimmer St., Charles stop on the subway. 8p.
The giant Grizzler band rears it's many heads at the Outpost on September 24th (186 1/2 Hampshire St. Inman Sq., across from the Hess station, 8p). 15 folks on a veritable army of instruments, and they're all making it up together as they go along. Also on the bill that eve will be Grizzler's leader Dave Gross (on sax) & clarinetist Krista Martynes.
Imperialisms is back at Rivergods on Tuesday Sept. 28th. These last few years, more & more of the information about 60s foreign language records gets transmitted by way of random videos on youtube, so it's about time that Imperi 4-11 Avoidance at Weirdo, 8p. Chris Strunk alisms had a youtube edition. Crazy sounds & exotic places: tiny villages on archipelagos where they bonk rocks & sticks together, nightclub dancing in Bangkok, guitar wanking from the middle of the African desert, Brazilian pot smokers who worship soul 45s, and you'll be able to see & hear it all while you sip a well-made beer. Jesse Kaminsky (WMBR's Intercontinental) & Angela Sawyer, 9p-1a, 125 River St. Central Sq.
Finally, coming up Friday October 1st
at the Temple (670 Centre St Jamaica Plain above City Feed supermarket) 18+ $8 9p
Wolf Eyes/Richard Pinhas
If you're interested in screwed up & cruddy sounds, Wolf Eyes continues to be the premiere band in the United States, period. Mike Connelly's pinched shrieking, Nate Young's crashing low frequency synth swells, John Olson's long horns, home built electronics, sewing & spraypaint projects. They all add up to a pigpile of improvised scuzz that ranges all the way from delicate dovetailing to siren-screeching terror. Now they're collaborating with the guitarist from the 60s French band Heldon. Even before issuing a few prog/psych/synth records in the 70s, Pinhas hung out with Gilles Deleuze & taught for a year at the Univ of Paris VIII (the school formed in the wake of the '68 Paris riots). In recent years he's also put out records with Merzbow.
Jason sets fragile loops of tape on cranky old reel to reel machines, often stretching them in all different directions, recording and replaying as he goes, and running the whole thing through impossibly giant amps to develop a huge, enveloping maw. He's been playing around New England for more than ten years & has made records with Nmperign, Graham Lambkin, & Rrron Lessard as well as the huge solo slab 'The Pilgrim'.
Jess is normally the singer from Fat Worm of Error, and is one of the most accomplished (and underrated) squealers around. It's a very rare to see her play solo, and the sewing machine/organ contraption she's built makes an incredible fractured chitter chatter that you've got to experience to believe.
Everybody's favorite local drummer/booker/guy who makes everything happen, Chris Strunk pounds loose skins, while members of Conversions blast your face with charred, inside-out screams & spot-on hardcore riffage.
A few of you may notice that the bargain & used sections are no longer visible. Although there's a ton of it around, I've been refraining from listing used stuff on the website for the last year or so. That way people who live here in town can see something different that's NOT online when they come for a visit. Used stuff also goes in & out of the shop so fast that it's become really tough to keep up with! So, those sections of the site had been dying a slow, sad death, and I finally put 'em to rest.
Schedule is full to bursting as always!
On Saturday the 7th I'll be selling sides at the Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale in Union Square all afternoon. The fair runs from 3p-7p, and besides crates & crates of cheap vinyl, there are bands, crafts, DJs & so on. I'll have a bunch of stuff that hasn't been for sale in the shop, right out in front of the Independent on the bricks, and I'll gladly lend you my sunblock.
Tuesday August 10th at PA's Lounge (345 Somerville Ave Union Square, 9p, $7):
Baltimore lady who you've seen by way of Metalux or Harrius. In her spare time, Graf has been known to instigate elderly women with Alzheimer's to make electric guitar drone soundscapes, or whip up installations where music was controlled by meals that participants ordered from a spectacularly capricious waiter/conductor.
Don't miss the layered, quickly shifting stacks of off-balance horns from this local quartet. Jesse Kaminsky (who is one of Boston's best DJs over at WMBR when he isn't improvising jazz) onbr glad to get you the good stuff. Come celebrate our terrible twos with a bunch of duo performances at the Whitehaus. Saturday Feb 5th, around the corner from City Feed in Jamaica Plain, 8p donations. Hear cozy homemade electronics, melodramatic cold synths, harmony jingles sung for your pleasure, or spasms of improvised sax alto, Andrew Colwell on bass, Kelly Roberge on tenor, & Keiichi Hashimoto (who is, well, just kinda bonkers) on trumpet.
Baltimore's Carson Garhart plays electronics, homemade string instruments, & sings to get at those lonely spots inside.
Steve Norton, Josh Jefferson & Angela Sawyer play hunting calls. Ever run headlong into a flock of birds just to see what they'd do?
On Thursday August 12th, the Human Hairs will be gargling & hooting at Cowboy Country (off S. Huntington, drop a line if you need the exact address) with Drainolith from Montreal & Outerspace (members of Emeralds). 8p, donations.
The very next night Friday August 13th, the Hairs work up a second round of spittle & squeaks over at the Whitehaus in Jamaica Plain (around the corner from City Feed). Also playing that night are Ophibre, Dead Western, Gracious Calamity & Brian S. Ellis. 9ish, donations.
On Tuesday the 17th Duck That will be rolling out to Fitchburg, MA, former home of the inventor of the automatic machine gun, Hiram Maxim. We're playing at the Umbrella Gallery (639 Main st.), 8ish, & also on the bill are Dead Finks , Eric Dahlman, & Ry Ry of Tokyo.
Friday the 20th/Sat. 21st, I'll be playing solo as part of Weird Stalk Too, an all-night-long show at the Temple (672 Centre St, JP). Bands start at 8p & continue until 8 or 9am the next morning, & I'm on around 2am. Bring your PJs & enjoy.
Tuesday the 24th, Imperialisms (which has now been running for more than a year!) returns to Rivergods. From the pagri of the Punjab to the dastar of the Sikhs to the green turbans of the Hajji, the non la leaf hat of Vietnam, the alpine wool & feather cap of Bavaria, or the little black pillbox of Paris- we wear it all & will continue to bring you totally crazy exotic sounds from far off lands. Come & hear astounding records, drink lovely drinks, & see funny moving pictures on the walls. Hosted monthly by me & Jesse Kaminsky from WMBR's Intercontinental. 125 River St. Central Sq. 9p-1a.
Summer- ooh I'm glad that air conditioner works!
On Friday the 9th I'll be gargling solo as Preggy Peggy & the Lazy Babymakers at the new Flywheel space in Western Mass. Aaron Rosenbloom will be there too, and it's an art opening for paintings by Mystery Train's Josh Burkett. 8p 43 Main Street Easthampton, MA.
On Thursday the 15th the spitting, squeaking, yodeling Human Hairs will be part of a cassette batch release show for everybody's favorite new local tape label Ydlmier! Also that night, Steve Norton, Skinny Vinny, & Undeveloped Piles. 381 Congress Street loft, 9ish.
Friday the 23rd you'll wanna get here early & get a spot, as Bill Orcutt (Harry Pussy) will be on his way through town & doing some savage string strangling in the shop around 8p.
Tuesday the 27th, Imperialisms once again brings cravenly exotic foreign tongues to your doorstep. Jesse Kaminsky (from WMBR's renowned Intercontinental radio show) & I unearth the strangest of the strange. Thai country music, Colombian block party songs, Peruvian weed-smokers, Russian new wave, middle eastern belly dances, the rarest funk from Africa, and everything else that happens when hypnotic traditions thousands of years old meet cheap electric keyboards and fuzz guitar. Rivergods, 125 River St. Central Sq. 9p-1a
More stuff to add to the calendar, which is getting quite full.
On Thursday June 24th The Human Hairs (that's my garbling vocals duo with Saul Jacobowitz) makes it's re-entry into performing after a bit of a hiatus, mostly due to a giant bout of laziness that struck us. But we're back on track & playing at PAs Lounge with the Dick Panthers. 9pm, and we'll probably go on 1st.
On Friday June 25th, Hisham Mayet & Olivia Wyatt will be bringing the latest batch of Sublime Frequencies films to screen in person. They'll be in Chinatown, starting around 9, and if you need directions to the show or more details, just drop a line here.
I'll be gone for a couple of days this month (June 26th & 27th), but the shop will be open regular hours & Josh will be solving all my problems with his usual alacrity. Email responses might slow down a touch right around that time, so please be patient while I hurry back to my desk.
Plenty of fun times to be had this month!
On Thursday June 10th I'm giving a multimedia lecture as part of a local performance series called Rough Night. It's a survey of extended vocal techniques through the 20th century & is called 'Angela Sawyer Hears Voices'. Going down at the Lily Pad (1353 Cambridge St. Inman Sq.). There's a free cdr I'm giving away to attendees, and you'll hear a lot of squeaking, screeching, & squabbli ng on the eve itself as well. 8pm start.
Monday June 14th, my band of hunting call players, Duck That (Steve Norton/Josh Jefferson/Angela Sawyer), will be performing on KDVS radio, on a program called 'Phoning It In'. In real life, we'll be drinking heavily while we sit around Steve's dining room table, where there is still a land line. Archive & real time streams of the show will be available from KDVS.org.
Sunday June 20th, Duck That will be in Kittery Maine at the Sun Worship V festival. Buoy Gallery 2 Government St., 8p.
Monday June 21st I've decided that now that the Monday night series has been running for a year and a half or so, it'd been long enough that I could play it myself. So on my birthday, I'll be playing with Duck That here at the shop, for free. Cake, or some other gooey substance just like it, & drinks will be provided. 8p or so.
On Tuesday the 29th, Imperialisms has it's monthly night at Rivergods (125 River Street, Central Sq. Cambridge). Jesse Kaminsky (of WMBR's Intercontinental radio show) and I will be spinning the wildest 60s & 70s music from exotic locales: Pakistani psych, Nigerian highlife, Columbian cumbias, Peruvian garage & chicha On Thursday Oct. 7th I'll be spinning my most mystical records to back up Rob Millis (Climax Golden Twins, Victrola Favorites), when he screens his latest film for Sublime Frequencies ('This World is Unreal Like a Snake in a Rope'). Millis will also be playing a solo set, airing old murder ballads, free hillbilly field recording, confused raga guitar meandering, half remembered drones, suspended animation and more! Presented by End of an Empire at Spectacle, 17 Edinboro Street, 3rd Floor, Chinatown, donations, 8p., Javanese freakbeat, group sounds, ye-ye, proto-metal from the Philippines, loungey organ sleaze from tiny islands in the Mediterranean, Thai truck driving disco... There'll be videos & great food & drinks too. 9p-1a.
More upcoming events to add to the calendar. On Friday May 14th I'll be DJing in between sets at the Goethe-Institut Boston when Felix Kubin, Jessica Rylan & Keith Fullerton Whitman take to the stage. 170 Beacon Street, 8pm.
Also, on Friday the 21st, I'll be performing with Steve Norton (who plays with me in Duck That) at the BATV studios in Brookline (46 Tappan st, top floor). Also on the bill for the night will be Andy & Zeus, Peace Loving (from the Whitehaus), Spring Totems, & Rotten Apples (Franklin St./LA Drugs). Since Josh can't be there for a regular Duck lineup, Steve & I have decided to debut a synth battle instead.
This month I'll be performing on Saturday 5-8 as part of the Grizzler Big Band at Mobius Art Rages. It's being held at 175 Mclellan hwy in East Boston (near the Orient Heights T stop). Art Rages is Mobius' annual fundraiser, so all ticket proceeds go to keep the gallery running another year. Show starts at 8p.
On the 19th, I'll be performing & talking (about the shop, DJ stuff, & my bands) for a radio show called Citywide Blackout. It airs online & is run by a local newspaper guy named Max Bowen. Will have a link for you soon as it's up.
Tuesday May 25th, Imperialisms returns to Rivergods, a bar which I love dearly. They have great music, exceptionally good food, fine beer, and no TV! Jesse Kaminsky (WMBR's Intercontinental) & I will dig up & spin rare & exotic records in foreign languages for you. Wiggy Columbian organ players, wailing Indonesian rock guitarists, Burmese party bands, sped-up Alergian wedding music, Mongolian Beatles covers, and oh so much more. 9p-1a, and we'll put some wacky images on the walls to boot.
Last min announcement. Teenbeat recording star Jonny Cohen will be here on Saturday afternoon (5-1) to do some a capella singing & storytelling while you browse.
Editors of the Phoenix were kind enough to boast about the shop.
Linda Bullock made a really charming short film about the shop. You can see it on Vimeo.
You're probably already aware of the Series on Mondays, which just a way of saying that there's an instore performace here every Monday night. Once in a while though, there are performances at Weirdo that fall outside the usual schedule.
Fer instance, this month, Record Store Day is coming on Saturday April 17th. Here at the shop we'll be celebrating by giving away free tasty treats, extended hours, and not one but two performances: Keith Fullerton Whitman & Geoff Mullen will be blooping out around 5:30, and then Milo Jones'll be singing some sparkling & sweet bossa tunes around 8p.
On Tuesday the 21st, Elephant Micah & Mark Trecka will be at the shop at 8pm, for a special little set of acoustic guitar nibblings while they're in town.
On Tuesday the 27th, I'll be DJing with Jesse Kaminsky at Rivergods, as part of the ongoing monthly night Imperialisms. We'll be tickling your foreign tongue with the freakiest records we can find from faraway places. Listen for 60s psychedelia from Peru to Pakistan, crazy drum breaks from Benin to Bolivia, raging garage stompers from Gabon to the Gobi desert. And yes, all archipelagos, city-states & disputed territories are included. There's also lurid movies & fantastic food & drinks.
Last minute addition. Thursday the 18th, I'll be DJing for Miss Fairchild & the Justin Timberlake cover band the Timberfakes. It's happening at Great Scott (1222 Commonwealth Ave in Allston) and I'll be heating up the dancefloor brwith hard 60s & 70s funk spine-snappers meant to remind you why James Brown is the one & only godfather.
The Duck That show which was at the Cottage is now in an unfinished space above City Feed Supermarket at 672 Centre Street in JP. MUCH easier to get to!
Three different Duck That shows coming up in the next few weeks. If you're wondering, it's an improvised jazz trio with me, Steve Norton, & Josh Jefferson. We play reeds, electronics, & lots of hunting calls. Sounds like a lot of squabbling. We've got a couple of recordings just on the way out too, & will have 'em on hand:
Saturday the 1br3th, we'll be at Dan Shea's space the Cottage (65 East Cottage road in Dorchester; JFK T station, or go all the way to the end of Mass ave & then take a very hard left, call 857-413-0154 if you get lost). Also on this bill that night will be Mind Yeti, Rene Netherlands and Zun Zun Equi.
On Saturday the 20th, the Ducks will flap again at the 3rd annual Blastfest held at the YMCA in Central Sq. Cambridge, about two feet down the street from the shop here. Schedule is still pending, but last year was super intimate & I was re On Wednesday Sept. 15th at PA's Lounge (345 Somerville Ave, Union Sq.) 9p $7brally impressed by the variety of good stuffs the Whitehaus folks brought around.
Finally on Saturday the 24th, the Ducks will be at the Third Life Studio (33 Union Square, 8p) along with Lou Cohen (the septugenarian laptop player) & Xenia Pestova on t Duck That On Saturday the 20th, the Ducks will flap again at the 3rd annual Blastfest held at the YMCA in Central Sq. Cambridge, about two feet down the street from the shop here. Schedule is still pending, but last year was super intimate oy piano.
In addition to all the quacking, there's another edition of Imperialis say hello!br Plenty of fun times to be had this month!ms coming this month.
Tuesday the 23rd, Jesse Kaminsky from (WMBR 's Intercontinental) & I will be spinning atrociously rare 60s records from faraway places with no postal codes and hideously strange lang another 2 blocks to the right from Copley Square). Door prizes br only godfather.uages. You'll hear jovem guarda, GS, cumbia, highlife/afrobeat, Persian psychedelia, ye-ye, anatolian pop, & more. PLUS stuff from Southeast Asia, Ethiopia, Hungary, Scandinavia, etc. Sordid, fuzzy misinterpreations of rock & roll, videos, and there's great drinks & victuals too. Rivergods 9p-1a.
BONUS: In order to celebrate the continued wonderment that is Imperialisms, I'll be appearing on Jesse's very own Intercontinental show on Wednesday the 17th (6-8p, 88.1 fm or wmbr.org) to give you a lit On Thursday June 24th The Human Hairs (that's my garbling vocals duo with Saul Jacobowitz) makes it's re-entry into performing after a bit of a hiatus, mostly due to a giant bout of laziness that struck us. But we're back on track tle preview. I'll try real super hard not to play anything too sleazy over the airwaves, but no promises!
Many fine times coming down the pike this month. If you're unawares, W I spin rare records, show wacky videos eirdo the storefront is just about to turn 1 year old, and so there's a party on Thursday the 4th (details below).
On Saturday the 6th, I'll be singing at the opening of Dennis Tyfus' art exhibition, all the way over in Rotterdam, Holland (De Player, more info at http://www.deplayer.nl/index.php?option=com_eventlist&func=details&did=195). That'll take some travelling (about which I'm awful excited!), but shop will be open regular hours thanks to some help from folks around town.
Saturday February 20th I'll be playing as part of the Grizzler Big Band at Third Life Studios (33 Union Sq. Somerville, 8pm). Also on the bill that night are Mike Bullock, Katt Hernandez & Phil James, Tim Feeney & Hillary Zipper.
Tuesday Feb. 23rd it's time for another installment of Imperialisms. The swank DJ night where Jesse Kaminsky (from WMBR's Intercontinental) & I spin disgustingly rare gems from the wild world of world psychedelia. Lurid, trashy & exploitative 60s records from Southeast Asia, South America, the Middle East, Oceania, all across Africa, Europe's breadbasket, the Far East, and many other spots you probably haven't thought about since 8th grade geography. There's also z-grade videos & tasty food & drink on hand. 9p-1a at Rivergods (125 River Street, Central Sq.).
Saturday Feb. 27th, I'll be playing in Lowell, MA as part of the X-Fest weekend. The festival includes music workshops (some of them for kids), pancake breakfasts, & tons upon tons upon tons of improvised performances. The whole thing runs out of the 119 Gallery (119 Chelmsford St) from 8p on the 26th until 5p on the 28th. My little slot is at 10pm with Al Margolis (laptop), Andrew Eisenberg (percussion), Jed Speare (laptop) & Rachel Rosner (dance).
In other news, the shop now has free Wifi. Just ask.
Barring any last minute tornados, the shop's gonna make it a whole year. And it's really all the fault of Weirdo's customers, so why not throw everybody a party?
Thursday Feb. 4th
345 Somerville Ave
Bouyant singalong melodies about being down-at-the-heels in the shitburbs around Boston, played loose & with the sincere verve that you only get hanging around those shitburbs in the first place. Run by local booker Dan Shea, & the best possible addition to that distinguished line of New England songwriters that includes Jonathan Richman, Barry & the Remains.
Chris Corsano/Bill Nace/Greg Kelley
World class improvised percussion with breathtaking virtuosity, helped out by a couple of the area's best noiselords, savagely battering their respective guitar & trumpet.
Evelyn Hurley (Blast Off Country Style) & Mark Robinson (Teenbeat, Unrest) play pinkly perfect pop guar other magazin es. There's lots more that eve too: Seijiro Murayama (Japanese/Parisian percussionist who has a lovely duo with Lionel Marchetti on the fine local label Intransitive), Vic Rawlings (modified cello anteed to raise the curtain on your pearly whites, plus many songs turn out to be covers of commercial jingles.
Jeff Hartford makes crazyass tasmanian devil impersonations, rippling loud feedback, and has an uncanny ability to turn a room inside out. No other performer is like him.
dj John Funke
from WMBR's Backwoods, as well as regular Thursday night 60s 45 throwdowns at the Independent
starts at 9p sharp!
Happy new year. Couple of dates coming up this month. On Saturday the 23rd I'll be playing with the Grizzler big band as part of the Blasphemy & Benevolence series (381 Congress Street). I think there are almost 20 people in the band at this point, so it's always a party. On Satuday the 30th, my little game calls band with Josh Jefferson & Steve Norton, Duck That, will be playing at the Franklin Street house in Lower Allston with Cave brBears. Actually, it'll just be me & Steve, so we're going as 'Almost Duck That'. Since it's a house show, just drop a line if you need further details.
Happy boxing day. Got an Imperialisms coming up in just a few days. If you haven't heard, it's a DJ night dedicated to freaky, fuzzy, way out world psychedelia. I get help from the peerless record nut Jesse Kaminsky (of WMBR's Intercontinental). Afrobeat, Cumbia, Group Sounds, Yeh-Yeh, Anatolian pop, and way way more. Besides the intense sounds, there's also amazing food, drinks, & really sleazy movies from exotic locales. It's all going down at Rivergods, 125 River Street, Central Sq. on Tuesday 12-29, 9p-1a.
Xmastime is here. Don't forget that Weirdo has gift certificates. Imperialisms will be revving up just in time for New Year's this month, on Tuesday the 29th at Rivergods (9p-1a). If you haven't been, it's a jungle of world psychedelia (including mouthwatering obscurities from Indonesia, Thailand, India, Ecuador, Zambia, Brazil, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, & lots of points inbetween) DJed by Weirdo's owner Angela & WMBR's Jesse Kaminsky. There's also eurosleaze videos, and tasty food & drinks as a bonus.
Happy Halloween! Yep, Weirdo will be open all day on the 31st, and there'll be free treats for all.
As usual, there's a ton of stuff coming up.
On Sunday November 1st, Duck That (with Steve Norton & Josh Jefferson on reeds & game calls, plus me on electronics & game calls) will be playing at the Piano Factory with Eisen-Beast (Jules Vasylenko on reeds & Andrew Eisenberg on percussion) & Davindar Singh (reeds). It's part of the Fall of the House of Entropy series. The official Piano Factory address is 781 Tremont, but the entrance is actually the back door, which can be found down a small set of stairs off the parking lot at Columbia & Northampton. Just a block off Mass Ave.
On Sunday November 8th, Weirdo will be hawking sides at the Flywheel Record Fair (43 Main Street, old Easthampton Town Hall, in Western Mass.) from 10am-3pm. The Flywheel record fairs have been really lively the past couple of years, with some great rarities & bargains being passed around, and now the space is just about to re-open after a long hiatus, so it ought to be a perfectly celebratory day all around.
Thursday November 12th, Jesse Kaminsky (of WMBR's Intercontinental radio show) and I will present the next installation of Imperialisms, where we'll be spinning world psychedelia at Rivergods (125 River Street, Central Sq. Cambridge) from 9pm-1am. Listen to the wildest 60s & 70s music from exotic locales: Pakistani psych, Nigerian highlife, Columbian cumbias, Peruvian garage & chicha, Javanese freakbeat, group sounds, ye-ye, proto-metal from the Philippines, loungey organ sleaze from tiny islands in the Mediterranean, Thai truck driving disco... There'll be videos & great food & dr On Friday the 9th I'll be gargling solo as Preggy Peggy brinks too.
On Sunday November 15th, I'll be taking part in the latest concert by the heavyweight, elephantine, toppling Grizzler big band. At nearly 20 members, Grizzler is easily the biggest improvising ensemble in town, and the thing only keeps growing. Dave Gross, Polly Hanson, Steve Norton, Josh Jefferson, Jules Vasylenko, Lou Cohen, Forbes Graham, Noell Dorsey, Brendan Murray, and many many more. At the Piano Factory, right near the intersection of Columbia & Northampton streets, 1 block from Mass Ave. 8pm, and if you're late, a band member may steal your seat.
On Tuesday November 24th, my tiny hardcore band Exusamwa will be opening for Melt Banana & Captain Cutthroat at the Middle East downstairs. How will our very small band fill such a large space? Come & find out. Doors are at 8pm & advance tix are a wallet-gouging $12.
Lots of activity this October. First off, my band Exusamwa is going on tour from October 2nd til October 12th. Details below, or check exusamwa.com. Also, Weirdo will be heading off to hawk sides at the great WFMU record fair from Oct. 23rd to 25th. So that'll mean that some helpers (thank you Josh, Kris, Brandon & Denez!) will be taking over here & there while I run off to Chicago & NYC & back. Emails & product additions to the site will be a bit sporadic all month long, but packages will still go out in a timely manner & plenty of new stuff will be hitting the shelves. If you're looking for a particular item, just ask, as it's probably cluttering up a desk here already.
My band Exusamwa is headed out on tour next month. In case you're curious, here's the schedule:
Fri. Oct. 2 Providence, RI @ AS220 w/ forgetters and Idiot Vehicle
Sat Oct. 3rd Boston, MA @54 Franklin Street w/ Rotten Apples & Two Prong
Tues Oct. 6 Western MA @Grey Matter Books
Wed Oct. 7 Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab w/ Lulldozer and Sextet Octet
Thurs Oct. 8 Cleveland, OH @ Bela Dubby w/ Kill the Hippies
Fri Oct. 9 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ Racebannon and We are Hex
Sat. Oct. 10 Chicago, IL @ The Mopery w/ Fromanhole, American Draft, Bear Claw and Tiger Hatchery
Sun. Oct. 11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Modern Formations w/ Microwaves and Abysme
Mon. Oct. 12 Albany, NY @ Flipped Out Records w/ Twilight of the Century and Burnt Hills
Additional show cropped up just recently:
On Friday the 25th, Duck That (game calls band with Steve Norton & Josh Jefferson) will be playing at the Whitehaus along with the Amalgam Trio (Walt Baltimore lady who you've seen by way of Metalux or Harrius. In her spare time, Graf has been known to instigate elderly women with Alzheimer's to make electric guitar drone soundscapes, or whip up installations where music was controlled by meals that participants ordered from a spectacularly capricious waiter/conductor. er Wright & Katt Hernandez), Electrocaster & Hartford Sound Alliance. If you need directions to the spot, just drop a line.
September at Weirdo:
On Wednesday the 2nd my band Exusamwa will be playing at Dan Shea's birthday party at his new space the Cottage (65 East Cottage road in Dorchester; JFK T station, or go all the way to the end of Mass ave & then take a very hard left). Show starts at 8p, & also features World Map plus a secret special guest band (hint: it's 2 guys named Brian).
On Wednesday the 23rd, I'll be a guest on WMBR as part of Jesse Kaminsky's Intercontinental radio show. Perhaps a face off of Southeast Asian psych obscurities will be in order?
Then on Tuesday the 29th, Jesse & I will bring brbryou the 2nd installment of Imperialisms, a DJ night dedicated to the exotic world of foreign-language psychedelia at Rivergods (125 River Street, Central Square). There'll be eye-popping videos, completely sick dance grooves, fuzz whoppers & cocktails & munchies.
Last minute announcement: I'll be DJing at the Independent in Union Square this Thursday night from 10p-1a. Really psyched to be sharing the night with John Funke, one of my very favorite record hounds here in Boston & host of WMBR's 'Backwoods'.
Don't know if I remembered to mention it, but Weirdo will be open late this weekend on Friday, Sat. & Sun. in cohorts with Weirdstock. About 50 bands, and it's just a couple of doors down from the shop at the central square YMCA. How late? Well, it depends on the crowds, but you should feel frebre to stop by during the show.
Coming up in August, in just a couple of days Weirdo will be hawking wares at the Somerville Rock 'n' Roll Yard Sale (on Saturday the 1st) & hosting Graveyards on Sunday the 2nd. But there's more:
Both the Human Hairs (my sound poetry band with Saul Jacobowitz) & Duck That (my game calls band with Steve Norton & Josh Jefferson) will be playing as part of Weirdstock on the weekend of August 14-16th. Loads of bands there & it'll all be a pretty big tangle. It's all happening at the Cambridge YMCA (820 Mass Ave, Central Sq)
On Wednesday the 19th I'll be a guest DJ on WHRB's Record Hospital starting at 10pm courtesy of Catherine. You can hear it at 95.3fm or online .
And of course, the Series rolls on with a month of shows curated by Chris Strunk, go here for more.
Don't forget, besides the Graveyards instore next weekend, Weirdo will be selling at the Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale, held outdoors in Union Square, from 3-7pm on Saturday August 1st. Only thing that makes music better is combining it with sunshine, and there'll be plenty of both. Entertainment to be provided by Cotton Candy, The Mericans, Somerville Speakout & more.
Yep, Graveyards will be playing at Weirdo on the afternoon of Sunday, August 2nd. Shall we say 2pm? A perfect thing to do after brunch.
Coming up this month, Weirdo will be open on the 4th of July & providing free brewed refreshments to friendly visitors. Even though it's been raining in Boston for a solid month, we intend to celebrate as though summer's here.
On Sunday July 19th, my band Exusamwa will be playing as part of the 4-day Homegrown Psych Fest at the Church (69 Kilmarnock St. Fenway). Loads upon loads of wonderful bands.
Wednesday July 22nd, I'll be DJing jump blues, screamin' R&B & ragged proto-R&R with the gents from Primitive Sounds. Get your socks off & your jive on at Rivergods (25 River St. Central Sq.).
Couple of days later on Friday July 24th, Duck That will be heading out to Western Massachusetts to sputter on some game calls at Feeding Tube Records (150 Pleasant St. #235 Easthampton)
And then on Tuesday July 28th, I'll be back at Rivergods , where Jesse Kaminsky (of the amzing Intercontinental radio show on WMBR) & I will kick off an intermittent DJ night dedicated to world psychedelia. It's called 'Imperialisms', and we'll be playing lots of sordid fuzz & sleazy beat from faraway places whose names we can barely pronounce. Come & have some fine food & drink while we cater to your need for Afrobeat, Ye-Ye, Anatolian pop, Jovem Guarda, Persian Psych & lots more.
Two new little additions to kick off the summer. First off there's a nice little sale box here in the shop where you can get some brand new records at an extra deep discount. If stuff stays in the box too long, it'll disappear forever, so come get it fast.
Second of all, due to the serious time crimp caused by loa Captain Cutthroat at the Middle East downstairs. How will our very small band fill such a large space? Come ds of records going in & out the door around here, there's now a new little section for records that are on hand, but haven't been properly written up yet. Check the list on the left to see the latest, & just drop a line if you see something you need.
Not too many shows apart from the regular weekly series this month, but I will be playing as part of the Grizzler tribute at John Voigt's 70s birthday on June 27th at Third Life in Union Square, 7pm. Voigt is one of this town's real gems, with a career stretching back to the late 60s. He's inspired countless kids to think more openly about music, & has watched not a few of them grow into elder statesmen as a result. Should be a lovely eve.
Regular Monday night performance series is going great. Already seen some fantastic shows & there's more on the way this month. You can hear & see what's coming, as well as what you missed by checking here.
On Sunday the 3rd I'll be DJing at Rivergods along with Our Little Rendezvous' Dinos. Planning on spinning lots of fuzz monstrosities & lounge zappers, possibly from countries whose names you can't pronounce, plus decidedly trippy videos, and Dinos' spectacular collection of garage 45s.
On Thursday May 7th my game calls band with Steve Norton & Josh Jeffersion, Duck That, will make a little trip up to Walter Wright's 119 Gallery in Lowell (119 Chelmsford Street, 8pm).
On Wednesday May 27th, Exusamwa will be heading out to Western Mass to visit the Phantom Brain Exchange at the Rendezvous (78 3rd Street, Turners Falls). Also appearing will be Chris Corsano & Abby Drake.
Just wanted to note that a last minute change means Flandrew Fleisenberg will be making some percussion claptrap at Weirdo this Saturday evening to help celebrate Record Store Day. Should be fun for all.
Ready? Set? Well get going, brother. Cause there's a truckload of events coming this month:
Thursday April 2nd
Oxfam Cafe (210 Packard Ave, Tufts University, 8pm, $8)
New Thrill Parade (San Fran)
Needy Visions (local booker extraordinaire Dan Shea)
Exusamwa (Angela from Weirdo, Doug from Fat Day, Nell from Goat of Arms, Neil from Ergot Rot)
Eli Kessler (Red Horse)
Friday April 3rd
Exusamwa will be performing on the Record Hospital's Dischord and Dynne program at 10pm. You can hear it at 95.3fm here in town or on whrb elsewhere.
Saturday April 4th
Austin Hall at Harvard Law School (Just north of Harvard Yard, across from the Cambridge Common & next to the gym)
I'll be speaking about the history & future of vinyl at 5:30pm. A whole day of folks lecturing on esoteric topics like organizational systems for email and vhs tape collecting. It's free, and you can register here.
Friday April 10th
Harvard Advocate (21 South Street, Havard Sq. across JFK from the Dunkin Donuts) Exusamwa will be playing as part of WHRB's Record Hospital Fest. About a zillion other bands are also playing, and you can read all about 'em here as things get knocked into shape.
Saturday April 11th
Frenchman & literary historian Jean Pierre Bobillot will be talking about the history of sound poetry (with examples, yessir) and doing a bit of gabberish reading at Weirdo at 7pm. It's all in celebration of his new book 'Poesie Sonore: Items of Historical Typology'. He's also appearing at the Pierre Menard Gallery & 119 Gallery on the 10th & 12th, respectively, so no excuses for missing!
Saturday April 19th
Weirdo will be celebrating Record Store Day with many small surprises. Stop by to get some free refreshments, little gifts & perhaps hear a live song or two once the sun goes down. Hours will also be expanded for the day from 10am to 11pm.
Saturday April 25th
Third Life Studios (33 Union Square)
I'll be playing as just one small voice in the resounding roar of the 15 member Grizzler big band, starting at 7pm.
Thursday April 30th
Bay State College (112 Commonwealth Ave., 5th floor, 8pm)
Yea Kid & Big Static.
Also, starting in April there will be an instore EVERY Monday night at Weirdo. Dave Gross' series of improv performances is moving over from the Outpostbr, & there's a page for it here that'll grow with more details as they come along. First up will be Dave himself, alongbr with Polly Hanson.
One last minute addition: This Friday the 27th I'll be playing with the behemoth Grizzler big band, now 15 members large, at Mobius. 725 Harrison Ave, which is 3 blocks after Tremont off Mass Ave in the South End. Show starts at 8pm.
Holy Donuts, it's been awfully busy around here lately. If you're one of the many, many, many folks who've come around to check out the shop, thanks for the visit & welcome. Also a great big thanks to the gents who've been helping Weirdo get work done: Josh, Jarrod & Eric. Hoping to have them around a lot more often in the near future to keep up with everything a bit better. Weirdo's been getting a ton of good press recently too, with articles in the Weekly Dig, Harvard Crimson, & Bostonist.
Coming up this month on Saturday March 7th my band Exusamwa will venture off to Brooklyn to play a birthday bash for our pal Mike, and then on Monday the 16th, we'll be at the Butcher Shoppe in Allston with Yawn Alms, Drekka & Dylan Ettinger (both from Indiana), & Night Moves (a Bob Seger cover band). Both are house shows, so drop an email here if you would like to attend & need directions. Mostly though, gonna hunker down in March & see if the website can be whipped back into shape after a couple of months of less attention than usual.
Happy Friday the 13th. The Weirdo opening party is currently looking to be very, very, very well attended. While I'm bowled over & pleased as punch to have so many folks wanting to attend, the store only physically holds about 15 people at once! So if you're planning to be here, please note that there may well be a line outside just like a disco club, and we may even have to resort to issuing numbers & asking people to take a break after a bit of a visit. We'll all be better buddies together afterwards, so here's to squish.
Much thanks to Sean over at the Some American blog for his writeup on Weirdo.
Coming this month at Weirdo:
Well in case you haven't heard, Weirdo's opening a storefront space, and the doors will be flung wide on Friday Feb. 6th. Love to have you stop by anytime, and those new hours will be (at least for the moment), 11am-9pm 7 days a week.
On Tuesday Feb. 10th at 7pm I'll be participating in an aesthetics discussion panel at the Axiom gallery along with the other members of the 15-person improvising ensemble The Grizzler (including Dave Gross, Polly Hanson, Brendan Mu 4/1/10 Last minute addition. Thursday the 18th, I'll be DJing for Miss Fairchild rray, Steve Norton, Jay Sullivan, Lou Cohen, and many more). As with the other gallery events led by Jed Speare, it's liable to be full of fascinating abstract jousting.
Saturday Feb. 14th is Weirdo's opening party, here at 844 Mass. Ave in Central. Burnt Hills & Baby Jesus Burnout (Conrad Capistran from Sunburned & Tarp + Bob Fay from Sebadoh) will christen the walls with their stoner licks & there'll be beer & fun times for all. DJ Ning Nong promises to soothe with records between sets too. Starts early, by the way, at 7pm.
And on Saturday Feb. 21st at 8pm I'll be playing game calls along with Josh Jefferson & Steve Norton as Duck That at Third Life Studios (33 Union Square Somerville).
Moving is coming along nicely, though there's still loads left to do. Looks like the shop will be open for traipsing in about 2 more weeks, and if you're free here in town in the meantime, feel free to stop by for a little alphabetizing or sweeping. Official opening party will be on Saturday February 14th. Thanks much to Matt Parish for the write up on Weirdo in the local paper.
It's official. Weirdo will soon be opening a proper retail storefront at 844 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. That's about halfway between the People's Republic bar & the Central Square YMCA. Can't tell you how pleased & lucky I feel to be opening a shop when so many others over the last few years have closed their doors. I don't know exactly when opening day is yet, but will holler when I do, and you can count on a grand opening party. In the meantime, many thanks to everyone who has bought their records here and all the wonderful saviors who've helped out behind the scenes!
Also, because I'll be moving about 10,000 records over the next few weeks, Weirdo will only be open BY APPOINTMENT until further notice. You can still reach the store by calling or emailing the regular contact info. Mail order will also continue, but may be slightly slower than the usual 24-48 hour turnaround rate. I will add as many titles as I can during the next few weeks, but the usual rate of 15 titles per day will be heavily curtailed. Please do rest assured that all the latest titles are still coming in, but you may need to drop a line or ask about them specifically. Don't hestitate to do so and speak up loud & fast, as I'm already a little overwhelmed.
Those who live in town & would like to help out with the crazy moving duties, I would be very grateful. There will be work for all comers with a beer and pizza reward on the 17th & 18th, as well as the 24th & 25th of January (Sat & Sun, both of them). Whether you have good wheels, a good back, a good head, or just good advice, it'd be sincerely appreciated if you'd like to lend it for a bit.
Not too many events coming this month, and it's a darned good thing, as Weirdo is putting together big plans to move into a proper retail space. Chickens are not hatched yet, & news will be here as soon as info is solid, but do rest assured that quiet time around here is never really all that quiet.
Meantime, I'll be playing as part of the Grizzler Big Band at the Outpost on Jan 7th. That's 186 1/2 Hampshire Street in Inman Sq. across from the Hess station, 8pm. The big band has somewhere between 10 & 15 members, is led by sax guy extraordinary Dave Gross, & includes Brendan Murray, Lou Cohen, Steve Norton, Polly Hanson, and several others I've forgotten on a ridiculous multitude of instruments.
This month at Weirdo, busy as ever:
The Human Hairs will be performing live on WMBR (88.1 FM in Boston & you can also listen online) tomorrow night, Dec. 2nd, at 9pm during the Pipeline program. Tune in for gargling & perhaps some non-answers to interview questions.
On Dec. 4th-6th, Weirdo will be selling lps & cds at Smash Palace, a weekend of improvised jazz, noise & rock performances taking place at the Central Square YMCA (820 Mass. Ave). The store will basically be moved to that location for the is run by a local newspaper guy named Max Bowen. Will have a link for you soon as it's up. weekend, so if you're looking to come by the shop here, might be good to check the sched. Two of my bands (the Human Hairs & Moshi Moshi I Am the Decider) are also performing, and single day advance tickets will be available for purchase here until early on Thursday. Loads more info is available at Smash Palace
On Wednesday Dec. 10th I'll be playing with Steve Norton & Josh Jefferson in our new little project dedicated to playing game calls. It's called 'Duck That' & we're performing with Chris Strunk (drums) & Noel Dorsy (voice) at the Outpost (186 Hampshire Street, Inman Sq. across from the Hess station) at 8pm.
Tuesday December 16th, I'll be at the Outpost again.
This show has to cram 5 bands in, so it'll start at 7pm pronto:
Weirdo other-world sounds from Baltimore, MD. You'd know Jenny from Metalux, Bride of No No. website
Guitar wizzard of Western Mass who plays in Vampire Belt, X.O.4, Northampton Wools. website
Dylan Hay of Idiotunderground. Nomadic student of blown speakers & busted electronics. website
Lee of Astronaught. Rotten brain-synth decomposition from Boston. website
Doug from Fat Day, Nell from Goat of Arms, Neil from Ergot Rot & Angela from Weirdo, possibly inside a gingerbread house. website
On December 18th, Weirdo will be selling last minute Xmas gifts & neato records at the weekly Marsman/Jessy Drastic DJ night at the Church (69 Kilmarnock St. in the Fenway). To celebrate, they're renaming the night 'Christmas in the Underground' & will have DJs, vendors, a visit from Santa & loads of special treats. Bands include the Classic Ruins, Jessy & the Jingle Belles, & more. Plus there's a swank pool table & good drinks. To get there, take the Green line to Fenway. Walk against traffic up Park Drive (past Brookline Ave) for 3 blocks. Take a left onto Queensbury & take a left after 1 block onto Kilmarnock. The eve starts at 8pm.
Exusamwa (with Doug from Fat Day, Nell from Goat of Arms, & Neil from Ergot Rot, & me, Angela from Weirdo) is playing a serie 8/23/09s of 3 daytime guerilla outdoor shows on Saturday Nobrvember 29th. We'll be under the bridge at Longwood & Riverway (near the Longwood subway stop) at 2pm, under the Boston University bridge at 2:45pm, & in the Somerville Ave. Sacramento street tunnel (right next door to Weirdo) at 3:30pm. There will also be a little afterparty at Weirdo. So get your mittens & get ready to jump up & down to warm up.
Coming up this month.
On Sunday November 16th Weirdo will be hawking lps & cds at the Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale at AS220 (115 Empire St.) in Providence, RI from noon til 5pm. It's an all day affair with music, arts & crafts, food & drinks, & admission is free.
Rock and Roll Yardsale's Myspace
and on facebook
On Tuesday November 18th Weirdo presents a show at PAs Lounge. 345 Somerville Ave. in Union Sq.
and it's on facebook
Paul Metzger plays inventive, elaborate ragas & long form improvs on his souped up 21-string banjo & a heavily modified fretless guitar. Working out of St. Paul MN, he has released several recordings in the past few years on the Archive, Roaratorio and Locust labels.
Tim Kaiser is a Minnesota inventor of experimental electronic instruments, who has built over 150 contraptions ranging from wild effects boxes and circuit bent electronics to oscillators, keyboards and modified string instruments. He just released a record on Innova last year & will be demonstrating his fascinating gadgets.
The Epicureans are a trio of sax drums & bass who're the fount behind Boston's 2008 explosion of improv. Their effortless control & rapacious sense of texture has the town buzzing & scuttling just like their instruments.
The Swas Nigs are a brand new trio who've been saving all their pent up psychedelic glory to dump on your head, featuring Tim Morse (Anal Cunt) on drums and Angela Sawyer (Weirdo Records) on electronics, plus Dennis Stepp on a custom-created bagful of pedals.
Halloween candy is here, and Weirdo will be open on Halloween day & late on that night, so do stop by for some horror movies, strange alcoholic beverages, & chocolate. Wednesday 10-29 is looking like a good day to stuff a bunch of errands & record buying together, so will have to hold off on in-person vis Big Static.its for that day. Otherwise, it's business as usual 7 days a week 1-9.
Weirdo will be closed for in-person browsing for a couple of days to attend the WFMU record fair in NYC & play a few shows over the weekend. Should be open again for regular 1-9/7 day a week hours starting on Monday afternoon. Monday is already looking quite hectic, so if you're dying for a visit it might be a good idea to call or check the site that day too. Anyhow, we're rolling like, uh, thunder around here & will try to ke Northampton streets, 1 block from Mass Ave. 8pm, and if you're late, a band member may steal your seat.ep up with all requests. As always, even when we're closed, you can still use the site to buy stuff, put things on hold, listen to check stuff out, & so on. It's just that email response times will slow down quite a bit, & packages will go out in a few days instead of the usual 24-48 hours.
Just got word that the bill for the Human Hairs show at Mystery Train (Oct. 26th, 6pm) will include the trio of Paul Flaherty, Bill Nace & Thurston Moore, plus Ron Schniedermann (Sunburned, Spirit of Orr) & Andy Crespo (Barn Owl). Psyched to get back to Western Mass.
Chocolate Monk night tonight, and also this week:
Wei Duck That (my game c perhaps some non-answers to interview questions.alls band with Steve Norton Dylan Hay of Idiotunderground. Nomadic student of blown speakers http://www.timkaiser.orgrdo's having some problems with SQL injections at the moment (believe me when I tell you that you do not wanna know what those are). I'm working on fixing it as fast as I can, so please be patient. The site was down for a few hours today, and it's coming back up now. Still a bit shaky, but more solid by the minute. And the very helpful PJ in Ca great food br lifornia is scrubbing away to make sure everything's spic & span as I write this.
So I know there are more than just a few of you out there who check up on Weirdo pretty much every day. If you also check blogs frequently (via an aggregator for example), you can now subscribe to the very latest Weirdo titles just like you would any other blog. To do so go here.
This month there's loads upon loads of stuff going on. Read all about it.
On Sunday October 5th, there'll be a make up date for last weekend's rained out JP Record Fair at Mark's house. 630 Center Street from 11-3. Mark's sales are where some of the hottest deals in town go down, so be sure and get there while the gettin's good.
La ter that same night, Sunday October 5th, my band Exusamwa (with Doug from Fat Day, Nell from Goat of Arms, & Neil from Ergot Rot) will make it's debut at the Milky Way. 405 Center Street 9pm. Also on the bill is Streight Angular, and mayb e (br you can also listen online) tomorrow night, Dec. 2nd, at 9pm during the Pipeline program. Tune in for gargling if their flight comes through) Japanther. There's bowling & excellent mixed drinks, plus a good restaurant upstairs, all of which make it worth the trip all the way out to Jamaica Plain.
On Sunday October 12th, the Human Hairs will be playing as part of Chocolate Monk Night at PAs Lounge. Also on the bill will be Usurper from Edinburgh, Maths Balance Volumes from Minnesota, Nackt Insecten from Glasgow, & Weyes Bluhd from Philly. All the bands are pals of/connected to label head Dylan Nyoukis in some form or another, so I thought it'd be a nice way to celebrate his peculiarly mangled existence. There are 5 bands on the bill, so the show will start PROMPTLY at 9pm. 345 Somerville Ave. in Union Square.
On Tuesday October 14th, I'll be a talking head at a panel discussion with Jed Speare, Bhob Rainey & Vic Rawlings at the Axiom Gallery in JP. The last panel discussion was a rousing success, and I'm hoping that regularity will breed even more high falutin' aesthetic dialogues. It all starts at 7pm, and the gallery is located inside the Green Street subway station on the orange line.
On Wednesday October 15th, I'll be playing as part of Dave Gross' Grizzler big band, a 10 person behemoth ensemble whipped up to help kick off a new weekly series dedicated to experimental music at the Outpost gallery. The Outpost is located at 186 1/2 Hampshire Street, in Inman Square across from the Hess station, and the evening begins at 7pm.
On Thursday October 23rd, the Human Hairs will be travelling to the Burnt Hills house in Albany, NY. Besides having a jammy time with Jackson & his extremely special brownies, Tom Carter will also make the scene.
On Friday & Saturday, October 24th & 25th, Weirdo will be hawking lps at the WFMU record fair. It's the biggest record convention in the USA, and always a slightly overwhelming but treasured crate digging experience. If you're planning to be at the fair, please do stop by our table & say hello!
On Sunday October 26th, the Human Hairs will be playing at Mystery Train in Amherst, MA. Now in their new location at 178A North Pleasant St. (just down the street from the old location). Can't wait to check in with Josh & co., and at the moment it looks like Paul Flaherty will also be on the bill.
Mark's record fair had to be postponed because of rain (bleh!). Instead it'll be taking place next Sunday Oct. 5th, still 11-3 at 630 Centre St. That's also the same day as Exusamwa's debut at the Milky Way, so I'll have a full day visiting JP.
Just in case you haven't been before, wanted to remind that the JP Record fair that's going on this Sunday the 28th will run from 11-3 at 630 Centre Street. Weirdo will have a table on the front lawn & I plan to be busily digging through all the other recbr ords there too.
Weirdo is now on facebook. You can become a fan of the store, read about hatching plans, and see what's been playing lately on Weirdo Radio.
Boy things are getting busy. On Sunday the 28th (in addition to DJing Rivergods in the evening as already mentioned), Weirdo will be selling at Mark's semi-annual Jamaica Plain record fair. It's a pretty low key affair held in his front yard on an irregular basis, but as every record hound in Boston knows, it's where some of the hottest deals in years go down. I'll post details as they become available.
After a few more glitches than I wanted, I upgraded Weirdo Radio to run through Shoutcast. It's s Tues Oct. 6 Western MA @Grey Matter Books JENNY GRAFtill free, and it works a lot better.
Because of impending rain, the record fair this weekend has been moved from Saturday to Sunday. So that's now 3-7pm on the 7th in Union Square. Hope to see you there.
This month at Weirdo:
On Sat. Sept. 6th, Weirdo will be hawking some wares at the Somerville Rock 'n' Roll Yard Sale in Union Square from 3-7pm. That's only about 6 blocks from Weirdo HQ, so please consider it an invitation to our outdoor party. Lots of vendors with music, arts & crafts & so on.
On Saturday Sept. 27th, the Human Hairs will be playing as part of a mixed media event at the Channel Cafe (300 Summer Street, South Station). Also on tap will be music from James Coleman & Jorrit Dijkstra, as well as films from Doug Urbank, Vanessa Vartebedian & John Gayle. The Hairs have never played to a film before, much less multiple ones, so pretty psyched to see what'll happen.
The very next night on Sunday September 28th, Weirdo's owner Angela will be DJing at Rivergods (25 River Street, Central Square), alongside garage god Dinos from 'Our Little Rendezvous'. Look for an evening positively stuffed with wild fuzz, haunting melodies, psychedelic go go girls, eyepopping trippy videos & don't forget to partake of the establishment's fine food & brews.
The Bad Song Contest ended last night & the winner wa s handsomely rewarded with $50 in credit. Great big thanks to everyone who submitted a song, and perhaps we'll do it again next summer. You can check the page to hear all the entries for a while longer yet.
Finally, Weirdo Radio is up & running 24 hours a day. There are a few glitches & bumps here & there, and if lots of listeners partake then there might have to be a change to hardier streaming software, but for now there's about 450 hours of continuous streaming music.
Here's a bit more detail on that talking head event coming up:
This month at Weirdo:
Tuesday August 12th, 9pm
345 Somerville Ave. Union Square
Dirty solo pedal overload & clanging from Chicago's Megan Remy, who's just about to have an lp released on Siltbreeze.
The loveliest ladies in New England, Amanda & Carla, with their sweetheart & fragile folk stylings.
Angela from Weirdo holds ukulele & makes funny noises.
Suave gent about town who plays guitar & sings like a dream.
Also this month, I'll be a talking head along with Susanna Bolle, Brendan Murray & a few other folks at the Axiom gallery for a panel discussion that Jed Speare is setting up for August 19th. Details are still forthcoming, but it should be an interesting evening. My topic: 'The aesthetic assumptions behinbrd contemporary experimental music.' Can't wait to get high falutin' on y'all.
Finally, if you haven't checked lately, the Bad Song Contest & Fish Stalls pages here at W find out. Doors are at 8pm Those who live in town eirdo are getting pretty frequent updates. Only 1 month left in the song contest, so get your submissions in soon.
Upcoming this month, my band the Human Hairs will be playing along with the James Coleman/Lou Cohen duo & Max Lord at the Piano Craft Guild (791 Tremont Street, South End off Mass. Ave.) on Tuesday July 8th.
Also, on Saturday July 19th, Weirdo will have a table at the indieArts festival in Providence, RI from 1-1 http://www.timkaiser.org1pm (2 Kennedy Plaza). Slated stuff includes 3 stages with about 15 bands, a DJ booth, microbrewery stands, food, clothes & jewlery, & even a 'best facial hair' contest.
Weirdo has two new sections that are sortof like blogs. 5 years later than everyone else on the planet, I finally learned what an RSS is & decided to put my newfound discoveries to good use. So please enter the Bad Song Contest and check out some cassettes on Fish Stalls in the Pearl River Delta
This month Weirdo will be closing briefly for a much-needed, long-awaited vacation/record shopping trip from 6-18 until 6-23. You're welcome to place an order online or email during that time, but responses will be a little slower & packages will go out in 3-4 days instead of the normal 24-48 hours. We'll be open at the full 7 day schedule beforehand of course & then again starting 6-24.
Also coming up this month on Monday June 30th, Weirdo presents at PAs Lounge (345 Somerville Ave. Union Square):
Warmer Milks dusky & shambling improvised tangle from loose collective outta Lexington, KY
Fat Worm of Error Western Mass. squiggly & yelping 10-armed monster with one roller skate falls about the place & hurts ears
Baba Yaga haunting & spare folk on guitar, mandolin, & autoharp from the undeniably gorgeous Amanda & Carla
Human Hairs mucus, spittle, & yowling mixemups from Saul & Angela
You may've heard that US postage rates went up May 12th. Weirdo offers the lowest postage rates of any record store on the entire planet, and although we'll have to raise our rates very slightly, we certainly intend to continue to trip the lights fantastic in this department. The process of changing rates will take a day or two, so you've got a window to get some hold stashes cleaned out or get in that extra smidgen of bargain.
So Weirdo hours are changing and we're now open 7 days a week (hurrah!) from 1pm-9pm. Not sure exactly how long they'll stay that way (your pal Angela may run out of dough & have to cut back), but certainly until further notice. Keep your eye on this page, or sign up for our email list for all kindsa good news. Also, although it's not guaranteed, we're often open later than 9, so look for our little blue neon open sign.
This month Weirdo will be going on the road to hawk our wares at the No Fun Fest from May 16th-18th. Things will be slow on the website that whbrbrole week (12th-19th), and there won't be many titles added or an email sent out. While you're still welcome to place orders, they may take a couple of extra days to be packed off as opposed to the usual 24-48 hours. If you're planning to be at No Fun, please do stop by the table for a chat.
One last show, super last minute. The debut of the Sun Shine Sanitarium (that's me with Shana from Child Bride) was derailed temporarily, but now we'll be playing at the International Noise Conference this Thursday the 24th. That's at the Wong Auditorium on MIT Campus, 70 Memorial Dr. Building E51 Room 115. Whole thing starts at 7pm.
Couple of shows coming up. On Thursday May 1st the Cloud Club (that's me with my ukulele) will be playing the Grizzle birthday celebration along with the Epicureans & many others at Outpost. That's 186 1/2 Hampshire Street, Inman Square across from the Hess station.
Also on Wednesday May 14th, Demons, Helicopter Sanglante, Sick Llama, & Moshi Moshi I Am the Decider will be at PAs (345 Somerville Ave. Union Square). Nate from Wolf Eyes, Hendrik from Nazi Knife, Heath from Fag Tapes & my little train wreck with GDG, Polly & Vic.
No foolin here, as there's a ton of upcoming events. There may even be a couple more to add yet, so keep your eyes here or sign up for our mailing list.
Monday April 7th 9pm donation
Outpost (186 Hampshire Street, Inman Sq., across from the Hess station)
James Coleman Trio subtle, focused improv trio led by theremin
Moshi Moshi I Am the Decider car wreck of bad tastbre feat. human beatbox, chinese opera singing, drums, 80s metal guitar licks, horrible noises
Milo Jones solo acoustic guitar & easygoing jazz singing
Saturday April 12th 10am-4pm free admission
Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton MA)
Weirdo will be one of the 50 or so vendors at The Flywheel Record Fair. Last fall's fair was a really hot time & there were tons of amazing finds. Don't miss it, even if you have to drive a ways
Wednesday April 15th 2-11pm donations
Twisted Village (12 B Eliot Street, Harvard Sq., next to Charlie's)
International Noise Awareness Day will be celebrated by giving hearing tests, playing quiet & silent records, observing an international minute of silence at 2:15, and finally by a performance at 8pm. Jed Speare, Brendan Murray & Asher will be using a recently unearthed recording from Edouard Leon Scott de Martinville's 1860 phonautogram as their source material.
Saturday April 26th 8pm donations
Twisted Village (12 B Eliot Street, Harvard Sq., next to Charlie's)
Everybody Loves the Tinklers
Screening of this feature length documentary made late last year about this charming duo of low-key tunesmiths who've been playing together in Baltimore since 1979. They put out their first record in 1990, and are still making music together today. Director Brian Averill will be present for questions & commentary
Happy St. Pats. As of this moment, Weirdo will now also be open for browsing on Mondays. That's 4 whole days a week we're up to now, 2-10pm, so come & pay a visit.
Last minute show announcement: I'll be playing under the moniker 'Dr. Tarr & Prof. Feather' with Tim Morse (aka the butcher, the drummer from the In Out, Anal Cunt, more) at PA's Lounge on Tuesday 3-18. Also on the bill for the eve are Eric Carbonara, Nalle, & Manaia. 345 Somerville Ave., Union Sq., 9pm.
Coming up this month, I'll be DJing at Rivergods on Sunday March 9th from 9p-1a (25 River St., Central Sq.). Expect plenty of steamy Southeast Asian psych, speaker-shredding garage killers, frothy go go girls, what-the-fuck vids on the wall, & other oddities meant to make you sweat with envy & dance with abandon while you partake of the club's especially fine brews. The very next night on Monday March 10th, my band the Human Hairs will be whooping it up at PAs with XNoBBQX (Siltbreeze militant vegans), Infinity Window (Klaus Schulze/Sunburned synth) & Puritan Agenda (Nom D'Artiste/the Absurder). That's 9pm, 345 Somerville Ave., Union Sq., $8.
There's a new myspace page solely for Weirdo these days, mostly because people kept saying they weren't sure if it was okay to write a myspace message here & ask for records. The official word: if you can find Angela, by email, by phone, by smoke signal, standing in line at the movies, or wherever, she'll happily yak with you about all kindsa records & sell you some if you're buying. Also wanted to mention, as people are sometimes curious about this sort of thing, that Weirdo has a strict no-ebay policy. Folks often point out that many stores in the US these days put their best titles up for auction. Weirdo would much rather curate a little, take it slow, & give you the best possible selection right here in the store. In fact, if there's a title you don't see that you think should be here, please speak right up. In other tidbits, the number of titles available here recently passed the 2000 mark. That's a lot of typing, so a small hurrah. Last & most importantly, Weirdo's been getting referrals on a number of websites lately & wanted to say a hearty thanks to the many of you who contributed such kind words, in various languages. Sincerely appreciated.
Starting next week (the 28th), Weirdo will be open on Thursdays in addition to the regular Tuesdays & Fridays, all from 2-10p. Stop by & see our intense & ever-expanding selection of stuff that isn't on the website, pick up an order & save yourself some postage, or just take time to dig around & listen to to stuff you've been meaning to check out. If you haven't visited before & are feeling a bit nervous, you're welcome to call & we'll meet you on the sidewalk. Also, the bargain section has really blown up lately, so don't think you have to bring your whole paycheck. But if you see something you just have to have 11/1/08br, we do take credit cards & paypal.
Added some webdings this week, including spiffing up the labels section & polishing off an advanced search page. So now it's lots easier to find Can records.
Happy new year to all. This month in Weirdoland we've got a couple of events long in the making. On Wednesday January 16th at Twisted Village (8p, donations): Shambling swoops of feedback, prarie pick-up-sticks, and awkward pop perfection will warm your wintry heart. Minnesota sweater kids Maths Balance Volumes (Chocolate Monk/Davenport) & Somerville's own furry friends Windy Smiles (Carlisle Sound/Reports). On Saturday January 26th also at Twisted Village (8p, donations) Jed Speare celebrates the release of 'Sound Works, 1980-1987' a 2cd set on Family Vineyard that highlights his years on the west coast. Speare has been making tape music, field recordings, experimental improv & video installations (& sometimes all at once) for over 30 years. Probably known to you as the creator of 'Cable Car Soundscapes' on Smithsonian Folkways, Speare was also involved the 80s San Fran underground, appearing on Subterranean Records & the 'Red Spot' compilation. Speare has also been a member of the Boston experimental intermedia group Mobius for almost 25 years, and served as Mobius' director from 1996-2004. He currently runs Studio Soto, & continues to present unusual mixed-media performances that juxtapose multiple avant-garde communities and approaches.
Here at Weirdo we're quite proud to be narrow-minded workaholic Americans, so mailorders will continue without interruption throughout the holidays & we will be open our regular hours (Tuesdays & Fridays from 2-10p, natch). On Christmas day there'll be free alcohol, food, music & movies around all afternoon & evening. So if you're apart from or just plain sick of your family, please do stop by & enjoy.
This month Weirdo will be hawking wares with a table at the Providence Record Show & Rock & Roll Yard Sale on Sunday December 9th from noon til 5p. Admission is free & there will be lots of vinyl, cds, & holiday type knick knacks. It's being hostebrd by AS220 (115 Empire St.) & their beloved burrito/brownie/juice bar will be open as well. Also this month, I'll be performing as a member of Jed Speare's ensemble (whom you might know as the man behind the 'Cable Car Soundscapes' lp on Folkways) to celebrate the release of his new cd on Family Vineyard. It's taking place at Mobius (725 Harrisson Ave- off Mass Ave, 2 blocks past Tremont going away from the river) on Friday Dec. 7th. Finally, the Cloud Club (that's me, Weirdo owner Angela, with my ukulele) will be playing at the Plough & Stars (951 Mass Ave. Central Sq. Cambridge) with the In Out on Tues. Dec 18th. Drop a line if you need more details for any of these events.
On November 23rd (Black Friday) at Twisted Village, noted 78 enthusiast and owner of the True Vine Record Shop in Baltimore, Ian Nagoski will be taking questions and playing original 78rpm discs to celebrate the release of a collection entitled "The Black Mirror". To be issued on November 20th in a deluxe package by the esteemed Dust to Digital label, Mr. Nagoski's collection of 78 recordings hail from around the world, have never before been released on compact disc, and span the years 1918-1955. Please join us at Twisted Village and hear long forgotten music from Syria, Bali, Scotland, Thailand, Ukraine, China, Camaroon, India, Turkey, Germany, Last minute show announcement: I'll be playing under the moniker 'Dr. Tarr Spain, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Japan, Poland, Greece, Java, Portugal, Laos, Sweden and Burma. These lost sounds of lost places will float through the air starting at 8pm.
Please note that Weirdo will be closed for a couple of days in order to attend the WFMU Record Fair Nov. 2-4. The shopping cart will still work, and your emails will still get a response, but things will be moving at a slower pace than usual all week while Weirdo takes a much needed breather. All will be back to normal directly thereafter. Hearty thanks to Susanna Bolle for her kind words about Weirdo in the local paper last week.
There's more than 1500 titles for sale at Weirdo these days, which might not seem super exciting to you, but stuff's been flying in & out the door at an ungodly pace so it's been a real big goal around here. Also coming up this month the Human Hairs will be appearing at the Soto Studio (63 Melcher st. 3 blocks from South Station in the direction past the post office) on Friday October 12th.
Lots of events coming up this month. I'll be DJing at Rivergods on Sunday September 9th from 8p-1am. Look for loads of weird videos, savage garage pounders, wacked wig-shakin ye-ye, international beatles novelties, and other fine sounds of the sick sick sixties. DJ Dinos and other fab guests will be in abr ttendence. On Saturday September 15th, Weirdo will be hawking wares at the Flywheel Record Fair in Easthampton, MA along with 50 or so other vendors. If you've got a car or a bus ticket, this one's worth the trip. Flyer below. On Wednesday September 19th at Twisted Village, I'll be hosting a performance by Jakob Olausson & Susanna. Transcendent free folk guitar & barefoot songs as real as your life by these Swedes who make their living as sugar beet farmers. Give a shout if you need details.
Saturday April 12th 10am-4pm free admission Moshi Moshi I Am the Decider car wreck of bad tastbre feat. human beatbox, chinese opera singing, drums, 80s metal guitar licks, horrible noises No foolin here, as there's a ton of upcoming events. There may even be a couple more to add yet, so keep your eyes here or sign up for our mailing list.br Twisted Village (12 B Eliot Street, Harvard Sq., next to Charlie's) Here at Weirdo we're quite proud to be narrow-minded workaholic Americans, so mailorders will continue without interruption throughout the holidays and on facebook drinks, Weyes Bluhd from Philly. All the bands are pals of/connected to label head Dylan Nyoukis in some form or another, so I thought it'd be a nice way to celebrate his peculiarly mangled existence. There are 5 bands on the bill, so the show will start PROMPTLY at 9pm. 345 Somerville Ave. in Union Square.brbr 9/10/08
Happy listening & crank 'em up loud.