Thinking Plague is a long-time favorite around AMN Central. I was introduced to their music about 25 years ago, and had the pleasure of seeing them live in the late 1990’s. The band carries on the great tradition of the progressive rock art song, a genre explored by Henry Cow, Art Bears, and others.
Thinking Plague’s Mike Johnson is asking for backers to support the recording and mastering of the album. They need about $8000 and have launched a Kickstarter project. I’ve personally donated, and I hope you will too. Check out the link for a short sample of one of the new tracks.
Thinking Plague’s Mike Johnson has composed approximately 45 minutes of new music, in the form of 6 ‘art songs’, varying in length from roughly 4 to 14 minutes. The music has been written specifically for two guitars, reeds, bass, accordion/piano/ organ, drums/percussion and vocals, which reflects the current band members. The plan is for minimal overdubs so that the music, as recorded, should be easily reproduced live. The album *may* be entitled “Hope Against Hope”, and its conceptual themes, developed by Elaine di Falco and Mike Johnson, will deal with the dreams, hopes, disappointments, and heartbreaks of life in our modern-yet-inhuman world.
From Austin’s The North Door:
Sonic Transmissions, curated by internationally renowned bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (The Thing, Atomic), is a three-day showcase that gives equal weight to some of the globe’s best free jazz, post-punk, experimental hip-hop, and improvised music. The three-day bash – scheduled to take place from Thursday, September 10 to Saturday, September 12 – includes performances by Joe McPhee, Alvin Fielder, The Young Mothers, Spray Paint, Guilla, and more nationwide artists.
Perseph One Feat. Moon Gun
Guilla and Android Genius
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
the Young Mothers
On August 16, the Duo Exchange poetry project, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project and Utenzil will perform at the Tap Room of the Black Squirrel, which is located at 2427 18th St NW, Washington, DC.
The Duo Exchange Poetry project consists of Rod Smith and Dan Gutstein, both towering figures in American poetry.
Rod Smith is the author of Deed, and several other collections of poetry, and is the publisher of Edge Books. He has taught at a number of colleges and was visiting writer at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2010. He is editing, along with two other writers, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley. Rod is the manager of Bridge Street Books in Georgetown.
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello). Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Sam Lohman on drums, Larry Gomez on percussion, Patrick Whitehead on horns and Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin. This project began performing in 2008. Sam Lohman will be featured at this performance, and Patrick Whitehead is also scheduled to appear.
Utenzil is the solo project of Michael McMorris, which brings together fitful decades of musical experience/experiments plus software, laptops, mixer and instruments which include various controllers, a DIY double neck midi guitar, live guitar and voice. This event is no cover/no minimum (donations are always welcome!) and all ages.
The performance begins at 8 pm.
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Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/551473934993254/