Here is a live performance by the Albany duo Continents that took place last Sunday at the Upstate Artists Guild benefit show hosted by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective. Recording was provided by Tape Drift’s Eric Hardiman. For more Continents stuff, along with various other projects, check out the bandcamp site for their label Lo-Fi Kabuki Records.
Shape Shifting Shepherds
Tonight the Albany Sonic Arts Collective is hosting an event at the Upstate Artists Guild to help raise money that the UAG needs to stay in its current location. Here is a video from a Shape Shifting Shepherds performance that took place at the UAG back in August.
While you can read more about the situation here and you can check out more info on the show here, the short version is this: a very important upstate institution that supports experimental arts needs help to keep going. If you’re in the Albany area make sure to swing by and show your support.
Tons of good stuff happening this week so on tonight’s show we’ll preview each of them.
-Tonight actor/director Crispin Hellion Glover will return to the Market Arcade for a performance and film screening. To set the stage for the two-night appearance, we’ll hear a track off of Mr. Glover’s 2006 album The Big Problem ? The Solution. The Solution = Let it Be. That’s right, the guy makes weird music, too.
-Friday night, Wooden Cities will be staging a performance of John Zorn’s improvisational-game piece Corba at Hallwall’s. Those unfamiliar with the Corbra concept can tune in to hear a past Cobra performance.
-Also, Friday night Soundlab will feature Oneida, NY, native and Ghostly International recording artists Com Truise, along with Buffalo producer Ay Fast. We’ll hear tracks from both these electronic beat makers.
-And on Sunday, many members of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective will perform at the Upstate Artist’s Guild in Albany. We’ll hear songs from a number of artists that will be at Sunday night’s show, which is being put together as a benefit for the UAG. The UAG needs help to stay in its current gallery space and the ASAC, which has worked closely with the Guild since 2007, is hoping to raise as much money as possible to help the Guild out.
Show starts at 10pm on 91.3 FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.
While soundBarn is the experimental guitar project of Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar, the name soundBarn also refers to a performance space–run by Lail and his artist/gallerist wife Tara Fracalossi located in Valatie, NY–which often hosts performances by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective. Furthermore, soundBarn exists as a press entity and recently published a series of poetry chapbooks including one from Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.
The connection between the music of soundBarn and Sonic Youth is apparent on the duo’s 2011 CD Valentine whereby–true to Sonic Youth ideals–the duo utilizes prepared guitars to create sprawling tracks loaded with feedback-laced mayhem.
Yet, for a recording of some guys simply making noise with their guitars, there are moments throughout Valentine that defy what one expects. What is particularly striking about the recording is how, as the sound unfolds, the listener is able to find a wide range of moods and emotions to be enveloped in. There are points where the screeching noise drops down to delicate-sounding spots, where it then builds back up to a cacophonous clatter, or eerily shifts into a horror film score-like atmosphere. In other words, this diversity and unpredictability makes this one of those longer tracks that you are able to keep on repeat, letting the sound circle you while the shifting moods in the track color the experiences around you.
Surprisingly, Valentine, released by Tape Drift—the label of fellow Albany Sonic Arts Collective member Eric Hardiman–is the duo’s first release in the twenty years of their making music together. The single track that comprises the release was recorded live at the soundBarn venue around Valentine’s day (hence the name) with only minimal editing prior to its release.
Valentine is a great release and hopefully it will not take the duo another twenty years to release something else. Fortunately, the duo performs regularly in the Albany area, and at the soundBarn venue, including an upcoming fundraiser for a local gallery and ASAC venue the Upstate Artists Guild.
Review by Andrew White
Description from Vimeo:
Highlights of performances by Xanthocephalus, Parashi, Fossils from the Sun and Cruudeuces at Noise Night, Upstate Artists Guild, Albany, NY on January 14, 2011.