Archive for March, 2009

Mountains, The Human, Words For Snow

Posted in Events on March 28, 2009 by metropolisunderground


Coming up April 17th is Thrill Jockey recording artists Mountains with special guests The Human and Words  For Snow.

Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, friends since their middle school days. The duo were brought together by mutual artistic and musical interests, and both ended up at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was during this time that they began exchanging musical ideas and compositions which led to them founding the Apestaartje label in 1999. As their collaborations and individual projects blossomed, they decided to create Mountains as a vehicle for live performance.

A love of sculpting sound in front of an audience is at the heart of Mountains. The group has 3 albums: their first self-titled release and second album Sewn were both on Apestaartje; the third, Choral, on Thrill Jockey. Mountains is often compared to artists such as Brian Eno and Fennesz, citing their extended melodies and their unique broad guitar work. Mountains seamlessly blend pastoral electronic sounds with field recordings and a plethora of acoustic instruments. The resulting soundscapes are broad in scope and rich in detail. The effect is incredibly sublime and hypnotic as the sounds slowly wrap themselves around each other and alter themselves in the mind of the listener. Choral, their third album, is a uniquely soothing and addicting listening experience and an aural crazy quilt: warm and inviting with many details to discover and explore.

The Human is the electro-pop side project from Beauty Scene Outlaws fromtman Norm Wilson. Once a year The Human puts together a stellar band to back him for an evening of electro/synth pop bliss.

Words For Snow is the new ambient experimental project from Beauty Scene Outlaw guitarist Mike ((P)) and ORaa / Autumn In Halifax guitarist Scott Oliver.  They will be debuting tracks (with special guest Chris Reeg) from their self titled debut CD (available the night of the show).

Donations will be $5-$10

Show starts at 8:30pm

Weirding Module, Trigal, Heavy Hymns

Posted in Events on March 17, 2009 by metropolisunderground

We just added this one over the weekend!

Weirding Module is former Wolf Eyes housemate Michael Troutman’s solo project made during every available moment of time when he’s not playing bass in the Detroit/Brooklyn psych-rock band, Awesome Color (on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label) or skateboarding. The music is a heady delay-drenched mix of synthesizers and samples, heavily influenced by repetition (Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Tony Conrad, Throbbing Gristle, et. al.) and seasoned with some Tangerine Dream and dub reggae. Weirding Module’s first release was an American Tapes bootleg cassette for the No Fun Festival (NYC) in 2004. Other releases have followed on Troutman’s own Senseless Empire label, Ozonokids (Spain), Scumbag Relations (US) and Silver Ghosts (Netherlands). Since a recent European tour with UK noise icon, Family Battle Snake, Weirding Module has been back in the studio recording new material for a killer new year. Future releases are due on: Night People (US) and an LP on Ultra Eczema (Belgium).

Trigal (Juan A. D’Amico) is a solo artist from Barcelona, Spain. After playing for the last decade in hardcore punk bands, both in Spain and in Argentina, he has decided to now focus his energy on psychedelic music. Signs of both his South American roots and more recent, experimental German and Japanese influences can be heard throughout the soundscapes invoking images of madness.

Heavy Hymns is the solo projcect of New Thing Productions founder and American Sphinx’ Michael Hentz.

March 23rd @ 8pm

$5.00 – $10.00 Donation

Grid Mesh & BCPH Quartet

Posted in Events on March 8, 2009 by metropolisunderground


Grid Mesh: As usual in Berlin, the Grid Mesh group is the result of a project involving musicians who themselves are involved in many other projects of apparent complete stylistic heterogeneity. Consequently, a Grid Mesh piece of music is rarely monolithic when it comes to style and instead draws from the various free improvisation backgrounds of the musicians while still resulting in a unique band sound that often has early Jazz collective improvisation qualities. The best metaphor is probably to compare it to a trans-continental journey by train where every time you look out the window the landscape has completely changed while still feeling at home.

Andreas Willers, guitar
Frank Paul Schubert, alto and soprano saxophones
Rudi Fischerlehner, drums

BCPH Quartet is part of the burgeoning Central NY, experimental scene featuring members of Atlantic Drone, American Sphinx, and  Words For Snow.  They combine elements of Free Jazz, Psychedelic & Prog with a touch of Drone.

John Bateman: Bass,  Steven Cerio: Drums/Percussion, Michael Hentz: Guitars/Loops, Michael P: Guitars/ Loops

March 18th @8pm

$5.00 – $10. oo Donation

Kevin Norton’s Counterpoint Pix from 02/28

Posted in Events on March 2, 2009 by metropolisunderground

Thanks to everyone who came out last night to see Kevin Norton’s Counterpoint. They put on an amazing show! records-046