Archive for October, 2009

Atlantic Drone Record Release Party – October 30th

Posted in Events on October 24, 2009 by metropolisunderground
Atlantic Drone

Atlantic Drone

CIRC 001 ART lp COVER copy

ATLANTIC DRONE’S music holds all of the sensations associated with true psychedelia: the meditative hypnotics of prog forefathers Can, the reckless propulsion of free jazz, the kinetic energy of early King Crimson, the soaring intensity of Soft Machine, the swirling throbs of early Butthole Surfers, the natural beauty of Brian Eno’s ambiance and the schizophrenic scuttle of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. Far from creating a nostalgic tribute to a previous age, ATLANTIC DRONE is a redefinition of the sonic trip, creating a sound that is both exhilarating and Zen-ful; serving up an atom to the melting molecular soup of Post Psychedelic Hypno Mantras that point more to the future than to the past.

ATLANTIC DRONE’s sound began with a lysergic vision of a swirling and fitful heaven which was then sweetened with thickly layered harmonies, blissful atmospheres and busy arrangements that arose as much from the quality of musicianship as from producer Steven Cerio’s command of studio orchestration and composition.  A sound arranged from a wealth of instruments; each competing for the one highest form and illusion: theremin, an extensive array of horns, organ voices, guitar textures and percussion varieties. Majestic amorphous cauldrons of melodic oddities and cosmic hymns lay twitching under clouds of swirling drones. Tantric struggles extending into the acid drenched space of post psychedelic hypno ragas. Mandalas of melodies as intoxicating as cheesecake layered with lyrics spoken in the cryptic language of psychedelia. Every sound blends ambience, rhythmic intensity, pastoral passages and lyrical lullabies. Every track is bred of the soaring beauty found in all true psychedelia.

ATLANTIC DRONE was founded in upstate New York by Steven Cerio, who for decades has designed graphics and posters for such diverse acts as King Crimson, Moe, Electric Frankenstein, Ministry, Les Claypool, White Zombie, Negativland, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band, Monster Magnet, Echo & The Bunnymen and Man or Astroman? among others. Perhaps Cerio is best known for his wealth of animation and graphics for the blinkless stare of The Residents, which were recently inducted into New York’s Museum of Modern Art but as a musician, he has left a legacy of ambitious percussion on now classic recordings with: Dee Dee Ramone’s Sprocket, Railroad Jerk and Drunktank and has also performed live with Jad Fair (Half Japanese), Ron Asheton (Stooges), and free jazz legends William Parker and Jemeel Moondoc.

ATLANTIC DRONE has achieved a synthesis of historical proportions with a cast that includes: Dave Rick (Yo La Tengo, Bongwater, King Missle, Phantom Tollbooth), Wm Berger (Love, Uncle Wiggily, Fly Ashtray), Michael Duane (Dustdevils), Laure Barges (Dragibus), Sal Canzonieri (Electric Frankenstein, The Thing) and Jim Gibson (Wicked King Wicker, Toothfairy, Unholy Swill), Scott Oliver (Deciduous vs. Conifer, Autumn in Halifax, Oliver/Reeg, Torus, Words For Snow), Jethro Deluxe (Wallmen), Greg Pier (Mandate Of Heaven), Mike ((P)) (Beauty Scene Outlaws, Words For Snow), Jason Martin (Evolution Revolution, Brown Cuts Neighbors) Bryan Kieser (Brown Cuts Neighbors), Georgette Nicolaides, and Emily Church.

ATLANTIC DRONE is the answer to the trendy angst and dull-brained aggression of today’s numbskull dribble. Sonically charged without any sign of this stereotypical passive aggression and fashionable angst everyone has come to expect from the avant-garde and commercial radio alike. With their solid underground following firmly in tow, ATLANTIC DRONE have appealed to a broad spectrum of listeners. Their self-titled debut on the seminal NOISEVILLE label is a set of blissful psychedelic prayers, each wrapped in its own unique galaxy. A Vivified Sugar Cube Explains the Universe, their second release (and first by Chicago’s CIRCADIA RECORDS), continues the pilgrimage towards sonic delight. Welcome to the new universe.

Atlantic Drone ….12″ LP Record Release Party

October 30th @ 8pm

Atlantic Drone will be performing a set of improvised music inspired by “A Vivified Sugar Cube Explains the Universe”. Performers will include Steven Cerio (drms and perc), Scott Oliver (gtrs and harmonica), Bryan Kieser (alto, tenor sax and homemade horns), Mike ((P)) (gtrs), Jethro Deluxe (bass), Georgette Nicolaides (violin), Mike Burton (drms), Greg Pier (gtr) and others TBA.

$5-$10 Donation

Records and T-Shirts will be available at the show.

Jozef Van Wissem / Robbie Lee & Che Chen – October 24th

Posted in Events on October 14, 2009 by metropolisunderground
Jozef Van Wissem

Jozef Van Wissem

“Composer-lute player Jozef Van Wissem is renowned for his unusual approach of the Renaissance and Baroque lute. He cuts and pastes classical pieces, reverses melodies, adds electronics and processed field recordings made at airport lounges and train stations. The unusual wedlock of composition and improvisation creates an unheard amalgam of contemporary folk and late Renaissance music. He has accomplished the strange feat of bridging the idiom of seventeenth century lute literature and twenty-first century composition. Although Van Wissem uses subtle electronic sound manipulation, he has largely stayed faithful to the particular timbre, resonance and playing technique of the lute. Van Wissem first came to be noticed a few years ago because of his radical conceptual approach to Renaissance lute music: he deconstructed existing compositions, for instance by playing them backwards. He also composes his own pieces for lute, using palindromes and mirrored structures. His music therefore does not have a traditional linear progression, nor leads to a climax, it rather stays on the same level of intensity. His music is quiet and not so much demands concentrated listening, as it will bring the listener in a state of concentrated listening.

Van Wissem runs the Incunabulum record label, and performs extensively around the world. He has worked with Tetuzi Akiyama, Maurizio Bianchi and James Blackshaw. With Blackshaw he has formed Brethren of the Free Spirit ( Important Records) His solo CD entitled “It is all that is made” was released by Important Records in March 2009. He has lectured a.o. at Wesleyan Universtity, Mills College and Cambridge University on ‘the liberation of the lute”.

Van Wissem has received numerous commissions and grants, most recently from National Gallery, London Van Wissem performs around 80 lute concerts per year and has performed at prestigious festivals and venues like Expo Zaragoza 2008, Spain, Kr-aa-k Festival , Belgium, ZXZW Festival, Holland, Sonorités Festival, France, Serralves em festa Festival, Portugal, Seattle Improvised Music Festival, Suono Per Il Popolo Festival, Montreal, Sintra Music and Dance Festival, Portugal, Byzantine Fresco Museum, Texas, I.C.A, London, and Glasgow, Schindler House, Hollywood.

Some press clippings: “In “The Mirror of Eternal Light,” the Dutch lutist Jozef van Wissem catches his own reflection in tender, minimalist picking and gold-spray overdubs.”- – ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE


“Jozef van Wissem has been slowly reinventing the lute for the last three decades. Among the slew of fast-picking, fancy-fretting guitar players so prevalent today, his lute’s voice is a quiet oasis, and Stations of the Cross a small masterpiece”. The Wire “The way Van Wissem traces and retraces denying the listener any resolution or catharsis, is also pretty contemporary in its attitude of refusal; has there ever been a time besides now when more musicians refuted the expectations of audiences and authorities? The lack of pay-off makes the music potentially maddening; it actually stymies linear thought On an even more symbolic level, by constructing pieces that begin where they end and are therefore potentially endless, he subverts the march of time” – Dusted Magazine

Robbie Lee/Che Chen use a constellation of instruments that includes bass clarinets, baroque recorders, flutes, reed and pipe organs, renaissance keyboard instruments, bowed and plucked strings, bells, shakers, rattles, drums, blocks and the occasional electrical device,  make (mostly) acoustic, improvised music that unfolds slowly, guided principally by a sense of listening in the moment and by placing precedence in attention over technique. They have two cd-rs, “Live at EAT” and “Live on Triangulations” available on their own TELEGRAPH HARP imprint. LP’s are forthcoming.

Robbie Lee has released a solo album (cd/lp) of songs and instrumentals entitled, “Sleep, Memory” on his own I and Ear records as well as several cd-r’s of improvisations and compositions for Renaissance instruments, originally on his now-defunct cd-r label, “No Cat.” These albums, “New Sounds for Old Winds” and “Creatures Alone” will soon be re-released by Telegraph Harp in the near future. In addition to his own music, Robbie has also spent time recording and/or touring with: Neil Michael Haggerty’s Howling Hex, Baby Dee, Love as Laughter, Talibam! and others. Che Chen is also a member of True Primes, a duo with Rolyn Hu. True Primes have two releases out on Locust, “We Have Won” and a split LP with Black Vatican.

Che also edits a periodical anthology of experimental music, film and culture called “O Sirhan, O Sirhan”. Now in its second issue, O.S.O.S. has featured articles about, interviews with, and writings, drawings, films and ephemera Henry Flynt, Bruce McClure, Sir Richard Bishop, Sublime Frequencies, Jessica Rylan (Can’t), Jorge Boehringer (Core of the Coalman), Animal C.

$5-$10 Donation

Show starts @ 8pm

EXPO 70 – October 20th

Posted in Events on October 14, 2009 by metropolisunderground
Expo 70

Expo 70

Expo ’70 is the main driving improvisational essence of Justin Wright. Having started the project in Los Angeles in 2003, Wright has pushed his project to new levels, releasing a number of albums as cdr’s and 2 full-length albums. Expo ’70’s first album “Animism”, which debuted in 2007 on Kill Shaman, is an eclectic mix of krautrock, ambient drone, space exploration and minimal compositions. Comparisons range from Brian Eno, Ash Ra Tempel, A.R. & Machines, SunnO))) and Earth, but not directly sounding like any of those artists in their entirety.

Wright’s recent release “Black Ohms” on Beta-lactam Ring Records brings new life to the term drone. A world of sounds that catches the listeners subconscious and drifts them to alien lands and foreign terrain while maintaining a dreamlike quality with shifting melodies and moods. Mostly comprised of single guitar improvisations, Wright manifests rich textures and brooding low end passages full of energy that tend to sound like long synth compositions akin to early Tangerine Dream and early minimalist composers like Terry Riley.

Expo ’70 recently completed a West Coast tour, playing a sold out show in San Francisco with Wooden Shjips and ARP. Accompanying Wright was Matt Hill, a local Kansas City musician who studied at Berkeley College of music in Boston. Hill contributed bass and analog drum patterns underlying Wright’s ability to work up these long rich drones into what some might reflect a classic rock band. The live shows consisted of the two sitting indian style in front of their amps, forcing audiences to sit along with them while they build soundscapes. With a blast of smoke from a fog machine, the canvas was layed for them to rise up and get into so Pink Floyd and Hawkwind-like sonic psychedelic playing with Hill looping bass lines and Wright catching waves of melodic of guitar soloing.

Wright played Bordeaux, France late 2008 as part of a festival revolved around the celebration of French Psychedelic music which started back in 1968. The 3 day festival included acts from France and all over the world. Some act include Ame Son, Endless Boogie, Steve Gunn, Psychic Ills, The Telescopes, The Skaters, Stellar Om Source and many more. Wright was proud to have Expo ’70 included in this event.

Wright designs and packages most Expo ’70 releases himself building an aesthetic around the project as a long lost relic from the 1970’s underground music scene.

$5-$10 Donation

Show starts @ 8pm