Tony bowing out of promoting some of the most challenging music to promote — performers who are exciting sometimes precisely because they're doing something too new or unusual to have a pop-culture point of reference — is a definite bummer, another in a recent spate of DIY/house-venue closures. He's not the only person putting on solid experimental and/or noise shows by any stretch, but he deserves credit for doing it on a regular basis and with a masterful curatorial eye, using the bills he puts together to streamline the experience so that anyone can get a handle on it without forcing the performers to change the essence of what they're doing. But as Tony shifts his focus to other things, the door remains wide-open to new happenings. There are rumblings that Mike Kluge, who ran the great Future Night series, has some things up his sleeve, and Tyler Walker's got at least one upcoming booking in a new space.
Tony isn't leaving the ring without some tips on booking these shows, as well as venue contact information (not private stuff, but coalesced in a super-convenient format in the announcement linked above). He's also giving us one final (for now) show Saturday night at Noa Noa, located at 620 Hamilton, just off Eighth Avenue near Grimey's. Regdar and the Fighters top a bill that includes Cher Von, AllOne, and Mr. Collin's Bollocks. Doors are at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 sharp, and cover is $5 (lots of touring artists here). Keep up with the event on Facebook, and make the jump for more on the performers.
Mr. Collin's Bollocks get the party started, because why wouldn't you start your evening with a two-person band covering Genesis classics? Members are local photographers Ray and Wendy. They don't have any music to stream, but you know what Genesis sounds like. It's Friday, and I was probably going to listen to this anyway, so here you go:
Onetime Nashvillian Cher Von, who now hails from Louisville, knocked my socks off at the Circuit Benders' Ball this spring. She draws on a wide variety of traditions in vocal music and comes up with some fantastic improvisations. See an excerpt of her performance with the Circuit Jam, filmed by the Intimate Moments crew, below, and be sure to check out her great new EP Klik. Klak.
Currently a resident of Hauppage, NY, Bruce "AllOne" Pandolfo is a young guy with a mustache and a hat. By his promo photos alone, you'd be forgiven for thinking he was one of Mumford's prodigal sons. But don't judge the book by its cover: AllOne is an MC absolutely in love with words, but he doesn't let his fascination lead him into meaningless wordplay. The production, inventive but not overbearing, is also on point. Feast your ears on his most recent release, a compilation of his collaborations:
Regdar and the Fighters top the whole thing off with a fire-hose of mini-pop operas on subjects that have become central to the culture of the sophisticated geek, laced with quick-witted irreverence; think The Reduced Shakespeare Company taking on Call of Cthulhu, Dune and the long-forgotten early frontrunner for universal home computer, the Commodore Amiga. A Dance Dance Revolution controller is also involved. Scope some tuneage at Redgar's website.