It’s gonna be a big month for Angioplasty Media. This week, they have four shows on deck at Winooski’s Monkey House alone: “Beat Vision” with DJ Disco Phantom on Wednesday, February 23; Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers this Thursday; Junk Culture with tooth ache. and DJ Disco Phantom this Sunday; and a special “Beat Vision” featuring experimental composer Eric Carbonara — and DJ Disco Phantom — on Wednesday, March 2. But wait, there’s more!
Nick Mavodones’ little-promo-company-that-could recently announced plans to dabble in the indie-label biz with a new venture, Angioplasty Records. AR will also involve Paddy Reagan, and Bryan Parmelee of Parmaga (formerly Maga). In fact, Parmaga’s debut EP, Ghost Pops, will be the label’s debut release and is slated to hit our eager ears in March. In the meantime, a great little cut from the EP, “Plenty Hands,” is available for free download at parmaga.net.
It’s an equally big month for Angioplasty Media’s kissin’ cousins, MSR Presents, who’ve been a little quiet this winter after a killer 2010. Most folks probably already know about Dum Dum Girls at Club Metronome on Tuesday, March 1, with Minks, Dirty Beaches and DJ Disco Phantom.
(I’m going to take a moment and pause the column here. Feel free to get up and stretch, grab a drink, hit the head, or whatever. Anyway, I wonder if it wouldn’t make more sense for me to start writing when Disco Phantom is not part of a killer indie show. I could save a ton of ink. And by this point, can’t you just assume he’ll be spinning crazy-cool mashups in between sets wherever jangly guitars and synths are heard? Just spitballin’ here.)
Aaaaand we’re back!
The show, copresented with your friendly, fun-loving DJs at WRUV, is a make-up date from a canceled September appearance. But it’s just one of two interesting MSR shows this week, and the beginning of another strong run.
Sunday at Radio Bean, MSR is moving away from the mid-level indie fare with which it has made its mark locally and delving into more experimental sonic terrain. The bill features provocative, Brooklyn-based avant-garde and noise collagists The Binary Marketing Show and Lushes. Local support includes the le duo — very interesting live — and Nuda Veritas, the latter of whom is reportedly nearing completion of the record I’ve been publicly harassing her to finish for, like, nine months. DJ Disco Phantom will not be appearing at this show.
MSR Presents has an increasingly full calendar posted into May, highlights of which include Kurt Vile and the Violators on March 13, Young Galaxy on March 28 (both at the Monkey) and Titus Andronicus on March 30 at Metronome. And stay tuned for some possibly big news in the coming weeks that may just, ahem, get you all wet…
Just because: WRUV 90.1FM has been especially awesome this semester. In particular, DJ Oh-J Freshhh’s hip-hop show, “ReFRESHment Radio,” on Saturday nights, and Nyiko Beguin’s lo-fi indie show, “Dream Party,” on Thursday evenings have been rocking me week in and week out. Thanks, dudes.
Band Name of the Week: Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. C’mon, you totally saw this one coming. There was no way I was gonna let that name go by without mentioning it again here. The thing is, they ain’t just a pretty name. They’re a killer band to boot, and Shilpa Ray herself may just be the gnarliest vocalist to come through these parts in years. Plus, Nick Cave flippin’ adores these guys, which has gotta count for something, right?
Band Name of the Week (Honorable Mention): Birdeatsbaby. Gross name, good band, this Thursday at my favorite dive venue: Charlie O’s in Montpelier. The gypsy-punk quartet is on tour from England with Joe Black and Pennsylvania’s This Way to the Egress.
Sticking with Montpelier, this week, Langdon Street Café patrons may notice a new, albeit temporary, addition to the quirky décor: a Steinway grand piano. The piano was procured in advance of the Scrag Mountain Music classical residency this Saturday. But musicians performing at LSC this week have been encouraged to play it. Just a suggestion here, but catching neo-soul singer Tiffany Pfeiffer (Wednesday, February 23) on a Steinway might be a little bit o’ all right.
Punk Night at Burlington’s Manhattan Pizza & Pub continues this Thursday with Montréal’s Brixton Robbers and Burlington acts Y69, Skulls and One Man Empire. Word on the street is that Skulls’ gear was stolen while on tour in France, and they had to cancel an upcoming U.S. tour while they re-outfit themselves. Swing by Thursday and lend a hand to get ’em back on the road.
The Devil Makes Three fans, take note: Front man Pete Bernhard will drop by Montpelier’s Positive Pie 2 this Saturday with Providence’s Brown Bird. Bernhard is touring music from his last solo record, Straight Line, as well as test-driving new material. He’ll also be at Radio Bean this Sunday.
This Week’s Sign of Spring: Yet another quiet announcement from the folks at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Tenor-sax monster JD Allen will appear at the FlynnSpace as part of the BDJF’s Adventures in Music series on June 6. I feel warmer already.
Anybody seen Lendway recently? Perhaps we can get the lowdown on where they’ve been this Friday, when not one, not two, but three separate Lendway offshoots shock the Monkey (House), including guitarist Matt Hagen’s metal project, Nefarious Frenzy, drummer Todd Gevry’s hard-rock act with My Dearest Darling’s Chris Matthews, called the Unkindness of Ravens, and a solo noise set from bassist Kevin Lynam. Also on the bill is a new local band, Withheld, about whom I know nothing. Except I’m told they kinda sound like Pelican. So there’s that.
One last Monkey mention. (I’m putting the over/under on pissy MH-favoritism emails this week at four. Who wants in?) This Saturday, Jeff Foran (ex-Maneuvers) unveils a brand-new incarnation of his project The Dead Electric — which, incidentally, is not a Grateful Dead tribute band. The lineup features former In Memory of Pluto drummer Ryan McGrath (now of the Dirty Watts), former IMOP bassist Zach Jandl (now of Spirit Animal), and recent Boston transplant Justin Gonyea on guitar. Incidentally, he is not the same Justin Gonyea from Romans and Vultures of Cult. Same name. Two different dudes. That won’t get confusing…
Last but not least, congratulations to local drummer — and 7D staffer — Steve Hadeka and his lovely wife, Maggie Bombard, who became the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl last weekend. Sailor Rose Hadeka projects to be Burlington’s most sought-after drummer within the next 18 years, joining Magny Olsen (guitar, vocals), Juni Davis (keys, synth) and Arlo Bay Bolles (bass, crying) as the 2030 Seven Daysies award winners for “Best VT Band.” Welcome to the big, blue world, Sailor.
Once again, this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment, in which I share a random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, 8-track player, etc., this week.
Radiohead, The King of Limbs
Tennis, Cape Dory
Mogwai, Hardcore Will Never Die, but You Will
Eytan Mirsky, Was It Something I Said?