Matthias “WolfBoy" Connor on the Opening Ceremony Blog : "I used to be in awe of people who had "big experiences" as if that would make me more of a writer but experience alone isn’t writing and someone like Jean Rhys will make, through writing, the act of being sick a beautiful experience. That said, sitting at home doing bugger all I find hard to make stimulating, so I like to try and get out and engage with the world. It is like the musician Bill Fay says in the title of his last album: "Life Is People"."
No-Neck Blues Band 20 Xeroxed Years October 17 – November 24, 2013 Opening: October 17, 6-8pm
AVA presents a collection of performance announcements and flyers documenting 20 years of shadow activity by the No-Neck Blues Band (NNCK), NYC’s premier free music collective, in a unique environment designed in collaboration with the band.
Reception at Von bar with special guest DJ Jackie Thomas FM, 8-10pm.
Behind the curve on this, it’s been out for awhile. Very nice to hear John Fell Ryan of The No-Neck Blues Band and Excepter in this totally loopy, and totally decent, Stanley Kubrick documentary, Room 237.
In this rather dazzling 53 second clip, we can see they’re joined by percussionist and visionary emailer Spencer Herbst. The whole performance was blasted, even though it only lasted about 35 minutes. We could’ve used another hour at least! Afterward, Spencer conducted break out sessions in which small groups of 3.5 discussedRhinos, Winos & Lunatics. Conclusions and epiphanies are being printed in the next edition of Arthur Magazine.
Wolfboy, currently the King of LA, is reading from his first book, Greatest Hits, at Ooga Booga on Saturday, the 18th of August, from 4 to 7 PM. Ooga Booga is located at 943 N Broadway in Los Angeles, California.
Wolf Eyes’ John Olson is working on a book comprising a record review a day, and it will be out in Jan 2014, its Halloween 2012-2013 full year= over half done we’re all STOKED.
LIFE IS A RIP OFF excerpt ONE:
Jan 11th Midnight Rider s/t 12” Maxi Single Rock Saviour . Well this makes nada sense but a solid grape-grinder it is. Couple stories on this one: First: Monster Records- black inna daze me and playboy Rammer after hearing the most-heralded but not really that classic JPT Scare Band “Acetate Excursion” : got really into the private metal scene heavy for a quick minute and jammed Full Moon, Sorcery, Bitch “Damnation Alley”- Truth & Janey non stop. Monster recs was THEE scene, with racy “Southern Boy” descripts of talented leads and strong vox: for that “Style” and had a couple of mix cds that were insane well-played local metal from the past. Midnight Rider from 2008 albeit waay behind the scene reminds me of this style and totally nail it, right down to the weird format. Recorded in Japan AND Germany: the star of this homemade unit is (and from looking at the size and placement of the pic) is the riff master Blumi (whom I reckon was the string shredda for Metalucifer’s amazing titled “Bulldozing It True”) and the guitar string shredding/ blazing here is in full fire force. “Struggling For Loyalty and Purity…We are the Rock N Roll Conservatives!” so says the insert and the lyrics dont really make much sense: “A Biomechanical stardestroyer German Trademark of steel A Black Mutation of Cosmic dust bloody tattooed scars he feels with burning roots in Birmingham..” So says the self titled side long jam, with lyrics by “Wayne.” Awkward enuff to warrant private-joy and heavy enuff to thank god NOT be f’in DOOM (no disrespect to EVOKEN) so in the metal stacks it stays. Really good songs= well produced/ just makes no sense. Who buys this stuff in 2013?? Guess me…. so the second story speaking of buying it: I got this from a weirdo crust punk-stoner-video game used cd store in town where they just buff scratched cds, make super RAW Bob Marley horribly printed amazing shirts, and listen to Primus boots full blast. Welcome to (East) Lansing. But they have a wicked section of metal lps for some reason, for cheap, mostly OOP reissues of blown out metal demos so off course a ninja is digging thru there on the frequent to see those and the other four new used lps they get once a month. When I brings recs like Midnight Rider up to cash out the entire crew comes up and thinks im a Narc or some shit and cant believe im gripping it “just to bask in the amateur vibes.” So its an ordeal but fuck it, THE RIDER made it home to papa. Private metal, weird scene….. esp when Rider’s labels sole lp is entitled “Earthquake In E-Minor.”
…Lines of string partitioned the storage space into geometric symbols, which formed a kind of “Qvartic” structure in which members of the band were situated. At the room’s center was a diamond black box, mirrored on its surface and tilted at an angle – part sculpture, part prop, part devotional object, yet it was unknown what deities were being conjured that evening… A kind of primitive brutality was played out with blood packs, partial nudity, boned horns – yet NNCK’s signature structural quality and hypnotic rhythms maintained their presence amidst the chaos that overtook the evening. The resulting recording reflects just that…