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The Spotty Dog Events Calendar
Upcoming Events at the Spotty Dog
Sat March 8 8:00 $5 The Schoemer Formation + Two Guys
Thu March 13 8:00 $5 Quiet In The Head
Sat March 15 6:00 Art Exhibition Opening - Philip Howie - Drawing Inside The Spotty Dog
Thu March 20 8:00 $5 Mike Tamburo + Alexander Turnquist
Fri March 28 8:00 $5 Careers + Party Boat
Sat April 5 8:00 $5 Ancient Oceans + Chalaque
Fri April 11 8:00 $5 Tough Day Tubing (Al Margolis + Crank Sturgeon + Walter Wright + Steve Norton)
Fri April 25 $5 Al Margolis + Leslie Ross
3/20/2014 8:00 Mike Tamburo + Alexander Turnquist
Pittsburgh’s Mike Tamburo (Brother Ong) is a multi- instrumentalist, who plays hammered dulcimer, shahi baaja, gong, guitar,autoharp, swarmandal and a slew of effects. He is greatly inspired by American folk and minimalist music traditions as well as Indian classical music. His current work features electric guitar, electric zither, and gongs.
Alexander Turnquist is a guitarist/composer who uses his 12 string acoustic fingerstyle guitar approach in creating very dramatic and emotionally engaging music. Patience, endurance, and a melodic sensibility are interwoven with the minimalist repetitions of modern day classical music influences. Turnquist is currently based in New York’s Hudson Valley. He has been writing and recording since 2004 and has two full length solo albums out on VHF records as well as various limited edition titles and compilations. His recent full length album “As the Twilight Crane Dreams in Color” released in July of 2009 has garnered critical acclaim far and wide and has been prominently displayed on several year end best lists including the #6 spot on both the Textura and Silent Ballet’s best albums list of 2009. In the last three years, Alexander has toured extensively along the eastern US and Europe and has shared stages with such acts as Arborea, Slow Six, Wires Under Tension, Eric Carbonara, Ben Reynolds and the late Jack Rose to name a few.
“Turnquist uses his instrument as a Takoma tapestry of chiming, detailed patterns, adding subtle melodic turns to the extended repetitions of “raga-style” chording. If Philip Glass had played guitar on his groundbreaking works such as “Metamorphosis”, it might have sounded something like what Turnquist is exploring here.” - Direct Current Music
“By embedding both new age and noise-oriented electronic themes into his pastoral pieces, Turnquist unites disparate traditions and ideals, essentially employing sonic counterweights to construct 57 minutes that are as surprisingly dynamic as they are perfectly beautiful.” - Pitchfork
“Here is an instrumentalist who pushes plumes of tightly woven acoustic patterns into the atmosphere, quickly following them with other tufts of strings or occasional electronic passages, sculpting thick patterns that escape the casual listener, but tease and engage anyone who takes the time to sit down and share a moment with his work.” - The Silent Ballet
4/5/2014 8:00 Ancient Ocean + Chalaque
John Bohannon’s Ancient Ocean is filled with shimmering ambiance made from guitar and samples. Building from silent humming tones, guitar melodies and delicate tonal drones envelope into lush soundscapes. Moods are similar to Sounding the Deep and various solo works of Kawabata Makoto, but carry their own majestic quality. As the album progresses, the longest track features Daniel Carter on saxophone and adds a tender experimental jazz element to the brooding guitar textures.
“Live, loud, raucous, raw and yet inexplicably driving and intriguing Chalaque is charting new territory in the psychedelic space scene. Distorted, gnarled and fuzzy guitar exploding over tight driving drum rhythms drop the listener into fifteen and twenty minute long explorations of the psychedelic sound-space; a territory oft ignored and even more so underrated. The stream of consciousness collected in whatever ways possible by Chalaque often prove that while there are certain merits to heading into a studio and planning every section of an arrangement, a warts-and-all live approach is truly the test of an ingenious band. Nick Mitchell the mad genius behind Chalaque has only been releasing twisted tunes since last year and has already managed to chalk up an impressive six releases, spanning cassettes, 7” singles and a recent 12”, in that short span. I have a soft-spot for such impressive musicians and Chalaque easily claim their place among the likes of Earthless, Black Bombaim, Shooting Guns, Samsara Blues Experiment, Electric Magma and KRANG as one of the most interesting and engaging instrumental, improvisational bands out there.” Read full interview with Nick Mitchell here: http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/2013/11/chalaque-interview-with-nick-mitchell.html
4/11/2014 8:00 Tough Day Tubing (Al Margolis + Crank Sturgeon + Walter Wright + Steve Norton)
Back by popular demand! This fearsome quartet has found its soul at the Spotty Dog, and promises to deliver another captivating set of improvised, experimental music.
Since the Eighties, Al Margolis has earned himself an international reputation as a vanguard for experimental music, running the indie cassette label Sound of Pig Music. Among the label’s diverse and thrilling offerings, you will find numerous releases by Margolis (under the identity: If, Bwana), wherein he explores a plethora of sonic experiments, transforming conventional sounds into uncanny otherness, and even finding ways to distort unconventional distortions. His music has succeeded in fusing ambience with industrial and musique concrete, producing strange soundscapes that are both soothing and unnerving, often at the same time.
In the Nineties, Margolis evolved the Sound of Pig label into Pogus Productions, replacing the cassette medium with compact disk technology. His own sonic pursuits have matured too, growing ever stranger and more daring.
Puckish experimentalist Crank Sturgeon delights audiences with his anarchic performances, featuring homemade electronics, bizarre costumes, and absurdist antics.
Boston-based saxophonist Steve Norton has been performing and recording for over 30 years, with a bunch of folks to whom he is deeply and forever in debt. His recent work has taken a turn toward more sound-based concerns and investigations into performance gestalt. His focus is on improvisation, which is filtered through a strongly compositional sensibility. Current projects include Duck That, Grizzler, Symptomatic, Kilter, Metal & Glass Ensemble, Spam, solo performance and duos with Vic Rawlings, Curt Newton, Matt Samolis, Noell Dorsey, Marc Bisson and Katt Hernandez.
4/25/2014 8:00 if, bwana + Leslie Ross
Bassoonist Leslie Ross will perform with multi-instrumentalist Al Margolis (if, bwana).
Since the Eighties, Al Margolis has earned himself an international reputation as a vanguard for experimental music, running the indie cassette label Sound of Pig Music. Among the label’s diverse and thrilling offerings, you will find numerous releases by Margolis (under the identity: If, Bwana), wherein he explores a plethora of sonic experiments, transforming conventional sounds into uncanny otherness, and even finding ways to distort unconventional distortions. His music has succeeded in fusing ambience with industrial and musique concrete, producing strange soundscapes that are both soothing and unnerving, often at the same time. In the Nineties, Margolis evolved the Sound of Pig label into Pogus Productions, replacing the cassette medium with compact disk technology. His own sonic pursuits have matured too, growing ever stranger and more daring.
The undisputed king of Spotty Sales is Byrne Fone, with his Historic Hudson once again solidly walloping the competition. Coming up second, however, is a newcomer to the list, itself a tome of local history. Tom Lewis’ The Hudson: A History is a panoramic must-read for anyone whose …More >
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