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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Short Tour Recap

photo by Tankie Lemberg, at Hard Times Cafe, Minneapolis MN

It started off doing a show in Minneapolis, staying with Dolores Dewberry and doing some collaboration beforehand.  She took me to a Santeria shop and a German Restaurant which was delicious, among other things.  The show at Club Medusa saw harsh weather but nonetheless garnered a turnout that included people who were important to me.  People who ran labels and curated fests and otherwise had a genuine enthusiasm for what was going on.  Many thanks!

I visited some of my longest standing friends in Cleveland on the way to New York, and upon arriving to New York, went straight to WKCR to do a live performance on the radio show "Transfigured Night" (hopefully the archive will be up soon).  I was extremely humbled by this experience, as they were either airing my recordings or my performances for 3 hours.  Thanks to Narine for having me!

The following evening I found myself at WFMU, where I was given a tour of the bizarre velvet portraits with varying degrees of efficiency/hilarity emanating from them, and various artifacts from this incredible and long standing institution.

We discussed the characteristics of feedback with radio and internet streams.  My first live set started off with near silence,  and gradually became more of an implement in the performance.  Wm. Berger played great music as only he can do, from doom/black metal to psychedelic madness and clips from obscure horror movies.  I was also honored by a short interview, being able to do a second live set, and on top of that, a recording of my live set on WZRD in 2006 closed out the show.   Their comment board had enough praise to make me blush and then some.

  WFMU has been my favorite radio station since I knew about it almost ten years ago, and My Castle of Quiet has been my favorite radio show since I knew of its inception a few years ago, headed by someone who was around for several years starting in the 80s and 90s, and took a ten year break that ended in 2009 or so.  This experience was the bedrock of what radio should be like, and I'm happy as a lark that I could be part of it for one evening.

The show the following day at Silent Barn was cancelled due to snow, and so I was lucky to be able to hang out with Wm. Berger at Castle HQ for one more day before flying to Pittsburgh.  It was great to have good conversation, overlapping likemindedness, and such a kind host!  Thanks again!

I will have to hang out with Richard Kamerman, Nat Roe, the guys from Grasshopper, and others, at another time, but I'm very thankful that I was invited to be part of what would have been an excellent show, an opening for a barber shop/record store/art gallery within the bowels of the longstanding Silent Barn venue.

In Pittsburgh, there were some cancellations and a low turn out, but the local sets were great and the saving grace was being able to get Panther Modern to do a set, coming all the way from Baltimore.  His work is some of the best going on right now.

I was also able to stay at local artist Seth LaDonne's house, and we had some great conversation/food before I left early in the morning for Cleveland.

Cleveland's scene is strong and diverse even on an off day.  I took part in NOISE LUNCH, a sunday after noon monthly affair that seems to come in the wake of their AUDIO VISUAL BAPTISM.  Each installation has a theme, this one being the use of contact mics.  Lisa Miralia's BAAT project was an excellent performance piece inspired by singing spiders, and she used contact mics to replicate sea breezes and kiddie talking bugs.  There was also the 14 year old Malware project, using a bowed steel sailboat and an effected toy piano.  Every act was great, and it had been my best rendition of this ongoing mutation of a piece I've been working with.  Everyone was very supportive (thanks to Lisa for playing my work on her radio show and passing around a hat too!).

After that I got to cook with Scott Hosner, the former owner of Bela Dubby, a defunct coffee shop in Cleveland.  I drank and worked on recordings with Wyatt Howland AKA Skin Graft, and there's such an abundance of source material that I can't help but be excited about what will come of it.   I must also say that I was waiting for a friend to meet me in a huge mall. because they wouldn't let me into the casino with my gear, and instead of playing the same drab RnB I recall hearing every time fate's unwavering hand drags me into a mall, I heard 60s music on the intercom, most notably Joe Meek's Telstar washed in the marble reverb of the 3 story mall, only a week after the anniversary of his death.  That was surreal.

The bus rides were largely peaceful, one highlight being a long conversation with 2 dominatrixes on the way into New York about various bizarre fetishes they've been able to provide services for.

New York has such an incredible energy to it, can only be experienced to be understood.  My preconceptions had been shattered before I even got off the bus.  And in all of two days there, I didn't experience an inkling of the rudeness that befits The Big Apple's reputation.  It was the city that never sleeps, and while I was within its parameters, I couldn't either.  It was a place where every square inch seems to permeate with a sense of urgency.

Saturday, February 2, 2013


I'm writing from Minneapolis, the show at  Medusa was a lot of fun.  I wanted to take a second to say that I'm on a short tour, if you happen to live in Pittsburgh or New York (hopefully also Cleveland) below.

New York
On the evening of February 6th and into the following morning, I will be on WKCR some time between 2AM and 5AM NY time.

On the evening of February 7th, and after midnight, he will be doing a live performance on Wm. Berger's My Castle of Quiet, broadcast out of the legendary WFMU radio station.

On the evening of February 8th, he will be performing at Silent Barn, sharing a large bill, and apparently 2 stages with Richard Kamerman, Grasshopper, and more.

 February 9th in Pittsburgh

Arvo Zylo

Cleveland Noise Lunch at Now That's Class Feb 10th 4pm

 I also wanted to say that I have been planning on running my modest little label NO PART OF IT outside of the internet, with only money orders, newsletters on paper, and paper mailing lists for a while now.  Now that the USPS has cranked up their rates (you can still sign a petition against it until February 4th), I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I'm quite confident it's not going to be on the internet, I had to let the cat out of the bag.  There are extremely exciting projects on the horizon.  I have a couple of releases already which have not been made for sale on the internet, and can take orders for domestic USA shipping without much concern, but I'm still not going to accept paypal anymore.  However, international shipping has become ridiculous.  I'm going to try to find a way to get my label's releases produced overseas or something, for customers who don't wish to pay roughly two times the cost of the item in order to get it shipped.  If you would like to get copies of my newsletter, feel free to contact me.