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Mishka Shubaly, Star Anna, Joseph Allred at Noa Noa Friday

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When: Friday, January 16, 9:00 pm

Where: Noa Noa, 620 Hamilton Ave. Nashville, TN

House venue Noa Noa re-opens its doors this weekend! Come out for a show of solo-performances from Mishka Shubaly, Star Anna, and Joseph Allred.

Best-selling author Mishka Shubaly just finished a tour with comedian Doug Stanhope, and he’ll soon be releasing his new album Cowards Path. He’s a best-selling author of Kindle Singles, and as one critic said, “Shubaly makes a strong case for his music, applying his pleasantly conversational vocals to a series of autobiographical, lived-in tracks that alternate between hilarious and heartbreaking. Themes familiar to his writing crop up — namely the strong pull of addiction, unnerving self-doubt and learning how to again stitch together a life — but Shubaly’s charming irreverence prevents things from ever feeling bogged down.”

He is accompanied by Seattle-based singer/songwriter Star Anna. From On Magazine: “A doe-eyed, haunting honky-tonk siren, Star Anna is a captivating singer-songwriter with a tough-girl exterior and raw emotions…It’s a sound with longing, heartache and simple sincerity in the same vein as Lucinda Williams and Neko Case.”
Mark Pickerel of Screaming Trees calls Star Anna “A musical soul-mate for those late and lonely nights, a voice so intoxicating that it might just eliminate any real desire to find a true love. “

Joseph Allred performs beautiful, aching compositions on guitar and harmonium. Check out this clip of Joseph performing at Noa Noa in 2013. There’s more of his music here.

Hope you’ll come out for this awesome show. BYOB. Free, but donations for musicians encouraged. 

The Resounding Gong

Photo credit: Regina Wilkins in New Orleans, 2013.

Photo credit: Regina Wilkins in New Orleans, 2013.

Add this to your list of stuff to do this weekend: Tatsuya Nakatani will perform at Track One at 9:00, just as the galleries close up. The Japanese-born percussionist will perform solo and then with the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. The concept of the show is really cool. Nakatani trains local musicians and artists on the gong and in his conducting methods for each show, so you may see some Nashvillians performing alongside him.

If you’re imagining nine people banging on flat sheets of metal, let’s back up. They play the gongs with bows, so it’s a sort of mix between the sound a string instrument makes and the sound a percussion instrument makes. (You can see why I never write about music.) I’ve attended some experimental music performances at the request of one Tony Youngblood, and if I’ve made it through half of them, it’s been with equal parts martyrdom and resentment. I’ve learned not to torture us both if it’s going to be something that screeches until my anxiety reaches record highs. This, however, looks to be trance-inducing and ethereal. Wander into a dark corner of the big Track One warehouse and feel spooky. If you’re unsure, take a listen! You have to skip the first several minutes of tuning, but then it gets really nice.

Track One is located at 1209 4th Ave. S, on the corner of 4th Ave. S and Chestnut Street.

Poetry Sucks! Saturday Night

In typical Nashville fashion, there are too many great things to do in one night this coming Saturday. I’ve heard great reviews of Poetry Sucks!, a sporadic reading series curated by Chet Weise (an avid Star Trek fan) that includes poetry, prose, music, and art. It’s Saturday at 6:30 over in East Nashville at Fond Object. And it’s free. poetry sucks

Friday Night Happenings

There’s lots to do Friday night! I know I don’t cover music here very much on NYCnash. It’s really my boyfriend Tony Youngblood’s thing. Let him be your guide by heading over to Theater Intangible, where he’s got all the details on two fantastic shows happening tonight. abrasiveMedia, which I wrote about a while back, has Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones as part of Southern Girls Rock Camp, as well as The Voight-Kampff Duo. Soon after, FMRL presents at Emma, Inc.

Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., Cult Fiction Underground has The Temptress, featuring a live score by Ricko Donovan @ Logue’s Black Raven Emporium2915 .

To top it off, at midnight, The Belcourt has Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with an intro and Q&A with John Dugan, who played Grandpa, at 11:30. And if you haven’t seen Obvious Child yet, please go before it’s too late. Preview below. It’s great! Enjoy your weekend, kids!

Nashville Film Festival

Spring is here! The Sounds Stadium is at this moment setting off fireworks behind our house, children all over the city are finding it’s increasingly difficult to sit still during English class, and my allergies are terrible.This strange Southern spring appears to be a mixed bag. But, the Nashville Film Festival is saving the day. Films show at Green Hills Regal Cinema (map) through next Saturday 4/26. Nashville Scene writers are doing a great job acting as guides over at Country Life, and they’re needed. The choices are overwhelming.

The unsung hero of the festival is all of the great free stuff to see, eat, and do over the next several days. Check out this fancy official brochure for panels, workshops, live music, and outdoor movies! Movies are also free at Walk of Fame Park, located one block south of Broadway between 4th and 5th Avenue nights at 8:00. (map). I’m especially looking forward to Take Me to the River Monday night, with live music starting at 6:30. Take Me to the River won the South by Southwest Audience award this year. Martin Shore’s documentary will surely overwhelm music lovers, for it brings together generations of Memphis and Mississippi Delta soul musicians, like Otis Clay, as well as contemporary hip hop sages, like Snoop Dogg.

Tuesday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m., I suggest seeing Let the Fire Burn. It played at the Belcourt a few months back. This film terrifically documents the conflict between the black liberation group MOVE and the city of Philadelphia, which culminated in a fatal attack on MOVE’s communal home. This includes archived news reports and the taping of the U.S. Federal Court’s inquiry, as well as a heartbreaking interview with one of the children who escaped the burning home. Let the Fire Burn is a must-see!

 

This Weekend: Circuit Benders’ Ball

What do you get when you cross a floor lamp, a snow machine motor, and a piano? Read on to find out! 

This weekend, Nashvillians will have a special treat with the Circuit Benders’ Ball that kicks off Friday, April 11th at 5:00pm at Fort Houston. The very best places to find information about the Ball are here and here, where curator and maker Tony Youngblood has the details. 

The best way to describe circuit bending to someone who’s never heard of it is this: people recycle electronics and found objects–the older and weirder, the better–to produce a bonafide sound machine with crazy-wavy high pitches, strumming alto pitches, beeps, boops, and bangs. To me, girlfriend and housemate of Tony Youngblood, it mostly translates to a lot of noise when I’m trying to watch Star Trek ToS, but when I get downstairs to his workshop and see some of the things he’s made and others have bequeathed to him, I’m pretty amazed.  

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Above, behold Tim Kaiser’s creation. This vintage rotary telephone was “bent” with a sound effect keychain, like the ones you had as a kid that made grenade noises. Kaiser wired and soldered these together. It’s controlled by switches and the rotary dialer itself.

Toys range in complexity to pretty simple (ah, I can see how he did it!) to extremely complex (WTF?!). See more of his bent instruments here.  Kaiser is not only a gifted transformer, he’s also a musician and performer, and he uses these in his ambient compositions. 

Curious? Check out the Ball this weekend, and try one of the workshops!  They’re beginner-friendly and kept to about 15 people and have names like “Playdoh vs. Lego” and “Hacking the Gameboy.” There will also be panelists, visual artists, performers, live visuals, and special presentations. And best of all, what I’m coming to love about Nashville, there will be people knocking about, exploring ideas and sharing in the creative spirit that moves them.