TONIGHT: NO MORE BUSH TOUR 2008, organized by Byron Coley, concludes in NYC




Curated by BYRON COLEY (Arthur Magazine “Bull Tongue” columnist)
Presented by Ecstatic Peace and Arthur Magazine

Five years ago, in a time of woe for the underground, the country and the world, the members of the Ecstatic Yod Collective organized a tour called More Hair Less Bush. Including a variety of musicians and writers, the tour brought the flame of hope to cities cast into darkness by the hideous secretions of the Bush Twins.

Now, in 2008, as we prepare to enjoy the long-promised fruits of regime change, we felt it was time to bring our show on the road again. But this time, rather than offering balm and apologies to the psychically wounded, we would like to celebrate the pre-dawn of a new day — a day when the word “cheney” is once more an empty phrase we use to terrify youngsters.

To this end, we have assembled a revolving cast of musicians and writers, all of whom honk the horn of freedom with both hands. We trust it will be a gas.

Trinkets will be available.

MONDAY AUG 11, 8:00 PM sharp
Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, NYC 212-219-3132

50 FOOT WOMEN is a San Francisco-based duo with Jessi Leigh Swenson and Elaine Barry Kahn. Swenson is known for her trance-forming work with the Believers and Duck, Kahn is a wild card. Combined, they create and destroy small forms with the ease of kettle fish. They promise to have several secret weapons up their sleeves.

AXOLOTL is the ghost-wolf of New Jersey and all points west. Currently resident in the head of Karl Bauer, this ghost takes many forms, and uses many tools to do its jobs. On this tour, there is a functional involvement with several things. Psychedelic? You bet!

BYRON COLEY is a writer from Western Massachusetts. His organizational abilities are dwarfed by his capacity for letting a participle hang. He is a veteran of the More Hair tour.

LOREN CONNORS is one of the great string inventors of our age. Precision stellar blues, played in the Martian style, for the pleasure of all. A veteran of More Hair.

MV+EE will be a stripped-down duo this go-round. Matt, Erika and Zuma, caterwauling into the dark jug of night. As only veterans of the More Hair tour can.

GARY PANTER is best known as a visual artist, but his additions to the shelves of writage and music-making are not insubstantial. Not sure tonight if he’ll be whistling or playing or reading or what. He is no timorous bloke. He is a vet of the More Hair events.

CHARLES PLYMELL is a one of the great writers of our age, and a ferociously talented/opinionated editor, publisher and reader as well. Based for the last few decades in Cherry Valley, NY, Plymell’s evil eye and exquisite grasp of language and image are a deadly combination. It’s always an extreme pleasure to hear him read. A veteran of More Hair.

JACK ROSE is one of the pre-eminent geniuses of acoustic guitar creation and dissemblage. In the years since he left Pelt, Jack has toured and recorded incessantly, inventing moves that would make past masters blush. His fingers are magic fever generators.

ZAIKA is a duo comprised of Marcia Bassett and Tom Carter. Both are long-time and very active members of the American underground scene: Marcia with Uns, Double Leopards, Shackamaxon, Hototogisu, GHQ and others; Tom with The Mike Gunn, Charalambides, Badgerlore, Friday Group, Kyrgyz, Spiderwebs, etc. Together, they create very special kinds of silver cloud eruptions.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

4 thoughts on “TONIGHT: NO MORE BUSH TOUR 2008, organized by Byron Coley, concludes in NYC

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  2. I hope the tour has been going well. I read the poems to be read in an e mail that Watt and Plymell flowed my way. Great stuff!! Would’ve been in Philly to hear them in person if I could’ve; there was a helluva line up. Hats off to Byron and every one who organized the NO MORE BUSH TOUR.




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