Arthur columnist Byron Coley on Tongue Theory, plus thumpstaffs + saxophones


Montague Phantom Brain Exchange #11
Wednesday, November 26th, 9pm Five Bucks!
at the Rendezvous
78 3rd St
Turners Falls, MA 01376

Flaherty,Voigt, & Karetnick Trio
Blue Shift
lecture on Tongue Theory by Byron Coley
comedy by Shawn Smith
AlterDestiny DJs

read on:

Come get stuffed on this eve of thanks. Welcome our wmass ex-pats
home, and revel in plugging & unplugging our phantom brains with lost
theories, druggy beats, flopping tongues, & harmolodic reveilles.

Headlining our celebration this month will be the Flaherty, Voigt, &
Karetnick Trio, a cell of new england freedom fighters that have been
waging a guerilla campaign to spread around the urgent sound. From
west, former wmass representative Karetnick will lay out a
multidirectional pulse from the kit & various percussion. From the
east, bostonian Voigt will masterfully operate the thumpstaff with
abandon. From the south, hartford yeoman, good sir Flaherty will
launch lightning bolts from his saxophones. All three of these dudes
have fat dossiers on their work in jazz & improvised music circles,
and have collaborated independently with such artists as: Joe McPhee,
Raphe Malik, Chick Corea, Thurston Moore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Keith
Jarrett, Bill T. Jones, Chris Corsano, Daniel Carter, Cliff White,
Sabir Mateen, Assif Tsahar, Tuli Kupferberg, Jemeel Moondoc. To
understate, “this should be a pretty sweet set.”

Blue Shift is solo artist Cybele Collins, a former happy-valleyite,
she’s now reppin’ Providence with her hi-intensity violin shreddage.
Her string science is equal parts howling brutality & swooning fancy.
Check this vid of her in Antwerp:

Archivist of the obscure and insane, poet, critic, and Deerfield
slayer, Byron Coley will be presenting a lecture discussing Richard
Meltzer’s ‘Tongue Theory’ outlined in the 1970 book, “The Aesthetics
of Rock.” We have been assured that the fruits of Coley’s research
are of an adequately fermented paste. Here are the cliffsnotes:

ex-Squidlaunch guitarist & co-editor of the infamous Drug Salad zine,
Shawn Smith will be rocking our very first microphone devoted to ten
minutes of comedy. This could become a regular feature of the Phantom
Brain Exchange or fall into disuse, now the pressure is on.

Twixt sets will be The AlterDestiny DJs – G-field’s Low Power FM duo
Ben Mocro & Andujar Rule, an indestructable tag team spinning the
sounds of space and the blood in yr skull.

Track & post weirdo events in wmass & vicinity:

I’ll be taking a break over December, but will return in January for
our one-year anniversary! Until then, I’ve found the harshest noise
act ever: open up 4 to 8 windows of this website, crank, & listen:

Montague Phantom Brain Exchange is a place where bodied & disembodied
brains & nonbrains can safely gather to deconstruct solutions & create
problems while soaking in an envigorating bath of provocative
entertainments. Last wednesday of every month, 9pm to midnight, at the
Rendezvous (bar with food!) 78 3rd St Turners Falls, MA. A typical
evening will include 2 – 3 performing acts, a 15 minute lecture and a

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an 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.

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