April 16, 17: Montague Bookmill in Western Mass

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Whether you’re looking for affordable used books, super tasty vegetarian fare, or an evening of psych-folk in a 1842 gristmill, The Montague Bookmill is always worth the long drive into the middle of nowhere. The Bookmill’s motto is “books you don’t need in a place you can’t find”; for residents of Western Massachusetts, it’s the social and cultural epicenter of everybody’s favorite micro-township (the idyllic Montague), and one of the best places to reconnect with the countryside when the pressures of work and school take their toll. Where else can you curl up for hours with a book and a cup of “Cowboy Coffee” (unfiltered ground coffee and water, a specialty of the Bookmill’s Lady Killigrew Café) while listening to the gurgle and splash one of the most beautiful waterfalls in New England? The Bookmill complex also includes a restaurant, an antique store, and some art studios, as well as a few secret nature paths to navigate if you’re feeling a bit curious.

With performances by banjo wizard Eugene Chadbourne and a bunch of New England noise-makers this week, curated by the Pioneer Valley’s own Autonomous Battleship Collective, now is as good a time as ever to make the trek out. Just don’t use a GPS: for some reason, the Bookmill’s website warns, this spot is still completely off the radar.

Dr. Eugene Chardbourne
Thursday, April 16, 8pm

Area C, Paper, Mudboy, Dark Inside the Sun
Friday, April 17, 8pm

The Montague Bookmill
440 Greenfield Road
Montague, MA 01351
Driving Directions here

DAILY MAGPIE – March 18th at Paris, London, WEST NILE

Come to West Nile this Wednesday eve to witness four different musicians tapping into the next dimension of space and sound, right before your eyes and ears. See/hear/read more about the artists:

Mudboy (Installation artist/experimental organist and noise musician. Listen to his songs here)

A residency at the art and book store in Los Angeles ‘Family’ produced  [Mudboy’s] ‘large-scale, touch-sensitive, dark-activated, 3-dimensional, 6-oscillator spellcasting diorama and crystal cave. This installation is a meditation on the potential of fractal topography, fungal biota, and the productive necessity of decay.’

Marina Rosenfeld

As an improviser, Marina has developed a distinctive practice playing turntables and her own custom acetate records (‘dub plates’), which are imprinted with original, fragmentary sound created in the studio to be remixed, manipulated, and otherwise transformed live.

Stefano Pilia

An electro-acoustic composer and multi-instrumentalist. His work has become progressively concerned with the research of the sculptural dimensions of sound and its relations with space both through instrumental executional practices and investigations into the recording and production process.

Andrea Belfi (soft looping drums; hints of Moondog)

Andrew Belfi’s main achievement is the building of “proper” songs through a radical improvisation rather than through the use of fixed and codified elements.

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 18th, 9:30PM
Venue: West Nile (New York)
Location: 285 Kent Ave. between S 1st. & S. 2nd / Brooklyn, NY 11211 (See map)
Price: By donation ($5 minimum)