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regular nights of experimental, electronics,
radiophonics, diy, lofi, noise
weird pop, randomness ...
experiments and inventions from the underground since 2001
in cambridge, uk
Since 19th April we have been resident in small artspace The Frontroom in Gwydir St, Cambridge. Starting with kleeep-a-kleeep 'House Music' and continuing with 'sole possession' an experimental and accumulating installation by possible area, Bad Timing's associated visual project, which continues until 31 May.
As part of the residency, Pete UM will play a free pre-pub/beer festival gig within the installation at The Frontroom, this Friday 24th May, open 7-9pm, with live set from 8pm. Free entry/donations. Bring a battery-powered FM radio, which you can also donate to the spares and repairs box which is part of the installation.
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R Stevie Moore is a true original, lo-fi pioneer and 'godfather of home recording', 'improviser, composer, arranger, producer, comedy writer, vocal stylist, sketchpad artist, self-taught instrumentalist and bon vivant'. Producing more than 400 albums, mainly self-distributed and recorded at home in Nashville and New Jersey, since 1966 he has explored a bewildering and idiosyncratic array of styles, including but not limited to lo-fi, punk rock, power pop, pop, new wave, experimental, rock, indie rock, country, jazz, spoken word ... Collaborating with long-time friend Ariel Pink, as well as artist David Shrigley, John Maus, Jad Fair and Mike Watt, his influence on the wider world of DIY music is difficult to over-estimate. Virtually unknown and reclusive for the best part of 40 years, his first world tour took place in 2011, and we were proud to host his first ever UK gig at the Portland last summer. This year has already seen RSM release a 7" on O Genesis and an EP with Ariel Pink on Slow Boy as well as appearing at Field Day and as this month's Wire magazine cover star. Tonight he will play a full one-hour set.
MFU and Jellica play lo-fi new wave pop songs with submarine analogue electronics and oscillations into the psych swamp. Previously seen with Gary War and Quack Quack and freaking out the Freaky Flicks audience in the Arts Picturehouse bar in Cambridge as well as more recently at Past Present Future: Space-Time festival and the Bibliotheque launch night at Aid & Abet.
"The Doozer makes angular bedroom psych-pop from guitar, keyboards and drum machines. He insists that he 'builds' music, and it's an apposite word. Sheet Music has a lovely constructed precision underlying its surface awkwardness, with a gift for finding chords or sour melodic twists that initially sound wrong, but turn out right. His counter-intuitive logic and oblique associations put him in a lineage connecting The Incredible String Band, Kevin Ayers and Billy Childish, but most of all another Cambridge alumnus, Syd Barrett. The Doozer has a voice of his own, though, and the quavers and quirks of songs like 'Dogwalking' and 'Burn the Tape' lodge themselves in the brain with strange persistence."