My good friend Mitchell Brown is curating the next two Sean Carnage Monday Nights at Pehrspace, and I’m bouncing off the fucking walls in anticipation of the musical treats he is bringing us!
A little background on how I know Mitch: he was one of the first people I met in Los Angeles in 2002, through our mutual friend Don Bolles. Mitch—as “Professor Cantaloupe”—hosts the brilliant free-form audio program “Glossolalia” 10-11pm every Wednesday night on KXLU 88.9 FM. As I had been deeply involved in radio in Cleveland (as program director and programmer for five years on WRUW 91.1 FM), Mitch’s mastery of the form and his in-depth knowledge of electronic, noise, and just-plain-weird-musics was immediately impressive.
And Mitch was a real sweetheart to me, too—newbie that I was. It turns out that the above mentioned styles of music are only the tip of the iceberg as far as Mitch’s interests are concerned. The man is also an aficionado of Krautrock, soul/funk, children’s records, spoken word, novelty records, psychotronic outsider shit, indie music, metal, hardcore… you name it. This guy is interested in everything and he really knows his shit.
Shortly after I arrived in L.A., Mitch started hosting informal, mind-blowingly diverse salon-style concerts at his apartment—with everyone sharing veg entrees, ganja, and pillows on the floor. It reminded me of tales I had heard about the Ann Arbor modern music scene of the early sixties—an era that remains one of my #1 inspirations. I was in heaven! Everyone I met there was so down-to-earth, too—just like Mitch.
Mitch has been a big supporter of my Monday Nights, even though he works full-time as an educator of special needs kids during the week. He plays music with them, gives them confidence to express themselves, even features them on various bills he has booked at places like the Smell.
Additionally, Mitch is a musician, and he runs the excellent and uncategorizable record label, Melon Expander. Whew—busy guy, eh!?
So, nearly three years into our Monday Night adventure it was waaay past due to give Mitchell his own nights to experiment with. I know you will be as impressed as I am with what he’s done to turn us all on to the best, out-of-the-mainstream new sounds. “So many different micro-communities in L.A. hold their own secret seeds,” Mitch says. “So we cross-pollinate and sprout cerebral loveliness!”
Don’t miss these amazing events!!!
Mitchell Brown & Sean Carnage present…
Monday, February 4th
Scarnella, aka Carla Bozulich & Nels Cline
(L.A.’s most well-known & beloved contemporary avant-garde musicians)
Foot Village (drums, drums, drums, drums!)
Sonelle (“U.S. jazz minimalism informed by afro-latin reflections of U.S. jazz…??”)
Barry Conley (Buchla synth master. “Maker of the Outofcontrol-a-tron.”)
Jeff Boynton (internationally known circuit-bending wizard)
DJ Professor Cantaloupe (KXLU, DUBLAB)
*Complimentary veg soup from chef (& circuit bender!) Andy Ben
Monday, February 11th
Health (last L.A. show before their months-long international tour… do not miss this!)
Dinosaurs with Horns (L.A. Free Music Society stars Rick Potts & Joseph Hammer)
Everybody (rare groove/jazz/funk/electronic/psych trio… hottt)
Oscillator (Ben Wolcott of To Live & Shave in L.A. & Nilbog’s Nick Murray)
Kyle Mabson (are you jazz enough? find out)
DJ Mahssa (“runs Finders Keepers label, re-releasing rare 60’s/70’s international psych/folk/funk/pop/electronic/traditional/whatever. Her DJ specialty: heady Middle Eastern funk!”)
Shows start 9pm / all-ages / $5
Pehrspace—325 Glendale Blvd., in Echo Park
See you there?