Friday, January 2, 2009

EVENTS: Saturday. Jan 10nd: ZAIKA (Marcia Bassett & Tom Carter) with STEVE GUNN (GHQ) and BLOOD LIKE MINE

"Zaika is the duo of Tom Carter and Marcia Bassett (see bios of both below). They have been recording and performing live together since 2003, pouring out long-form doses of aggro psych drone and mellow cosmic drift. Recorded documents include various CDRs on Heavy Other (a joint concern of Heavy Blossom and Wholly Other), an LP on Eclipse Records, and forthcoming LP/CD releases on Gipsy Sphinx and Archive.

Marcia Bassett's work (under the usual moniker of Zaimph) freely moves within walls of sonic distortion, layers of heavy drone and blurred riffs that loop into warm blurs before crumbling away into decay. She has worked on a number of collaborations with Tom Carter, Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), Carlos Giffoni, Dominick Fernow (Prurient), and is a member of GHQ, Hototogisu and Double Leopards.Current projects in progress include collaborations with Helena Espvall and Christelle Gualdi.

Tom Carter is a guitar player best known for his work with acclaimed psych-drone iconoclasts Charalambides. Since 2000, however, he has become increasingly active as not only a solo artist but as a collaborator. He has performed with improvising musicians as diverse as Thurston Moore, Jandek, Tetuzi Akiyama, Matt Valentine, and many others, as well as being a key member in groups like Badgerlore (with Ben Chasny of 6 Organs of Admittance), Friday Group, Mudsuckers (with Robert Horton and the Yellow Swans), and Zaika (with Marcia Bassett of the Double Leopards and Hototogisu).
Carter's solo work covers a lot of territory, but latter-day sightings show him to be concentrating on looped guitar drones of immensely stacked tonal collisions, with heaps of psychedelic melodic content missing from the repertoires of many noise and drone bands."

"Steve Gunn walked the streets of Philadelphia growing up, and for a
while now calls Brooklyn home
He's perhaps best known for the major role he plays in the group GHQ.
His recent solo work is a mix of improvisational and blues acoustics
and he also is currently working with an electric rock band that is
trying to sound like a cross between void and quicksilver messenger

"New group consisting of Brother Buckroar & Rosali Middleman. Down home experimental swamp-a-delic americana to tickle your eardrum." -Fire Museum

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