Saturday June 06, 2009 – Gezellig Theater & Firehouse Gallery

Lots to do tonight~

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w. GOLD TOWN, Michael Tonn & 17th FIRE

Saturday, June 6th 2009
9:00 p.m.
$7 – All Ages
The Gezellig Theater
North End, Burlington VT 05401

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Eric Carbonara (Upper Darby PA), The Paper Hats (TN – Lambchop / Silver Jews), Elaine Evans (St. Paul MN), Amen Dunes (NYC / China)

Saturday, June 6th 2009
8:00 p.m.
$10 – All Ages
Firehouse Gallery
135 Church St.
Burlington VT 05401

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*Lots more information for the artists at the Fire House can be found below~

Paul Metzger

Metzger is a self taught musician who has called st. paul, minnesota home for a very long time. Roaring on the live circuit as a part of the twin cities cult fave group TVBC during minneapolis’ halcyon days of 80s scumrock inbreeding that gave birth to acts like the cows, the bastards, the god bullies, et. al., Paul was recognized as the spellbinding shredder of the trio. In later years, Paul took a decidedly inward turn and began plumbing the depths of  a variety of the wooden guitar and banjo  and developing a singular style. In a time where an increasing deluge of acoustically-oriented recordings are being pumped up with words like “Iconoclastic” or “transcendental,” it can sometimes be difficult for the adventurous listener to have any clue as to how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Hype and hyperbole be damned; this is the real deal. Metzger’s title “modified banjo”
could tend to confuse even the most discerning among us. While it is indeed true that a visual inspection will reveal an instrument so mutated that it bears little resemblance to that simultaneously venerated and reviled backwoods icon that it once was (he has added more than a dozen strings, a sitar bridge and otherwise mutated a traditionally limiting instrument into something entirely unique), it is ultimately one’s ears that will yield the most incredulous reactions and ask the hardest questions after being fed their particular set of stimuli, as it is ultimately Metzger’s approach to the instrument and the sounds and melodies he wrenches from  it that are the greatest and most significant modifications being made here. Metzger’s singular, irreverent approach and fluid dexterity in attack are made evident in his seamless hybrids of North Indian and Asian influences, jazz and folk forms through a vehicle that typically ruts its wheels in Americana hill country and are truly unprecedented. Recorded within the acoustically resonant confines of Duluth’s Sacred Heart studio (itself once a church), his three lengthy improvisations venture into the meditative sublime, a deeply cognitive set of compositions that exit miles beyond what one normally expects from the banjo.

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Eric Carbonara is a Philadelphia based guitarist, whose search for raw aural expression has led him far and wide – from noise & electro-acoustic music to taking deep root in the bounty of the wooden guitar. Carbonara’s playing draws on the rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani & North African folk to form a kind of exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease. He has developed a unique idiom of gypsy music for non-existent cultures by combining rogue self-taught, free-form classical and flamenco techniques with those learned from formal studies in India. His live solo performances range from contemplative acoustic meditations to aggressively loud electric sets; both encompassing Carbonara’s ability to draw the listener in to his world, where his lyrical playing doesn’t just entertain but triggers a myriad of emotional responses. Carbonara has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe promoting his releases on Locust Music, Majumua Music and New American Folk Hero as well as various self-releases for solo guitar and solo upright chaturangui music.

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THE PAPER HATS is William Tyler from Nashville, Tennesee. You have seen and heard him play guitar with Lambchop, Silver Jews or – if you are lucky – with The Spiritual Family Reunion. William Tyler is born and raised in Nashville. He lives and works in Nashville. The guitar is his instrument. With 17 Tyler helt a record deal for his power pop outfit called “Life Boy”, a blast of songs – never released, never regretted, just blown out by the signs of the times. After high school he decided to skip campus and make music for a life and a living. Alt-Nashville is a small moon and his shy positivism let him gravitate towards the scene of likewise friendly misfits rehearsing in Kurt Wagners rehearsal basement. Lambchop took Tyler to Europes concerthalls and festivals and around the globe.

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A lot of crazy shit can happen to a man when he goes solitary in a ramshackle Catskill Mountain home for an extended stretch of time-especially for a city kind of guy. But if Amen Dunes’s 12 tracker DIA is one possible outcome of the guy alone-in-a-cabin- story, then a little tape saturated brain frying is something we should all live comfortably with because this is a batch of seriously raw & inspired loner psych grit that owes a debt to the diy soundz of the George Brigman s of the world. That was 2006. These days the lone wolf behind Amen Dunes -Damon McMahon calls a small two room apartment overlooking the Temple of Earth in North-Central Beijing home, where he watches old men fly kites and sing opera every morning. Who knows what’ll come out of that.


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