Thursday, November 01, 2007

Write-ups for tomorrow's show

From Flavorpill (

Few phrases have the power to strike fear in the hearts of pop lovers quite like "improvisational side project." For every Fripp and Eno, there seems to be a dozen October Factions. (Don't remember that Black Flag- and Descendents-affiliated noodling? Exactly.) Well, no one would confuse C. Spencer Yeh's droning violin or John Wiese's meticulous layers of noise for pop. Still, their expert improv and composition skills (not to mention the absurd decibel levels) will thrill even the uninitiated. Leave the po'-faced chin stroking at the door — Yeh and Wiese make experimental music with visceral grace. - Stephen Gossett

From The Reader: The List (

JOHN WIESE & C. SPENCER YEH Los Angeles synth warlock John Wiese has released approximately 7,000 nearly impossible-to-find recordings, including collaborations with just about anybody noteworthy in the shadowy noise-nerd underworld, and everything I’ve heard him do has at least a drop of genius in it—ditto for Cincinnati voice-and-violin experimenter C. Spencer Yeh, best known from Burning Star Core. In their duo, Wiese’s sizzle-thrash showers over Yeh’s glittery drone and seizure vocals like a fine spray of molten rock, its spattery hiss eating into his gargoyle spitting and chain-saw scrapes while an evil spacecraft in the distance takes flight with an eerie hum. This set should be OMG WTF material for anyone who even dabbles in noise. The New Flesh headline; Wiese & Yeh, Pink Reason, Mark Solotroff, and Psychedelic Horseshit open. 9 PM, Ronny’s, 2101 N. California,, $7. —Liz Armstrong