The Bunker presents (a)pendics.shuffle, Convextion, DJ/rupture, DJ Olive, Badawi, QPE, Derek Plaslaiko, and Spinoza. at Public Assembly
The Bunker presents (a)pendics.shuffle, Convextion, DJ/rupture, DJ Olive, Badawi, QPE, Derek Plaslaiko, and Spinoza. at Public Assembly 70 North 6th Street 21+, 10p-6a
Kenneth James Gibson (best known as [a]pendics.shuffle) is a man of many personas. Keeping up with him can be a time consuming, yet rewarding venture into sound. As soon as you think you know him and can grasp what's going on, he puts on yet another mask and becomes something else. Always a surprise and never a let down, he gives us what we want but donít expect. A rare stone in todayís musical climate, Ken is rolling and collects no moss. Over the years, [a]pendics has released music on a ton of labels, including his own Adjunct, Dapayk's Mo's Ferry, Caro's Orac, Agaric's We Are, Adultnapper's Ransom Note, Matt Tolfrey's Leftroom, and Big Bully's Mineral. Ken has a ton of new [a]pendics.shuffle productions that will see the light of day soon, as well as the mighty impressive Bell Gardens debut album. Bell Gardens is Ken's new project with Brian McBride of Stars of the Lid. We've heard the demo, and think it's safe to say that the album will blow minds and get a ton of attention when it gets released.
Gerard Hanson (aka Convextion) hails from the unlikely environments of Dallas, Texas. His productions have reflections with the Basic Channel/Chain Reaction sound, and his inspirations include Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Stefan Robbers, Red Planet and Carl Craig. He released his first 12" in 1995. From 1995-1997, he released 5 ep's, and then only 2 more in the next 6 years. Tracks from his first releases were licensed to some big mix CD's and he never got paid, which soured him on the msuic industry. After that, other labels approached him but just wanted more of the same and didn't really seem to understand his sound. After a couple years of making music that nobody got to hear, the label Down Low convinced him to start releasing his music again. His current live set draws material from both his deep techno Convextion alias, and his electro-edged E.R.P. (Event Related Potential). Gerard remained willingly anonymous from the tieme of his debut in 1995 until his debut European Live performance in London in April 2006. While he occasionally comes out to play amazing events like the Labyrinth festival in Japan and Bloc Weekend in the UK, his live performances are still quite rare, and we are honored that he has agreed to play for us at The Bunker.
Jace Clayton aka DJ /Rupture has been one of our favorite DJ's for a very long time. He played a few impressive sets at Spinoza's Undercity event at the old Halcyon space on Smith Street around 2000-2002. In 2001, he put out the Gold Teeth Thief mix, which caused a global stir and really put him on the map. Since then, he's done several mixes for Tigerbeat6 and Violent Turd. Although best known for his mixes, Jace is also a very talented producer who has put out amazing albums for The Agriculture and Tigerbeat. He is also one of the most interesting music bloggers out there, and hosts an essential weekly radio show on the greatest radio station in the world, WFMU. 2008 was a big year for /Rupture. His "Uproot" mix CD on The Agriculture garnered wide critical praise, making it into Pitchfork's top 10 albums of 2008 and Resident Advisor's top 5 compilations. Jace hasn't played at set at The Bunker since he tore the roof off of The Bunker 4 Year Anniversary Party at subTonic (one of the final, and best parties we ever had down there).
Also joining us will be The Agriculture co-founder Gregor Asch aka DJ Olive The Audio Janitor. We could go on and on and on about his many accomplishments, but here's the short list: founded WE and played a huge role in the Brooklyn underground art party scene in the 90s, founded Phonomena Thursdays at subTonic (the party that introduced us to that magical space) in 1999, founded the Agriculture label with James Healy in 2003, showed work at the Venice and Whitney Biennials, and recorded and toured with a mind boggling list of notable experimental musicians. Olive was one of the first people Spinoza met upon moving to NYC 12 years ago, and has remained a constant inspiration and good friend ever since.
Raz Mesinai aka Badawi is another key member of The Agriculture family. He first made a splash in the mid-90s as one half of the seminal Sub Dub duo with John Ward. Their early releases are still very much relevant and worth digging out (in fact, The Agriculture re-released some of their best material earlier this decade). His many albums as Badawi are some of the best electronic dub and just plain otherworldly unclassifiable music we've ever heard. He's gone on to play with many of the most notorious downtown musicians, had his original music performed at Carnegie Hall by Kronos Quartet, and has released albums on John Zorn's Tzadik album. He has recently been embraced by the dubstep community, and even released a remix on the latest Skull Disco compilation. Tonight, he treats us to a rare live dub set as Badawi.
Kacy Wiggins aka quiet personal electronics (qpe) is a subtly profound composer whose reputation as a live performer and soulful soother of the frenetic New Yorker has earned him a solid following. His music takes off from instrumental hip-hop, stealthily skirting the no-fly zones of excessive complexity and over-production around much of IDM and trip hop, to land in a new sonic terrain: Hip Hop Nouveau. Like the man behind the beats, qpeís music reflects a quiet, understated, yet undeniably funky style, one that brings out a diverse crowd, women and men of all gentrifractions.