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Listening to extremely loud, abrasive noise music is an exhilarating experience because while you’re in it, there’s nothing you can do but give in, and endure–just ask the more than 50 people crowded into Issue Project Room last night for the first of a two-set night with Merzbow, Japan’s preeminent sonic terrorist. When it’s over, you’re just a little bit stronger. (Though our eardrums may beg to disagree. The music was so loud even the most die-hard fans were sporting earplugs, which the venue was handing out like candy.)

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If you’re interested in No Wave and/or early noise rock, New York City in the late 70s/early 80s or in music in general you should get your ass to Issue Project Room on Friday night. Byron Coley, co editor with Thurston Moore of Bull Tongue, a column in Arthur Magazine that rounds-up crazed and insane music, and Andy Schwartz, former editor of New York Rocker, will be on hand to discuss anything and everything…that’s my guess anyway.

Coley also co wrote and curated the No Wave book with Thurston last year- it’s great. I met Andy Schwartz at the party and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks reunion show at the Knitting Factory (RIP) when the book came out. He’s a very interesting guy with tons of stories.

Coley is reading from an unpublished book about record collectors and will be accompanied by Loren Conners. Schwartz is reading…something!

My hope is the night will be one part nostalgia, one part forward thinking.

Check out the story I wrote for Brooklyn Based about ISSUE Project Room in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Lots of great upcoming events….


Thurston Moore, Ecstatic Peace! showcase, Santos Party House, at 11


The Books, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, at 8


Black Dice Record Release, Market Hotel, Brooklyn, at 8



Aki Onda, experimental musician performs cassette music and talks with Alan Licht, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, at 4


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