Monday, November 3, 2008


Ok, so, sorry all but this site is not going to be updated anymore. The officers of Fanclub have decided to stick with the old website, which can be viewed here. Sorry for the confusion. So, for the newest of the new about Fanclub and other happenings around Ithaca, please refer to the old site! Danke

Friday, October 24, 2008


Hello Upstate NYers!!

I am happy to announce one final show for the month of October. This SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 I am thrilled to present experimental guitarist TOM CARTER at the LOST DOG LOUNGE. Hudson-based musician CYRUS GENGRAS and Ithaca's own AMERICAN SPHINX will open. This show will be a unique opportunity to see a masterful, versatile musician perform an intimate solo set for the first time in Ithaca.

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 Six Organs of Admittance), Friday Group, Mudsuckers (with Robert Horton and the Yellow Swans), and Zaika (with Marcia Bassett of 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 beauty, with heaps of psychedelic melodic content missing from the repertoires of many noise and drone bands. His influences range from LaMonte Young to David Crosby.

Cyrus Gengras
is a member of psych-folk band Antique Brothers, who have many releases featured on Buffalo-based micro-label House of Alchemy. Cyrus will be playing a solo set with vocals, guitar and effects. The Wire said this about the Brothers' sound: "There's a timeless backwoods folk mood here put into collision with glowing rocketship guitars to create a space-folk as big, furry and fierce as the bears the brothers so clearly adore."

American Sphinx is one of many projects by New Thing Productions founder Michael Hentz. This Syracuse/Ithaca duo features Jarek Miller on drums along with Michael on guitar, loops and flute. Their music combines elements of free jazz, psychedelic noise, and raga drones. They are currently working on a new CD that will be available early next year.

To recap:

Sunday, October 26

Tom Carter ------>
Cyrus Gengras ------->
American Sphinx ------->

Lost Dog Lounge
106 S. Cayuga St.
Downtown Ithaca

Monday, October 6, 2008




Don't be fooled by the fake blood stained lab coats or the bug-eyed mice masks. These boys mean busy-ness. WHITE MICE hail all the way from Providence, RI to stomp your head in with monstrous bass and an oscillator instead of a guitar, and provide enough unbridled ferocity so you can thrash till your heart's content. Ithaca doesn't see enough grindcore these days, so Fanclub is bringing it to you.

Angela Sawyer of helps us make sense of what makes White Mice worthy: "Crunchy, cookie-monster thrash can't have any badass to balance its laughable moments if its production is merely tinny. And that's really the trick White Mice pull off: combining goofy, heavy metal dramatics (and yeah, metal's always goofy) and truly brutal aggro-grind."

Experience the carnage:
White Mice myspace

White Mice is bringing FIASCO along with them to break up their sludgiest and grindiest with Fiasco's "high school aged...blast out fun [punk] rock with a barrage of energy" (CMJ). Crowned "the kingpins of the Park Slope scene" by the NY Times, this Brooklyn band provides their own destructive energy to match White Mice, but in nostalgic way that makes you remember why punk is such the proper vessel for all those puzzling adolescent feelings. Clever guitar riffs and thrashing, mathematical drums carry you through your most awkward days at neckbreaking speed.

Punks not dead:
Fiasco myspace

*JAM (Just About Music) Dorm on Cornell's North Campus (to get there, take the 30 bus from Green@Commons to Robert Purcell Community Center)

More shows!

Our friend Natasha at Ithaca Times has some great shows coming up THIS WEEK that everyone should know about!

NACKT INSECTEN and USURPER at 8pm on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 at No Radio Records. It is all ages, with a $5 donation towards the touring acts.

NACKT INSECTEN is a "slowly-shifting sonic fog of disembodied spectral lungs, blissed-out feedback throb and psychedelic insect chatter by Sick Head cassette label overlord Ruaraidh Sanachan. his label has dished out several slabs of international noise by Skaters, Kylie Minoise, Polly Shang Kuan Band and various other freaks. Ruaraidh also regularly makes din with Opaque, KMVSNI and Eye Shaking Kingdom and has collaborated with Changeling, Birds Of Delay, Taurpis Tula and more."

USURPER is "miniscule free-noise hissy-fits, broken instrument scrapes/ squeals and wordless vocal sputter by Giant Tank head-honcho Ali Robertson and his luddite twin Malcy Duff. Ali has released a pile of remedial free/weird/out/improv UK junk on his label and Malcy is widely regarded as 'Scotland's greatest underground cartoonist.' no shit. together and alone they have jammed with Greg Kelley, Birds Of Delay, Chris Corsano, Adam Bohman, Decaer Pinga/ Prick Decay and more."


USAISAMONSTER and Dufus on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 at Chapter House, $5 at the door and is 21+.

For those not familiar with the psych/prog noise-rock band, this Brooklyn-based twosome-turned-foursome has a number of stellar releases on Load Records. Load says this of the Monsters:

"The sound of the record is a synapse firing melt of rock and other-wordly whisper. The rock goes from balls out to a gentle, massaging hand reaching into your cortex. Think astral plane hitchhikers like MEAT PUPPETS and SABBATH in the same mental fart as LOAD two piece terrorists. The fidelity of this record is total."

USAISAMONSTER is a must-listen for fans of Rush, Magma, Ruins, or Lightning Bolt. Recently, I've heard Gentle Giant in there somewhere, too. Pitchfork has said some nice things:

"Tom Hohmann and Colin Langevin using their combustible noise-rock to address the plight and lost histories of various oppressed peoples, particularly Native Americans… Hohmann and Langevin display an almost preternatural degree of cohesion, as they corner every spastic, complex rhythm as though they're on rails."

Opening for USAISAMONSTER are local favorites DUFUS! They will be doing their best to bring out the entire crew for this special show as most of them are now based in NYC. If you haven't seen them play live before, you're in for a real treat.

Lastly, our friends at ITHACA UNDERGROUND are hosting a great show tomorrow (TUESDAY) at No Radio: Norweigian drone outfit Svarte Greiner, Richmond, VA solo electronic landscaper Anduin, and Rochester's own noise overlords, Stone Baby. 8pm.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

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