Hydrogen Jukebox To Debut First Record; Ne’erdowells Believed Partly Responsible

October 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

On Thursday Brant Lyon’s mainstay word & music series Hydrogen Jukebox will release Hydrogen Jukebox with The Ne’erdowells: brain ampin’, inscribing forever in polycarbonite plastic their Café-honed home brew of poetry and live improvisatory music. For over two years Lyon & his compats have come together in our Downstairs alongside ageless vetrans and upstart open-mic astronauts, turning loose planned spontaneity every month like fine-cut spinning tops.  The album is a full-stop studio-made production that, in these words from Mr. Lyon’s latest message to the press, “brims with all the unpredictability and verve of poets performing at Hydro Juke’s live shows, while brilliantly showcasing the talents of the band—Davey Patterson, guitar; Matt Riganese, keys; Mary Noecker, bass; and Ry Pilla, drums—and their uncanny ability to strike the right note in endlessly inventive ways.”

The spoken word, meanwhile, “covers a dizzying array of topics ranging from the dangers of a hyper-digitalized world and virtual reality dystopias, to a neo-Beat groove, gospel-inflected tribute to Langston Hughes and Allen Ginsberg, a punk rock romp through a phantasmagoria of mind-bending images, bittersweet Coney Island reminiscences, and more.” All this intoned by familiar names; the record features work by David Lawton, Jane LeCroy, Peter Carlaftes, Thomas Fucaloro, Karl Roulston, Puma Perl, Brant Lyon, Frank Simone, Robert Gibbons, Jane Ormerod, and Kat Georges, no strangers to our Café and its friends.

Hydro Juke will celebrate the birth of their CD baby at an All-Star Show & Release Party to be held Thursday, October 27th from 6-8pm. Artists featured on the record will present their work alongside ziggurat stacks of freshly shrink-wrapped compact discs, gleaming in anticipation of your embrace. For those who don’t know Brant & his crew, it’ll be top-knotch 101; for longtime fans, surely a happy reunion, and a great chance to directly support work from the artists you cherish.


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§ 2 Responses to Hydrogen Jukebox To Debut First Record; Ne’erdowells Believed Partly Responsible

  • Brant Lyon says:

    Thanks, Jacques, for this great blog post. The Ne’erdowells promise to be cookin’ and the All Star poets will no doubt be off the hook. The night’s entertainment will include an Open Mic. All the poets and musicians that contributed to the album had their start at these shows at CSC, working on perfecting their craft at the Hydro Juke Open Mic and as a featured artists. Now HJ is excited to showcase their talents as POEMiusic explodes on the tongue! /Brant


    • Brant Lyon says:

      …. And so, yes, the show was a smash! Thank you, Cornelia and staffers, Steve and Natalie! The room was packed and The Ne’erdowells and poet performers heated up the room to steaming on a cold rainy night!


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