Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Carrotnoise presents Hump Day at The Basement in Northampton: The Curious Mystery, Ghost Box Orchestra, Magic Magic on Wednesday, April 18th 8PM

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The Curious Mystery

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A junkyard band with a heart of dirt, smoke, and wires; The Curious Mystery involves slowburn psych and garage experimentalism. Cool night air, Captain Beefheart, late night crawlers, native fowl, dinner, all over me, river blindness – these are some of the things the mysterians bide their time thinking about. The band’s K records debut, Rotting Slowly was released in 2009. Their follow-up full length, We Creeling, hit in early 2011.

“Their zen country is a strong, surprisingly effective combination of Eastern drone and Western roots music, with a weird and woolly connection to nature. The Curious Mystery recorded their debut album,Rotting Slowly, with Calvin Johnson, and it’s full of gently rumpled psychedelic tunes that are perfect for zoning out—but it’s worth paying attention.”- Portland Mercury

“…unhurried psych-blues, autoharp ghost songs, and Area 51 garage-Americana, with plenty of that old frontier promise.”-Pitchfork

"Just like the sprawling desert imagery the band’s music invokes, wide-open and contemplative spaces are left to linger between the notes. Comparable to the haunting depth of Beach House singer Victoria Legrand and Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, Shana Cleveland’s ghostly voice hovers above the expansive instrumental landscapes. Don’t be fooled by its laid-back, cowboy-at-sunset swagger, though—The Curious Mystery often straight-up rocks" The Onion AV Club

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Ghost Box Orchestra
hails from Boston, where the band has been unleashing mind-bending psychedelic rock since 2008 after discovering a shared love for Black Mountain, Sonic Youth, Queens of the Stone Age, and Autolux. The band’s live history includes shows across the country with the likes of Spectrum, Asteroid #4, Woven Bones, Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo, Woodsman, Early Day Miners, Spindrift, Disappears, Prince Rama, December Sound, and the Lovetones.  Notably for 2011, they headlined Boston’s Deep Heaven Now festival and were invited by the Black Angels to play Austin Psych Fest 4. Their debut album, The Only Light On, was released in July 2010.  A year later, they followed up with a cassette-only release of basement and improvised recordings called “Spring Tour Tape 2011″.  Their second full length album is due out in Summer of 2012.

“The Only Light On is a sumptuously multilayered affair for the senses; seven tracks of whisper-to-roar delicacy and power that, taken together, make for a spectral stretch of music that sounds far greater than the sum of its individual parts.”- Jonathan Perry, The Boston Globe

“The songs are layered, noisy but quiet, undulating, ethereal. Most importantly, though, they rock! They really take you for a ride. Especially if you experience them through headphones  - Andrea Shea,

"Ghost Box Orchestra move through musical ideas together like a reptilian rock monster slithering around and rising and pouncing." - Cheap Thrills Boston


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Boston "dream pop" combo Magic Magic completes the bill and there's a pretty informative article about them in DIG.

Cover charge is three bucks at the door. Booking contact and Hump Day mastermind is Mark Sheehan at Carrotnoise. Email Mark at

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