26 Jan 2006
Stephin Merritt's Phantastic Invisible Tentacle on Mondays @ Beauty Bar, NYC 
From the House of Tomorrow newsletter:

"Whether you're local to us or visiting from out of town, we hope you'll stop by for a drink at Stephin's new weekly DJ gig.

THE PHANTASTIC INVISIBLE TENTACLE

DJ Go-Karff, DJ Shermy and Stephin Merritt invite you to attend their weekly mix of psychedelic bubblegum spins, Mondays at 9PM at New York City's Beauty Bar [Flash required] (231 East 14th Street near Third Avenue). No cover charge."

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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