Keeping Asheville weird

Local experimental and underground arts collective Swamping just released its third compilation album, the sprawling 18-track New Weird Asheville, Vol. III. Our suggestion: If you have a “Keep Asheville Weird” bumper sticker on your car/bike/scooter/lunchbox, consider this for your personal soundtrack.

Swamping is a vibrant and prolific group and this is is the sonic equivalent of a gallery opening. Check out selections from dark instrumental post-dance act Break the Night (the song was composed by visual artist/videographer Courtney Chappell), electronic/jazz group Páciens Trine and noise-bombast outfit Face Eater. Grammar School, Body of John the Baptist, The Night Lights and Thai Food Duo, among many others, are included. Download the full album for free here.

Celebrate New Weird Asheville Vol. III this week with (appropriately) three nights of art and music at Apothecary (39 S. Market St.). Donations accepted.

• Night one (Thursday, Dec. 6): Grammar School, Bubbly Mommy Gun and Morbids starting at 9 p.m.

• Night two (Friday, Dec. 7): Art opening the works of all three New Weird Asheville album artists, Blake Brown, Hannah Farley and Luke Puke. DJ set by Advertise at 7 p.m.; harp pedal music of Still Sweet and East Coast Trade Company spinning, starting at 10 p.m.

• Night three (Saturday, Dec. 8): Date Night, Derek Poteat and Páciens Trine (“a gauntlet of abstract drones and smooth rhythms”), starting at 9 p.m.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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