Action Research

Documenting the Action Research series of live experimental/noise shows, mostly in Gainesville, FL. Contact: ironingmusic(at)gmail(dot)com

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Upcoming Shows:

04/03/2015 Action Research #141: Jeff Zagers (GA), Ben Varian, Jake Tobin, ZSF, Frog @ A Space, Gainesville, FL

04/13/2015 Action Research #142: Stage Hands (PA), Ghost Fields, Dusty Greens, Lilac Angel, Frog @ A Space, Gainesville, FL

04/30/2015 Action Research #143: TBA (??), Sick Lion (MD), Patrick Spurlock (GA), Bruiser (MIA), Frog @ A Space, Gainesville, FL

05/03/2015 Action Research #144: Pedestrian Deposit (CA), Ironing, Frog @ A Space, Gainesville, FL

05/12/2015 Action Research #145: Guerilla Toss (MA) @ A Space, Gainesville, FL

Action Research 141


Action Research #141

Jeff Zagers
(Savannah, GA)
(Richly textured multi-instrumentalist songs ranging from synth driven to sax driven & covering lots of other territory with finesse. One of the Southeast's best underground soundmakers. New record out now on Wharf Cat Records.)

Ben Varian
(Review of "Real Domestic Scene" on Patient Sounds:
"When "normal" people try to make "weird" music it's always a disaster. It sounds bogus at a 99.9% rate. But when "weird" people pursue "normal" music... Shit, kid, somehow it's consistently amazing. Ben Varian's take on pop music leaves my brain throbbing. His ridiculous transitions from funky prom-riffs into zoink behavior, all with tender loving vocals holding your hand and massaging your thighs, possesses an evil brilliance. He brings you into states of unusual comfortableness with some Jerry Paperish tunes as he croons over electronic lounge numbers. Excreting  a kooky normalcy-- like listening to Billy Joel in a house that is being fumigated-- as wayward key runs jitter and jive. You would feel at ease letting this music pet-sit your pug for the week even though you saw it fly off in a spaceship just last night." -- "Who Has Tapes Anymore?" column of AdHoc ( )

Jake Tobin
(Bizarre & catchy off-the-path sax-filled pop. Review of "Torment" LP: "Recorded alone over the course of a few months at his woodland compound, Tobin’s songs display a white collar work ethic of almost surgical precision. Here is guitar slanging and avian twittering, drenched with lilting shrieks from a (possibly) stolen saxophone. Brassy drones and stuttering keys occasionally drift in like clouds of airborne toner. These are tunes for confetti-filled elevators or long drives to lunch dates with corporate suits at drab cafes. TORMENT proves to be a caustic but also compassionate take on pop, cutting the safety net out from the 9-5 malaise." (from )

(acid damage & synthscapes from the man behind The Viirus​

(full spice saturation)

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Friday, April 3, 2015
A Space
Gainesville, FL


$5 please

Facebook event:

Action Research 140

Action Research #140:

Rat Bastard
(Miami, FL)
(of Laundry Room Squelchers, Scraping Teeth, the International Noise Conference, etc. Certified Guitar God and international squelcher)

(Miami, FL)
(rattling, uneasy, & catchy)

Besito Negro
(peaked noise beats)

(rhythmic shelves)

Pathetic Sex
(post-dream duo)

How Rude

(PE alienation)

(degraded media party)

(dark candy)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
A Space
Gainesville, FL


$5 please

Facebook event:

Action Research 139

Action Research #139:

Boy Harsher
(Savannah, GA)

Crazy Bag Lady
(Savannah, GA)

Cretin Girls

The Viirus



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Monday, March 9, 2015
A Space
Gainesville, FL

$5 please

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Action Research 138

Action Research #138:

(celebrating 10 years of tape & record abuse)

Ars Phoenix
(Vero Beach, FL; Gainesville ex-pats)
(post-punk/synthgaze/dark swoon)

Big Whatever
(detox/retox/party tux)

The Hifi Envelope
(played at the first Ironing show (or really I played at his show) and is still active & evolving. a true lifer.)


(raw party)

Lila Engel
(new thing from Gamma World denizen)

(agent of Phantasos)

+ a late night after show dance party w/ Dunce Party so practice your cumbia, azonto, italo, & booty shaking moves, or just throw whatever you've got in there.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015
A Space
Gainesville, FL

$5 obo

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