AS220 on 04/11/2013 at 10:45AM
For AS220's first contribution to the Free Music Archive, we're presenting a nascent version of legendary Rhode Islanders, Throwing Muses, recorded live on the Noise from Neville radio show on January 26, 1985. This set features Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donnelly in the lineup, before the band had recorded their debut album, with only 1984's self-released "Stand Up" EP under their belts.
The Noise from Neville show aired on WRIU 90.3 FM out of the University of Rhode Island beginning in 1982 and running, more or less, for the next 12 years. "NFN" gained notoriety, not only for the free-form programming, culled from a massive selection of tapes submitted by independent bands and artists from all over the world, but also for the weekly live sets featured on the show. Neville and his radio show also played a crucial role in the early history of AS220.
"One evening, the host of a local college radio show, whose program had been banned as a result of some sophomoric power struggle at the radio station, wandered into AS220. As with any visitor we explained the intent and philosophy of the fledgling group. I played some recordings of my own musical invention during the conversation. He seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the space and its goals.'
"The radio show was instrumental, informing the public of our existence and intentions...'
"AS220, the Noise from Neville Show.....attracted bands both locally and far a field. Whenever we booked a band for the radio show we would try to coordinate an appearance at AS220....that same weekend. This co-operation benefited all parties concerned."
This recording actually pre-dates the opening of AS220's first physical location (above the Providence Performing Arts Center at 220 Weybosset Street), which happened in August of 1985. As far as we know, or can remember, Throwing Muses never played at AS220. However, Kristin Hersh has mulitple times. So, this may seem like an odd choice, but consider it a pre-history lesson as many of the people involved became entwined, and some would stay that way, with AS220 soon afterwards.
Many of the live sets from Noise From Neville are now in the care of AS220, and we will be presenting them to you, along with more recent live sets recorded at our own spaces!