DC9 in SPACE, Ep. 6: New Science Projects

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To borrow an old cliche, Dale Jones is riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in an enigma.

Mostly because, when you first meet the man, who, while performing, goes by the moniker New Science Projects, he seems a gentle soul, a 20-year-old kid in glasses. A little shy, if anything.

Then he applies his bloody and dark face paint. And, just like that, he takes on a completely different personality, suddenly recalling some sort of devil-possessed, undead Elvis: He slurs his words; he can't stand up straight; he screams intermittently. It's all quite troubling, really. It just appears so insane.

And, yet, so perfect. So raw. So real. In this week's installment of DC9 in SPACE, we set out to capture this transformation on film. And while it's tough to say if we necessarily accomplished that feat, we certainly caught a few different sides of Jones' personality. In the above clip, you'll hear a few songs: an old blues take, a spoken word performance and, lastly, an unreleased folk song called "Wrapped Up Together."

Tonight, as we do every Wednesday night, we'll be doing the whole damn thing again, this time with another free show from an area artist. Won't tell you who it is--that's the idea remember (although, somehow, this week's performer seems to have leaked; snoop around and you can figure it out). But if you stop on by 2814 Main Street tonight, I think you'll be pleased. Performance starts at 7.

Oh, and also tonight at SPACE: Our trusty videographer, Hal Samples, who so generously allows us to have the run of his loft and gallery once a week in order to tape this segment, will be hosting a benefit for his ever-present bulldog, Cash, who is about to undergo chemotherapy. There will be art for sale and a silent auction, too, I believe. So stop on by. This one will be good.

Hell, as anyone who's shown to any of our earlier tapings can attest to, they all are.

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