Wednesday, February 13, 2019

BloodLust! February 13, 2019 Update

The latest news from BloodLust! HQ


BloodLust! February 13, 2019 Update



NEWS

It's been heads-down work around here for the last few weeks, so less focus on frequent communication and more on getting stuff done. Here we go...







I'll keep the "Mystery Box" front and center because the response has been great and I just dug out a lot of stuff from my storage space. Along with a broad range of releases, I've been including cool old flyers from the 80s and 90s, from labels like Cold Meat Industry,Tesco, Artware, Cthulhu Records, Front De L'Est, etc. Thanks to those who've already played along!

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- New: Super Eight Loop 019 - digital
- New: Super Eight Loop 018 - digital
- New: Super Eight Loop 017 - digital
- New: Super Eight Loop 016 - digital
- New: Super Eight Loop 015 - digital


- Now: BLOODYMINDED "No Fun Fest 2005" CD
- Now: BLOODYMINDED "No Fun Fest 2006" CD
- Now: B!193 Mark Solotroff "Symmetrical Spaces Of Communication" Cassette
- Now: Super Eight Loop 001-011

- Later: BLOODYMINDED "BLOODYMINDED" LP/CD/Digital
- Later: The Rape of Angels - a new publication collecting all 19 issues of the BloodLust! noise and metal newsletter/zine from 1995-96.
- Later: BloodLust! Field Guide: Cassette Series - a new publication illustrating 19 early cassette releases on the label.

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I just started a BLOODYMINDED profile on Instagram, so please look for us there:
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Megan and I wrapped up the LP design and quickly sent off the audio files and the center label art to the pressing plant. I'm expecting test pressings soon. The gatefold jacket files were sent to the printer, shortly after the vinyl got underway. Megan is now working on the CD packaging, which will be an 8-panel digipkak, similar to "Within The Walls," "Gift Givers," and the re-issue of "True Crime."  CDs take a lot less time to produce than vinyl does.



Here's a series of album teasers that have been posted over the last two weeks. The images tie closely to the album packaging and each image is paired with a key lyric from the album. Please feel free to save and share these images:













 


All ten (10) BLOODYMINDED T-Shirts have been re-stocked (in S, M, L, and XL) on the band's Bandcamp page. To maintain accurate inventory control, they will not be available in the BloodShop! for the time being. Thank you!

https://bloodyminded.bandcamp.com/merch




Here are a couple of old flyers that I recently unpacked. I found extra copies and I have been including them with recent orders.





BLOODYMINDED "No Fun Fest 2006" CD/Digital
Bandcamp: https://bloodyminded.bandcamp.com/album/no-fun-fest-2006
BloodShop!: http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/bloodyminded-no-fun-fest-2006-cd

Download and/or stream via Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, etc.:
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https://apple.co/2GrPvnF

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2GGGxmw


BLOODYMINDED "No Fun Fest 2005" CD/Digital
Bandcamp: https://bloodyminded.bandcamp.com/album/no-fun-fest-2005
BloodShop!: http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/bloodyminded-no-fun-fest-2005-cd
Download and/or stream via Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, etc.:

Itunes: https://apple.co/2GuJqqs
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2GEt7rp

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Not to be outdone, Anatomy of Habit is also on Instagram now

@anatomyofhabit



We've just booked two new shows and we're happy to announce the first one now:



Here's the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/243836813169172/

Skyler and Sam have a Mute Duo show this weekend, opening for Tortoise:



Here's the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/826574121017702/

They're also on Instagram now: @mute_duo






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I began unpacking a box with lots of photographs of early live shows. Yet another project to start on. In the meantime...


Intrinsic Action - 19 July 94 - Spiral - NYC - Angel Ramos - John Balistreri - Mark Solotroff - photos by Greg Scott


Intrinsic Action - 15 June 92 - Underworld - NYC - with Final Solution. This was only a couple of months after I moved to Brooklyn and I didn't have a fixed lineup. Chris from Final Solution joined me again and Zippy from Mentors and Sheer Terror was kind enough to help out. Intrinsic Action photos by Greg Scott.


24 June 93 - Spiral - NYC - group shots feature members of Whitehouse, Intrinsic Action, Dead World, and Candiru. This was the first night of the Whitehouse/Intrinsic Action tour.


Intrinsic Action was an industrial/power-electronics band, founded by Mark Solotroff in 1984, in Chicago, and dissolved in 1995, in New York, when BLOODYMINDED began.

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The Fortieth Day is the duo of Isidro Reyes and Mark Solotroff, both key players in the heavy-electronics outfit BLOODYMINDED, a band known for its aggressive and confrontational live shows. In The Fortieth Day, Reyes and Solotroff utilize guitar, bass, drum machine, and analog synthesizer to create epic, blackened, psychedelic-industrial drone soundscapes.

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Creaig Dunton at Brainwashed wrote an extremely positive review of my last two solo releases, taking into account the broader landscape of my use of synthesizers, including Super Eight Loop. Here's a partial screen cap of the write-up, but please check out the complete piece. I can't think of a review that I've received that so accurately captured what my intentions were. 

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Mark Solotroff "Symmetrical Spaces of Communication" Cassette/Digital
Bandcamp: 
https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/album/symmetrical-spaces-of-communication
BloodShop!: http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/mark-solotroff-symmetrical-spaces-of-communication-cassette
It's also available to download and/or stream via Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, etc.:
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Here are some more photos that I posted on IG/FB, from the series that I'm including on my website:











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Andrea, Paolo and I have been pushing forward with plans for recording the new album in Milan. Sunday morning videoconferencing has helped us get on the same page.



In the meantime, we've also set up a show to take advantage of our time together.



Here's the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/232460537657935/
Ensemble Sacrés Garçons was initially billed as a collaboration between Iugula-Thor and Intrinsic Action (with support from Sshe Retina Stimulants) and we released our debut in 1995, on Old Europa Cafe, which you can stream here:

https://intrinsicaction.bandcamp.com/album/intrinsic-action-iugula-thor-ensemble-sacr-s-gar-ons
 





Nightmares is the synth trio of Jonathan Canady (Angel of Decay, Dead World, Deathpile, etc.), David Reed (Envenomist, Imvixor, Luasa Raelon, etc.) and Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit, BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, Intrinsic Action, etc.)

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I completed five more entries in the S8L digitization process since the last update. You can download and/or stream them all on Bandcamp. Thanks to those of you who have been following closely, as well as initiating some great conversations with me about this effort!


https://supereightloop.bandcamp.com/album/s8l019


https://supereightloop.bandcamp.com/album/s8l018


https://supereightloop.bandcamp.com/album/s8l017


https://supereightloop.bandcamp.com/album/s8l016


https://supereightloop.bandcamp.com/album/s8l015

Super Eight Loop is series of 100 hour-long analog synth recordings by Mark Solotroff

MINIMAL SYNTH MUSIC FOR ANALOG OBSESSIVES.


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SUPER EIGHT LOOP 019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Anatomy of Habit - March 31, 2019


Brainwashed on Mark Solotroff

I'm grateful to Creaig Dunton of Brainwashed for the extremely thoughtful reviews of my last two solo recordings! I can't recall a review of my work that was so attuned to what I was trying to do.

http://www.brainwashed.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11891:mark-solotroff-qsymmetrical-spaces-of-communicationq-qsocial-objectivesq&catid=13:albums-and-singles&Itemid=133



Mark Solotroff, "Symmetrical Spaces of Communication", "Social Objectives"

Monday, 11 February 2019 00:06 Creaig Dunton 

cover imageMark Solotroff’s contributions to harsh electronic music cannot be overstated.  Beginning with the adult bookstore sleaze of the 1980s power electronics project Intrinsic Action into the present day psychologically disturbing noise of Bloodyminded (which, in a live context, becomes the perfect deconstruction of rock performance) and the doom metal tinged Anatomy of Habit, he has been an influential force for the past 35 years.  This does not even take into account his multitude of solo and side projects, such as these two recent cassettes.  All of his work is joined together by a single, distinct thread:  a love of analog synthesizers that borders on the obsessive.  Here those synths are used to create the perfect soundtrack to city isolation.
One of Solotroff’s most ambitious projects of the past was Super Eight Loop:  100 hours of just the rawest analog synth improvisations possible.  Completed over the span of 25 years, albeit with a ten year hiatus thrown in there, it is a perfect distillation of his obsessive love of the instrument. Super Eight Loop was intended to capture the New York City of old, the one full of seedy movie theaters and an omnipresent sense of danger.  His latest work follows this same line of abstract soundtracks for urban spaces, but reoriented to the contradictory sense of loneliness and isolation that arise from a large, heavily populated city, in this case his current home of Chicago.  Symmetrical Spaces of Communication and Social Objectives are the two most recent installments this series of recordings joined by themes of the intersection between sociological theory and distinct urban spaces.
Compared to the Super Eight Loop works, there is less aggression and filth to be had, but instead replaced with sounds of corrosion, decay, and isolation.  "Ego Machine", on Symmetrical Spaces opens with an industrial grind and acidic, rust laden electronics slicing through concrete decay.  Eventually Solotroff arranges the sounds into a sustained drone, not unlike a humming power generator or far off airplane passing through.  He does an exceptional job at capturing bleakness, casting out cold sheets of sound like frigid rain falling in a vast, deserted space.
On the other side of the tape, "Achievement Society" features Solotroff keeping the same isolated mood and cold concrete spaces, but here awash in echo and hollow drone.  Non-specific rumbles appear far away, just far enough out of focus to be forceful.  At times, he blends in what almost sounds like a bit of melody distant in the mix:  an appropriately desolate bit of delicate beauty in the otherwise cold and inhospitable mix.  Even amidst all of that bleakness the melody adds in that tiniest bit of hope, as remote as it may seem.
cover imageIn comparison, Social Objectives exemplifies a bit more of Solotroff’s noisier tendencies.  For "Emotive Issues", he sets his synths up to just below the noise threshold, keeping things to a shimmering burst blended with a duller mechanical hum.  He again captures the sense of despair via distant echoes and lower register, haunting tones.  There may be a lingering sense of harshness, but he keeps the mood much more to depressive than anything on the violent end of the spectrum.  "Population Advisor" is less textural in comparison, but is instead an excellent approximation of the dull noise of the city.  The whole of the piece is a nicely dull machinery hum, with passages approximating the sounds of power lines, florescent lights, or other malfunctioning equipment.  There may be the occasional fragment tone that passes through, but as a whole the piece is the perfect audio accompaniment to being alone in a city late at night.
Solotroff has been extremely active as of late, digitizing and remastering older works (including the aforementioned Super Eight Loop project), releasing some archival performances as Bloodyminded all the while working on a new album, and keeping up with his other projects.  Even with all of this other activity he has still found time to indulge in his analog synthesizer fetishism.  The long form pieces on these tapes never meander or drag on, but instead make for the perfect imaginary soundtracks to the urban landscapes that inspired them.  Even spread that thinly across his multitude of projects, this work is obviously a labor of love.  The sound is grey, bleak, and isolating, but in the most fascinating and beautiful of ways.