Thursday, July 18, 2002

-Listening to the self-
explanatory "Darkness,
Darkness" over and over.
Lord knows, it could have
just as easily been a
cover of the completely
positive "Get Together."
No thanks...
-More bands last night...
We Ragazzi sounded a
lot like The Vue, with
that same sort of Stranglers
organ sound, and a good
dose of Crime & the City
Solution moments. They
were a surprise. Watchers
looked like and seemingly
wanted to sound like A
Certain Ratio, but they often
came off like Red Hot Chili
Peppers spliced with Devo.
The Eternals were pretty odd,
sounding like a weird dub
throw-back to "Downtown '81."
A lot of synth, organ, bass,
and peculiar vocals. Radio 4,
whose name, depending on
the day, might come from my
favorite PiL song, extended
the Gang of 4 sound that
they do so well, to include
the insistence of early
Clash records. They just
blew through their set.
They are a "need to see
them live" group. The DJ
played "Electroclash" and
"In the Beginning there was
Rhythm" -by-numbers stuff.

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

-Blake from Vertonen (thanks!)
just forwarded this review from
"Vital" weekly:

Together with a number of power-electronics acts from the U.S. and Italy, BLOODYMINDED certainly made a big impression on me when I put my ears into the raw "Sound of Sadism" compilation released on Crowd Control Activities a couple of years ago. The collection of innovative contributions on the compilation exceeded any other power-electronics compilations that I had listened to by lengths. Therefore it was quite a pleasure to receive this second full length album by Chicago's BLOODYMINDED. Originally formed during the summer of 1995, BLOODYMINDED were born after the dissolution of the legendary power-electronics act, Intrinsic Action, established by Mark Solotroff. Behind the sounds of BLOODYMINDED is then once again found Mark Solotroff together with Steve Marvin and Ed Knigge. Apart from these three composers of violence, there is guest appearances from other heavy-weights of the American power-electronics scene like Jonathan Canady of Deathpile and Deadworld and John Balistreri from Slogun. Also Japanese composer Akifumi Nakajima of Aube appears on some of the tracks. Drilling noises, screeching noises and rumbling noises penetrates and disappears in the turbulent wall of sound. Underneath the distorted maelstrom of sonic extremity lie two layers of human voices. Lowest is some subdued spoken words sounding like audio samples while the upper layer uses screaming vocals from various people of the project. More old-school than innovative in its expression the album does remind a little of earliest Whitehouse. And even though "True Crime" does represent a rather intense exploration into musical sickness, I do miss a little more variation in the overall sound picture. Nevertheless a good album from BLOODYMINDED supporting the fact that the American power-electronics scene is well worth watching. (NMP)

-There have been some
problems with the weblog
over the last few days.
The archive has been
republished, and some
settings have been changed.
Hopefully things will be
back to normal soon...

Monday, July 15, 2002

-Death in July: Last night,
Nookleptia, Spires in the
Sunset Rise, and Luftwaffe
played at the Empty Bottle.
Nookleptia had a few decent
"industrial" songs that kind
of sounded like Neu!, or a
much less distorted version
of Lightning Bolt, driven by
live drums, bass guitar, and
often noisy keyboards. They
did an "exotica" type of
number that I could have
done without. Having seen
Spires... before, I was prepared
for their witchy take on
Current 93, Diamanda Galas,
and handmade acoustic art folk.
Luftwaffe looked and sounded
like a splinter group from the
Death in June family of bands.
Their "Critic's Choice" write-up
in the "Reader" made me
anticipate something a bit
more original.