Friday, February 24, 2006

Tonight:

James Brown Rape Tank
1630 N. Oakley (enter in back)
Chicago, IL 60647
http://www.roxannejeanpolise.com/
Show: 9:00 PM Sharp
$5.00 donation for out of town bands
All Ages
Mark Solotroff (BLOODYMINDED screamer, solo - multiple microphone madness)
appearing with
Sisprum Vish (OH)
Wigwam (MI)
Mildew (WI)
Roxanne Jean Polise/Rebel Griswold/Silvum (collab?)

Charlie Draheim is a fucker no-show!




A review of last night's show, courtesy of Blake Edwards (Vertonen):

Revue: wheaton endures

The Wheaton theatre is a really nice, decaying theatre that’s actually
a historical landmark; just so you know. Anyway, this time we all set
up in the “main” space, and the acoustics were bellowing. that almost
made up for not having a subwoofer (which would’ve been great for Is).
Crippled Insectual started things off with our rhythm spazz and noise
shopping cart race. We had some pretty solid slams along the concourse,
splaying blind blood and shaking the rosaries while the electronic
battleships got stuck in the muddy docks and the fly scrappled at her
gear.

Climax Denial followed with some chewed up gristle that seemed to
emanate from between his beard and his provincial “don’t fuck with
wisconsin” patch. He spat out some sawblades coated in fuzz, channeled
ed kemper with his howlings, and finished with a nice dying recording
of what seemed to be religious music battling feedback.

Is was up next and jacob started on the mighty stage (the only one of
us to do so, but he had a red glowing trunk of gear, so it made sense)
alone. He dosed with stereotacular gurble fuzz drone tone; turn your
head left, that sine wave smacks you; turn right, it’s gone. If it
could’ve been 5 times louder and with more bass, intestinal tracts
would’ve seeped through skin. He left the stage as this charmingly
aggravating high tone chirped left right up and down and then bryan
stepped to the front, turned on these really brutal bright lights, and
proceeded to eat his way through a record and spit out hyaenas of prime
cut distorto-destruction. His pacing was dapper, with delicate high
tones setting your arm hair upright and then bass trout flopping at
your feet.

Bloodyminded—hell they really are hitting strides live, and this set
brought back more of the distortion nightmare (as opposed to the
cleaner sounds I’ve heard at their recent live show). They sounded
fantastic in the space, but, as most of us feared, nobody in the
(seated) audience knew what to do with them. A handful of us screamed
along and gave mark all the necessary heckles (and undiluted,
supporting agape love) he needed, though. A fine evening out.


BLOODYMINDED
Thursday February 23
Wheaton Grand Theater
Wheaton, IL

with:
Is
Climax Denial
Crippled Insectual (AKA Vertonen + Insect Deli)


BLOODYMINDED
Ed Knigge - Synth + Vocals
Chris Mack - Synth
Mark Solotroff - Vocals + Synth

01. "OVER BEFORE YOU KNOW IT"
02. "ANGEL OF DARKNESS"
03. "AS IF"
04. "VISITING AN EX-GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL - AIDS WARD"
05. "BLIND FURY"
06. "IN THE MOOD"
07. "HEAD"
08. "TWO DROPS OF BLOOD"
09. "A SONG FOR LISANNE, A YOUNG MODEL"
10. "PRO-ANA"
11. "PRO-MIA"
12. "MIND THE GAP"
13. "GIRLFRIEND ATTEMPTS TO EXPLAIN SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODE BY REVEALING CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE"
14. "TEN SUICIDES"

Thanks a lot, to Bryan, for setting up this show in such a cool space. Any doubts about playing a suburban show were eliminated when we walked into this amazing, decaying theater. It was the perfect setting for a show like this. Julia and Blake kicked off the night in style with a really powerful and upbeat Crippled Insectual set of masked rhythmic noise to set things in motion. Climax Denial was up next, and after a brief, low volume segment, Alex flipped the magic switch and he poured on a rough set of very early-1980's style dark industrial noise. At points it reminded me of great old Lustmord tracks like "Of Bones of Men," or something. Is was up next as a two-part, two-man set. Jacob began their set up on the stage, with an eerie red glow of light emanating from his equipment case. Combined with his dark, rumbling ambient electronics, and with the crowd seated in a mostly dark space, things took on a strange quasi-religious feel. A sub-woofer would have been nice, but no complaints. Bryan then manned his floor level equipment, and he went to town on the second half of their engaging set that seemed part noise show, part performance art, and part lab experiment. We finished things off with a quick, fun set that definitely cleared some of the already-small crowd right out of the theater. Thanks to everyone who stuck around. Thanks to Nicole, Joe, and Tom, from Rococo Records, for the enthusiasm and the support.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Tonight:

Flyer designed by Bryan Tholl




Release schedule - update:






The new BLOODYMINDED CD, "Magnetism," has been shipped to the pressing plant. Based upon current timing estimates, we will unfortunately NOT have it on tour with us in mid-March. There is a possibility that we will be able to have a quantity of discs drop-shipped to NYC to have them at No Fun Fest, if all goes according to schedule.

The BLOODYMINDED enhanced live CD and the Intrinsic Action "Peepland" CD should both be available prior to the tour.

The seventh single in the private series is in production and it may be ready prior to No Fun Fest. Details will be announced next week in the March update.


Monday, February 20, 2006



The busy week ahead:

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Thursday February 23
Wheaton Grand Theater

123 N. Hale Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
630.221.0667
http://www.wheatongrand.net/
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
$7.00
All Ages
BLOODYMINDED

appearing with
Is
Climax Denial (Milwaukee, WI)
Crippled Insectual (AKA Vertonen + Insect Deli)


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Friday February 24
James Brown Rape Tank
1630 N. Oakley (enter in back)
Chicago, IL 60647

http://www.roxannejeanpolise.com/
Show: 9:00 PM Sharp
$5.00 donation for out of town bands
All Ages
Mark Solotroff (BLOODYMINDED screamer, solo - multiple microphone madness)

appearing with
Sisprum Vish (OH)
Charlie Draheim (MI)
Wigwam (MI)
Mildew (WI)
Roxanne Jean Polise/Rebel Griswold/Silvum


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Saturday February 25
WHPK Pictures and Sound Festival
The University of Chicago Film Studies Center

5811 South Ellis Ave.
Cobb Hall 307

Chicago, IL 60637
773.702.8596
http://filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu/
7:00 PM
Mark Solotroff
appearing with
LSDudes
Brian Labycz (AKA Koura)
Tangleweed
Note: I will be playing to two very rhythmic and very different short films: "Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street" (1905) by G. W. "Billy" Blitzer and "The Dante Quartet" (1987) by Stan Brakhage. My soundtracks will use heavily distorted analog drum machine, sort of in the style of the early- to mid-1980s Madrid scene (Uvegraf, Esplendor Geometrico, Macromassa, etc.)


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From: http://whpk.uchicago.edu/events/

Pictures and Sounds 2006

Saturday, February 25, 2006, 7:00 PM at Cobb Hall (5811 S. Ellis), Room 307

WHPK and the Film Studies Center are proud to present Pictures and Sounds, an annual multimedia event that presents silent films with live musical accompaniment. This year’s program promises to be spectacular, as a quartet of improvisers will be creating soundtracks to a group of films that represent over as century of experimental cinema. The films this year (all projected from 16 millimeter prints) are as diverse and fascinating as the musical artists who will be interpreting them. Mark Solotroff will be performing to Interior New York Subway, 14th St. to 42nd St. by GW “Billy” Blitzer and The Dante Quartet by Stan Brakhage, Koura will be performing to Fog Line by Larry Gottheim, the LSDudes will accompany Joystick by Jeff Hudson, and Tangleweed will play to H20 by Ralph Steiner.

Mark Solotroff is a Chicago-based artist who works in visual, sound, and performance mediums. As a sound artist/musician, he founded the experimental noise band Intrinsic Action in 1984. His current band, BLOODYMINDED, was formed in New York, in 1995, when Intrinsic Action came to an end. Solotroff has recorded solo work under his own name, as well as under the names Surgical Stainless Steel and Super Eight Loop, and he has recently become more actively engaged in collaborations with a diverse group of performers and artists. For Pictures and Sounds, he has chosen to work in an entirely uncharacteristically rhythmic manner, primarily dictated by the films that he has chosen, and partially in homage to the frequently overlooked mid-1980’s Madrid, Spain, industrial scene, which included a number of distinctive artists often working with primitive, heavily distorted beats (e.g. Esplendor Geometrico, Comando Bruno, Macromassa, Dep├│sito Dental, Recursos Ajenos, and Interacci├│n). Solotroff’s musical activity can be charted via http://bloodlust.blogspot.com/.

The LSDudes formed around 1998. Jeff Hudson was messing around with electronic music using some very old keyboards and a Commodore computer and some friends joined in to see what would happen. “Drug movies” such as Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls provided the inspiration for the original songs. As time went on, the band moved on to composing songs about early video games and performing live accompanied by an Atari console’s primitive video game music. Video has always been a strong component of the LSDude’s show; every song they perform is accompanied by its own video. Some are video game screens, some are abstract psychedelic images, and some are tightly-edited collages of movie clips. The current band members are: Jeff Hudson (video, keyboard, beats, vocals), Rich Vogel (keyboards, bass guitar, vocals), and Chris Eddy (guitar). Photos, music samples, press clippings, and additional info can be found at http://www.lsdudes.com/ or http://www.myspace.com/lsdudes.

Currently located in Chicago (following an extended period in Gifu, Japan), Brian Labycz, also known as Koura, is an experimental artist primarily working with sound and performative media. With a background in Western and Japanese classical performance, his focus is on improvisation and live performance as well as composition and installation works. He draws from a range of sources utilizing field recordings, acoustic instruments, digital/analog manipulations, traditional systems, and interactive media to produce and explore various experiential forms. Brian has performed and exhibited in the US and Japan and has worked/performed with Bernhard Gal, Carl Stone, Christophe Charles, Dale Lloyd, Yannick Dauby, Kikuchi Yukinori, Yao Bin, TV Pow, and Sawako. He is actively involved in organizing performances/exhibitions in Chicago and has released works on and/oar, tiramizu, stasisfield, foreign lands, and boxmedia.

Tangleweed is a five-man acoustic Americana group from Chicago. Their new CD is called Just a Spoonful. Tangleweed formed after Ryan Fisher (banjo), Paul Wargaski (upright bass), and Billy Oh (fiddle) met on the set of the Jeff-nominated local theatre production The Cotton Patch Gospels. Once the production closed, the trio agreed there was a chemistry that should be explored further, and Tangleweed was born. Kenneth Rainey (mandolin, veteran of Chicago’s Kennett Brothers) was added to the line-up after he and Fisher found a common bond when they were admonished at a local bluegrass jam for attempting a Thelonious Monk tune. Rainey’s neighbor Scott Judd (long-time acoustic guitarist and cofounder of local psych-rock trio Magnetosphere) soon sat in at one of the band’s Sunday evening sets at Metropolis Coffee House, and was added as a permanent member then and there. The band has been sharpening their live sets by playing regularly in Chicago since early summer 2004, and has performed at a myriad of area venues, including the Hideout, Martyr’s, and Navy Pier. If the recent standing ovations are any indication, this band is a welcome breath of fresh air for local lovers of stomping bluegrass, banjo-jazz, and high lonesome harmonies. Their website can be found at http://www.tangleweed.org/.

The Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago is located in Cobb Hall, room 307, at 5811 South Ellis Ave. Chicago, IL (773-702-8596 or http://filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu/ for directions). Cobb Hall, on the U. of C. campus Quadrangle, is located ½ block north of the Midway Plaisance. The building is directly across from the Hospital Brain Research Pavilion and just south of the Administration Building. Enter Cobb Hall on the north side. Ample parking is available on the Midway and 59th Street. This is a free, all-ages event, and the general public is welcome.

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