Saturday, September 30, 2006
- Last night's show at Elastic was great. A large crowd turned up for Olivia Block and Daniel Menche. Olivia is a friend of Andrea Cernotto, formerly of The Sodality, but this was only the first time that I met her and saw her perform. I really enjoyed her set quite a bit. She played a mix of what appeared to be repetitions on a "prepared" (or specially mic'd) piano, combined with field recordings --- possibly of storms (?) - and controlled, subtle waves of interference - noise - feedback. It had a music concrete aspect about it, but my vocabulary for this type of music is definitely lacking. Daniel's set was a lot of fun, and it is great to see someone else who has been at this for a while, screaming, sweating, and making strange faces. I ran into a ton of friends there, older and newer, which was fun. I met one of the Skull Defekts guys, who made a funny Intrinsic Action reference. I am looking forward to seeing them tonight. Although I know that they sound nothing like them, in the late 1980s, I used to be obsessed with the Union Carbide Productions song, "Down on the Beach," off of the "In the Air Tonight" LP. I think that I still have a Radium 226.05 book/journal hiding in a box somewhere. The label was always pretty interesting to me, and it did not hurt that they seemed to be major Stooges worshippers... let alone that they had connection to Leather Nun!!!
Friday, September 29, 2006
- I just uploaded a number of Super Eight Loop related photographs to the Flickr page --- images of covers, special editions, etc. --- in an attempt to help organize and update the current S8L information on Discogs.com
- I added a large number of items to eBay today... a mixed bag, including some rare noise and industrial items
- I am off to see Daniel Menche and Olivia Block at Elastic in a couple of hours
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The Fortieth Day
The Fortieth Day is the new project featuring Isidro Reyes and Mark Solotroff of BLOODYMINDED. Our releases will be created by utilizing the live recordings of the weekly guitar, bass, and synth sessions, which we started meeting for in June of 2005. Thus far, the project has a dense, murky, heavy style, punctuated by harsh feedback and occasional rhythmic bursts, provided by the primitive drum machine programming that Isidro has been doing. Initially, these sessions were meant to result in slightly more of a "rock" project, with heavy psychedelic, drone, shoegazer, and doom leanings, but the nature of the sessions has dictated a different direction, altogether. Since initiating these sessions, recorded material has been utilized by both BLOODYMINDED - for this year's "Magnetism" CD - and by Reyes and Solotroff's minimal synth/cold wave crossover project, A Vague Disquiet. The first set of AVD songs will see the light of day on the imminent Wierd Records compilation, due out next week. The pair now intend to continue working with the hours-and-hours of recordings, creating new releases - commencing with a series of C-60 cassette tapes to be released on BloodLust! over the coming months. Live performances are also under consideration.
- Just back from a nice dinner meeting based around a new ("rock") band that I am going to try doing vocals for... More details on that as things evolve...
- So, I enjoyed "Hard Candy" for the most part. It was a bit predictable, and it went in a sort of bad Neil LaBute direction, but it was pretty entertaining. "Dead Man's Shoes" is due next. I missed it in the theater, as it only seemed to play in Chicago for a week. I loved Paddy Considine in "Last Resort" and in "24 Hour Party People." I even enjoyed him in the sappy-but-effective "In America"
Monday, September 25, 2006
- All outstanding mail-order and eBay items (since Thursday) are packed up and will be brought to the Post Office tomorrow
- More new items were listed on eBay today
- The flyer for the October 13th show is up on the Flickr site
- Isidro and I are sorting out the details for the first release by The Fortieth Day. Details should follow very soon...
- I watched the season finale of "Brotherhood" on Showtime last night. All in all, I thought that the series was pretty decent. The third episode of "The Wire" on HBO was good. So far, this season is looking really strong.
- I totally OD'd on Celtic Frost today, in honor of Saturday's show show. By OD'd, I mean I listened to everything, including "Cold Lake" and "Vanity Nemesis." Whether I do a quick Hellhammer retrospective tomorrow (demos, etc.) remains to be seen. Any Warhammer fans out there?
- Tomorrow night is the start of Animal Law... more on that shortly, I hope...
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Last night was a monumental night for heavy music. I managed to see Celtic Frost and then I grabbed a cab and made it to the Empty Bottle in time to see Om. My ears are still ringing... no joke! I wrote up the evening here: