Saturday, December 23, 2006

Mail Run

- I just got back from doing a big mail run. Barring any goof-ups on my part, all paid pre-orders for the new Charlie Draheim 7-inch were shipped out today. Thanks to everyone who supported this new release, which is off to an excellent start!

Magnetism Review

Ruido Horrible

Bloodyminded - Magnetism (Bloodlust!, B!057, 2006)

Imagina que William Bennett y Michael Gira se hubiesen encontrado en 1984 y que de esa reunión hubiera salido una deforme, animalesca, brutal mezcla de los aspectos más salvajes de Swans y Whitehouse y tendrías, aproximadamente, algo similar a "Magnetism". Provocando feedback incontrolable en micrófonos, forjando oleadas de caos en graves oscilaciones y, sobre todo, gritando y gruñendo y encimando, manipulando, deformando, amplificando y disecando cada partícula de sonido que flotase a su alrededor, Bloodyminded han logrado grabar uno de los discos más estresantes y violentos en mucho tiempo. A través de quince temas cuyos títulos hacen referencia a episodios extremos y personales que van de lo retorcidamente cómico -"Shotghun held to face by severely crosseyed addict while attempting to physically remove girlfriend from know drug house"- a la directa mala vibra -"Girlfriend attempts to explain schizophrenic episode by revealing childhood sexual abuse"-, la banda da muestra de lo que es catársis a partir de una nueva forma de shock rock, con intensas regresiones en vez de canciones, gritos que van del dolor a la furia en vez de vocales, zumbidos en vez de melodías y cólera y neurosis en vez de virtusismo o romanticismo. Absolutamente brutal, intensa y dolorosa pornografía aural. (S.S.)

Friday, December 22, 2006

BloodLust! New Release

BloodLust! New Release - Out Now:

Artist: Charlie Draheim

Title: "Choose To Lose" b/w "1987"

Format: White Vinyl 7-inch

Catalog Number: BloodLust! 068

Genre: Noise / Experimental

This is the first release on BloodLust! by Detroit's Charlie Draheim,
and I could not be happier. Draheim has been a major figure in both
my social and my musical cosmologies during the last few years, and
his recordings and his live shows have reached such a peak-state
that I could not hold off any longer in releasing some of his intense,
blasting electronic noise. The choice is yours... win or lose? Private
series number twelve.

- 7-Inch
- 33 RPM
- Pressed in an edition of 300 copies
- White vinyl
- White labels with minimal black text
- Poly-lined inner sleeve
- Unmarked white cardboard sleeve (sealed on three sides)
- Black and white insert

Price: $7.00 USA/$10.00 World @ postpaid.

(Wholesale rates are available to distributors, mail-order
services, and record stores)

Please use for PayPal payments,
or make money orders payable to: MARK SOLOTROFF
(not BloodLust!)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Recent films of note:

"Mel Gibson's Apocalypto"
Ultra-gory and violent - and at times, totally beautiful... and dumb. I think that you always have the include his name in the title.

"The Death of Mr. Lazarescu"

A total bummer, from Romania. Sort of like a more personal "Bringing Out The Dead" on tranquilizers.

The Russian semi-surrealist/sci-fi film by Ilya Khrzhanovsky. It kind of goes nowhere, but you enjoy the ride, nonetheless.

Near misses:

"Cleo from 5 to 7" ("Cleo de 5 a 7") - by Agnès Varda. A curiosity.

"Inside Man" - a suspenseful, if predictable, bank heist film.

"Don't Come Knocking" - by one of my favorite directors, Wim Wenders... it definitely had his imprint. There was a lot of "Paris, Texas" in this one. Still, nice enough to watch. "Land Of Plenty" was decent, too, but it kind of felt like a mish-mash of other Wenders films, as well.

"Dead Man's Shoes" - I am a huge fan of Paddy Considine. It was weird to see him on the screen, looking like he just walked out of a Miguel Angel Martin comic. Pretty intense stuff.


"The Wild Blue Yonder" - increasingly, these Werner Herzog "experiments" don't do it for me.

"Calvaire" - maybe I just don't like Belgian ultra-violence... this one bored me, and it seemed kind of dumb. It had exactly two really good moments for me, both near the beginning. I think that I was the only person who disliked "Man Bites Dog," too...

--- And on television, I have really enjoyed the latest seasons of "The Wire" (HBO) and "Sleeper Cell" (Showtime) - the latter of which was aired like a mini-series. I thought that "Dexter" (Showtime) was fun, but it was nothing to write home about. Recent news of "The Shield" being pushed back from January to April is bumming me out...

Monday, December 18, 2006

Catching up... Draheim vinyl

- Things have been pretty hectic, but I wanted to mention that I did squeeze in a mail run today, for both eBay and mail-order packages. I still need to catch up on a few more mail-orders, as well.

- Speaking of catching up, I was handed a bunch of recordings at our show last week, which I will try to listen to over the next few days. A quick thanks to Adam from Winters In Osaka, the guy from Rubbish (shit, very sorry to have spaced on your name...), Rococo Records (a beautiful looking 10-inch!), Nicole, Locrian, and Sexual Freedom (shameful looking filth!).

- The Charlie Draheim vinyl has arrived, so I am just waiting for a shipment of sleeves. We should still be on track for a December 22nd release.

More soon...