Friday, February 16, 2007

borrelia on red blood cells

The Fortieth Day in the Chicago Reader

From The Reader


THE FORTIETH DAY Mark Solotroff and Isidro Reyes, both of local power-electronics outfit Bloodyminded, craft sonic assaults with considerably more detail and variety in this instrumental duo. They use a guitar and a synthesizer to generate sustained, withering blasts of high-pitched noise that are as distinct from one another as spotlights sweeping across the night sky; jackhammer clatter, jet-engine whines, and forlorn keyboard melodies dart in and out of those huge sounds with the grace and impunity of plovers picking a crocodile's teeth. The Fortieth Day have been together for a year and a half, but this is their first concert in front of an audience. Video artist Noise Crush will add computer-generated visuals. Abduction (a duo of former Zelienople guitarist Neil Jendon and synth player Mike Miley) and On & Sylvain Chauveau open. --> 8 PM, Elastic, 2830 N. Milwaukee, 773-772-3616, $5 suggested donation. A --Bill Meyer

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Village Voice

- Our friend David Cotner was kind enough to include the M.O. "Forbidden Ground" 7-inch in his 2006 Village Voice "Pazz & Jop Critics Poll" list. His entries can be viewed here:

Mail Order status

- After a couple of monumental packing sessions, all outstanding orders (including wholesale) are ready to ship. Only those orders awaiting the yet-to-be-released Sword Heaven single remain unfulfilled. I anticipate getting everything mailed out on Friday and Saturday. Thanks to everyone who has been patient during this extremely busy period!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Fortieth Day - flyer for upcoming show

Fases de la Luna


- I started loading all of the BloodLust! releases as "Buy It Now" auctions on eBay again, after a brief hiatus. I will probably start adding select auction items soon... Link at right, or check here

Archives Redux

- I seemed to have saved the archives, somehow, which I am happy about. It was partially a matter of updating this weblog's template, which was probably long overdue. There will definitely need to be some formatting work done, but all of the links seem to be in place, and they are functional...

Wierd on WNYU Radio

- Pieter was back on the radio yesterday, on WNYU's The New Afternoon Show. He was joined by a bunch of NYC Wierd Records artists, playing forthcoming Wierd tracks, talking about coldwave and purist synth aesthetics, etc. He was kind enough to preview a very, very rare - and rather heavy - in-progress A Vague Disquiet song, with Isidro on intense lead vocals. The stream of the show is here:

The actual show starts about 30-minutes in, just after the 5 o'clock news...

Monday, February 12, 2007

Warmer Milks, etc.

- I went to see Warmer Milks, 3 Legged Race (Robert from Hair Police), and Locrian, at the Empty Bottle last night. I have a very brief write-up here:

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Feb 9 show / Archives / Doom

Friday February 9, 2007
The Flowershop
Chicago, IL

Jason Soliday + Mark Solotroff

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the show on Friday. The support was amazing! I had a great night and I really enjoyed all of the sets. Thanks to Nick/Busker, for being such a great host; thanks to Jason, for working with me again and for dragging the PA over to the space; thanks to all of the other bands; thanks to all the friends who made it out on such a cold night, especially the Milwaukee crew. Marlene's video camera seems to have died while she was in Vietnam, but I will post a picture taken by Neil Jendon with his cell phone (thanks!)

Also, the new Sword Heaven/Lambsbread split LP on Lost Treasures of the Underworld Records is a must have!

- It looks like the mandatory switchover from the old Blogger interface to the newer Google Blogger system just caused nearly five years (?) of archives to disappear. They still exist on the catalog page, so I will try to look into it for this page. Oddly, I am not terribly bummed out, as I have always thought of this site as being a temporary, albeit long-term-temporary, thing...

- I saw Hidden Hand, Kylesa, and Minsk, at the Empty Bottle last night. It was a great show. Minsk seem to get better and better every time that I see them. This was the third Kylesa show that I have seen and they did not disappoint. I really like their blend of early- to mid-Neurosis-type crushing intensity, mixed with elements of sludgier southern Eyehategod/Buzzov-en style heaviness. I enjoyed Hidden Hand much more than when Xavier and I saw them with Om and Unearthly Trance at the Knitting Factory, the weekend of No Fun Fest 2005. Wino is a warrior!