Saturday, August 11, 2007

Envenomist / Mark Solotroff - October 2007 Tour

Plans are now underway for a short tour in early- to mid-October. An initial e-mail was just sent out to numerous contacts in these cities. If for some reason you did not hear from us, and you wish to be involved somehow, please feel free to get in touch via Thank you!


Envenomist / Mark Solotroff - October 2007 Tour

Sunday October 7 - Chicago, IL
Monday October 8 - St. Louis, MO
Tuesday October 9 - Lexington, KY
Wednesday October 10 - Cleveland, OH
Thursday October 11 - Detroit, Ann Arbor, or Ypsilanti, MI
Friday October 12 - Kalamazoo, MI


Friday, August 10, 2007

Sigillum S "23/20" Write-Up

Here is a promotional essay that I wrote for Sigillum S, for the release of their new album, "23/20"

Sigillum S "23/20"

I have known – and I have been listening to – Sigillum S – for over twenty years, and one of the most important things about them – to me – is that I have never fully understood just what the band is quite up to. Yet, I feel like I have been rather close to them for the majority of their existence. I released their "Terror Auto-Obstetrics" 7-inch single in 1990 and I even played synthesizer as a part of the band at their Freedom In A Vacuum Festival appearance, in Toronto, Canada, in 1993. But I have never had an easy time discussing the band, or its recordings, and to this day, I still find it somewhat difficult to explain who or what they are.

Sigillum S comes from a post-punk, post-industrial music era… I know that at one point, they definitely would have been referred to as "industrial"… even if at times, the band, or its main constituents, have worked in genres such as "noise," "isolationism," "ritual music," "techno," "IDM," "ambient," "illbient," "dub," and even "death-rock" (as I believe their first, self-titled cassette to be). Sigillum S are cut more from the same cloth as diverse and innovative groups, such as, The Legendary Pink Dots, Coil, Virgin Prunes, and maybe Psychic TV.

Fittingly then, Sigillum S cannot be defined by a single style or genre, and neither can their enigmatic new release, "23/20." Even after several months of repeated listening to preview copies of both versions of the album (CD and double LP), it has been difficult for me to come to an easy conclusion about the two slightly different collections of songs that I have in front of me. I even know that I appear on the album… twice, I believe. I contributed a tape of my feedbacking screams, during the band's lengthy recording process. At times, I think that I hear my voice in one particular song, and then I think that it is mixed into another. But my own ongoing review might never fully reveal where I was placed into this puzzling assemblage of sounds.

Most recently, to me, "23/20" represents some sort of (perhaps "unsafe"?) sexual cycle. Not that this would be exactly new territory for Sigillum S, but it is certainly a more considered and a more mature take on it, than, say, their excellent, De Sade-tinged, 1988 LP, "Boudoir Philosophy" (ADN). There are elements of the foreplay that lowers ones inhibitions; of a buildup of stimulation; of increasing physical intensity; of sustained, overpowering, passion; of lurking danger; of an unhurried cool down period; and of some drifting, faraway dreamlike sensation. There are passages where one can easily get lost in the moment and there are also awkward or clumsy moments that can make one cringe, and that can bring one back to reality – just as in sex.

The album contains contributions by a number of the band's collaborators and friends – a curious assortment of musicians from disparate backgrounds and scenes – from free jazz to heavy metal, from avant-garde to dub, and from to pop to noise – and this only makes sense, given the band that we are talking about, given the songs on these slightly varied collections, and given the "anniversary"-related nature of this dual release. It has been a very long time since a newly recorded Sigillum S album was released and I welcome "23/20" with open arms and open, albeit somewhat damaged ears. I accept the ongoing challenge of trying to comprehend everything that has been set before me – and the fact that it will not easily reveal itself to me is just one part of why this album will remain an engaging listen for a long time to come.

Mark Solotroff, Chicago, August 2007

Thursday, August 09, 2007

M.O. on eBay

A copy of the sold-out M.O. "Smooth Hate" 7-inch is up on eBay, here

Broken Microphones

I am working on plans for a gallery installation and performance that is related to my vocal and feedback-based solo multiple microphone shows.

While I am quite good at destroying my own microphones, mic cords, and mic stands, and at many BLOODYMINDED shows, I have Pieter helping me wreck even more stuff, I am attempting to amass a larger collection of broken microphones and accessories.

If anyone out there - currently - or in the near future - has any microphones - or microphone parts - that they would otherwise throw in the garbage, I would like to obtain them.

If you would be willing to send them to me, via the cheapest/easiest way possible, I would gladly reimburse your shipping costs with some BloodLust! releases.

If anyone in the Chicago area has broken microphone stands or ruined mic (XLR) cables, I would be happy to come pick those sorts of things up, too. Finally, beat-up, smashed-up, and unusable mixers would be really great, too... Mackie, Behringer, Alesis, Tapco, etc. Small mixers (1-6 inputs) are preferred.

Thank you, in advance, for any contributions that come out of this!


Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, etc.:

Ship to:
Mark Solotroff
Post Office Box 6091
Chicago, Illinois

Monday, August 06, 2007


All paid orders in response to the August update have been shipped out. Thanks to everyone who showed quick support for the two new The Fortieth Day cassettes. Thanks to our friend Kyle for immediately updating our Discogs page:,+The

"Gift Givers" Is Gone

As listed in the August update, the BLOODYMINDED "Gift Givers" CD is temporarily out of stock. I hope to have this title back in print soon...