Saturday, October 20, 2007

Recap of Last Night

Suffering Bastard
Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck
Mark Solotroff
HZMT
Anaphylaxis

10-19-07
Mr. City
Chicago, IL

Thanks to Seth and everyone at Mr. City for agreeing to host the show. Thanks to everyone who came out to support! It looked grim, at first. Some folks were already down in Saint Louis for the noise fest there. Some people were at Dark Funeral. Other were at High On Fire. And people even came over after the Meneguar show. Busy night. But people kept arriving and it turned out to be a nice crowd.

Anaphylaxis started off the night in a more calm manner, using modular synth, light sensitive home-built gadgets, and other electronic ephemera to great effect. It has been a while since I played with, or saw, Jason and Andrew, so it was nice to have them on board.

Anthony Miller, AKA HZMT, AKA Hazmat, AKA Dirty Tony, etc., was up next. Most off his gear seemed to be made of circuits and Great Stuff - but I wished that I had some foam for my ears, because one of his handmade devices was like an inner ear slicer. Weird electronics and vocals upped the ante for the nigh - we were still only on the back-side PA - and it was already starting to hurt.

I was up next, and I tried to do a very slow build-up. Things got dense fairly quickly, and before I knew it, I had overloaded the PA and knocked the head out of commission. Bummer... but the Suffering Bastard guys had an extra... they roll with over half-a-dozen, at least... so they got me sorted out within about three minutes. After I was back up and running, I just picked up where I had left off. I kept adding to the dense fabric of feedback... kept the vocals more subtle, until everything was maxed out... and then I did heavier vocals into the speaker. Not great, but not the worst. My ears were certainly ringing more. Major thanks to the SxBx guys for getting me back in business!

Here is where things take a turn for the truly painful...

Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck turned on, and all bets were off. No shit, the most intense power-electronics (I guess that is what they are) that I have seen since Slogun started playing live. Completely ear-piercing feedback and vocals - coming out of the SxBx soundclash PA system - primitive synth pulses/patterns - in your face stage presence. I almost do not want to describe it. Heavy fucking stuff. The real deal. I wish that I could be in the basement of Apop records tonight... damn.

Suffering Bastard capped off the night with the doomiest, crustiest set that I have seen by them, yet - BLOODYMINDED has played with them twice in Providence. Their twin bass sound was such an extreme change from TDS OGF, who seemed to occupy a completely different spectrum of the air. SxBx was more of a bowel-churning gut punch. Best nail spike arm bands in ages, too!

All in all, a great mix of styles... a fun night... good crowd interaction. But my ears feel like they were jabbed with an icepick...

Photographs are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloodlustchicago/

Video is below...

Anaphylaxis



HZMT



Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck (one)



Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck (two)



Suffering Bastard

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

New THE FORTIETH DAY cassette

I have a small number of copies of the new The Fortieth Day cassette for sale. It was just released on Cipher Productions from Australia. Please send an e-mail prior to making a PayPal payment, in order to confirm availability: $7.00 USA/$10.00 World @ postpaid





The Fortieth Day
"Pelusium: 540 AD"
Cipher Productions (Australia)
Cassette (C-62)

"The Fortieth Day have managed to build up a heady wash of particled, crusted tape releases on the BloodLust! label, the project's clogged airways and dusted corridors of sound one of the most perfect fits for the cassette format one could hope to imagine. 'Pelusium: 540 AD' is The Fortieth Day in supreme form, the guitar/bass duo of Isidro Reyes and Mark Solotroff (BLOODYMINDED) churning out an obtrusive cloud of sound but this time with a little more detail glaring through the asthmatic machinations.

Black and white artwork and tape labels all housed in a Norelco case; a slight twist on the classic BloodLust! aesthetic linked to this project. Edition of 100 copies."

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tour Video

Here are some short, dark and grainy video clips, shot on my HP digital still camera. If anyone got any video of my sets (or photographs), please let me know. I kept forgetting to give David my camera. I wish that I had better clips, as well as clips of everyone that we played with, but... Thanks for checking!

Envenomist
10-08-07
Apop Records
Saint Louis, MO




Jason Schuler
10-09-07
Frowny Bear
Lexington, KY
Part 1



Jason Schuler
10-09-07
Frowny Bear
Lexington, KY
Part 2



Caves
10-09-07
Frowny Bear
Lexington, KY



Nathan Bowers + David Russell + Wyatt Howland
10-10-07 -
Pat's In The Flats
Cleveland, OH



Envenomist
10-10-07
Pat's In The Flats
Cleveland, OH



Crosse Humiliation
10-11-07
Raven Pit
Ypsilanti, MI
Part 1



Crosse Humiliation
10-11-07
Raven Pit
Ypsilanti, MI
Part 2



Crosse Humiliation
10-11-07
Raven Pit
Ypsilanti, MI
Part 3



Redrot
10-11-07
Raven Pit
Ypsilanti, MI



Envenomist
10-11-07
Raven Pit
Ypsilanti, MI



Locrian
10-12-07
Red Room
Kalamazoo, MI



Envenomist
10-12-07
Red Room
Kalamazoo, MI

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mail-Order Status

I just did a Post Office run. All paid orders for the solo CD-R have been mailed, as have general mail-orders, wholesale orders, and eBay auction wins.

Thanks to everyone who showed a little post-tour support!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Last copies of Mark Solotroff "Solo Live 001"

There are a limited number of copies available after the tour:

B!086 Mark Solotroff "Solo Live 001" CD-R
- Edition of 100 numbered copies
- Recorded at Behind The Green Door, Detroit, MI, at Birthday Destroyer III, June 24, 2005
- Mastered at Eightysevenwest Recording, Chicago, IL, by Salvatore Dellaria
- Pro-duplicated CD-Rs in white DVD cases with black and white cover art





$10.00 USA/$13.00 World @ postpaid
PayPal to: bludlust@mindspring.com
Please e-mail first, to confirm availability

Stock Status


Now Sold Out:

BLOODYMINDED "Magnetism" CD
BLOODYMINDED PLAYS BLOODYMINDED" cassette

I hope to have "Magnetism" back in print as soon as possible...

Last Show Recap

Friday October 12

Red Room
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Envenomist
Mark Solotroff
Locrian
White Leather

After a quick and easy drive from our Ann Arbor retreat to Kalamazoo, we were greeted by Joel from the Red Room, who was kind enough to get the pizza factory rolling right away. It seems that Joel and Miles (in NYC for Wolf Eyes and Ramleh) have been beefing up the PA/amp situation in their basement, because we were presented with a wall of opportunities that definitely shaped the outcome of the night, sonically, at least.

Things looked pretty grim, audience-wise, when White Leather got started. This Villa Valley/Haunted Castle offshoot oozed out the perfect sort of basement analog ambience... almost death-industrial in its pulsing near-beats... dark, murky, and rather heavy, especially coming through the aforementioned sound system.

Our hometown friends, Locrian, played the most intense set that I have seen from them, channeling traffic woes and malfunctioning equipment stress into a wall of sound that I have not heard them create in Chicago. Acoustic and electric guitar - keyboard and voice - built up into an ear-punishing tidal wave of sound, that maintained all of the nuance and subtlety that I expect from Andre and Terence.

Happily, I saw that a few more people had arrived at the space, even as some unfortunately had to leave early.

I was up next, and plugged into so many different amps, it was clear that the feedback that I generated was going to have a lot of gradation. I tried to build things up slowly, but even two microphones at lower volume were spewing out vicious waves of sound. At one point, after things had built up to a full level of sound, I turned back to face the audience to do vocals, and I saw literally everyone trying to shield their ears. It looked great from my perspective. Even with this small audience, I got some perceptive and thoughtful "feedback" from people, which was great.

David was up next, and although his sound was not as blown out as it was in Ypsilanti, this was still an extremely forceful Envenomist set. The range of speakers/amps still allowed for David's full sound to come through, even if the three distinctly different synth voices quickly careened off of the wall in front of him. Envenomist is as suited to dark basements as it probably is to large halls, abandoned factories, and movie theaters. Head music that you can feel in your gut. Another amazing set, indeed...

Thanks to Miles, for getting the show sorted out. Thanks to Joel, for keep us fed and for making us LOUD. Thanks to Joy, for her aerobic input. Hi to Pat Yankee. Thanks to those who came out, including those who have been in and out of contact for years!