Friday, January 18, 2008

Wierd 311

Thanks to everyone who came out to see me at Wierd on Wednesday night. Thanks so much to Pieter for having me back! It is always a pleasure (...seekers...) Thanks to Glenn, for help with sound. Thanks to Sean/Martial Canterel and James/Blacklist, for extra microphone stands. There was a pretty amazing mix of people at Home Sweet Home that night... from James and Alex from Milwaukee... to Arthur from Allentown... to John from The Cathode Terror Secretion and Jeremy from Halflings... to Miles from Kalamazoo and his crew... to Chris/Little Enjoyer... to more recent Chicago (and area) transplants like Brandon from Electric Set and Kurtis... to all the very rare Wierd people who show me such great support... even those who were not up for the feedback... Yep, and a 311 call had come in shortly before I was supposed to play, so the volume could not really be all that it was hoped for. Wierd is really struggling with a tenant in the building above the bar. That said, I did what I could with my feedback frequencies, before maxing everything out. The best part for me is that it forced me to rely on vocals more, and as I had just done in Chicago on Saturday, I utilized the lyrics to "In Fives," singing them in a different way... a bit more monotone, but still with a melody, albeit a different one than with Animal Law. The result, easily one of my favorite solo shows yet, one in which I was further forced out of my comfort zone. And into the dense fog...

Other NYC highlights, thus far...

Right off of the plane and over to the Martial Canterel analog studio supreme... for previews of new songs (private series, included!!!) even with some live vocals added for maximum pleasure.

Having to find an alternate route into Manhattan yesterday afternoon after someone purportedly tried to jump off of the Williamsburg Bridge, causing the bridge to be shut down and causing a subway service suspension.

Making it through a good chunk of Chelsea before the rain started last night. Of note: the Luis Gispert show at Mary Boone - specifically, a pretty amazing, rather dark film called, "Smother."

An odd session over at Hospital.

Off to Miguel Abreu Gallery while Pieter's paintings are installed...

More soon...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Re-Post from the Wierd

This week welcomes the return of our oldest and rarest friend, a man who needs no introduction, hands down the king of analogue industrial electronics since 1984 Mr. Mark Solotroff(Bloodyminded, A Vague Disquiet, Ex-Intrinsic Action) from Chicago for a solo performance at midnight! Remember to wear your heat-seeking leathers...and get ready for the frozen cold pleasures...

Wednesday January 16th, 10pm-4am
Pieter and Glenn spin minimal electronics, cold guitar wave
WIERD @ Home Sweet Home
(Live all-vocal solo performance by Mark Solotroff at Midnight!!!)
131 Chrystie St.@Delancy, NYC

Upcoming WIERD_Related VRevents:
Sun. 1/20 After Party at Home Sweet Home 10pm-4am w DJs Miss Liz, Glenn and Martial Canterel for Pieter Schoolwerth Painting Exhibition at Miguel Abreu Gallery(33 Orchard St. @ Hester), Opening7-9pm

Wed/Solotroff + Sun/Schoolwerth

Wednesday January 16, 2007

Wierd @ Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie St. @ Delancy

New York, New York

Time: 11:00 PM


Mark Solotroff (solo microphone set)


Pieter Schoolw


Opening Sunday January 20th 6-9pm

Afterparty 10:30 - 4am at Home Sweet Home 131 Chrystie St. @ Delancy
w DJs Miss Liz, Glenn, and M.Canterel Very Rare...


36 Orchard Street (between Canal & Hester)
New York, NY 10002
Tel 212.995.1774 Fax 646.688.2302

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Subway: F to East Broadway; B, D to Grand Street or J, M, Z to Delancey / Essex Street

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Cleveland in Chicago

A quick recap of last night's show at The Flowershop... Slave Trade (A.K.A. Brett Naucke of Druids of Huge/Catholic Tapes) started off the night with a totally to-the-point, no fucking around, short, sharp burst of the type of electronics that he contributes to Druids of Huge, but in completely distilled form for maximum impact. I am looking forward to listening to the tape that he handed me. Maybe after this Deviated Instinct CD is over. Is was up next, and Bryan utilized a disconnected turntable tone arm and string of effects boxes to create a solid flurry of controlled feedback and electronic noise. I was up next and I progressively modulated several channels of microphone feedback before slowly integrating the lyrics to the Animal Law song, "In Fives," using a different, monotone melody... sung, nevertheless. I was pretty satisfied with the results. Bee Mask pulled a switcheroo and went on next. Chris' main sound source were two small glass jars - and I hope that I remember this correctly - with photosensitive circuits or circuit boards --- and as he used a mechanic's work lamp to alter the light in the otherwise dark room (I think that he also had some tea-lite candles in his suitcase) --- the output, which ran through different effects, was modulated in a really interesting way. The results were pretty outstanding... deep space soundtrack sort of stuff. Head music. Yep. David Russell (ex-Jerk, etc.) and Wyatt Howland (
A.K.A. Skin Graft) finished off the night with a heavier, more kitchen-sink sort of set, pretty much pummeling the audience into submission with electronic and acoustic (smashing cymbals, small metal ball-bells thrown into the audience) sounds. Thanks to David, I have been, with pleasure, following a lot of the recorded output of these sorts of collaborations, including the great trio version that brings Tusco Terror's Nathan Bowers (actually in attendance last night) into the fold - the line-up that I saw in October, in Cleveland. An intense end to a fun night!

Thanks to Mykel Boyd for the rides, thanks to Adam Osaka and Mykel for the great dinner company. Thanks to all the friends who showed up to support the night. Thanks to Henry at The Flowershop, for hosting the show. Thanks to David, for asking me to join in.