Saturday, March 08, 2008

Last Night's Law

Just a few, quick words. For me, last night was the first "effortless" Animal Law show. One where I did not have to think about being in Animal Law. I just had to be there. There is a big difference. There was nearly the ease of a BLOODYMINDED show. An un-self conscious time of putting words where I wanted to put them... shifting things around, ever so slightly, as it suited me. At one point, I caught myself thinking, "This is how it should feel." And then it was back to trying to sing. Or screaming to a beat. The MiniDisc recording sounds pretty great. The perch it was on must have been a good one. The mix was probably our best yet, even though we had our doubts about the ailing PA, even in such a small room. Sure, there was an off note, here or there -- an off-kilter collision of beats and strings -- a vocal note not quite met. But it all seemed very comfortable from my spot on the stage - and just now, from my couch. We only played three songs: "Glisten," "In Fives," and "Above Heaven." The last one was an expanded version... longer in and longer out. I did not time it, but I am guessing that it lasted nearly 15 minutes. Thanks go to our good friends who came out and who thought about/talked to us about what we are doing. That is much appreciated!

Friday, March 07, 2008

After the Water


I am having trouble remembering the last novel that I read... It seems like all music books these days... I recently finished "The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980 to 1984," by Ian Glasper, which could easily sour the crustiest punk regarding the integrity of many bands of that genre. I also knocked off "20 Jazz Funk Greats" (from the 33 1/3 series) by Drew Daniel (of Matmos fame), which caused me to play that CD a bunch of times, not to mention several other TG albums, and it even made me contemplate the daunting, counterfeit "TG24" and "TG+" material that has been awaiting my ears. The book of the moment is, big surprise, the recently released "Joy Division: Piece by Piece (Writing about Joy Division 1977-2007)" by Paul Morley. So far, so good... Maybe I should fucking finish "Postminimalism," since I dragged it around the U.K. back in November/December. It might help drive some new thinking on the whole multiple microphone thing, as Pieter had originally expressed...

"Rope Piece" = "Rope Trick"?

Timeless on eBay

There is a copy of Xavier Laradji's rare and out of print "Timeless" issue, "Intemperance" - which features Aquilifer Sodality, Mauthausen Orchestra, The New Sadism, etc. - currently up on eBay:

Thursday, March 06, 2008

ANIMAL LAW - Friday March 7

Please join us for our seventh live outing. This time we will crowd the stage at Hotti Biscotti - a venue known by some as the successor to The Nervous Center - on a rather varied bill of noise, digi-grind, experimental, breakcore, etc.

Friday March 7, 2008

Hotti Biscotti
3545 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Time: 9:00 PM



Animal Law

Xrin Arms


Right-Eye Rita

Sir Vixx


"Animal Law is what happens when five guys who primarily operate within the experimental, noise, and avant-garde rock scenes (Blake Edwards of Vertonen, ssseepage, Burrow, Series Founders, Crippled Insectual; Geoff Guy of Sexual Freedom, Gary Glitter Hard Drive, ex-Gays in the Military; Dylan Posa of Three Cheers for One Dead Man, ex-Cheer Accident, ex-The Flying Luttenbachers, ex-Bobby Conn; Jason Soliday of I Love Presets, Behold! The Living Corpse, Coeurl, Gunshop, Mora; and Mark Solotroff of BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, ex-Intrinsic Action), combine forces to play some form of laboriously slow, heavy metal dirge. While the band may cringe at the use of comparisons, references have already been made to (early) Swans, Khanate, Bauhaus, Harvey Milk, Joy Division, The Goslings, My Bloody Valentine, Flipper, Saccharine Trust, Einsturzende Neubauten, etc. On top of that, most of their compositions are purportedly love songs"

Status + More on Locrian

Another day, another Post Office run. All paid orders have been mailed out.

Blastitude (well, Blogstitude) had this to say about the new Locrian single:

Not too long ago, in response to their relatively pastoral track on the split cassette with Daleth, I said that I wanted to hear a
Locrian recording more like their loud and aggressive live sets, and they've gone and done just that with their 7-inch on the Bloodlust! Private Series, two guitar-driven noise/drone attacks, sewn together by weird tech-metal riffing. Just what the doctor ordered. Side two ends in a seamless lock groove that I listened to for probably a little over two minutes, over at the dryer folding the clothes, spacing off, when I suddenly figured it out and snapped to attention and, I shit you not, whispered out loud: "Lock groove!"

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

OUT NOW: B!102 Mark Solotroff + Sshe Retina Stimulants CD


BloodLust! 102
Mark Solotroff + Sshe Retina Stimulants
"Excellent Manipulation of Distorted Tape Death
- Part Two - Super Density Assemblage" CD

$14.00 USA/$17.00 World @ postpaid
(In 1996, NG5361 [also of Sigillum S] and I collaborated
on a recording project entitled, "Excellent Manipulation
of Distorted Tape Death," which was released on
BloodLust! as a four cassette, six-hour box set [4 x C-90],
limited to 50 numbered copies, housed in a large vinyl box.
The project utilized progressive analog tape generations
and sound fidelity decay as both a direction for the
concept that we worked under and for the sounds that
we manipulated and ended up with. In 2006, NG5361
revisited those recordings, in a more digital manner,
and he came up with two new masters: "The Edit"
- a disc of eight tracks, each drawn from one of the
original cassette sides -- and "Super Density Assemblage"
- two self-explanatory, 28-minute-long tracks, built from
multiple sections of the box set. This is the second of these
new masters to be released on CD. Professionally
duplicated CD, single panel, double-sided insert; color
artwork; in jewel box with shrinkwrap; Released in 2008)

1: Super Density Assemblage - Part 1 (28:00)
2: Super Density Assemblage - Part 2 (28:00)

More information on the original release:



Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Human Synth Stand


Frowny Bear
Lexington, Kentucky
April 18, 2007

Yet More on Locrian...

I can barely keep up with these guys. This is from Dusted's "Still Single" feature, written by Doug Mosurock:

“Plague Journal” b/w “Apocryphal City, Portents Fallen” 7”

Two sides of atmospheric post-industrial drone for guitar and machines. There’s a picture of a wind-damaged storefront on the insert, which makes a lot of sense, I suppose. Synths and loops and oscillators provide the background, noise and scrape, while the guitar scratches out a few melodic blues riffs. Pretty nice take on what can sometimes be a tough thing to bring across on vinyl without sounding overwrought. 300 copies, white vinyl, white sleeve.

Luasa Raelon/Envenomist on Smooth Assailing

Here is a write-up of the recent-ish Luasa Raelon CD on Crucial Bliss, with a familiar little video clip of Envenomist used as texture:

Locrian Member in the News

This is a link to an article on Terence Hannum's (Locrian/Unlucky Atlas) recent opening in Dallas:

Terence's new show - "Don't Give Up the Ghost" - features a dynamic video, entitled, "The Badge of Punishment," which is built around a Prurient performance from March 2007, at The Flowershop, in Chicago.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Status - 03/03/08

All paid mail orders for in-stock items, plus all eBay orders, were just sent out.

The B!102 Mark Solotroff + Sshe Retina Stimulants "Excellent Manipulation of Distorted Tape Death: Part Two - Super Density Assemblage" CDs should be in-stock by the end of the week, and paid pre-orders will be mailed out ASAP.

The Mauthausen Orchestra master is on its way to the pressing plant and everything should be on track for the March 24 release.

A short term solution for the Super Eight Loop series is in place, so I should be caught up with the March editions within a couple of days.

Office ambiance: Bauhaus "Go Away White"

Last Copies of Aaron Dilloway 7-inch

There are only 15 copies of the B!073 Aaron Dilloway "White Hair" b/w "Amputation" private series 7-inch left in stock...

A Mammal Review

From Siltblog:

Gary Beavuvais sent a copy of the latest Mammal release, this plain white sleeved 7" on white vinyl that he done for the Bloodlust! label. Story goes these two tracks was taken from an aborted Mammal lp entitled 'Death Rider' which also functioned as a soundtrack to a film w/the same name. I dunno, to me, seems a shame that the thing was shitcanned. Mammal's at his friskiest here, layin down some serious gnarled biker rock guitar squalls over layers of programmed percussions. It got me thinkin the film is probably noddin hard into some heavy Anger (as in Kenneth) homage but I guess we'll never know. If your lookin for someone what's come to bury OM & not praise them, Mammal sounds up to the task. And how.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Locrian Review

Courtesy of Plague Haus:

Locrian: Plague Journal

by [ j ]

LocrianBloodlust! : 2008
Format: 7” Vinyl

Released as part of Mark Solotroffs’ (Bloodyminded) Private 7” series, Locrian offers up two metal-tinged slabs of dizzying psychedrone.

Side A leads off with the EP’s title, a 5 minute plus ride of aggressive echoing guitar strum sliding over a slick foundation of ambient electronic groan and feedback. They twist, turn and scramble for superiority, but both have their moments in the spotlight, the guitar finally relenting to the power of luminous noise.

Side B is more subtle. Spacious whispers of sonic resonance ebb and flow to the treble tones of guitar that would be as at home on a Blue Oyster Cult jam as where they now reside in six string witchery. The track ends in a locked groove so hypnotic you’ll want to give the duo all your cash.

This was my first taste of Locrain, but I’ll definitely be looking for more. A hefty 7” of pristine white vinyl housed in an unmarked white cardboard sleeve. Get it from Bloodlust! before they’re gone.

eBay Original Sado

There is a copy of the original Tesco edition of the Intrinsic Action "Sado-Electronics" CD currently on eBay:

And for those in need of the BLOODYMINDED "Magnetism" CD while it is temporarily out of print, try here: