Thursday, July 03, 2008

Magnetic Shock

This was rather surprising to click on. I have not made much sense of it yet...

Animal Law in Chicago Reader

I guess that I am out of the band!?!

From the Reader


ANIMAL LAW Chicago’s latest entry in the avant-metal sweepstakes is a Cthulhu-oid monster of a supergroup: Blake Edwards, aka Vertonen; Jason Soliday of Behold! the Living Corpse; Gays in the Military vet Geoffrey Alan Guy; and former Flying Luttenbachers and Cheer-Accident mainstay Dylan Posa. They’ve been working on a full-length for a tentative fall release, and their chosen sound is roaring, cavernous, and ominous—like a set of Edgar Allan Poe-model bells being smacked about by Keiji Haino’s head mounted on an ax handle. Soliday’s baritone guitar and Edwards’s artfully violent percussion (which often involves large pieces of steel being brought into sudden contact) do much to give these heavy, heavy tracks their abandoned-factory feel. Plague Bringer headlines, Animal Law plays third, Big Knife goes second, and Al-Thawra opens. 6 PM, Ronny’s, 2101 N. California,, $5. All Ages —Monica Kendrick
Animal Law's MySpace page

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Mail Status

I just got the first batch of July packages sent out this afternoon. Thanks, as always, to the early responders! (eBay and Discogs packages were included, too)

TDS OGF Master In Hand

(10-19-07 - Mr. City - Chicago)

The master for the Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck private series 7-inch has arrived. There was no question in my mind that it was going to be anything other than a harsh dose of ultra-skillfully recorded brutality. The gentlemen had it mastered by James Plotkin, to boot...

So now, there are three masters (Failing Lights and Redrot, too) awaiting release, with a possible (hopeful!) fourth single to close out the series.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Review of Mark Solotroff Performance - June 21, 2008

Etherized Zine

Against the rightmost "wall", which was a curtain covering up some sort of very large storage area, Mark started off the night with, as the flier described, "feedback using a clutch of microphones and his voice". Mark described his set as an Animal Law piece that he was still learning the melody to, but his performance was nothing short of striking. I can't honestly quite say I've ever really experienced anything quite like his set. The way Mark choreographed his every move to effect the shape of the feedback in the space was both sonically engaging and made me think more about the sound, making me take it for more than just its surface value. Every motion as small as creating a wall between two of the upright microphones with his hand created huge changes in the song that were somewhat surprising. I think the nicest part about the set was that from the description I was expecting more power-electronics-esque feedback-punching and screaming as frequently used in the other sets. It was much more enjoyable and interesting than I had thought it would be, and was definitely the most surprising of the night. Mark had the most tremendous presence of the performers that evening, performing with an ease that betrayed hours of practice, and years of performing.

BloodLust! July 2008 Update

The new update has been sent out to the mailing list and an illustrated version was posted at:

An unusually large number of e-mails were returned as spam, caused, I imagine, because I am using a new ISP. If you did not receive the e-mail, please send me an e-mail.

Monday, June 30, 2008

eBay recco:

There is a copy of the excellent - and out-of-print - Electrophilia double LP, "Black Noise Practitioner," which features Jutta Koether, who I have collaborated with, live. Dark and minimal synth, for fans of early M.B., etc. On eBay, here

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Really Good Time?

All the things
You used to do
A trip to the movies
A drink or two
They don't satisfy you
They don't tell you anything new

Soliday + Solotroff on Whitechapel

In case any regular readers want a jump on these last eight copies:


(Please inquire regarding stock before paying)
Whitechapel Recordings (WC-08)
Jason Soliday and Mark Solotroff
"s/t" 2xCD-R
$16.00 USA/$18.00 Canada+Mexico/$20.00 Rest of World @ postpaid
(Additional copies found by label of this thought-to-be
sold out release. Numbered edition of 50 copies. Housed
in a handmade gatefold sleeve with small insert. Includes
carefully edited and mastered recordings of Soliday and
Solotroff's first two live shows. Heavy electronics and
feedback/voice. Released in 2007)

Last Night's Show

New Pledgemaster
Jason Soliday + Mark Solotroff
Winters In Osaka

Chicago, IL
June 28, 2008

It looked a bit grim as Quetzalcoatl was about to start, but the room started filling up nicely as the band launched into a really stellar set of violin charged drone and doom. I had a feeling, based on their MySpace material, that I would like them, but they were even heavier and more idiosyncratic than I expected.

Winters In Osaka was up second and they played their most seamless and flawless set yet, of the performences that I've seen. They struck a great balance between organic and electronic sounds. Never too harsh and never too droned out. Excellent.

Jason and I were up next and we went with a more minimalist approach. Drones, pulses, and carefully restrained feedback. I need to listen to the MiniDisc recording to get a sense of the outcome. Jason also got a clean computer recording, I believe. Vadim from Whitechapel found a handful of our double-CD, which I thought were all gone, and which he was kind enough to drop at Enemy. I have a small stack left, which I will add to my July catalog.

Evenings was next and Miles launched into a loud piece that typified his always interesting balance between harsher noise and gritty, dirty, Michigan-flavored basement-style sound work. It seemed that just as things really got going, he cut the sound and ended his set. Evidently, he had some major technical issues, which was a shame, as people seemed to really like what they had heard.

New Pledgemaster came on and began a feedback-driven set of lo-fi power-electronics with a strong nod to the Broken Flag era. Harsh electronic frequencies mixed with muffled, distorted vocals (which I always want to hear more clearly, especially after reading his excellent lyrics!). Paul did three main pieces, I believe, always fully dressed, and accompanied by a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka, which took a tumble off of his large amp at one point, to the shock of some audience members. Hints of leather were never fulfilled.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the show! That was two nice weekends in a row at Enemy.

I am now done with solo and collaboration shows for the time being, until I figure some things out for the next phase of performances and recordings...

More Pix From June 7

Mike Honeycutt from Memphis has kindly been sending me random photos from the show, but he just posted additional pix, here

Photos From June 6th

There are some photos from the June 6th show with BLOODYMINDED, Worm Hands, and Wolf Eyes, on a friend's Flickr page, here. With thanks to Kathleen for the support! She has some shots from the recent Christian Death show, too...