Saturday, August 30, 2008

Still Timeless

I still have copies of the new Timeless left from last night's show, so please get in contact if you wish to acquire a copy...

The Enemy

29 Aug 08
Chicago, IL
Consumer Electronics
Neil Jendon
Peter Sotos (video)

Heber B.: Synth
James Moy: Synth + Mix + Vocals
Isidro Reyes: Synth + Vocals
Mark Solotroff: Vocals + Electronics

02. WEST

What a great night! A nice full house with an enthusiastic, if a bit heat-weary audience. We started out the evening with one of Pete's videos, to set a certain "tone," I suppose. Maybe that was why the crowd was a bit low energy, at first. It was by no means upbeat stuff. A "Buyer's Market" for the ears and the eyes. Well, it got me "in the mood," for sure, even if I felt a bit slow motion for a bit. It was cool to have Heber in the mix... seriously creepy presence lurking back in the shadows, as I just saw in the (unfortunately glitched-out) video. Really cool shadows were cast on the south wall from the halogen lamp. Some day, I promise, I will learn every god damned word to "Moonwalker," but I did okay with it. Listening to the (also glitch-ridden) MiniDisc recording, we seemed to have a really nice balance between the three synths and the vocals. "PHASES : FOUR" sounds totally solid as I hear it playing in the background, and I have been enjoying doing that song in the last few shows. All in all, a relatively quick, solid performance. Not a mind-blower, but I was extremely pleased with our set. For brevity's sake, we skipped the Death Cab For Cutie cover... maybe next time? It was our first time under the 20-minute mark, in a while, and that felt good, too.

Neil Jendon was up next and he played an awesome modular synth set. I have been listening to the master for his upcoming BloodLust! release, a lot, this week, so I was totally primed for exactly what he delivered. The sound was excellent and it was like watching a master craftsman at work, too.

Locrian followed and the played a much different sounding set compared to when Animal Law played with them last month. Maybe to go with the night, their sound had a much stronger synth aspect to it, not that Andre's guitars weren't a focal point, but maybe he played more texture and less "shred"... I'm not sure. And then there were Terence's intense howling vocals! Jesus christ!!

Consumer Electronics capped of the night, and as I sat in on synth, I can only give my perspective from behind Philip... but fucking hell, he really let loose with such a intense tirade of rapid fire vocals! The MiniDisc - thankfully - captured the set perfectly, and I think that the mix/sound was pretty on-the-money. I did my best to keep Philip's vocals upfront and clean - and it seemed that they only got tangled in feedback for brief moments here and there. I liked the balance between the distictive digital sounds coming from Philip's laptop and the analog synth+delay that I added to the mix. I will definitely be curious to hear what people thought of the set.

Thanks to Enemy, for hosting; thanks to Jon Satrom, for use of the video projector; thanks to Marlene and Ben, for videotaping; thanks to everyone who showed up. It was great to see such a mix of new and old friends really come out to support this show!

And no concrete decisions yet on necessary fate...

Friday, August 29, 2008

BLOODYMINDED Subterranean Pix

Here is a gallery of excellent photographs taken at BLOODYMINDED's August 15, 2007 show at Subterranean, with Dropdead and Artimus Pile. With thanks to Jimmy Farabi for getting in touch with us!


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Friday = Timeless

Thanks to some quick thinking on Xavier's part, I will have a limited number of copies of the new Timeless book, "Madness Becomes Method," available at the show on Friday.

It contains a series of collages by Philip Best (Consumer Electronics) and there is a section of photographs and notes, by Greg Scott (Final Solution, Hydra), about my old band Intrinsic Action.

Also related to BloodLust!, Jonathan Canady (Angel of Decay, Deathpile) has a piece in the book, as does Nicola from Fecalove.

If you have not yet read any announcements about this new Timeless edition, here is a full list of the contributors:

Romain Slocombe, Trevor Brown, Keit Ota, Tampopo, Motomichi, Seven Bastards, Daisuke Ichiba, Beatrice Cussol, Mijn Schatje, Elles Sont de Sortie, Kiki Picasso, Loulou Picasso, T5dur, Pyon, Stu Mead, Cameron Jamie, Blanquet, Gilles Berquet, Mirka Lugosi, Antoine Bernhart, Guy Lemaire, Julien Carreyn, Jonathan Canady, Jonas, Jankowsky, Fredox, Jean Pierre Le Boul'ch, Gea, Otto, Pakito Bolino, Tisbor (Splinter vs Stalin), Keith Brewer (Taint), Michael Williams (Eyehategod), Intrinsic Action, Philip Best (Whitehouse/Consumer Electonics), Bruce Benderson, Peter Christopherson (Soisong/PTV/Coil/Throbbing Gristle), Jordi Valls (Vagina Dentata Organ), Gaspar Noe, Elzo, Angelo aka Joseph Farrel, Martin of Holland.

For more information:

MADNESS BECOMES METHOD - current edition


Animal Planning

On Monday night, Animal Law had a really fruitful planning session, regarding work on our debut LP. We definitely have our work cut out for us! Kenny Rasmussen (from No Funeral) and Greg Ratajczak (from Plague Bringer) will be co-recording/producing for us. Kenny has already done live sound for us several times, making us sound pretty damned good under less than great circumstances. As a fan of Plague Bringer, Greg's enthusiasm for Animal Law is a really cool thing for me. They already have some interesting ideas about how to move forward and how they want to develop the recording process. We need to work out the details regarding what studios to use for what parts and we have started to plan the tracking, initial song sequencing, etc. Exciting stuff!

Now I need to get back on track with wrapping up "Within the Walls"...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Status - 08-25

It was a busy weekend, mostly filled with work. I did take the time to finish "Lordotics," which I highly recommend to those with such tastes. I think that it is Pete's tightest "narrative" yet [tapestry of different information streams], even though keeping the different voices straight was a bit disorienting, at times. It demanded close attention. I definitely think that it revealed his most thorough - and certainly up-to-date - definition of "pornography," yet. I also squeezed in a DVD -- "Atomized" -- the film based on one of my favorite books (AKA "The Elementary Particles" by Michel Houellebecq) from the last several years. It was worth seeing, but it certainly stung less than the book did.

I am putting together the weekend's orders, for a Post Office run, ASAP. It looks like it will be an extremely hectic week, but with a nice pay-off on Friday. Also, Animal Law meets with our producer/engineer guys, at tonight's practice, to discuss/plan September recording sessions.

Abdominal aid... place "Failure" on repeat and execute sit-ups until you are in severe pain

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Do You Like A Military Drumbeat?

Animal Law
23 Aug 08
Chicago, IL

Set List:
"Hurry, Please"
"Above Heaven"
"Never Alone"

It was another busy night in Chicago, with lots of show options, so this was probably our smallest audience, as only about 30-35 people came out to the show. Disrobe, who was supposed to play right before us, set up and played first, due to being double-booked last night. It seemed like their audience opted for the latter show, so that did not help matters, at all. After they played, Morgan Stanton and Kendra Calhoun (Call Me on the Allophone) performed as a duo for the first time, utilizing guitar, keyboard, laptop loops/textures, and vocals. Kind of dissonant and droning. A weird follow-up after the spazzed-out hardcore set. Edward Hamel came on next, and seated at a table full of pedals, oscillators, and mixers, I was half-expecting a harsh noise assault, to contradict what I know about his work in Estesombelo. But rather than come out hard, he started with a short vocal loop and slowly layered in sound, which at times did get heavy -- but typically flirted with themes and textures that reminded me more of mid- to late-1990s Coil, and at points, even Tangerine Dream. After what seemed like a very long break, The Kremlin was on next, and then, suddenly, we were setting up around them due to the looming cut-off time. Ace engineer Kenny made sure that we sounded on-the-money, and the MiniDisc recording that is playing in the background is certainly proof of that. The mix sounds spot on. Each instrument seems to have a proper place and a time in the overall balance of things. Geoff's guitar floats in and out so nicely... no indication that he was feeling like shit and shivering from a fever. Thanks to Kenny, for his great sound work - no easy feat at that garage space - and for guaranteeing us a full set. Thanks to Morgan, for inviting us to play. Thanks to everyone who came out and who stuck around to see us, especially our friends and our repeat guests!

Christ, "Never Alone" got really weird just now... the intro nearly became "We Will Rock You" with the impromptu crowd participation. It's a totally fractured version, but it recovers really well.

Here is a reproduction of a really nice silk screened poster that was made for the show, by Andy Burkholder, which we had not previously seen. It captures the general vibe of Ronny's pretty accurately: