Saturday, October 11, 2008

Last minute line-up change...

Last minute line-up change...

Bummer news... Unfortunately, EaVil has had to cancel their performance tonight - at the last minute - due to a major computer crash (as someone would say, "very not rare"), so to keep things deeply analog, as they should be --- still fresh from his blistering set with Consumer Electronics - and with a new release on BloodLust! --- Neil Jendon has kindly agreed to bring his modular synth to the party. I will still be going on first, followed by Neil, then Hive Mind, and then Martial Canterel.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Saturday Night: Martial Canterel - Hive Mind - EaVil - Super Eight Loop - DJ Pieter of Wierd NYC

On Saturday October 11, New York-based minimal synth artist Martial Canterel stops at Hotti Biscotti in Chicago, during his "Cruelty Reigns in the Midwest" tour - to celebrate the release of a very limited edition recording on the Ann Arbor experimental music label, Chondritic Sound. Joining him is Chondritic Sound head-honcho, Greh Holger, performing his acclaimed dark analog synth soundscapes under the name Hive Mind. Local dark synth-pop duo, EaVil, emerge from their summer hibernation to help bridge the gap between melody and dissonance. Mark Solotroff (of BLOODYMINDED/A Vague Disquiet/The Fortieth Day) will perform for his first, last, and only time under the Super Eight Loop moniker. Since 1993, Super Eight Loop has acted as a studio-only analog synth project, marked by long-form walls of analog noise, only ever released on audio cassette. This show will be the recording session for the 100th - and final - Super Eight Loop release, which will see the light of day in January 2009. DJ Pieter Schoolwerth, who hosts the weekly Wierd (sic) party in New York, who runs Wierd Records, and who is a long-standing member of BLOODYMINDED, will be bringing the "very rare" minimal synth and cold wave sounds that he is known to spin, in between each set.


Saturday October 11, 2008

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

Time: 10:00 PM

Cost: $10.00 suggested donation for the touring bands - Along with entry, the first 50 paying guests will receive an advance copy of the upcoming Sleep Museum "Home" CD on BloodLust! (to be released in November 2008)


WIERD Records and BloodLust! Present:

Martial Canterel

Hive Mind


The First and Last and Only performance by
Super Eight Loop
(A special live recording of S8L100, the final Super Eight Loop cassette, to be released in January 2009)

DJ Pieter Schoolwerth (WIERD Records NYC/BLOODYMINDED)


Martial Canterel:

Martial Canterel (previously called Moravagine) is a minimal wave/synth project by Sean McBride from New York. The project has been renamed for his first officially released album “Confusing Outsides” (2005), because there are already two other bands using the name Moravagine. Martial Canterel records and performs using only vintage analogue synthesizers and sequencers, producing a highly-crafted, complex, and idiosyncratic form of electronic music that is simultaneously romantically melancholic and affirmatively aggressive. Inspired both by the first wave of relatively unknown minimal electronic bands in Northern Europe(a musical genre also often referred to as ‘minimal synth‘) and the seminal industrial noise bands such as Throbbing Gristle, SPK and Cabaret Voltaire, Martial Canterel presents a new optimistic paradigm for electronic music in which the analogue synthesizer functions anew as a folk instrument of humanist resistance to a virtual ‘soft synth‘, iPod, and iTunes saturated world of ‘click and drag‘ dematerialized abstraction. Sean is also a member of the following projects: Xeno and Oaklander (with Miss Liz Wendelbo), Three to Forgotten (together with Miss Liz Wendelbo & Cheyney Thompson).


Hive Mind:

Hive Mind is a brutal patch of analog smog hovering over the already bleak landscape of Detroit, Michigan. A constantly throbbing, full frequency signal transmitter which is only limited by the physical restraints of time and the artificial constructs of society, Hive Mind has both blessed and cursed us with dozens of musical communications in almost every imaginable format. Pushing the limits of analog media and revealing the coldness inherent in the digital, the most striking
aspects of these releases is how they are so easily conceivable as infinite: the slow movement of the tectonic plates, the threat of a horrible tsunami, and the utter depression of an endless stream of
sinister colored sunsets … this is Hive Mind. In live performance Hive Mind is a crouching shadow, blind and incapable of normal human communication - the sounds unleashed are like an army of deaf and dumb synthesizers, stumbling in glue fumes and eventually revealing their position in a terrifying free-fall into the bottomless pit of humanity.



EaViL formed their permanent collaboration in late 2002. Chicago brought together two sides of the world geographically and psychically. EaViL is a duo consisting of n.VI and E.IV. E creates vocals, lyrics and abstract noises. n creates projections and visuals as well as composing the music. Historical and psychological themes both personal and universal dominate their music. Their audio / visual performances are best suited for galleries and small spaces. Early avant-garde and experimental shorts, the sky, architecture and squirrels are immense sources of inspiration. Paradox is a prominent variable. This is evident in the use of noise and melody, “dark” and “light” themes and conflicting moods. Their first output was a series of wildly varied compilations. These conceptual CDs incorporated their favorite artists and influences. This eventually led to an interest in VJ/DJ sets of obscure music and videos. Collaborations with Miss Julie Fabulous provided experience with many different aspects of filmmaking. Creating music began with them performing live as part of The Electric Set. They have participated in the Version 06 and Select Media 05 Festivals. They have performed on Chic-A-Go-Go and venues throughout the city including: Nihilist, Peter Jones Gallery, Empty Bottle, Enemy and Heaven Gallery. EaViL have self released two EPS Le Miroir and Phantasmic Seam under their NERV imprint. A full length album is set for release in the near future.


Super Eight Loop:

Super Eight Loop is Mark Solotroff of BLOODYMINDED, A Vague Disquiet, and The Fortieth Day. This is his first, last, and only performance under the S8L moniker.

“After completing a short U.S. tour in support of Whitehouse, Intrinsic
Action took a break to regroup and prepare for our last hurrah. A month later, in September of 1993, I decided to lock myself away with a bunch of analog synths to create some simple, primitive power-electronic tracks that recalled the heyday of the early 80s - what got me started in the first place. … Super Eight Loop has everything to do with New York City, primarily the filthiest fringes of the now defunct Times Square. While the absence of lyrics/vocals will not offer much in the way of clues, you can start on 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, and go from there.” — Mark Solotroff, September 1996


Locrian Update

The test copies of the forthcoming Locrian CD are in-house and the disc sounds great. I am passing along copies to the band, today, for them to evaluate. Everything is on track for a firm November release.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Reader Preview of Saturday's Show

From the Reader:

Martial Canterel, Hive Mind, Eavil, Super Eight Loop, DJ Pieter Schoolwerth

When: Sat., Oct. 11, 10 p.m.
Phone: 773-292-6877
Price: $10 suggested donation

New York minimal-wave revivalist Martial Canterel often seems to want to make music that calls for an all-black wardrobe, but his cruel, punishing analog-synth stabs, splutters, and gyrations are actually as stark and white as Nordic pack ice. His dried-rose melodies hang in polygon windows that open onto a tundra thick with fog, and from beyond them comes his hollowed-out but romantic singing, like the voice of a lonely god who’s wandering aimlessly in the cold and pondering the melancholy fate of his creation. Canterel is on tour with DJ Pieter Schoolwerth, who’s helped bring plenty of spooky, alluringly angular music into the world as proprietor of Wierd Records. —Liz Armstrong

Buyer's Market on eBay

There is a copy of the Buyer's Market CD currently on eBay. As the disc is not picture, just the packaging, I cannot tell if it is a legit copy or if it is a bootleg.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Status - 10-07 - Part 2

- I just did a Post Office run, so all paid orders from the last few days are in the mail

- It was my first time picking up mail from my P.O. box in nearly three weeks, and there was a bag full of packages waiting for me. I will try to listen to everything and to respond, ASAP, but if you have been expecting a reply from me, please know that I have a stack of CDs and cassettes to go through and I will do my best to be in touch soon. I apologize for the delay in communication

- I only have a small amount of the Prurient "Whip Enthusiasts" 7-inch left, in case anyone still needs to acquire a copy

Status - 10-07

- Thanks to the existence of easy-to-use, consumer grade video software, the Super Eight Loop DVD is ready for Saturday night. Now I need to finalize the gear situation. But this is one load off of my back. Posters are up at several record stores around the city and I am hoping for some unfamiliar faces at this show...

- In lieu of my normal Monday night Animal Law practice, Isidro and I had another interesting The Fortieth Day workout last night, and we are continuing to try some new directions with our sound. Yet again, we broke from our traditional post-practice taqueria run, as Isidro had a strong craving for Kumas. They changed the fries, it seems. Hmmmm. I had the Lair of the Minotaur for the first time and it was quite good. We hope to begin work with Lisa (Noise Crush), next week, in preparation for our November 2nd show at Cobra Lounge

- The Locrian "Rhetoric of Surfaces" master and artwork are at the pressing plant and I should have test CDs in about a week

- Mail-order packages from the last few days should be going out later today

Sunday, October 05, 2008

What's Playing?

I tend to post these sorts of lists, elsewhere, from time to time, so...

Einsturzende Neubauten "The Jewels" CD
Joy Division "In The Studio With Martin Hannett" 2xCD
Killing Joke "Bootleg Vinyl Archive Vol. 1" 3xCD (playing Chicago in two weeks!)
Tindersticks "The Hungry Saw" (plus "Curtains" and any/all...)
Scott Walker "'Til The Band Comes In" CD (finally filled a gap in my CDs with this new re-issue)
The Sisters of Mercy (various singles and bootlegs)
Fields of the Nephilim (various singles and bootlegs)
Locrian "Exhuming the Carnival / Burying the Carnival" cassette
Locrian ""Rhetoric of Surfaces" master CD for BloodLust! release

Later today...
OM "Live in Jerusalem" LP