Saturday, October 18, 2008

Like Rats...

I saw a brutal Plague Bringer show last night at Beat Kitchen. No surprise. Heavy and tight as hell. Great to hear Kenny doing live sound for them now, on a regular basis. Wicked projectile scattershot sputum action. Fuck's sake...

Oh, the possibilities???

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Status - 10/16

- My main computer was hit with a doozy of a virus/adware combo yesterday so I am a bit behind with things. The unit will hopefully be rebuilt this weekend. Excuse my delay in correspondence but this laptop is a real pain in the ass creeper...

- All paid mail-order/Discogs/eBay packages up to Tuesday were mailed out. I should be taking another trip to the Post Office tomorrow

- Off to see Locrian at Cobra Lounge tonight...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Show of the year.
No question.
And nothing on the calendar to possibly challenge it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


S8L100, Raw

The live Super Eight Loop recordings from Saturday night came out very well. I recorded to cassette, of course, and to MiniDisc. Both are board recordings, direct from my equipment mixer, not the PA mixer output. Work on the final S8L100 mixdown will follow the sequence of the last few four-track recordings that I am still working on.

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Quick Word On A Show Attended Last Night

Unlucky Atlas, Auris, and Bokeh at Enemy:

Re-post from:

Really glad to have made it to this show. Hopefully I was not too much of a zombie. It was a looooong weekend!

This was my second Bokeh show and Mandy and Mykel played an even more assured set than at Elastic. Sill definitely entrenched in a dark, ethereal place that would appeal to fans of the earliest Current 93 and Coil recordings [sorry, my vocabulary might be a bit limited for this type of thing] -- I will be really curious to hear how their first couple of upcoming releases turn out. I imagine that their music will be extremely effective on CD or LP, as it will allow one's imagination to run...

The free jazz aspect of Auris was not really to my taste, so I tried to focus on Eric's always fascinating percussion rig. Combining that with some of the experimental guitar work, I could nearly hear a kinship to certain more abstract Einsturzende Neubauten recordings... but the reed and wind instruments kept dragging me back to jazz.

Unlucky Atlas focused on four newer songs [one that I was definitely familiar with] in preparation for hitting the recording studio next week. If this show was any indication, they are more than ready to commit these songs to tape [or Pro-Tools]. It was a really nice way to cap off an intense weekend... dark and somber songs... a low-key setting... an unusually warm night...

...and a very talkative taxi driver on the way home...

Martial Canterel Video Clips

Martial Canterel video clips from Hotti Biscotti - Chicago - Saturday October 11, 2008

Thanks to Jeffrey for filming and for uploading these clips on YouTube:

"3 Days"

"Sister Age"

"Two Before Four"

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Synth Synth Synth

Saturday October 11, 2008
Hotti Biscotti
Chicago, IL

Martial Canterel
Hive Mind
Neil Jendon
Super Eight Loop

First off, thanks to Richard at Hotti Biscotti for hosting; thanks to Jason Soliday, for bringing the Enemy PA speakers; thanks to Neil for agreeing to play at the last minute; thanks to all of our friends... from Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Louis, Detroit and Kalamzoo, etc., who came out to support the show. Thanks to Marlene and Baby Dickers, for manning the door.

So, no surprise, the DJ thing was not fully realized as the venue did not have gear and we all just wanted to kind of have a good time. The Wierd mix CDs - well, the ones that did not skip - did the trick, even if the substitute bartender would not turn up the volume.

I went on first, and thankfully, everything worked. The DVD projection... all four synths... now I just need to see how the recordings came out. I played a 30-minute set that I feel accurately represented what Super Eight Loop has always been about. Hopefully, it will act as a fitting end.

Neil Jendon was really great about jumping in at the last minute -- flourless chocolate cake be damned -- and he filled in for EaVil who had to cancel. Neil wasted little time in blasting into a spectacular modular synth assault. It may have even been more abrasive than his set opening for Consumer Electronics. Heavy and loud as hell. So nice to have him on board right after the release of his CD on BloodLust!

Hive Mind was up third, building upon the evolving style last witnessed at the Empty Bottle in July. Still heavy on the analog fog, but with newly added "acoustic" elements. Aggressive at points and more zoned out at others. Also really loud and clear. I am totally enjoying witnessing the transition to this new area that Grey is reaching with his music. Excellent!

Martial Canterel. Fuck! I have played with Sean before and I have just been in the audience before. I think it is always like seeing him for the first time. This was a triumphant, epic set. The crowd was totally enthralled. And what a great mix of noise and minimal-synth people in the audience. Eating out of his hand. Some, because of the insistent beat. Some, because of the utter cold and assured presence cutting through the smoke and blazing blue lights. Some, because they were blown away by the live synth playing. A perfect show for noise girlfriends, no doubt.

Late night Armagnac and limoncello session back in Garfield Park. Then, an extravagent brunch of French toast, roasted potatos, etc. 88 degrees today. Backyard coma. Pieter and Sean must still be driving to Lexington. Hurry! The show is about to start.