Saturday, November 01, 2008

Please join us for our fourth and final show of the year... and my very last performance of the year, too! It is a free event to wrap up your Halloween weekend festivities. There will be noise, grind/crust, punk, metal... and a Misfits cover band. What more could you want?


Sunday November 2, 2008

Cobra Lounge

235 N. Ashland Avenue

Chicago, IL 60607

Time: 10:00 PM

Cost: Free


The Fortieth Day + Noise Crush



Instincto Animal


(Running order TBD)

We now have music that you can listen to on our page:,+The


Good Grief...

I saw an excellent Halloween show last night at the Hideout... Bloodiest, Rabid Rabbit, Grief (!), and Indian. Bloodiest was made up of numerous guys from the local bar, metal and (post) rock scenes (Sterling, Yakuza, etc.) and when I arrived, they were easing into a long and appropriately atmospheric piece that slowly yielded epic black metal of the "In the Nightside Eclipse" variety. Pretty surprising. Rabid Rabbit was next and I could probably just write about their messed up costumes if I did not feel like mentioning how massive their sound was. The doom had begun, indeed. Disorienting psychedelic heaviness. Go Garfield Park! Grief was up third and the cult Boston sludge band played a satisfyingly full set of pummeling tracks... oddly, in my mind, they could have slowed it down a bit... but it was like the adrenalin was flowing too hard, or something. Indian capped off the night as an appropriate follow-up, laying down one raging song after another. It ain't pretty... like a heavier High on Fire without the "catchiness"... it had actually been a while since I had seen/heard them and I was kind of caught off-guard by just how intense their set was. Rough... as in someone may get hurt. Kevin Drumm was DJing in between sets, and he generally chose to keep the tempo a bit higher, in contrast to the bands. No surprise, I did not recognize half of what he played... Major kudos to Rabid Rabbit for getting Grief out to Chicago!

Friday, October 31, 2008

BloodLust! New Release - Out Now:

Artist: Sleep Museum
Title: "Home"
Format: CD in jewel box
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 118
Genre: Minimal Synth / Industrial / Experimental

"Home" is the fourth and final disc in a short series of Sleep Museum EPs on BloodLust!; Easily, one of my favorite artists of the last couple of years; The first four tracks - totaling over 23 minutes - feature rhythmic, darkly melodic synth- and drum machine-driven TRUE MINIMAL SYNTH music, with unrepentantly eccentric vocals, and dour lyrics; Utterly contemporary, yet also reminiscent of certain late-1970s and early-1980s "cold" music - a hint of Joy Division mood and a dose of electronic-era Death in June; The fifth track is a nearly 36-minute long experimental analog synth piece, far closer to the M.B. and Lustmord-styles of dark electronics; We are calling this an EP, even though it clocks in at nearly 60-minutes; Professionally duplicated CD, single panel, double-sided insert; color artwork; in jewel box with shrinkwrap; Released in 2008.


1. "Virtue" (6:44)
2. "Give it Away" (6:40)
3. "Solace" (4:27)
4. "Without Foresight" (5:53)
5. "Bone in Leg" (35:38)

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BloodLust! New Release - Out Now:

Artist: Locrian
Title: "Rhetoric of Surfaces"
Format: CD in jewel box
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 113
Genre: Drone / Metal / Experimental

As a follow up to the "Plague Journal" 7-inch [B!089] released earlier this year, which showcased the group's distinctive style of deconstructed metal trance music, I am pleased to announce this new Locrian release, which deftly unites a grouping of out-of-print and previously unreleased material from the duo, charting live and studio work that pre-dates their recent shift into more black metal-influenced territory; Rich, heavy, guitar/keyboard/voice-based drone for those who usually find such music to be too gentle or uneventful; This sequence of songs was mastered for this release by Jason Soliday, creating a cohesive collection that functions as a true album, not like a cumulation of odds and ends; Professionally duplicated CD, single panel, double-sided insert; color and black and white artwork that includes an appropriately "Ummagumma" and "Kollaps"-influenced photograph by Kelly Rix, shot at the long-abandoned Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois; in jewel box with shrinkwrap; Released in 2008.

1. "Drosscape" (6:34)
2. "Burying The Carnival" (12:57)
3. "Gruen Transfers" (8:17)
4. "Visible/Invisible" (20:11)
5. "Chladni" (3:19)
6. "Amps Into Instruments" (18:32)

1, 2 and 4 Recorded by Philip von Zweck on "Something Else" WLUW 88.7 FM (1, 2 - 2008; 4 - 2007)
1 Previously unreleased
2 Released on split C-30 with Continent
4 Released on split C-40 with Colossus (Heavy Nature Tapes)
3 Recorded on "Pure Hype" WHPK 88.5 FM (2007); Released on "No More Noise" compilation C-48 (Scissor Death)
5 and 6 Recorded by Terence Hannum at two live gigs (2006); Released on the "II" CD-R and on 2 x C-60


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A Vague Disquiet on Boderline

Two A Vague Disquiet tracks were included in a recent 60 minute WIERD Records Special on 'Borderline' FM Radio from Kassel, Germany. The show is now archived online courtesy of DJ Dirk Liese
(click on 'Borderline Extra' Issue 473: WIERD Records 19/9/08)

Or to directly download the RealPlayer file:

And thanks to Don Rettman for his ongoing support and for playing a track off the new Culver BloodLust! release on his always interesting Extremities radio show on WPRB (Princeton University):

BloodLust! November 2008 Update

The November 2008 update has been posted on the catalog page and it has been sent out to the mailing list. If you did not receive the update e-mail, please send a request to: Also, please check to make sure that my e-mail address is not blocked by your spam protection.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Another solid The Fortieth Day practice tonight, complete with spot-on video projection by Lisa. Things seem nice and tight for Sunday night.

It looks like Al-Thawra is dropping out of the line-up, unfortunately...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Chicago Noise Resource List

This new weblog includes information originally collected for the Chicago section of the Midwest Tour Resource that I maintain on the Troniks/Chondritic Sound message board. As previously posted, I am taking some time off from organizing, booking, and promoting shows, with very few exceptions. In an attempt to still contribute to the local scene I am continuing on with this contact list. Submissions are welcome. Please e-mail to

(Permanent link at right)

Pieter in Vice

Vice Magazine just posted a spotlight on Pieter from Wierd/BLOODYMINDED. Check out a stream of his Halloween playlist here:

It continues the minimal synth and noise crossover from the Wierd compilation, live shows, etc. Feel free to comment on the site...

New Beginnings

That which shall not be named... yet...

Very heartening...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Recent Listening

Brainbombs "Live at Smålands Nation, Lund, Sweden, May 29 1993" LP (Richie Records, Testostertunes)

Martial Canterel "Cruelty Frames Our Age" CD-R (Xanten)

Serena-Maneesh "S-M Backwards" Double-CD (Smalltown Supersound)

+ numerous recent Chondritic Sound cassettes

Notes From the Underground

It was a heavy The Fortieth Day practice last night. We played with Lisa projecting video for the first time in ages, which felt really good. It definitely helps to add direction to Isidro's and my playing. One new video loop, in particular, blew my mind. We have one more practice on Thursday, in preparation for our show on Sunday.

(February 20, 2007; Photo by Heber)