Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Photos from Brutal Truth

I just stumbled upon some great photos from the Brutal Truth show on silverfuture's Flickr page. Here are little reproductions of a few of them, but to see the complete set at full size, please check the photographer's slideshow, here

Bruce Lamont / Right-Eye Rita / Mark Solotroff CD cover sneak peek

Proposed art for B!122 Bruce Lamont / Right-Eye Rita / Mark Solotroff CD front cover

B!122 Bruce Lamont / Right-Eye Rita / Mark Solotroff CD front cover

Prurient + Wilt LP - UPDATE

Regarding the Prurient + Wilt "Blood of the Lamb" LP --- Just to head off any more messages that might come my way --- and I am sorry for any confusion --- I will NOT have copies of the LP for about a week --- and due to the various delays that we have dealt with regarding this record, I will not be accepting orders until the LPs are on hand. Once I have them, I will make an announcement to my mailing list, on this weblog, to the HN_AM list, and on the Tronikes/Chondritic Sound board. It is safe to say that the edition will go quickly, so keep your eyes peeled...


B!098 Prurient + Wilt "Blood of the Lamb" LP

Monday, March 30, 2009

Locrian : Sound Projector

The band's BloodLust! 7-inch was recently reviewed, among other Locrian releases, on the Sound Projector website: http://www.thesoundprojector.com/2009/03/30/ghost-rep/

Animal Law... becoming...

Re-post from MySpace:

Hi Folks,

Here is a bit of news on what has been happening post-Animal Law...

In case you have not heard the recordings from our WHPK session from May 16, 2008, the tracks are still up on our Last.fm page:


In fact, the online zine, Gradations of Morbity just listed these recordings as a staff pick:


For those who have not heard any news from us in a while, 3/5 of Animal Law (Blake Edwards, Dylan Posa, and Mark Solotroff) have been continuing on in a similar direction -- still without a name (but not for long!) -- and with a new bassist (Kenny Rasmussen, ex-No Funeral) and a new guitarist (Greg Ratajczak of Plague Bringer). We have been ensconced in Plague Bringer's practice space, all winter, working on completely new material, and preparing to make our live debut by mid-2009.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more news soon...


TDS OGF Sneak Peek

B!116 TDS OGF 7-inch front cover concept
It was a pretty low-key weekend, aside from the Graveyards show on Friday. I am fighting a chest cold, or something...

Weekend viewing included:
"La Commune: Paris, 1871" (2000, Peter Watkins)
"La vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-1978" (1994, Jan Bucquoy)
"Prometheus Triumphant: A Fugue in the Key of Flesh" (2009, Jim Towns and Mike McKown)
Tons of ANTM re-runs, etc.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Amebix Redux

I figured that I had better not take any chances with this next round of Amebix dates... tickets are already on sale for their Friday May 29th show at Reggie's Rock Club, so I ordered one. I also found out that there is a small Redrot component to the night...


Official State Portraits

Here is a sneak peek at the portrait that Ben Syverson -- the photographer responsible for many amazing BLOODYMINDED images -- was working on with me. I gather that these are scans of the prints taken with his 8" x 10" camera:


Black and White:

I wish that everyone in BLOODYMINDED was in one space so that Ben could take shots of us all for the next album...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Moping Around

Another fun night at The Mopery last night, at this show. Great to see a Graveyards set after quite a long time. I was totally into Ben's timpani style. Peaking Lights came back through and Indra and Aaron sounded excellent. Crystal clear and really tight. Magic Missile overloaded on both sound and vision. Cool set. United Steelworkers Union played as a trio, setting up in three positions around the room -- and it was really cool to walk around during the performance to hear the different "mixes," depending upon where one stood. David Russell and Ben Billington started it all off in fine, hyperblasting form. Big crowd, great atmosphere...

S8L eBay

Not so much about the auction itself, since this tape is still available of course, but this listing provided a rare, brief commentary on the Super Eight Loop style... kind of interesting to read. The seller has a couple of other rare tapes of note...

"Super 8 Loop is Mark Solotroff of Bloodyminded in full-on synth mode. This is a modular wall of sound whose movements are rare but perceptible. Like watching a glacier melt, this is beautiful, peaceful and more than a little melancholy. If you like this check out Greh Holger's tape on Hanson, same kind of slow-moving beauty. Anyways, he has recorded 100 of these bad boys, but this is the first. See where the madness began, and see where a lot of the new 'progressive synth' kids got their spark."

Aquarius on Redrot

Nice words from the latest Aquarius Records update:

Oh man, does this hit the spot. Total old school, abject, cold and clinical, noise drenched industrial, a symphony of rusty old machines, the cranks and levers operated by rotting corpses, this crumbling sound factory situated upon a blackened expanse of charred remains and ruined cities, the voice a reverb drenched howl, a totally hypnotic rhythmic clatter creates the skeletal framework, while all around, clouds of hiss and buzz are woven into slow shifting almost-riffs, lumbering, stumbling, dark and dour, shot through with barely there streaks of melody, a brief bit of cinematic apocalyptica, the flip side, features another lurching steam punked Skinny Puppied rhythm track, this time pelted by bits of glitch and fuzzed out sine waves, a female voice speaks over the top, telling tales of violence and mayhem, in a calm measured tone, a strange contrast to the looped decaying sprawl of Redrot's harrowing soundscapery. Deep processed vocals are morphed into thick undulating tones, fragmented electronics wrapped around a frizzled underwater pulse, a swirling backdrop of creak and crunch and whir, the motorik lo-fi robotic beat in lockstep with a growling alien commentary. Awesome stuff for sure. So awesome in fact, that we just listened to this like 3 times in a row, and we're only really stopping now because we have other reviews to write...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pre-Run Rotations

Slomo "The Bog" CD (Important)
Slomo "The Creep" CD (Important)
Hair Police "Totaled and Stranded" 12-inch (Hundebiss)
Josh Hydeman "Brainsickness"/"Phantasmagoria" 7-inch (Entropic Tarot Records)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Palm Technique

Watching "Irina Palm" tonight reminded me of a very intimate Marianne Faithfull concert that I stumbled upon at Sin-e -- at their original Saint Mark's Place location -- shortly after moving to New York in 1992. The film is a bit too cute at moments and it is quite predictable, but it sort of centers around Soho glory holes, so cut it some slack. Fuck, I also saw two amazing Simon Bonney shows at Sin-e, shortly after he ended Crime and the City Solution and as his first solo album was coming out on Mute.

Office Listening

Worms "Pelican Songs" (Tumult)
Tombs "Winter Hours" (Relapse)
Mastodon "Crack the Skye" (Relapse)
Wrath of the Weak "Alogon" (Profound Lore)
The Golden Sores "A Peaceable Kingdom" (demo)
Michael Peck "Dysmha" (Waiting World)
Maggotapplewonderland "Shards of Subtle Being"
(Waiting World)


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Semi-Automatic Carnation

Still sort of waking up after a long day/night at the Double Door... I had a great time playing with Brutal Truth last night! Bruce Lamont and I started with a transitional piece between Yakuza and B.T. that ended up becoming a nearly 20-minute (I think) synth and sax improvisation, which the band slowly joined in on (the first of two versions of "Semi-Automatic Carnation"???), and then the two of us kept jumping back in to add our sound to various songs during the first half of the B.T.'s set, which was the (complete) debut of their new album, "Evolution Through Revolution." My synth work (which was not too far off from what I did with Consumer Electronics last year - and which was pretty cool to hear over the Double Door's big PA) ended at the conclusion of the album, with what is still my favorite track, thus far: "Grind Fidelity." Then I got to enjoy the second half, which was an excellent selection of "career spanning" songs. And by the time they were wrapping things up with their cover of the YDI song, "I Killed My Family," I was savoring the show too much to jump back up to do backing vocals. That should not have been too hard of a song to remember, but you know me and lyrics... Ha ha.. oh well... Major thanks to Kevin, Danny, Rich, and Erik, for having me join in the fun!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Noise Last Night, Noise This Morning

Fun night at Enemy... I was initially disappointed to learn that Face Worker had canceled, because Brett sounded great earlier this week. I was asked to fill in at the last minute but I was really just up for enjoying the night as a spectator. It was a great choice, getting Mackenzie to play a Bachir Gemayel set. He blasted out a short, harsh set of wall noise. I am looking forward to experiencing what he plans to do with Koufar, live... the political aspect will likely sink in more. But I think I get what was happening with the misbaha (Mackenzie, I hope that I got that right...). It was a good, diverse mix of bands, from the LOUD drone+ of James Earl Drones (featuring some of the Bongripper guys), a top-notch Winters in Osaka set with Jason Soliday on Flying V. Their first section was possibly my favorite live W.I.O. piece yet. Rich from Brutal Truth did a very intense, spoken-word over electronics Peacemaker set, topped off by a masked, more power-electronics cover version/tribute to Japan's Boss Poppinski. Ultra-weird stuff! I started off my day with the Peacemaker/Iron Molar split CD, which looks and sounds really nice. Definitely recommended. The James Earl Drones CD is on now... Good Saturday morning stuff... maybe not Sunday morning, though. Monsters of Pot from Minneapolis totally lived up to their name. Completely stoned power-electronics, which is pretty much an oxymoron. Gotta' love the axe "axe"... ha ha! They also win the award, I think, for dragging the most big amps up to Enemy. Safe to say, the whole night was pretty damned loud...

Sorting out my gear for tonight... I forget how certain distortion pedals can totally kill the volume from a Roland MC-202. Aside from wanting to strip the BLOODYMINDED live set-up down to its essence, I remember the strange volume thing being an issue several years ago. I think that I arrived at a good combination -- one that is close to what I used in the studio for Brutal Truth, but with a bit more sting and noise... See you there...

50-degrees --- off for a run...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Pre-Run Listening

Wilt-related care package:
Amputation Theory "Scum" CD (ORCO)
Minotaur "Her Blood Was Fire" (ORCO)

Hedorah "Flower" (ORCO)

Hedorah "Collection" CD (Crucial Bliss, with tracks from the split with The Fortieth Day)

I still have not cracked open the intense looking Wilt "The Complete Kingdom Recordings" box but it is well-illustrated on Discogs

Toner Low (various recordings)

Moving on to various Catholic Tapes and A Soundesign Recording releases this afternoon...

Tomorrow Night...

Saturday March 21, 2009
Double Door
1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Door: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
$10.00 Advance
$14.00 At the door
Brutal Truth
(Release of "Evolution through Revolution" CD, with sound reinforcement by Bruce Lamont and Mark Solotroff)
Making Ghosts

So, are you looking for a little action?

Sneak peek: This sort of just happened out of the blue, years after it was first discussed...

B!123 Intrinsic Action "Adult Books And Video" 7-inch - front cover concept

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Status - 3/19

- As mentioned, the recording of Tuesday night's show came out really well. I have listened to the MiniDisc a few times and I will start working on a cleaned-up edit to share with Rita and Bruce. We have briefly discussed the possibility of going into the studio and this recording certainly points to the potential in doing so

- I am getting a bunch of mail-order and eBay packages together today

- I am down to about 20 copies of the Redrot single. Copies will be on their way to Aquarius and Cold Spring, shortly. If anyone is still dragging their heels on this one...

- The Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck 7-inch is officially "in production" according to the pressing plant. More news on that, as it develops

- Great news: the covers and the posters for the Prurient + Wilt "Blood of the Lamb" LP (B!098) were finally delivered. The pressing plant finally communicated that the lacquers were cut and are being electroplated now, and they expect to run the edition as soon as the stampers arrive. The vinyl could be a week away. I will finally be making a release announcement in a week or so

- Today's office ambiance: The Royal Family and the Poor (complete CD discography)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

By Candlelight

Last night's show went extremely well. I have to admit that I was concerned about the Blank Dogs show at Cobra Lounge cutting into our show but as soon as people started filing in by 10:00 PM I was feeling pretty good about things. The turnout was great and The Mopery was the setting for another fun, diverse, and successful show. Golden Sores started things off with a somewhat different type of set compared to the one that I saw/heard at Metal Shaker. Chris and Steve built a more linear - yet still complex - drone that seemed to really draw people in and send them on a bit of a head trip. Not surprising was how skillfully composed it was -- and a perfect length -- long enough to get the job done thoroughly but in no danger of over-staying its welcome. Face Worker -- and again, I sort of expected it -- erred on the side of brevity -- with Brett playing a concise set of beautiful (but no, not necessarily "pretty") analog synth, that this time, started to get grittier and noisier as he drew to a close. Another totally enjoyable performance from him. I am looking forward to what he has up his sleeve, even if his threats of more new-age-tinged music scare me a bit. Bruce, Rita, and I went on third, and based on how I felt during and after our set -- as well as listening to the MiniDisc recording right now -- things appeared to go extremely smoothly for us. I think that our set was more dynamic than the one we played last September at AV-aerie... we planned to have a series "peaks" and calmer passages and I think that it worked out the way we wanted. I feel like I took a more active role this time, too, utilizing more chanted, deep vocals and some nice peels of feedback. It came out to about a 20 minute set, so a bit longer and more varied than the first show, but still somewhere in the "ritualistic" vein... And speaking of ceremonies... I had no idea what was coming with Hair Police... a more electronic and harsher "noise" set than I can recall hearing from them... yet still with passages of insistent, intricate, but understated drumming... and did I mention that the light behind them turned off shortly into their set and after some quick thinking by Camacho, the band played by candlelight. First place award to Trevor for his bass drum 'n amp acrobatics, which resulted in hot wax flying all over the place. I was blown away by their set... now I can't wait to dig into "Totaled and Stranded"... Thanks to everyone at The Mopery, for hosting the show, and thanks to everyone who came out... LOTS of new faces, which was cool. A bunch of finicky espressos later (Connelly has become a legitimate curse on my machine) and after a tasty Mexican brunch, the boys are on their way to Cincinnati.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Locrian in Gradations of Morbidity

You can read an insightful new interview with Andre and Terence of Locrian on the doom e-zine, Gradations of Morbidity

Status - 3/16

- Catching up on the weekend's orders, eBay auctions, etc. I expect to make a Post Office run later today

- The Redrot single is down to less than 40 copies. The following distros/stores either have them in stock or should be listing them very shortly: Apop, Autumn Wind Productions, Hanson, Hospital, Molehill, Revolver/Tedium House, Second Layer, Self Abuse, Small Doses, Turgid Animal Italy

- And with the Redrot moving well, I am happy to announce that the Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck 7-inch master was sent to the pressing plant at the end of last week. Similar to the Redot, this release will be pressed in an edition of 200 copies on black vinyl and it will be housed in foldover printed sleeves

Friday, March 13, 2009

First carve is the skin

Tindersticks. Last night. Epiphany Episcopal Church. Amazing! What a great setting to see this band in. I can only hope that Throbbing Gristle does the place justice, next month. The crowd was suitably reverant, too. Total silence, aside from footsteps on the wooden floor, as soon as the band began to walk out on stage. Dramatic lighting reached up to the insane ceiling -- Epiphany is a column-free space with a roof supported by massive, exposed timber arch-braced trusses. Full band. Guitars, bass, drums, horns, vibes, keyboard/organ... Full sound. I imagine that a set list from them is a hard one to develop -- especially to satisfy everyone in attendance -- but I was totally pleased. They did lean heavily on "The Hungry Saw" - and that was fine with me, as it has been one of my most-listened-to albums from the past year. Two encores, so maybe an almost two-hour set? My birthday is officially over now (Marlene got these tickets as a present)... it stretched out nicely this year!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Status - 3/12

- I sent out another batch of Redrot records today. Hanson should have them in stock shortly, followed by Hospital and Turgid Animal Italy

- I had practice and a burrito with Bruce and Rita earlier today, and we worked out our game plan for next Tuesday, which builds upon what we did together last September. We also discussed a different release scenario for the recording of that first performance, which may tie into the whole "Record Store Day" thing, including another live set

- Off to see Tindersticks tonight...

A recent article about AV-aerie's latest troubles

From The Columbia Chronicle:


(FYI: it includes yours truly... and either there was a copy editing glitch, or maybe they really liked what I said???)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Red Fang

Well, I am not really into the band, but the Kuma's March burger was extremely tasty: Red Fang = a burger with bacon, blood orange and micro arugula (it was really teenie), with a blood orange and bacon reduction.

Status - 3/11

- Solid practice last night. Dialed back a bit from the recent four-hour marathon style. Lots of discussion regarding moving forward in the live arena... when, where, with who, etc. Soon...

- Meeting Bruce and Rita tomorrow to finalize plans for next Tuesday's show with Hair Police. Posters are making their way around town, a bit. Being cautious with too much above-ground promotion, especially due to the most recent action at AV-aerie, which was a total bummer to hear about

- Posters for the April 28th BLOODYMINDED show should start circulating later this week

- Another batch of Redrot singles should make it to the Post Office today

- Current office ambiance: Yeah Yeah Yeahs "It's a Blitz!" -- and they have discovered synths and sequencers, it seems... and My Bloody Valentine, maybe?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wierd eBay

- Since I have been posting about my own auctions, I thought that I would also mention that a certain DJ that I know is in the midst of some spring cleaning: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/astrid11222

Status - 3/10

- I am still working on ongoing Redrot orders. I am down to about 60 copies, so anyone who is interested would be advised to get in touch soon...

- Earlier today, I stopped by the studio of photographer extraordinaire, Ben Syverson, who has taken some amazing shots of BLOODYMINDED, both in Chicago and in Mexico City. I sat - well, stood, actually - for a short series of classic studio portraits, which Ben shot on a really interesting large format (8" x 10") camera. I am curious to see the results...

- Last night, after a tasty pozole dinner with Isidro, I discovered that my MySpace page had gone haywire. My Top 40 list was all scrambled and randomized. It took ages to re-construct it, and trying to find everyone within the 185 pages of thumbnail profiles was next to impossible. No one was left out intentionally - I know how people get about top friends stuff - and ironically, I still have not found Isidro... so I blame him. The pozole rojo was great, though.

- Off to practice tonight...

Monday, March 09, 2009

Status - 3/9

- I got another big stack of orders for the Redrot single mailed out today. For those so inclined, initial distributors/stores with copies on their way to them include Apop, Molehill, Revolver/Tedium House, Second Layer, Self Abuse, and Small Doses

Draculina zines on eBay

Eight rare issues of this underground horror/scream queen zine from 87-94


Thanks for checking!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

New eBay Listings

Including "Deep Red" horror/gore zines 1-5 + 7:


Status - 3/7

I am just back from a rainy trip to the Post Office with two jammed duffel bags filled with packages. All paid orders received by noon today have been mailed out. I am looking forward to hearing what people think of the Redrot single. Discogs and eBay packages are also up to date.

Pimp My Envenomist?

I had to interrupt the pink flow when the mail lady dropped off a package with the new Envenomist "The Helix" CD on Killer Pimp. I am kind of amused by the idea of Envenomist sort of being label-mates with A Place to Bury Strangers, even though they just flew the coop to join Mute Records. Or better, that All the Saints were there prior to the shift to the embattled Touch & Go label. Anyhow, this is prime Envenomist material, and thanks to me looking at the release page on the Killer Pimp website, I just discovered that there is enhanced content to be found... I guess that if a person primarily uses a "real" CD player, as I do to listen to music, they might miss out on certain unmarked bonus features that would immediately be seen by a person who plays their music on a computer... something to consider, I suppose...

Friday, March 06, 2009

OUT NOW: B!109 Redrot "Deviant" 7-inch

BloodLust! New Release - Out Now:

Artist: Redrot
Title: "Deviant"
Format: 7-inch (33 RPM)
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 109
Genre: Death-Industrial / Noise / Experimental

B!109 Redrot "Deviant" b/w "White Walls" 7-inch - front cover

Pressed in a numbered edition of 200 copies; Black vinyl; Silver labels with black text; Pro-printed, color, fold-over sleeves; 33 RPM; Back to the greater Detroit -- in this case, Novi, Michigan -- scene; This is the vinyl debut from cult death-industrial powerhouse, Redrot; Ryan Oppermann -- A.K.A. The Rotbrain -- who also records as Fabrico Incubo, Klinikal Skum, Narcoleptic Ward, Neuntöter Der Plage, Post-Mortem Junkie, Xombie, etc. -- was actually one of the first people that I contacted when the private series was being launched; Previously a victim of both time and the great color-vinyl shortage of 08-09, I am pleased to finally release this dark slab of necro-nihilism; "Deviant" straddles an uncomfortable line between death-industrial, power-electronics, crust/sludge and a totally aggressive form of minimal synth; "White Walls" brings to mind "Leichenschrei"-era S.P.K. with its unwholesome mental ward pathology


1. "Deviant" (3:40)
2. "White Walls" (5:21)

Price: $10.00 USA/$12.00 Canada+Mexico/$14.00 Rest of World @ postpaid

(Wholesale rates available to distributors, mail-order services, and record stores; please inquire)

Please use bludlust@mindspring.com for PayPal payments


Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Fortieth Day on The Static Hymnal

The monumental "The Static Hymnal" 6xC-6O compilation box set is finally out, with an exclusive track by The Fortieth Day. This blackened-noise project has been two years in the making from three different labels: Husk, Factotum (formerly Epicene), and Hung Like a Horse. Please check this thread for more information, ordering details, etc.: http://www.chondriticsound.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=25254

One of these days I'm going to cut you into little pieces

Off into a deep chronological review of Pink Floyd. I am looking forward to the mid-1970s the most. "Wish You Were Here" and "Animals" (especially) always ruled for me. I am somewhat in fear of hitting 1979 and beyond.

The Party's Over... Again

I am definitely looking forward to the video related to this CD/DVD project:

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Status - 3/4

- Another epic 4+ hour long practice last night. Excellent work. We reviewed last week's highlights and then got down to business. Mostly business. I am enjoying the methodology. My throat...

- I did a big mail run yesterday, so all paid mail-order, Discogs, and eBay packages are up-to-date

- Thanks to everyone who already ordered the new Redrot single from Monday's update!

- Current obsession: U2 "Unknown Caller" -- multiple repeats for several days now. Also enjoying "Magnificent" (just watched the YouTube post from last night's "Late Night" broadcast) and "Moment of Surrender" (which reminds me of "Thursday's Child" from "Hours..." by David Bowie). Interesting that the three are clustered. I am warming up to "Get on your Boots" but it is more typical of "big" U2 singles. The rest of "No Line on the Horizon" is a hit or miss thing for me. But "Unknown Caller" is definitely working me over, undoubtedly crap lyrics (too much computer metaphor... but let's not forget Animal Law's "Grain"!) and all...

- Check out the nice new Wilt free download album - "Undercurrent/Floodplain" currently on Force of Nature's website. I enjoyed the concept, the execution, and the D/L aspect... and if you missed the (related in my mind) Luasa Raelon (Envenomist alter ego) ghost ship D/L EP, "The Baychimo" you can find it here

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

BloodLust! March 2009 Update

The BloodLust! March 2009 Update has been sent out to the mailing list and it has been posted on the catalog weblog page. If you did not receive an e-mail today, or if you wish to join the mailing list, please send a request to: bludlust@mindspring.com

Monday, March 02, 2009

BloodLust! Interview Series: Compiled Links

#1 Slogun

#2 Sleep Museum

#3 Dead Body Love

#4 Mammal

#5 Sshe Retina Stimulants

#6 Mike Williams of EyeHateGod

#7 Haptic

#8 Pieter Schoolwerth

#9 Envenomist

#10 Redrot

#11 The Siamese Pearl

#12 Aaron Dilloway

#13 Vertonen

#14 Jonathan Canady

#15 Neil Jendon

#16 Fecalove

#17 James Moy

#18 Cadaver in Drag

#19 Staccato Du Mal

#20 Culver

#21 Climax Denial

#22 Locrian

#23 Martial Canterel

#24 Sword Heaven - Pt. 1

#25 Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck

#26 Failing Lights

#27 Wilt

#28 Xavier Laradji/Timeless

#29 Right-Eye Rita

#30 Greh Holger

#31 Sword Heaven - Pt. 2

Locrian - Again Dead Angel

From: The One True Dead Angel

Locrian -- "Plague Journal / Apocryphal City, Portents Fallen" 7" [Bloodlust!]

Talk about minimalist, this single comes in some of the most nondescript packaging ever -- white vinyl with white labels noting the sides and speed but nothing else, housed in a blank white sleeve and accompanied by a folded insert that provides the only clues to the single's content and origins. The first side, "Plague Journal," is a repetitive slice of twanging, boiling guitar noise and droning feedback upfront and other noises of considerably more mysterious origin fattening up the sound in the background. Toward the end the wailing feedback becomes the primary force of nature as everything else fades into a muted dark-ambient wash before the feedback finally dies away. The flip side, "Apocryphal City, Portents Fallen," opens with hollowed-out cyclotron sound and vague pounding noises, but bell-like tones subject to ping-pong delay soon appear in the mix, even as the harsh drone turns into a swirling, sweeping tornado of sound. The swirling, seething, psychotronic fog that eventually emerges successfully straddles the divide between noise and dark ambient, creating clouds of droning, noise-textured vapor like toxic gas billowing through the streets of a disintegrating city... only to end in a snarling lock-groove that's pretty ominous in its own right. Limited to 300 copies and, like all of the band's output, highly recommended.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

I.I.G.O.L.G.? Pleasure...

As I type this, I am listening (over and over) to a six and a half minute segment of a rehearsal space recording that seems to embody everything that I have been hoping to do with "the new band." In my Sunday morning mind, on my third double-espresso, it feels like the perfect portrayal of the highs and the lows of attempted personal connection. 'Nuff said on that.

Last night was a double-header of shows...

At Enemy, there was an early experimental/noise line-up, kicked off by the duo of Eric Leonardson and Bryan Day (Omaha). Eric played his Neubauten-lite walker device and Day played three handsome, sculptural, handmade instruments. While the sounds that both guys produced complemented each other, it seemed like Eric was continually trying to make eye contact with Day, throughout the set, in a noble atempt to truly play "together," but Day was playing his gear with a head-down focus, only locking eyes with Eric at the very end. Maybe he was able to collaborate just by hearing, but I am not so sure... Vertonen was up next, and as Blake recounted a story about a college professor who used a certain methodology to draw blood by counting to three but jabbing at two -- yep, I knew where that was headed -- he unleashed an instantaneous fury of harsh noise that still made me - and most of the audience - jump... actually sending one guy into a bit of a hissy fit. Whatever, bring earplugs to these sorts of shows if you are worried about that kind of thing. It also functioned as a nice follow-up to Neil Jendon's launch from the night before... Blake allowed the wall of sound to deteriorate before bringing in a vicious high-tone frequency that sent fingers back into ears. Finally he went into the sort of pop-music (well, prog-rock, this time, with Yes and Emerson Lake & Palmer) manipulation/looping of his that I am less fond of... it actually sounded good but it felt like it should have been a different piece, altogether... Katchmare (Normal, IL) was up next... Nick kept the pressure on the audience, adding a certain level of palpable stress as he slowly moved from quiet passages, to micro bursts of noise, to tension building sounds, to more full-on blasts of harshness. I thought that it was a well-done performance that kept a step ahead of the audience. Unfortunately, I had to leave before Evidence played, as curious as I was about the weird multi-surface loudspeakers that they had set up around the room...

Off to Subterranean, around the corner. Holy crap, it was cold in there... maybe a good set-up for the nearly coldwave guitars of All the Saints? Maybe not. I definitely arrived with ultra-high expectations, as "Fire on Corridor X" has probably been my most listened to album of the never-ending winter... and, no shit, it is snowing again today in Chicago... so... I enjoyed their performance. The guitar was as echoey as I would have hoped... but their more-aggressive pace and delivery was definitely a different thing than on their album. I think that the fact that it was far less romantic, compared to their studio sound, was a good thing - in this particular case - whatever... I need to let it sink in a bit, still. Lots of stuff is sinking in, still... Darker My Love was up next. The two albums that I have by them are maybe a bit less psychedelic than I may want... while they might veer into Warlocks territory, say, they come off a bit more Madchester or "baggy" (god, did I really just type that?!?), like Stone Roses or Charlatans... but they were heavier and darker live... great vocal harmonies, a la post-shoegazer (I actually kept thinking of Spectacle!)... and christ, the bass player gets major points for playing Christian Death's "Spiritual Cramp" when he soundchecked before they started. A definite what-the-fuck moment... ha ha! So, for me, even better live. These Arms are Snakes were up last. I stayed for four or five songs but I guess that I was not really in the mood for that sort of show, even though the showmanship was really quite good and the crowd was feeding on the high energy.

I might have been able to catch the tail end of the Minsk, Sweet Cobra, Plague Bringer show, but by that point, my ears were just destroyed... I am definitely sorry to have had to miss that triple-threat, though...

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