Saturday, February 21, 2009

BloodLust! Interview Series: #31 Sword Heaven Pt. 2



Aaron Hibbs (Sword Heaven, Noumena)

1. What have you been listening to lately?

Shit! We listened to a lot of modern rock on a recent tour. Fucking terrible and absolutely compelling, particularly Alice in Chains, STP, and Puddle of Mudd.

2. Have you been to any interesting concerts recently?

We hosted Diagram A at Skylab the other day. The dude totally slays!

The 6th Annual Miami International Noise Conference. I have attended every year, and always have a blast!

Highlights from this year's INC:

Kenny Millions - 65 year old avant - sax/clarinet player who absolutely shredded his instruments while berating the entire audience. "Go home and suck yr mom's tits you candy asses!"
God Willing - full on bass plow through the new and incredible Churchill's PA.
Small Pox - Urban Tribal Unit featuring Gay Bomb playing and screaming through a couple of paper card readers. heavy beats!
The Twilight Memories of the Three Suns - Somewhere in the realm of French Electro/Acoustic, but way crusty. disparate, abstract jams with a dude chopping wood, squealing tape manipulation, a reeded pvc tube, and a young lady pounding tabletops while squawking indecipherable words.
Laundry Room Squelchers - Of course, Rat Bastards uncompromising noise orgy. the living mosh-pit. no one was safe. fucking brutal!

3. Can you name a favorite film, or two (or a television program), from the last few months?

I watched "Cruising" with Al Pacino after we played a show in Chapel Hill. This movie totally blew me away! I can't believe it was even made! That scene in the leather daddy club where Pacino is huffing and dancing while a dude across the room gets fisted.... unbelievable!

4. Have you read a good book lately?

Occasionally I'll read while I'm taking a shit. It always bums me out when I sit down and there are no printed words in sight. My favorites are bathroom cleaning agents, woodworking catalogs, and Lear's Limericks:

There was an Old Man who supposed,
That the street door was partially closed;
But some very large rats,
Ate his coats and his hats,
While that futile old gentleman dozed.

uh.... I also scoped a cool zine about glory holes and some art books that Jeff from Noise Nomads made. Yeah!

5. Have you attended any recent art shows worth mentioning?

We just started having show in our kitchen. It's called "The Full Force Showcase Gallery." Right now, I'm helping install March's show by Eva Ball. There are only two pieces in the show. This afternoon I'll be hammering in the last nails in the word, 'freedom.' The 2' word is laid-out on the wall with tiny white nails pinning sequins to the surface. Next to that is an inflatable skeleton which has been painted a sickly green. The show looks great under our new track lighting!

6. Do you have any current obsessions of note?

I'm really into physical activity. We have invented numerous indoor games at our house. Among them is a game called Crossfire in which a deflated yoga ball must be throttled into your opponents goal by throwing footballs at it. That shit is FUN!

Also into Ganzfeld practice. It is kind of like a jump start to meditation or nothingness. You cut a ping pong ball in half. Place one half over each eye, then stare into a bright light source. This is done while listening to white noise on headphones. totally tripped out! It effectively cuts off your sensory arousal systems in your brain stem and turns your mind inward. It creates a weird 'outside' zone... disconnected from reality.

7. Please tell me what recordings, projects (any medium), etc., you are working on right now, if anything

I've been mastering tracks for a new Sword Heaven album. It is our first proper studio recording. The challenge has been to balance the cinematic depth in the tracks with a raw, forceful attack.

Also, working on a release that is straight vocals.... like the squealing animal sounds I make in SH.

I have an a capella grunge band called 'rage against the cage' for which I am constantly developing material. "defy-ee-Yi-ee yo-oooh oh-oooh-woah, no --- yeah!"

8. What do you hope to accomplish this year?

I plan to break the world record for Hula Hoop Marathon this summer. It would also be great to finish the deck of cards I have been developing with Carly Ptak. And... a more unhinged, nasty, and brutal incarnation of Sword Heaven.

9. Is there anything else that you would like to mention, announce, or hype?

A family member has recently rehabbed her narcotic addiction! I am very proud of her!


BLOODYMINDED @ Matchitehew


Just announced by Aquarius Records:
http://www.aquariusrecords.org/cat/newest.html

And we're also presenting an awesome black metal / noise festival taking place in June in Chicago, it's called Matchitehew, and you can get all the information here:

http://www.matchitehew.com/

And just to get an idea of what sort of festival it will be, have a look at some of the confirmed acts:

Bone Awl
Volahn
Velnias
Do Tremble and Fall Silent
Marblebog
Bloodyminded
Cadaver in Drag
Mammal
Burial Hex
HeatdeatH
Nondor Nevai
Locrian
Oakeater

And plenty more to come! Looks amazing already. We'll keep you updated on how to get tickets, and what other bands are playing. It's gonna be killer.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Locrian's Last?

For a while, at least. From Gapers Block Transmission:

Whole lotta Shaking Going On...in Hell

Ever been to Metal Shaker? Its existence is news to to me, I'll admit it. The bar (3394 N. Milwaukee) bills itself as "A heavy venue on the northwest side of Chicago," and looking at its lineup for these next two months, which are of course the heaviest of all months, I feel it is no hyperbole, friends. Nearly every day in the month of March seems to have an opportunity to see bands with names like If He Dies, He Dies, Embryonic Devourment, and Arbogast, as well as every Sunday's "Blackened Sabbath" nights, where local musicians spin their favorite death and thrash metal.

This Friday (February 20, 9 p.m.), the Metallic Shaking ones will encourage the ever-shifting barriers between black metal and experimental noise crumble just a bit further with a lineup of bands that work the necessary nexus between riff and wail, distortion and dissolution.

Acting as a record release party of sorts, the night's lineup will include the blessedly infernal Locrian, who will have copies of the their first pro-pressed CD release, Drenched Lands, available (co-released by Wisconsin's Small Doses label and At War With False Noise in the UK). I've written about them before on this site, and with the release of each new album, including their great CD-R on Bloodlust!, Rhetoric of Surfaces, the band hones their barbarous approach to drone-played-as-doom-metal to a jagged edge, capable of inflicting wounds that don't close. Soak 'em up, folks, this is the last Locrian show until summer, at least.

Also on board: The similarly-blackened duo Winters in Osaka, recent Ohio transplant David Russell (also head of the A Soundesign Recording label), and new duo Ratatosk (Jason Soliday of Enemy Space, Magic Missile, Coeurl, etc., and Ben Billington of Druids of Huge) will all lock hands and close the circle.

None of the signs I've seen say anything about cost of admission, but it is a bar (21+, yes), so make sure you have $5 in your pocket. If they don't ask for it at the door, buy yourself one of those newfangled beers the kids are drinking these days.

Chris Sienko


Original Sigillum S "Terror Auto-Obstetrics" on eBay

There is also a copy of the very rare Sigillum S "Terror Auto-Obstetrics" 7-inch single on eBay now

Buyer's Market on eBay

There is a copy of the rare "Buyer's Market" CD currently up on eBay. The seller also has some of Xavier's rare Timeless zines, etc.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Recording and Mastering

It was a successful day in the studio! The BLOODYMINDED "PHASES : FOUR" 12-inch track and the remix of "Ten Suicides" for Mike Williams are (finally) both complete and I am extremely pleased with the results. Preview versions are being distributed to band members, respective record labels, etc., for evaluation. I hope to have more news on these two exciting releases, soon...

Now, back to "Within the Walls" and...

Sequences, etc.

How the interviews went out of sequence there at the end is beyond my comprehension...

Hopefully by the day's end I will be in possession of masters for the BLOODYMINDED "Phases : Four" 12-inch on Land o'Smiles and for the "Ten Suicides" remix for the Michael Williams single on Chrome Peeler...

BloodLust! Interview Series: #29 Right-Eye Rita

Right-Eye Rita (also of Walkie-Talkies, Bruce Lamont+Right-Eye Rita+Mark Solotroff, etc.)

1. What have you been listening to lately?

Other people talk

2. Have you been to any interesting concerts recently?

Bloodiest at the Empty Bottle got 5 star rating

3. Can you name a favorite film, or two (or a television program), from the last few months?

No, in fact I just awoke from a bad dream where I was expected to watch a cartoon everyone thought was funny and edgy that I thought was boring.

4. Have you read a good book lately?

I can't sit through a book, but it was encouraging to read an article about Robert Morris, who pretty much single-handedly funded the Revolutionary War, before being f-ed over by the US Government for all his hard work. What a quandary: an infant nation fighting against taxation was unjustified to levy its own taxes even to feed, clothe, and arm its own men. RM used his own fortune to pay soldiers and prevent a revolt, blah blah blah but died penniless. It showed me that all people have had to watch their backs in business from day 1


5. Have you attended any recent art shows worth mentioning?

No but I'm champing at the bit to go to the Art Institute for the 7th-13th century Chinese and Korean ceramics (there through Jun 7)

6. Do you have any current obsessions of note?

Playing with the resurrected Walkie-Talkies, a trio of drums, two singers, guitar, bass, keyboard, violin, and melodica.

7. Please tell me what recordings, projects (any medium), etc., you are working on right now, if anything

I am remastering some old RER tracks with Audacity, and also returning to work with a 4-track cassette recorder which seems to give more even tone quality than my digital multi-tracker which has no individual track EQ.

8. What do you hope to accomplish this year?

Sampling all the products at Ann's Bakery (near Chicago & Leavitt)


9. Is there anything else that you would like to mention, announce, or hype?

I have an upcoming solo show series at Links Hall (http://www.linkshall.org/) Mar.21,22, and 23, where I hope to employ some neo-futurist kinetic costume techniques within my audio delivery.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Spinning at 45 Today

BloodLust! Interview Series: #30 Greh Holger

Greh Holger (Cleanse, Hive Mind, Black Sand Desert, Acid Bed, Black Rubber, Chainfight, Crosse Humiliation, Gate To Gate, Greh Wolfs, Kvlts, Miscarriage, Obelisk, S.P., etc.)

1. What have you been listening to lately?

Prurient - Black Post Society -- a pleasant meshing of the older atmospheric disturbance and harsh/power electronics work with his modern synth style, and some grotesque vocals.
Kate Bush - The Kick Inside -- always a favorite to put on, been getting regular play at work.
Lots of different John Fahey stuff after recently getting turned on to him. Just puts me in the right zone.
and what seems like a million of those "Return to/Tribute to/whatever" Flexipop comps circulating on the net.
Various tape masters that I've received lately have been killing me, notably Pax Titania, Raglani and David Russell as well as lathe masters from Envenomist and Dilloway.

2. Have you been to any interesting concerts recently?

Tim & Eric Awesome Show Tour 2009 was the last major thing I've seen, as well as a pair of Awesome Color shows that had me banging my head and chugging whiskey. T&E had me cracking up the entire show doing skits or characters from the TV show, playing video interludes and having some of the shows staples perform their bits.

3. Can you name a favorite film, or two (or a television program), from the last few months?

Unfortunately I'm addicted to horrible VH1 and Bravo reality programming, so Rock of Love Bus, Top Chef, Tool Academy, Celebrity Rehab & Sober House. Also just watched a stretch of the original Peter Sellers Pink Panther movies which I hadn't seen since childhood and were even better than I'd remembered.

4. Have you read a good book lately?

I'm constantly reading these days.

Tattoo the Wicked Cross by Floyd Salas - I just started this but the way it is written really has me wrapped up. It's very poetic and grim, taking for example a few pages to describe how utterly dismal a room and the view from it are in great detail.
Lordotics by Peter Sotos - Keep picking this one up and putting it down. I'm enjoying it but it hasn't sucked me in the way Comfort & Critique did, which is a shame because it seems his writing has gotten better and a bit more cohesive on this one. Giving it time!
Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia vol. 3 - Just as good as the previous two. The accompanying text is good and informative but the photos and drawings are the real meat.
The Man in High Castle by Philip K. Dick - a re-read that I couldn't avoid after chugging through several other PKD novels. Spurred on partly by the cover of the new Dave Philips LP on RRR. The main stories in the book are interesting but I find myself most drawn to the concepts of historicity, collectability and authenticity vs forgery subplot involving Frink, Childan and the young Japanese couple, as well as how that ties into the false identities and multiple realities in the book.

5. Have you attended any recent art shows worth mentioning?

Art shows? In Detroit? I wish.

6. Do you have any current obsessions of note?

My Xerox machine, Life Nature/Science Library books, some synth modules I just picked up.

7. Please tell me what recordings, projects (any medium), etc., you are working on right now, if anything

I'm working on the next Hive Mind album, a bit more conceptual than previous recordings and using a wider variety of equipment and home-made "instruments". I'm also working on a book of collage and continuing to expand Chondritic past the realm of only doing audio. I plan to collaborate more with Damion Romero while I'm out in LA later this month.

8. What do you hope to accomplish this year?

Moving to Los Angeles in the summer is the main goal right now. I'm out there visiting for the last half of February and getting the lay of the land. More vinyl on Chondritic Sound, and continuing the lathe series.

9. Is there anything else that you would like to mention, announce, or hype?

Nope.

Another Anniversary



After finishing my "metal" duties for the night I cannot help but think about Tim Aher's (at center with white collar) death, one year ago...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

BloodLust! Interview Series: #28 Timeless

Xavier Laradji (publisher of Timeless and member of BLOODYMINDED)

1. What have you been listening to lately?

Early Acid Bath, Threshold House Boys Choir

2. Have you been to any interesting concerts recently?

TG - 32 annual report - Paris - June - 08
Fran├žois Bayle+Bernard Parmegiani - Toulouse - November 08

3. Can you name a favorite film, or two (or a television program), from the last few months?

Star 80, Enter the Void

4. Have you read a good book lately?

Last ones from Sergei Bratkov, Izima Kaoru, Ed Templeton, and an old Araki book called Arakigraph

5. Have you attended any recent art shows worth mentioning?

Shuji Tateishi at Sutido Parabolica (Tokyo)

7. Please tell me what recordings, projects (any medium), etc., you are working on right now, if anything

Stu Mead "Drawings"
Philip Best "Rosebed"

8. What do you hope to accomplish this year?

My books

9. Is there anything else that you would like to mention, announce, or hype ?

Crisis ?? where ?? I've got a great new job !!!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Back to eBay

I have started posting items for auction on eBay again. There will be more than just music stuff. Please check here: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/bloodlustchicago

Evil Seagull

"Sub-Stance"

Video by Petulia Mattioli - San Francisco, 2008 - Music by Sigillum S, from "23/20"

Axehandle, etc.

- The February special at Kuma's was fucking great! It is like the Slayer's Southern breakfast cousin, sort of. We had a nice Midwest BLOODYMINDED meet up, last night, with added Milwaukee crew

- I got a copy of the new Locrian "Drenched Lands" CD (on At War with False Noise/Small Doses) yesterday, and it looks and sounds excellent. I like being able to hear the re-mastered version of their song, "Greyfield Shrines," all in one go, too. Really cool packaging and design, with more of Kelly Rix' cold and dark photography. I am looking forward to getting down to work on the LP version, soon...





- It looks like the pressing plant with the Redrot single is closed for President's Day, so approval will have to wait until tomorrow. The test pressings sound great, though, filled with all of the pummellingly deep bass contained on the master The Redrot 7-inch test pressing is Approved!

- Additional weekend listening (post "Destertshore...) ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead "The Century of Self" -- Good, but I may be growing out of this band, at this point. And the new Circlesquare ("Songs about Dancing and Drugs") has kind of fallen flat for me. More Ulan Kohl, more To Blacken the Pages...

BloodLust! Interview Series: #27 Wilt

James Keeler (Wilt, Hedorah, Astronomy, the OR/CO label, etc.)

1. What have you been listening to lately?

Brutal Truth, Eyehategod on vinyl, Electric Wizard: Come my Fanatics and Dopethrone, Lull, Steve Roach, NTT and a few late 60s early 70s Pink Floyd bootlegs. And the amazing Luasa Raelon's House of Meat.

2. Have you been to any interesting concerts recently?

No. Been a while since I've climbed out of the cave. But I have watched a few good Live DVDs lately. Stoyfest from Freak Animal, Pink Floyd live at Pompeii, Prurient and The Rita Live in Chicago bootlegs.

3. Can you name a favorite film, or two (or a television program), from the last few months?

Been on an Ingmar Bergman binge lately, Hour of the Wolf, Persona, Virgin Spring and Wild Strawberries. Great scores and cinematography. Oh yeah, and Venture Brothers on DVD. As well as Godzilla vs Hedorah, Terror of Mechagodzilla and Invasion of the Astro Monster. Fulci's, City of the Dead.

4. Have you read a good book lately?

C.J. Jung's "Dreams", "Anthology for a New Millennium by R. Buckminster Fuller and H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness."

5. Have you attended any recent art shows worth mentioning?

No. Again lost in the labyrinth of the caves, but I've been diggin a lot of Nicolas Bohac, Camille Rose Garcia and Mars-1 work on the internet.

6. Do you have any current obsessions of note?

Packaging design. Sound experimentation, finally taking the time to explore all my electronic options and the myriad of alternates it generates. Designer Vinyl. Painting both organically and digitally. My DIY Lofi Label, The Institute for Organic Conversations {OR/CO}.

7. Please tell me what recordings, projects (any medium), etc., you are working on right now, if anything

WILT:

1. "Nine Chains to the Moon" our next dark electronics/instrumental opus for Ad Noiseam Records. Going on year two of development.

2. An untitled new full length for Force of Nature Productions (FON) thats insanely dark psychedelic noisescapes.

3. A remix for FON.

4. Plus several TBD releases on other DIY labels, when more details are finalized.

5. Pulling together several unreleased materials, live recordings and remixes/collabs with other artists for a 10 yr anniv. 2 CD set from Ad Noiseam called, "Dead Electroniks" coming out later this year.

HEDORAH:

1. Collab with Katchmare.

2. Working on a new E.P. called, "The End of the World".

3. Remix for FON.

ASTRONOMY:

1. New full length with Michael Palace {Horchata} joining the fold to give more diversity to the electronics portion of our sound. Michael has an insane synth rig set up in his house that is built from modules from the 70s. Great vintage sounds. Label and title TBD.

8. What do you hope to accomplish this year?

All of the above and to keep putting out special limited releases on my {OR/CO} label. Oh yeah, and keeping my job.

9. Is there anything else that you would like to mention, announce, or hype?

Several finished releases are about to land soon.

From my {OR/CO} label I have:

The Complete Kingdom Recordings. 4xc62 Boxset
Its the complete collab between Prurient + Wilt resurrected.
A 4x cassette boxset housed in a wooden box that used to hold slides, comes with a 20+ page visual supplement bound with red stitching, and a black worship candle. All sealed in the box, wrapped in black plastic and bound with red duct tape. The recordings contain all the unreleased and unused samples, alternates and new visions not used on the Blood of the Lamb LP. This should be ready for pre-order as soon as we get word on when the LP will be in stock from BLOODLUST!.

MINOTAUR: Her Blood was Fire e.p. CDR in special packaging
Powerful UK vs US PE.

Amputation Theory: Scum. CDR in special packaging
Hardcore. Sludge. Noise. NoFI.

James P. Keeler: Variations for Electric Organ. casstte packaged in recycled vinyl cases with 8x8 folded poster insert.
Abstract tones and frequencies.

HEDORAH: Flower e.p. CDR in dvd style packaging with full color art and insert.
Fall of Because meets the Incapacitants. Harsh sludge recordings and mountains of doom.

and from CIPHER PRODUCTIONS

WILT: Southern Cross
Limited edition lathe cut 7" with c40 and inserts contained in a black cloth bag with the wilt logo on the outside. Looks and sounds amazing. Very dark noise, drone, sludgy electronics and some tripped out folk atmospheres. Sort of BM meets shaman.

Lastly, thanks to you Mark for everything. Your still one of the coolest dudes I've ever met!


Sunday, February 15, 2009

BloodLust! Interview Series: #26 Failing Lights

Mike Connelly (Failing Lights, Wolf Eyes, Hair Police, The Haunting, the Gods of Tundra label, etc.)

1. What have you been listening to lately?

Irish folk music..especially Mary o'Hara..she plays harp and sings..anything on the original Tradition Records, Pat's People, Wolfe Tones, Ourselves Alone..more.

2. Have you been to any interesting concerts recently?

I just got back from Berlin w/Hair Police. Also on the bill was some people doing a Stockhausen piece in which they fasted for 4 days leading up to set, Josephine Foster, some lectures and panel discussions...and Hair Police. I would say the word "interesting" describes that gig perfectly.

3. Can you name a favorite film, or two (or a television program), from the last few months?

Fruit of Paradise, Bone, Delicatessen, House (Hausa).

4. Have you read a good book lately?

"Inside the Mind of BTK" by John Douglas, "Hellboy: Darkness Calls", "Lullaby" and "Survivor" by Chuck Palahniuk, "A Drink With Shane MacGowan" by MacGowan.

5. Have you attended any recent art shows worth mentioning?

No, but Tara has been doing some really fucking incredible small sculpture/assemblage type things that I look at everyday.

6. Do you have any current obsessions of note?

The same sights, sounds and ideas that I'm always obsessed with.....and chess.

7. Please tell me what recordings, projects (any medium), etc., you are working on right now, if anything

New records from both HP and Wolf Eyes this year..currently finishing up both. Also full length Failing Lights album for Intransitive as well as a million other things--music and painting--on a daily basis.

8. What do you hope to accomplish this year?

Beat Olson in chess.

9. Is there anything else that you would like to mention, announce, or hype?

There will be plenty of touring with both HP and Wolf Eyes in 09...so see you in the pit.