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