Saturday, May 02, 2009

A Further Breakdown


Lady Doom

I made it out to a really fun show last night at Cobra Lounge... Ran into lots of friends, which was a bonus. Making Ghosts: They seemed more "AmRep" and less doomy than when they opened for Brutal Truth... I am pretty interested to see where they will go with their two-bass pummel. Rabid Rabbit: Andrea on the floor in front of the stage, stomping around like a psychedelic bass dervish. Walls of deep rythm and bass contrasted by greasy, Morbid Angel-esque guitar peels. Cool new sax-through-Echoplex sounds... A great choice to pair with the headliners... Jucifer: Even if my deeper interest in this duo from a few years ago has passed, I still contend that they put on a great, entertaining live show. And they were pretty much as loud as ever... my ears are certainly ringing this morning... but when aren't they?

Photo Fest

I just uploaded a ton of addition photographs to Flickr from Tuesday's show. These are all stills from the video that Wes Tank shot, provided by James. They have been added to the show set.

Friday, May 01, 2009

New Baltimore BLOODYMINDED Pix

Our friend Brian Baxter in Paris kindly just dug up a small selection of photos that he took during the TERMINAL PHASE LUNA tour in April 2007, at The Bank in Baltimore. They are up on Flickr now and they were added to the tour set

BLOODYMINDED - 2007-04-22 - The Bank - Baltimore, MD
Rodger Stella Headlock

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A small selection of photos from last night

Shot by Robert Loerzel

Show Recap

April 28, 2009
The Empty Bottle
Chicago, IL

Heber Burguete - Synth
James Moy - Live Mix + Synth + Vocals
Isidro Reyes - Synth + Vocals
Mark Solotroff - Vocals + Noise

4. UNTITLED (with Blake Edwards on metal)

Back from a late-in-the day breakfast of huevos con carne asada with James. Feeling the long, late night, but we are all really pleased with how things turned out last night. The long layoff from BLOODYMINDED shows made for interesting planning for last night, and the idea of only doing songs from the upcoming album totally felt like an appealing thing to do. Aside from two songs (1 + 7) that we have been doing for some time now, people were generally unfamiliar with everything else. Watching people's faces was amusing, to say the least. Without a "greatest hits" type of set to go along with, the folks who know us well really appeared to be paying attention to what was happening... and not just that there were new songs... but that we only played seven songs in the amount of time that we might normally speed through twice that, or more. It felt great to let each song unfold over four minutes, or so. That makes them sound like marathons... but for us... We got two very different recordings of the roughly 30 minute set. A MiniDisc from onstage and a Digital (Zoom) recording from back by the soundbooth. The room recording really demonstrates the full range of frequencies, including some nice, deep bass. While it seemed "loud enough" on stage, we heard from numerous people that it was one of, if not the, loudest BLOODYMINDED show(s), ever. That was sort of surprising. But James did an amazing job of varying the mix throughout the set so that different microphones and the three differently "tuned" synths had a chance to rise and fall in the mix. For the middle section, which is still untitled, Blake Edwards (Anatomy of Habit, Vertonen, ex-Animal Law) played -- well, scraped away at -- amplified metals -- recordings of which have been included in the version on the new album. The sound that he generated was totally SPOT ON. I was thrilled. People definitely seemed stunned by that song... and for the record, there were NO BEATS! There was, however, a deep pulsing synth pattern and James was playing a very primitive type of melody. Regardless, from what we heard, people were thrown of by the sound but the comments were extremely favorable. Overall, we had a great night. It was great to play with David, Doug, and Frank, as well as Tony and Keiji. Our thanks to those guys, as well as to Regina at Front Porch Productions, for including is in such a great, well-attended night. Thanks to everyone at the Empty Bottle, for the awesome hospitality, as always. A special mention regarding Allison's excellent before, during, and after music selections. Cindytalk, Zos Kia, etc. Great! Thanks to Wes and Ricardo, for videotaping the show. Thanks to all of the guys who came down from Milwaukee... amazing support! And thanks to all of our friends who made it out after such a long, busy weekend, to see us.

Redrot <<< SOLD OUT >>>

This was a popular item at last night's show and it is now SOLD OUT. My thanks to everyone who supported this release! If you like this single you should also make sure to check out the amazing Redrot album side from the new Michigan boxset on Hanson/RRR.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Status - 4/28

- As I managed to find a bit of free time and I felt like eating a slice of pizza, I mailed out several more mail-order/Discogs packages today. All paid orders are in the mail and up-to-date

- I started to make my way through the highly anticipated (not just by me) 6 x LP Michigan box set (Hanson/RRR) earlier today. Sadly, my turntable started making a strange noise when I put on the Redrot side (how appropriate), then it completely died as I tried to start the Aaron Dilloway side. Figures... I guess that the next nine sides will have to wait for a repair or a replacement

- Along with T-shirts and core BLOODYMINDED/Intrinsic Action/The Fortieth Day/solo releases, I will be bringing the final handful of Redrot singles, as well as the new TDS OGF 7-inch, to the show tonight

- Heading out...


Please join us tonight as we hit the stage for the first time in eight months! To mix things up a bit, we will be performing all of the songs from our forthcoming album, "Within the Walls," and our set will include a special guest who will help us out on a new song that is still being developed...


BLOODYMINDED - Poster for April 28, 2009 Show


Tony Conrad and Keiji Haino
David Daniell and Doug McCombs

Tuesday April 28, 2009
9:30 PM


The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622


From the Chicago Reader

Keiji Haino’s first Chicago appearance in more than a decade was supposed to be last fall, during the Wire’s Adventures in Modern Music festival, but the Japanese multi-instrumentalist and singer canceled at the last minute—apparently due to one of those vagaries of international air travel that disproportionately affect the eccentric. It was a huge disappointment, but this duo with violinist, filmmaker, and philosopher Tony Conrad should more than make up for it. Haino is a tiny man but projects a titanic presence, like Darth Vader or a nine-story statue of the Buddha. With an operatic voice that’s alternately shamanistic, impressionistic, and animalistic and an impressive arsenal of instruments—not just his famously soul-destroying electric guitar but flute, hand drums, harmonica, hurdy-gurdy, and more—he’s instantly recognizable no matter who his collaborators are. Conrad is a giant in his own right, best known for the mesmerizing, transcendent “dream music” he made with La Monte Young, John Cale, Marian Zazeela, and Angus MacLise in the 60s; he re-created its rigorous, penetrating drones in the late 90s for the monumental Early Minimalism box set on Table of the Elements. The Large Hadron Collider probably isn’t a threat to the universe, but this show, on the other hand—let’s just say I’m a bit frightened about what such a powerful vortex of awesome might do to the fabric of space-time. David Daniell & Doug McCombs and Bloodyminded open.

—Monica Kendrick

Monday, April 27, 2009

Status - 4/27

I just ran a bunch of packages over to the Post Office, so all paid orders received before 3:00 PM for TDS OGF singles and BLOODYMINDED T-shirts (etc.) are on their way... Thanks!

Mexico City: Within the Walls

Isidro and I have been texting each other tonight and we have started getting in touch with family and friends in Mexico City -- in response to the frightening health crisis there that has been keeping us riveted to the news. We wish the best to everyone there that we know and we look forward to hearing from them...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

TG on Saturday

I had a great time at the Throbbing Gristle and Emeralds show last night. I enjoyed the combination of the enjoyable music and the opportunity to see some many different friends at the show, including lots of out-of-towners, some more recent "re-connects," and some mind-blowing blasts-from-the-past... as I pretty much expected.

The first TG set -- their new soundtrack for Derek Jarman's "In The Shadow of The Sun" -- sounded nice, but it made me think how in the nearly 30 years since they recorded the original version, so many people have entered this field... and how many people that I personally know who are recording, performing, and releasing this sort of soundscape -- and doing it as well, or better. I admit that I was a bit distracted as it went on, but during a climactic point when the bass and maybe the volume kicked in, I was fairly well snapped back to attention. As I have seen the film several times over the years, and as the four members of TG were seated and barely visible, it was admittedly not the most compelling thing for me to watch. But it did sound good.

Emeralds were a great choice to open for TG's second set and it was great to hear Steve, John, and Mark over the big PA at Logan Square Auditorium. Similarly, after a maye-too-quiet start, they had a boost in volume during their set that really seemed to help keep people focused. I thought that the crowd responded well to them and I have to assume that they made a lot of new fans.

A TG "greatest hits" set seems like an oxymoron, in a sense, and against what the live TG experience once was all about. But their track selection was pretty great, and like other people that I spoke with, it was cool to hear them launch right into "Very Friendly." The modern sound applied to these well-worn songs worked pretty well for me. I was sort of fearing a bit too much of a house-tinged, "Mutant TG" style, so I was pleasantly surprised by how they translated these songs to a 2009 application. The only mis-step for me was "Hamburger Lady," which lacked all of the menace of the original. I think in that case, I would have tolerated a pre-recorded loop of the creepy, "staccato" noise that makes that song a standout in their catalog.

A few of us did a pre-show Kuma's trip and I revisited the Lynyrd Skynyrd -- but substituded regular bacon for the Canadian bacon that did not thrill me the last time. The results were excellent!

Today brought a fun trip to downtown Oak Park to try out the Klay Oven location out there. The buffet was really tasty, even if the selection was smaller than the one at the River West restaurant. We took in some Frank Lloyd Wright houses and made a general day of it. Nice! I was also pleased to discover this hopefully-tasty little Croatian treat at a shop there, which I will test out for breakfast tomorrow:

Private Series in Discussion

As people have been picking up a number of the older private series singles recently, renewed dialog about this series has begun. As people have been asking, I decided to post a simple explanation for the basic motivation for these records. Here is a part of a message that I recently sent to a mail-order customer in Japan:

"All 19 of the singles in the private series were packaged in a uniformly minimalist style, which was chosen to place the emphasis on the music and not on the packaging. The idea was that the recordings should reflect my personal interests and tastes, and if you own several of the records, you could randomly reach for any one of them to play - and you would hear one of a diverse number of sounds and styles that had an impact on me, by way of my own long-term friendships, past touring relationships, etc."