Saturday, May 23, 2009

Intrinsic Action T-shirt 01: Peepland

New Intrinsic Action T-shirts are in production.
Paid orders are now being accepted.
We will begin mailing these out on Monday June 1st.

Intrinsic Action "Peepland" T-Shirt Mock-Up
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This design is available in small, medium, large, and extra-large. These are black Gildan 100% cotton short-sleeve T-shirts with white printing on the front.

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Night Four

I saw another excellent Sightings set at The Mopery, last night, along with a progtastic offering from Ga'an, some nicely structured and textured brutality from David Russell and Jason Soliday, and Sadhu Sadhu's tripped-out psychedelia, which at times veered a bit into a Loop-esque territory. I was hot and thirsty as Fake Lake was starting, so I ran out to get a drink and then got into a long conversation downstairs, thus I missed most of their set. It was cool to see two different Sightings sets, two nights in a row... even though the Sonic Celluloid set was improvised, elements of their songs, as played last night, remained in their arsonal. The mix of natural and synthetic drums, along with a very unique (simultaneously beautiful and hideous) guitar tone, totally help in defining their sound. Last night's big audience erupted into a writhing pit as the brutality and starkness was unleashed upon them...

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Fortieth Day -- Next Phase

In the midst of a flurry of activity with BLOODYMINDED, Isidro and I have been discussing various plans for the next phase of The Fortieth Day, including new recordings and performances. Lisa (Noise Crush) has just entered her busy summer period, so shows may not happen for a little while. In the meantime, we are preparing additional archival recordings for release on CD, including our collaborative live/studio cassette with Sshe Retina Stimulants (B!075), the "Pelusium: 540 AD" cassette (Cipher Productions), and the complete 60-minute+ version of the "Syria: 638 AD" LP, which was abridged and re-mastered for vinyl. We just received a newly mastered version of "Syria" from engineer Salvatore Dellaria, and after a few plays, we are really pleased with the sound of this heavy-drone, possibly even harsh noise walls recording...

Mauthausen Orchestra Update 5/22

Mauthausen Orchestra "High Opinion of Oneself" 7-inch
Status update:

- The vinyl just arrived via UPS
- The covers will be shipped to me on Tuesday May 26
- The likely revised (earlier) release date is Monday May 25

Locrian in Rollaroll

Here is a nice new interview with Locrian from the Australian music weblog Rollaroll

Sonic Celluloid

Last night, I attended the Sonic Celluloid event at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. Once again this year it was an excellent event with really interesting curatorial work. I thought that there was a nice balance between floating, ultra-minimal synth tones (Jessica Rylan), to weirder, denser synth structures (Caboladies), to lysergic minimal synth 'n roll (Peaking Lights), to full-on ugly brutality (Sightings). This was probably my favorite-ever incarnation of Sightings (live, recorded, etc.). It was fun to see a nice mix of friends both performing and attending...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Golden Sores - Update

The test CDs for the new CD by The Golden Sores have been shipped. As long as they look and sound good, everything should be on track for a "low key" record release show on Sunday June 7th

Mike IX Single Update

I received an mp3 of the A-Side track for the Mike Williams single that will be released on Chrome Peeler Records, which will feature the recent BLOODYMINDED "Ten Suicides (Remix)" on the B-Side. The new track -- "That's What The Obituary Said" -- is an excellent spoken-word-over-drone piece that will definitely appeal to fans of Mike's writing, especially as demonstrated in his great book, "Cancer As A Social Activity." The dynamic contrast between the two tracks should really work to the single's advantage...

Liz Wendelbo Screening - 5/23

Re-post from Miss Liz... if I could, I would:

Dear Friends,

This Saturday, you are invited to join me for the solo premiere of my latest films, at Anthology Film Archives - 7.30pm.

A brand new 16mm copy will be projected, with an original soundtrack by Sean McBride (Martial Canterel / Xeno & Oaklander).

A bientot, Liz

‘Opticks I – XIV’
2008, 3 minutes x 14, 16mm, color and bw, sound. Editing by Taylor Thompson; music by Sean McBride (Martial Canterel / Xeno & Oaklander); performances by Brandi Hudson, Elissa Santiago.

Born in the dark era that is the new millennium in New York, the ‘cold cinema’ of Liz Wendelbo is a return to analogue film. Originating from the NY Minimal Electronics music scene (Xeno & Oaklander), Liz Wendelbo engages in a form of filmmaking that predicates resistance to cinema as a virtual medium. Her latest work is a series of short three-minute films entitled ‘Opticks’. Her films explore themes of darkness, rituals, Goth iconography and film as a medium, with melancholy and restraint. With a fondness for obsolete technology, she uses 16mm and double 8 as her shooting medium of choice, in color and black and white.
‘Opticks’ is structured in a modular way: the short films are numbered one through fourteen and are interchangeable. Three sections surface overall – the abstract optical experiments of the ‘Maxwell Tartan Ribbon’ series (A 19th century Scottish physicist, Maxwell ‘projected’ the first color photograph using Newton’s color theory in 1861 – the image was a tartan ribbon); the dance and movement based Goth ‘Rituals’ series; and the ‘film-as-historical document’ framework of World War II, industrial and personal found footage of the ‘Excavation’ and ‘Columns’ series.

Total running time: ca. 50 minutes

- Saturday, May 23rd at 7:30.
32 2nd Avenue (at 2nd Street)
New York NY
Tel: 212 505 5181
F & V Trains to 2nd Avenue

Always Wrong

Last night's Wolf Eyes show was excellent. To say that they sounded "dark" seems a bit obvious and simple, but another curve in their evolutionary route has sent them into an even more dismall, richly ominous direction. I heard some things -- some new sound elements -- during their set, which really surprised me in a very good way... particularly the grinding rotor-loop sound that opens "We All Hate You," which is amazing! Getting out of the Empty Bottle pretty late meant that Taconazo and San Juan were both closed, so we went with Birrias Huentitan on North Avenue, which worked quite nicely for late-night tacos and burritos. It was so warm yesterday that we had the first late-night backyard session of the year, which was pretty relaxing, even if the neighborhood was in heavy party mode at 3:00 AM. They just hit the road for Minneapolis, loaded up on multiple double-espressos, so they should make it by lunchtime... Ha ha! Their brand new CD, "Always Wrong" (Hospital Productions), is blasting away in the background and from the cracking electronics of the opening moments, I was hooked..


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Post-Run Listening / Status

Svarte Greiner (alphabetical sequence)
"Man Bird Dress"
(maybe more...)

Packing up initial orders of the Cadaver In Drag CD, etc.

Off to see Wolf Eyes tonight...

"Leak" Leak

I have posted an excerpt of the new Cadaver In Drag + Mark Solotroff song, "Leak," on the BLOODYMINDED MySpace page

Listening 1

Gallows "Grey Britain" (2009, Warner Bros.)
Gallows "Orchestra of Wolves" (2006, In at the Deep End)
Svarte Greiner "Kappe" (2009, Type Records)
Human Quena Orchestra "The Politics Of The Irredeemable" (2009, Crucial Blast)


Damn... Sourvein was stranded in Iowa, or something to that effect... Still, Blackbeard from Joliet had a solid presence as openers, with a Sleep meets Eyehategod thing going on, and Lord Green from even further away - the Quad Cities (Which one? I do not know) - kept the Sleep thing going, a bit, with some heavy D-Beat action added... so probably something in the neighborhood of earlier Corrosion of Conformity. Isidro and I had to bail before Slow Horse got started. Really bummed to have missed Sourvein, but glad to have seen two cool bands at a new spot and to have had a free mystery meat sandwich with an intriguing orange Polish sandwich spread...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Status - 5/19

- I did a mail run this evening, so all paid orders received by 3:00 PM today were sent out

- The Cadaver In Drag CDs are due to arrive a day early, according to UPS tracking, so initial orders may make it out by the end of the day tomorrow, otherwise definitely on Thursday

- The Golden Sores "A Peaceable Kingdom" CD should be all uploaded to the manufacturer tonight, so I will expect the test CDs to arrive early next week. Over the course of today, I have listened to the final master, which was created by top-notch Chicago mastering guy, Carl Saff, and it sounds excellent!

- Off to practice soon... and if we finish at a reasonable time tonight, I hope to catch Sourvein at Metal Shaker... assuming this weirdness between Metal Shaker and White Star has not fucked the show up...

Locrian in Auxiliary Out

New Locrian Auxiliary Out webzine review

Evidence 04: The Vomit Arsonist (Live)

Evidence 04: The Vomit Arsonist (Live)
Evidence 04: The Vomit Arsonist (Live)

Monday, May 18, 2009

It Was 29 Years Ago Today...

Return to Shipping & Receiving

Just back from a Post Office run. All paid orders received by 2:00 PM today were mailed out. More to go, tomorrow...

Shipping Dept. Playlist:
Pestilence "Resurrection Macabre" (2009, Mascot Records)
v.a. "Transmission Continued: 84-96 - More French Cold Wave" (2007, Infrastition)
Catholic Boys in Heavy Leather (various tracks)
Malveillance (various demos and LPs)
Slayer "Psychopathy Red"

Pure Voice

Via The Quietus, written by Barney Hoskyns, from the NME, September 1983:

...up on the stage, deep in the dark womb of the studio, Michael's voice is a vehicle of fantasy, an instrument ceaselessly running circles round itself, tripping itself up, playing make-believe.

He can take the human voice as far out as Diamanda Galas. On the Jacksons Live album, there's an extraordinary half-minute between 'I'll Be There' and 'Rock With You' which perhaps conveys more of Michael Jackson than anything he's ever done. Breaking free of accompaniment with the playful virtuosity of a saxophonist, he winds up 'I'll Be There' with a series of piercingly sustained shrieks, cutting up each cry with a tiny ripple of chuckles. The audience goes predictably ape: reflex gratification. But for Michael, every breath, every laugh, every "hick!" is a link, a phrase, a segment of the flow. So engrossed is he by himself that his own responses to his voice are incorporated into the performance. "BE THEY AAARE!HICK! CAN YER FEEEL EEEEAAART! YIP!" Going up two octaves: "HEEEAH HEE HEE HEE! HEEEAH HEE HEE!" Down again. "AH DEE DADA DADA DADA DUNKA DUNKA DEE DADA DUNKA ... I THINK I WANNA ROCK!"

It's a voice which starts into every split spare second, stretching like rubber, filling cracks like water. It's not warm or sensual or "black" but sharp, a squeezing of the throat's aperture, a voice of pure technique. Detaching itself, it gets lost in free flight. Its narcissism is almost not human.

BLOODYMINDED "True Crime" Haiku?

Via Babel Fish, from Japan, with minor liberties:

Two machine of short wave radio.
Inside remodeling one.
The cord it was broken!
Amateur remodeling prohibition regulations.

Locrian / Land of Decay

Locrian have announced a new VHS+3-inch CD release, along with a new in-house label of the same name:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Happy B-Day, Isidro!

Well, it was actually this past Friday the 15th, but a few of us celebrated Mr. Reyes' (BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, A Vague Disquiet) birthday today, with a tasty lunch at Carnitas Uruapan in Pilsen and bubble teas, desserts, etc., at Saint's Alp Teahouse in Chinatown. James brought down DVDs from Wes Tank's video shoot of the April 28 BLOODYMINDED show, which I am looking forward to viewing...

Cadaver In Drag CD - Orders Shipping Monday May 25

BloodLust! New Release - Out Monday May 25, 2009:

Artist: Cadaver In Drag
Title: "Abuse/Breathing Sewage"
Format: CD in jewel box
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 120
Genre: Noise / Power-Electronics / Experimental / Industrial

B!120 Cadaver In Drag "Absuse/Beathing Sewage" CD front cover

This release brings together some essential and hard-to-find tracks from the utterly repugnant noise-era of Lexington, Kentucky's Cadaver In Drag. This shadowy period was prior to the band's mutation into a filthy, free-sludge-doom-psychedelic behemoth, as heard on their critically acclaimed album "Raw Child" [2007, Animal Disguise Recordings], an Aquarius Records record of the week and hailed by Julian Cope on his Head Heritage website. The first two tracks on this new disc come from the landmark "Abuse" CD [2005, Husk Records], which completely blew me away when I first heard it, and which to this day remains a key post-Millennial noise recording for me. Only 100 copies of that CD were released upon a mostly unsuspecting public. "Breathing Sewage" [2005, Animal Disguise Recordings] is the A-Side of the ultra-limited-edition tour-only cassette of the same name. A mere 20 copies of that tape were initially produced, although thankfully, ADR made it available again later on. The sinuous and turbid connection between these three affiliated tracks comprises lurking danger, darkness, discomfort, dissonance, deviance, and dread. The fourth and final track is a long-discussed collaboration between Cadaver In Drag and myself [Mark Solotroff of BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, Anatomy of Habit, ex-Super Eight Loop, ex-Animal Law, ex-Intrinsic Action, etc.] and it functions as a true melding of this earlier C.I.D. noise style with what feels like the most straightforward power-electronics song that I have worked on in several years. In fact, the lyrics that I wrote must include some of the most venomous words that I have spat out in quite some time. Cadaver In Drag created a bass-heavy bedrock foundation, over which I was able to deliver my feedback-laced vocals, and I am extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to work on this track with the band. Professionally duplicated CD, single panel, double-sided insert; color and black and white artwork, including an adaptation of the original "Breathing Sewage" art that was created by Gary Beauvais [Mammal/Animal Disguise Recordings]; in jewel box with shrinkwrap.


1. "Abuse 1" (22:06)
2. "Abuse 2" (9:24)
3. "Breathing Sewage" (9:46)
4. "Leak" (7:06)


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