Saturday, July 04, 2009
The bleeding cymbals and deafening feedback produced by local drone group Locrian are often juxtaposed with gentle, introspective harmonies. Tonight's a release party for the new Drenched Lands (BloodLust). Brooding noiseniks Anatomy of Habit support in their universal premiere. Led by Bloodyminded's Mark Solotroff, the new group continues the damage begun in short-lived Animal Law. Earplugs recommended.
Friday, July 03, 2009
- I just returned from the Post Office and all of the international orders (individual/distro/store) have now been shipped. This means that all paid orders (domestic and international) are in the mail
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
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- LATE BREAKING NEWS: UPS just dropped off the Locrian vinyl, roughly two weeks earlier than expected. Hooray for United Record Pressing! Paid orders will start getting mailed out tomorrow. The best news is that the band will have LPs to take with them on their tour, which starts tomorrow:
July 2nd - Frankie's Basement / Toldeo, OH w/ Hive Mind & Jason Zeh
July 3rd - STALAG IX / Lucky Cheng's Fortune Cookie Cabaret / NYC, NY w/ Sleep Museum, Lussuria & Shallow Waters
July 5th - Show No Mercy Presents / Public Assembly / Brooklyn, NY w/ Anal Cunt, Fuck the Facts, Gwynbleidd & Copremesis
July 6th - Velvet Lounge / Washington, DC w/ Teething Veils, Our Brother the Native, Kohoutek & Religious Girls
July 7th - Nara Sushi / Richmond, VA w/ Wrnlrd, Head Molt & Twilight Memories of the Three Suns
July 8th - Talking Head Club / Baltimore, MD w/ The New Flesh & Nocnitsa
July 9th - The Khyber / Philadelphia, PA w/ Woe, T.O.M.B. & Panther Modern
July 10th - Garfield Artworks / Pittsburgh, PA w/ Requiem, D.O.T.S. & Casual Approach
July 11th - Skylab / Columbus, OH w/ The Human Quena Orchestra & Day Creeper
July 12th - Dayton Dirt Colelctive / Dayton, OH w/ The Human Quena Orchestra, Envenomist, Teeth Collection + John Moloney
July 13th - The Empty Bottle / Chicago, IL w/ The Human Quena Orchestra, Anatomy of Habit & Pharmakon
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
- All outstanding mail-order, Discogs, and eBay packages were mailed out this afternoon
Golden Sores – Peaceable Kingdom (Bloodlust!, 2009)
GS is a Chicago-based “ecstatic drone” duo of Steve Fors and Chris Miller. “Peaceable Kingdom” is their second release (a follow-up to 2008 “Ashdod To Ekron”, which came out on Drone Cowboy label) and their first for BloodLust!.
“Kingdom” is all about an exploration of the sonic state which exists between the aforementioned ecstatic drone, trippy ambience and even noise (although latter makes appearance only on the second track, “The Awful Rowing Toward God”).
In general it reminds me much of Zoviet-France / Nocturnal Emission work circa 80s – plenty of smooth, flowing sonic textures, surreal loops and sounds that were most likely generated electronically but resemble a whole multitiude of things from bells to electric sparks dancing around the edges of listeners speakers.
The album closer (”A Vision”) is akin some of the untitled tracks on Richard D. James/Aphex Twin 1994 opus “Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2″ – it starts out with a minimal synth line and unfolds slowly throughout its 6 minutes of duration.
With all of the tracks on “Kingdom” being more than 5 minutes long, this CD could’ve easily overstayed its welcome, but its saved by a huge diversity between tracks and countless shapes, textures and variations that Golden Sores were able to come up with on this record.
- After I got back, I wrapped up organizing the material for the upcoming Pharmakon "sampler" CD that will be released to coincide with the July 13th show. Everything has been uploaded to the manufacturer and a test CD should be here by the end of the week. Margaret let me run wild with the packaging design, and I think that it looks unlike anything else that I have ever done. I just hope that the folks at the duplication facility do not look too closely at the art...
- I am catching up with all of the Locrian LP pre-orders and based upon individual and distro demand, I should be nearly sold out of my allotment. I will announce soon whether people should approach the band for copies, or what... Thanks for the enthusiastic response!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
(With thanks to Jeff!)
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Bloodlust! : 2009
Side A begins with “Covered In Shit”, a roaring synth loop with growled, almost spoken vocals. Some nice feedback screams though as well, but the whole thing is kept minimal and short. “Down In The Dirt” enters like a soundtrack to an old Twilight Zone episode and then blasts with more blown out synth. Tortured vocals slide like a cold razor through warm flesh. Again, an extremely short track ends the first side.
Sorry, it's a bad cellphone snapshot, but it still conveys everything that I need to say about Bobby Liebling and Pentagram. Insanity... Captivating and cringe-worthy... A consummate performer... Echoes of Michael Jackson (crotch-grabs galore) and Mick Jagger in his stage movement. I had to look up the last time that I saw Pentagram... December 7, 1993, at The Grand in New York, with Cathedral, Iron Man, and 13... and I remember that even being a slightly awkward show to take in, way back then. But what a fucking amazing line-up of bands! Liebling is so out-of-step with the "usual" metal thing that it makes things all that more jaw-dropping. Classic, old-school hard-rock stage presence... But he is just so intense of a character at this point. Just look online... I'd rather not go into disparaging detail. Two encores, or was it three? Well, they wrapped things up with "Sign of the Wolf (Pentagram)" - which was great to hear - and "Relentless" (if I remember correctly???) - and those followed "20 Buck Spin" and the early "Walk in the Blue Light" - so it was nice that some key early material got plenty of attention. What else? I enjoyed The Atlas Moth more than I ever have before... they were pretty massive sounding, last night, and a bit less Neurosis-like than I have previously perceived them. And Nachtmystium were straight up devastating! The songs from the new album and the new EP ("Doomsday Derelicts") were steamrollers... Big riffs, big sound, psychedelic, tight as hell, and so far beyond black metal... and the Usurper connection (Jon Necromancer) only makes things better and better.
Edit: After just listening to their first two albums, I am no longer satisfied with their set list from last night... it just dawned on me that they did not play "Madman" and it has to be their ultimate song in my opinion...
No actual YouTube videos for it... just a "static logo" clip:
And a pre-historic version by Death Row:
Neither are worth embedding...
Off to see Sonic Youth and White/Light tonight...