Thursday, July 30, 2009

eBay Rotations

Whistle (listen) while you work...
Spykes "Citizens Dream of a City" LP (Sergent Massacre)
Evenings "Growing Isolation" LP (Fedora Corpse) [maybe one of the sickest colors of vinyl, ever...]
Peter J Woods "Fairweather Mask" CD (Autumn Wind Productions)
Roto Visage "Where The Mandrakes Grow" CD (Autumn Wind Productions)
Headdress "Lunes" CD (No Quarter)
Siouxsie and the Banshees at the BBC (ongoing...)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Anatomy of Habit - Update 7/29

- Anatomy of Habit has been booked for a fourth show on Friday September 18, 2009, at Cobra Lounge -- 235 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60607 -- 10:00 PM -- Free -- 21+ -- http://www.myspace.com/cobralounge -- http://www.cobralounge.com/ -- 312.226.6300 -- Additional details TBA

- The band is currently finalizing plans to enter the recording studio in October

Nightmares - Update - 7/29

The Nightmares test CD arrived today and it looks and sounds excellent. After a few plays, the test was approved and the edition of 100 is now in production

Nightmares - CD (Insert Front)

Recent Rotation - 7/29

Dropp Ensemble "Safety" CD (and/OAR)
White Static Demon "Decayed" (Avalanche)
Greymachine "Vultures Descend" 12-inch (Hydra Head Records)
The Vomit Arsonist (various recordings)
Bereft (CD demo)
David Russell - cassette (Chondritic Sound)
Skin Graft "Brick in the Mouth of a Corpse" - cassette (Deception Island)
Skin Graft v Whether - cassette (A Soundesign Recording)
Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan v Jeff Host - cassette (A Soundesign Recording)
Nachtmystium "Doomsday Derelicts" (Battle Kommand)
Nachtmystium "Assassins: Black Meddle Part I" (Century Media)
Asphyx "Death... The Brutal Way" (
Ibex Moon Records) [still enjoying this welcome "comeback" album]

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Status - 7/28

- All paid mail-order, Discogs, and eBay packages were sent out yesterday evening

- The Nightmares 7-inch cover proof arrived and is being evaluated. The covers should go into production today. The test pressings are expected later this week

- The Nightmares CD test copy was shipped to me yesterday and should arrive shortly. The tour-only edition (100 copies) should be ready by late next week, barring any problems

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Nightmares CD Design

Nightmares CD Design
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Insert Front
Nightmares - CD (Insert Front)
Insert Back
Nightmares - CD (Insert Back)
Traycard
Nightmares - CD (Traycard)
Disc in Tray
Nightmares - CD (Disc in Tray)

MWT on TGS

From: Memory Wave Transmission

From the opening moments of A Peaceable Kingdom’s first track, “Double Gyres,” it’s difficult to pinpoint just what will become of The Golden Sores’ new record. Will the droning organ discard its slow buzzing sustain for a more prominent melody? Will the tones that take the forefront become a lead-in to post-rock leanings? How many layers will they use, and will they combine together in an effervescent climax?

As is soon apparent, though, The Golden Sores bring about an uplifting drone concept. Fuzzy, shifting, and pulsing layers push and pull, finally converging together in most songs to create a swell that is often magical and high-spirited. Oftentimes, drone can be a very dark genre, focusing more on the low end of the audial spectrum rather than higher notes. The Golden Sores prove that bleak, grim songs are not the only compositions to entrance a listener, however, as their hypnotic brand of peaceful (as the title suggests) and exultant drone is so effective in inducing trance-like qualities in the listener that it serves less as ambience and more as a sense of enlightenment.

Most of the songs on this disc tend towards a simple setup – start with a slow-moving rhythm, preferably one with sustained chords, snake in a more melodic and generally louder layer, and gradually move towards a crescendo of shimmery bliss. But while almost every song on the album follows this format, it doesn’t get repetitive simply because of how varied each song becomes. There’s something to be said about Steve Fors’ and Chris Miller’s virtuosity with their keyboards and their push-pull duality. When the layers are apart, they are constantly thriving around and through each other, where the listener loses no focus on either part. When they are together, it feels rightfully so: an inevitable convergence of two patterns that creates a stronger whole.

One may be thinking that The Golden Sores’ more upbeat, optimistic sound would lose their interest; part of the draw of some noise and drone is its confrontational demeanor. A Peaceable Kingdom may be peaceful as a whole, but a brooding tone encapsulates parts of the lengthy songs. “The Awful Rowing Toward God” starts out menacing with low bass-y notes, only to escalate into a more joyous eruption. “We’ll Wield Fire” begins with ominous buzzing, only to slowly work in a lulling organ. And most importantly, not all of the songs collide with each other into an ecstatic climax. “Klonopin” is content to hum away in aural bliss, acknowledging the fact that it needs no flashy conclusion. For those who like their music a tad harsher, The Golden Sores deliver as well. The mix for some of the songs’ crescendos can get very loud, a suitable dynamic for the album’s more triumphant heralds. There’s a lot to like and pick out here over repeated listens, mainly because some of the more subtle layers can hide their natural elegance on first listens.s

A Peaceable Kingdom delivers its title with a grace and finesse that emphasizes the lamb that graces the album cover. Even the simple picture exudes the album’s main feature – a shimmering mass of pleasant drone that leads one to believe there’s a bright future ahead of the two artists, one that hopefully includes more of their brand of fresh, epiphanic sound to stand out in the dark wash of bleak drone.