Saturday, September 19, 2009

10/4 Advance Notice

Sunday October 4, 2009
Bruce Lamont + Mark Solotroff DJ after Indian Jewelry
The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
More details to follow soon...

AoH Cobra



Thanks to all of our friends who came out to support us last night. Things could not have gone better (small lie...my MiniDisc recorder glitched out/off, so no recording). We were extremely pleased with how smoothly it went for us, not to mention the amazing response from the crowd and the staff at Cobra Lounge. Thanks to Anthony for booking us, to Matt for the great live sound, and to Alan and the staff for the hospitality! Thanks to Lechuguillas and Moistened Disciples for playing with us.

Blake posted a few photos on Flicker
There may be a video clip, forthcoming...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tonight! Free!!

E-Mail Issues

It looks like several hours worth of e-mail - possibly incoming and outgoing - went astray, yesterday afternoon/night. If you tried to send a message and you did not receive a reply, please re-send it, if possible. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Out Now: BLOODYMINDED "PHASES : THREE" Box Set

- Shipping Monday September 21, 2009
- Limited stock available via BloodLust!
- Please e-mail before paying, to confirm availability


Artist: BLOODYMINDED

Title: “PHASES : THREE”

Label: Rococo Records

Catalog Number: RCC-0030

Format: Three (3) white vinyl 7-inch singles in silkscreened sleeves, housed in custom-made boxes

Edition Size: 300 Copies


BLOODYMINDED "PHASES : THREE" Cover


I know what you are thinking, “What is this thing?” Or maybe, “Why does it exist?” Why does such a beautifully packaged triple white vinyl 7-inch set, housed in individual silkscreened sleeves and custom-made boxes, and containing some of the rawest BLOODYMINDED tracks ever captured on tape, or MiniDisc, in this case, even fucking exist? And lord knows, there are a few preceding raw BLOODYMINDED live recordings, that much is certain. And why are these four basement bruises bookended by such seemingly high-fidelity studio fuckery? Well, let’s talk about it, for a minute. The band went out on tour in August 2006, in support of our “Magnetism” CD, along with some friends: Demons, Graveyards (sometimes Burning when C. Spencer Yeh would appear), and Lambsbread. Each night, we played four songs off of the then-still-new album. Those would be the middle four cuts that appear here. The strange thing about those “Magnetism” tracks (and boy, did they ultimately prove to be ultra-magnetic the night in question, but who knew?), unlike most core BLOODYMINDED songs, is that they have no discernable lyrics, per se, so that always leaves a lot of room for vocal improvisation… or a bunch of screaming, moaning, shrieking, and whatnot. In this particular case, these four works of art were recorded live on August 8, 2006, at Spooky Action Palace, in Saint Louis, Missouri. We had played there before and we were as comfortable as you can get in the humid basement of a house in a Midwestern town, during a tour that saw 100-degree temperatures pretty much every day. That particular night was special, as BLOODYMINDED, which has members scattered not just around the country, but across the globe, had a pretty extraordinary line-up. Über-fan Nicole Chambers had been brought into the fold to play synth and to handle the live mix for that tour. Xavier Laradji flew in from Toulouse, France, to play synth, to add some Froggy vocals, and to take in as much Americana as he could that summer. Isidro Reyes, who could not go with us on that tour due to “other commitments,” made the marathon there-and-back drive from Chicago to Saint Louis, just for this one god damned show. Pieter Schoolwerth was on loan from New York, specifically to break synths, to snap microphone cables, and to keep things as lively as possible. And me, Mark Solotroff, I drove the car, I screamed, moaned, shrieked, sweated, etc. Weird, indeed. Three guys who are among my very closest friends and brothers, and one chillingly silent girl, putting on some mileage and attempting to stir things up, night after night (except Isidro on all but this one night. Damn.). Again, why did this thing get made? Why these songs? Because, it is absolutely the most pure example of how out of control this thing could get, given all of the right/wrong circumstances: a heat-wave; vintage analog synthesizers getting beat to hell on a nightly basis; non-existent PA systems; wound-up audiences of various sizes; blood, sweat, and maybe some tears. And basements. Basements do make a difference. So, what about the first and the last track? Well, following the pattern set with the “PHASES : ONE” cassette and the “PHASES : TWO” CD – and I do love patterns, of course – the “PHASES : THREE” parts seek to offer a different process, whereby songs, audience outbreaks, and incidental moments during a show, find their way into a disorienting mixture of sound and texture, blended up and damaged, as if run through an audio In-Sink-Erator, and then get lovingly re-assembled for maximum fidelity (almost). And why “Magnetism,” why these song titles, and why the moon imagery? I have answered that before. My mom – and – it all really happened. Do we learn? Apparently not. For the record, lest you think that this is some sort of low-fidelity mess more suited for a vomit-encrusted cassette tape, the studio processing on "PHASES : THREE (PART ONE)" and "PHASES : THREE (PART TWO)" and pre-production for all six songs was completed at Conservatory, Chicago, Illinois, September 2007, and mastering was skillfully completed by Salvatore Dellaria at Eightysevenwest Recording, Chicago, Illinois, September 2007. Trust me, crank it up and you will feel like you are in that basement at that show. With love and thanks to ROCOCO : PHASE : ONE : Joe, Nicole, Russ, and Tom.


Track Listing:

Record 1/Side A: "PHASES : THREE (PART ONE)"

Record 1/Side B: "GIRLFRIEND ATTEMPTS TO EXPLAIN SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODE BY REVEALING CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE"

Record 2/Side A: "SHOTGUN HELD TO FACE BY SEVERELY CROSSEYED ADDICT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO PHYSICALLY REMOVE GIRLFRIEND FROM KNOWN DRUG HOUSE"

Record 2/Side B: "VISITING AN EX-GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL - PSYCHIATRIC WARD - 24-HOUR OBSERVATION - SUICIDE WATCH"

Record 3/Side A: "VISITING AN EX-GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL - AIDS WARD"

Record 3/Side B: "PHASES : THREE (PART TWO)"


Price: $25.00 USA (Media Mail)/$30.00 Canada+Mexico/$38.00 Rest of World @ postpaid

(Wholesale rates available to distributors, mail-order services, and record stores; please contact Rococo Records for details: mail@rococorecords.com / http://www.rococorecords.com/)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BLOODYMINDED "PHASES : THREE" Update 9/15

Please note that the boxes for the BLOODYMINDED “PHASES : THREE” triple-7-inch set will no longer be embossed. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the supplier, Brimar Packaging, who printed and custom made the boxes for Rococo Records. The replacement lids that were made and that were delivered to Rococo yesterday are unacceptable. I just saw the new version and there is no discernable "dimension" or depth to the embossing, and further, the workmanship looks "cheap," which renders them unsatisfactory to all of us. After comparing both tops, we have decided to go with the original flat box lids. It is disappointing that this compromise had to be made, but the manufacturer could not guarantee that a third attempt would yield better results. As they stand, the boxes look amazing and they are infinitely better than the lame attempt at embossing that the supplier tried to pass off.

Synth Britannia

"This music will appeal to alienated youth everywhere, and Germans"

Monday, September 14, 2009

MD GC Sets

I have got to say, one of my favorite concepts to dwell on at this moment comes from Lishtress in Seattle, who performs a form of heavy drone/noise sometimes verging on death-industrial under the name Masturbatory Dysfunction. She has a thing going where she "plays" lunchtime sets at Guitar Center, and she has been documenting them on video. With her permission, here is one of her clips:

People Who Died Plus One


TNYT Obituary