Saturday, November 14, 2009

Nightmares in Zero Tolerance

With thanks, in advance, to Calum and Scott, for the ongoing support. The last issue had reviews of the Fecalove CD and the TDS OGF 7-inch. I still need to track a copy down. If anyone can send scans of those pages it would be much appreciated.

Re-post from Jonathan Canady's blog:

The fine UK extreme music publication Zero Tolerance was gracious enough to do an interview with Nightmares as well as an Artist profile on my art. I have to thank ZT editor Calum Harvie for his interest in our work and his general easy going attitude.

Issue 32 is on UK newstands Nov 18th and the rest of the world shortly thereafter. For more info go to

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tonight (11/13) in Chicago

Land of Decay and HeWhoCorrupts Inc. Present

Friday, November 13th at 8:00pm

1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60622
$5 donation
All Ages





This is the release show for the Locrian/Harpoon split 7" on HeWhoCorrupts Inc. (;

As well as the release show for two other Locrian releases:

"Rain of Ashes" CD on Basses Frequences (


"Endless Plains/Flat Horizon" - c30 on Peasant Magik (

Boston 18 - Phoenix Assignment

A post - forwarded to me - that is related to the recent Boston Phoenix article:

The assignment was kind of a dream come true — extremely morally ambiguous artists daring anyone in sight to defend them, enjoy them, or basically do anything other than be shocked by them (and buy tix), all heading straight for my neighborhood in Boston for the second annual Northeast Noise and Power Electronics Festival. This isn’t your typical indie-rock journalism. It’s guys in leather shrieking the most offensive stuff they can think of at each other while synths, mic feedback, and heaving electronics howl in the background. Naked vocalists streaked in blood hurling chairs across the room. It’s like covering the Hell’s Angels of underground music, the tech-zombie sons of G.G. Allin.

Is there talent involved? I wouldn’t even begin to get involved in it. Needless to say, something has coalesced into a pretty tangible scene, discernable rules, predictable tastes, so it would be weird to say there’s not something to it. What that is, exactly, is a lot tougher.

A page column turned out to not be the greatest venue for diving into this fascinating scene of supremely anti-social musicians (including legends like Whitehouse and Bloodyminded), performance artsists, and otherwise wretched miscreants (would love to write more if there are any deep-pocketed editors out there…), but this cursory look at the scene was not a bad way to get a first look. Curious? Check out a show, but be warned — as Karlheinz said during an interview, “If something in one of these performances finally does happen to cross the line, I think that might actually just be the point.”

Alarm on Mike IX

Re-post, with thanks to keen Locrian eyes...

via ALARM Magazine by Jamie Ludwig on 11/13/09
Mike Williams, vocalist for Eyehategod, and author of Cancer As A Social Activity: Affirmations Of World’s End, released a 7″ this week via Chrome Peeler Records.

The 7″contains spoken word track, “That’s What The Obituary Said,” and Bloodyminded’s “Ten Suicides.” The latter, remixed by Intrinsic Action/Bloodyminded frontman Mark Solotroff (whose latest project, Anatomy of Habit played a most kickass live show last week at Chicago’s Cobra Lounge).

With original artwork by Mike IX presented in an 11″ x 17″ poster, and a pressing of only 500 copies, if you’re interested, act fast!


It has been a quiet week here (volume-wise), following the weekend in Boston. The "no noise" rule has been in effect, except for reviewing the recording of the BLOODYMINDED set. Anatomy of Habit's practice on Tuesday was a bit damaging, to say the least. Even so, I have a modest stack of recordings that were kindly handed to me in Boston, which I need to listen to ASAP. This was a perfect week for listening to the new Xeno and Oaklander album, etc. After just reading an interview that covered the making of the album, it only seemed fitting to put on Alice Cooper's "From the Inside."

I guess that I forgot that this was sort of a proxy Elton John record. That is not a bad thing. Anyhow, it is mild enough.

The only real viewing of note, while trying to get over this Boston chest cold, was "Gardens of the Night."

It was interesting to hear a Neurosis song pop up in the soundtrack. And yes, it did offer a bit more than "The Nickle Children," as a friend thought it might.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Haunting The Web

I was missing Pitchfork's monthly Show No Mercy column, so I was happy to find that Brandon Stosuy recently returned via Stereogum with his temporarily named Haunting The Chapel column

Boston 17 - Recordings

James' Zoom recording was a mess, which was disconcerting, but I just listened to the MiniDisc recording from Saturday and it is flawless, thankfully. In a weird way, I was more curious about how long our set was, than anything else... and I can announce that it was actually shorter than the one that we played at the Matchitehew Assembly... "Trophy" (minus "Overdrive) -- 46 songs -- in under 42 minutes! The crowd sounds so good, and it is great to hear what people were screaming as I often miss so much. And the contrast between my voice and those of Xavier and James comes across as strong as I had hoped.

Boston 16 - TDS OGF MS

If I had not seen the photo in the Vice article, I might have forgotten to mention that I had a brief appearance with Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck at the end of their set... Prior to the PA crashing, we did a version of "Leak" (Cadaver in Drag + MS), which Josh, Shane, and I played live when they were in Chicago back in June. Another sort of Baroque - or maybe mannerist? - composition of bodies...

Mark Solotroff with Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck - Boston - 11-07-09

Boston 15

Some (slightly altered) extracts from a post that I made on a private online discussion about the festival:

For my taste, this had the best selection of performers since the 2006 NFF night that BLOODYMINDED played with Sutcliffe Jugend, Wolf Eyes, Macronympha, Daniel Menche, Hive Mind, etc.

Don't let the name of the fest fool you. Yellow Tears, Pharmakon, Anal Hearse (!), Suffering Bastard, Martial Canterel, Xiphoid Dementia (contact mics on cinder blocks!) --- all working in rather different styles...

Obviously, this was generally a fest for those who do not listen to, follow, or enjoy much of what NFF started as... indeed these days were generally devoid of weirdness, artiness, hippie-ness, hipster-ness...

I guess you could say that, Suffering Bastard aside (as well as no-shows Anal Cunt), this festival was more about the pure spirit of early, true industrial music... but for me, those days included Swans, so even SxBx fit in more than one might initially assume.

Mental crowds... really amazing enthusiasm... and one performer after another bringing their A-game...

Boston 14

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Boston 13 - Photos 4

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

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- Courtesy of C. Lavender /

Boston 12 - Vice Magazine

From Vice



Growing up in the Midwest I was acquainted in my younger days with the bleak side of noise music, most of it stemming from mid-90s grindcore side projects and math rock masturbatory vanity endeavors. In other words, I saw and heard a lot of crap and pretty much wrote off noise as a narcissistic and boring genre. After being introduced fairly late in my musical awakening to its brutal sibling, power electronics, I started making sense of things and realized it’s not all crap and the stuff that isn’t crap can be amazing. The adjectives to describe a live noise set are pretty limited. The successful ones are usually brutal, short, violent, aggressive, hypnotic, and grating. The unsuccessful ones are generally just boring and range from slightly to extremely annoying.

Thankfully the range of bands I witnessed at last weekend’s Northeast Noise and Power Electronics Festival II erred primarily among the successful: Bloody Minded, Consumer Electronics, Fire in the Head, Strom.EC, and Martial Cantrell (neither noise nor power electronics, but a welcome addition nonetheless). There were some less-than-captivating sets and there were a few bands who while entertaining live had very little sonic substance, but substance isn’t always that important.


And just so you know, this is the reaction that people give you when you tell people at a noise fest you are from Vice. The noise scene is very protective. Actually, I’m full of shit, I was just being a nerd and bugging Mark Solotroff and Peter Sotos.


One of the most overused and tiresome aspects of noise to me is the repetitive use of extreme pornography. At this point it doesn’t feel shocking and there is no real sense of danger. If it’s menace you are after, your music should stand without close-ups of mutilated vaginas. Frankly I’ve seen it before and as a woman it doesn’t make my pussy cower in fear, just cringe a little out of annoyance. However I understand the iconography is firmly embedded in the culture and can be effective on the less disaffected. However, it was hard for me not to give a few major eyerolls when reading the band rosters for the nights of the fest. Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck is one of those band names. The thing about perversion is that it has to be believable or it just comes off as sort of goofy and there is nothing particularly pervy about an angry ginger yelling into a bullhorn. However, I will say that these dudes set up the fest and did an awesome job. Also, their set was highly entertaining and frankly I liked them. I can’t resist the (lucky?) charms of a pissed off leprechaun, especially one with a hobbit-like growth on his chest!



Watch the video and you’ll get the gist of it:

On the other end of the spectrum there was Fire in the Head. No porno visions, just pure violence. Harsh power electronics performed by dudes who are able and willing to inflict some serious pain on the eager crowd. The funny thing is that apparently it’s OK to for people to get punched in the face at O’Brien’s Pub, but not okay to stand on a chair in order to get a better view of it.




The highlights of the fest were definitely Bloodyminded and Consumer Electronics aka Philip Best of Whitehouse fame. The crowd got so violent during Best’s set that I had to run for cover after about five minutes in the front. Frankly I’m proud to have lasted that long. From my perch in the back I saw a long-hair flee to the bathroom to tend to his bleeding face three times only to emerge and thrust himself back into the maw to be further mauled. Here are some visual highlights from two important acts.

Bloodyminded has been around for nearly 15 years and features Mark Solotroff, originally of Intrinsic Action, and sometimes Pieter Schoolwerth of Wierd Records. Known for their short songs and short sets, they decided to throw a wrench into everyone’s expectations and played a 47-song set, the titles of which were posted around the venue in advance.






Consumer Electronics started with some crotch thrusting and nipple tweaking and continued on from there.



Better to let the live performance speak for itself:

A ton more people played, some of them notable, some of them not. Regrettably, I lack the stamina for ten hours of noise for three days straight, so I only saw portions of the fest. One of the things I am especially sad to have missed was a film showing by Peter Sotos, Vice’s favorite rose. However, he assured me that we’ll be able to get our grubby hands on a DVD of it soon enough so not all is lost.

This weekend’s upcoming Apex Fest III brings the noise front to New York. The fest has a few bands crossing over so not all is lost for those who didn’t make it to Boston. STROM.EC will hopefully be able to play a full set as their first US show last weekend was unfortunately cut drastically short due to some seriously blown equipment. Some other notable overlaps that will be gracing the crowd are Sewer Goddess, Theologian, and Xiphoid Dementia. In addition to the overlapping acts, Brooklyn’s Unearthly Trance will grace the crowd with some heavy hypnosis and Chaos Majik is also slated to perform. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged for the festival as there is a capacity of only 50 people per day. Also, to those already in the know, note that the venue has changed.

Boston 11 - Photos 3 - Consumer Electronics

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Consumer Electronics - Boston - 11-07-09

Mark Solotroff: live electronics
Philip Best: vocals, loops
Peter Sotos: visuals

Courtesy of Stephen/ga-ne-tli-yv-s-di

Boston 10 - Photos 2

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

BLOODYMINDED - Boston - 11-07-09

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- Courtesy of Stephen/ga-ne-tli-yv-s-di