Friday, December 11, 2009

Adding to eBay

I added a few more rare items to my eBay sale list (some of it does not seem to be "live" yet), with more to come...

Chronic Youth on Mikle IX / Ten Suicides

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Mike IX Williams
Ten Suicides
Chrome Peeler

Ok, you fuckers. Everyone loves Eyehategod, but are you diehard enough to embrace the chaos that is Mike Williams‘ psychotic side project? We hope so. Recently released via the almighty Chrome Peeler, this weird-ass limited 7″ features two misanthropic delights, “That’s What the Obituary Said” and “Ten Suicides.” Both tracks feature some minimal power electronics with Williams going apeshit with spoken (um, screamed) word. “Ten Suicides,” was remixed by Mark Solotroff (Intrinsic Action/Bloodyminded) and sounds about as pissed as you can imagine. Did we mention that Williams did the insane cover art? Fuckin’ a. This 7″ is critical for those that embrace all things completely fucked. Order it now while you can.

Mike IX Williams’ “That’s What the Obituary Said” and “Ten Suicides” is out now via Chrome Peeler.

Locrian = Adequate

Weird combo review:

Locrian – Rain of Ashes/Rhetoric of Surfaces

December 11, 2009 by Joe Davenport
Category: Albums (and EPs)

If I told you that Locrian combines the best elements of a monolithic metal group like Sunn O))) with that of the full bore noise choke of Wolf Eyes with all of their late period psychedelic elegance would you believe me? The truth is that Locrian’s Andre Foisy and Terence Hannum are beginning to make quite a name for themselves among those that care about these kind of aural experiences. These newer releases might not be best regarded as full-lengths specifically since essentially Rain of Ashes is a reissue of a cassette and Rhetoric of Surfaces is a collection of unreleased tracks banded with songs from split seven-inches and live material, but that doesn’t mean they don’t merit your full attention just like their excellent Drenched Lands LP from earlier this year.

Rain of Ashes is two songs, each about 30 minutes long. One of these begins by twisting gnarly amounts of distortion around what is essential a repeating keyboard figure. You wouldn’t know that by just listening to it until about ten minutes in when the song’s barrage of crust slides back to reveal its hidden beauty. It isn’t long before that melodic passage is mutated back into something else equally sinister. Rhetoric of Surfaces has somewhat shorter tracks since they came from mostly seven-inch releases where time is a limiting factor to contend with for a band so at ease with stretching its legs. Because of this, it may be the better release of the two for those with short attention spans although for my money Rain of Ashes loses nothing in intensity for its longer compositions.

These guys just continue to create nothing short of fantastic work. Don’t sit on this stuff either as I’ve got a feeling like we’re all going to be hearing alot more about them in the next few months to a year. Locrian has managed to make a sound that belonged so much to others speak for them without sacrificing originality for the sake of convention. Speakers leak putrid bile yet flowers continue to spring forth from beneath their feet. Noise isn’t always pollution, maybe sometimes it’s fertilizer.

Cold Weather Movies

A bit slow on DVD intake lately.
Also, some bad picks.
Recent viewing of note:

Terror's Advocate
A Women in Berlin
The Limits of Control

Bridge Revisited

For anyone who has seen the ultra-dark documentary, "The Bridge," this is a pretty harsh image, legitimate or Photoshop'd...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Boston 22 - BLOODYMINDED "Rise" Video

Here is a rough, short video clip of BLOODYMINDED attempting to play "Rise" (not "Vice") for the first time ever, at the recent Boston show. It looks like it was shot from across the street, or something...

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Status - 12/9 - Winter's Descent

Things are pretty harsh outside. Winter is definitely here. It is supposed to go down to 8-degrees tonight. Fuck!

Keeping busy preparing some early 2010 B! releases...

The Fortieth Day + Noise Crush were just asked to play a show in early-February. Details to follow...

Anatomy of Habit will take off January from playing live, in order to try to wrap up our record. But do not fret, we are already fielding some offers for February and March.

Heavy rotation:
Mauthausen Orchestra "Sonic Deprivation" (Silentes)
Nimh/Mauthausen Orchestra "From Unhealthy Places" (Silentes)
Crippled Black Phoenix "A Love of Shared Disasters" (Invada/Domino)
Crippled Black Phoenix "The Resurrectionists"/"Night Raider" (Invada/Domino)
Josh Hydeman "Screaming At A Wall" (Destructive Industries)

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Status - 12/8

- A big batch of packages were mailed out yesterday. All of the weekend's paid orders are in the mail. I am starting to put together new packages to go out tomorrow or Thursday. Thanks!

- AoH practiced last night, instead of tonight. The focus was on nailing the end of "After the Water," although we also worked a bit on a brand new song, which could be a real scorcher...

- We did not keep a playlist at Sunday's Death Musick Ritual, but I do know most of the tracks that I played, at least (in no particular order):
Religious Knives - The Streets (It's After Dark)
Nico - Innocent And Vain (The End)
Ulterior - Fireships (Kempers Heads)
Sunshine - The Stardust Angel (Velvet Suicide)
Laudanum - Invoke (The Coronation)
The Human Quena Orchestra - Denial Part I (The Politics Of The Irredeemable)
Burning Image - Duende (Fantasma)
Gnaw Their Tongues - Sawn Asunder And Left For The Beasts (An Epiphanic Vomiting Of Blood)
Cross Stitched Eyes - End (Coranach)
Admiral Angry - Sex With A Stranger (Buster)
Asphyx - The Saw The Torture The Pain (The Brutal Way)

Monday, December 07, 2009

Zero Tolerance on Nightmares

Thanks again to Scott and Calum at Zero Tolerance, for writing and publishing the Nightmares article in the new issue, which just arrived at my P.O. box. There is a nice feature on Jonathan's artwork, too, not to mention pieces on Ramleh, Sewer Goddess, Voltigeurs, Streicher, Messiah Complex, etc.

Youth Outreach

From my train ride home, this afternoon... Pretty dark...

Speaking of Cassettes

There is an interesting article on contemporary cassette culture - which does not single out the noise scene in any way - along with a growing comments section - on Pop Matters

Nightmares on eBay

There is a copy of the out-of-print Nightmares cassette currently on eBay