Thursday, February 11, 2010

Status - 2/11

- Tea and honey after a short but productive practice with Rabid Rabbit, in preparation for Monday's show. If you have not befriended Anatomy of Habit on MySpace and/or Facebook, feel free to link to our pages and do so (links are to the right)

- The Locrian "Territories" vinyl arrived today. Record assembly to commence ASAP. A release announcement is imminent

- A re-order has been placed for the BLOODYMINDED "Trophy" T-shirt, including recent special orders. I will update everyone as soon as the shirts are ready to ship

- Paid orders from the last few days are packed up and ready to be mailed out tomorrow

AoH 2/15 Show Announcement

Anatomy of Habit return to the Empty Bottle for a free show on Monday February 15th, joining double-bass doom troop Rabid Rabbit, prog-psych experimentalists Reds and Blue, and Let's Pet, with Pelican's Trevor de Brauw. In the spirit of Saint Valentine's Day, Anatomy of Habit's Mark Solotroff recently joined Rabid Rabbit in the recording studio, adding his vocals to an ultra-dark and doomy version of the tragically romantic classic, "Gloomy Sunday," sung as a duet with Rabid Rabbit's Andrea Jablonski. Expect to hear a live rendition on the 15th.

Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day!
Blake, Dylan, Greg, Kenny, and Mark

Mark adds: Since my birthday is just a few days after this show, I plan to start celebrating on Monday night, so I hope that you can join me...


Monday February 15, 2010

The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622

9:30 PM

Rabid Rabbit

Reds and Blue

Anatomy of Habit

Let's Pet
(Formerly, Teith)


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Poster for February 15, 2010 Show

Time Out on 2/15 AoH Show

From Time Out Chicago

Members of the Dishes and Camaro Rouge come together in Rabid Rabbit to yield punishing improvisations following the psych-dub quirkiness of Reds and Blue (featuring TOC‘s own Areif Sless-Kitain behind the kit). Brutal noiseniks Anatomy of Habit support, illuminating the dark thoughts of BLOODYMINDED's Mark Solotroff.

Flavorpill on 2/15 AoH Show

From Flavorpill

Proto-metal bombasts RABID RABBIT have been accused by the Reader of vibrating "every loose bit of hardware in the room," and cacophonous yet calm trio REDS AND BLUE features dissonant female harmonies chanting around prog rock-esque keys, heavy drums, and droney bass. Add to that BLOODYMINDED yowler and Death Musick Ritual deejay MARK SOLOTROFF's ANATOMY OF HABIT and TEITH's new incarnation as LET'S PET and you've got a night that promises to be dark, harmonious, heavy and gorgeous all in one fell swoop. Plus, you know, it's free.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Nice AoH Mention

Chris Avgerin of Blood Of The Tyrant was kind enough to mention Anatomy of Habit, while discussing the Chicago metal scene, in a recent interview on

Early February Rotations

Tinderstcks "Falling Down A Mountain" (still fairly non-stop)
Crippled Black Phoenix "200 Tons Of Bad Luck" (plus everything else... perfect for snowstorms)
AFCGT "AFCGT" (more and more...)
Vom "Primitive Arts" (fuck yes!)
Culted "Below The Thunders Of The Upper Deep"
Robedoor "Raiders" (had not really gotten into them before... pretty direct Psychic TV "Unclean" feel to the opener, but not in a bad way...)
Liars "Sisterworld" (not quite sticking...but still in light rotation)
Clipd Beaks "To Realize" (plus earlier releases... sort of Liars clones, but not just)
Massive Attack "Heligoland" (err... not really thrilled by this at all)

The Puritan "Lithium Gates"
These New Puritans "Hidden"
Aderlating, Cult Ritual, Black Mountain Transmitter, Dark Castle, Imaad Wasif, Taranis, Twin Stumps, Wicked King Wicker

A time when life was simpler?

B!132 Mark Solotroff "Archive02"

- Paid pre-orders are now being accepted
- Shipping on or before Monday March 1, 2010

BloodLust! New Release

Artist: Mark Solotroff
Title: "Archive02"
Format: Professionally duplicated CD
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 132
Genre: Noise / Industrial / Experimental / Power-Electronics


BloodLust! is pleased to announce the second release in the Mark Solotroff "Archive" series. In the planning stages for over two years, this series of seven CDs will cover all of Solotroff's solo output, released under his own name in 1995 and 1996. All of these recordings were originally released on cassette by a small group of labels, including BloodLust!, G.R.O.S.S. [Japan], Less Than Zero [Italy], Old Europa Cafe [Italy], and Slaughter Productions [Italy]. Each release will include bonus material, consisting of either compilation tracks from the same labels, or newly created remixes. At the time that these recordings were made, Solotroff had switched gears between Intrinsic Action and BLOODYMINDED and he had recently completed the recording of the first 50 analog synthesizer-based Super Eight Loop cassettes. This small body of work gave Solotroff the opportunity to put away the synths and to try something different. In 1995, the idea of using guitar effect pedals as ones primary "instrument" in making heavy noise was still fairly novel, and Solotroff made use of an arsenal of distortion, delay, flanger, phaser, and other pedals, running either radio frequencies [scanner or shortwave] or his voice through the complex chain of FX. The results fit squarely into what was, at the time, being discussed as a new American noise style that was developing away from the power-electronics scene, and which eventually evolved into the harsh noise subgenre of today.

For the second entry in the series, a companion piece to "Archive01," the lead track is taken from Side-B of the very first BloodLust release, "Instrumental Demonstration Of Death-Noise" [B!000 - 1995], a cassette that was released in a numbered limited edition of 100 copies. The bonus track is remixed from an edit of that material. The packaging for these releases is based upon the format established with the two Mark Solotroff + Sshe Retina Stimulants CDs that were released by BloodLust! in 2008 [B!101 + B!102], and the entire series will follow this unifying template. These are professionally duplicated CDs, with single panel, double-sided inserts, featuring color artwork; in jewel boxes with shrinkwrap; released in 2010.


1. The First 45 Minutes After A Violent Death (45:26)
2. Instrumental Demonstration Of Death-Noise (Edit/Remix 02) (25:29)
(Total running time: 70:56)


Price: $14.00 USA/$16.00 Canada+Mexico/$18.00 Rest of World @ postpaid
(Wholesale rates available to distributors, mail-order services, and record stores; please inquire)

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Mexico City to Chicago...

After a postal mishap, a very eagerly awaited package arrived from our friend Sergio Sanchez in Mexico City. Not only did it contain the excellent new Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat cassette on Ruido Horrible, among other releases on that great label -- it also included the master for a forthcoming Los Heraldos Negros release on BloodLust! -- a really stellar and unsettling recording... more details soon...

"Trophy" T-shirt Re-Print/Special Orders

BLOODYMINDED "Trophy" T-Shirt Mock-Up

I have been getting additional requests for special order sizes of the recent BLOODYMINDED "Trophy" T-shirt, so I will be placing a re-print order for this design, shortly. If anyone wants a size other than S/M/L/XL, please let me know ASAP (details in original post)

Monday, February 08, 2010

Timeless Stu Mead Book Available

I have a small number of the truly handsome new Timeless Stu Mead books, published by Xavier late last year... I also have re-stock on the previous Timeless edition, "Madness Becomes Method." I am only taking orders from the USA, as Xavier has a great webshop for international orders. Plus, this new book is best not sent through customs...

Stu Mead Sketchbook

Published by Timeless - 2009 - France

16 x 24 cm
176 pages in b&w

Seven years of Stu Mead doodles and drawings. Foreword by Ramuntcho Matta (Stu Mead paintings collector / musician (who collaborated among others with Brion Gysin) / son of surrealist painter Roberto Matta)

Edition of 400 ex.

Cost: $50.00, including Media Mail or $55.00 including Priority Mail and insurance

See a generous selection of images here:

Madness Becomes Method

Published by Timeless - 2008 - France

Regular edition
150 pages

Cost: $45.00, including Media Mail or $50.00 including Priority Mail and insurance

Features a selection of previously unpublished photographs of Intrinsic Action, taken by Greg Scott of Hydra and Final Solution - includes his handwritten notes.

Complete contents -

Art by: Romain Slocombe, Trevor Brown, Keit Ota, Tampopo, Motomichi, Seven Bastards, Daisuke Ichiba, Beatrice Cussol, Mijn Schatje, Elles Sont de Sortie, Kiki Picasso, Loulou Picasso, T5dur, Pyon, Stu Mead, Cameron Jamie, Blanquet, Gilles Berquet, Mirka Lugosi, Antoine Bernhart, Guy Lemaire, Julien Carreyn, Jonathan Canady, Jonas, Jankowsky, Fredox, Jean Pierre Le Boul’ch, Gea, Otto, Pakito Bolino, Tisbor (Splinter vs Stalin), Keith Brewer (Taint), Michael Williams (Eyehategod), Intrinsic Action, Philip Best (Whitehouse/Consumer Electonics), Bruce Benderson, Peter Christopherson (Soisong/PTV/Coil/Throbbing Gristle), Jordi Valls (Vagina Dentata Organ), Gaspar Noe, Elzo, Angelo aka Joseph Farrel, Martin of Holland.

Interview or Text (english+french) by: Dennis Cooper, Romain Slocombe, Michael Williams (Eyehategod), Philip Best
(Consumer Electronics, ex-Whitehouse, Ramleh)

Please e-mail to confirm availability before sending payment. Please, no holds...

Sunday Recap

AoH had a really productive and long practice yesterday. We made excellent progress on the new song, "Then Window," and we also worked on an even newer piece.

I had to skip the Drunkdriver in-store at Reckless, as practice ran pretty late, but the nighttime show was excellent. Running played a great set to start the night off. Some of the bands were a bit too poppy for me, but nothing was horrible. I had not seen No Slogan in quite a while, and they upped the ante, for sure. Drunkdriver was dark, brutal, and intense. Maybe not as P.E.-crossover as sometimes gets discussed - Whip and the Body membership notwithstanding - but absolutely in line with bands like Sex Vid, Total Abuse, Cult Ritual, etc. The crowd went fucking mental during their set. I was glad to finally see them as I missed the Century Village show last summer. And it was nice to hang out with so many friends there. The Sorority was strongly represented, and fairly sassy and impudent, to boot!

All that, and I managed to still see The Who on TV. So much for the protests against Pete Townshend...

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Status - 2/7

Up early for a special Sunday morning edition of Anatomy of Habit practice, what with a show and recording sessions coming up quickly...

Checked out a cool show last night at Enemy. A bunch of friends played, including my AoH bandmate Blake - performing as Vertonen (B! cassette soon) - Shattered Hymen (Vadim who released the Soliday/Solotroff CD reviewed below) - PTM - Disgust, an intense new power-electronics duo Mack from Koufar/Bachir Gemayal - Peter Woods from Milwaukee - Cleveland's #1 dark and fouled-noise force, Skin Graft - The Southbridge DJ team of Jon Cates and Jake Elliott, who mutated some BLOODYMINDED and The Fortieth Day into their stew of slowwwwwww electronics -- and several more folks -- Fun night, quick sets, lots of friends...

I hope to see Drunkdriver play today... Hopefully at a Reckless Records in-store during the afternoon, and at Halfway House tonight, with noise-mongers Running and some straighter punk bands...

Mail-order is all caught up, as of Friday evening.

BLOODYMINDED "Trophy" T-shirts will be re-printed soon, as a number of special orders have been placed. If you want the new shirt in a size other than S/M/L/XL, please get in touch ASAP...