Saturday, February 20, 2010

AoH Members Create "Top 20" (or so) Lists

As the five members of Anatomy of Habit were preparing to go into the studio in February 2010, they were challenged to come up with "Top 20" lists of songs that have influenced them and shaped them as musicians -- and even led them to become a part of AoH. While some lists are of songs, some are of albums, and some exceed 20 entries, the lists definitely help to define the diverse influences on this emerging, enigmatic band.

Blake Edwards (20 songs):
01. Septic Death “Quit”
02. Foetus “I’ll Meet You in Poland, Baby”
03. Ministry “Jesus Built my Hotrod (redline/whiteline version)”
04. Lydia Lunch “Incubator”
05. Samhain “Unholy Passion”
06. Z’EV “Opus 3”
07. Swans “Money is Flesh”
08. My Bloody Valentine “Soon”
09. Drunk Injuns “Y-Camp”
10. Big Black “Racer X”
11. Sonic Youth “Expresway to Yr Skull”
12. Sonic Youth “Intro” (from Bad Moon Rising)
13. Goblin Profundo Rosso soundtrack
14. The Fall “Athlete Cured”
15. Laibach “Opus Dei”
16. Adolescents “Kids of the Black Hole”
17. Iron Maiden “Run to the Hills”
18. Led Zepplin “Gallows Pole”
19. Johnny Cash “Delia’s Gone”
20. Eminem “Lose Yourself”

Kenny Rassmussen (20 songs, in alphabetical order):
01. AC/DC "Live Wire"
02. Animal Law "Never Alone"
03. Beach Boys "God Only Knows"
04. Blag Flag "Damaged I"
05. Black Sabbath "Wheels of Confusion"
06. Cure "All Cats Are Grey"
07. Godflesh "Pulp"
08. Joy Division "Exercise One"
09. Khanate "Too Close Enough to Touch"
10. Low "Don't Understand"
11. Metallica "The Call of Ktulu"
12. Mogwai "New Paths to Helicon, Part 1"
13. Nirvana "Endless, Nameless"
14. Pelican "The Woods"
15. Public Enemy "By the Time I Get to Arizona"
16. Slayer "Hell Awaits" (Intro only)
17. Slint "Good Morning, Captain"
18. Slowdive "Souvlaki Space Station"
19. Swans "New Mind"
20. Velvet Underground "Heroin"

Dylan Posa (30 songs):
01. Igor Stravinsky "Le Sacre Du Printemps"
02. Steely Dan "Kings"
03. AC/DC "For Those About To Rock"
04. Shellac "Didn't We Deserve A Look At You The Way You Really Are"
05. Cheer-Accident "Filet Of Nod"
06. Public Enemy "By The Time I Get To Arizona"
07. Slayer "Angel Of Death"
08. Suicidal Tendencies "Institutionalized"
09. Fugazi "Repeater"
10. Devo "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA"
11. Metallica "Leper Messiah"
12. Nad Navillus "Before The Axe Falls"
13. Adam & The Ants "Kings Of The Wild Frontier"
14. Big Black "Kerosene"
15. Gary Numan "Metal"
16. Human League "Seconds"
17. Peter Hammill "Accidents"
18. Gore "Lifelong Deadline"
19. Frank Zappa "St. Alphonso's Pancake Breakfast"
20. Peter Brotzmann "Machine Gun"
21. King Crimson "Starless"
22. Iannis Xenakis "Orient/Occident"
23. Krystoff Penderecki "Threnody (For The Victims Of Hiroshima)"
24. Andrew Lloyd Weber "Jesus Christ Superstar"
25. Thelonious Monk "Well You Needn't"
26. The Clash "London Calling"
27. The Flying Luttenbachers "Fist Through Glass"
28. Beach Boys "Surf's Up"
29. Philip Glass "Einstein On The Beach"
30. Lee Morgan "The Sidewinder"

Greg Ratajczak (Top 20-ish Life Changing Albums - In no particular order):
01. Godflesh "Pure"
02. Ministry "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up"
03. Don Williams "I Believe in You"
04. Tom Waits "Nighthawks at the Diner"
05. Tool "Undertow"
06. Def Leppard "Hysteria"
07. Red Red Meat "Bunny Gets Paid"
08. Frank Zappa "Apostrophe"/"Overnite Sensation"
09. Aphex Twin "I Care Because You Do"
10. Metallica - "...And Justice for All"
11. Failure "Fantastic Planet"
12. Jeff Buckley "Grace"
13. Queensryche "Operation Mindcrime"
14. Steve Reich "Music for 18 Musicians"
15. Ornette Coleman "Stockholm Sessions"
16. John Zorn/Naked City "Radio"
17. Pig Destroyer "Prowler in the Yard"
18. Mr. Bungle "Disco Volante"
19. Skinny Puppy "Last Rites"
20. Sepultura "Arise"

...and since I can't seem to limit myself to 20...

21. King Crimson "Discipline"
22. Slayer "Reign in Blood"
23. Autechre "Incanubala"
24. NIN "Broken"
25. Mark Hollis "s/t"
26. John Fahey "Legend of Blind Joe Death"
27. Mahavishnu Orchestra "The Inner Mounting Flame"
28. Obituary "Cause of Death"
29. Cannibal Corpse "Butchered at Birth"
30. Faith No More "The Real Thing"

Mark Solotroff (20 songs, in alphabetical order):
01. Bauhaus "Stigmata Martyr"
02. Black Sabbath "Black Sabbath"
03. Cathedral "Autumn Twilight"
04. Christian Death "When I was Bed"
05. Crime and the City Solution "Six Bells Chime"
06. Einsturzende Neubauten "Armenia"
07. Joy Division "New Dawn Fades"
08. Killing Joke "Love Like Blood"
09. Led Zeppelin "Dazed and Confused"
10. Loop "Afterglow"
11. My Bloody Valentine "Cupid Come"
12. Paradise Lost "Shattered"
13. Pentagram "Madman"
14. Public Image Limited "Poptones"
15. Siouxsie and the Banshees "Nightshift"
16. Swans "Failure"
17. The Doors "Riders on the Storm"
18. The Fields of the Nephilim "Last Exit for the Lost"
19. The Sisters of Mercy "Afterhours"
20. Winter "Eternal Frost"
(Runners-up: The Chameleons "Swamp Thing," The Sound "Winning," The Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog," The Velvet Underground "Ocean"... I could have also easily included tracks by Amebix, David Bowie, Discharge, Medicine, Roxy Music, Rudimentary Peni, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Tindersticks, Scott Walker...this is impossible!!!)

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Status - 2/17

- Anatomy of Habit will be in the recording studio tonight, with Andrew from The Atlas Moth at the controls. We got a nice recording of Monday's show, which should help us as we do the final pre-production work for "After The Water."

- I went to Kuma's last night with Isidro, as bday observance continues. The burger of the month -- Sigh -- was a welcome break from some of the "sweeter" selections, of late. The ground pork worked really well and the burger had a nice kick to it: "Topped with Asian ground pork seasoned with oyster sauce and chile; sauteed celery, scallions, water chestnuts, garlic and ginger; and fried won ton strips." We got the best batch of mussels ever there, too, last night! Come to think of it, I probably have not listened to Sigh since their third album came out, but I have heard good things about the new one...

- I just heard that Cold Cave and Hair Police canceled the rest of their USA tour. Locrian let me know that they will still be on the bill at The Empty Bottle on 2/25... with more acts TBA... That will probably be the first opportunity for Chicago folks to pick up the new "Territories" LP.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2/15 Show Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the show last night! I know that the weather was a bit of a deterrent, as was it being the day after Valentine's Day, and all, but we still had a pretty respectable crowd on hand. Thanks also to Rabid Rabbit for asking us to join them, particularly as we had unfortunately had to back out of a proposed show last Friday at Reggie's. Hopefully we can make up for that cancellation in the near future.

My apologies for not getting the webcast information posted... I still do not have the details... but the entire show was broadcast/streamed last night -- and I will try to find out if it was archived. I know at least one person who was on their computer ("I watch you guys like a stalker") and witnessed possibly the most un-metal song intro ever -- as we opened with the debut of "After The Water -- and started it with everyone in the band clapping -- the audience joining in, too -- before launching into the song itself. The new piece went really well for us, and we were all pretty excited to finally reveal this new creation. I will be curious to hear what people thought of it... it is a bit more "indie"... for the first half, at least, before the heaviness kicks in. We followed with an extended version of "Torch" that ended with me singing/screaming into the empty soda fountain cannister that Blake drums on, adding to the echo on my voice... and Greg building an epic backwards loop that apparently ran for at least five minutes after we had all finally left the stage.

It was also great to sing with Rabid Rabbit on their closing number, "Gloomy Sunday," AKA "Suicide Song." I really enjoyed being part of the recording process and getting to sing it live with them was a treat. Bruce Lamont was also a part of the song, adding sax and deeply chanted vocals. It could not have gone more smoothly and effortlessly. That also had to be the most residents of Garfield Park to ever stand on the Empty Bottle stage at one time (5). Sorry Bruce, you need to move further west. No, not really. No one should.

The overall curating of the night needs a mention... Andrea and Rabid Rabbit put an excellent line-up together... from Let's Pet, who combined Neu-flavored Krautrock with a mix of dense shoegazer and(maybe) New Order-esque elements... lot of synths and keyborards mixed with chiming guitars... in a sense, pretty true cold wave music, in fact. And Reds and Blue played beautiful organ-driven proggy-psych-pop... at times calling to mind a less-motoric Stereolab, possibly??? Hazy and very pretty stuff. So, yeah, overall, a night of dark, romantic, and atmospheric music... at times heavy, at times not...

Also of note, last night Rabid Rabbit released a beautifully packaged, limited edition cassingle of the studio version of "Gloomy Sunday," and it includes a truly mind-warping backwards b-side. Guest players include Bruce Lamont, Dave Rempis, Michael Zerang, and me. The cassette is in a Norelco case with a jcard, and is housed in a hand-adorned, heavyweight tar-paper outer slipcase, maintaining the style of Rabid Rabbit's two vinyl releases. If anyone wants to acquire a copy, I would suggest contacting the group through their MySpace page:

Finally, thanks to everyone at the Empty Bottle, for helping to make it such an enjoyable night!

Oh, and thanks to Andre and Terence from Locrian, who surprised me with two big boxes of assembled "Territories" LPs that I had to drag home (ha!)... Holy fuck, it is great to see it done! Release announcement to follow, once the three other labels get their boxes...

Monday, February 15, 2010


Anatomy of Habit to debut new song - "After The Water" - tonight...

Poster for February 15, 2010 Show

Status - 2/15

- BLOODYMINDED "Trophy" T-shirts (special order sizes and re-stock) are in production. Orders should be shipped out by the end of the week

- B!150 Vertonen "Cresting" cassette master at duplication house and in production. Release date: 03/01/10

- B!147 Locrian "Territories" LP... imminent... I should see an actual LP, in sleeve, with insert, tonight!

- Anatomy of Habit confirmed to play live on WNUR Airplay on Tuesday March 23