Friday, September 10, 2010

Related to why I won't be at the Double Door on 12/6

...to see Peter Hook presents Unknown Pleasures: (courtesy of my band mate Blake) "In a series of angry rants on Twitter.com, Mani (from Primal Scream, and now ex-Freebass) writes, "Three things visible from space, Great Wall of China, Peter Hook's wallet stuffed with Ian Curtis' blood money, (British soccer team) Man City's empty trophy cabinet!"

Status - 9/10

- Are you ready for the Anatomy of Habit show tomorrow at the Abbey Pub? I sure as fuck am. It's been since July, after all, and I'm champing at the bit to belt it out a bit

- I believe that we are calling the new The Fortieth Day album "Constantinople: 746 AD," regardless of the potential for The Four Lads (or worse, They Might Be Giants) jokes. The disc is mastered, barring any glitches that we catch, as we review it over the next few days, and the artwork seems to be complete, pending internal approval

- I went to see Sleep last night, as part of the Empty Bottle and Wire magazine's annual Adventures In Modern Music festival, this year also encompassing the Chicago edition of Sonar. Sleep were pretty great... huge and dirty sounding. They started with "Jerusalem" (or do you prefer "Dopesmoker") and moved into "Holy Mountain." The replacement drummer, Jason Roeder (of Neurosis), had the necessary (gulp, jazz) swing to his playing to fit in quite nicely. Al Cisneros was all business, while Matt Pike was all swagger. Not to be contentious, but honestly, if they had played all of "Volume One," I would have been even happier. I have always preferred that album. Still, I definitely enjoyed their set. Except for the smells. When it didn't smell like skunky pot, it smelled like bad farts. And when the farts subsided, the B.O. rose up. And when the B.O. passed, the PBR burbs appeared. Sheesh. Lichens was nothing short of revelatory. Robert Lowe knocked a grand slam out of the Logan Square Auditorium, as far as I am concerned. He built a foundation of dark, foreboding modular synth (think M.B., or Atrax Morgue, or Hive Mind with way less delay, or Workbench, or even Super Eight Loop) that should have schooled every so-called "arpeggiated synth" dude on why new age music sucks so badly... had any of that sort of person even ventured out to the show... Sorry, it needs to be said. Over the synth, he layered waves of vocals and vocal loops, ranging from the nearly-castrati to the deeply monastic. You could say it was spiritual, but it became increasingly unholy, supported by Mr. Lowe's entertaining, verging-on-black-metal, hand gestures. Maybe aspects of early Current 93 are worth mentioning ("Nature Unveiled" or "In Menstrual Night"), or maybe that's just how I remember it. Abruptum? Not really... It was its own thing, wholly... I'm just grasping for a mood comparison. Truly excellent. Ga'an opened the night with their big, prog meets Italian horror style... highlighted by Seth's totally massive and totally 70's sounding drums. All in all, a very smart mix of styles.

- I'd put some Sleep on - "Volume One" - of course, if I could be fucked to take the new Interpol out of repeat rotation. I could probably just keep the song "All Of The Ways" on constant repeat today, but I'll stick to the full album... and maybe I'll switch to the recent Pontiak record, later on, after a long run...

Thursday, September 09, 2010

The Fortieth Day - Status

Isidro and I had another very fruitful session last night, really taking our time arriving at jet engine volume level. But, my ears are ringing this morning... proof that we did arrive there. As usual, Isidro focused on bass and rhythms, and I stuck to Korg Monotron through a shitload of pedals. We dedicated last night to the gods of ProCo, worshiping the RAT, and during its functional moments, the TurboRAT. I will be reviewing the recording later, after more espresso and after "Heroes" plays for the eight-zillionth time (yes, I finally broke the Stones' grip on me... the new Interpol album helped that). This week, we intend to finalize mastering and art/design for the next full-length CD by The Fortieth Day - and - our associate in Milano, Sig. P.NG5361.B of Sshe Retina Stimulants and Sigillum S, is reviewing the recording of our WLUW radio session from November 2009, and we are discussing his availability for SRS Desktop processing for said recording. Discussions continue with Lisa (AKA Noise Crush) regarding a sound+vision release for our full, collaborative mode. Speaking of which, it is rather surprising to see just how few shows this band has actually played, particularly considering, from mid-2005 forward, how frequently we have actually gathered to play, practice, record, whathaveyou...

The Fortieth Day + Noise Crush
2007-02-20 - Elastic
2007-03-30 - The Flowershop
2007-06-12 - Elastic
2007-06-30 - The Empty Bottle
2007-08-21 - Elastic
2008-01-06 - Ronny's
2008-02-23 - Pictures and Sounds - Film Studies Center - The University of Chicago
2008-06-07 - The Empty Bottle
2008-11-02 - Cobra Lounge
2010-02-02 - The Empty Bottle

The Fortieth Day
2006-11-26 - Something Else - WLUW 88.7 FM (with Sshe Retina Stimulants)
2009-11-29 - Something Else - WLUW 88.7 FM (with Sshe Retina Stimulants and Terence Hannum)

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Status - 9/8

- I just made a Post Office run and all paid orders have been mailed out and are up-to-date

- The Fortieth Day has our weekly session tonight. Last week's recording came out extremely well

- Anatomy of Habit has been booked at the Empty Bottle for Monday November 29, 2010. Details to follow...

B!135 In-Production

B!135 Mark Solotroff "Archive05" CD - Jewelbox - Front

After a series of delays that were caused by the need for repeated mastering work, the next entry in the Mark Solotroff "Archive" series is finally in production. The primary material comes from the 1996 G.R.O.S.S. cassette, "In The Mind Of A Monster," and the bonus material includes a long re-mix from those sessions, as well as a previously unreleased track that was originally submitted to Beast 666 Tapes for a compilation that never came out in the 1990s. More news soon...

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Time Out on 9/11

From Time Out Chicago

Anatomy of Habit and E.T. Habit fulfill your quirk quota, the former with punishing doom-gaze and the latter with mindfuck psych jams—two habits they hope you won't wanna quit.

Sigillum S Announcement

Re-Post:

HERE COME THE MEDIATICK DJINNS: SIGILLUM S GO BANDCAMP !


"....the drenched guts of physics are bursting open and etherick monsters are getting loose... the spilled stench of acoustic embryos fills the space and turns realities inside out, drilling speculations out of known universes and beyond the gates of the surreal dimensions.... the audio equivalent of self digestion resulting in multiple revelations...."


SIGILLUM S are proud to announce the "go live" milestone for their BANDCAMP website


http://sigillum-s.bandcamp.com/ !


The site allows you to

  • stream all the featured SIGILLUM S releases in full;
  • purchase them as downloads (your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire);
  • buy all the available SIGILLUM S physical releases on VERBA CORRIGE, together with any other SIGILLUM S releases of which we still have copies;
  • be re-directed to the producing labels for those SIGILLUM S products which are still available at the source.

The current list of featured releases includes


1. Wroclaw 071111

2. 23/20

3. Private 8788

4. SIGILLUM S present HELIX "Numbers"

5. Live @ Iterarte 04/03/1993

6. Cybertantrick Quantum Lips

7. Hallucinated Moisture Of Synaptic Slaughterhouse

8. Studs and Divinity

9. Boudoir Philosophy

10. Of Will

11. Hhhard


while the following releases will be added with a "one every week" frequency


1. Bardo Thos Grol

2. Organic Skyscrapers & Occult Wastelands

3. Terror Auto-Obstetrics

4. Abstraction

5. Tidal Surface Tension

6. Five Forecasts EP

7. Future Eros Channels

8. Helix Parasites

9. Heteromorphonicks

10. Bedscanner Philosophy: An Updated Boudoir Mode

11. Dispersion: Sliced Carrions And Pixel Handcuffs

12. Simulacra

13. Mutilated Terrorism

14. Klimax Axis

15. Live @ Ear Nerve 22.02.1988

16. Live @ Immaginazione 14.11.1987

17. Live @ Immaginazione 30.05.1987

18. Live @ Helter Skelter 17.01.1987

19. Trance Flexure

20. Sigillum S


Please take note that all the DL albums have been newly re-mastered for the purpose.

Moreover, we are soon also going to add a brand new and free DL-only EP, called "GLAMOUR AND DECADENCE ACROSS GALAXIES".


Regarding physical releases, VERBA CORRIGE is also going to announce shortly the full details for the ARCHIVIO INDUSTRIALE campaign, which will feature re-issues of key works from a number of Italian (post) industrial projects, together with some SIGILLUM S ones: these should take the form of limited editions CD for those products originally appeared in an analogic format, while we are also planning vinyl for some of the long deleted SIGILLUM S CD albums, as well as a couple of "lost" studio items (i.e. EPIDEMIOLOGY and S/M-TEK SHI).


Additionally, plans are also being refined for a couple of brand new SIGILLUM S productions, tentatively called "HAPPENING WHENEVER" and "FALLING IN DUST AT THE SPIRES OF TIME".


Finally, a schedule of live shows is also being worked on.


More details on everything SOON !


"... does a scream get hotter and scarier when no matter is there to absorb it ?...."


SIGILLUM S , 2010/09


Monday, September 06, 2010

Recent Rotation

Lots of the same albums have been getting repeat play here, with some new things being added from time to time. Mid-2010 yielded some great releases... Labor Day weekend was dominated by numerous Rolling Stones albums from early to later periods.

Sleep Museum "Forschung" Volumes 1-4 (pre-release discs)
Swans "My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky"
Conan "Horseback Battle Hammer"
Blonde Redhead "Penny Sparkle"
Imbogodom "The Metallic Year"
Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"
Effi Briest "Rhizomes"
The Body "All The Waters Of The Earth Shall Turn To Blood"
Indian Jewelry "Totaled"
Opium Warlords "Live At Colonia Dignidad"
Kommunity FK "La Santisima Muerte"
Last Dominion Lost "The Tyranny Of Distance" + "Sessions II" (AKA "Mix II") [seeking "Alt. Mix" and "Alt. and Live" plus any pre-LDL Merge recordings, if anyone has copies...]
O Children "S/T"
Detrivore "Pakt"
Frontier (various CDs + 2 new LPs)


(A very "True Crime" image, as that CD is nearly sold out...)

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Part Three: The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd
BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - The Crowd

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Part Two: The-Show

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago
(Fuck yes! Classic Isidro synth and scream stance)

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED + Pharmakon - 08-21-10 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Part One: Pre-Show

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Pre-Show
James, Alex (Climax Denial), Pieter, Margaret (Pharmakon), Mark

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Pre-Show
James

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Pre-Show
James

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Pre-Show
Margaret (Pharmakon)

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Pre-Show
Mark and Pieter

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Pre-Show
Alex (Climax Denial)

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Pre-Show
James, Pieter, Isidro

BLOODYMINDED - August 21, 2010 - Pre-Show
Isidro, Pieter, Baby Dickers (Margaret (Pharmakon, Dave Phillips, and Jesse Allen of Cowards/Cathode Terror Secretion in background)