Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
- 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 + 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
- 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...
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
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
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
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
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
5. Tidal Surface Tension
6. Five Forecasts EP
7. Future Eros Channels
8. Helix Parasites
10. Bedscanner Philosophy: An Updated Boudoir Mode
11. Dispersion: Sliced Carrions And Pixel Handcuffs
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
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"
Frontier (various CDs + 2 new LPs)
(A very "True Crime" image, as that CD is nearly sold out...)
James, Alex (Climax Denial), Pieter, Margaret (Pharmakon), Mark
Mark and Pieter
Alex (Climax Denial)
James, Pieter, Isidro
Isidro, Pieter, Baby Dickers (Margaret (Pharmakon, Dave Phillips, and Jesse Allen of Cowards/Cathode Terror Secretion in background)