Saturday, October 09, 2010

Aural/Oral

- Yesterday was a busy day of vision and sound...

- I started with a full schedule of Chelsea visits... Some standouts: Henry Darger at Andrew Edlin, which included one of the most violent panels by him that I have seen; Dan Flavin at Paul Cooper, which included a really nice two sided tunnel; Louise Bougeois and Tracy Emin at Carolina Nitsh Project Room, which was a collaboration of rather epic man-hating proportions; a retrospective at The Pace Gallery (multiple locations) with major modern art holdings... tons of minimalist work (a theme all day) along with some cool Dubuffet archives and a crazy robe made for Milly Glimcher; Minimalists (Andre, Flavin, Merz, Lewitt, Long) at Gladstone; the Beyond Color show at Bruce Silverstien had some great photographs; Janaina Tschape at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. included a two channel video shot in Venice, Italy that was beautiful, mysterious, and a bit depressing to watch, due to circumstances surrounding my summer living there, years ago. The aquatic aspects of the multiple medium show were interesting, too; Keith Edmier and Allan McCullom at Friedrich Petzel was fun to look at. I enjoy Edmier's sculptures a good bit; Pipilotti Rist at Luhring Augustine was a cool and trippy installation to spend time in, even if nothing specific within the images, etc., stood out; Adam Fuss at Cheim & Read was a bit creepy and nicely installed/presented; and one last standout, which raises lots of internal "questions," was the Gottfried Helnwein show at Friedman Benda... I have always taken issue with his technical showboating and his earlier commercial leanings -- Scorpions "Blackout" for christ's sake -- and I remember him trying to get his work into the Art Institute's permanent collection when I worked there, and being rejected -- but fuck, this show is messed up on a few levels... look it up, it is pretty much all online...

- Slogun interlude for sightseeing, visiting an old friend, and happy hour cheese plate...

- Swans at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple... Pieter, Erin, and I made it inside in perfect time to find a nice central spot on the floor, towards the front... what would later be the faint-zone... minutes before the drone would start that signals the start of the Swans set. Michael Gira was a bit more animated than in Chicago, which added to the spectacle of the show, kicking of their set by giving himself multiple slaps to his face... and then they were off. While I was not one of the whiners who complained that the Chicago show was not loud enough... please, it was loud... last night's show was a few steps closer to being deafening... probably because it had deeper bass that might have been lacking in Chicago. So, yeah, it was pretty crushing and I have that sort of compression feeling in my inner ear... like having flown overseas... and ringing... We checked out the afterparty for a while and ran into more friends, but we left to go get a snack when a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song came on...

- Off to MOMA today, finally, and then Bowery Ballroom tonight...


Friday, October 08, 2010

Ugly Skin

- A day in Brooklyn. Lots of outdoor time. A bit aimless. Attempted to play some Flower Electronics gadget. Nice lunch and dinner with newer and older friends. Later last night, Pieter and I met up with some friends at Royal Oak for the Mirror Me zine launch. There was an interesting performance by Hunter Hunt-Hendrix of Liturgy. He did a solo vocal piece that was very reminiscent of Bruce Lamont's solo work... chanted, looped, and heavily layered. Pretty cool stuff. The thick newsprint zine itself was edited by Brandon Stosuy and was developed from a collaborative exhibition and performance organized by Stosuy and artist Kai Althoff in 2009 at Dispatch Bureau in NYC. It features new material by numorous artists including Peter Sotos and Philip Best

- Still in need of a MOMA trip. Things have been abstract but not so expressionistic. A slice would be good right now. Meeting up with friends this afternoon. Links to bloody roots. Off to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple later tonight for Swans show number two this week...

Thursday, October 07, 2010

A Buzzing In The Eardrums

Progress report:

- Monday... Travel day. Ran into some rather prurient characters at the Las Vegas airport. Made it home late that night, due to bad weather

- Tuesday... Back-to-back practices... a long day at the space... Isidro and I did good The Fortieth Day work, since I would not be there on Wednesday. Focus on Korg Monotron, plus his bass guitar and drum machine. Got some fresh air and then had an early and vigorous Anatomy of Habit practice... and as if my ears were not ringing enough, it was off to see Swans, who were simply POWERFUL. A fucking great show! Period. For now. And it was like a big, fun birthday party, or something, as nearly everyone I know in Chicago seemed to be there, let alone friends who were in from Milwaukee, Saint Louis, etc. I wonder what the canonization process is like???

- Wednesday... an early flight... lunch with Pieter... off to see Yakuza, 1349, and Triptykon at the Gramercy Theatre. Man...Bruce and crew have their work cut out for them on this tour! They displayed total power and confidence in the face of hesher lunkhead hell. I wish that I could be a fly on the wall for the duration. Their new songs sound great live, to boot! 1349 remain a bit generic for me, but it was amusing, and they had a couple of strong tracks. Triptykon were great. A logical continuation of what I saw/heard during Celtic Frost's "Monotheist" tour... with the added bonus of Tom Warrior actually giving a fuck and acting like he wanted to be on that stage. Cool to hear early CF songs in extended, muscular form. Fun to hang out with some ex-Empty Bottle folks there, along with Josh, Maheen, and Yuan. And then it was off to Wierd... just in time to see an excellent and packed set by Automelodi... new live line-up... really adding some strength and "grit" to the more pristine sound of the CD. Cool. A wonderful night there, as always. Great to walk into such a hug-wave session. Like a family reunion. Pre-Op Trans even got me out on the dancefloor. Very rare!

...Off to some abstract expressionist extravaganza, I think...

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Status - 10/5

- Mail-order is up-to-date. Please hold all new orders until Monday October 11

- The Fortieth Day and Anatomy of Habit both practice today, due to travel, etc. Off to see Swans at Bottom Lounge later tonight. Ears should be suitable trashed by midnight...

- The October update will be posted and sent out after I return from NYC (Wierd, Swans, galleries, etc.)

- B!135 Mark Solotroff "Archive05" CD has arrived and will be announced as "in stock" with the next update. I should have word on the ETA of the Locrian "Territories" digipak CD (B!157) shortly. As previously mentioned, the Atrax Morgue vinyl is sitting here, awaiting sleeves. That release will most likely be announced later in the month and listed in the November update

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