Saturday, November 06, 2010

BLOODYMINDED "Magnetism" T-Shirts

New BLOODYMINDED "Magnetism" T-shirts are in production.
Paid orders are now being accepted.
We will begin mailing these out on or before December 1st.


This design is available in small, medium, large, and extra-large. As with previous BloodLust! shirts (Anatomy of Habit, BLOODYMINDED, Intrinsic Action, Super Eight Loop) these are black Gildan 100% cotton short-sleeve T-shirts with white printing on the front. These are classic, full-size T-shirts, in the sense that they runs a bit large, particularly compared to more snug-fitting American Apparel and H&M T-shirts.

The cost for one T-shirt is $15.00 USA/$20.00 World, including First Class postage.

We can definitely accommodate special orders for alternate sizes (smaller or larger). For anything over XL (i.e. XXL, XXXL, etc.), please add $3.00 USA/$5.00 World

PayPal to:

Please specify the size that you want and state that your order is for a BLOODYMINDED "Magnetism" T-shirt

Feel free to e-mail with any questions.


Friday, November 05, 2010

Intrinsic Apop

A vintage Intrinsic Action poster at the awesome Apop Records store in Saint Louis -- photograph taken by Andre Foisy of Locrian -- The band are playing at Apop tonight

Mauthausen YouTube

My co-releasing friend Praveer (Body & Blood Exploration) sent me the link to another one of these weird, homemade YouTube videos for a track from the M.O. "Raising Vapours" CD...

Thursday, November 04, 2010

A Few Hallowen Photos

Halloween photos from the Reader, including Kenny pounding the drums for Monarch: here

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Status - 11/3

- All paid orders received by 4:00 PM yesterday were mailed out last night

- Currently reviewing Monday night's The Fortieth Day recording... high-density ambient overload... While we were at the space, more details were hashed out regarding the release of our first new full-length recording in ages - "Constantinople: 746 AD" - it has been well over a two years since the "Syria: 638 AD" LP was released

- Anatomy of Habit forged ahead last night on our new song, "Summation," with great results

- Will BLOODYMINDED rear its head again one more time this year?

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Status - 11/2

- All paid orders received since Friday are packed up and ready for the Post Office, which will be by tomorrow evening, at the latest

- With my damaged ears in tow, last night's The Fortieth Day session was deliberately a somewhat subdued one, not unlike last week's recording results. These more textural or ambient (barely) sessions are quite helpful when mixing new, complete, multi-layered recordings, as they add contrast to the busier and more dynamic sessions. For last night, I stuck to guitar and acres of delay, while Isidro focused on bass, loops, and spartan beats

New Atrax Morgue on Discogs

The forthcoming Atrax Morgue "Omicidio" is now listed on Discogs, in preparation for its imminent release

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween Recap

Well, if the state of my ears this morning is any indication of how insanely loud it was last night (thanks Tony!)... and what a night it was! It was such a pleasure to join in the festivities with both Rabid Rabbit and Indian. My thanks to all of them for including me in such a killer show. I had the best of both worlds, getting to see/hear two of my favorite Chicago bands play incredible sets and getting to jump up on stage with them for a pair of intense songs. With Rabid Rabbit it was a reprise of "Suicide Song" (AKA "Gloomy Sunday"), which I first performed with them back in February. For this outing, Dave Rempis, who is also on the studio version, joined in live... another one of those "How have we never met before?" scenarios. It was cool to meet him and to play with him. And with Indian, I played synth/noise and I provided a few quick screams on "Worshipper of Sores," from their 2005 album, "The Unquiet Sky." And, in the middle of that, was a totally monumental performance by Monarch. As a huge Winter fan (the band, not the season, for fuck's sake), it was great to hear something equally glacial sounding, but with a uniquely feminine feel to it. Emilie's vocals were devastating -- at one point, all I could think of was Monarch!/Pharmakon split 12-inch -- and, my god, their set was remarkably tight... not at all belying the fact that my bandmate Kenny Rasmussen from Anatomy of Habit was playing drums for them after only two days to learn "Sabbat Noir" and to practice with them. Kenny did a phenomenal job and they sounded fantastic. They were also such nice people to hang out with, even if only briefly. It was great to see so many friends come out to the show and to see such a full house in support of what has definitely become a Chicago institution... Halloween at The Hideout...


Our friend Adam Sonderberg of Haptic has graciously included a BLOODYMINDED track in a very interesting mix that he created for the Entr’acte website (top of page):

The list of artists in the mix includes: Guided By Voices; Infest; ∅; Angel Witch; The Haters; Melt Banana; Dead Kennedys; Gottfried Michael Koenig; Thomas Lehn; The Descendents; BusRatch; Siege; Melt Banana; Anthony Pateras/Robin Fox; BLOODYMINDED; Samuel Beckett (Patrick Magee, voice); John Cage; Burmese; Bernard Parmegiani; John Zorn; Effigies; Neo Boys; Chrome; Bikini Kill; Art Ensemble Of Chicago

Auxiliary Out on Locrian "Territories"

From: Auxiliary Out

In this post-Yellow Swans world of ours, Locrian has always been one of the most consistent and musical of the noise brethren. I'm sure buckets of sweat went into it, but it seems Andre Foisy and Terrence Hannum just have this special chemistry. There must be an explanation, like they're telepathically linked or Siamese twins separated at birth now reuniting as one mind or some comic book shit like that. I don't know how it got be that way but it is, and there's hours of evidence and thousands of witnesses to prove it.

Bringing in the concept of collaboration to an already perfect union is a funny proposition. Collaborations, particularly in an improvisatory environment, are always risky but are always interesting as well. You never know if the unknown volatility of collaboration will lead to an explosive re-imagining of the participating parties' sounds or will it just sort of fizzle out.

In all honesty, I was initially a little resistant to this Territories LP. One of the main things that I absolutely love about Locrian is the singular chemistry shared between its members. I felt like adding collaborators would dilute the magic. But truth be told, once I nestled up to it a bit, I noticed that there' s a lot of damn fine shit on this record.

Opener, "Inverted Ruins," is a good choice to bat first as its opening seconds are phenomenal. A thin wave of feedback lingers as an echoing synth trots out a simple melody and what a great pair they make. From there the piece morphs into an actual song with loping drums, Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded, the Bloodlust! label) growling through some effects, and a number of instruments being pushed into unstable territory. Its yet another great example of sustained tension, a feat that Locrian performs probably better than anyone else. There doesn't seem to be a lot happening; each performer is incredibly restrained. Yet! By the end, the track is just quaking and you have no idea how it got to be. The next piece is my favorite from the record and one my favorite Locrian pieces period. "Between Barrows" stews in a boggy single note synth for a while, augmented by tasteful cymbal rolls. And then it happens. Channeling, whether directly or indirectly, Basil Poledouris's magnificent opening titles for RoboCop, the piece flowers into the most beautiful of Locrian's career. Bruce Lamont contributes lilting saxophone to Foisy's and Hannum's brooding guitar and organ. It's hard to adequately put this into words. The piece is so simple but its blackened elegance is breathtaking. A must hear. "Procession of Ancestral Brutalism" is the default epic, totaling 11 minutes with 4 additional players in tow. After the near silent two minute intro, a guitar slams out a pretty rockin' progression and synth seethes along with it. From there the double bass drum kicks and the track gets a shot of heavy metal adrenaline in the heart. I'm not the biggest metal fan on the planet, so I don't totally connect to this one. It's pretty good but, in my opinion at least, it lacks a lot of the texture and detail that made the previous piece so brilliant. It does feature a pretty sweet outro though, as everything but a sole guitar falls away. "Ring Road" is another long one featuring Solotroff on vox and synth. The whole affair is a heavy throb of multiple synths and bass guitar. It's a muscular arrangement but Hannum (I think) is still working hypnotic bell-like melodies within the humid terrain of bass and synth. Tremors pulse underneath until crumbling into feedback and a melody via slide bass (again, I think.) "Antediluvian Territory" is the sole piece made only by Foisy and Hannum. The latter brings out the organ and tapes, while Foisy contributes clean-toned guitar harmonics. It's a nice piece, certainly in line with the darkness surrounding it on the album but its a touch brighter and a little more airy. Minor key organ still looms ready to swallow up the bright harmonics, but said harmonics manage to get out unscathed. The finale "The Columnless Arcade" is really great. It's dense and gritty and there's a certain looseness to it that isn't present elsewhere on this very tight record. Sounds intermingle and disappear into each other. That's the first part of the piece. There's an abrupt shift into a full band affair with pummeling drums and so forth. The shift is jarring at first but the guitarists (Foisy, Hannum and B. Judd) whip out some excellent guitar leads before the piece subsides in a brief glistening organ outro.

It's not a totally cohesive record but it was an interesting experiment and all personnel involved produced some great material.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Halloween whoredom is what some of my bandmates might accuse me of. I will be making two appearances at the Hideout's Halloween show tonight... I will be singing a suicidal song with Rabid Rabbit and I will be adding noise to a nihilistic song with Indian. Monarch! will rule, too...and my pal Kenny Rasmussen has been learning "Sabbat Noir" to sit in on drums with them. Please join us if you can.


P.S. I will not be wearing a costume.

Sunday October 31, 2010
Halloween Doom

The Hideout

1354 West Wabansia
Chicago, IL

9:00 PM



(funeral doom from Bayonne, France)

Rabid Rabbit