Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Reader on 11/26

From the Chicago Reader

"Bloodyminded" is an apt term for local power-electronics powerhouse Mark Solotroff, who's been creating pummeling but oddly seductive sounds since founding New York noise outfit Intrinsic Action in the early 80s. (The first lineup of Bloodyminded was similar enough to the last lineup of IA to suggest that the old band split for symbolic reasons, not creative ones.) For the past decade and a half, he's been running a label called BloodLust! and plying his trade with far-flung collaborators—like Xavier Laradji, head honcho of the small but hugely disturbing publishing house Timeless, who's flying in from France for his first Chicago performance in many moons. These days Solotroff also plays in Anatomy of Habit and collaborates with drone-metal band Rabid Rabbit, who are also on tonight's bill. This show celebrates the reissue of Bloodyminded's 2006 milestone, Magnetism, which Solotroff has called his most personal work—it sounds like one of Rupert Sheldrake's morphogenetic fields being systematically unraveled and then encased in carbonite. Yakuza headlines; the Che Arthur Three, Rabid Rabbit, and Bloodyminded open. —Monica Kendrick $8, $5 in advance


Status - 11/24

- All paid orders received before 10:00 AM yesterday (11/23) have been sent out. All subsequent orders will be mailed out after Thanksgiving

- BLOODYMINDED "Magnetism" T-shirts will be on-hand tonight and paid orders will be packed up to go out in the next Post Office run. Shirts will be available at Friday's BLOODYMINDED show

RING THE BELL

THE BODY IN CONTEMPORARY ART

TWEEN-SIZED ROLLING STONES 70'S-STYLE SATIN TOUR JACKET WITH CLASSIC LIPS AND TONGUE LOGO ACROSS BACK

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vital Weekly on Locrian "Territories"

From Vital Weekly

LOCRIAN - TERRITORIES (CD by Bloodlust!)
Somewhere else we look into a solo CD of Andre Foisy but here is a CD by his band Locrian, a duo of himself and T. Hannum. They played guitars and electronics. Seeing this release on Bloodlust! its hardly a surprise that it contains noise. A slow menacing sound of pounding drums, piercing electronics (derived from guitar playing? I am not sure here) and more loud guitars. That is the opening track 'Inverted Ruins', which includes Mark Solotroff, head honcho of Bloodlust, on vocals but Locrian has more to offer than just that. Each track seems to be recorded with the help of other people, so that's why things are probably more varied, beyond the boundaries of pure noise. 'Between Barrows', the second piece on the CD, is a much more subdued piece of music, carefully improvised. Although Locrian don't return to the careful style in this album again, its not said that every piece is one of loud noise only. The closing statement, 'The Columnless Arcade' is a finely driven motor like rock song, bursting out half way through, full of energy. 'Ring Road' sees the burning of a guitar (metaphorically speaking of course), like a giant dark beast bursting out, while 'Antediluvian Territory' is an almost ambient like guitar tune. The epic 'Procession Of Ancestral Brutalism' is then the noise centre of this album. Locrian delivered a great album with this CD. Here too we are dealing with the notion of noise that is varied, like we have discussed more recently: not that endless walls of feedback and distortion, but a varied bunch of pieces, some of which happen to be very loud and some not. But Locrian does all of that outside the world of pure electronics and that is a great achievement. An excellent CD! (FdW)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Time Out on 11/29

From Time Out Chicago

Helen Money, the nom de string of cellist Alison Chesley, cranks her instrument through a guitar amp and pedals for a thick, heavy and entirely eerie instrumental sound. Anatomy of Habit and Locrian fulfill your quirk quota, the former with punishing doom-gaze and the latter with mindfuck drone jams—two habits they hope you won't wanna quit.

Gift Givers on eBay

There is a nicely priced copy of the out-of-print BLOODYMINDED "Gift Givers" CD currently on eBay

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Status - 11/21

- Blog posts will probably slow down over the next week, or so, due to out-of-town guests, Thanksgiving, shows, etc.

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What better way to shake off the post-Thanksgiving lethargy, apathy, blues, or what have you, than with a pair of heavy-duty shows at The Empty Bottle? And in both cases, I/we get to play with some of my/our favorite people and bands in Chicago. FYI, Monsieur Xavier Laradji of Toulouse, France, will be joining BLOODYMINDED for his first show with the band since last November in Boston and his first show in Chicago since August 2006 at Reversible Eye! And Anatomy of Habit teams up with Helen Money again for our unofficial second annual Monday after Thanksgiving show together. Here are the details...

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Friday November 26, 2010
The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
773.276.3600
http://www.emptybottle.com/
9:00 PM
$5.00 in advance, $8.00 at door
Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/2bkjrgm
[The first 100 people to send an RSVP to The Empty Bottle will get
into the show for free. You must e-mail rsvp@emptybottle.com and
type "Yakuza" in the subject line
]

21+
with:
Yakuza
http://www.myspace.com/yakuza
Che Arthur 3
http://www.myspace.com/chearthur
http://www.chearthur.com/
Rabid Rabbit
http://www.myspace.com/rabidrabbitlives
BLOODYMINDED
http://www.myspace.com/officialbloodyminded
http://www.facebook.com/pages/BLOODYMINDED/66854847254
Event links:
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/2ftktmw
Last.fm: http://tinyurl.com/2u4vh7q
MySpace: http://mysp.ac/c5Mort

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Monday November 29, 2010
The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
773.276.3600
http://www.emptybottle.com/
9:00 PM
FREE
21+
with:
Anatomy of Habit
http://www.myspace.com/anatomyofhabit
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anatomy-of-Habit/65210152926
Helen Money
http://www.helenmoney.com/
http://www.myspace.com/helenmoney
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Helen-Money/128820451139
Locrian
http://www.myspace.com/thelocrian
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Locrian/119350991444335
+ Locrian's "The Crystal World" video presentation
Event links:
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/24qf8ld
Last.fm: http://tinyurl.com/2g2hw3h
MySpace: http://tinyurl.com/28g7hfo

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